Thursday, August 23, 2012

A Quick Trip to Dumaguete, Siquijor and Cebu

It was an unplanned trip but since I've been to this  places before my friend/travel buddy Pen ( invited me to have quick trip in Dumaguete City, Siquijor and Cebu. It was like an amazing race trip.

It was 6:00am when we arrived in Dumaguete City. Hurriedly, we went to the Port of  Dumaguete to check the schedule for Siquijor. The original plan was to tour around Siquijor in the morning but since it was Saturday, there was no early morning trip so Pen and I decided had our breakfast and  visit  the waterfalls of Dumaguete City. In Valencia, we arranged a motorcyle  that will take us to Casaroro Falls and Pulang Bato Falls at the rate of Php500.00.

Casaroro Falls
Pulang Bato Falls
We were back at the Port of  Dumaguete at 10:20am but  the last trip that was scheduled in  the morning that will go to Siquijor was also 10:20am. Luckily, we catched the trip but we had to run. I remember the woman said " naa pa ang barko, dalagan ra mo" (the boat it still there but you have to run). I was amazed seeing dolphins in the ocean. The Port of Siquijor was stunning with wide white sand shoreline. There was a fast food near the port. We took our lunch and again, hire a single motorcycle for  another half day tour at php500.00. Another option is to rent a motorcyle but it is better to have a driver since they are familiar with  tourist destinations. The places we visited were the Old Enchanted Balete Tree, St. Isidore Church and Convent, Cambugahay Falls and St. Francis de Assisi Church And Bell Tower. Before heading back to Dumaguete City, we had the chance to buy t-shirts at a small souvenir shop near the Port.

Century Old Balete Tree

St. Isidore Church in Lazi
St. Isidore Convent
Cambugahay Falls

The Belfy of St. Francis Assisi Church in Siquijor
The sun starts to set when we arrived in Port of Dumaguete . Many vendors were selling Kikiam at the Boulevard.  We bought some for our late snack while relaxing at the Boulevard and had our dinner at a restaurant nearby. Before we end the night, we had a dip at  Huiz Pool Swimpark in Balugo and strolled around Dumaguete City. 
 Sit back and relax while eating Kikiam at this mini chairs and tables at the Boulevard  in Dumagute City
The next day, we leave Dumaguete City via Sibulan at 4:00am but before heading back we  visited  Kawasan Falls in the province of  Badian, had our breakfast and after taking photos we went back to Mactan Airport.

The "Doctor on Travel" and "Journeying Sarah"  at Kawasan Falls in Badian, Cebu

Sunday, August 12, 2012

The Ruins in Talisay City, Negros Occidental

It was my second time to visit "The Ruins" in Talisay City, Negros Occidental. But during my second visit I've learned so many things about it's history since there was a Tour Guide.  

The Tour Guide 
The Mansion  was built in 1900 in the center of an "Azucarera", owned by  Don Mariano Lacson for his first wife Maria Braga but when her first wife died  Don Mariano Lacson remarried and leave the Mansion to his ten siblings. The were ten rooms on the second floor.  During world war II they hired a Japanese garderner.  When they knew that it was an informant  for the Japanese Military the Guerellas decided to burned down the Mansion to avoid the Japanese Militaries from occupying  the Mansion. It was abandoned for many years but now it is one the most visited  tourist spots in Negros Occidental. 

This symbol stands for Mariano and Maria
If you want to visit "The Ruins" there is an entrance fee of Php50.00and  opens from 8:30am - 8:00pm from Monday to  Sunday.  There is also a restaurant inside.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012


The Apo View hotel has launched its opening of  "Kadayawan Fiesta at The Apo View" last August 7, 2012.  It is one of the most  festive events and a must visit here in Davao City every  year. During the opening a cultural dance presentation took place at the main lobby of the hotel, followed a  presscon,  dinner at Entree and Fire Dance at the Garden Patio.  

Cultural Dance at the main lobby of the hotel

Art Exhibit by Ronald Tamfalan
Floral Exhibit
Photo Exhibit from Selected Davao Photographers (photo courtesy of Caroline Espejon)
Luscious Foods of  Entree Restaurant
To those who wish to catch up with the hotel's activity which will run from August 7-19, 2012. Check this calendar of  activities (courtesy of