Places to Visit in Zambales

Magalawa Island
Just recently, the province of Zambales became more popular because of the issue about the West Philippine Sea arbitration case with China. The long stretch of shoreline, facing the West Philippine Sea, has fine white sand, the water is crystal clear, the ambiance is absolutely refreshing, and more to offer. Having said that, since it is already considered as tourist destinations, beach resorts created variety of water activities like scuba diving. Here are just some of the famous beaches in Zambales:

Places to Visit in Tarlac

Camiling Parish Church
 The province of Tarlac is situated in Central Luzon, surrounded by the provinces of Zambales, Pangasinan, and Nueva Ecija; a 2 to 3 hours travel from Metro Manila. Tarlac is also one of the provinces that hold a huge part in Philippine history. When I visited part of this province, the wide rice fields and mountainous areas are very noticeable. The entire area, even the city, is surrounded by the relaxing green colors. Photo above is the St. Michael The Archangel Parish Church or the Camiling Parish Church.

Giant Lantern Festival in Pampanga

Giant Lantern Festival
The Giant Lantern Festival is an annual festivities held in December in the City of San Fernando, Pampanga, Philippines. The festival features a competition of giant lanterns. Because of the popularity of the festival, the city has been nicknamed the "Christmas Capital of the Philippines".

Places to Visit in Bataan

Tourist Spots in Bataan
Historically speaking, Bataan is one of the provinces in the Philippines that has a huge contribution to Philippine history, political or not. Bataan belongs to Region 3 or commonly known as the Central Luzon provinces. This province is separated by Manila de Bay from NCR and Cavite. During my visit in the province, I noticed that the people are accommodating and are living in simple way. Aside from that, Bataan also has a lot to offer in terms of tourist destinations. Let’s start with:

Old Churches in Bicol - a Must Visit

San Francisco Church in Naga City
Naga City is famous in terms of religious fluvial procession that usually starts and ends to a church. Speaking of which, did you know that Bicol region also has their own historical and heritage churches? Let’s start with the San Francisco Church in Naga City. I wasn’t able to touch or enter this old structure because we literally passed by this church. Good thing that my shutter was quick and was able to capture this gorgeous church. I did a research online and found out that this church was erected in 1578. Same as with the other old church in the Philippines, it was made up of bamboo, wood then reconstructed into a brick in 17th century. The structure that we are seeing today was constructed in 1957, after  the Second World War. Historically speaking, the church’s parish served as the interrogration and persecution site during the Spanish colonization in the Philippines.

Aim For 81 Project

81 Provinces in the Philippines
Aim for 81 is my personal agenda for the next few years. Its main purpose is to Save money to be used for visiting and discovering the hidden treasures that can be found in the 81 Provinces in the Philippines. I totally understand that it will not be as easy as with my previous backpacking but, I will give the entire 2017 for my preparation.

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
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

Caramoan
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

Caramoan
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

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.

Thanks for the Greetings and Support

Best Travel Blogger and Mountaineer.
November 7, 2015, same day as today, I celebrated my birthday on the summit of the highest mountain in the Philippines – Mount Apo. It was the most unforgettable adventure in my twenty something years of  existence. I am still aiming for more! More travel for the next few years. Sa lahat ng mga bumati ngayong araw ng aking kapanganak, sa aking pamilya, sa aking mga kaibigan, sa mga taong walang humpay ang pagsuporta – MARAMING SALAMAT PO! Pipilitin kong magampanan ang mga tungkuling nakaatang sa aking mga balikat para sa ikauunlad ng ating sambayanan.

Tourist Spots in Silay City

Balay Negrense is the oldest house in the Philippines
Balay Negrense
Balay Negrense is one of the century old houses along Cinco de Noviembre Street, Silay City. This street is remarkable because of the historical value that transpires to the people. Balay Negrense is a Hiligaynon phrase which means: Balay or a house and Negrense refers to the people living in the province of Negros. It is a century old house in Silay City owned by Victor Fernandez Gaston, the eldest son of a prominent sugar baron Yves Leopold Germain Gaston and Prudencia Fernandez. It was built between 1897 to 1901, then abandoned in the mid-1970’s, repaired by the government and was inaugurated on October 6, 1990. More photos, click here.

Getting Wet during Higantes Festival

Higantes Festival
Higantes Festival is an annual festivities held every November 23 in Angono, Rizal; its main purpose is to honor San Clemente, patron saint of the fishermen. His image is carried by male devotees during the procession, followed by the street dancers and participants. Higantes (Giants in English) is made up of paper mosaic handcrafted by the artistic minds of the people of Angono.

From Sun Up to Sun Down in Boracay

Boracay Island
The Philippines is composed of thousands of islands and surrounded by waters but one island stand out among the others - that's Boracay Island. This island is really one of the prides of the Philippines in terms of outstanding beaches across the globe. Just recently, I received inquiries from foreign readers of Sirang Lente on how to get to Boracay, what are the activities that can be tried, and asking for recommendations for hotels in this gorgeous island. Now, I am re-posting these amazing photos captured from the worlds finest island – Boracay Island.

Something Exotic at Balaw-Balaw

Balaw Balaw Restaurant
I am not into cooking, but I love eating! One thing that I would like to share was really an amazing experience with exotic foods. After enjoying the famous Higantes Festival, while our clothes are wet, we proceeded to Balaw-balaw, a prominent restaurant in Angono, Rizal serving exotic foods.

Digging the History of Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery

Paco Park Manila
Today, I can feel the Halloween season; at the office we're already preparing for an amazing costume party with the touch of Disney characters and while searching for a stunning outfit, I encountered a photo of the oldest cemeteries in the Philippines - the reason why I am now posting these photos taken at Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery, in 2014.

A Small but Terrible Mount Damas

Mt. Damas
Until now, Mount Damas is still in debate if it’s really a minor or a major climb. Others would say it’s minor because of its elevation and others would say its a major one because of its trail type and technicalities. During our ascent, the entire journey was composed of an assault and river crossing. This mountain is also the home of eatas who protect the forest from illegal activities.

On the Summit of Mount Apo | Day 3

Mt. Apo
It was the longest night I ever had. When I woke up at around 1AM I did not fall asleep for some reason. The wind was strong and as it penetrates inside the tent and hits my skin, it was like a knife that cuts and makes a wound because of its temperature and we were also bothered by the bad weather that might affect our ascend to the summit.

Mt. Apo and the Sulfur Vents

Mt. Apo
This photo was captured at Mount Apo's sulfur vents. This spot is stunningly gorgeous because of the huge white boulders and the patches of yellow sulfur on the surface. Mt. Apo is one of mountains in the Philippines with such kind of feature. More photos? Click here.

Mt. Apo and the Wealth on the Trail

Mount Apo
If you’re into hiking and mountaineering, Mount Apo must be part of your bucket list. Apo is the tallest mountain in the Philippines lying on few provinces in Mindanao.This photo was captured on November 6, 2015 during our three day Mt. Apo expedition. On the background is a wide carrot plantation with a thick fog formation. More photos? Click here.

San Sebastian | The Church Made of Steel

San Sebastian Church
After meeting up at TIP Manila for my cap distributed by Street Style Originals, my plan was to visit Paco Cemetery but due to unfriendly weather condition, I opted to visit San Sebastian Church, just few meters away. For the second time, when I entered the church, I was still fascinated by its uniqueness; from the walls, columns, floor, glass chandeliers, cabinets and others look really stunning.

Street Style Originals Promotes the Philippines

Street Style Originals
Aside from mountains, historical and heritage sites are also part of my blog post. I believe that we can’t reach our stage today without the richness of the past. This modern generation, it’s hard to promote history and how we can preserve them; but simple things can make a difference. When I saw Supremo cap online, distributed by Street Style Originals, I was thinking that it can create a huge impact to the youth.

Oh My Vans!

Vans Shoes Off the Wall
My original plan was to buy a pair of Merrell sneakers but due to unavailability of the item at Robinson's Metro East department store , I chose Vans classic shoes. Looks great right?

Changing BIR RDO

Changing BIR RDO
February 24, 2014 – I processed my employment documents that include Pag-Ibig or HDMF and my tax updates (RDO and Tax Exemp.) I am working for more than five years now and it was my first time to process these documents and it wasn’t a good experience, so I want to share it with you.  Since I previously worked for a BPO in Mandaluyong City  with RDO: 041, I proceeded to BIR Office in Boni to have my BIR Form 1905 Stamped. But, upon submitting it to the clerk, he informed me that my record was already with RDO: 43A in Shaw (near SSS and Pag-Ibig). So I rode on MRT from Boni to MRT Shaw, then on Shaw boulevard, I rode in a jeepney with “Pasig, Palengke” signage. Get off in front of Pag-Ibig Bldg. (second Stop Light). Crossed the footbridge where BIR is located. Got queue number from the guard and waited for my turn. 

Great Outdoor Adventure at TAC Attack 5

TAC Attack
Tanay Adventure Camp
If you’re looking for an adventure, Tanay Adventure Camp is one perfect places that you can visit, near Manila. In 2014, I was invited to join TAC Attack, an annual anniversary celebration held at their camp. This year, a lot of activities were added to their itinerary, such as the ultra-marathon and outdoor cook fest.

Ready to Drink Cocktails in a Pouch

Ready to Drink Cocktails
The new style of drinking a cocktail
At the supermarket, I was walking by the Liquor section when something got my attention - it’s GAZ Ready to Drink Cocktails in a pouch, it’s like Zesto juice drink. It’s a mix of Apple, Honey dew, melon and Vodka; 14 Proof and 7% Alcohol by Volume. I'm curious about it so I purchased one. The taste is really good and it's like the real cocktails that you order in the bar.

81 Provinces ng Pilipinas Muna Bago Pag-aasawa

81 Provinces in the Philippines
Photo taken on boulders of Mt. Apo
Tumawag ako sa aking Minamahal na Nanay na kasalukuyang nasa Romblon. Napag-usapan namin ang iba’t-ibang mga bagay tungkol sa aming pamilya ngunit bago matapos ang aming usapan at mag-goodbye, isang tanong ang kanyang nabitawan para sa akin: “kailan ka mag-aasawa? Dapat mag-asawa kana!” Pagkarinig ko sa kanyang tanong, agad akong natahimik at napa-isip, “oo nga naman, malapit na akong lumagpas sa numero ng isang buwan sa kalendaryo, dapat mag-isip na ako to settle.

Processing my NBI Clearance

NBI Clearance
I processed my  NBI Clearance yesterday and change just came! My original plan yesterday was just to make payment at LBC in Robinsons Metro East. But since NBI transaction was OFFLINE, I proceeded to the NBI at the 4th Floor and ask if what are the other payment channels that I can choose for payment and the polite guards said that I can make a payment at the NBI Counter - Step 1, which I did.

27th Philippine Travel Mart

Philippine Travel Mart
Just got home from a biggest Travel Mart at SM Mall of Asia Convention Center. I brought everything, like water and food, because already expected that this event will be a challenging one. I saw thousand of attendees at this travel convention because it will only last for three days (September 2-4, 2016).

The Taste of a Korean Ramyun

Ramyun Noodle
Today is the first day of September 2016. It’s already BER months, meaning holiday is coming to town. Since it's holiday, I will be now posting foods in Sirang Lente, starting with the famous Ramyun. It started when Korean drama got my interest, from Descendants of the Sun, Doctors, W, Cinderella and the Four Knights and many more. Kimchi, Korean noodles and Soju are always part of their eating and drinking scenes, so I tried these. On the first try I easily thought that the taste is unique and really good.

Treasure Inside Quezon Memorial Circle

Tourist Spots in Quezon City
For others, they find Quezon Memorial Circle as their perfect place for jogging, meeting someone, other activities, and the perfect spot for Pokemon Go gamer as their lure location but for me – this landmark commemorates the significance of the late President Manuel L. Quezon and the Commonwealth of the Philippines. I have visited this park several times, but it’s my second time entering the museum. Photos below will show what’s inside the museum.

Change The Way You See Happiness

Change The Way You See
Most of the parents taught their children to study well to get a brighter future, agree? To make them happy, I studied well resulting to excellent grades. The time I accepted my diploma and medals, I witnessed how my parents became emotional on stage. May Mom was smiling but there are tears on her eyes. I don’t have children yet but I know that for parent’s perspective, seeing their children on a graduation is such a rewarding moment that gives them real happiness.

Photobomer sa Likod ng Quezon City Circle

Quezon City Circle
Habang naglalakad sa Quezon City Circle kahapon, sa unang pagkakataon nakita ko ang napakagandang arkitektura ng bantayog sa parkeng ito, ngunit nalungkot ako sa aking nakita. Kung natatandaan natin, naging isang malaking issue ang pag develop ng isang higanteng gusali na tinawag pang dakilang photobomber sa likod ng bantayog ni Rizal sa Luneta Park. Ang larawan sa itaas ang magpapatunay na hindi lang pala ang Luneta Park ang may ganitong suliranin gayudin ang promenenteng bantayog ng Siyudad ng Quezon.

Five Mountains for Beginners near Manila

Mt. Batulao
Here are Five of the mountains near Manila recommended for beginners: first, Mt. Batulao is one of the famous destinations for the hikers and adventurer seekers. This mountain lies on Southern Luzon and 2-3 hours travel from the Manila and very accessible to both private and public vehicles.  Batulao has a gorgeous ranges and slopes; its amazing shape is covered with luscious green grasses and trees making it so relaxing in the eyes. Its  trail is simple to moderate. More gorgeous photos and useful information here: Mount Batulao.

Change The Way You See Beauty

Change the Way You See Beauty
photo taken 3 years ago
The Philippines is colonized by different countries, having said that, most of us would think that the definition of beauty is showcasing a pointed nose, gorgeous smile, tantalizing eyes, amazing cheek bone,  fair complexion, wide shoulder, has vital statistics of 36-24-36, and at least five feet and seven inches tall. If you’re aiming for a Miss Universe, Miss World, Miss International, Bb. Pilipinas and other modelling titles then you need those qualities. But remember, beauty never ends with those titles!

You can Explore Intramuros for less than 100 Pesos

Tourist spots in Manila
I have visited Intramuros and Binondo several times but I am still wondering if what am I missing in and outside this huge district in Manila. Inspired by the question: “Hanggang saan aabot ang isan daang piso mo?” Our journey today explains that budget is not a problem to see the gorgeous artefacts erected centuries ago. Without formal itinerary, we walked on the streets of Manila with our first stop at Quiapo Church.

Mt. Samat and the Shrine of Valor

Mount Samat Dambana ng Kagitingan
Among all the mountains in the Philippines, Mount Samat has the biggest contribution in Philippine history during the World War II. The province of Bataan holds the records of Battle of Bataan and including the controversial Death March. Anyways, Mount Samat is situated in the municipality of Pilar, Province of Bataan, almost three hours travel from Manila. 

Burot Beach and its Gorgeous Sunset

Burot Beach
Looking for a place to relax and at the same time wants to experience adventure? Burot Beach is the perfect place for you. It is situated in the Municipality of Calatagan, Batangas – just few hours travel from Metro Manila. It is another spot that this province can be proud of. History: Burot Beach was formerly known as Elizalde Beach, because it was previously owned by Elizalde family - a wealthy clan in the Philippines and then bought by the SM Group of Companies. Today, it is privately owned by the SM Group and still open to public. 


Mt. Pico de Loro and the Parrot's Peak

Mount Pico de Loro
Mount Pico de Loro is also known as Mount  Palay-palay; its name was given by the Spanish  sea-fairer because it resembles the appearance  of a ‘parrot’s beak’ from afar. This mountain bears a lot in terms of natural  beauty and richness. While on the trail, I saw  different flora and fauna; from the colorful  ornamental plants to hard trees. I also heard birds  singing lullaby while I was walking in emo.

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Mt. Gulugod Baboy and the Sombrero Island

Mount Gulugod Baboy
Mount Gulugod Baboy is situated in Anilao, Mabini, Batangas, 2-3 hours travel from Manila. The name Gulugod Baboy, pig spine english, was given because of its slopes and shapes, similar to pig spine. If you’re starting to explore the  richness of the Philippines that can be found on higher altitude, then this mountain is  your perfect start. 

Mt. Marami | Lost on the Fork Trails

Mount Marami
Mount Marami is situated in Brgy. Ramirez, Magallanes, Cavite, Philippines.  This mountain is very accessible to mountaineers from Manila and is budget friendly. This mountain bears a gorgeous rock formation, covered by relaxing green grass, surrounded tall and fruit bearing trees and the ambiance is cool. 
 

Mt. Pulag and the Gorgeous Sea of Clouds

Mount Pulag
Mount Pulag is considered as the third highest mountain in the Philippines and the highest point in Luzon, measures 2,922 MASL. Most of the hikers place this mountain as one of the ‘must climb’ list because of its majestic beauty that can capture everyone’s heart. This mountain features the famous “sea of clouds” which attracts many tourist. This is a majestic phenomenon where the hikers, on the summit, are literally above the clouds.

Mt. Ugo Traverse | Nueva Vizcaya to Benguet

Mount Ugo
Mount Ugo is one of the giants, located in Northern Luzon. Our traverse was a two-day itinerary, from Brgy. Kayapa, Nueva Vizacaya to Itogon, Benguet. This mountain has a cool ambiance, covered with relaxing green surroundings and absolutely beautiful. Ugo bears colorful ornaments spread on the trails and hanging on the trees. There were birds singing and other creatures made this mountain as their own paradise.

Mt. Buntot Palos and the Hidden Falls

Buntot Palos
Ang Mount Buntot Palos ay isa lamang sa mga kabundukan ng Laguna na kung saan natatago ang magagandang tanawin at water falls. Ito ay matatapuan sa Brgy. Balian, Pangil, Laguna; higit kumulang tatlong oras na byahe mula sa magulong buhay sa Kamaynilaan.