Chocolate Hills: Seem Delicious But Not For Your Sweet Tooth

It was five in the morning. My bag full of food was ready, my extra shirt, pen and paper, and of course a load of excitement! And a few minutes later, my service arrived to pick me up for school. The most awaited day as a grade school kid finally came. The day when learning was not limited to books and classroom, when I got the chance to visit memorable places and hang out with my best buddies in school, and when I was allowed to eat junk food and drink soda. Yes, it was the day of our field trip. With a bunch of other hyperactive kids, I entered the bus and prayed that we arrive safely to our destination —- Nayong Pilipino.

The memories of my childhood came back to me as if they happened just yesterday. When I visited Bohol with my family last September 2010 and saw the famous Chocolate Hills for the first time, the first thing that occurred to me was our field trip at Nayong Pilipino and Continue reading

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Daragang Magayon: Mother Nature at it’s Pristine Best

When I was a little kid, my mom used to call me “Magayon”. And at an early age, I knew what the word meant but it never occurred to me the real beauty that goes with it. Magayon is a Bicolano word which means beautiful. It is where the name Mayon, the famous perfect cone-shaped volcano, is derived from. And why am I writing about this? Because finally, after many years of hearing the word, I was able to witness the majestic meaning that lies behind it. There I was in the province of Albay standing in front of the “beautiful lady” (daragang magayon) as the legends refer to it. But before I proceed to the experiences that almost took my breath away, let me first share with you the legend of Mayon Volcano that not so many of us know. Just like any other landforms, there were many legends that attempt to portray how this pristine but destructive beauty came to existence.

Here is the legend of Mayon Volcano which I like the most — the Bicolano version of Romeo and Juliet as told by Laura Agpay:

Once there was a princess named Daragang Magayon (Daraga means lady, Magayon is beautiful) who lived in Bicol. She’s so beautiful. She came from the family that reigns over the entire Bicol.

Because of her beauty and influence, warriors, princes and datus from different parts of the country desired to have her as their wife. But Magayon fell in love with Continue reading

Bora with Dora :)

Ever remember a time when you were so excited to have a free-to-do-whatever-you-want getaway with your best buddy? No parents, no oldies, no exact plan, and no….. money! Hahaha! Well, I can still feel the fun and excitement every time I look at the photos of me and my cousin, Marj, the first time we went out-of-town together — just the two crazy us. We usually travel with friends and family so we tried to go backpacking and see where our craziness can take us. Here is our “huling hirit” for summer 2009 right before the school year begins.

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It was a four-days-three-nights stay in one of the most famous tourist destinations in the Philippines — Boracay Islands. Most people come in groups, with family, or with their special someone. But me? I visited the place with Continue reading