Swimming at Lemlunay Dive Resort in Saranggani

I was in General Santos City a couple of weeks ago for a short weekend vacation. We we’re supposed to attend the Tuna Festival but because the original festival schedule was moved, we took the opportunity to explore more of General Santos and its neighboring towns instead. One of the destinations we went was a dive resort with a familiar name. When I heard of Lemlunay Dive Resort, the resort’s name, I was sure I have heard it before. I wasn’t sure where, how and when. It was only after a few conversations with the owner that I realized some of my friends have been there while the resort was still in its early development phase.
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First time in Puerto Princesa City

The Puerto Princesa trip last Friday was my first trip to Palawan. I never really had a decent preparation due to tons of work I had to finish during the weekdays. Despite the busy week, my work didn’t stop me from getting excited for the much awaited Palawan trip.

The Manila-Puerto Princesa flight went well. In fact, I can’t remember any significant detail during the flight since I was sleeping for most of the time. We arrived in Puerto Princesa in the afternoon and we were greeted with a fair weather. A van commissioned by our hosts took us to the different sites within Puerto Princesa. I’ll go into details in the succeeding posts.

I enjoyed my 3-day stay in Palawan very much. The 3-day trip was not enough to experience all the beautiful things Palawan has to offer. We haven’t even experienced half of what can be done and what can be seen in Palawan. On my next trip to Palawan (September), I’ll try my best to try the things I haven’t tried on my first trip.

More details on my Palawan trip next time. (I’m too sleepy to remember everything right now).

Burnham Park, Baguio City

We were blessed to have a fair weather when we arrived in Baguio City that morning despite the rains that shower the rest of Northern Luzon. Equipped with my camera, wide angle lens, and GPS phone, we started off our Baguio trip at the famous Burnham Park.

Burnham Park is located at the heart of the city. The park was named after Baguio City’s planner, Daniel Burnham?. The man-made lake in the middle of the park is its main attraction and made the park a favorite among local residents and visitors alike.

On a normal day, you will often see locales in jogging pants taking their morning walk and exercising in the park. Visitors go visit the park for boat rentals, picnic, biking or for just a leisure strolling around the lake side. The park is also a perfect subject for landscape photographers and tourists.

Nagsasa Cove

If you were to be asked for a good place to go for weekend holidays in Luzon, you would likely give Batangas, Tagaytay or Baguio for an answer. But after experiencing one of the hidden jewels of Luzon last weekend, if I’m asked, I’d probably give a Nagsasa Cove for an answer.
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1st Philippine International PyroMusical Competition in MOA

For someone coming from Davao City, fireworks and fire crackers are few of the things that excites us after the ban on firecrackers was implemented in the city. After hearing that the 1st Philippine International PyroMusical Competition will be held din MOA (Mall of Asia), I got really excited. I was able to get several tickets (from my friends).

The opening night was held last February 14, 2010. It was very timely for the Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day. The place was packed with people wanting to watch the Philippine Team and the US Team color the skies with their stunning musical fireworks presentation. Each of them performed a 20-minute non-stop fireworks presentation which colored the skies. It was a stunning sight.  I was able to catch several good photos. It’s really difficult to get good shots because of different obstructions.

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Quiapo Church, the Basilica of the Black Nazarene

The Basilica of the Black Nazarene, or the Quiapo Church as it is popularly known, houses the large black wooden statue of Christ bearing the cross. The Black Nazarene is believed to have miraculous powers. On Fridays (throughout the year), devotees of the Black Nazarene visit the Quiapo Church to celebrate the novena. Many believes that the Black Nazarene has attributes which can heal illnesses.

The Quiapo Church sits in front of Plaza Miranda, the heart of Quiapo, Manila.

The body of the Black Nazarene brought out of the Quiapo Church during the feast of the Most Holy Black Nazarene which is celebrated every 9th of January. The Black Nazarene is displayed in procession to the public in memory of Jesus Christ’s way to Mount Calvary. Devotees who walk with the procession usually walk barefoot.

The photo below shows the interior of the Quiapo Church. Devotees touch the figure of the Black Nazarene in hopes that they will be healed by the Black Nazarene’s miraculous healing powers.

Marcelo B. Fernan Bridge in Mactan, Cebu

When visiting Cebu via plane, the first attraction that will greet you perhaps is the Marcelo B. Fernan Bridge.  Built in 1999, the Marcelo B. Fernan bridge connects two of the province’s most important hubs, Mactan Island and the island of Cebu. Mactan houses the different hotel-resorts, which attracts millions of tourists every year; the different export processing plants; and Cebu’s gateway to the world, the Mactan International Airport.

This 1.2 km cable stayed bridge was constructed to alleviate traffic on the old Mactan-Mandaue bridge. The entire bridge system, which was constructed by the Japanese, spans across the Mactan Channel. The bridge was named after one of Cebu’s political figures, the late Senator Marcelo Fernan.

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Happy Cream Puffs

A couple of weeks ago, our Japanese teacher gave out custard-filled buns (or whatever that bun is called) on her birthday. That was the time when I first tasted a Happy Cream Puff. I didn’t bother asking Sensei either on where she bought it. After a week or two, some of my officemates brought boxes of Happy Cream Puffs in our office during our weekend overtime. That’s when I learned where they bought those delectable heavenly goodies.
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Eriko’s House: Cheap Hotel in Boracay

Eriko's House in Station 2, Boracay
Eriko's House in Station 2, Boracay

After we arranged our trip schedule and flight arrangements to Boracay with SEAIR, the next thing we did is to find accommodations in Boracay. We first thought that this part is going to be easy since it’s the off peak season of the year. We received recommendations from our frequent Boracay goer friends to check out Taj Guesthouse in Station 2. Apparently, the place is already full so we decided to check out Tans Guesthouse, which is within the same compound where Taj’s is. Unluckily, they are also booked for the weekend. They recommended to check out Eriko’s House though, another guest house within their compound. Continue reading “Eriko’s House: Cheap Hotel in Boracay”