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And the Journey Begins #13

My passion and drive, I take them from the constant waves. My hope, I take it from the sun that constantly rises from the ocean’s edge. My calm, I take it from the stillness of the white, powdery sand. My happiness, I take it from oh-so-lovely summer days!
Special thanks to the TKJ team for featuring this photo on this month’s issue. I am also honored to have written the cover article. I hope you can hop on over to the TKJ site, flip some virtual pages, read, and leave comments. Come on, don’t be shy 🙂 Let’s all welcome the summer fever!

Posted 6 years, 7 months ago at 9:19 am.


Camiguin: Second Day

Thank God, Typhoon Juan did not cause much damage and claim lives as Ondoy. Mukhang maganda na ang panahon so let’s get on with our your in Camiguin.

This was what greeted us in the morning of our second day in Camiguin.

Rain. Heavy rain. With occasional strong winds. We were having second thoughts pushing through with our tour. But we finally decided to go on with it because it was our last whole day in Camiguin. Mabasa na kung mababasa ng ulan 🙂 Nothing could dampen our enthusiasm that day.
To tour around Camiguin, you can opt to go by a rented motorcycle for PhP300 a day, or you can hire a multicab for Php1500.

Here are some of the highlights of our second day in Camiguin.


The mighty Katibawasan Falls is located 5 kilometers southeast of Mambajao, Camiguin’s capital. Entrance fee is PhP15. Katibasan Falls is a majestic stream of water that cascades 250 feet straight down into a rock pool. The water was c-o-o-o-l-d so I did not take a dip. Anyway, I was already soaked up in the rain haha!


There was only a gentle pouring of rain when we arrived at the Guiob Church ruins. The church was destroyed in 1871 when Mt. Vulcan erupted. Only the convent and the bell tower were left of it.


Just across the Guiob Church ruins is the uphill walkway to the old volcano and the 14 stations which depict Christ’s crucifixion. Entrance fee is 5PhP. My friend and I tried to make it to the top of the old vulcan or at least near the 14th station. But we stopped at the 12th, I think. It was already raining hard and my friend and I were the only ones going up so were a bit scared hehe. Here’s what we saw up the old volcano which drops into the sea.

See the white structure at the center of the photo? It’s the big cross at the Sunken Cemetery. Malakas ulan kaya madilim.

One of things I wanted to see in Camiguin was the Sunken Cemetery. But it was raining hard so this was the only thing we saw.

Parang eerie, di ba? Only the cross was visible sa gitna ng dagat. The cross was built in 1982 as a marker of the graves of the forefathers of the people of Camiguin. On a fine-weather day, you can rent a boat if you want to visit the cross. Entrance fee is PhP5 but it was raining hard and not one person approached us for the fee. Kaya libre na kami haha!


Ardent Hot Spring is a mineral pool. Mas masarap dito pag gabi. The water’s temperature is around 40 degrees Celsius. The springs are inside a resort where there’s a restaurant and picnic huts and tables. They also have available rooms if you want to spend your vacation in Camiguin. But it’s a little far from the main road and from other tourist spots. Entrance fee is PhP30.

If you have lots of time while in Camiguin, also try to visit the following:
• Mantigue Island
• Tangub Hot Spring
• Sto. Niño Cold Spring


Posted 7 years ago at 1:20 pm.


An Island Born of Fire (Part 1)

Hello everyone, time to hit the road again, time to scratch those itchy feet 🙂

Today, we’re going to the island of Camiguin. Camiguin is a small island province created by volcanic eruptions and movements of lands. There are 7 volcanoes in the island, only one of them is active.

Going to Camiguin is easy. If you will be coming from Manila, take a commercial flight to Cagayan de Oro. If you’re from Cebu, Cebu Pacific airlines has Cebu-Cagayan de Oro trips. From the airport in Cagayan de Oro, you can either take a taxi to Balingoan Port or take the bus in the Agora bus terminal located in the city center. If you’re taking a taxi to Balingoan, haggle for a reasonable price. Sometimes the drivers charge an exorbitant rate. Since my friend and I were on a tight budget, we decided to take a taxi to the bus terminal and got on a bus from there. Usually, it takes an hour and a half to two hours to reach Balingoan Port. But the bus we were in was a bit slow so it took us more than 2 hours to get there.

From Balingoan Port, we took a one-hour ferry ride to Benoni Port, the jump off point to Camiguin, which is 17 kilometers from Mambajao, the provincial capital. At the Benoni port, you’ll find jeepneys which could take you to the different towns.

Our destination was the town of Agoho. We arrived at half past 1 and had lunch.

We decided to check out White Island late in the afternoon. There was only a small group of people who were in the island when we arrived. It was quiet. White Island isn’t really an island. I think it’s a sandbar. It’s just 10-miutes away by boat from Agoho. We stayed there for about an hour, just before sunset.

Here is how it looked like that afternoon.

And here is Mt. Hibok-Hibok, the active volcano, as seen from White Island.

Next part of this post, we are going to visit other natural wonders and historical riches which have made the island one of the top tourist destinations in the country.

Posted 7 years ago at 9:03 am.