HIKING GUIDE: MT. MANTALINGAJAN Traverse

Mt. Mantalingajan
Mt. Mantalingajan is situated in Rizal, Palawan, more than 4 hours travel from Puerto Princesa City. Since Manta (another name given) is located on a secluded municipality, its beauty remains hidden to many hikers, thus, its richness is well preserved. 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 our journey on the trails of Mt. Mantalingajan, a 9/9 hike.

NEGROS MUSEUM, Bacolod City

Negros Museum
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, Ilo-Ilo
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 or the 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 – Wikipedia.com.

The Venice Grand Canal in McKinley Hill

Venice Grand Canal
I saw a friend posting a photo on Facebook that looks familiar. Out of curiosity, I asked my friend where the photo was taken and she told me the details. I told my travel buddies about this place and they already knew it. Without any plan, we visited Venice Grand Canal in McKinley Hill, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. The Venice and here's what we found:

SAN SEBASTIAN CHURCH, MANILA

San Sebastian Church
San Sebastian Church or Basilica Minore de San Sebastian is a Minor Basilica in the City of Manila. The very first structure of this church is situated on a land donated by Don Bernardino Castillo, a devotee of Saint Sebastian, in 1621. It was made up of wood, but was burned in 1651. So it was then replaced by a structure made of bricks but was destroyed again by fire and earthquakes.

JARO CATHEDRAL, ILO-ILO

Jaro Cathedral
Jaro Cathedral is another example of the historical baroque architectures in the country. Built in 1864 by the order of Mariano Cuartero, who is the first bishop of Jaro. In 1948, this structure was destroyed by earthquake and was restored in 1956 by the order of the first archbishop Jose Ma. Cuenco. The famous orator, Graciano Lopez Jaena was baptized in this church. In 1976, this church was proclaimed as Historical Landmark by the National Historical Institute.

CINCO DE NOVIEMBRE, Silay City

Cinco de Noviembre
Cinco de Noviembre is a small landmark in Silay City that played a huge part during the revolution. It served as the drugstore and a hideout where Negrense Revolutionaries secretly helped plan the revolution against the Spanish Colonial Forces on November 5, 1898. This is the perfect location where Negros Republic was created.

UNESCO: PAOAY CHURCH, Ilocos Norte

Paoay Church
Paoay Church is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Philippines. The structure is made up of baked bricks, coral rocks, tree sap and solid lumber. The 24 buttresses were also placed on each side of the church for support; the reason why it is still standing after the earthquakes in the 17th century up to this generation. 

UNESCO: MIAG-AO CHURCH, ILO-ILO

Miag-ao Church
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.


TIGBAUAN CHURCH, ILO-ILO

Tigbauan Church
After Miag-ao and Guimbal, around 6 PM, we passed by the Tigbauan Church in Tigbauan, Ilo-Ilo. I already paid my fare to Ilo-Ilo City but I was amazed by the facade 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

Guimbal Church
Guimbal Church is situated by the highway of Guimbal, Ilo-Ilo, can easily be recognized because of its unique 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, it was 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.

RIZAL SHRINE AND MUSEUM: The life of Jose Rizal on display

Rizal Shrine Dapitan
The Rizal Shrine in Dapitan City was the place where Jose P. Rizal, Philippine National Hero, was exiled by the Spaniards in 1892. It was also the place where he worked as a doctor, sculptor, farmer, teach and many other activities. Rizal purchased this land after winning a lottery in 1892. Later, his mother, sisters and relatives transferred here from Calamba, Laguna. However, on January 15, 1897, all of his property was confiscated by the Spanish authorities. This property was converted into a park in memory of Rizal and was declared as National Rizal Park in 1940 by President Manuel L. Quezon.

THE PROVINCIAL MUSEUM OF SULU (A PHOTO COMPILATION)

National Artist for Sculpture
Some of the works of Abdulmari Asia Imao, a National Artist for Sculpture.
The provincial museum of Sulu is a two-story building that houses the relics, documents, paintings and other historical memorabilia of Sulu. Previously, this building housed the Library of Sulu.What's interesting inside are the Chinese wares and documents such as the 1878 Land Lease Agreement between the sultanate of Sulu and British North Borneo Chartered Co.

ASIK-ASIK FALLS: A curtain of waterfalls in North Cotabato.

Asik-Asik Falls
Hiding in the mountainous area of Upper Dado, Alamada, North Cotabato is a spectacular-curtain-like waterfalls called Asik-Asik Fall. Its unique landscape and breathtaking beauty spread online which captured the eyes of the world. Who says "no" to its majestic walls covered with lush green vegetation, such as moss and ferns, highlighted by the hardwood trees and the clear blue skies. And in between these hanging ornaments are cold and crystal clear rushing water naturally falling on a shallow rocky pool surrounded by artistic rocks and boulders. Such a perfect place to relax and distress.

LAKI BEACH AND FIVE FINGERS: UPDATED TRAVEL GUIDE AND ITINERARY

Laki Beach Bataan
Breathtaking photos of Laki beach and Five Fingers in Bataan spread online; those were the reasons why we traveled here to celebrate JP's birthday. When we were searching for an itinerary online, we're kept on getting stories about Attorney. Who is Attorney?? Until now, already witnessed the beauty but the question remains unanswered. What we remember are the gift, the wealth, the magnificent, and the spectacular landscape of Laki Beach and the Five Fingers. Photos below will explain.

BUD BONGAO, TAWI-TAWI: The "Sacred Mountain"

Bud Bongao
Bud Bongao, in Tawi-Tawi province, is sacred and a Muslim's pilgrimage site; a place where our Muslim bothers and sisters meditate and offer prayers to Allah. Not just the center of religious activity, Bud Bongao is an iconic landscape, thus, it is the top tourist spots in the province. By the way, "bud" is a Tausug word that translates to "mountain" in English.

AFTER COVID-19: LIST OF BEST PLACES TO RELAX (BY REGION)

Top Philippine Destinations for 2020
When COVID-19 was declared by the World Health Organization as a global Pandemic, we were hiking Mt. Hamiguitan, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Davao Oriental. It was our second day when we passed by a small spot, along the trail, with a low reception but able to receive messages. Though we were still connecting the dots due to the lack of complete details because of the slow connection, one thing was precise, the president already declared the lock-down of the NCR. Instead of enjoying the beauty of Hamiguitan, we were silently walking on the trails and our minds were focused about going back to Manila. After the tiring and expensive travel to Clark Airport, today is the Day 11 of the community quarantine, with help of traveler and hiker friends, I am creating this list of tourist destination visit after the COVID-19 Pandemic.