Canyoneering in Badian, Cebu (and that Long Swim to Kawasan Falls)

“What is life but one great adventure.”   Oh, brother!  The only Evel Knievel-ish thing I would risk doing is, perhaps, crossing the busy Colon Street at the rush hour when the lights are green. But, two weeks ago I made an exemption. I finally confronted two of my worst fears: swimming and falling. It… Read More Canyoneering in Badian, Cebu (and that Long Swim to Kawasan Falls)

Backpacking a Broken Heart: An Idiot’s Guide to (Failed) Relationships

Remember what they say about how time heals everything? Well, sometimes it doesn’t. We thought it would, but that consuming feeling of bitterness — or, perhaps, regret — we have silently nurtured within, despite the outward appearances of “I’m okay” or “I just don’t care anymore”, burns a growing hole in us. Hearts are broken.… Read More Backpacking a Broken Heart: An Idiot’s Guide to (Failed) Relationships

Pungko-pungko: The Hallmark of Being Cebuano

In an epic sense of irony, let us start the Nutrition Month with another gastronomic weirdness that is purely Cebuano — the pungko-pungko. Come on, it isn’t that bad. Yes, I know that some incidents of food-contracted hepatitis involve the well-loved Cebuano food peculiarity, but, man, just live a little. The trick is to choose the… Read More Pungko-pungko: The Hallmark of Being Cebuano

Azul’s Tuslob-Buwa: On Food, Music and Brains

With his biting witticisms, great music and extraordinary food, Ian Sekong, the dreadlocked owner of Azul and drummer of the popular band Powerspoonz, seems to have figured it all out. Azul, a garage-turned-diner along Gorordo Avenue, has been attracting curious visitors and food savants alike for quite some time now. And, we simply just cannot get enough of… Read More Azul’s Tuslob-Buwa: On Food, Music and Brains

The Cathedral Museum of Cebu: Faith, History and an Old Friend

“My relationship with things antique started when I was young”, Gerard Desquitado reminisced the days when he first served as an altar boy in Bantayan, his hometown. More than a score after, he is now living his dream as an in-house curator/tour guide in the Cathedral Museum of Cebu located near the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral… Read More The Cathedral Museum of Cebu: Faith, History and an Old Friend

Balut: The Story of the Ugly Duckling (An Independence Day Special)

Perhaps, there is no other Filipino food more polarizing than balut. The decision to try one is too big a leap from anybody’s comfort to afford a middle ground. It is either you like it or you don’t. CNN called it ” the Filipino delicacy that makes the world squirm” — and for good reason.… Read More Balut: The Story of the Ugly Duckling (An Independence Day Special)

Eco-Tourism in Aloguinsan (Part 3): Hermit’s Cove

A visit to Aloguinsan is never complete without the required dip in the clear waters of Hermit’s Cove. It is said that Tabog (hence Kantabogon, the barangay), a hermit (hence Hermit’s Cove), discovered the crescent-shaped beach secretly ensconced amid the high mountains behind and the blue sea in front. The local government promotes the cove… Read More Eco-Tourism in Aloguinsan (Part 3): Hermit’s Cove

Eco-Tourism in Aloguinsan (Part 2): Bojo River Cruise

Bojo River‘s international acclaim is the culmination of Aloguinsan‘s relentless advocacy on sustainable living and eco-tourism. Bojo River secures a place for Aloguinsan in every tourist and adventurer’s (wannabe’s included) list of must-go-to’s. Then Mayor Cynthia Moreno was awarded with the “Inang Kalikasan for Eco-Tourism” in 2013 by the DENR for her outstanding leadership in protecting… Read More Eco-Tourism in Aloguinsan (Part 2): Bojo River Cruise

Eco-Tourism in Aloguinsan (Part 1): The Town, The Fort and The Beach

Aloguinsan is one of the towns in Cebu with a fast-rising tourism industry; and, if the number of visitors that swamp the town during the weekends is any indication, there is no other way for this humble town but up. Thanks to the undying support of the local government and the cooperation from among the… Read More Eco-Tourism in Aloguinsan (Part 1): The Town, The Fort and The Beach

Bantayan Island, Cebu: Beyond the White Sand and the Blue Sea

Bantayan Island is indubitably a must-go. Anybody with a day or two (and the money) to spare should take some time to experience the laid-back and carefree island life in Bantayan. Blue sea. White sand. Fresh air. Dried fish. Fresh scallops. Reggae nights. You name it. Bantayan Island is definitely a world apart from our own. While… Read More Bantayan Island, Cebu: Beyond the White Sand and the Blue Sea

Nueva Caceres, Oslob: The Unknown Piece of Paradise I Call Home

“There is no place like home” — this is never truer to anyone than the sea turtles (and to some other chordates). For these home-loving reptiles of the seas: Home is where their cold-blood pumping heart is. They say these animals are imprinted with magnetic fields leading them back home to reproduce and, for some, to die.… Read More Nueva Caceres, Oslob: The Unknown Piece of Paradise I Call Home

Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House: A Visit Through Time in Cebu

Parian in Cebu is an enduring testament to a colorful Cebuano past both told and untold. Parians were districts established by the Spaniards for visiting Chinese traders. It was a necessary policy for the Spaniards to place boundaries between disparate ethnicity. The visiting Chinese traders in Cebu got their Parian, the Indios (natives) had their Pueblo de Naturales (San Nicolas) and the… Read More Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House: A Visit Through Time in Cebu