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Dahilayan Forest Park Bukidnon

The low temperature, the crisp smell of pines and the fresh breeze put Dahilayan Forest Park on my favorite places to cool out and recharge. Taking a less- than- an- hour- flight from Mactan International Airport to Laguindingan Airport Cagayan de Oro, then hopping on the 90-minute Saturday Zipzone Shuttle ride at Coffeworks Divisoria CDO jumpstarts your weekend adventure at the sightly Dahilayan Forest Park. Wayfaring through Camp Phillips and Del Monte Pineapple Plantation makes the ride to the property a real treat as well!

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Nestled at the foot of Mount Kitanglad 4,700 feet above sea level, Dahilayan Forest Park is more than just a place to relax but also a destination for adventure junkies. Try the Forest Luge, Zorb, ATV and Buggy Trail Adventure at the Forest Park. And just a few minutes away is Dahilayan Adventure Park where you can try Asia’s longest dual Zipline and a 120ft free fall into a manmade lake at the Dropzone.

Checked-in for a night with blogging best friends, our original plan was to try some of the adventure attractions at both the Forest and Adventure Parks during our weekend stay, but ended up just chilling at our porch and strolling along the pine trail. Tehee. We’d stay a bit longer on our next visit for sure.

Dahilayan Forest Park is located at Brgy. Dahilayan, Manolo Fortich Bukidnon Philippines. Contact them at 0917-715-4399.

For Zipzone Dahilayan, contact 09228801319.

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And with temperature dropping on an average of 19 degrees (Celsius), I got to wear one of my sweatshirts! Teehee ^_^

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Recommendations:

When visiting Dahilayan, don’t miss to do a night stroll and witness how postcard-y the property is. Also, enjoy a pack of freshly harvested strawberries (100php a pack) and sweet corn (100php a pack) sold by vendors stationed just outside the lobby. And of course,  a plate of ribeye at Del Monte Gold Club House’s restaurant is always a good idea!

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How to get there:

  • If you are driving –  From Cagayan de Oro, take the Cagayan de Oro-Bukidnon Highway, turn right on Alae crossing. From the crossing, enter Camp Philips, through their soccer field and traverse through the Del Monte  pineapple plantation road. Just continue until you reach Dahilayan Forest Park. You will see several directional signs along the way to guide you. Takes about 90-minute drive.
  • Public Commuting. From Agora Terminal, hop on a PUJ or van bound for Camp Philips (jump-off point). Fare is 50PhP-60PhP. Then hire a habal-habal from Camp Philips to Dahilayan Forest and Adventure Park. Usually costs 300PhP-500PhP roundtrip.
  • ZipZone Shuttle Ride (Available Only on Saturdays). For just 350PhP roundtrip, ride the air-conditioned bus to Dahilayan Ecopark from Coffeeworks Divisoria CDO. First come first served for walk in customers, so I advice you book ahead for sure seats.  Contact 09228801319 for inquiries.

 

Our Overnight Trip Expense Estimate at Dahilayan ( 2 day/1 night, cost estimate per person)

Overnight Stay at Dahilayan Forest Park (5,500php for a room accommodating 5 people) – 1,100php/person

Food Budget per person (lunch, dinner, breakfast, Snacks) – 1,200php/per person

Fare (gased up a private car) – 300php/ person.

Total Expense Estimate: 2,600PhP per person.

 

Big thanks to these crazies for making the trip super fun! ^_^

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iLuvCebu Travel Special: Ilocos + Itinerary

Bagnet was enough reason for me to take this trip, but the 4-day jaunt to Ilocos was far more exquisite  than I expected. Missing the flight to Manila didn’t even stop us from forwarding to our planned short junket. 5 hours delayed from our plotted itinerary,  we fine-tuned our tour schedule and ended up taking the Partas  9PM night bus to Vigan, which isn’t bad at all.

At around 4:30AM, after a 7.5 hour bus ride , we finally arrived at Partas Bus Station in Vigan. We hailed a tricycle just outside the terminal and haggled a deal with the driver on the tricycle’s ‘per-hour-rate.’ From 150Php, got a deal of 130php per hour. First on our itinerary is an attraction situated at a nearby municipality northeast of Vigan, The Bantay Bell Tower, where we witnessed a stunning sunrise. The Bantay Belfry was built in 1591 and was considered to be the people’s watchtower, part of the city’s defense that hands in forewarning against possible attackers. Just a few minute walk from the belfry is St. Augustine Church which was built in 1590.

Bantay Bell Tower

Bantay Bell Tower

 

Bantay Bell Tower

Bantay Bell Tower

 

St. Augustine Church

St. Augustine Church

St. Augustine Church

St. Augustine Church

Buluarte Vigan/Fortress of Vigan/ Baluarte ni Chavit, is a complex that lies in hectares of land which has mini zoo that houses  Bengal tigers, peacocks, civet cats, iguanas, a variety of reptiles and species of birds. Also get to spot  adorable fawns and deers moseying around the complex. 🙂

 

Baluarte

Baluarte

Baluarte

Baluarte

Baluarte

Baluarte

 Vigan Hidden Garden was our next stop where we got to see varieties of different plants, bonsais and  potteries. Also get to try some local specialties at their restaurant, Lilong and Lilangs.

 Vigan Hidden Garden

Vigan Hidden Garden

Two century old houses were our next stops. First the Crisologo Museum then the Syquia Mansion right after.

Crisolgo Museum. Floro S. Crisologo was the grandfather of the clan and a congressman known for being responsible for landmark legislations that not only benefited his constituents but the whole country as well. But his very notable work was for the establishment of the Social Security System, which serves the whole country to this day. Before he was killed in October 1970, the congressman was in the process of having a bill approved to abolish the death penalty because he believed that death was not the solution to stopping crime. The museum houses the family’s memorabilia and prized possessions. Even the old car where Floro Crisologo’s wife survived an attempt on her wife is on display.

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The Syquia Mansion houses the Philippine’s 6th President Elpidio Quirino’s extensive memorabilia is actually owned by his wife, Dona Alicia Quirino. The mansion has huge oil portraits  of the family, with three identified as works by national artist Fernando Amorsolo. You can also spot a replica of Juan Luna’s Spolarium upon entering the 2nd floor.

The tour lasted for about 3.5 hours and had instructed the tricycle driver that we will be alighting at Calle Crisologo. Since it was still 9:30AM and the stores at Calle Crisologo were still closed, we opted to walk around Calle Crisologo,  Plaza Burgos, Plaza Salcedo and Saint Paul Cathedral.

One must not miss taking a walk at Calle Crisologo.  4 blocks of cobblestone streets with rows of heritage houses, Calle Crisologo is probably Vigan’s most famous backdrop. And yeah, those huge wooden doors give amazing tones to self portraits. 😉 And to add more to the Philippine Hispanic ambiance, ride a calesa!

Calle Crisologo

Calle Crisologo

Calle Crisologo

Calle Crisologo

Calle Crisologo

Calle Crisologo

 

Kalesa

Kalesa

St. Pauls Cathedral, also known as the Metropolitan Cathedral, was built in 1574 while the church as it stands now was completed in 1800. Two plazas surround the church, Plaza Salcedo just across the church’s entrance and Plaza Burgos just right beside St. Paul Cathedral’s Bell Tower.

St. Pauls Cathedral

St. Pauls Cathedral

St. Pauls Cathedral

St. Pauls Cathedral

Plaza Salcedo

Plaza Salcedo

Plaza Burgos

Plaza Burgos

 

Vigan Eats

Vigan Empanada is a popular street food in Ilocos Sur. It is made of fried rice flour with vegetable and meat filling. Best enjoyed when dipped in vinegar. Yum! We had our serving at Vigan’s Empanadahan, just beside Plaza Burgos for 30php a piece.

Empanada

Empanada

Empanada

Empanada

Sinanglaw / Sinanglao is doubtlessly my favorite among the food I’ve sampled in Vigan. Sinanglao is beef with innards and skin in beef broth. To make it more flavorful, kamias is added. Get your fill at Vigan’s Empanadahan just beside Plaza Burgos at 60php a serving.

Sinanglaw

Sinanglaw

 

Cafe Liona’s Vigan Longganisa and Bagnet.

Bill: 425php for a serving of bagnet+longganisa+ 2rice

Crispy pork belly fried to golden perfection! Yum!

The longganisa is garlicky, black pepper spicy and a bit tangy. Perfect with fried rice! Nomnom!

Bagnet

Bagnet

Longganisa

Longganisa

 

 

Cafe Uno. A slice of cake and some cold refreshments at Cafe Uno before heading to Partas Bus Station to hop on a bus to Laoag Ilocos Norte! Also needed to recharge our phones batteries and gladly they had plenty of wall outlets available. 🙂

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It was a short yet edifying experience but had to go to Vigan Partas bus station for yet another adventure – off we went to Ilocos Norte!

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Out of Town Special: Surigao del Sur

With Cebu Pacific Air’s three flights a week from Cebu to Tandag, it is now easier for us Cebuanos and all the travel junkies in the world to explore the beautiful Surigao del Sur and the rest of Caraga Region.

 

I had an awesome time exploring  Surigao del Sur during the weekend. Went to three of so many attractions of the  charming province. Check out my captures of these breathtaking attractions!

 

1. Tinuy-an Falls in the City of Wonders, Bislig 

Dubbed as the “Niagara Falls” of the Philippines, Tinuy-an Falls is the widest waterfall in the country. It has a three-tiered falls with a total height of 55 meters with a bathing area of 95 meters. The multilayered riverbed of stones is skillfully crafted by nature.

During February to May, you can go trekking and bird watching at the heavily forested hills where you can find giant ferns, trees, wild orchids and vines.

Manobos, Bislig’s earliest inhabitants, guide you around the falls and you  can also arrange a guided trek with the tribe people.

How to get to Tinuy-an Falls:

By Bus: From Tandag, ride a bus to Bislig. Tell the driver that you will be alighting at the road to Tinuy-an Falls. And from there, ride a habalhabal/ motorcycle.

You can also book guided tours at your preferred hotel in Tandag.

Tinuy-an Falls Bislig City, Surigao del Sur

Tinuy-an Falls Bislig City, Surigao del Sur

Tinuy-an Falls Bislig City, Surigao del Sur

Tinuy-an Falls Bislig City, Surigao del Sur

Tinuy-an Falls Bislig City, Surigao del Sur

Tinuy-an Falls Bislig City, Surigao del Sur

Tinuy-an Falls Bislig City, Surigao del Sur

Tinuy-an Falls Bislig City, Surigao del Sur

Tinuy-an Falls Bislig City, Surigao del Sur

Tinuy-an Falls Bislig City, Surigao del Sur

 

 

2. Enchanted River, Hinatuan Surigao del Sur

Locals claim that the place is truly enchanted by spirits. Stories were told that spirit guardians called “diwatas” take careful watch at the river after dark.

Hop on a boat where you can go to Sibadan where you can buy live seafood and have them cook at your own liking.  You can also go ahead and swim with black tip reef sharks and really big fishes at Sibadan. You also have a choice to go island hopping. Boats are hired per hour. (Rates and Fees posted below)

Order the Curacha (spanner crab or red frog crab) when at Sibadan. According to Wiki, Curacha a hybrid crustacean, with the characteristics of a large sea crab and a big spiny lobster.

 

Enchanted River Fees:

Entrance Fee: 30.00PHP per person

Life Jacket: 15.00PHP per hour (Bring an ID Card)

Table: 100.00PHP

Boat: 160.00 PHP per hour maximum of 5 persons

 

How to get to Enchanted River:

By Bus: From Tandag, ride a bus to Hinatuan. Tell the driver that you will be alighting at the road going Enchanted River. And from there, ride a habalhabal/ motorcycle.

You can also book guided tours at your preferred hotel in Tandag.

Enchanted River Hinatuan Surigao Del Sur

Enchanted River Hinatuan Surigao Del Sur

Enchanted River Hinatuan Surigao Del Sur

Enchanted River Hinatuan Surigao Del Sur

Enchanted River Hinatuan Surigao Del Sur

Enchanted River Hinatuan Surigao Del Sur

Enchanted River Hinatuan Surigao Del Sur

Enchanted River Hinatuan Surigao Del Sur

Enchanted River Hinatuan Surigao Del Sur

Enchanted River Hinatuan Surigao Del Sur

 

Enchanted River Hinatuan Surigao Del Sur

Enchanted River Hinatuan Surigao Del Sur

 

Enchanted River Hinatuan Surigao Del Sur

Curacha served at Sibadan, Hinatuan Surigao Del Sur

 

Enchanted River Hinatuan Surigao Del Sur

Sibadan Hinatuan Surigao Del Sur

 

Enchanted River Hinatuan Surigao Del Sur

Sibadan Hinatuan Surigao Del Sur

Enchanted River Hinatuan Surigao Del Sur

Sibadan Hinatuan Surigao Del Sur

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Sibadan Hinatuan Surigao del Sur

 

3. Britania Group of Islands, Lianga Bay Barangay San Augustin Surigao del Sur

Britania Group of Islets/Islands is known as the Shangri-La of the Pacific. The pristine waters and white sand beaches makes it an awesome destination for beach junkies.

How to get to Britania Group of Islets/Islands

By Bus: From Tandag, ride a bus to San Augustin. Tell the driver that you will be alighting at the road going to the Britania Group of Islands/Islets. And from there, ride a habalhabal/ motorcycle.

You can also book guided tours at your preferred hotel in Tandag.

Britania Group of Islands

Britania Group of Islands

Britania Group of Islands

Britania Group of Islands

Britania Group of Islands

Britania Group of Islands

Britania Group of Islands

Britania Group of Islands

Britania Group of Islands

Britania Group of Islands

 

Stunning right? Will surely be back to explore more of adventures in this part of the country! See you soon again Surigao del Sur!

Cebu to Tandag lowest year-round fares start at PHP588.

Visit www.CebuPacificAir.com or call reservation hotlines 032-230-8888 (Cebu)/ 02-7020-888 for bookings and inquiries. Add them on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/cebupacificair and twitter www.twitter.com/cebupacificAir for the latest seat sales.

 

 

 

Out of Town: Coron Palawan Part 2

 Click here for Part one of our Coron Adventure

THIRD DAY

We again booked with Nice in Paradise Tours for “Coron NxtCapade.”  Itinerary for this tour package is Bulog Dos Island, Banana Island and Malcapuya Island, priced at 1,200php per person.  The price is a bit higher than Tour A since the islands in the tour package is about 45 minutes farther than the previous package. Price inclusive of hotel to boat transfers, entrance fees, life vest, tour guide, lunch and snacks. Minimum of 5 people.

 

Bulog Dos Coron Palawan Philippines

Bulog Dos Coron Palawan Philippines

Bulog Dos Coron Palawan

Bulog Dos Coron Palawan Philippines

 

Banana Island is our next stop where we had our lunch! The chili crabs made everyone’s tummy really happy. Ok, except for Marco who doesn’t share the same enthusiasm in eating crustaceans. hehe. But he did enjoy the grilled chicken served with the lunch spread. ^_^ Snorkeling and fish feeding came a few minutes after the bountiful lunch.

Banana Island Coron Palawan

Banana Island Coron Palawan

Banana Island Coron Palawan

Banana Island Coron Palawan

Banana Island Coron Palawan

Banana Island Coron Palawan

 

Last on our itinerary for this tour is Malcapuya Island! The group’s favorite island so far in Coron. Had a refreshing  fresh coconut for just 50php. 

 

Malcapuya Island Coron Palawan Philippines

Malcapuya Island Coron Palawan Philippines

Malcapuya Island Coron Palawan Philippines

Malcapuya Island Coron Palawan Philippines

Malcapuya Island Coron Palawan Philippines

Malcapuya Island Coron Palawan Philippines

Malcapuya Island Coron Palawan Philippines

Malcapuya Island Coron Palawan Philippines

TIP: Bring extra water, extra soda/ juice drinks, chips and snacks. Have your drink items to be stored in the cooler. Also bring your snorkeling gears to better enjoy the underwater life. Also when booking with Nice in Paradise Tours, we recommend you to ask for Moimoi as your tour guide.

FOURTH DAY

With our flight back to Cebu scheduled at 1:05PM, we dedicated the last day in buying stuff to bring home. We bought most of our pasalubong items at Coron Souvenir & Gift Shop and had customized our souvenir bracelets at Pearl Y Shell.  Thought of buying some wood carved items but it was a bit pricey here. I remember buying the same items in Puerto Princesa at half the price. Even the Casoy is priced higher at 250php for 380grams.

 

Coron Palawan Philippines

Coron Palawan Philippines

Coron Palawan Philippines

Coron Palawan Philippines

11:00AM our van picked us up at the guesthouse for that 30 minute ride to the airport. Terminal Fee at 75php (Price as of June 10, 2014).

 

It was a quick 4 day/3 night in the tropical utopia that is Coron and we enjoyed every minute of it.  Looking forward to see the rest of the islands with the rest of the barkada soon!

 

Heres our Itinerary for the trip  with the breakdown of expenses.

 

Saturday (Total Expenses for this day 1,150php):

11:00AM Flight from Cebu to Busuanga

1:00PM Arrival at Busuanga Airport

1:15PM Van to Palanca Guest House (150php per person- arranged by Palanca Guest House)

1:45PM Checked in at Palanca Guest House (1,200php per night per room for 2 person /600php per person)

2:15PM Lunch at a restaurant (150php)

4:15 PM Ascend Mount Tapyas

6:00PM Descend to Mount Tapyas

6:30PM Hired a Tricycle roundtrip from City Center To Maquinit Falls and back (300php for 3 passengers/ 100php per person)

7:00PM Arrived at Maquinit Falls (Entrance 150php)

8:00PM Went back to city center

8:30PM Dinner at Big Mama’s (Dinner was c/0 our friend Atty. Ethe, but alot atleast 150php for a budget dinner if you plan to eat here)

 

Sunday (Total Expenses for this day 1,840php):

Palanca Guest House (1,200php per night per room for 2 person /600php per person)

7:00AM Breakfast at a restaurant/carenderia beside Palanca Guest House (Silogs at 80php)

8:30AM Pick up for Coron Island Hopping Adventure with Nice in Paradise Tour Package A: 850php per person

We booked “Coron Island Tour” (Tour A) with Nice in Paradise Tours.  The tour included a tour to Kayangan Lake, Twin Peaks Reef, Banol Beach, CY Island, Floating House and Twin Lagoons.  The tour is priced at 850php per person inclusive of hotel to boat transfers, entrance fees, life vest, tour guide, lunch and snacks. Minimum of 5 people.

5:00PM Back in Coron

8:00PM Light dinner at La Sirenetta (180php each)

9:00PM Halohalo at Ice Valley (130php)

 

Monday (Total Expenses for this day 1,979php):

Palanca Guest House (1,200php per night per room for 2 person /600php per person)

7:00AM Breakfast at Dad’s Coronzy Coffee and Tea (Silogs at 80php)

8:30AM Pick up for Coron Nxtcapadewith Nice in Paradise Tour Package B: 1,200php per person

5:00PM Back in Coron

8:00PM Dinner at Kapemos Restaurant (99PHP)

 

Tuesday (Total Expenses for this day 1,305php):

7:00AM Breakfast at Carenderia beside Palanca Guest House (Silogs at 80php)

8:00AM Pasalubong (1,000php)

11:00AM Van Pick up for airport (150php per person)

11:30AM Arrived at Busuanga Airport

12:00PM Checked in for our flight. (75php Terminal Fee)

 

Grand total for the 4 days – 3 nights Coron budget tour is 6,274php. The total does not include airfare. Feel free to use our itinerary and don’t forget to like and share this post, ok? Awesome! Can’t wait to see your pictures in Coron!

Big thanks to our good friend Marco paulo Diala for planning the trip!

How to get to Coron from Cebu?

Cebu Pacific Air flies direct from Cebu to Coron and back. For more details call them using the numbers here: http://www.iluvcebu.com/cebu-pacific-air-2/ or visit www.CebuPacificAir.com.

 

Text: Andrew “Doyzkie” Buenaviaje

Photos by: Doyzkie and Reymond Buenaviaje

Out of Town: Coron Palawan

Before rainy season dawns, went for one last sunny summer hurrah with my brothers Reymond and Edd, our dad and close friends Atty. Ethelbert and Marco in Coron.  It was everyone’s first time to travel to the Northern part of Palawan and we were just so thrilled to explore the islands of this quaint paradise. Seated at 19A, I was greeted with an awesome view of the beautiful islands and clear crystal waters of Coron when the plane started to land.

Coron Palawan, Philippines

Coron Palawan, Philippines

 

Coron Palawan, Philippines

Coron Palawan, Philippines

 

After deplaning, we hopped on the van to Palanca Guest House, our home for 3 nights. Travel time from Busuanga Airport to Coron is about 30 minutes. You’ll pass by beautiful lush greens with cow herds on the way to the town of Coron.

Coron Palawan, Philippines

Coron Palawan, Philippines

Coron Palawan, Philippines

Coron Palawan, Philippines

 

Along Don Pedro Street, Palanca Guest House is conveniently located at the city center where the restaurants, bars and pasalubong centers are. It’s also just about 8 minutes via the tour tricycle service to the wharf where we ride the boat for island hopping. And guesthouse’ staff are very friendly and helpful. They even arranged our airport transfer and our island hopping escapade with Nice in Paradise Tours.

FIRST DAY

After we all have settled in our rooms, we then had lunch at a nearby restaurant. Then we had about an hour to rest before we start ascending Mt. Tapyas. We started to climb the 724 steps at around 4:15pm and arrived at the summit after 45 minutes. We stayed until the sun had set and had a fast descend. Next stop: Maquinit hot spring! You can hire tricycles waiting at the base of the mountain going to Maquinit Hot Spring.
TIP: Be sure you have done your stretching and bring at least a liter of water before ascending Mount Tapyas.

Mount Tapyas, Coron Palawan, Philippines

Mount Tapyas, Coron Palawan, Philippines

Mount Tapyas, Coron Palawan, Philippines

Mount Tapyas, Coron Palawan, Philippines

 

Mount Tapyas, Coron Palawan, Philippines

Mount Tapyas, Coron Palawan, Philippines

 

Tricycle rent is at 300php roundtrip (City Center to Maquinit Hotspring and back.). The Tricycle can carry a maximum of 3 passengers for the trip to Maquinit. The dusty and bumpy ride from Mount Tapyas to Maquinit Hot Spring is about 30 minutes.  Entrance to the hot spring is 150php. Admission is from 6:00AM -8:00PM, and closes at 10:00PM. Travellers/ tourists usually go here after a tiring climb from Mount Tapyas to soothe those aching leg muscles.

 

Maquinit Hot Spring, Coron Palawan Philippines

Maquinit Hot Spring, Coron Palawan Philippines

 

 

SECOND DAY

We booked “Coron Island Tour” (Tour A) with Nice in Paradise Tours.  The tour included a tour to Kayangan Lake, Twin Peaks Reef, Banol Beach, CY Island, Floating House and Twin Lagoons.  The tour is priced at 850php per person inclusive of hotel to boat transfers, entrance fees, life vest, tour guide, lunch and snacks. Minimum of 5 people.

 

First on the itinerary: Kayangan Lake! Climb 150 steps to reach the lake. On your ascend, don’t forget to enjoy the view. Go swim around the lake and go inside the mini cave. And you can also snorkel around the lake and sea the rock formations at the bottom of the lake.

Coron Palawan, Philippines

Coron Palawan, Philippines

Kayangan Lake Coron Palawan, Philippines

Coron Palawan, Philippines

Kayangan Lake Coron Palawan, Philippines

Kayangan Lake Coron Palawan, Philippines

Kayangan Lake Coron Palawan, Philippines

Kayangan Lake Coron Palawan, Philippines

Kayangan Lake Coron Palawan, Philippines

Kayangan Lake Coron Palawan, Philippines

 

Next Destination: Snorkeling at the Twin Peaks Reef. Beautiful coral garden with a good concentration of fishes that swim right pass all around you.

Twin Peaks Reef Coron Palawan Philippines

Twin Peaks Reef Coron Palawan Philippines

Twin Peaks Reef Coron Palawan Philippines

Twin Peaks Reef Coron Palawan Philippines

 

Next stop, Banol Beach for lunch! We had lunch at a private spot in Banol, where we enjoyed a buffet style lunch and snorkeled around for a good 30 minutes. Nice in Paradise Tours’ food was really good.

Banol Beach Coron Palawan Philippines

Banol Beach Coron Palawan Philippines

Banol Beach Coron Palawan Philippines

Banol Beach Coron Palawan Philippines

Banol Beach Coron Palawan Philippines

Banol Beach Coron Palawan Philippines

 

Then off for a swim at CY Island for more swimming! ^_^

CY Island Coron Palawan

CY Island Coron Palawan

 

Then off to another snorkeling stop, The floating house! Beautiful lush coral gardens. Though I noticed there’s just a few fishes swimming around this area compared to Twin Peaks Reef.

Floating House Coron Palawan Philippines

Floating House Coron Palawan Philippines

Floating House Coron Palawan Philippines

Floating House Coron Palawan Philippines

Floating House Coron Palawan Philippines

Floating House Coron Palawan Philippines

And last stop for this day tour was twin lagoons! Swim swim! Notice how cold the top part of the water is and when you stretch your feet down, you’d notice that the water is warm. According to our tour guide Moimoi,  the cold top layer is fresh water and the bottom part is the salt water from the sea.

Twin Lagoons Coron Palawan Philippines

Twin Lagoons Coron Palawan Philippines

It was 4:30PM as we sailed back to town and snacks were served. ^_^

TIP: Bring extra water, extra soda/ juice drinks, chips and snacks. Have your drink items to be stored in the cooler. Also bring your snorkeling gears to better enjoy the underwater life. Also when booking with Nice in Paradise Tours, we recommend you to ask for Moimoi as your tour guide. 

It was an awesome 2-day so far, but the next day is my favorite part of this trip!

Read more of the Part 2 of our Coron Trip and our itinerary and expenses here: http://www.iluvcebu.com/out-of-town-coron-palawan-part-2/

Out of Town: Guimaras Island

It is said that Guimaras is where the world’s sweetest mangoes are grown. I love mangoes, in fact, they are my favorite. And it might sound absurd, but ’twas my main reason why I dragged my bestfriend Marilou to explore the island of Guimaras.

From Mactan Cebu International Airport , we took a plane to Iloilo. We hopped on a boat from Parola Wharf Iloilo to Jordan Port, Guimaras. A boat leaves every 15 minutes and the trip is about 15 minutes depending on the water and weather condition. Fare costs 15php per passenger (Basing on the standard fare posted during the last quarter of 2013.)

Guimaras 5

Arriving at the port, our driver/tour guide, Charlie, was waiting  outside the port gate. We hopped in on his pedicab and we started touring the Island. Our first stop was the World’s Smallest Plaza, which was on Guinness Book of Records before.

Guimaras

Guimaras

Museo de Guimaras was our next destination. It was under renovation so snapped some photos and went on to grab some lunch.

Guimaras

 

With their Mango Pizza and Mango Spaghetti, Pitstop is a favorite among tourists. We tried both, and it was really interesting. The Pizza crust is thin and tough  with mango cream and cheese on top, and slices of green bell pepper to taste. The spaghetti’s sauce had the same taste with the mango cream and cheese on the pizza but was a bit creamier.^_^

Guimaras

Guimaras

Trappist Monastery was our next stop, where we bought some pasalubong and some religious items blessed by the monks. Buying your pasalubong here would save you a few bucks, for most of the pasalubong centers are supplied by them.

Guimaras

 

On our way to Camp Alfredo, we passed by acres of Mango Plantation, where most of the mangoes for export are harvested.

 

 

Guimaras Island

Guimaras Island

 

We skipped Camp Alfredo since our tour guide said that the main attraction was just the zipline. So off to Raymen beach, where we enjoyed about an hour basking in the sun. Chillin’ at Raymen Beach, I was pretty sure I’d be visiting Guimaras often. Look at that inviting green turquoise water, who could resist that!

 

Raymen Beach, Guimaras

Raymen Beach, Guimaras

 

The last one on our list of places to visit on this Guimaras trip was Guisi Beach and Lighthouse. Situated in Brgy. Dolores in the town of Nueva Valencia, it was the highlight of our Guimaras trip. I could just lay down on the golden yellow coastline the whole afternoon, feel the sun smooch my skin  and swim the clear waters.

Guimaras

18th Century Spanish-Colonial  lighthouse is a beauty! Passing through ruins of the 18th century spanish settlement, you would notice that Lighthouse is not in good condition anymore, but Charlie tells us that the people of Guimaras are still proud in having the second oldest lighthouse in the country.

Guimaras 7

Guimaras 8

 

 

We then went started our trip back to Jordan Guimaras for the last boat trip back to Iloilo. But before going to the port, we stopped by at mango fruit stands, where we bought a few kilos of mangoes. It wouldn’t be right if I leave the island without bringing home some of those World famous Guimaras Mangoes. I tried a slice, but unfortunately it wasn’t the sweetest for me. Charlie explained that it’s not mango season, thats why the mangoes are not the sweetest and a bit expensive during our visit.

Guimaras 10

 

Serene and tranquil, Guimaras is a great place to distress and relax. I will surely be back , stay a bit longer but  I’d make sure that the next one, is during Mango Season! 😉

 

Need a tour guide in Guimaras, contact our friendly driver/tour guide Charlie at +639461966887.

 

 

Taraw Cliff, El Nido

One of the most exciting things I did with my brothers Reymond and Edd  last year was climbing the Taraw Cliffs! It was a Sunday, 6:30AM as our group started ascending to the peak. We booked the mountain guides from Servant Tours, the same tour operator we booked our island hopping package. (Taraw Peak package priced 300php per person, contact Servant Tours  at 09154157245 or 09178088599..)

Taraw Cliff

Taraw Cliff

 

Honestly speaking, this is not for everybody. The climb to the peak is extreme and dangerous. To those who are planning to climb up the peak, here’re some tips:

1. Wear comfy shoes (preferably rock climbing shoes)

The climb is really rough, specially for beginners. You would be stepping on pointy rocks so it’s advisable to wear those climbing shoes with thick soles/ right cushion.

2. Wear something light and clothes that won’t work against your flexibility.

Since you would be moving so much, wear something comfortable .  If you have gloves for climbing, then it may come handy.

3. Bring first aid kit ( Band aid, providone iodine, cotton, etc)

4. Be sure to bring at least a liter of water per person.

5. Before putting all your weight on a grip when climbing, be sure the rock your gripping on is strong and not loose. Same as with your footing.

6. Wear insect repellent and sunblock.

7. Be sure that you are physically and mentally ready for the climb prior to this trip.

8. Listen carefully to your guide during the briefing.

Personally, I enjoyed the climb and the breathtaking view at the peak, it was awesome!  I just wish the climb would be safer with the implementation of proper gears and harnesses, especially for beginners. 🙂

We finished the climb and the descend in 4 hours. It was a crazy yet fun adventure!

Enjoy these wonderful captures from the peak. 

Taraw Cliff, El Nido

Taraw Cliff, El Nido

Taraw Cliff, El Nido

Taraw Cliff, El Nido

Taraw Cliff, El Nido

Taraw Cliff, El Nido

 

How to get to El Nido from Puerto Princesa? Click here: http://www.iluvcebu.com/el-nido-and-puerto-princesa-palawan-weekender/

 

 

 

Kadayawan 2013 Winners

“Madayaw Dabaw!”  A text  greeting I got from Region XI Tourism Director Mr. Art Bongcato a few hours after we landed in the Durian City, Davao! And I just have to ask him what it means and replied “it’s a friendly greeting meaning All great from Davao!” ^_^

Kadayawan originated from Davao’s ethnic tribes who would come together and celebrate a bountiful harvest, which serves as a thanksgiving to the gods. A few  things we learned from our Sun Cellular boss and mentor, Mr. Rolan Lagura as he explains what Kadayawan is as we roam around Davao during the Indak Indak sa Kadalanan.

 

After walking a few kilometers following the Indak Indak sa Kadalanan route, we watched from the Sun Cellular stage the routines prepared by the contestants. Here’s some of our shots from Indak-indak sa Kadalanan.

kadayawan 6

 

 

Kadayawan 2013

Kadayawan 2013

Kadayawan 2013

Kadayawan 2013

 

Kadayawan 2013

Kadayawan 2013

 

Kadayawan 2013

Kadayawan 20

 

Kadayawan 2013

Kadayawan 2013

 

Kadayawan 2013

Kadayawan 2013

 

Kadayawan 2013

Kadayawan 2013

 

Kadayawan 2013

Kadayawan 2013

 

 

Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan 2013 winners:

Open Category:

Champion: Panay National High School from Sto. Nino South Cotabato

First Runner-up: Tribo Sulalan from Polomok, South Cotabato

Second Runner up: Tribo Talaingon, Davao del Norte

 

Dava0-based Category

Champion: Holy Cross College of Calinan

First Runner up: Magallanes Elementary School

Second Runner up: Sta. Ana Natonal High School

 

When in Davao, stay at the awesome Park Inn by Radisson Davao!

Park Inn by Radisson Davao

Park Inn by Radisson Davao

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Old Church Ruins in Camiguin

The Old Church Ruins is located in Bonbon Catarman in Camiguin Island. Also known as Gui-ob Church, it was destroyed and partly submerged by volcanic debris during the eruption and formation of Mt. Vulcan from 1871 to 1875. The ruins of the church, bell tower  and the sunken cemetery remains of the old town.

Old Church Ruins Camiguin

Old Church Ruins Camiguin

 

Old Church Ruins Camiguin

Old Church Ruins Camiguin

 

Old Church Ruins Camiguin

Old Church Ruins Camiguin

 

Old Church Ruins Camiguin

Old Church Ruins Camiguin

 

 

How to get to Old Church Ruins in Camiguin?

From Benoni port Camiguin, one can hire a motorcycle, multicab or a van. It is much convenient if you consign your vehicle for the whole duration of your stay in Camiguin. For our 2 day- 1 night stay in Camiguin, we paid 800php for the motorcycle rent (accommodates 2 poeple), that included the stops to tourist spots like cold and hot springs, then back to Benoni port the next day.

 

 

Sunken Cemetery Camiguin

During the birth of Mt. Vulcan in 1871, it kept erupting lava into the sea, destroying the town of Catarman and putting portion of the town underwater, including the town’s cemetery which today is one of Camiguin’s famous stops for tourists.

Sunken Cemetery Camiguin

Sunken Cemetery Camiguin

Sunken Cemetery Camiguin

Sunken Cemetery Camiguin

 

Corals are growing now at the once graveyard of the town’s people remains, now home to some colorful tropical fishes.

Sunken Cemetery Camiguin

Sunken Cemetery Camiguin

 

Sunken Cemetery Camiguin

Sunken Cemetery Camiguin

 How to get to Sunken Cemetery Camiguin?

From Benoni port Camiguin, one can hire a motorcycle, multicab or a van. It is much convenient if you consign your vehicle for the whole duration of your stay in Camiguin. For our 2 day- 1 night stay in Camiguin, we paid 800php for the motorcycle rent (accommodates 2 poeple), that included the stops to tourist spots like cold and hot springs, then back to Benoni port the next day.

Boat ride to the cross and part of the sunken cemetery is at 50php per person.

White Island Camiguin

A sandbar just about a kilometer/ 10 minute banka (boat) ride  from Mambajao  is White Island Camiguin. The horseshoe shaped island is composed solely of white sands but the tide constantly  reshapes its exact form.

White Island Camiguin

White Island Camiguin

 

White Island Camiguin

White Island Camiguin

 

White Island Camiguin

White Island Camiguin

The whole stretch of Mt. Hibok-hibok and Mt. Vulcan forming a silhouette of a pregnant women is unobstructed and can be clearly seen from the island.

There are stalls selling sodas, water and snacks in the island. Beach mats, beach umbrellas and tables for rent are also available at the island.

White Island Camiguin

White Island Camiguin

 

How to get to White Island Camiguin?

From Mambajao Camiguin wharf, you can hire a banka/boat for around 400php roundtrip for the entire boat. From our experience, it was cheaper that we booked the boat through the inn we were checked in at than the price they were offering  at the wharf (special price of 200php). But if the inn,resort or hotel is asking for more than 400 bucks for the boat, better book your boat at the wharf. 🙂 Plus a fee of 20php per person to go to the island.

Life vests and snorkel sets are for rent priced at 100php for both at the wharf.

White Island Camiguin

White Island Camiguin

 

Blogged by: Andrew “Doyzkie” Buenaviaje

Pandanon Island, Bohol

Pandanon Island, Bohol

Pandanon Island, Bohol

Around 120 minutes away from Mactan aboard a banka / boat , Pandanon Island is one of the favorite destinations when going island hopping in Mactan. Clear waters, white sand beach and a sandbar are a few of the reasons why Pandanon Island is a frequent island hopping destination. And not to mention the white columns looking like ruins from a temple in Greece where most visitors have their photos taken.

 

Pandanon Island, Bohol

Pandanon Island, Bohol

 

Pandanon Island, Bohol

Pandanon Island, Bohol

Pandanon Island, Bohol

Pandanon Island, Bohol

Pandanon Island, Bohol

Pandanon Island, Bohol

Pandanon Island may be not a great place to snorkel, but it’s still interesting to meet and observe the marine life around the island. Found a concentration of sea urchins a few meters away from the island and I noticed an interesting behavior from the fishes residing close to them. 🙂

 

Pandanon Island, Bohol

Pandanon Island, Bohol

Pandanon Island, Bohol

Pandanon Island, Bohol

Pandanon Island, Bohol

Pandanon Island, Bohol

 

How to get to Pandanon Island? You can hire a boat for island hopping in Mactan. Boat rental depends on your itinerary. One popular island hopping itinerary is Pandanon Island Bohol and San Vicente Olango Marine Sanctuary. Boat rental with that itinerary would be at 4,000php (boat can accomodate up to 30 people). Boat rental does not include entrance fees to Pandanon Island (Fee: 150php per person) and San Vicente Marine Sanctuary Environmental Fee (5ophp).

 

More  of iLuvCebu adventures around the Philippines? http://www.iluvcebu.com/category/what-to-do/around-the-philippines/

 

Don Bernardino Jalandoni Museum

Don Bernardino Jalandoni Museum or locally known as the Pink House due to its exterior color features rare and priceless pieces from Silay’s rich past. Built in 1908, Don Bernardino and his wife Isabel Jalandoni y Ledesma had collected  fine pieces of silverwares, well designed -interiors and intricate artworks including its beautifully embossed steel tray ceiling molded in Germany.

 

It is  located at Rizal Street, it is open from Tuesdays-Sundays from 10Am to 6PM. Telephone number (034) 4955093 .

 

Bernardino Jalandoni Museum is one of the 3 Heritage Houses in Silay that is open for tourists. The 2 other Heritage houses are the Hofilena Museum and Balay Negrense.

Bernardino Jalandoni House
Bernardino Jalandoni House
Bernardino Jalandoni House
Bernardino Jalandoni House
Bernardino Jalandoni House
Bernardino Jalandoni House
Bernardino Jalandoni House
Bernardino Jalandoni House
Bernardino Jalandoni House
Bernardino Jalandoni House
Bernardino Jalandoni House
Bernardino Jalandoni House
Bernardino Jalandoni House
Bernardino Jalandoni House
Bernardino Jalandoni House
Bernardino Jalandoni House

 

Balay Negrense

Many 19th century houses are well preserved in the city of Silay.  The mansion of the son of the first Negrense sugar baron, Yves Leopold Gaston, Balay Negrense is one of them. Built in early 1900’s, the two storey 12, bedroom house features a huge front lawn, a huge receiving area and a beautiful staircase to the second floor. The second floor also has a receiving area with 3 bedrooms at each side of the house. The house of stone and wood fuses Spanish and American colonial architecture and features a double staircase. French windows and large living areas. The museum is a showcase of the province’s history based on the eyes of the hacienderos like Don Victor.

 

Balay Nengrense is located at Cinco de Noviembre Street and is open from Tuesday to Sunday , 10:00AM to 6:00PM, Tel. No. (034) 4954916.

 

 

Balay Nengrense, Silay Bacolod
Balay Negrense, Silay Bacolod

 

Balay Nengrense, Silay Bacolod
Balay Negrense, Silay Bacolod

 

Balay Nengrense, Silay Bacolod
Balay Negrense, Silay Bacolod
Balay Nengrense, Silay Bacolod
Balay Negrense, Silay Bacolod
Balay Nengrense, Silay Bacolod
Balay Negrense, Silay Bacolod

 

El Ideal Bakery

Since 1920’s, El Ideal has been making bread, pastries and local delicacies in Silay. El Ideal has been a favorite stop of tourists and locals to get a quick grub and enjoy El Ideal favorites like guapple pie, piyaya and panyolitos de mangga.

El Ideal Bakery

El Ideal Bakery

El Ideal Bakery

El Ideal Bakery

Since my friends ordered the guapple, I had the pleasure of asking a slice from them and order other house specialties. I ordered the bibingka and Buko pie! The buko pie at El Ideal is <3.

El Ideal Bakery

El Ideal Bakery

El Ideal Bakery

El Ideal Bakery

 

El Ideal is located at the corner of Locsin Street and Rizal Street Silay City of Metro Bacolod.

 

 

Hofilena Museum

 

Hofilena Museum

Hofilena Museum

 

Manuel Severino Hofilena Heritage House or Hofilena Museum was the first ancestral home to open its doors to tourists. Owned by Ramon Hofilena, he will charm you on his wits and knowledge about Negros’s history, culture and arts.

Mr. Ramon Hofilena

Mr. Ramon Hofilena

Hofilena Museum

Hofilena Museum

 

The first level of the Hofilena Mansion displays original furnitures from the 19th century, newspapers and magazines, antique  vases and jars including a 3,000 year old Israeli juglet  and rare collections of the Hofilena family including the world’s smallest doll from Japan! And did you know that the Philippines has been noted to be one of the most abundant sites of an outer space rock called tactites? To know more about tactites, visit the Hofilena Museum! 🙂

The whole second floor of the Hofilena Museum houses Ramon’s collection of paintings by the Philippines’ renowned artists from the 19th century to the present – Luna, Hidalgo, Amorsolo and Manansala to name a few.

Hofilena Museum

Hofilena Museum

Hofilena Museum

Hofilena Museum

Hofilena Museum

Hofilena Museum

The world’s smallest dolls are among the collections of Ramon Hofilena. See the awesome details when you visit the museum.

World's Smallest Doll at Hofilena Museum

World’s Smallest Doll at Hofilena Museum

 

 

Manuel Severino Hofilena Ancestral House or Hofilena Museum is a heritage house pursuant to board resolution No. 3 dated April 6, 1993 of the National Historical Institute of the Republic of the Philippines.

For appointment, call 63-34-4954561 .

See more of Bacolod here: http://www.iluvcebu.com/what-to-do/around-the-philippines/bacolod/

Mambukal Mountain Resort

Spread of over more than 23 hectares of forests, hot springs, sulfur baths and 7 tier waterfalls, Mambukal Mountain Resort is a must visit when in Negros. To get there from the city of Bacolod, hop on a Mambukal bound bus at Libertad Bus Station and arrive at Mambukal Mountain Resort in 45 minutes to an hour. Of course if you have a car to drive you to Murcia Negros Occidental, that would be more convenient. 🙂

The ride to Mambukal Mountain Resort is an attraction itself. You get to see vast plantations of sugarcane and an awesome view of Mt. Kanlaon.

Mambukal Mountain Resort

Mambukal Mountain Resort

 

Situated in Brgy. Minoyan, Murcia Negros Occidental, Mambukal Mountain Resort was originally developed by Japanese architect Kokichi Paul Ishiwata in 1927. Main attractions that tourists come here for are the waterfalls and the hot sulfur springs which is said to have medicinal attributes.

Mambukal Mountain Resort

Mambukal Mountain Resort

 

A fee of 50php will be collected upon entering the resort. We started ascending to the mountain to see the 7- tier waterfalls, unfortunately due to time constraint we have for Mabukal, we only have time to see 6.  The climb to the 6 waterfall took us around an hour over lush forests, hanging bridges and steep stairs. And don’t forget to look up and see some fruit bats flying over the lush greens of Mambukal forest.

Mambukal Mountain Resort

Mambukal Mountain Resort

Mambukal Mountain Resort

Mambukal Mountain Resort

Mambukal Mountain Resort

Mambukal Mountain Resort

Mambukal Mountain Resort

Mambukal Mountain Resort

 

Mambukal Mountain Resort

Mambukal Mountain Resort

Mambukal Mountain Resort

Mambukal Mountain Resort

Mambukal Mountain Resort

Mambukal Mountain Resort

 

And at the 6th waterfall, you can do the 2 storey cliff jump on a 12foot- deep cold water. That’s if you have the courage to do so. 😛

Mambukal Mountain Resort

Mambukal Mountain Resort

Another attraction at Mambukal Mountain Resort is the hot dipping pool. Fee is 50ph.

Mambukal Mountain Resort

Mambukal Mountain Resort

 

Also come by Mambukal Mountain Resort every 3rd week of June for the Mudpack Festival where participants wear Mambukal’s multi-colored clay.

 

 

A list of places to visit when in Bacolod: http://www.iluvcebu.com/what-to-do/around-the-philippines/bacolod/

 

 

 

 

 

 

Negros Love Dance Festival 2013

Promoting love, peace and positivity through dance music, the first ever outdoor music festival of its kind in the whole of Negros took place at the upscale North District last May 4, 2013. Thirteen (13) Djs from which 10 are proud Negrense and homegrown, and three (3)  are renowned Djs in the clubbing scene, played from 12noon until 6AM the next day, lured people not just from Bacolod and Negros but also from the country’s major cities, Cebu and Manila.

 

Negros Love Dance 2013

Negros Love Dance 2013

Negros Love Dance 2013

Negros Love Dance 2013

Negros Love Dance 2013

Negros Love Dance 2013

 

 

With the line up of DJs, it was one awesome party!  Djs Elmer Dado & Druppo Tribale of Republiq, DJ Arra Pascual, DJ Clyde Harris, DJ Rex Tenio, DJ Lexi Locsin, DJ Eric Gella, Zeetrex, DJNav, DJ Miguel Rubin & DJ Jado GOnzales, Anton G and DJ Leandro Zayco.

 

DJ Clyde Harris at the Negros Love Dance Festival 2013

DJ Clyde Harris at the Negros Love Dance Festival 2013

 

And these ear candy mobile party pimped out cars are on display just before you enter the venue.With at least a dozen of these on display, Bacolod and Negrenses must be party animals! \m/

Negros Love Dance 2013

Negros Love Dance 2013

Negros Love Dance 2013

Negros Love Dance 2013

 

And yeaaaah,  booze kept on flowing! Beer bong stations were scattered across the venue for some crazy fun! \m/

Negros Love Dance 2013

Negros Love Dance 2013

 

Hosted by one of the country’s booming cities and the city of smiles Bacolod, can’t wait for  next year’s bigger and more awesome Negros Love Dance Festival!

 

 

This is your guide When in Bacolod : http://www.iluvcebu.com/what-to-do/around-the-philippines/bacolod/

Osvaldo’s Cakes Davao

Just 2 doors away from Tio Cococ’s Bar and Restaurant, is one of Davao’s best dessert places, Osvaldo’s Cakes.  Opening way back in October 2011 at Door # 7 of Paseo De Legaspi, Pelayo St., Davao City, Osvaldo’s cakes is known for creating edgy and artistic cakes using only the finest ingredients.

Paseo de Legaspi Davao

Paseo de Legaspi Davao

 

The bakeshop is designed as a kitchen so it can be used as one. Osvaldo’s Cakes Bakeshop has an open feel to it as the owners wanted to imbibe a much more personal interaction with guests.  Guests can walk-in and share the counter with the bakers or take away few slices of cakes on display.

 

 

Osvaldo's Cakes Davao

Osvaldo’s Cakes Davao

 

One of the very notable pieces when entering the bakery is these festively wrapped brownies. The Absolute Fudge Brownies makes use of Malagos Cocoa. Dark and earthy chocolate with a soft and smooth texture that just melts in your mouth, yum! Price: 80php

Osvaldo's Cakes Davao

Osvaldo’s Cakes Davao

And here’s a few of the awesome cakes I have sampled during my visit at Osvaldo’s Cakes.

Osvaldo's Cakes Davao

Blue Cheese, Fig and Walnut Cheesecake -Osvaldo’s Cakes Davao

 

Osvaldo's Cakes Davao

Caramel and Almond Cheesecake – Osvaldo’s Cakes Davao

Osvaldo's Cakes Davao

Red Velvet Cheesecake – Osvaldo’s Cakes Davao

 

Owned by siblings Joel and Jose Marie Rodriguez with wife Dindin, Joel is the main man in the bakeshop and the couple as business consultants.

Joel went to several baking classes with Pastry chefs namely Jill Sandique, Dorothy Ferreria and BooBoo Maramba. He formally learned Cake Decorating at the Wilton School of Cake Decorating in Woodridge, Illinois, USA.

Joel Rodriguez of Osvaldo's Cakes Davao

Joel Rodriguez of Osvaldo’s Cakes Davao

 

When in Davao, give in to the temptation and have a slice or two at Osvaldo’s Cakes!

 

 

Where to stay in Davao? Have an enjoyable stay at Park Inn by Radisson Davao: Adding Color to Life! 

Park inn by Radisson Davao

 

Tio Cococ’s Bar and Restaurant Davao

A fusion of Thai, Filipino and other Asian cuisine, Tio Cococ’s Bar and Restaurant makes use of the freshest ingredients that Davao has to offer and spices from around Asia, delivering great and mouth watering Asian cuisine favorites. Located at the beautiful Legaspi Suites, Tio Cococ’s Bar and Restaurant is at Door #9 of the property located in 115 P. Pelayo St. Davao City.

Tio Cococ's Bar And Restaurant Davao

Tio Cococ’s Bar And Restaurant Davao

The hispanic yet modern warm ambiance as you enter the restaurant makes you feel like you’re a rich haciendero from the old times. Saturday night when we dined in, it was 2 days before their soft opening. Mr. Pong Militangura, a Thailander with a Chef of international cooking par excellence, prepared a feast for us to sample the restaurant’s offerings.

Tio Cococ's Bar And Restaurant Davao

Tio Cococ’s Bar And Restaurant Davao

Tio Cococ's Bar And Restaurant Davao

Tio Cococ’s Bar And Restaurant Davao

 

Tuna Salad (Price: 200php). You would know if the tuna is fresh if there’s no pungent fish taste, and yes this one is definitely fresh!

Tio Cococ's Bar And Restaurant Davao

Tio Cococ’s Bar And Restaurant Davao

 

The all- time- favorite beer match Chicharon bulaklak (Price: 150php)

Tio Cococ's Bar And Restaurant Davao

Tio Cococ’s Bar And Restaurant Davao

 

Tom Yam Seafood Soup with coco cream & Tom Yam Seafood Soup w/0 coco cream  (240php each) .

Tio Cococ's Bar And Restaurant Davao

Tio Cococ’s Bar And Restaurant Davao

 

Tio Cococ's Bar And Restaurant Davao

Tio Cococ’s Bar And Restaurant Davao

 

Bagoong Rice (140php) and Pineapple Fried Rice (250php).

Tio Cococ's Bar And Restaurant Davao

Tio Cococ’s Bar And Restaurant Davao

Tio Cococ's Bar And Restaurant Davao

Tio Cococ’s Bar And Restaurant Davao

 

Beef Rendang (Price: 260php)

Tio Cococ's Bar And Restaurant Davao

Tio Cococ’s Bar And Restaurant Davao

Crispy Pata Family Size (520php)

Tio Cococ's Bar And Restaurant Davao

Tio Cococ’s Bar And Restaurant Davao

 

And ending the dinner with a refreshing dessert, Red Ruby Water Chestnut with shredded Coconut in Pandan Syrup. (Price:75php)

Tio Cococ's Bar And Restaurant Davao

Tio Cococ’s Bar And Restaurant Davao

 

Sharing good laughs over a great feast with Cebu print media friends, Tio Cococ’s is a sure place to enjoy good food, great company and the good life. Big thanks to our hosts Mr. Toto and his wife Ami Sevilla- Panganiban and Chef Pong.

Tio Cococ's Bar And Restaurant Davao

Tio Cococ’s Bar And Restaurant Davao

 

 

 

Where to stay in Davao? Have an enjoyable stay at Park Inn by Radisson Davao: Adding Color to Life! 

 

Park inn by Radisson Davao