PILOT BEACH: Baganga’s Newest Beach Craze

Among the 11 municipalities of Davao Oriental sharing these untouched coasts, the Municipality of Baganga secretly possesses long beaches and lengthy coastline teeming mostly with captivating white sand shores. Secluded from crowded commercial tourism, these coastlines remain exquisitely unspoiled keeping its old world magic that exudes quaint setting of untouched nature – the kind of beach so perfect for those who love off-the-beaten type of beach adventures.

Adding to the many coastal wonders of Baganga is the newly opened PILOT’S VIEW BEACH RESORT located in Baybay Bobon, Salingcomot, Baganga, Davao Oriental.

VISIT BAGANGA and be mesmerized by the Coastal Wonders of the Eastcoast Jewel of Davao Oriental.

 

CHARMED BY THE FARM AT CARPENTER HILL

In my recent visit to South Cotabato, I was very privileged to be hosted by one of the finest hotels in the entire South Central Mindanao, the charming The Farm at Carpenter Hill in the Koronadal City, the capital of the province.

The Farm At Carpenter Hill Koronadal 4The Farm @ Carpenter Hill remains to be the only garden resort in Koronadal. With a fascinating 11-hectare area, it reflects the warmth and cultural charm of South Cotabato while it exudes an atmosphere of luxury and comfort in total harmony with nature.

The Farm At Carpenter Hill Koronadal 3Conveniently located along the National Highway, The Farm is about six kilometers away from the city proper. Being the only garden resort of its kind in the city, it has since become the most favorite among the locals and even guests coming from the neighboring towns and cities. Those who frequent here consider the place as their quick escape from a busy day and some just come back to enjoy the food that have become Koronadal’s signature dishes.

The Farm At Carpenter Hill Koronadal 52The sprawling 11 hectare property consists of Japanese-inspired Garden Villas and Hotel, convention centers, recreation facilities including spacious karaoke rooms, a number of restaurants serving good food, large functions halls, children’s playground, a butterfly garden and a lot more.

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Among the many astonishing features of The Farm, the Japanese Hall and Bonsai Garden is my personal favorite. The garden is a unique showcase of well-crafted bonsai trees in a Japanese setting. I really enjoyed the construction architecture of the place, as a retired Orlando roof restoration services expert. The wooden structure, the thatched roofing, the man-made stream, the bamboo fence, pebbles and rocks and the marvelous bonsai collection were incorporated to complement that Japanese feel. I learned that this is also among the favorite features of the resort especially for those who are first time guests.

The Farm At Carpenter Hill Koronadal 34 The Farm At Carpenter Hill Koronadal 35 The Farm At Carpenter Hill Koronadal 37 The Farm At Carpenter Hill Koronadal 49 The Farm At Carpenter Hill Koronadal 54Another personal favorite is the Japanese Courtyard Hotel where we stayed at for two nights. The cozy layout of the 22 rooms is designed to exude comfort and ease to its guests. All rooms are facing an indoor garden with a pond of brightly-colored koi in the center. The pond is accentuated with bamboos and other tropical plants in every corner. All rooms come with complimentary breakfast, complete morning kit, hot and cold shower, cable TV, and telephone with access to outside line. Room rates ranges from Php 2,000.00 to Php 4,000.00.

The Farm At Carpenter Hill Koronadal 62 The Farm At Carpenter Hill Koronadal 63 The Farm At Carpenter Hill Koronadal 64Aside from the Japanese Courtyard Hotel, another best feature of The Farm @ Carpenter Hill is the 6 well-appointed Japanese-inspired villas. Each is uniquely designed with individual gate, terrace and a Zen garden. The villas are equipped with high-end fixtures with orthopedic beds and pillows assuring guests of comfort and a stress-free stay. The villas are just facing the Courtyard Hotel. Room rate of Garden Villa is Php 3,500.00 and comes buffet breakfast for two.

The Farm At Carpenter Hill Koronadal 7 Adding to the many exquisite features of the property is the newly constructed Swimming Pool built in the middle of the lush verdant portion of the property. A clubhouse is also being constructed beside the pool. The themed pool which is designed for both children and adults is a perfect venue for exclusive pool parties and special events. It is not open to the public yet but in-house guests are allowed for the free use of this new pool. Once the construction of this facility is complete, I believe this will be among the must-visit destinations in the whole Koronadal City and South Cotabato.

Talking about good food, The Farm boasts itself as home to some of the must-try food in Koronadal City. The Aviary Bar and Café serves some of the most delectable flavors I’ve tasted in South Cotabato. It offers a wide array of local and international menu. For me of course, Filipino dishes top the list of the must-try food here. There are also other Asian cuisines as well as some continental dishes serve at the Aviary Bar and Café. And why called Aviary? Because the restaurant is surrounded by old trees and tropical garden while birds freely fly from branches to branches providing a soothing avian sound.

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I have stayed to a number hotels and resorts in the different parts of South Cotabato but I must say, I am charmed by The Farm @ Carpenter Hill and staying with them is among the most remarkable. Highly recommended!

THE FARM AT CARPENTER HILL
Brgy. Carpenter Hill, National Highway,
Koronadal City, South Cotabato

Telephone Number: (083) 228-1888 / 228-9010
Telefax Number: (083) 228-9010
Mobile Numbers: (Smart) 09189210425 / (Sun) 09228489098 / (Globe) 09177260721
Email Address : [email protected]
Website : www.farmatcarpenterhill.com

MOUNT HAMIGUITAN: The Most Treasured Jewel of Davao Oriental

In the Philippines, out of the six UNESCO World Heritage Sites, only one can be found in Mindanao. That is the Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary found in Davao Oriental, the only mountain range heritage site in the country. It is for this reason that the province deems it as its “Most Treasured Natural Jewel”.
Mount-Hamiguitan-In-Davao-OrientalInscribed by the UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 2014,the Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary boasts of a unique pygmy forest of century old trees in ultramafic soil considered by many as one of the very few all over the world and hosts a rich biodiversity of endangered, endemic and rare species of flora and fauna. Among the residents of this wildlife sanctuary is the country’s national bird, the endangered Philippine Eagle.

Mount Hamiguitan Davao Oriental (3)Mount Hamiguitan lies in the middle of a narrow peninsula with the Pacific Ocean to the east and the Davao Gulf to the west. Situated at the southern end of the Eastern Mindanao Biodiversity Corridor, Mount Hamiguitan covers 31,879 hectares of beach, lowland, montane, and mossy forest types. It occupies the land area within the political boundaries of San Isidro, Governor Generoso and the province’s capital, the City of Mati.

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On July 30, 2004, Mt. Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary was declared as Protected Area by virtue of Philippine Republic Act No. 9303 “declaring Mt. Hamiguitan Range and its vicinity as protected area under the category of wildlife sanctuary and its peripheral areas as buffer zone”.

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In 2007, Davao Oriental Governor Corazon Malanyaon led a highly ambitious initiative to have the Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary inscribed in the highly prestigious World Heritage List. She believes that the inscription of the wildlife sanctuary to the World Heritage List is an excellent opportunity to draw the attention of visitors and remind local residents of the “Outstanding Universal Value” of the mountain range.

HAMIGUITAN 4Seven years after, during the 38th session of the World Heritage Committee in June 2014 in the City of Doha, Qatar, the crown jewel of Davao Oriental was finally enlisted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the first inscribed mountain range in the Philippines and the first World Heritage Site in Mindanao.

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Being part of the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage List, it is expected that Mt. Hamiguitan will not only attract more tourists but also scientists and researchers coming from both national and international communities. Hence, public awareness of Mt. Hamiguitan and its outstanding values to the world will be heightened to raise global awareness.

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Long before it became a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary is a favorite among mountain climbers and outdoor enthusiasts. It’s not only because of its amazing landscaped Pygmy Forest but also with other natural wonders that abound the mountain range. Two of other favorite features of Mt. Hamiguitan are the Tinagong Dagat (Hidden Sea) and Twin Waterfalls.

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Tinagong Dagat (Photo by Eden Jhan Licayan)

As a World Heritage Site, the Provincial Government is required by the UNESCO to develop an interpretation site to purposely promote and educate the locals as well as tourists about its outstanding universal value. With support coming from the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) of the Department of Tourism, the Provincial Government then spearheaded the development of a tourism facility complex at the buffer zone area of the heritage mountain. This world class facility is known as Mount Hamiguitan World Heriatge Park and is situated in the town of San Isidro.

HAMIGUITAN 11 MOUNT HAMIGUITAN (23)The Eco-Park covers 12.84 hectares and features a Natural Science Museum with an interpretation center for tourist who wants to have an experience of the area, especially the pygmy forest. It has also a Research Center and cabins for researchers. For outdoor enthusiasts, the complex also boasts of exciting mountain trails, a hanging bridge, adventures tree top, butterfly trails, bird watching deck, gardens and camping grounds. It has also souvenir shops and a restaurant.

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MOUNT HAMIGUITAN (10)The construction of the entire complex including all the buildings, museum interiors, park amenities outdoor interpretation as well as its landscaping took 13 months to complete. The construction started on November 2014 until December 2015.

MOUNT HAMIGUITAN (8)Five months after its completion, finally the Mount Hamiguitan World Heritage Park is open to the people and the rest of the world. The historic unveiling was spearheaded by the mother of the Province, Governor Corazon Malanyaon with President Benigno Aquino III as the special guest of honor.

HAMIGUITAN 3Truly, the UNESCO inscription together with the development of the Mount Hamiguitan World Heritage Park provide a great prestige and honor not only to the leaders and the people of Province of Davao Oriental but the country as a whole. It showcases and celebrates the fortitude of its people in protecting and conserving their natural treasures.

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Our very energetic mother of the Province, Governor Corazon Malanyaon

As someone who hails from Davao Oriental, I feel so honored to share this greatest achievement with my Province. There is so much pride in my heart knowing that my home province is now known as home to world-class destinations like our most treasured jewel, the Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary. My shout-out of gratitude to our dearest outgoing Governor Corazon Malanyaon. Your legacy and dedication will never be forgotten.

SAN ANTONIO, ZAMBALES: Opening Salvo for 2016

Anawangin!!! Anawangin!!! Anawangin!!!

Among others, this has been what I’ve been seeing on social media these days. Friends heading up north to Zambales to see and frolic in the ashen sands of Anawangin and enjoy the unique coastal feel of this once-a-sleepy beach spot in the town of San Antonio. Those photos online enticed me and my friends to fly from Davao to Manila and head up north to experience it for ourselves. And when we get there, we realized there is more to this town than Anawangin – there’s Capones, there’s Nagsasa.

San Antonio Zambales 10Honestly, Anawangin is more popular to me than its mother town, San Antonio. But what I didn’t know is that San Antonio has already gained its good reputation as holiday destination in Zambales because its beautiful beaches, majestic mountains, rolling hills and scenic coves. Campers and beach lovers living nearby even in Metro Manila considered this as one of top choices.

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Both Anawangin and Nagsasa Coves are crescent shaped coves with pristine ashen sand beach. What makes these beach spots so unique is the unusual presence of tall pine-like trees that grow round there vicinity. These are not actually pine trees; they are Agoho trees said to be endemic to the Philippines and to some Southeast Asian countries.

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Just like all the photos we’ve seen online, we didn’t miss climbing the hills that embrace these coves and marvel at the stunning view of these beach havens. From the top, the view of the beach and the landscape of agoho trees is remarkable. Maybe, it is one of the reasons why people come back here. The view is incredibly remarkable.

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Visiting this popular destinations in San Antonio made me understand why people flock to this part of Zambales especially during weekends. Secluded and semi-private, San Antonio’s pristine coves are worth the long trip. I would say one of the scenic beaches I’ve visited in Luzon. And yes, though from from Davao. I would still come back.

AWESOME 2014: The Year That Was

2014 was an awesome year for me traveling around the Philippines and discover many interesting places especially those that I’ve never been. But I guess the highlights of my travels are those journeys and experiences that have left indelible marks in my heart. My journey around these beautiful islands of Mindanao on the other hand was an enriching experience. Not only because I’ve got to see and discover new places but because of the different culture I’ve learned and somehow lived along the way – something that has changed me in a way today. I did so many amazing crazy never-wracking things that I never even imagined I would be doing. Above all, the great people I met along the way who share the same passion and love for travels and culture like I do. And some of these awesome people became my instant family and together we swore to the loyal brotherhood of #ByahengMindanaw, capturing the beauty and culture of Mindanao and share it to the world. These photos below are some of the funnest and memorable moments I had in 2014. Enjoy! It was an awesome 2014!

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Revisit the Walled City of Intramuros in Manila during my birthday. Awesome 2014.

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I have long wanted to visit the University of the Philippines in Los Banos, Laguna and I made it there last year. Thanks to my loving cousin Ate Marybeth  and Kuya Ed who brought me there. Awesome 2014.

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CARILAYA, QUEZON, who would have thought I could be here? Awesome 2014.

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I have been around places in the Philippines but it was only last year that I finally set foot in the highlands of Tagaytay City. Awesome 2014.

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The Province of South Cotabato became my second home province last year. Visited the province and its towns for more than ten times. Awesome 2014.

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I fell in love with Lake Sebu in South Cotabato when I spent four days and three nights there last year! It was a magical experience. Awesome 2014.

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2014 is the birth of Byaheng Mindanaw, a group of travel bloggers, writers and photographers joined together traveling around Mindanao for one goal – capture the beauty of Mindanao Island and share it to the world. Here, we become FAMILY. Awesome 2014.

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I’ve been to Glan in Sarangani Province for couple of times but it was only last year when I got to appreciate the old laid-back charm of the town. Truly, this Heritage Town of Soccsksargen Region is a jewel to Mindanao. Oh yes, they celebrated its centenary last year. Awesome 2014.

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Officially this is the first festival I attended last year – the Tinabangay Festival of Socorro, Surigao Del Norte. Socorro is the home of the famous Bucas Grande Islands, my personal favorite here in Mindanao. Awesome 2014.

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Behind me is the vast pineapple plantation of South Cotabato situated in Tupi. And that imposing volcano in the backdrop is Mount Matutum, the landmark of SoCCSkSarGen Region. Awesome 2014

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I made it to the largest Provincial Capitol Compound in Mindanao, the Province of Agusan Del Sur. Awesome 2014.

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These are the united colors of T’nalak Festival in the Province of South Cotabato. It is one of the festivals that amused me in so many ways last year. I’m looking forward to witness it again this year. Awesome 2014.

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Pintados Y Carabao | UGMAD Festival in the City of Tagum is just one of many festivals on this Palm City of Davao Region. Lucky to have witnessed some of those festivals of this city. Awesome 2014.

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…and I made to the ORG-ARMM Compound in Catabato City. This is the center of Government of Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao. Thanks to my friends at HRC-ARMM for bringing us here. Awesome 2014.

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This is the flysite of Sarangani Paraglide. And yes I had awesome flights not once but twice. Thanks Titoy and Carlaa for the awesome experience! Awesome 2014.

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The Tuna Capital of the Philippines staged once again the annual Tuna Festival and this year is my second! General Santos City is ♥. Awesome 2014.

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I braved climbing a huge Sampaloc Tree towering at 50 feet high and made it to the top. And up there I marveled at one of most beautiful sights I’ve seen in years. Oh God, I wish I lived here. This is Baras Bird Sanctuary in Tacurong City, Sultan Kudarat. Awesome 2014.

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It was full of controversies but still Davao City’s Kadayawan Festival gave me stunning photos that show the vibrancy and vividness of this Mother Festival of Mindanao. Awesome 2014.

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ACHIEVED! This is in my bucketlist and finally I made it to the GRANDEST MOSQUE in the Philippines – the Grand Mosque of Cotabato City. Awesome 2014.

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When Lolong, a one-ton, 21-foot crocodile caught and caged in Bunawan, Agusan Del Sur on September 21, 2011, I bucketlisted the place where it was caught – the vast Agusan Marsh. It was only last year that this wish came true. Sadly, we didn’t see any crocodile when we visited Agusan Marsh last year. Still, awesome 2014.

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This is Lagoon Tiktikan of Bucas Grande Islands in Soccoro, Surigao del Norte. This is one of my favorites in the whole BGI. On my second visit here last year, the locals told me that they spotted a submarine in the middle of the lagoon. It stayed there for couple of hours. Hmmmm. Awesome 2014.

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If there is one thing that paid off all my efforts in documenting different destinations and adventures in the Philippines, it would be the Lake Sebu Zipline in South Cotabato. My video riding this extremely exciting zipline went viral not only in the Philippines but around the world. US-based JukinVideo listed it in the top 50 viral videos in the world. Awesome 2014.

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I love ARAKAN VALLEY. This is where I find truest meaning of peace and serenity amid nature’s embrace and the friendly Manobos living in this place. The most challenging waterfalls trek I have ever done is also here at Matigol Falls. It was a death defying trek. Awesome 2014.

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Where is the white house? A question I’ve been asking for many times whenever I visit the Island Garden City of Samal. Luckily, I made it last year. This house is the headquarter of the Moncadista, a local sect, living in the island many years ago.It is sometimes considered a cult. The house is more than 50 years old and now dilapidated. I hope the LGU will do something to restore this house. After all, this is a heritage site of the Island. Still, awesome 2014.

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My love affair with mountain climbing started with my trek to Puting Bato, the highest peak in Samal Island. Since 2010, I have been coming back here. There is something in the summit that I fell in love with. Like the previous years, I spent another night here with my crazy loving travel buddies. Awesome 2014.

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The Maxima Aqua Fun in Samal was a blast for me. I only did not enjoy this banana boat ride but truly had fun with their super drop and water blob. Looking forward to do this again. Awesome 2014.

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This photo started the #ByahengMindanaw proejct. It is very simple, travel around Mindanao and wear authentic Mindanaoan attire. Thus, my first #ByahengMindanaw experience is in the beautiful beach of Babusanta, Talicud Island.

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One of  my top selfies of 2014 – me boating in the tea-colored waters of Panlaguhan Lake in Agusan Marsh amid seas of lotus and water hyacinths with lonely bangkal trees and floating houses on the background. I will never forget this place. Awesome 2014.

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This is my first #ByahengMindanaw dance in the vast pineapple plantation of Tupi, South Cotabato. Mount Matutum in the background was covered by thick clouds. But it wasn’t only me dancing, my #BM team also did. Twas hilarious for all of us in the start. Hahaha. Awesome 2014.

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When I visit Kiamba in Sarangani Province, I failed to set foot and frolic in the sands of Tuka Bay Marine Sanctuary. Last year, with my #ByahengMindanaw team, we made it there and enjoy every bit of its pristine splendor. That lovely house by the beach is owned by Pambansang Kamao Manny Pacquiao who is also the Congressman of the province. Awesome 2014.

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This is a Chili Solar Dryer of Dumang Makers in my hometown of Cateel. This is very special to me because this represents the resiliency and strength of my fellow Cateelenos one year after the massive destruction of Typhoon Pablo. Chili Production and Processing is the leading alternative livelihood source of our people their now. The story I made about this industry gave me my 2014 Davao Media Excellence Award as Blogger of the Year and Social Media Advocate of the Year. Awesome 2014.

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This is Boston, not in Massachusetts but in Davao Oriental. It’s a neighboring town of my hometown of Cateel and this particular place is the first community-managed resort supported by DSWD and other NGOs a part of the livelihood program after the onslaught of Typhoon Pablo. Awesome 2014

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Along with my crazy friends, we invaded Davao Crocodile Park Ground for this epic Kadayawan Invasion, an electronic music festival attended by thousands of people from different parts of the region. I did craziest things here that I lost my phones and my GoPro remote control. I was wasted I ended up sleeping in my car when the party ended. But it wasn’t just me. My crazy friends were wasted too. We were all wasted. Hahaha. What an awesome 2014.

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I swam and dived in the waters of Tagbaobo in the Island Garden City of Samal. This is a marine protected area and just one of the many things to do in this community-based tourism site in the Island. Thanks to Ms, Generose Tecson for bringing us here. Awesome 2014.

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My good friend Edwin Lasquite aka Madayaw Wow Dagway brought me to this well manicured botanical garden of his home City of Tagum. I didn’t expect this to really amaze me. Awesome 2014.

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With my friends in the media Kenneth Ong and Jinggoy Salvador, I was sent to Manila by the DOT-Mindanao Office to cover the Philippine Travel Mart in MOA Manila. This is the biggest and longest running travel mart in the country. It was a privilege to be there and have witnessed such a spectacular event. I had the chance to meet, greet and talk to the key people in the Tourism Industry. Awesome 2014.

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It was also in 2014 that I got to finally visit the National Museum of the Philippines and worship beautiful visual arts laid before my very eyes. I cried when I got to finally stand before this painting of Juan Luna called Spoliarium. I only see this on books and now it was just before my very eyes. Awesome 2014.

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Inside the Nation Museum is also the Manansala Collection.  This is just among the many amazing art collections housed inside the Museum. I’m not contended. Looking forward to come back and enjoy more time at the Pambasang Museo ng Pilipinas. Awesome 2014.

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I visited the one of the grandest and most beautiful Capitol Building I’ve been the entire country. This is Capitol Building of the Province of Sultan Kudarat. Just sooooooo beautiful. Awesome 2014.

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And i love to be here at the Highlands of Sarangani Province overlooking the calm Sarangani Bay. So peaceful. Awesome 2014.

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This is Duka Bay Resort, a spacious beach hotel, restaurant, beach resort and dive site with a view of Camiguin Island located in the very heart of Medina, Misamis Oriental. Thank to my Fernandez Family, I made it here last year. Awesome 2014.

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Matigol Falls in Arakan, Cotabato is ♥. One of personal faves in Mindanao. Revisited it last year. Awesome 2014.

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One of my favorite festivals in the Philippines is the Kaamulan Festival in the province of Bukidnon. Last year was said to be the grandest as they celebrated its 100 years as a province. Two days were spent for the Street Dancing competition and it was mind blowing. Awesome 2014.

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Lake Holon was just a dream but it become a reality last year when I said YES to climb Mount Melibingoy in T’boli South Cotabato to see this magnificent natural attraction of the ScoCSKSargen Region. This is one of the highlights of my trip last year. Awesome 2014.

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Been to Samal Island for countless of times but it was only last year when I set foot at the Southernmost tip of the Isalnd – in San Remigio. Pristine beaches they have there! Awesome 2014.

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Attended the colorful Talakudong Festival in Tacurong City. I went home with one of these Kudongs (hat) as one of my souvenirs. Thanks Maam Emelie. 🙂 Awesome 2014.

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The world around me. My first visit to the Mind Museum. Thank you Darwin Cayetano for bringing me here. Awesome 2014.

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This is where I prayed on my Valentine Birthday 2014 – the Calamba Church just beside the Rizal House in Calamba, Laguna. It was a very memorable birthday for me spent somewhere away from my hometown of Cateel and my home city of Davao. Awesome 2014.

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Sorry this is not BATANES. This is in TUMALIKTIK in my hometown of Cateel. Been to this place hundred times but twas only last year when I realized how picturesque this place can be. 🙂 Awesome 2014.

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I was never a temple runner but I’m a certified tree hugger. This Toog Tree is tallest tree in the whole Province of Agusan Del Sur and is located along the national highway making it one of the most popular landmarks in the Province. Awesome 2014.

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Meet the legendary LANG DULAY. Checked. She is a National Living Treasure (Manlilikha ng Bayan) awardee from the National Commission for the Culture and the Arts (NCCA) for her contribution in the preservation of T’boli culture and for her fine craftsmanship of the delicate abaca fibers. I met her not only once but twice. Naaaaaks. Awesome 2014.

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It took us 6 hours to find this SICAO FALLS in the verdant mountain of Tamayong just to be here and did this pose! Hahaha. Tamayong is still part of the vast Davao City. Awesome 2014.

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THANK YOU 2014! YOU ARE SO AWESOME!

AWESOME 2014: The Year That Was.
Now, bring it on 2015.
I’m so excited for you!