Island Hopping: Caramoan's Tropical Splendor
Pinoy Travelogue
by DJ Rivera
1w ago
Caramoan Islands, Camarines Sur This article was originally published in the May 2023 issue of Enrich magazine (with some minor revisions and additional details). I was fresh out of the university when in 2012, the American hit reality TV series Survivor made the local headlines. The show's long-time host, Jeff Probst, in a live broadcast of a season finale, announced that their upcoming new season had just finished filming in the Philippines—in the islands of Caramoan, whose popularity then was far from what it is now. Before the well-known U.S. version, several Survivor franchises a ..read more
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The Other Aguinaldo: A Visit to Baldomero Aguinaldo Shrine
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by DJ Rivera
3w ago
Museo ni Baldomero Aguinaldo in Kawit, Cavite “May iba pa palang Aguinaldo?” asked Bryan, a friend of mine who was surprised upon learning that an Aguinaldo, whose first name was not Emilio, exists in the country’s written history. “Yes Sir, pinsan s’ya ni Emilio Aguinaldo, hindi lang siya ganun kakilala tulad ni Emilio na naging presidente natin,” the shrine staff eagerly replied. Baldomero Aguinaldo was not among the most talked about historical figures not because of the lack of significant contribution, but only because of being overshadowed by the prominence of Gen. Emilio Aguina ..read more
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NEGROS OCCIDENTAL | Nunelucio Alvarado and Sagay City's Vibrant Art Scene
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by DJ Rivera
1M ago
Nunelucio Alvarado's house and art studio Our first day in Sagay City was supposedly for the tourist spots nestled within the expansive Sagay Marine Reserve, but the unforgiving weather had us reschedule the seaward activities. We failed to get clearance from the coast guard and the ensuing change in our itinerary lead our group of visiting media to discover Sagay City's art scene, along the shores of the city's protected seas. Keep Reading ..read more
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9 Hidden Gems in the Philippines That You Cannot Miss
Pinoy Travelogue
by Contributed
1M ago
The Philippines is a magnificent travel destination because it is home to a lot of raw natural beauties, which you need to experience at least once in your lifetime. Right from vast green mountains to serene beaches, you will find a lot of nature’s wonders in the Philippines. In this article, we will not be talking about the hotspots of the Philippines like Manila, Boracay, and Cebu, rather, this article is about finding those hidden gems of the Philippines that are totally worth exploring. Check out the list and make a bucket list of all the places you are visiting on your next trip ..read more
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NEGROS OCCIDENTAL | Sagay Marine Reserve: Community-based Tourist Spots in Sagay City's Protected Waters
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by DJ Rivera
2M ago
Carbin Reef in Sagay City, Negros Occidental | via Sagay Tourism Office "Community-based tourism" (or CBT) is a part of the industry that highlights the significance of community participation and empowerment in the development of tourism activities. It puts the local community of a certain tourist spot—the often overlooked stakeholders—at the heart of the development to promote not only the tourist destination they live in, but also the quality of life and sustainable living among them. The Philippine Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) invited me, along with other travel bloggers and jou ..read more
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ISABELA | Ilagan City's Giant Butaka
Pinoy Travelogue
by DJ Rivera
2M ago
Ilagan City's Giant Butaka On our way to the hotel the night we arrived in Ilagan City, capital of Isabela province, we caught a glimpse of this giant chair. It was illuminated with multi colors under a gazebo that stands within a small, triangular plaza located in the middle of a seemingly busy intersection. We went to Ilagan for the week-long coverage of its Mammangi Festival and 11th cityhood anniversary and among the spots we visited for a side trip was the city's Giant Butaka monument. READ ALSO: Twice the Fun: Ilagan Celebrates Mammangi Festival 2023 and 11th Cityhood Anniversar ..read more
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NEGROS OCCIDENTAL | Sagaynon Faith: Sagay City's Vito Church and Palapak Tradition
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by DJ Rivera
2M ago
Vito Church in Sagay City, Negros Occidental Already bordering Escalante City, about fifteen kilometers away from the modernized and beautifully landscaped Sagay City Public Plaza in downtown, lies the coast of Brgy. Vito, a fishing village where a wooden image deemed miraculous draws devout Catholics mostly from Negros Island and around the Visayas region. Keep Reading ..read more
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ISABELA | Ilagan City's Giant Butaca
Pinoy Travelogue
by DJ Rivera
2M ago
Ilagan City's Giant Butaca On our way to the hotel the night we arrived in Ilagan City, capital of Isabela province, we caught a glimpse of this giant chair. It was illuminated with multi colors under a gazebo that stands within a small, triangular plaza located in the middle of a seemingly bustling intersection. We went to Ilagan for the week-long coverage of its Mamangi Festival and 11th cityhood anniversary and among the places we visited for a side trip was the city's Giant Butaca monument. READ ALSO: Twice the Fun: Ilagan Celebrates Mamangi Festival 2023 and 11th Cityhood Anniver ..read more
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Limitless Adventures: 9 Must-visit Places in Bukidnon
Pinoy Travelogue
by DJ Rivera
6M ago
“#LimitlessAdventures,” said May Unchuan, regional director of the Department of Tourism (DOT)-Northern Mindanao, when asked of a hashtag to include in our social media posts that would pertain to our upcoming four-day trip. “Limitless Adventures” is Northern Mindanao region’s tourism tag line. Through the Influencers Program of the Philippine Tourism Promotions Board (TPB), I joined other travel content creators on a trip aimed at promoting the reopening of local destinations and reviving the industry knocked over by the pandemic. Our team were to go around Bukidnon, the largest pro ..read more
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MASBATE | Treasures of Ticao Island
Pinoy Travelogue
by DJ Rivera
1y ago
The early wake-up call shortened what could have been a sound sleep at last. The day before Ticao Island, we got up much earlier since we had to leave Albay for Sorsogon for the phenomenal yet exhausting whale shark interaction in Donsol, to cover the regional travel fair in Sorsogon City—this was a media tour with the Tourism Promotions Board—and thereafter attend the event’s dinner party that lasted until before midnight. It was a long, hectic day. The next day’s early call time was because of the lengthy nautical distance between Ticao Island and Dancalan Beach (Donsol) where we s ..read more
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