Monday, March 15, 2021

Of waves and tides

A poem about living an onerous, stressful life in the midst of a pandemic while gradually trying to get back on my own two feet and be really okay. Big Bear Lake, Big Bear City, California, USA.

Sunday, February 9, 2020

IN PHOTOS: 2020 Bambanti Festival during street-dance parade competition

GRACEFUL MOVES. Isabelino students from different municipalities dance gracefully as they compete for Bambanti street-dance parade competition at the Isabela Sports Complex during Bambanti Festival. All photos by George Buid.

ILAGAN CITY, Isabela—With colorful scarecrow-inspired costumes and vivacious performances, the Bambanti Festival 2020 lit up the stadium of Isabela Sports Complex as the 2700 dancers from 27 municipalities and towns performed their lively dance routines in Isabela's most-awaited event on Thursday, January 30.
Sunday, December 15, 2019

My guardian angel was a kabayan

The statue of the Risen Christ at Monasterio de Tarlac.
My flight was nine in the evening. Anxious and excited, I left Dubai for Yerevan, traveling solo.

That was in May last year. Aboard the FlyDubai's Boeing 737 Max aircraft, I took a three-hour flight bound for Armenia for the purpose of leisure and tourism. For this trip, I didn't research. No plans. No itinerary. No nothing. It was a spur-in-the-moment trip. And with all honesty, I knew nothing about this country; all I knew was, during those times, I could vividly remember I was so sad and stressed and devastated that I wanted to climb up a mountain to shout out all the problems I was carrying and to reevaluate myself of the things that had gone wrong in my life. Saving my sanity was the only way I could think of, so I decided to follow my heart to go on a vacation.

Monday, May 6, 2019

A popular yet uncrowded Mountain Lake Resort

Mountain Lake Resort: Where nature meets adventure.
For those who like fun-filled activities like obstacle courses and nature games, I have just the perfect place - the popular yet uncrowded destination, Mountain Lake Resort. Situated at the famous Caliraya Lake, it ranks as the go-to resort of Cavinti, Laguna. Surrounded by the body of water, this 300-hectare getaway makes you rethink all the activities you have in mind after seeing all the things you can do - be it extreme or chill. This is a place where you can go back to the domain of life, and to contemplate and relax while you enjoy an exciting adventure with nature.
Wednesday, May 1, 2019

The Legend Palawan celebrates 20, launches new product

The Legend Palawan celebrates its 20 years of unprecedented Filipino hospitality.
Another year, another gratitude to rejoice. One of Palawan's preeminent hospitality industries and a pioneer in Puerto Princesa's tourism recently marked its 20th founding anniversary with executives celebration and a thanksgiving lunch for specials guests who, through the years, have patronized the unprecedented Filipino hospitality of The Legend Palawan. The Legend Palawan serves tourists—both domestic and global—not only in providing quality hospitality services, but also in promoting Palawan as a world-class destination. Correspondingly, the kind gesture of the hotel, as a market leader, to sell the destination in the world has shared significant contributions both to the hospitality and tourism of the province.
Tuesday, April 9, 2019

6 uncrowded attractions you should visit in Calayan Island

The scenic view of lighthouse in Nagundungan Hills.

If you are an adventurous traveler, then you are probably familiar with the secluded Calayan Island. Located at the northernmost part of Luzon, this island is not easy to reach and set foot on. With a six to eight-hour boat ride through the Balintang Channel of the Pacific Ocean from Aparri, Claveria, and Port San Vicente in Sta. Ana, you have to take the lampitaw, making Calayan Island an uncrowded, remote, and partly unexplored destination. Because it is not yet a touristy place, the island has maintained its beauty - pure, raw, and natural. From the whispers of the wind in the Nagundungan rolling hills, to the murmur of the cascading Caanawan waterfalls, to the sound of silence of Lusok cave, and to the strikes of waves on the tropical shores of Sibang cove, your dilemma will be which of these places you will want to visit first. If you are dreaming of an uncrowded vacation and don't know where to go, then look no further because I have come up with my picks for the 6 uncrowded attractions in Calayan Island.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

The Great Sta. Cruz Island: Zamboanga City's beautiful secret

PINK BEACH. The Great Sta. Cruz Island is one of the pink beaches in the world.

The color pink symbolizes delicateness, sweetness, and tenderness. In gemstones, morganite symbolizes serenity, relaxation, and contentment. In Zamboanga City, there's a place where this color brings so much more than the symbolism that people give. An island where tenderness is written in the sand and relaxation meets the beauty of the summer sky. It is a secret that has been revealed to a few but ready to show its softness to many and to bestow its charm to everyone—for a whole new world to see.