Category: Mindanao

Mount Hamiguitan: Hiking to the World’s Largest Pygmy Forest

Posted on July 8, 2017

The mountain wasn’t revealing its beauty too easily. We had to earn it. A sudden downpour bombarded our initial ascent from the trailhead, which in itself was an arduous undertaking: we had to crisscross a shallow stream, battle thorny foliage and clamber up steep slopes for hours to reach the first lantawan (lookout). By the time we got there, we were soaked to the bone in rain and sweat. Nevertheless, the entire climbing group — writers, forest rangers, local tourism officials, policeRead More

Green Windows Hotel: Budget Stay in Davao City Starts at PHP 188!

Posted on February 24, 2017

Looking for an affordable but decent stay in downtown Davao City? Look no further than Green Windows Hotel, a budget-friendly stay housed inside FTC Tower, a green-windowed commercial building along Mt. Apo Street. I think the best thing going for this hotel is its central location. Tourist attractions within the city center are just a short walk away such as People’s Park, Saint Peter Metropolitan Cathedral (Davao Cathedral), Museo Dabawenyo and Aldevinco Shopping Center. For a DIY guide to exploring theRead More

6 Awesome Reasons Why You Should Overnight at Mt. Apo Highland Resort in Kapatagan, Digos City

Posted on March 19, 2016

With scenic views of Mount Apo – the tallest peak in the Philippines – the cool-weathered plateau of Barangay Kapatagan in Digos City, Davao del Sur sure makes an amazing day trip from Davao City. It’s a great way to see and enjoy Mt. Apo Natural Park for casual travelers, or a starting point for serious multi-day trekking to the summit of Mt. Apo. But there’s nothing like spending more time here to really immerse in the place, especially when you check-inRead More

5 Amazing Reasons Why You Should Stay at The Continental Club of Marco Polo Hotel in Davao City

Posted on March 18, 2016

After a most enjoyable overnight trip to Agusan Marsh, I had a few days to spend in Davao City before heading farther south. One of the best hotels in town – if not the whole Mindanao – the Marco Polo Hotel Davao offered me and fellow travel blogger Fra Jamir of Takaw Travels a two-night stay at one of the hotel’s exclusive upper-level rooms at The Continental Club.  Located right at the busy intersection of C.M. Recto and Roxas Avenues,Read More

Agusan Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary: An Overnight Eco-Cultural Tour at Panlabuhan Manobo Floating Village

Posted on February 19, 2016

When heritage advocate Ivan Henares invited me to revisit the Agusan Marsh to document a fledgling cultural tourism project he spearheaded, I excitedly jumped at the opportunity to experience this vast and unique landscape all over again. My first visit was with my sister in December 2009. We were the first tourists permitted by the town officials of Bunawan to enter Lake Mihaba – the site of a macabre crocodile attack on a Manobo schoolgirl eight months earlier. Apparently, the killer croc –Read More

Cebu Pacific Adopts Philippine Eagle ‘Mindanao’

Posted on October 20, 2015

With the Philippine eagle as its company logo, Cebu Pacific makes a fitting commitment to conserve one of the most remarkable and critically endangered bird species in the world. Last October 16, the country’s largest airline formally announced its adoption of “Mindanao”, a 13-year-old Philippine eagle at the Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF) in Brgy. Malagos, Baguio District, Davao City. For five years, Cebu Pacific will provide food and necessary veterinary care for Mindanao, strengthening the airline’s commitment on environmental conservationRead More