e-Philippines Adventure Travel and Destination 2017-12-12T08:30:24Z http://www.e-philippines.com.ph/feed/atom/ WordPress ephil <![CDATA[Ms. Hira Saint l Puerto Princesa and El Nido l August 13 to 19, 2017]]> http://www.e-philippines.com.ph/?p=10171 2017-09-04T06:33:48Z 2017-09-04T06:33:48Z We got the tour package for El Nido and Puerto Princessa trip 2 months before our departure date.

The agency was very accommodating and understanding. We had an 8 year old child with us that made the trip a little worrisome due to posssible unforeseen circumstances.

However, they assured me that – from the lodging, travel, and tours – everything is good to go. We arrived at PP and travelled 5-6 hrs to El Nido. We got the private van, and our driver Kuya Jing was really nice. The hotel we stayed at was the El Nido beach hotel which was beyond our expectation. We had a balcony to dry our clothes and an overlooking view of the beach. The tour A and C was also something to rave about. Our guides were funny and nice, and the included lunches were superb.

It was an overall great experience and would definitely recommend this agency to our friends.

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ephil <![CDATA[A Dream Come True: Exploring the hidden nature of Banaue]]> http://www.e-philippines.com.ph/?p=8469 2014-02-24T01:15:19Z 2014-02-20T04:53:16Z October 23 – 25, 2013 – the date when I finally set foot on and saw the Rice Terraces

We have planned to come to Banaue many times. But many times, too many things have prevented us from actually going. This year, we just had to go. Maybe because we both knew that our backpacking days will soon be over and it is probably now or never.

Our bus would leave at 10:00pm in October 23, 2013. We would be gone for quite a while so we tried our best to finish as much work as we can during the day.  We even managed to squeeze in an hour of acupuncture because the voucher that we bought would be expiring while we are away.

I was apprehensive and anxious about the long ride ahead because we will be commuting all the way. By all the way I mean from the South to our errands in Makati, Manila all the way to the mountains. More than anything else though, I was excited. I am not sure if it was because I’ll finally be seeing this place that I’ve studied as a child and I’ve heard about so many times but has been very elusive to me, or because I have not traveled in a while.

We arrived 2 hours early in the bus terminal in. As we were waiting for our departure time, a lot of Caucasian backpackers started arriving. The bus was full before our set departure time so it left a bit earlier than scheduled. I slept comfortably throughout the night and only woke up at 5:00am to see the beautiful sight of the clouds discreetly hiding the mountains and the sun slowly starting to rise.

View on the way to Banaue from a moving bus

My heart was beating fast because of excitement. I am just a couple of hours away!

There are five sites included in the Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordillera – Batad Rice Terraces, Bangaan Rice Terraces (both in Banaue), Mayoyao Rice Terraces (in Mayoyao), Hungduan Rice Terraces (in Hungduan) and Nagacadan Rice Terraces (in Kiangan), all in the Ifugao Province, of the Philippines. In this trip, we were set to visit the rice terraces in Banaue. Among the five, it is more popularly discussed in our history books as children. The Banaue Rice Terraces or the Hagdan-Hagdang Palayan ng Banawe is situated in the mountains of Ifugao. These are carved by the indigenous people. It is believed to be made using minimal equipment and even by hand. The plots are watered using an old but very efficient irrigation system. Some of the terraces have stone walls and some have mud walls. It was severely destroyed by several typhoons in the past years but through the joint efforts of the government and the private sector, it was successfully rehabilitated and restored by June 2013.

The Ifugao people are generally shy but not as aloof as when I last went to Sagada. Many are now used to interacting with tourists and are in fact relying on tourism for their main source of living. The fields are owned by Ifugao families. It is handed down from generations. Nowadays, many families are renting the fields out because the descendants prefer to work in the city instead of continuing to farm their lands. Some sociologists also believe that the lack of interest in farming the family lots is due to the modern Filipino inheritance system (Pamana). In the olden times, only the first born would inherit the land of their parents so continuing the farming tradition lies on this first born child. Now that the properties have to be divided equally among all siblings, the sense ownership is lost.

A very noticeable practice of the Ifugao people is the chewing and spitting of the Betel nut. They say it is their local Red Bull because it gives them energy. This habit leaves a red stain on their teeth. Some tourists find the habit of chewing and spitting repulsive so to adopt, the local government and some local private sectors post signs prohibiting spitting of Betel Nut or “Moma”, in their local dialect. The guides have also formed the habit of politely asking their guests first of it is okay to chew on their Betel nut.

When we got to the town, we registered, changed into hiking clothes, brushed our teeth and washed our faces. We had a breakfast of chicksilog with native red rice and brewed coffee and then we’re off.

Banaue town proper

We shared a jeepney and our guide with 3 other travellers. One is a young Japanese man who barely spoke any English. I tried to chat with him and get his name but I could not understand a thing that he was saying. He was very polite but I am pretty sure he also did not understand a thing that I said. The other two was a French couple who ended up staying a night in our home before they came home to France.

We hopped into our Lakers jeepney at 8:00am. It was a cool morning and I was getting more and more excited as I felt the numbing breeze brushing through my face. The travel time from the town proper to the jumpoff point is approximately 45 minutes.I was pleasantly surprised to see the road construction going on at every section of the winding road. Despite the construction, there was no traffic congestion because drivers would take turns in passing through and the materials and the stones were neatly put on the sides of the road. There is very weak phone reception so to avoid any frustrations, forget about receiving and sending out any calls, SMS and emails and just enjoy what the isolation and the nature will offer.

Halfway to the jumpoff point, our jeepney had a flat tire. Just our luck! Good thing there was a spare tire. We got off the jeepney while they were replacing the tire and we were back on in 15 minutes.

No time to waste. After we got off the jeepney, we immediately started our trek. Now, the trek to Batad town, the terraces and the falls was a piece of cake. It was mostly downhill. Along the way I saw native livestock, mostly chicken, just walking around pecking and pecking. Our view althroughout the trek was AMAZING and the air was so cool and clean. I could not count the times when we stopped to take pictures because each part of the journey offered amazing view of nature.

The trek to the falls would take a good couple of hours each way for those with no training or climbing preparation, with multiple rest and photo op stops. Because we took our time, taking as much stops as we wanted and walking leisurely and chatting along the way, this must have been one of the most relaxing treks that I have ever taken.

Halfway to the falls, we stopped at Batad Tourist and Information Center to register and pay a fee. We also made a stop at the local Batad Inns so our friends Camille and Max could check in. The Inn looked like a traditional Ifugao home in a large scale and with some added comfort of the mainland. The rooms in most backpacker inns in Batad have communal rooms and bathrooms. The rates are extremely cheap but their 360 degree view is PRICELESS!

We then started our trek to Tappiyah falls. We passed by some traditional Batad homes where the rice harvested from the terraces were being sun dried in traditional black baskets. The rice grains looked like small round gold bits. We also passed by rows and rows of terraces. Some were planted with rice, some with taro and other vegetables but most were already empty and drying. Our guide said that this is because the rice were already harvested in August and the patches are being prepared for the next planting season. The native rice could only be cultivated once a year so by the time we went there, most of the plots were brown. Nevertheless, it was still stunning and breathtaking.

Now, navigating one’s self through the terraces requires balance since you’d have to walk through the edges of the rice fields which are about a foot long. It is easy to get preoccupied taking pictures and looking at the seemingly endless rows of terraces that one risks imbalance and falling off…on one side is the wet patch of field and the other a cliff down to the lower lever fields.

Finally, we reached the last leg to the falls. There is a resting stop where a local sells refreshments. Just what a tourist may badly need if he/she did not anticipate the long hike. After a quick stop, we proceeded to go downhill to the falls. Tappiyah falls is extremely cold. It does not only offer a relaxing view but also a refreshing feel for those who will dare to swim in its extremely cold pool after a long hot trek. Some also bring their food and drinks so they can have lunch while enjoying the cool breeze from the dropping water. I just hope that everyone will have the decency to clean up after themselves and not leave their trash.

If the trek to the falls was an easy downhill walk, the way back is a whole different story which was mostly uphill all the way to the top. I had to take much more stops than before and just like in any other hard climb that I made, I was constantly thinking “What the heck am I doing this for again?” and “I swear this is the last time I will ever climb or trek!!”…but it never is the last time.

After dinner, we got to Banaue Hotel at 6:30pm, our home for the night. It might be the best and most expensive accommodation in the area. I could tell that it was old, with the architecture and interiors reminiscent of the 70’s but it still had the old “Baguio charm and warmth” that reminded me of my childhood vacations. By this time it was so cold so I was dying for a hot shower. After my long bath, we had our massage for Php500.00 per hour. Not bad for a hotel rate. The traditional hilot massage was very soothing but I couldn’t really tell if it was that good or I was just that exhausted from that uphill climb.

It was dark when we got to the hotel so I did not have any more chance to go around and see if there was any view so when I woke up at 5:30am, just at the crack of dawn, SURPRISE SURPRISE…The view right in front of me was beyond amazing that I almost did not realize how cold it was even at 9 degrees celsius. The towering height of the mountain range was overwhelming and It almost felt like it was closing down on me.

After our buffet breakfast, and a quick stop at the viewpoint, I bid the beautiful Banaue Rice Terraces goodbye with a heartfelt promise that I will surely come back.

This is how they roll in the mountains

These are the things that I will never take for granted. These are the things that I am extremely grateful for…seeing more than a postcard of this magnificent creation.

Here’s to a new year and to many more awesome adventures!

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MALACAÑAN PALACE
MANILA

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES

PROCLAMATION NO. 655

DECLARING THE REGULAR HOLIDAYS, SPECIAL (NON-WORKING) DAYS, AND SPECIAL HOLIDAY (FOR ALL SCHOOLS) FOR THE YEAR 2014

WHEREAS, Republic Act (RA) No. 9492, dated 24 July 2007, amended Section 26, Chapter 7, Book I of Executive Order (EO) No. 292, also known as the Administrative Code of 1987, by declaring certain days (specific or movable) as special or regular holidays;

WHEREAS, RA No. 9492 provides that holidays, except those which are religious in nature, are moved to the nearest Monday unless otherwise modified by law, order or proclamation;

WHEREAS, RA No. 9849 provides that the Eidul Adha shall be celebrated as a national holiday;

WHEREAS, the EDSA People Power Revolution, which restored and ushered political, social and economic reforms in the country, serves as an inspiration to Filipinos everywhere as a nation and as a people;

WHEREAS, on 31 January 2014, the Chinese nationals all over the world will celebrate Spring Festival, popularly known as the Chinese New Year, which is one of the most revered and festive events celebrated not only in China but also in the Philippines by both Chinese-Filipinos and ordinary Filipinos as well; and the joint celebration is a manifestation of our solidarity with our Chinese-Filipino brethren who have been part of our lives in many respects as a country and as a people; 31 January 2014 may be declared as a special (non-working) day without detriment to public interest;

WHEREAS, Saturday, 19 April 2014 falls between Good Friday and Easter Sunday; Black Saturday, falling between Good Friday and Easter Sunday, has been traditionally declared a special (non-working) day throughout the country because the observance of Holy Week is one of our people’s most cherished traditions and they must be given the full and uninterrupted opportunity to ponder the significance of Holy Week and to properly observe its traditions with religious fervor, without prejudice to public interest;

WHEREAS, in order to foster closer family ties and enable our countrymen to observe Christmas more meaningfully, it is but fitting to declare 24 December (Wednesday) and 26 December 2014 (Friday) as additional special (non-working) days throughout the country;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BENIGNO S. AQUINO III, by virtue of the powers vested in me by the Constitution as President of the Philippines, do hereby declare:

SECTION 1. The following regular holidays and special days for the year 2014 shall be observed in the country:

A. Regular Holidays
New Year’s Day 1 January (Wednesday)
Araw ng Kagitingan 9 April (Wednesday)
Maundy Thursday 17 April
Good Friday 18 April
Labor Day 1 May (Thursday)
Independence Day 12 June (Thursday)
National Heroes Day 25 August (Last Monday of August)
Bonifacio Day 30 November (Sunday)
Christmas Day 25 December (Thursday)
Rizal Day 30 December (Tuesday)
 
B. Special (Non-Working) Days
Chinese New Year 31 January (Friday)
Black Saturday 19 April
Ninoy Aquino Day 21 August (Thursday)
All Saints Day 1 November (Saturday)
Additional special (non-working) days 24 December (Wednesday)
26 December (Friday)
Last Day of the Year 31 December (Wednesday)
 
C. Special Holiday (for all schools)
EDSA Revolution Anniversary 25 February (Tuesday)

SECTION 2. The proclamations declaring national holidays for the observance of Eid’l Fitr and Eidul Adha shall hereafter be issued after the approximate dates of the Islamic holidays have been determined in accordance with the Islamic calendar (Hijra) or the lunar calendar, or upon Islamic astronomical calculations, whichever is possible or convenient. To this end, the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) shall inform the Office of the President on which days the holidays shall respectively fall.

SECTION 3. The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) shall promulgate the implementing guidelines for this Proclamation.

SECTION 4. This Proclamation shall take effect immediately.

SECTION 5. This Proclamation shall be published in a newspaper of general circulation.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the Republic of the Philippines to be affixed.

Done in the City of Manila, this 25th day of September, in the year of Our Lord, Two Thousand and Thirteen.

(Sgd.) BENIGNO S. AQUINO III

By the President:
(Sgd.) PAQUITO N. OCHOA, JR.
Executive Secretary

Source: http://www.gov.ph/2013/09/25/proclamation-no-655-s-2013/

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ephil <![CDATA[Proclaimed 2013 Holidays]]> http://e-philippines.com.ph/?p=7500 2012-10-08T04:02:17Z 2012-10-08T03:59:27Z MALACAÑANG PALACE
MANILA

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES

PROCLAMATION NO. 459

DECLARING THE REGULAR HOLIDAYS, SPECIAL (NON-WORKING) DAYS, AND SPECIAL HOLIDAY (FOR ALL SCHOOLS) FOR THE YEAR 2013

WHEREAS, Republic Act (RA) No. 9492, dated July 24, 2007, amended Section 26, Chapter 7, Book I of Executive Order (EO) No. 292, also known as the Administrative Code of 1987, by declaring certain days (specific or movable) as special or regular holidays;

WHEREAS, RA No. 9492 provides that holidays, except those which are religious in nature, are moved to the nearest Monday unless otherwise modified by law, order or proclamation;

WHEREAS, RA No. 9849 provides that the Eidul Adha shall be celebrated as a national holiday;

WHEREAS, the EDSA People Power Revolution, which restored and ushered political, social and economic reforms in the country, serves as an inspiration to Filipinos everywhere as a nation and as a people:

WHEREAS, Saturday, 30 March 2013 falls between Good Friday and Easter Sunday; Black Saturday, falling between Good Friday and Easter Sunday, has been traditionally declared a special (non-working) day throughout the country because the observance of Holy Week is one of our people’s most cherished traditions and they must be given the full and uninterrupted opportunity to ponder on the significance of Holy Week and to properly observe its traditions with religious fervor, without prejudice to public interest;

WHEREAS, Saturday, 2 November 2013, falling between Friday, 1 November 2013 (All Saints Day) and Sunday, has been traditionally declared a special (non-working) day throughout the country;

WHEREAS, to give full opportunity to our people to properly observe All Saints Day with all its religious fervor which invariably requires them to travel to and from different regions in the country, Saturday, November 2013, may be declared as a special (non-working) day without detriment to public interest;

WHEREAS, in order to foster closer family ties and enable our countrymen to observe Christmas more meaningfully, it is but fitting to declare December 24, (Tuesday) as an additional special (non-working) day throughout the country;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BENIGNO S. AQUINO III, by virtue of the powers vested in me by the Constitution as President of the Philippines, do hereby declare:

SECTION 1. The following regular holidays and special days for the year 2013 shall be observed in the country:

A. Regular Holidays
New Year’s Day
Maundy Thursday
Good Friday
Araw ng Kagitingan
January 1 (Tuesday)
March 28
March 29
April 9 (Tuesday)
Labor Day
Independence Day
National Heroes Day
Bonifacio Day
Christmas Day
Rizal Day
May 1 (Wednesday)
June 12 (Wednesday)
August 26 (Last Monday of August)
November 30 (Saturday)
December 25 (Wednesday)
December 30 (Monday)
B. Special (Non-Working) Days
Black Saturday
Ninoy Aquino Day
All Saints Day
Additional special (non-working) days

Last Day of the Year
March 30
August 21 (Wednesday)
November 1 (Friday)
November 2 (Saturday)
December 24 (Tuesday)
December 31 (Tuesday)
C. Special Holiday (for all schools)
EDSA Revolution Anniversary February 25 (Monday)

SECTION 2 The proclamations declaring national holidays for the observance of Eid’l Fitr and Eidul Adha shall hereafter be issued after the approximate dates of the Islamic holidays have been determined in accordance with the Islamic calendar (Hijra) or the lunar calendar, or upon Islamic astronomical calculations, whichever is possible or convenient. To this end, the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) shall inform the Office of the President on which day the holiday shall fall.

SECTION 3. The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) shall promulgate the implementing guidelines for this Proclamation.

SECTION 4. This Proclamation shall take effect immediately.

SECTION 5. This Proclamation shall be published in a newspaper of general circulation.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the Republic of the Philippines to be affixed.

Done in the City of Manila, this 16th day of August, in the year of Our Lord, Two Thousand and Twelve.

 

(Sgd.) BENIGNO S. AQUINO III

By the President:

 

(Sgd.) PAQUITO N. OCHOA, JR.
Executive Secretary

From: http://www.gov.ph/2012/08/16/proclamation-no-459-s-2012/

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wp <![CDATA[Day 3: Quick stopover at Yogurt House and Strawberry Farm]]> http://ephilippines.hqthemeconversion.com/?p=5607 2012-06-24T10:43:50Z 2012-06-24T10:21:05Z For our last breakfast at the Yogurt House we had tuna sandwich, tapsilog with mountain rice, banana crepe and of course…their famous yogurt. We then made a quick stop to La Trinidad for some strawberry, orange and vegetable shopping. We got to Manila at around 11:00pm…and then back to work.

Despite the long road travel to our destination, I consider this trip one to remember. Being the “outdoors person” that I am the cool weather, the view and the adventurous terrains made this special. A lot of people, Filipinos and foreigners alike, have explored this part of the Philippines. Although accustomed to strangers coming and going, I find it peculiar that most of them are still very shy and timid. They have kept their town quiet and peaceful. I rest at the thought that although open to some changes, a part of them stay true to their roots and the Igorot culture remains alive in each of them.

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Day 1 : Exploring the town of Sagada and trekking to Bomod-ok Falls

Day 2 : The Cave Connection Expedition (Sumaguing and Lumiang Cave)

Day 3 : Quick stopover at Yogurt House and Strawberry Farm

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wp <![CDATA[Day 2: The Cave Connection Expedition (Sumaguing and Lumiang Cave)]]> http://ephilippines.hqthemeconversion.com/?p=5605 2012-06-24T10:43:50Z 2012-06-24T10:19:49Z We snoozed early the night before since there was no television, the weather was extremely cold and it was a very quiet town. We were up by 4:00am and by 5:00am we were already on our way to Kiltepan Viewpoint to catch the sunrise. I did not expect much of it but when we got there, the view of the terraces of rice, the morning clouds and the breath of fresh morning air turned out to be a nice way to start our long day.

After a hardy breakfast at Masferre we went started our tour around the town starting with the Sagada Weaving and Sagada Pottery. Now I’m not too fond of cultural tours so I did not pay much attention to the weaving demonstration but I found the pottery demo really interesting and the craftsmanship on the pottery was good. In both venues they are selling their woven cloths and pottery. During the tour and the demonstrations it was evident that locals are more comfortable speaking in English rather that in Tagalog.

Our guide then took us through an informative walk through history including an old town burial site with the remains of early American settlers in Sagada all the way to the Echo Valley.

The place is packed with tourists eager to test if their loud shouts would indeed produce echoes…and they did! The hanging coffins can be seen from the Echo valley viewing area but you can also trek for 10-15 minutes downhill to get a closer look at the foot of the cliff. How they managed to get those coffins up there is beyond me. I could only marvel at their respect for the tradition of honoring their dead.

Lunch was at Rock Inn Cafe where we feasted on big servings of mountain rice, sweet and sour chicken and pinikpikan (a popular dish in the Cordillera region prepared by beating live chicken with a stick prior to cooking and said to improve the flavour of the cooked chicken). It would have been fun to go orange picking in the inn orchard but it was out of season at the time.

The last agenda for the day was a grueling six-hour, adventure packed, no turning back cave connection spelunking. We have heard and read so much about it and this is the main reason why we wanted to travel to Sagada. Unlike the usual Sumaguing cave tour, our entrance would be Lumiang cave and exit would be in Sumaguing cave. Coffins greeted us as we reached the facade of the cave. As I looked closely, I could see some of the skulls peeking through some dilapidated wooden coffins…and then…pitch black entrance to the cave.

Now, this may not be for everyone. I remember one in our group (whom I’d rather keep anonymous..hahaha) hyperventilating throughout the trek and constantly blaming his/her friends for talking him/her into it. Nevertheless, he/she finished it…because there was no other choice.

I would describe this particular adventure as one that brought mixed feelings of  fun, adrenalin rush, some extent of fear…that we might slip on ledges and crash our bones and skulls…awe and amazement on the various cave formations. It was just EXHILARATING! It involved six hours of trekking, rappelling, squeezing through narrow openings, dipping and a lot of picture takings with countless attempts to take a decent jump shot. This definitely is the best cave I’ve ever been to considering the level of difficulty and the cave formations.

Day 1 : Exploring the town of Sagada and trekking to Bomod-ok Falls

Day 2 : The Cave Connection Expedition (Sumaguing and Lumiang Cave)

Day 3 : Quick stopover at Yogurt House and Strawberry Farm

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wp <![CDATA[Day 1: Exploring the town of Sagada and trekking to Bomod-ok Falls]]> http://ephilippines.hqthemeconversion.com/?p=5602 2012-06-24T10:43:50Z 2012-06-24T10:18:23Z We arrived at 9:00am. First thing we did was to get settled, take a shower and get ready for the adventure ahead. Then, breakfast at the Sagada Lemon Pie House. Now I don’t remember what we had for our meal but I made sure I saved some space for the pies! We had a tasting of the available pies that day…lemon pie, egg pie and blueberry pie. They were great but I particularly liked the egg pie topped with whipped egg white that was caramelized on top. The lemon and egg pies are available year-round and cost Php20.00 per slice and Php150.00 for the whole pie. There are also special fruit pies such as strawberry and blueberry, which are seasonally available. They cost Php28.00 per slice and Php220.00 for the whole pie. These pies run out fast so you must order them at least a day or two before you leave if you want to bring them home. After a heavy breakfast meal and the sugar rush from engulfing all those pies, we got into the van to start our tour for the day.

It was a Saturday morning, the town’s market day. Our van had to squeeze its way through the hustle and bustle of the town with people coming from everywhere, buying and selling anything and everything. It was pretty hot that day so one vendor selling halo-halo and another selling boiled peanuts caught my eyes. Halo-halo turned out to be a mixture of some of its usual ingredients with unusual additions like fresh melon and macaroni. It was personally not to my liking but the peanuts were excellent.

Our first drop off point was in front of St. Mary the Virgin Church for picture taking. This old church along with the schools grew out of the mission established by Reverend John Staunton the Mountain Province in 1904.

Already past lunchtime, when we went on our way to the Bomod-ok falls. It was roughly an hour  trek/walk through bright green rice fields which probably would have been a 30-minute walk if not for the constant stops to take pictures along the way.

5 minutes after a terrain of woods and rocks, we finally reached the falls. Again, packed with tourists and local kids offering foot and back massage, the falls was nothing really grand but the cool breeze from the dropping water was such a relief after a hot trek. We couldn’t resist a swim but we only lasted for 5 minutes in the ice cold water. After my dip, I tried the foot massage where the kid just rubbed and poked my feet with two small sticks from a branch that he picked somewhere. It was more funny than relaxing…but hey, what do you expect from a Php10.00 massage? At least the local kids looked like they were having fun, laughing and chatting in their local dialect.

As we walked back, it had started to rain…I remember regretting the short dip earlier because by this time, it started to get too cold and I was shivering to my bones. Good thing I still had a small bar of Goya dark chocolate which I ate to keep myself a bit warm and to get my mind out of the chilling cold.

When we got to the town proper, it was only around 4:45pm. It was too late for lunch and too early for dinner but since we heard that the Yogurt House would be packed within an hour, we decided to have a really early dinner. We had tuna pasta and chicken curry. The serving was big although the chicken was, for me, a bit tough. All in all it tasted alright, the food was served piping hot and the price was reasonable and we slept with happy stomachs.

Day 1 : Exploring the town of Sagada and trekking to Bomod-ok Falls

Day 2 : The Cave Connection Expedition (Sumaguing and Lumiang Cave)

Day 3 : Quick stopover at Yogurt House and Strawberry Farm

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wp <![CDATA[“Pilipinas, Tara Na!” – the three versions of the Song]]> http://ephilippines.hqthemeconversion.com/?p=1 2012-06-24T11:11:33Z 2012-06-24T05:41:47Z “Pilipinas, Tara Na!” version 1


Words by: Rene Nieva
Composed by: Mike Villegas and Rico Blanco
Arranged by: Angelo Villegas

Ikaw ba’y nalulungkot
Naiinip, nababagot
Ikaw ba’y napapagod
Araw gabi’y puro kayod?

Buhay mo ba’y walang saysay
Walang sigla, walang kulay?
Bawa’t araw ba’y pareho
Parang walang pagbabago?

Tara na, biyahe tayo
Kasama ang pamilya
Barkada at buong grupo
Para mag-enjoy ng todo.

Halika, biyahe tayo
Nang ating makita
Ang ganda ng Pilipinas
Ang galing ng Pilipino.

Nag-driving ka na ba
Sa mga bayan sa baybay
Ng buong Laguna de Bay
Tuloy-tuloy sa Tagaytay?

Nalasap mo na ba
Ang Lanzones ng Camiguin
Penoy balot ng Pateros
Ensaymada ng Malolos?

Tara na, biyahe tayo
Upang ating matanto
Tayo man ay iba-iba
Diwa’t puso ay iisa

Halika, biyahe tayo
Nang ating makita
Ang ganda ng Pilipinas
Ang galing ng Pilipino.

RAP:
Mga kababayan, ating puntahan,
Dambana ng kadakilaan at kagitingan
Fort Santiago, Kawit, Mactan
Barasoain, Corregidor at Bataan.

Nag-shopping ka na ba
Sa malls ng Metro Manila
Naka-bargain sa Baclaran
Greenhills at Divisoria?

Nakapag-uwi ka na ba
Ng perlas mula Sulu
World-class shoes from Marikina
Abaca bags from Bicolandia?

Tara na, biyahe tayo
Nang makabili
Ng maganda at murang-mura
Gawa ng kapwa-Pilipino.

Halika, biyahe tayo
Nang ating makita
Ang ganda ng Pilipinas
Ang galing ng Pilipino.

Nakisaya ka na ba
Sa Pahiyas at Masskara
Moriones at Ati-atihan
Sinulog at Kadayawan?

Namiesta ka na ba
Sa Penafrancia sa Naga
Umakyat sa Antipolo
Nagsayaw sa Obando?

Tara na, biyahe tayo
Upang ating matamo
Ligaya at pagkakaibigan
Kaunlaran, kapayapaan.

Halika, biyahe tayo
Nang ating makita
Ang ganda ng Pilipinas
Ang galing ng Pilipino.

Tara na, biyahe tayo
Upang ating matamo
Ligaya at pagkakaibigan
Kaunlaran, kapayapaan.

Halika, biyahe tayo
Nang ating makita
Ang ganda ng Pilipinas
Ang galing ng Pilipino.


“Pilipinas, Tara Na!” version 2


Words by: Rene Nieva
Composed by: Mike Villegas and Rico Blanco
Arranged by: Angelo Villegas

Ikaw ba’y nalulungkot
Naiinip, nababagot
Ikaw ba’y napapagod
Araw gabi’y puro kayod?

Buhay mo ba’y walang saysay
Walang sigla, walang kulay?
Bawa’t araw ba’y pareho
Parang walang pagbabago?

Tara na, biyahe tayo
Kasama ang pamilya
Barkada at buong grupo
Para mag-enjoy ng todo.

Whoo!

Halika, biyahe tayo
Nang ating makita
Ang ganda ng Pilipinas
Ang galing ng Pilipino.

Ang galing ng Pilipino

Napasyal ka na ba
Sa Intramuros at Luneta
Palawan, Vigan at Batanes
Subic, Baguio at Rice Terraces?

Narating mo na ba
Ang Hundred Islands and Chocolate Hills
Pagudpud, Puerto Galera
Waterfalls ng Maria Cristina?

Tara na, biyahe tayo
Mula Basco hanggang Jolo
Nang makilala ng husto
Ang ating kapwa-Pilipino.

Halika, biyahe tayo
Nang ating makita
Ang ganda ng Pilipinas
Ang galing ng Pilipino.

RAP:
Libutin mo ang may pitong libo at isang daang isla
Ang minamahal kong Pilipinas
Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao ating puntahan
Huwag maging dayuhan sa sarili mong bayan!

Nasubukan mo na bang
Mag-rapids sa Pagsanjan
Mag-diving sa Anilao
Mag-surfing sa Siargao?

Nalasahan mo na ba
Ang Mangga ng Guimaras
Pancit Molo, Gensan Tuna
At Bagnet ng Ilocandia?

Tara na, biyahe tayo
Nang makatulong kahit pa’no
Sa pag-unlad ng kabuhayan
Ng ating mga kababayan.

Halika, biyahe tayo
Nang ating Makita
Ang ganda ng Pilipinas
Ang galing ng Pilipino.

Naabot mo na ba
Ang tuktok ng Mount Apo
Crater ng Pinatubo
Sagada sa Cordillera?

Natanaw mo na ba
Ang Butanding sa Donsol
Ang Tarsier at Tamaraw
Ang Haribon sa Mindanao?

Tara na, biyahe tayo!
Upang masilayan
Kariktan ng kalikasan
Na dapat pangalagaan.

Halika, biyahe tayo
Nang ating makita
Ang ganda ng Pilipinas
Ang galing ng Pilipino.

Tara na, biyahe tayo
Upang ating matamo
Ligaya at pagkakaibigan
Kaunlaran, kapayapaan.

Halika, biyahe tayo
Nang ating makita
Ang ganda ng Pilipinas
Ang galing ng Pilipino.

RAP:
Halika’t samahan natin ang bawat Pilipino
Sumakay sa kalesa, barko, o kahit pa eroplano


“Pilipinas, Tara Na!” version 3


Lyrics:
Words by: Rene Nieva
Composed by: Mike Villegas and Rico Blanco
Arranged by: Angelo Villegas

Ikaw ba’y nalulungkot
Naiinip, nababagot
Ikaw ba’y napapagod
Araw gabi’y puro kayod?

Buhay mo ba’y walang saysay
Walang sigla, walang kulay?
Bawa’t araw ba’y pareho
Parang walang pagbabago?

Tara na, biyahe tayo
Kasama ang pamilya
Barkada at buong grupo
Para mag-enjoy ng todo.

Halika, biyahe tayo
Nang ating makita
Ang ganda ng Pilipinas
Ang galing ng Pilipino.

Nakita mo na ba
Ang mga windmills ng Bangui
Lumang simbahan ng Paoay
At mga mansyon sa Silay?

Namasdan mo na ba
Ang mga vinta ng Zamboanga
Bulkang Taal, Bulkang Mayon
Beach ng Boracay at La Union?

Tara na, biyahe tayo
Nang ating malaman
Ang kahalagahan
Ng pagbibigayan.

Halika, biyahe tayo
Nang ating makita
Ang ganda ng Pilipinas
Ang galing ng Pilipino.

RAP:
Mula puno’t dulo
Ng archipelago
Ang sasalubong sa ‘yo
Mga ngiti ng bawat tao
Pagtanggap sa bisita at pagpapasaya
Sa Pinoy ay wala nang tatalo pa!

Naranasan mo na ba
Ang mag-wakeboarding sa Camsur
Ang mag-boating sa Loboc at sa
Underground River ng Puerto Princesa?

Natikman mo na ba
Ang Sisig ng Pampanga
Duriang Davao, Bangus Dagupan
Bicol Express at Lechong Balayan?

Tara na, biyahe tayo
Ang Maykapal ay pasalamatan
Sa lahat ng biyayang
Natanggap ng ating bayan.

Halika, biyahe tayo
Nang ating Makita
Ang ganda ng Pilipinas
Ang galing ng Pilipino.

Nalibot mo na ba
Ang puno’t dulo ng Luzon
Aparri thru Calabarzon
All the way to Sorsogon?

Naki-parada ka na ba
Sa Higantes sa Angono
Bulaklak sa Panagbengga
At Parol sa San Fernando?

Tara na, biyahe tayo
Lumingon sa pinanggalingan
Nang tayo’y makarating
Sa ating paroroonan.

Halika, biyahe tayo
Nang ating makita
Ang ganda ng Pilipinas
Ang galing ng Pilipino.

Tara na, biyahe tayo
Upang ating matamo
Ligaya at pagkakaibigan
Kaunlaran, kapayapaan.

Halika, biyahe tayo
Nang ating makita
Ang ganda ng Pilipinas
Ang galing ng Pilipino.

Now which one is your bet? 🙂

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ephil <![CDATA[My Top 5 Adventures for 2011]]> http://ephilippines.hqthemeconversion.com/?p=6047 2012-07-01T03:06:34Z 2011-12-15T03:03:28Z The past five years have been the most adventurous years of my life. This is when I have travelled the most, not just because it is part of my job but because t is what I love to do. I have ranked my 5 most favorite outdoor adventure – # 1 is the best for me and you’ll see why:

Number 5: Ultralight Flying

Number 4: Siargao Gamefishing

Number 3: Sagada Cave Connection

Number 2: The Plunge

Number 1: Mt. Mayon Summit

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ephil <![CDATA[Number 5: Ultralight Flying]]> http://ephilippines.hqthemeconversion.com/?p=6035 2012-07-01T02:53:39Z 2011-12-15T02:49:46Z Ultralight aviation came about because of people wanting to fly more affordably in the 70’s and 80’s. The planes are called Ultralight or Microlight. These are very light planes that can fit 1-2 persons. On the weekend after my birthday, we drove to Angeles City Flying Club to try this out. I already looked it up on the internet but you never really know what it’s like until you’re actually there.

Some planes had enclosures at the front but mine was completely open. There was a short runway then we were off! It shook me out a bit at the beginning. Fortunately Alex, my designated pilot guide, was a very relaxed and chatty guy. It took no time before I was able to relax and get used to the feeling of riding a bicycle in mid air. I even tried my hand at driving the plane!

The skies were clear when we went flying and the view was just spectacular. If you look very very closely, you might even see people standing by the riverbanks or working at the fields.

Try the Ultralight Flying now!

Next: Siargao Gamefishing on Top 4

…We had to wait 30 minutes in between hits. Some might find it boring. We, on the other hand, almost did not notice the long wait. We caught several big ones. The anticipation and excitement was intoxicating. Man they sure can give a fight!… read more

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