We are going on a food trip! Join us as we embark on a culinary adventure at the “Queen City of the South” – Cebu.
#CebuFoodCrawl is the first bloggers’ exploration of the best food and restaurants in Cebu. Now on it’s 4th installment, twenty-five (25) bloggers from around the country will explore the city and experience some internationally known local specialties and must-try recipes by well-loved Cebuano restaurants.
Cebu Food Crawl will take the participants and their blog and social media followers into a gastronomic journey of the exquisite and addictive taste of Cebu hinting everyone with new destinations in the progressive dining scene of Cebu and new ideas on what establishments to visit on their return.
The 4-day food tour will start with a sweet treat for participants on November 30, 2018 and will end with merienda on the hills on December 3, 2018.
Cebu Food Crawl is organized by the Cebu Bloggers Society, co-presented by SUN LTE (official network), Cebu Pacific Air (official airline), and TravelBee Business Inn (official residence). CFC is also supported by PayMaya and Grab. The four-day event supports the Zero Food Waste advocacy in-line with our theme this year on “Sustainable Dining”.
Follow us as we explore Cebu’s culinary hotspots with the hashtags: #CebuFoodCrawl2018 #SUNParaNimoCebu #MakeFirstMomentsHappen #TravelBeePH
There are lots of reasons why we travel. For me, most of the time it’s about having an adventure and fun. But in this particular story, it’s different. I needed to run away, to think and reflect. So when I saw an invitation to visit the farthest barangay in Tboli, South Cotabato I immediately packed my bags and left.
It was a spur of the moment decision but definitely one of those great moments I will forever remember. The plan was to visit the Valley of the Gods. It’s a landscape en route to Barangay Tudok and I wasn’t really expecting that much on the trip. But I was wrong. This turned out to be fun and let’s just say awakening.
After countless hours of walk, we have been rewarded. The compacted road, the muddy trails, the uphills, and downhills are just an intro to the chorus of our trip which was the magnificent view of the Valley. And all I can say upon seeing it was WOW, this is truly the Valley of the Gods!
We reached Tudok and decided to stay for two nights. I was surprised to see a Zumba class ongoing as we reached the center of the barangay. Big sound boxes blasting dance hits while children and adults alike dancing along the tune. It was their Fiesta and the locals were in a festive mood. From what I’ve heard it has been a long time since they have their last fiesta celebrated. It wasn’t like this before. “People here are headhunters, they don’t welcome outsiders that easily,” said Jed. Of course, who wouldn’t be alarmed when a group of strangers reaches your community this far, I thought to myself. The mayor of Tboli even uses a helicopter before to visit the people of Tudok, it’s really that far. But roads are being paved now, and soon it will reach this community and others within the valley.
Time seems to stop in this part of Tboli and I got what I’m hoping for. A place to think and reflect. Suddenly everything was clearer, the problem that I’m running away from looks trivial now. My struggle seems to fail in comparison with that of Jed and other teachers who spent 5-7 hours walking just to teach and improve the lives of their student in the barangay or that of a kid who carries sacks of abaca to sell miles away from Tudok barefooted.
Those are just a few stories I can remember. Be it the magic of the valley or the inspiring lives of the people I’ve met along the way, there’s no denying that this place changes the way I think about life in general.
Sorry, this wasn’t your typical travel post with itinerary and tips. This is my way of saying, travel if you must but don’t escape life. Sometimes you need to widen your view to see how small your problem are to the greater scheme of things.
Till the next post. Always be hungry for travel.
-Fra Jamir | Takaw Travels
Along with fellow SOX Bloggers and tour operators from Davao City, we embarked on a 3 day trip to the Land of The Dreamweavers. The goal is to get familiarized with the area and identify the potential tourist offerings within the municipality. So this blog post is all gonna be about the things you can do in Lake Sebu and places you need to drop by.
Let’s start with How To Get Lake Sebu.
From General Santos City take a Bus or Van to Koronadal (Marbel).
Travel Time: 45 Minutes – 1 hour
Travel Cost: Depends on the Bus but usually around 100php or less.
Now from Koronadal City take another bus to Surallah.
Travel Time: 30 – 45 Minutes
Travel Cost: 45php or less
From Surallah Bus Terminal ride a van to Lake Sebu
Travel Time: 45 Minutes – 1 hour
Travel Cost: 45php or less
The van won’t leave until its full so expect additional wait time.
Another option is to take a van straight to Lake Sebu from General Santos Bus Terminal.
Travel Time: More than 3 Hours (Depends on if full or not) It usually picks up a passenger along the way and has too many stops. So if you’re up for a long ride then this would be an option.
Travel Cost: 150Php
Once you’re in Lake Sebu Skylab Rates from Public Terminal varies but here are some standard rates:
Falls 1: 40Php
Falls 2: 50Php
Lang Dulay: 30Php
SLT (School of Living Traditions): 40Php
Motorcycle Service Half Day : 300Php
Motorcycle Service Whole Day: 500Php
Top Things to do in Lake Sebu
Visit Lake Sebu’s 7 Falls & Zipline
Enjoy the culinary delights at a Lake Cruise
Witness and interact with cultural experts at Lake Sebu’s School of Living Tradition
They say traveling solo is fun. But wouldn’t it be nice to have someone to share those memories with?
If you’re thinking of traveling solo or with a special someone I would highly recommend adding Mati, Davao Oriental on your list. Check out our short video about the Mati trip.
About an hour away from Poblacion Glan is the quiet Barangay of Pangyan. This secluded place is the focus of our adventure today. Along with tourism officer of Glan Miss Lodar Dagoy Escobillo, we are in route to one of its hidden gem – the Cabnot Falls (Fikong Akil as called by locals).
The coastal views and perfect landscape sceneries along the Sarangani – Davao Del Sur Coastal road provides a perfect distraction, we barely notice the travel time towards Barangay Pangyan.
From Pangyan it will take you another 15 minutes or so to reach Purok Cabnot which is the starting point to the waterfalls. You can hire a local driver to take you there, travel cost would range from 50php to 100php. If you’re up for it, you can also trek to Purok Cabnot for about 45 minutes depending on your speed.
Upon reaching Purok Cabnot, it will only take you 15 minutes to reach the first falls which is Fikong Akil. (Fikong means “falls” in Blaan dialect). Another 15-20 minutes to reach the 2nd falls – Fikong Gumagot. The 3rd one is called Fikong Mlawil and its pretty close from the 2nd.
Glan is mostly known to it's pristine coastal view and white sand beaches, but an hour away from Poblacion, Glan you'll…
Last November 10, 2016, Takaw Travels and fellow SOX Bloggers visited Lake Sebu to witness the newest adventure tourism in the area – Lake Sebu Paragliding Adventure brought by AKFIG Paragliding Adventure company.
The Philippine Paragliding and Hang Gliding Association (PPHGA) were there as well to be part of the launching of the newest attraction in town. We didn’t let this opportunity pass and I was one of those who jumped and risked it just to witness & fly the majestic sky of Lake Sebu. The experience and view were totally worth it.
Now, Lake Sebu doesn’t only offer a great zip-line adventure but also the adrenaline of the paragliding. So when visiting please do consider trying this activity out. It’s definitely one to be cross off your bucket list.
Sa mga gustong matry tong activity, promo sila ngaun. Contact niyo lang Akfig Paragliding Adventure, 09177121868. Look for Edil for reservations. ?
How to get there: From General Santos City take the bus going to Marbel. Fare is around 80-100Php (1hr ride)
From Marbel take another bus going to Surallah (same terminal) – fare cost around 40Php (30mins ride)
Once in Surallah you can either ride a van (40-50php) going to Lake Sebu or hire a Habal-Habal to take you there (Cost depends on your transaction with rider).
Kapatagan, Digos City – After a three hours ride from Davao City, I found myself on the foothill of the gorgeous Mt. Apo. With a single purpose – relaxation. In addition to the stunning sight of the iconic mountain and the cold breeze on the plateau, I couldn’t help but be jealous of the people living around the area. Imagine living here, waking up on this mountain air with an awesome view, oh that would be life.
If you’re thinking of visiting this resort after/during Kadayawan 2016 then here are some info that might help.
How to get to Mt. Apo Highland Resort?
Getting here isn’t as bad as what they used to, the roads are already paved and you can easily hire a (habal-habal) motorcycle from Digos City to reach the area. Cost is around P100/pax and it normally takes 45 minutes to an hour to get to the location. The terminal is located at Llanos clinic.
Rooms & Accommodation
You have two options of accommodation in Mt. Apo Highland Resort. First, you have the Lake Mirror cottages which are located in the lakeside area – Cabin rates are (P1,800) 2 pax & (P2,000) 4 pax. While the second one is the hillside cottages – Cabin rates are (P2,000) 2 pax & (P2,200) 4 pax respectively. I personally prefer the hillside because of the altitude and the fantastic scenery. Plus they also have a restaurant that offers great coffee and delicious servings. Click here for some discounted room rates.
Top Things to Do when in Mt. Apo Highland Resort
There’s a lot of things you can do when staying at Mt. Apo Highland Resort. This could be a great place to stay if you’re planning a trek to Mt. Apo. But if you’re a casual traveler then don’t worry there’s still a lot of activities that you can enjoy from when visiting.
Enjoy the view at the hillside resort while having a sip of their very own Civet Coffee. And yes they have civets and you can watch them feed those cute but feisty creatures every afternoon.
Polomolok, located down south of the country – in between General Santos and Tupi. Here you’ll see a vast field of a pineapple plantation and a great backdrop view of Mt. Matutum. If by chance you find yourself visiting this area, either for pleasure or business you’ll definitely need a perfect hotel to stay in. The newest accommodation in this municipality is the AMCOOP Suites.
There’s not a lot of hotels or Inn around Polomolok area so when the SOX Bloggers (Avel, Kyrie & Chiclet) received an invite we took the chance & have a glimpse of the newest establishment in town.
AMCOOP Suites is located at Cannery Road, which is the main highway going to DOLE Plantation and other sites like Trappistine Monastery making it ideal for business and leisure. I gave it a
Rooms and Suites Fitted with 12 hotel rooms and a Deluxe Queen/Twin (Php 1,200) or Premiere Queen (Php 1,500) options. The room is cozy and the bed has excellent linen and pillow. The internet on the room was pretty fast and they also have a work table which I really appreciated. I had a good sleep and for that I gave it
Photos from https://www.facebook.com/AmcoopSuites
Photos from https://www.facebook.com/AmcoopSuites
Services and Facilities Equipped with a Function Room and a 24-hour Business and Internet Lounge (Free Workstation) makes AMCOOP Suites ideal for business travelers looking for a perfect bed and breakfast in Polomolok Municipality. They also have laundry and pressing services if needed and also an Airline Ticketing, Tour and travel arrangements – just seek assistance via the 24-hour front desk personnel. Rate:
Food and Restaurant Same with every hotel or inns I’m staying at, there should always have great food choices (or at least a good resto nearby). The restaurant and Cafe are open from 6:00 am till 10:00 pm. I haven’t really seen or tried all their food selections except for breakfast but knowing that they do offer food choices is a big plus.
Visiting Davao City this August? You’re in luck! One of the country’s most colorful festival will be happening this August 15 – 21, 2016 – Kadayawan Festival. Here’s the Kadayawan Festival 2016 Schedule of Activities.