Aeta | Tribes in the Philippines

Aeta Tribes are the indigenous people spread in the  mountainous areas of Luzon, Philippines. According to "These people are considered to be Negritos,  whose skin ranges from dark to very dark brown, and  possessing features such as a small stature and frame; hair  of a curly to kinky texture and a higher frequency of naturally  lighter color (blondism) relative to the general population;  small nose; and dark brown eyes. They are thought to be  among the earliest inhabitants of the Philippines, preceding  the Austronesian migrations.

Mt. Cristobal | The Devils Mountain

Mt. Cristobal
Mt. Cristobal is known by its title: The Devils Mountain and that title made this mountain a superstar in the mountaineering world. It is always part of the list of the must Climb Mountains in the Philippines. This gem is situated in the beautiful province of Quezon. I can say, Cristobal is one of the tourist spots in the province. Photos below will describe how amazing this mountain is.

Mt. Banahaw | Holy Mountain

Mt. Banahaw
Mt. Banahaw is the Holy Mountain, in the Philippines, situated in the beautiful province of Quezon. In terms of altitude, Mt. Banahaw is one of the highest mountains in Southern Luzon. Nowadays, flooding and soil erosion is one of the huge problems in mountainous part of the country as it destroys livelihood, assets and even life. Our hike on Mt. Banahaw focused on planting more trees to prevent soil erosion resulting to flooding in the metro. According to DENR, the numbers of forest areas in the country lessen because of illegal activities, like illegal logging and kaingin farming.

Mt. Halcon | Mindoro

Mt. Halcon
Mt. Halcon is another giant of MIMAROPA Region. This is one of the most difficult mountains to climb in the Philippines, garnered 9/9 rating in terms of its difficulty, but that rating is not enough to rate the lessons we learned during this climb.  I can say: “this mountain has a brain and intelligence as it transformed all of us into a different individual,” after the climb.

Mt. Guiting-guiting | Romblon

Mt. Guiting guiting
Mt. Guiting-guiting is located in Sibuyan Island, Romblon, the marble capital of the Philippines. It serves as the boundary of the three municipalities of the island: Magdiwang, San Fernando, and Cajidiocan. In the world of mountaineering, it is considered as one of the most technical mountains in the Philippines, garnered 9/9 rating. 

Mission | To Be the Best Travel Blogger

Best Travel Blog
Boracay Island
I am not a pro in photography, my memory is not enough for the wide history, and I don’t have money to travel around the world. But, I will do everything to learn and to be one of the best travel bloggers in the world. I learned a lot when I was still developing TravellingCup, my very first travel blog published on the web. This knowledge will be used for developing Sirang Lente to provide to the readers everything about travel, as a relaxation. I will not stop learning, because I do believe that learning is constant.

Tau't Batu | Tribe in the Philippines

Tau't Batu
Tau't Batu
Tau’t Batu (people of the rock) are indigenous people located in some high lying areas on Mt. Mantalingajan. As of right now, most of them are still using the ancient mode of living, like hunting and farming. They also use caves as their home but some already have houses made of light and sturdy materials like nipa, coconut leaves and woods.  During our visit, I noticed that most of the women use cloth to cover their bodies while shirts and G-strings for the men. Our itinerary here: Mt. Mantalingajan

Mt. Mantalingajan Traverse | Palawan

Mt. Mantalingajan
The summit of Mt. Mantalingajan
Mt. Mantalingajan is situated in Rizal, Palawan with more than 4 hours travel from Puerto Princesa City. Manta (another name given) got the 9/9 rating in terms of difficulty. Some of the hikers I met said that it is a combination of Mt. Halcon in Mindoro and Mt. Guiting-guiting in Romblon. And to complete my MIMAROPAs Big 3, here’s Mt. Mantalingajan.

Negros Museum | Bacolod City

Negros Museum
Inside Negros Museum | Portraits of the previous Government Officials
Negros Museum is almost in front of the Negros Provincial Capitol in Bacolod City. It serves as the provincial museum of Negros Occidental which was opened on March 16, 1996 at the Provincial Capitol Building. May 2003, it was transferred to its current location which is the former Agricultural Building. The Agricultural Extension Building was built in 1941 and was renovated in 1991.

San Jose Church | Ilo-Ilo

San Jose Church
San Jose Church facade
San Jose Church is the first church in the city of Ilo-Ilo, built by the Jesuits around 1607.  But, on April 29, 1617, the Augustinians established San Jose, a house of the order. It was saved from being bombed by the Americans during World War II.  As the years goes by, some renovations were made.

Molo Church | Ilo-Ilo

Molo Church
Molo Church has an amazing details
Molo Church (St. Anne Parish) is situated in front of the town plaza.  Molo is actually one of the seven districts of Ilo-Ilo City which formerly called Parian (Chinatown) because the residents here were mostly Chinese. Then it was changed into Moro because of the frequent arrival of Muslim pirates from Mindanao, but later evolved in Molo –

The Venice | Fort Bonifacio, Global City

Venice Grand Canal
The Venice in McKinley Hill, Fort Bonifacio, Global City, Taguig
The Venice (photo above) I saw a friend posting a photo, in facebook, that is so familiar. Out of my curiosity, I asked my friend if where was that photo taken. And she told me the details. I told my travel buddies about this place but I was sad, they already knew it. Without any plan, we visited The Venice and here's what we found:

Talicud Island | Mindanao

Talicud Island
Talicud Island, Samal | Fine white sand beach
Talicud Island is a smaller island situated at the back side of Island Garden of Samal or literally ‘sa likod.’ This is one of the island paradise in Davao del Norte that bears fine beaches with crystal clear water, fine white sand, colorful underwater creatures and hospitality from the locals.

Whang Od | Oldest Tattoo Artist

Whang Od
In this generation, most of the people think that a tattoo on the skin has a negative connotation. It can even affect your career, regardless of the talent and education you have. It was October, in 2014, in Philippine National Museum, when I saw a portrait of an old lady, with tribal tattoos on all over her body. In National Geographic, there were several documentaries featuring how significant the tattoos and pierces are, especially for the people in ancient times. Tattoos and pierces are proof that a tribe recognizes a person’s accomplishment, mostly on battles. There are several ways of tattooing around the world, depending on their geographical feature and culture. In the Northern part of the Philippines, in Buscalan, Kalinga, they call it as Batok. It is an ancient/tribal form of marking (tattooing) a warrior after a successful combat or ladies who brought pride to the tribe.