Islas De Gigantes, Ilo-Ilo: At The Foot of A Sleeping Giant

I was following a story when I chose Islas de Gigantes and Sicogon Island as this trip’s destinations. I knew about the Ayala development at Sicogon’s Barangay Buaya and I wanted to see the island as it was before high-end resorts, manicured beachfronts and jetskis take over. I also knew that Gigantes was its neighbor. […]

On Meeting Reynan and His Tacloban

Tacloban was not the destination during my last trip but I needed to pass through the city. I dreaded to pass through it. It was my first time but it felt otherwise. Popular media had already mapped a Tacloban that suffered tragedies both natural and unnatural. The city, post Haiyan / Yolanda, was a picture […]

The Journey to Apo Reef: Tale of the Traveling Schlummi

This trip went so far from the plan. It’s not just about staying in Occidental Mindoro longer and postponing the Coron leg as consequence. It’s also about a solo trip that wasn’t. As soon as I stepped into Michael’s 4-wheel drive early Friday morning, it became a social adventure. For the first time in a […]