Let's face it our mobile dependency has evolved from what was once just a means for communication now monopolizes the entertainment and information industry. As a travel blogger, I consider my mobile phone as an indispensable companion to help ease the challenges and heighten the experience in travel. I will leave out the most common social media app such as Instagram & Twitter because they have created a niche in our daily lives which made them indispensable in their own right. Here are my top 10 *not in any order by greatness* free travel apps in both iOS and Android.
One of my favorite destination in Cebu is the southern part because it is teeming with unspoiled spots that are both famous and lesser known to a regular tourist. Alegria stands out as a haven for adventure of the undiscovered wonders hidden from the abusive hands of some tourists. The municipality may not have stunning beaches but it makes up by awakening that adventurous heart of yours through an assortment of experience from spelunking the awe-inspiring caves of Cambusay & Salay, chasing the many grand waterfalls hidden in their mountains such as Cambais, Kawa Kawa, Montpeller, Cancalanog and Kitara. And it is one of the only two destination in the province which offers canyoneering.
Undeniably, Kalanggaman Island is getting all the attention for a top summer island getaway in Philippines in the recent years. The island has everything you ever dreamed of an ideal island vacation you've always wanted. The pristine shores, cerulean sky and the invigorating water. We already have that picture in our mind of what the island can offer us but there are so many other details of Kalanggaman Island that one picture cannot convey. And this what this blog is for to offer you an insight of the 10 best kept secrets of Kalanggaman Island.
Do you fancy going in a challenging mountain trek, spelunking and rappelling in a cave, camping atop a wildlife reserve mountain, kayaking & SUP-ing towards a marine reserve and a sumptuous breakfast in a floating cottage? If you do then I know the perfect place for you who offers all of these for only Php 500.00 per pax. I know it sounds tempting they also throw in a free tshirt, certificate and a little badge of Palompon. This is an experience you shouldn't miss when you're visiting Kalanggaman Island.I was fortunate enough to be one of the first group to try it first hand and I must say for its price it is pretty much a give away!
I've been here so many times and I love bringing people in this island because I couldn't get enough of it. Not because of its beaches it is not that stunning I for one don't like the quality of the sand but maybe for its accessibility and the wildlife reservation going on in the island. It is brimming with so much diversity of wildlife from the migratory birds that is from all over the world who made this island as temporary habitat to the marine life which flourish with our help due to the different wildlife reserves in the island. I am a bit worried though due to the increasing number of human inhabitants populating the island because there are areas damaged by our ways. Let me take you on a visual tour in what to expect from Olango island.
Location: Olango Island, Philippines
Have you ever dreamed of going in an adventure where you traverse dangerous waters to be rewarded with a breathtaking experience with an untouristed waterfall in the end? Then you are in the right blog to breath life into that dream. Kabutongan Falls in Malabuyoc offers such escapade for those with adventurous heart and the ultimate break to your mundane city life only to those who have the courage to embrace it. The river trek is more than enough to pump some adrenaline into your system and give your muscles a good stretching. You will be rewarded with one of the most satisfying waterfall experience for all your efforts and a good story to share to the monotonous city folks. Imagine a rock beautifully shaped by an undying flow of the waterfall dropping in the emerald colored water with cave swiftlets and bats flying in and out of the cave beneath it. I know it's too much for your senses to visualize I was overwhelmed too when I was there.
Location: Malabuyoc, Lalawigan ng Cebu, Pilipinas
Aloguinsan is a third district of Cebu located in the western part of the province. It is comprised of 15 barangays and was once a barrio of Pinamungajan. This municipality is known for its stunning coastlines that are not usually overwhelmed with tourists but what really put it in the map is the unique experience that the Bojo River Cruise offers to the locals and tourists alike. It creates a growing diversity for the visitors in the province which made Cebu a jack of all trade to the famous spots all throughout the Philippines. You can travel back in time as well with this by walking through its historical landmarks.
Location: Aloguinsan, Cebu, Philippines
Cebu is blessed with so much beautiful nature spots and amongst them are waterfalls. Anywhere in the province you can visit a waterfall from a budget of Php 50.00 to a more expensive ones somewhere in north and south side of Cebu. I was fortunate enough to have friends who loves waterfall chasing as well and we just explored the best kept secrets of Ginatilan and Samboan last weekend - its majestic waterfalls. We have conquered a total of seven waterfalls namely Inambakan Falls, Kampael Falls, Bugnawan Falls, Aguinid Falls, Hidden Binalayan Falls, Balaygsawa Falls, Da-o Falls in a span of two days. And here is the itinerary of the trip.
( Inambakan Falls, Kampael Falls, Bugnawan Falls )
0700 am : South Bus Terminal Meetup ( tip! earlier would be better )
0800 am : Bus scheduled to leave.
0800 am - 1230 pm : Cebu to Ginatilan Travel Time Bus Ride ( Php 176.00 ETT 5 hrs )
1230 pm - 0100 pm : Lunch in Ginatilan and Quick Tour
0100 pm - 0120 pm : Ginatilan to Barangay Calabawan ( 3.9 km ) Habal-Habal Ride ( Php 25.00 per pax )
0120 pm - 0130 pm : Short to trek to Inambakan Falls.
|Inambakan Falls, Ginatilan|
0230 pm - 0430 pm : Explore the two remaining waterfalls ( Kampael & Bugnawan Falls ) located just above Inambakan.
0430 pm - 0440 pm : Short trek going up to Barangay Calabawan
0440 pm - 0520 pm : Barangay Calabawan to Samboan - Villa Isabella Resort (Php 30.00 per pax habal2x)
0520 pm - 0600 pm : Sunset Beach Watch at Villa Isabella Resort ( Contact 261-2877 / 09212002327 look for Orbiso )
0600 pm - 0700 pm : Rest / Wash Up ( Php 1500.00 air conditioned family room for 7 pax + Php 150 EB )
|Villa Isabella Beach Resort - Landmark: Samboan Medical Clinic|
1000 pm onwards : Goodnight rest
( Aguinid Falls, Hidden Binalayan Falls, Balaygsawa Falls, Da-o Falls )
0600 am : Wake Up Call
0700 am - 0730 am : Breakfast in Public Market ( Php 7.00 tricycle to Market from Resort )
0730 am - 0750 am : Samboan Town Proper to Barangay Tangbo ( Php 10.00 tricycle ride )
0750 am - 0800 am : Short trek to registration area & register ( Php 30.00 local, Php 40.00 foreign )
|One of the many cascade in Aguinid Falls in Samboan|
0930 am - 0950 am : Barangay Tangbo to Barangay Bonbon Trike Ride ( Php 10.00 )
0950 am - 1005 am : Short trek to Hidden Binalayan Falls ( Php 10.00 local, Php 20.00 foreign )
|Hidden Binalayan Falls aka Triple Drop|
1045 am - 1100 am : Short trek back to the entrance (optional: payment for guide)
1100 am - 1115 am : Barangay Bonbon to Samboan Town Proper Trike Ride (Php 10.00 per pax)
1115 am - 1140 am : Samboan Town Proper to Sitio Calin-ay Barangay Poblacion Trek
1140 am - 0100 pm : Enjoy Balaygsawa Falls [swim, cliff dive, baging dive, picture taking]
0100 pm - 0130 pm : Sitio Calin-ay Barangay Poblacion to Samboan Town Proper Trek
0130 pm - 0200 pm : Lunchtime in carenderia near the road sign going to Balaygsawa Falls.
0200 pm - 0230 pm : Samboan Town Proper to Barangay Suba Habal-Habal Ride (Php 30.00 per pax)
0230 pm - 0250 pm : Barangay Suba to Da-o Falls Scenic Trek (Php 20.00 local, Php 30.00 foreign)
|360 view of Da-o Falls|
0250 pm - 0400 pm : Enjoy Da-o Falls ( swim, cliff dive, water slide, picture taking )
0400 pm - 0420 pm : Da-o Falls to Barangay Suba Trek
0420 pm - 0510 pm : Barangay Suba to Villa Isabela Resort Habal-Habal Ride (Php 30.00 per pax)
0510 pm - 0640 pm : Sunset Watch / Wash Up
0640 pm - 0715 pm : Samboan to Bato Bus Terminal ( includes waiting time for bus ) (Php 10.00)
0730 pm - 1130 pm : Bato to Cebu (Php 184.00 bus ticket)
1130 pm : Super late dinner and go home afterwards.
Location: Samboan, Cebu, Philippines
It was a dull afternoon and I got nothing better to do. The wayfaring spirit in me is begging my feet for an exploration so I yield to the idea that sprouted out of my head. Cebu is a very old city and it happens to have the oldest street in the Philippines that is still standing to this day. As Cebuanos, we often overlook the beauty of the old district of Cebu as new modern ones started to dominate the metro. The old district is filled with historical buildings, architecture and really feels that it has been frozen in time. I decided to take a challenge of going in a photowalk to recapture the timeless beauty of downtown Cebu in black and white. Join me as I go back in time to rediscover the undying charm of the old city.