13 “Untouristic” Provinces You Should Visit this 2013 (Part 1)



ShareTweet If you are the same age as me or older, you must have heard this song: Enero, Pebrero, Marso, Abril, Mayo, Hunyo, Hulyo, Agosto. Septyembre, Oktubre, Nobyembre, Disyembre, Lubi Lubi. Konwaray sin abaniko. Patay na inin lawas ko. Lawas ko, ay ay! Madedesmayo San balhas na desmayado konwado. This has a new meaning to me now after somewhat learning some local dialects. So this is a Bicolano folk song called “Lubi-Lubi.” It talks about a woman enduring the heat (summer) from January-Lubi-Lubi (a Dolphy joke that Philippines has 13 months) and if not for the fan’s help, she would […]

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Sorsogon Travel Guide



ShareTweet Sorsogon Travel Guide/Map/Attractions Sorsogon is not on everyone’s list of must-visit provinces. But you would be surprised that this no-so-familiar Province offers a lot of secrets to the passionate traveler. I’ve been to this province thrice and I hope I can offer an overview of things to do when visiting Sorsogon. Sorsogon is part of the bigger Bicolandia Region or Region 5. It is the gateway of Luzon to the Visayas and Mindanao because of the roll-on-roll-off service in Matnog. Going to Sorsogon:  By bus: Buses are available in Pasay Bus Station and Cubao Bus Station. Travel time take […]

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Donsol, Sorsogon: Close Encounter with the Whalesharks



ShareTweet Finally! After about a year of dreaming I was able to have a close encounter with the Whalesharks in Donsol, Sorsogon. And yes, it was like I was still dreaming under the sea.   My experience of swimming with the whalesharks of what locals call “butanding” can be summarized in one sentence- “IT WAS 10 SOLID MINUTES OF BLISS.” There were 3 butanding sightings before I swam the first one. I guess they were shy of surfacing in front of about 50 snorkelers.   I was speechless on the first encounter. For a second, no minutes, I forgot everything, […]

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