Saturday, August 10, 2013

ARCHIPELAGO 7107 by: BArrio Fiesta

Archipelago 7107 by Barrio Fiesta is a  newly opened Filipino restaurant here in Davao City. It is  located at the 2nd Floor Fountain Court Area, SM Lanang Premier Mall.

The restaurant offers Filipino cuisines which  were the best among  7,107 islands of the Philippines. Their specialty is Crispy Pata, Kare-kare and Pinakbet.  The serving is good for  2-4 person best for the family to share with or even small groups of friends. 

Crispy Pata

Bulalo Steak
Ilocano Rice
Gising-gising: one of my favorite vegetable dish
Sinalab Special is best for seafood lovers
Mama Chit's Special
Chicharong Bulaklak

Come and dine at Archipelago 7107 and taste the best of our very own  proudly pinoy dishes.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013


If you are looking for a peaceful and comfortable  place to stay  at  the heart of the City of Davao  there is one hotel that will surely suit your taste. You  wouldn't thought that you are just a few steps away from the busy street of  San Pedro and just a walking distance to malls, city hall, church and restaurants. That's Bahay ni Tuding.

spacious parking lot

Inside Bahay ni Tuding
Aside from rooms Bahay ni Tuding has function halls that can accommodate 25 persons (Pomelo Function Hall) and 60 persons (Mangga Function hall). Best for birthdays, wedding and other special occassions.

Cozy rooms of  Bahay ni Tuding
When  in Bahay ni Tuding  don't miss to taste their delicious delicacies.  You will surely love it.

Garden Salad with Tinapa
Pork Humba served with plain rice
Fried Chicken  with Aligi Rice
Buko Sorbet
       A must try. TCHURON with special chocolate dip

For inquiries contact Bahay ni Tuding:
160 San Pedro Street, Davao City(at the back of Mercury Drug )

Contact numbers
Telefax : (082) 295-2487
Cellphone number: 0947-361-3544


Room photos courtesy of  Ophelia Casel
Food photos courtesy of  Olan Emboscado.

Thursday, May 2, 2013



Who wants to be a tourist and a volunteer at the same time? HELP CATEEL launches its new program called " VOLUNTOURISM" last April 27, 2013. It aims to invite tourists to witness  the natural wonders of Cateel, Davao Oriental. At the same time the tourists will volunteer in tree planting activities to help restore the damages caused by Typhoon Pablo last year.

It was 1:00am when the group left Davao City. We arrived in Cateel Poblacion at 7:00am. Breakfast was served at Oriental Food Court owned by the Emboscado Family.  Our itinerary for the day was to have a tree planting activity at Mantunao Ecopark. Another tourist destination we visited was the Mahan-ob Waterfalls.

Mantunao Ecopark
Mahan-ob Falls
During the night Help Cateel officers and volunteers launches formally  "VOLUNTOURISM"  which was held at the Park. The program started at 8:00pm. Film showing, parlor games for the kids and video clips for the recent activities were shown at the program. Lights off at 11:30pm.

On our second day, after breakfast the group headed to the majectic "ALIWAGWAG FALLS".  The water is cold and  so refreshing. Late in the afternoon we left Cateel, Davao Oriental and went back to Davao City.

Aliwagwag Falls
As one of the volunteers of HELP CATEEL, I am encouraging all nature lovers to be a part of the "VOLUNTOURISM" activity in Cateel, Davao Oriental. For inquiries on scheduled trips you may contact HELP CATEEL President Mr. Rolan Emboscado at contact numbers 09282319131 or contact me at 09392383900.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Enroute to Balut Island, Sarangani, Davao del Sur

Who would dare to sail via fishing boat  to Balut Island with huge waves and strong winds blowing? It was my second time to but still I was  so excited since I am going with my Best Travel Buddies and Family.

On board via Fishing Boat from Glan, Sarangani we sailed for about four and a half hours before reaching the bay of Sarangani, Davao del Sur. We had a sumptuous lunch at the residence of Sir Rolando Paalisbo before we proceed with our proper tour.

Riding this trike will cost P10 per person
It's a Six hours boat ride  From General Santos City to Port of Mabila

 Where to stay when in Balut Island:

What to see in Balut Island:

Sabang Boiling Hotspring
Balistic of  Fort Villalubos

What to see in Sarangani Norte:

Tuke Nunsol
Sunset in Balut Island taken from Tuke Nunsol
Tuke Maklang Beach Resort
Bubo Beach
Bolae Cove

Barangay Patuco also have their own Port
Olaniban Island is composed of  white and pink pristine sands.

The Lighthouse of Olaniban Island
After an overnight stay in Balut Island our group went back to Glan, Sarangani to have another overnight stay in a resort. Saturday morning when we arrived back in Davao City.

(some photos were taken during my last visit in Balut Island last 2011)

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Britannia Group of Islands and Hinatuan Islands

The original plan was to climb Mt. Apo via PNOC trail but a few hours before our scheduled trip our group was informed that it was not possible to pursue the climb due to security reasons. Since everything was already prepared from food and transportation  we decided to chose another tourist destination and everyone agreed to go to BRITANNIA GROUP OF ISLANDS AND HINATUAN ISLANDS. 

Britannia Island is located in San Agustin, Surigao del Sur which is  composed  24 beautiful islands and islets. Our group left Davao City at 2:00am. We arrived at the visitors Area in San Agustin at 7:00am, had a short briefing and register our names before the boat took us at BOSLON ISLAND to stay overnight. We had the whole day to relax and  swim. During the night we had our parlor games with prizes. 

Jumpshot with Hanz and Aye at Boslon Island
The Whole Group

The next day after breakfast we made our tour to some of the islands of Britannia. Before lunch we headed to Hinatuan, Davao del Sur. We had sumptous seafoods lunch before we took another boat. This time its a bigger boat that will  take us to Maomawan Island and Tipdos Island. 

Maomawan Island in Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur
Maomawan Island is a small island with only three coconut trees. It is not advisable to stay overnight here. While Tipdos Island is a big island with lots of trees. It was so fun swimming with the  big waves in Tipdos Island. 

Golden Powdery Sand of Tipdos Island
Twenty Six Islands and Islets in all for two days was a  great adventure experience for us. We may never climb the highest summit in the Philippines that time but we surely did have a lot of great time.

To those who plan to stay overnight in Britannia Island make sure to bring tents, food and drinks. There are no sari-sari stores or fast foods in the islands.

Photos courtesy of Roy Geonzon, Weng Gales and Hanzel PacaƱa.