Down south, one festival has slowly gained a reputation of being the most awaited annual festival of its kind in the whole southern most part of Mindanao. This vibrant event is called the Sarangani Bay Fest in the coastal Province of Sarangani.I was privileged to be invited by the Mr. Jon Perez of Mindanao Tourism Council as their group joined this year’s Sarangani Bay Fest 2011 which took place last May 19 to 21, 2011. I have been to Sarangani Province for sometime but witnessing the Bay Fest was my first. A self-confessed son of a beach, reading our itinerary containing all the festive details of the trip really thrilled me. Continue reading “EXPERIENCING SARANGANI BAY FEST 2011”

MOUNT PUTING BATO: Samal Island’s Highest Point

I never consider myself as a mountain hiker least a proficient mountaineer. I’ve always thought mountain hiking is a very tedious form of outdoor activity. Dull and dreary, I assumed. So, whenever I got invites for mountain climbing, I courteously declined. Surprisingly, one unplanned trip took me to the highest point of an Island that changed my whole lackluster impression about mountain climbing. It was a day hike that carried me away to instantly fall in love with the mountains. And from then on, I have always liked to conquer the thrill of great heights. This I give credit to the day I made my first unforgettable climb to MOUNT PUTING BATO of the Island Garden City of Samal (IGaGoS).Mount Puting Bato is located in Barangay Guilon in the Island Garden City of Samal, a component city of Davao del Norte Province. Standing at a towering height of 1,345 feet (410m) above sea level, Mount Puting Bato is the Island’s highest point. Being the highest summit, it is one of most popular destinations in the Island and home to many climbing expeditions of many mountain climbers and enthusiasts. Continue reading “MOUNT PUTING BATO: Samal Island’s Highest Point”

BRITANIA GROUP OF ISLANDS: Surigao del Sur’s Best Kept Secret

My love and passion for the beach lead me to discover the many beautiful beaches in my Island Philippines and my native land Mindanao. Without any doubt, with the 7,107 Islands of the Philippines, some of the best kept beaches in the world can be found here.

The Britania Group of Islands

Down south in the Province of Surigao Del Sur lie stunning 24 Islands and Islets so beautifully scattered in the waters Lianga Bay facing the great Oceans of the Pacific. These amazing gifts of nature are called BRITANIA GROUP OF ISLANDS. Continue reading “BRITANIA GROUP OF ISLANDS: Surigao del Sur’s Best Kept Secret”


Lying at the great oceans of the Pacific, Cateel Bay is one of the most loved places for every Cateeleño like me in my hometown Cateel, Davao Oriental. Like most bakasyonistas, it is the only spot in town where I never miss to see whenever I’m home for a visit. Cateel Bay is very special to me. It is where I first learned how to swim and learned to battle the huge ravaging waves of the mighty Pacific. Simply put, it is where I learned to love all about the beaches – the sea, the sand and the sun. Being at the open seas, Cateel Bay boasts its gigantic Pacific waves. I mean huge waves. Others may think these waves seemed too ravaging but for us who’ve grown to love its enticing thrill, Cateel Bay is simply inviting. Some even say a potential site for skimboarding and surfing. I’ve grown to love the ocean and everything about it. Its deep blue sea is so tempting. The roaring sounds of the crazy waves are so relaxing. A barefoot walking on its grayish sand is just so comforting. These are what I love about Cateel Bay. Continue reading “THE RAGING WAVES OF CATEEL BAY”

ALIWAGWAG FALLS – The Pride of Cateel, Davao Oriental.

Having been raised in my charming little town of Cateel in the eastcoast Province of Davao Oriental, I grew luxuriating myself with the many spectacles of nature where my birthplace is so rich and abundant. Among these gifts of nature, all Cateeleños including myself take  so much pride with my hometown’s favorite spot, the majestic  ALIWAGWAG FALLS.

The Full View of Aliwagwag Falls from The Bridge

The Aliwagwag Falls is a series of more than 130 cascading waterfalls located in Barangay Aliwagwag, about 30 minutes drive from the town’s Poblacion. It’s a unique waterfalls dotting with different rock formations, shapes and various heights. Each tier differs from another. It ranges from 6 to 110 feet. There is one measured at 72 feet and another is at 67. Overall, Aliwagwag Falls is 1,110 feet of cascading energy and 20 meters in width. Viewing it from afar, Aliwagwag Falls looks like a stairway to heaven. Not known to many, Aliwagwag Falls is considered by hydraulic engineers as the highest waterfalls in the Philippines and regarded as one of the most beautiful falls in the Philippines. Continue reading “ALIWAGWAG FALLS – The Pride of Cateel, Davao Oriental.”