Backpacking: Albay, Sorsogon, Catanduanes for 7,867 Pesos

backpacking Albay, Sorsogon and Catanduanes
To complete my Region 5 league, I made a backpacking itinerary for Albay, Sorsogon and the Catanduanes Island. Initially, it was a solo-backpacking, but Tin, my friend joined me. Traveling via land from Manila to this region can take 12 hours, a bit challenging, right? As I always say, time is just a number, in exchange, you'll be rewarded with the stunning tourist spots and destinations of Albay, Sorsogon and the province of Catanduanes. Below are the actual itinerary and expenses:

HISTORICAL SITES IN CEBU CITY - A SOLO-BACKPACKING | Travel Guide, Itinerary, Attractions, Destinations, and List of Hotels

Cebu Travel Guide
Cebu City is the capital city of the Province of Cebu, situated on the eastern shore of Cebu Island. Cebu is one of the largest islands in the Philippine Archipelago.  It is considered as the “Queen City of the South” because of its economic stability and other economic factors. Of course, in Philippine history, Cebu has a gigantic contribute, especially in Christianity.
 

The RUINS: Talisay City travel guide, Itinerary, Attractions, Destinations, and List of Hotels

The RUINS in Talisay City
After Negros Museum, my next destination was The RUINS. I was at the entrance when I saw the gigantic shadow like structure of The RUINS, a few meters away. With my backpack, of course on my back, that’s why it’s called backpack because it’s really on my back, right? Anyways, going back to The RUINS, upon paying the entrance fee, I directly went to the fountain area, sat on the bench and was staring at The Ruins for 20 minutes. The ambiance was relaxing because the area is surrounded by greens designed with the gorgeous landscape. Below are the facts written on the printed materials on the wall - courtesy of The RUINS Management.
 

Miag-Ao Church | UNESCO World Heritage Site

Miag-ao Church Ilo-Ilo
Miag-ao Church or the Church of Sto. Tomas de Villanueva is an old baroque church in Miag-ao, Ilo-Ilo. It is one of the world famous baroque churches in the Philippines and it became one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The construction of this church began in 1787 while Fray Francisco M. Gonzales. O.S.A. was the parish priest of Miag-ao and Domingo Libo-on  was the Gobernadorcillo. The Church was completed in 1797 and it served as the fortress against the Muslim Raiders. In 1898, during the revolution, this church was destroyed but then it was rebuilt.
 

Solo Backpacking: NEGROS OCCIDENTAL AND ILO-ILO | Travel Guide, itinerary, attractions, destinations, and List of hotels

Negros and Ilo-Ilo travel itinerary
After my successful Cebu Solo-Backpacking, another solo-backpacking in the Visayas was planned - this is it, a solo-backpacking in Western Visayas. Language barrier wasn't a problem because Hiligaynon has similarity to our native language in Romblon. During my travel, I found out that the Negrenses are really accommodating and has a good sense of direction. In a simple question like: "where is it located?" they provided me a detailed instruction. In general, Negros Occidental and the province of Ilo-Ilo are Must Visit provinces in the Philippines. Sorted according to my itinerary, historical, heritage and tourist spots below were my destinations.
 

Tigbauan Church: ILO-ILO Itinerary, Attractions, Destinations, List of Hotels and Where to Stay

 After Miag-ao and Guimbal, it was around 6 PM when we passed by Tigbauan Church in Tigbauan, Ilo-Ilo. I already paid my fare until Ilo-Ilo City but I was amazed by the facace of the church, so I immediately got off the jeepney and had a very short visit in Tigbauan Church. In front is an open plaza and is just a few meters away from Tigbauan Municipal Hall.

Guimbal Church: ILO-ILO Travel Guide, Itinerary, Attractions, Destinations, List of Hotels and Where to Stay

Guimbal Church
 Guimbal Church is situated by the highway of Guimbal, Ilo-Ilo, can be recognized easily because of its facade. After my visit at Miag-Ao Church, I traveled around 30 minutes to Guimbal. According to my research, Guimbal Church or St. Nicholas of Tolentino Church  doesn’t have any record to when I was erected or established, however, completed between 1769 and 1774 under Friar Juan Campos. In 1893, it was further enlarged but later destroyed by fire during the Revolution in 1896 to 1898.

SAMAL ISLAND: Isla Reta Beach Resort in Talicud Island

Samal Island Itinerary
Isla Reta is a resort in Talicud Island - a smaller island situated at the back side of Island Garden of Samal (ICAGOS) or literally ‘sa likod.’ This is one of the island paradise in Davao del Norte that bears white sand beaches, and island that is surrounded with emerald and crystal clear water. And, underwater is a sanctuary of colorful flora and fauna. Isla Reta Beach Resort in Talicud Island is a perfect island for retreat and relaxation - well, if you're just looking for a relaxing ambiance by the beach.
 

Aliwan Fiesta 2019: Streetdance, Best float and Reyna ng Aliwan

Aliwan Fiesta 2019
Aliwan Fiesta is an annual event where the colorful festivals from the different regions in the Philippines gather in one area to compete for the coveted title. Having said that, Aliwan Fiesta is known as the "festival of all the festivals in the Philippines." Aside from the given title, the winners will also bring home cash prices, and many more. This event has a huge contribution to the Philippine tourism because it is the best way to let the world know, or the universe rather, that festivals are More Fun in the Philippines. Anyways, Aliwan Fiesta 2019 has series of events, such as the street dance competition, the float parade and the Reyna ng Aliwan. Below are the winners:


MT. APO: hiking itinerary and a collection of photos of our journey to the summit.

Mt. Apo hiking itinerary
Measures 2,956 meters above sea level, Mt. Apo is dubbed as the "bubong ng Pilipinas" because it is the highest and the father of all the mountains in the Philippines. Its circumference stretches to two provinces in the southern Mindanao region, the provinces of North Cotabato and Davao del Sur. Though, Mt. Apo is considered as an active volcano, trekking on its terrain is safe and can provide a package of remarkable experience and photos to be shared.