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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.


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South Cotabato

Sitio Kangko | Lake Sebu, South Cotabato

By on May 21, 2010
Sitio Kangko is the farthest inhabited area in Barangay Lamlahak in the municipality of Lake Sebu, Southern Philippines. It is located at the foot of the yet unexplored Mt. Three Kings, aptly named for the three imposing peaks that seem to closely watch the small community.


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Cebu Food

The liempo from Balamban

By on May 1, 2010
Perhaps most of the residents of Balamban do not know yet that the name 'Balamban' has sparked a craze in Cebu City, approximately 64 kilometers away from their beloved municipality.


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Metro Manila

The Spoliarium at the National Museum

By on March 11, 2010
The Spoliarium depicts a typical scene in a chamber of a Roman arena: men dragging defeated gladiators, onlookers watching the bloody spectacle, and a woman grieving on one side.


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Albay Essay Travel

Mayon

By on December 31, 2009
I cannot say the same pattern of heroism, tragedy, victory and defeat would show up in the coming year. It could get worse. And it could also get very boring. I can only hope that we would now look at every monumental loss with maturity and resilience. I also hope that we would also look at every triumphant breakthrough with sobriety and gratitude.


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Essay

Bottled water

By on September 23, 2009
One afternoon, thirteen years ago, my sister bought me my first bottled water. I requested her to buy me one for two reasons. First, I would like to find out how water that is bottled would actually taste compared to our version of it at home.
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.

Awards
Best of Cebu Blog Awards Best of Cebu Blog Awards
2015
    Best Food Blog
    Best Creative Writing in a Blog
    Finalist, Best Travel Blog

2014
    Finalist, Best Food Blog
    Finalist, Best Travel Blog

    Grand Winner, Visit Davao Tuloy ang Byahe Experience Blogging Competition.
    Winner, 2013 TLC Asia’s The Layover contest
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