Finally, after so many years of photographing the best of my hometown Cateel in the east coast part of Davao Oriental, I am gaily able to compile some of the must-discover best kept secrets and various stunning tourist spots that my birthplace takes so much pride of. To name a few – the unspoiled beaches, untouched coves, undisturbed long coastlines, breathtaking waterfalls, unpolluted rivers, preserved mangroves, amazing caves, historical landmarks, vast rice fields and other natural wonders. Name it, we have it. Being a true son of Cateel, it is with great delight to share to the world the striking beauty of my native land. A splendor waiting to be known and discovered. Humbly I say, “HERE AT CATEEL, WE HAVE IT ALL”!The Travel Teller welcomes you to his very first ever travel series entitled “HERE AT CATEEL, WE HAVE IT ALL”. It is a series of my travel stories documenting stills, my thoughts and personal experience during my recent trip back to my dearly loved hometown. It was a sentimental trip the reconnected me back to the places I used to frequent before. These are parts of my childhood reminiscences that until now I still would love to experience. Truthfully, a home sweet home. Continue reading “HERE AT CATEEL, WE HAVE IT ALL: The Travel Series.”


The highlands of Kapatagan located in Digos City in the province of Davao del Sur is among the most visited destinations in the Davao Region. This rustic part of Digos is popular among mountain climbers as one of the major jump off points to the majestic Mount Apo, the Philippines’ highest point. A great parcel of land in Kapatagan is part of the protected Mt. Apo Natural Park, thus, luxuriant vegetation covers the highlands.Hidden deep inside this thick verdant forest, there find an eye-catching waterfalls they called the Virgin Falls, a one tier waterfalls possessing a very distinguishing shape so unique among other waterfalls I visited. The Virgin Falls is among the must see natural wonders while in the Highlands of Kapatagan. Continue reading “ROMANCING THE VIRGIN FALLS OF KAPATAGAN”


“Row row row your boat, gently down the stream. Merrily merrily merrily merrily. Life is but a dream.” I was humming this nursery rhyme when we were heading to another rustic town in Sarangani Province called Maitum. Humming, I was painting pictures in my mind about myself experiencing for the first time a one of kind whitewater tubing I never experienced before. The point of destination was the Pangi River of Maitum, Sarangani Province.

My Very First White Water Tubing Adventure.

Though famous for its pre-historic anthropomorphic burial jars and unspoiled rainforests, the town of Maitum is also known for its reputation being the water tubing capital of Sarangani Province. In fact, it is the only town in the Province with such outdoor adventure fully equipped with requisite facilities and trained crews. Continue reading “BRAVING THE RAPIDS OF PANGI RIVER”


It is but amazing to discover one military camp somewhere in the Province of Sarangani that has developed into a new tourism spot initiated by no less than its Battalion Commander and duly supported by the Provincial Government.This newest addition to Sarangani’s treasures is called the Fort Sarangani. The Fort Sarangani is the home of the 73rd Infantry Battalion of the Armed Forces of the Philippines located in Barangay Kamanga in the Municipality of Maasim. Continue reading “THE FORT SARANGANI”


If I never joined Mindanao Tourism Council’s trip to the Sarangani Bay Fest 2011, I would have no inkling of how exciting the Province of Sarangani can be. If I never said yes to the invitation of our tour lead Jon Perez, I would never have a clue that there is one town in the province so rustic at one glance yet endowed with loads of natural wonders when completely explored.Who would have thought that this photograph of a beautiful seascape depicting the indigo waters of the vast Mindanao Sea with such amiable azure skies on the backdrop belongs to KIAMBA? Yes, I am talking about the town of Kiamba in the Province of Sarangani. Continue reading “ROMANCING THE BAY VIEW OF KIAMBA, SARANGANI PROVINCE”