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Ilocos Norte

4×4 Ride at the Paoay Sand Dunes

By on July 16, 2010
The best ride in getting to and around the Paoay sand dunes is via a rugged, 4x4 vehicle. This would ensure adequate traction especially at loose spots and in going up and down the sand hills. Stay away from the tricycles or your family sedan when you can help it.


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Ilocos Norte

Sandboarding at the Paoay Sand Dunes

By on July 12, 2010
The sand dunes of Ilocos Norte seems to be the most 'unnatural' geological formation that I have seen so far. One would normally expect desert-like stretches like these in the Middle East but not in a tropical country like the Philippines.


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Ilocos Norte

The Bangui Windmills

By on July 6, 2010
The windmills in the laidback town of Bangui have indeed put the Philippines in the renewable energy map. It has attracted not only the strong drafts from the South China Sea but also troves of tourists who want to see a majestic wind farm.


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South Cotabato Travel Guide

Travel post mortem: Project Aerie

By on June 26, 2010
Project Aerie showed me that South Cotabato is far from the war-torn region described by a popular Asin song. Since its provincehood forty years ago, it has been aggressively positioning itself to become one of the major eco-tourism destinations in the Philippines.


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South Cotabato

Seven Falls | Lake Sebu, South Cotabato

By on June 21, 2010
There is nothing like waking up to the gushing sound of Hikong Bente at the 7 Falls in Lake Sebu, Southern Philippines. Although we camped out far from the cascade, we could still feel the gentle rumble of the ground beneath our tents.


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South Cotabato

Zip-line at the 7 Falls | Lake Sebu, South Cotabato

By on June 18, 2010
While your heart starts to pound faster, try to imagine Joker whispering the following in your ear: “Madness is like gravity, all it takes is a little push.” You are suddenly plunged into a wickedly awesome scene that only this part of the Philippines can possibly offer.


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South Cotabato

Hikong Mahi: the aftermath

By on June 10, 2010
We assumed that the remainder of our river trek would be a piece of cake. But just when we thought we could breeze back to our starting point, we faced one more challenging pit stop.


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South Cotabato

Hikong Mahi: a trek to remember

By on June 2, 2010
The undeveloped trail leading to Hikong Mahi or Tinago Falls is considered difficult even by more experienced mountaineers. We carefully trod on loose forest topsoil which was sometimes littered with animal traps. There were times when we used a rope to rappel steep inclines.


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South Cotabato

South Cotabato’s Mt. Three Kings: Bloto, Kabaling and Tacofil

By on May 25, 2010
Little is known about Mt. Three Kings in Lake Sebu. A quick Google search would reveal that it is part of an IBA (Important Bird Area) in the Philippines, that is surprisingly unexplored.
Brennan Mercado
The Philippines

Brennan is an electronics engineer by profession. From time to time, he gets to travel beyond his office cubicle, try new restaurants or catch up with his terribly long list of unread books. He likes museums, spicy food and talking with habal-habal drivers. For now, he's still deciding on whether to play Pokémon GO or not.

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