Thursday, June 23, 2016

Around San Jose: Islander Castle, PBMA Founder's Shrine and Sta. Cruz beach

Around San Jose

If not for the sweltering midday sun, I would have immediately started our adventures at San Jose, the capital municipality of Dinagat. But it seemed that my travel companions and I had far more important things to do instead. As soon as we arrived at our accommodation, we had a quick shower, grabbed lunch and just slept for an hour or so. The long journey to get here must have taken a toll on each one of us.

I must admit that if not for a blog post in, I wouldn't have known about Dinagat, a small cluster of islands in Southern Philippines and one of the fairly new provinces in the country.

It used to be part of Surigao del Norte up until 2006 when it became an independent province by virtue of RA 9355. Four years later, this status was nullified by the Supreme Court but in 2012, the high court reversed itself and upheld the constitutionality of its original ruling.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

En route to Dinagat

Enroute to Dinagat

I am not sure if my travel companions sensed my relief as we boarded M/BCA Seahorse Express one Friday morning not too long ago. We were then on our way to San Jose, the capital municipality of Dinagat in Southern Philippines.

The tiny island province has been on my bucketlist since 2015. I remember that around the same time last year, I already had a ready itinerary, established contacts with the local tourism officers and ironed out the logistics as well. Unfortunately I did not have enough headcount to push through with the journey.

This year however, I was determined to set foot in Dinagat, even if that means that I have to travel solo just to get there. Thankfully, it didn't come to that because two of my friends joined me at the last minute.

Well, everything about this trip was last minute. What made it more excruciatingly memorable was when I realized that I left our tickets at my apartment, 2 freaking hours before our boat's scheduled departure.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Eats around the Province of Dinagat Island

Dinagat Foodtrip

My friends and I had a recent weekend trip to Dinagat Island, the 80th province in the Philippines. We had many adventures there - trekking to the mystical Lake Bababu, swimming at beautifully deserted beaches and visiting the PBMA shrine, among many others.

I will talk about these in the succeeding blog posts but in the meantime, allow me to share some of the notable food stops we had at San Jose, the province's capital.

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

McDonald's non-app Angry Birds toys

The Angry Birds Happy Meal

I wanted to watch The Angry Birds Movie when it was still shown in cinemas here in Cebu. This was largely fueled by my nostalgia for the wildly successful mobile game and also some bit of curiosity as to how the film creators created a story out of it.

Unfortunately, I missed the movie because I thought that it would be screened this June. I only realized this mistake when McDonald's Philippines sent me their Angry Bird Happy Meal toys last weekend. After I opened the package, I then checked local cinema schedules and found out that none of them show the movie anymore.

These toys I guess will be the closest Angry Bird Movie experience I will have in the meantime. The limited edition set consist of 10 different designs: Light-Up Red, Speedster Chuck, Lasso Pig and slingshot launchers featuring Red, Bomb, Stella, Terence, Leonard, Cowboy Pig and Pilot Pig.

And yes, the green pigs and the feisty avian warriors have actual names. I can only imagine how each sounded in the movie as the voice cast is quite impressive - Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Maya Rudolph, Bill Hader, Sean Penn and Game of Thrones' Peter Dinklage, among many others.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Chasing Waterfalls in Iligan City

Chasing Waterfalls in Iligan City

I once did a blog a collaboration with Lisa Mirasol of where we shared various travel tips about Iligan, a highly-urbanized city in Southern Philippines.

Little did I know that a few months after I published that entry, I was fortunate enough to return to my beloved birthplace to participate in the Waterfalling Adventure Tour 3.0, a unique weekender organized by the Iligan Bloggers Society.

During that long weekend, IBS took me and the other participating bloggers around 5 of the city's towering cascades.

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