Updated as of May 12, 2012
(Sound the trumpets please!)
Announcing the BIGGEST and MOST CHALLENGING adventure I (
and maybe in the whole Philippine travel scene) will ever take-
Dubbed as “ISANG DAAN” (one road or one hundred in Filipino language)- 100 Days of Backpacking the Philippines- The Cheapest Way Possible is on and will be happening very very soon!
Mark your cellphone calendars: February 1, 2012 (1-2-12) and if everything goes on schedule I’m done by May 10, 2012 (10-5-12).
THE TRAVEL PLAN
I will journey around the Philippines starting from Manila (Km.0) going up Northern Luzon then down to the eastern part to the provinces South of Manila like Quezon and Bicol region, cross the sea to explore the Eastern Visayas (Samar and Leyte) and then go down further to Mindanao (start from Surigao till I reach Tawi-Tawi then go up north to Dapitan) then to Central Visayas then go to Iloilo, ride a ferry to Palawan and continue to Mindoro finishing in Batangas and back to my home in Laguna.
Sorry, I will not publish the detailed route as people might copy it.
THE BIG QUESTION: WHY AM I DOING THIS?
It has been a dream to write a book of my 100-day journey, a coffee table book and maybe a travel show. So if you know of people who are interested in publishing the books or producing the show, please let me know so I can talk about this to them. (I know, its a steep dream, but hey dreams come true right? remember when I was interviewed by Travel & Living Channel)
Ultimately, I want to stay true to the vision of my blog– encourage fellow Filipinos that traveling is not only for the rich and famous. I want to tell everyone that traveling is for everyone- both rich & poor, young & old, male & female.
As you all know, I travel the cheapest way possible (check my Php250/day Visayas Challenge; Php400/day Mindanao Challenge and Php500/day Northern Mindanao Escapade and many more on my archives), so I want to keep that budget in mind. I will limit myself to spending Php500 or less per day.
Please bookmark, share and tweet about Isang Daan. I will use #isangdaan when I tweet about this challenge.
If you want to join and experience the journey, you can tag along the way. Maybe we can have some good lunch or dinner, a cup of coffee or some booze would be great too. Don’t worry, I’ll pay for mine.
More on this as February 1 goes near.
DO YOU ACCEPT SPONSORSHIP/PARTNERSHIP?
I welcome sponsors and partnerships but as of now, what I need most is: Media mileage.
If you are a blogger, you can blog about it or place a badge on your website.
If you are on social media Facebook/Twitter, please share it to your friends/followers.
If you know of TV producers or anyone who would be willing to invest on an indie travel show please let me know.
Thanks goes to my friend Atty. Ojeda mycomingsandgoings.com for sponsoring my travel insurance and to The Little Red Dot in SG for the continued support!
If you are interested, do contact me at journeyingjames(AT)gmail(DOT)com
PS. I want to thank you in advance, dear reader, for sharing this post. My gratitude to all of the encouragements I have received and will be receiving in the following days.
THIS CHALLENGE IS ALREADY DONE. WATCH THE LIVE INTERVIEWS:
As seen on ANC / GMA News To Go / TV 5