TRAVEL GUIDES

GONE TOO SOON

Marie

Rowjie: Palalabs, nag-message si DJ. Kaiz: Oh? Rowjie: Naaksidente si Marie. Kaiz: Oh? Rowjie: Car accident. Kaiz: Okay naman siya? Rowjie: Patay daw yung mga kasama. This day last year, at around 1PM and while in the middle of deep slumber, Rowjie woke me up trying to tell me something. I wasn’t sure if he too was shocked by the ...

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BASCO: NORTH BATAN

Basco, Batan

Basco, the gateway to the northernmost province of the Philippines, is also the capital of Batanes. Located in Batan Island, Basco is politically divided into six barangays—Ihubok II (Kayvaluganan), Ihubok I (Kaychanarianan), San Antonio, San Joaquin, Chanarian, Kayhuvokan making it the largest municipality in the island in terms of population and land area.

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MAHATAO: SOUTH BATAN

Mahatao, Batan

Mahatao is definitely one of the most famous municipalities in Batan Island because of its several popular tourist attractions. It also is the town next to Basco when you’re going to the southern part of the island via the National Road. Mahatao is divided into four barangays: Hanib, Kaumbakan, Panatayan, and Uvoy. It is the smallest town in Batan in terms ...

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BATAN ISLAND ON MOTORBIKE

South Batan

When Rowjie and I arrived in Batanes, we had no definite itinerary and basically had no idea on what we could do around the province. We were staying there for eight days and I didn’t do enough research because we wanted to just go wherever our feet take us. Or maybe I was just too lazy. Anyway, the only thing ...

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THE LIFE-CHANGING TRAVEL THAT DIDN’T HAPPEN

Wego Life-Changing Travel Story

What you are about to read isn’t some inspiring or heartwarming travel story with amazing photographs to go along with it. This is not your typical fairy tale where everything ends well. Instead, you’d be reading, a boring narrative on how travel can change one’s perspectives in life, which in this case is mine. It is one of the most-anticipated ...

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ITBAYAT IN ONE DAY

Itbayat Airport

Half day tour in Itbayat, said someone. WUT? As in WUT in high pitch! After the death-defying three-hour boat ride from Basco,  after becoming a human pachinko ball, after you vomited all throughout the trip, you’re leaving again tomorrow? You must be kidding. Traveling from Basco to Itbayat isn’t a joke. If you need two days to see the major ...

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ITBAYAT ISLAND BUDGET GUIDE

Itbayat Island, Batanes

Going to Itbayat, the largest among the three islands of Batanes, can be a lot expensive especially when you’re traveling alone because of its distance being the last municipality in the northernmost part of the Philippines, literally the last frontier. But hear me, it’s all worth it! Just the boat ride alone is one thing you cannot forget for the ...

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RESTAURANTS? MOTHERS ARE THE BEST COOKS IN THE WORLD!

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When visiting a new city I am always looking for delicious food, since each city uses different ingredients, has favorite flavors, and makes even unique dishes. But in Nepal, the most popular dish is by far Dal Bhat—steamed rice, lentil soup, and roti. This dish can be found in every restaurant, so I tried it in several places, but it ...

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A VERY PYROMUSICAL COMPETITION

5th Philippine International Pyromusical Competition

I had long been wanting to witness the prestigious international fireworks competition in the country for four years now. Last night, I finally got to watch the opening ceremony of the 5th Philippine International Pyromusical Competition in Seaside Boulevard of the SM Mall of Asia.

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THE DAY I CALLED ALL THE SAINTS AND THEIR FAMILIES

Itbayat Island

Rowjie wakes up at 5:00 AM. It is drizzling and still very cold. He wakes me up. I fixed myself and brushed my teeth. I did not dare take a bath because the water was too frikken cold. He calls the contact person of the MB Ocean Spirit at 5:30 AM; the person on the other line confirms that the 6:00 ...

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