The first time we came to this city we considered it merely a transit point to the island province of Siquijor. On our return trip to Sibulan Airport we had to wait out our return flight to Manila for a few hours at Dumaguete. After a limited exploration of the city we soon realized we had been missing out on a travel destination in itself.
We were told that dolphins would normally be sighted within 30-45 minutes after leaving the Canibol or Capiñahan Wharves at Bais town in Negros Oriental. That’s if you leave Bais early morning. Unfortunately we left at well past 10AM. And here we were already one hour away from Bais, in the middle of the Tañon Strait and closer to the island of Cebu than to Negros Oriental. And still no dolphins in sight.
Visitors traveling to the Philippine province of Pangasinan often head straight for the Hundred Islands in Alaminos or to Patar Beach in Bolinao. Even the previously unheard-of destinations of Tambobong Beach and Colibra Island in Dasol, Cabongaoan Beach in Burgos and Tondol Beach in Anda are quietly gaining popularity thanks to social media and travel bloggers. But just a few days after Easter Sunday, we found ourselves chilling in an unlikely part of Pangasinan – namely the eastern Pangasinan towns of Tayug, San Nicolas and Natividad.
It was one of those cities that suffered most from Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). While fortunately not suffering as many casualties as Tacloban and other municipalities on the eastern side of Leyte, Ormoc was nevertheless devastated. Practically all its structures were either damaged or totally destroyed. More than a year later we would visit an old friend from college who had retired to his home city. We were very interested to see how Ormoc was faring more than a year after the disaster. Continue reading Ormoc’s Sunsets
Its name comes from a Cebuano word meaning a place where there are birds. It must have been a former avian sanctuary. Either that or the fact that, when viewed from the air, Kalanggaman Island is an elongated islet with two long, snaking sandbars at both ends giving it the appearance of a gull in flight.