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Marajaw! Sights and Tastes of Siargao May 24, 2012

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Last week, I had a chance to join a four-day trip to the infamous yet isolated surfing paradise of Siargao. I was there as part of our office’s support to the Philippine Daily Inquirer’s Read-Along Storytelling session. For this event, our storybook entitled Marine Crusader was chosen to be shared to some 100 school children in Del Carmen town. Though the activity only lasted for hours, the limited flight schedule to and fro of Siargao Island forced us to stay at least two more days, meaning more time to explore and enjoy the wonders of country’s surfing capital.

Siargao is composed of several islands and islets bounded by the vast Philippine Sea and the Pacific Ocean, Dinagat Islands and the Mindanao mainland. It is composed of 8 mainland towns and 1 island town, all boast of their unique wonders . Siargao is geographically under the province of Surigao del Norte, whose capital, Surigao City is more than two-hours by motor boat. One can also take the Manila-Cebu-Surigao route to Siargao via Cebu Pacific and Air Philippines (this is our route due to full booking).

What to experience: There are many to mention about Siargao, from surfing, swimming, spelunking, partying, etc. But as far as our limited time spent there, I could only share so much. In fact, while still there it already came to me to be back there perhaps next summer, like for a week stay. Sharing here some snaps of our two day excursion:

Surfing at Cloud 9



Island Hopping 



Where to stay: There are many affordable and high-end accommodations around the island to choose from. We stayed at Cherinicole Resort and Kesa Cloud 9 Resort. For more details, please check this site for more information: Wow Siargao.


Mid-Summer Wishes May 16, 2011

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It’s summer season (read: mid-summer) and I guess everyone who’s into outdoor or field activities more or less have plans in their minds. Or for some, they have long planned their schedule for this season and are pretty excited right now to commence a long list of summer activities. Our recent visit to the Pahiyas Festivities in Lucban, Quezon yesterday reminded me of the long list of wishes and plans of outdoor activities ahead locally and who knows, abroad, possibly, SEA. But given the pressure at work, and hopefully becoming a student again might limit those travel wishes. Nevertheless, I still have few activities ahead to keep me sane and keep my list on the roll. Towards the end of this month, I’ll be back in Davao with the Backpackers after roughly a decade or so. Crossing my fingers to catch a glimpse of the Island Garden City of Samal and meet some relatives. Before that, I’ll be joining Ive on my first attendance to a major concert. Having Maroon 5 for a first, and our first time together is just so right and special.

Ode to the Summer Snow April 15, 2011

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Indeed, UPLB, or Los Baños for that matter, is tantamount to nature and its underlying wonders.

When I was still in college, it awes me to see the unique display of nature’s wonders expressed through the shedding of cotton like material from the kapok (Ceiba pentandra) tree prevalent in Mt Makiling and inside the campus. This emergent tree of tropical adaptation has the ability to produce its own cotton-like fibers within its elongated ‘fruit’, which imminently cracks during summer, giving way to the shedding. The fiber is light, highly buoyant and very resilient, hence, the illusion of a snow fall during these times of the year. However, in recent years, some individuals (including my former professor) observed an unusual delay if not non-occurence of the ‘snow fall’, including that of the narra leaves and flowers surrounding the Humanities building. Hypothetical ideas suggest that this may have to do with climate change.

Ode to the UPLB Winter (2009)

This year’s nature extravaganza of some sort is exceptional (see photo). But more than than the aesthetic appeal of the shedding, lies a meaningful semblance to students. That these times of the year highlighted by the snow fall, signify survival and triumph from the rigid education in UP. On the other hand, for others whose fate are hanging, the kapok tree is a constant reminder of determination and consistency. While for alumni (like me) and others who frequent the campus, this is an added purse to UPLB’s identity. Remembering this summer scene ellicit some amounts of nostalgia and reminiscence.

(photo courtesy of kreg) *This was originally posted in April 2009