I love this contest! Not only that I’m sharing the blessings but because I was able to read stories from my readers and their friends. I was stoked as I read 46 different adventures.
Pramis, kinikilabutan ako sa pagbabasa ng mga entries nyo. Astig ng mga adventures nyo!
Just a quick note about the entries:
- the most mentioned place is El Nido which is also my fave in all the Philippines
- a lot of the entries showed mountaineering and those something to do with zipline
- a lot also loves waterfalls and I’m with you guys with this.
- at least 3 said that they want me as the prize. So maybe next Valentines Day?
So, let me just repeat the
Criteria for Judging:
Thrill of the adventure 30%
Makes me want to do it too 30%
Clarity of the story 30%
Audience Impact 10%
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And the winners are…
Sophia: “One summer afternoon, I was so burned out from being a medical intern. I needed a whole new level of spontaneity. Got off duty at 5PM, packed my bags at 7PM, and hopped on a bus from Davao to Siargao at 9PM. Spent 3 whole days in Siargao by myself. I revisited Magpopongko Lagoon, Cloud 9, watched the sunset at the boulevard, and met some new friends at a videoke in Dapa Swimming Pool. The 3 whole days of being with the sun, sand, and surf healed my soul. I was alone but not lonely. Thanks, Siargao.”
Hi Sophia! I love the spontaneity that you showed here. A true mark of a traveler is that he has no fixed plans. You made me wanna revisit Siargao island. You started and ended with story with a bang- “whole new level of spontaneity” and “alone but not lonely.” Thanks Siargao you won a Lagu Beach Towel! What color do you like?
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Erika: “Firsts is always the best. As a Manileña, I don’t have an itchy feet to go anywhere (but Manila) until someone brought me to Camotes Island in Cebu. There, he showed me a different world; rode a habal-habal, no-entrance-fee-boracay-li
Hi Erika! Congrats on your first “real” adventure! You made me want to go to Camotes island. love the way you described it like “no-entrance-fee-boracay-li
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Diuvs: “Imagine encountering sea turtle mommies laying eggs or excited turtle babies making their way into the sea while strolling on the white beach of Baguan, Turtle Islands. Wake up to the noisy calls and fishy smell of curious boobies and chasing frigate birds at San Miguel Islands. Dive in the strong currents and explore the colorful world underwater. Climb up Bud Bongao with monkeys. Ride the colorful boats of the Jama Mapuns or be fascinated with free diving Badjaos. Cross seagrass and seaweed beds in Sitankai, the Venice of the South. Experience nature, culture and adventure! Explore the islands of Tawi-Tawi!”
Damn it Diuvs! I. AM. JEALOUS. WITH. THIS. You see that imagination you suggested on your entry- that made me stoked of really going to Turtle Islands. Plus points that this is really a place where a few have been too- Tawi-Tawi. I think I wanna go back there really soon. I love the supporting details you mentioned like the “colorful boats of the Jama Mapuns,” “free diving Badjao,” and “fishy smell of curious boobies.” You have virtually brought me Tawi-Tawi- I saw it, smelled it, felt it and heard of it through your story. Congrats Diuvs, you now own a brand new green hammock.
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Thank you Lagu for sponsoring this blog giveaway contest. For those who didn’t win but want to have a Lagu beach towel, do like their Facebook Page /lifeonthesands for establishments where you can grab your own Lagu Beach Towel. You can also join their latest contest. Check out their page and join!
To everyone who shared their adventure stories, thank you so much! I’m elated just reading your journeys. Some of them I will use during my “Travel Writing” talk this March 14 at R.O.X. So if you are free, do attend.
This is a free talk brought to you by Eagle Creek, just register on the number below. See yah there!
Until the next blog giveaway contest.