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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JourneyingJames as a Rice Farmer in Kalinga

ShareTweet Call it perfect timing! I arrived at Kalinga, particularly in Buscalan, Tinglayan on the first day of the planting season. Buscalan in Tingalayan is known for Fang-od, the last remaining tattoo artist of Kalinga. She is featured by Lars Krutak of Discovery Channel for Tattoo Hunter. I don’t have a guide going there- I know that I need to have a guide but this time I just trusted my instinct. I boarded a bus from Tabuk City and hoped that I will meet some tribesmen who are from the tattooing village of Buscalan. Traveler’s Tip: Get a guide, contact Francis […]

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Kalinga: Tattooed on my Mind

ShareTweet Hidden among the mountains of the Cordilleras is the province of Kalinga. Civilization here dates back centuries ago but its just 17 years old as it was part of a bigger province before- Kalinga-Apayao. Its one province that would forever be etched on my mind as I experienced true hospitality and saw the living heritage it offers the world. I would like to write more detailed articles about Kalinga, particularly where I stayed for 3 days and 2 nights- Buscalan, Tinglayan so I would be doing a photo essay for now.   10 Photos from Buscalan, Tinglayan, Kalinga   […]

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