Best Bicolano Delicacies

Best Laing Delicacy
When we visited Caramoan islands in Camarines Sur, Bicol region, tasting their very own and unique delicacies was part of our itinerary. I am not chef or a cook but according to some friends, I have good and active taste buds. So for the first time I will be a food critic. First is the famous Laing. This is a spicy dish with dried taro leaves, siling labuyo, and coconut milk as the main ingredients.There's a linamanam factor and the texture is smooth inside my mouth.

Caramoan | Camping by the Ocean

Caramoan became popular in the world when few of the Survivor franchise had their challenges on some of its islands. This beauty is situated in the far side of Camarines Sur, almost twelve hours form Manila via land. But the stress you’ll feel because its half day travel will be replaced with enjoyment – thanks to the beauty of Caramoan. Here’s our story:

The Heart Shape of Manlawi Sandbar

Manlawi Sandbar is one of the “must visit” in Caramoan. This sandbar has an amazing shape, sometimes forming a heart, that captures most of the tourists eyes. However, visiting Manlawi sandbar is very crucial because it literally disappears during high-tide. Our bangkero knows the accurate time (12NN), so we experienced its goodness for thirty minutes.

Amazing Rock Formation of Minalahos Island

Minalahos Island Caramoan
 Minalahos is a small island in Caramoan group of islands. It has a limited space for visitors due to its undersized shore line but the shape and rock formations are stunningly gorgeous. The plants and hanging on the rocks also added a beautiful landscape. If you’re fond of rock scrambling, I highly suggest to bring outdoor sandals for the sharp edges of the boulders.

The Long Stretch of Fine White Sand in Sabitang Laya

Sabitang Laya Caramoan
 The island of Sabitang Laya is one of the Caramoan islands. It is typically almost the same as the other islets; it has a crystal clear waters, amazing rock formation but the only difference is that it has longer stretch of fine white sand. By the shoreline, there’s a wide stretch of greeneries with trees and grasses.

Lahos Island and its Fine White Sand

Lahos island is one of the prominent among the Caramoan group of islands because of its amazing rock formation, fine white sand beaches and crystal clear waters. On top view, it appears like a two boulders on the waters connected by the white sand. Don't mind the dried sea weeds in the area because we visited this island after or while the typhoon Marce is still inside Philippine Area of Responsibility, so the water wasn't calm. It was already tiring so we went back to the mainland for our lunch.

The Mystical Creature of Matukad Island, Caramoan

Matukad Island is special among other islands in Caramoan because of its long stretch of fine white sand, crystalline water, surrounded by greeneries and the wind is delicate, cool and fresh. Instead of renting an air-conditioned room at Brgy. Paniman, we camped by the beach and stayed here for about twelve hours, enjoying its goodness.

Antipolo and Manila's Golden Skyline

Manila Skyline
Tara na sa Antipolo!! Planning to go out of town? How far will you go when you say “Out of Town?” It’s not clear right? Geographically speaking, can we consider Rizal province as “Out of Town?” These questions give a headache. We had our team building at one of the rest houses in Antipolo, where the Metro Manila’s golden skyline can be seen.

Waiting for the Supermoon

SupermoonTwo days ago when I noticed that the moon has an extraordinary brilliance and just today, I accidentally saw Supermoon article online. So I searched and here's what I found on Wikipedia. A Supermoon is the coincidence of a full moon or a new moon with the closest approach the Moon makes to the Earth on its elliptical orbit, resulting in the largest apparent size of the lunar disk as seen from Earth. According to NASA: "When a full moon makes its closest pass to Earth in its orbit it appears up to 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter, making it a supermoon." The next Beaver Supermoon that's this close and full will be on Nov. 25, 2034.

Ilo-Ilo and the Wealth from the Past

Miag-Ao Church UNESCO World Heritage Site
Miag-Ao Church
Miag-Ao Church - 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 Muslim Raiders. In 1898, during the revolution, this church was destroyed but then it was rebuilt. In 1910, it was damaged by fine, and then it was badly damaged by earthquake in 1948. Restoration work began in 1960 and was completed in 1962. During the term of office of the Most Rev. Dr. Jose Ma. Cuenco, D.D. Metropolitan Archbishop of Jaro, of Msgr. Fernando S. Javillo, D.P., Parish Priest of this town and Dioscoro Mueda, Municipal Mayor. More photos, click here.