Panlabuhan Floating Village, Agusan Marshland Sanctuary


Agusan Wildlife Sanctuary courses through five municipalities  Rosario, San Francisco, Talacogon, Bunawan, La Paz, and Loreto.  Bunawan being the most famous one as it was where Lolong was captured. To those who have no idea who Lolong was, Lolong was the world’s longest crocodile in captivity. He was a 20ft 3in Indo-Pacific saltwater croc and he weighed around 1,075 kg. He was found dead in his cage last February 10, 2013.  

We asked the Panlabuhan locals about what they think of Lolong. “Gamay man siya”.  He’s small,  they said.  Nakadakop mig mas dako pa niya, kaduhaon.  Abi namo namatay kay nasab-it sa pukot.  Buhi diay.  “We caught one that is twice his size. He got himself entangled in one of the nets.  We initially thought that he was dead only to find out he was not” our boat men explained.  When asked where  the crocodile is now.  Gibuy-an nano. “We let him go” they shrugged.    As it should be, our group silently agreed.

Yes, in case you are wondering, the marshland is home to many crocodiles. Continue reading

Magellan’s Drive


I was cradling a beer and it was early…Was it 9 am (?) I am not sure.  I’m not sure of anything anyway every time I’m in Manila.  The smog and the traffic always confuses me.  And the metro is either too bright or too dark, too wet or too dry.  And the city seems bored but busy.  No.  In a hurry.  The city seems is bored and busy always in a hurry.  As if it has somewhere to go, something to do– All. The. Time.  And it was such, in the morning that Mitchie and I clawed our way to Intramuros.  One of her friends will be touring us.  Okay, I confess, one of her friends will be touring her and some others.  I was just tagging along.  Continue reading

Visiting Cotabato


Currently in Cotabato City right now for a documentary assignment.  My day starts early and it ends just right after sunset.  Visiting the nooks and crannies of the city has yielded a lot of unexpected surprises.  The Moro people are friendly and the women are beautiful. The children would remember me and would call and wave even a day after meeting them in the streets.   Continue reading

Mainit Hot Spring, Kinabalangan Dvo Oriental


Kinabalangan’s local hangout place.  This is where we soak our weary feet after a hard day’s work around disaster areas in Kinablangan. Mainit Hot Spring actually needs to a lot of help and work to restore it in it’s former grandeur.  But for now, we are happy to just soak our pains away. Continue reading

Caving in Sagada

You have to Two options, A.) a short one (Php400/person) where you walk 45min to the cave and you crawl the limestones for about 5 hours or B.) a longer and more difficult version of option A (Php500/person) where you end up in another cave.  Both are worth doing, depends on your stamina.  I hated the stairs at the end of the tour though, it effin made me tired.  You will hate it too— after sliding on limestones, crawling and squeezing into small holes, hanging on ropes, and playing in the water (yep, there’s an underground river somewhere).


For your cave tour in Sagada, go to the Tourism office and pay an environmental fee of Php30.  The sweet lady at the counter will assign you your guide.  If you are lucky, like us, you get to be invited to a bonfire in a local farm where they will cook pinikpikan, a local chicken dish of Sagadian, for you.  So be nice to your tour guides, they have access to unlimited supply of lettuce and more *wink wink Continue reading

Getting lost in Colon


Cebu was lovely.  I was there for a week to celebrate Sinulog.  But I’m not posting festival photos.  I’m sure, with the hundreds of people present (and snapping photos) at the festival, you will find hundreds of Sinulog photos in google.  I’m posting photos of Colon instead.  Colon is that market in Cebu where people are most scared to take their cellphones out because snatching was not theft but art.  Don’t get me wrong.  It is a lovely place to be however if you are one helluva-paranoid, I suggest you take your xanax before visiting the place. Continue reading