The Hundred Islands

The first time we visited this group of 123 limestone islets in Lingayen Gulf it was a disappointment. The major islands were choking with visitors (albeit it was during a weekend holiday), many of them were unkempt and the corals were mostly dead and denuded of fish. But because it was relatively accessible we kept... Continue Reading →

Siquijor: A Look Back

It was popularly known to Spanish colonizers as “Isla del Fuego” (Island of Fire) for the glow given off by multitudes of fireflies at night. In the last several decades however, Siquijor became more popular for folk healing while stories about witchcraft and sorcery added to its mystique. But it was Siquijor’s relatively off-the-beaten path... Continue Reading →

Hinulugang Taktak: Rehabbing a Waterfall

Back in the 1960’s it was a popular place to cool down during the summer. It even figured prominently in a popular folk song back then: Tayo na sa Antipolo (literally “Let’s go to Antipolo”). Sadly, it was also in the 1960’s that the waters of Hinulugang Taktak slowly began to be polluted. Urbanization of... Continue Reading →

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