I miss my homeland today, especially they are celebrating the KADAYAWAN FESTIVAL 2017. This Festival is an annual celebration held in Davao City, Philippines, the hometown of our President Duterte. This feast marks a celebration of thanksgiving for life, nature and abundant harvest.

Along with it are the extravagant floral and fruit floats parade with ethnic street dancing which we called Indak-indak sa Kadalanan competition.


                                                                                                  Photo credit to the owner




BAGOBO TRIBE.   Photo by: Tambok

Since Davao City, Philippines has a golden rules to live by when you are there. Here are some to be followed to keep the Festival safe and for you to avoid any unnecessary problems.

  1. No smoking in public places.
  2. No alcohol beverages after the 1am liquor ban.
  3. No driving beyond the 30kph speed limit in the Davao Central District. No drunk driving. No driving or riding motorcycle without helmet.
  4. No carrying of firearms and bladed weapons.
  5. No carrying of backpacks and water containers/bottles that are not transparent.
  6. Bring identification cards always.
  7. Foreigners are advised to bring passports and other proofs of identification.
  8. Call 911 for emergencies.


Madayaw Dabao! Happy 32nd Kadayawan!



HOLY WEEK IN SILENCE (14-18th day)

My family decided to spend the holy week in my grandparent’s province. It is also my time to visit them and offer a prayer personally. Because I wasn’t able to attend their death ceremony, I think this was the best time to pay my respect.

Bacuag is a fifth class municipality in the province of Surigao del Norte, surrounded by mountains, forest, and sea waters. I stayed here for more than a year with my grandparents and returned to the city carrying with a lot of memories. I have loved the place though it was far from the City. The country side is a good place to rest, ponder and enjoy the serenity.

Let’s hit the road!

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Arrived safe and sound!

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Visiting the old folks!


Welcome to my Grandparents’ house!

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20 years ago I wrote this prayer as instructed by my grandmother. I was surprised to see it here. It reminds me of her being a prayerful person, that there is nothing impossible in prayers.


Fresh fish and squid cooked only by Vinegar.  One of the best!


Ready to roam around!


Bacuag Parish Church. My favorite place 20 years ago.

Tomorrow will be coming back to the City. I don’t know when I can visit here again.  I will surely miss the place!



After we unpacked our belongings, we run immediately to the beach, which only took 3 minutes walk from our hotel located at station 2.

Station 1 is where the widest beachfront is and where the most expensive hotels are located.

Station 2 is where the crowd is and where you go for beer and McDonalds.

Station 3 is where you go to get away from the crowd, for some quiet time.


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A welcome post to Boracay.

Our first activity for the day is SUNSET PARAW SAILING. It is one of the most enjoyable things to do here in Boracay, especially if you love sunset, warm breeze and sailboat. The sailboat can carry up to 10 people on its outrigger wings and they even have enough life jackets for children. It is safe and romantic too.

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The breath-taking view.

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The happy faces.

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It was scary but we don’t care.

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I love it more because I’m with him.

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The human mermaid is meeting a new friend.


Never be afraid of the waves, it will sail you down to your soul.


Boracay image @ sunset.


I am going to Boracay with my two girlfriends Dimple and Tzardy, and with my son James. Our flight bound to Cebu from Davao City is exactly 9:15 am and from Cebu to Caticlan is 2:00 pm. I know it would be a long trip and time waiting but who cares? We’re just too excited to feel about that.


“Not all those who wander are lost.”

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     Davao City Domestic Airport (Flight to Davao-Cebu)                   Airline: Cebu Pacific

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Dimple & James. We took some pictures while waiting for one friend. 

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Enjoying the flight with them.

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   Touch down Cebu airport.


 Had our first lunch together.

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Touch down Caticlan airport!  After in the airport, you have to take a TRICYCLE going to ferry boat station.

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When you reach the place, you need to pay first all the fees like the terminal & environmental fee.

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Reaching inside you will be guided by several people and signed to understand where you are heading.

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This port provides a number of boat rides to the Cagban Port from where Boracay is just a few minutes away and can be reached by a tricycle.


Inside the ferry boat.


This will take you to your reserved hotel.


Finally! safe and sound we reached Casa de Apartelle where we will stay for 4 days & 3 nights. The room is enough for the 4 of us with free breakfast and helpful staff around.

We are so excited!!!


We’ve been planning on going to Boracay for the past few months. It was our little dream to visit the place, relax and enjoy. Boracay is known as one of the best beaches in the Philippines, it wasn’t only admired by us Filipinos but also with other nationalities.

For many people, Boracay is the classic Pacific island paradise. The white sand on your toes will make you feel giddy enough, the sunset view which you can see the beauty of flame, the brilliant crystal clear of sea water, and wide selection of hotels, restaurants and activities.

But most of all, I believe that no matter where the place is, you have to go there with the luxury of wanting the fun, be with the right people where you can also enjoy their presence and of course bring some cash.

I am about to share what I can do for 4 days and 3 nights here in the land of paradise. But definitely I will enjoy it, not only because the place is great but I am with the right people too, my two girlfriends and my son.

It’s more fun in the Philippines!!






Yes, Boracay night life is fabulous. People are all out, restaurants are almost full, and the clubs are always ready to party. True, It was crowded but still you will be amazed of where those people came from, just don’t complain and let yourself enjoy the night!



Our first dinner together, sorry about the plates empty and messy, we ‘re just so overly hungry.


James first henna.

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It’s our night, ladies night!

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Feel the hot performance from this local people.

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Watch the romantic fireworks with your love ones.

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Boracay is derived from the local word “borac”, which means “white cotton”, exactly the word that can closely describe the color and texture of the island sand, so fine and soft.

We slept around 2 am.  Too early for the party goers but we need to wake up tomorrow early to meet the sunrise. Whoa!!

30 days Vacation

I am so excited for my annual leave vacation to the Philippines.  I am going home to see my family, take some rest, and enjoy the privileged.

I am going to blog my vacation for 30 days.  I am pretty sure that I will have new precious experiences and happenings way back home.

See you Philippines in 11 days!


all my bags are packed and am ready to go.

Best Trip of your Life – Day 10


I always love going on a trip with my son. I am quite certain when he grew up it would never be the same. He will have a girlfriend, a wife, and a family in the future and our time to be together will be abridged. So I am making the most of my trip and my future journey to be with him.


Road trip with my son to Agusan Sur (Philippines)


Tinuy-an falls with relatives (Bislig City, Surigao del Sur, Philippines)


Enchanted River with relatives (Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur, Philippines)

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Enchanted Kingdom with friends ( Santa Rosa City, Laguna, Philippines)



Manila Ocean Park with friends, (Manila, Philippines)


Pearl Farm Beach Resort with friends ( Island Garden City of Samal, Philippines)

I can’t wait for our next trip, I will make it sure it would be more fun and laughter!