Wednesday, February 15, 2017



I've been to Cebu last April 2016 for My First Solo Trip and I must say that Cebu is a really good venue for adventures.

Our real plan for this year was to do Cebu - Kalanggaman trip, but as the trip goes near, our other members withdraw their plan to join us and so I did a new itinerary.

Here is the account of our travel in Southern Cebu - Dumaguete City - Apo Island - Siquijor - Cebu City for those people who are also planning to do the same route or trip in the future. You can also find the contact persons I contacted to make our adventure a successful and memorable one.

Our Flight Details:

Feb 1, 2017 Cebu Pacific  5J 589 (11:55PM) - CEB (01:30AM)

Feb 7, 2017 Cebu Pacific  5J 590 (01:35AM) - MNL (03:00AM)

Actual Itinerary and Expenses

Feb 1 - Flight to Cebu (Cebu Pacific, NAIA Terminal 3)

Feb 2 - DAY 1 (c/o Travel On Point Tours & Services)
1:30AM - ETA Cebu-Mactan Airport; take taxi to meet-up place
4:00AM – ETD Cebu City (Bound for Moalboal)
6:30AM – ETA Moalboal
7:00AM - Breakfast
7:30AM - ETA Kawasan Falls Gear Up for Canyoneering
8:00AM – Canyoneering Upstream/Bamboo Rafting
11:00AM – End of Canyoneering
12:00PM – ETA Moalboal for FREE Lunch
12:30PM – ETA Pescador Island, Turtles Point & Sardine Run
3:00PM -  ETD Panagsama to Basdaku Moalboal White Beach
3:30PM – ETA Basdaku Moalboal White Beach
4:15PM – ETD Basdaku Moalboal White Beach
5:30PM - Osmeña Peak

Feb 3 - DAY 2 (c/o Travel On Point Tours & Services)

5:00AM – Wake-up call/ Freshen Up
6:00AM – ETA Oslob/Briefing Area
6:30AM – Swimming with the Whale Sharks
7:30AM – Breakfast (at your own account)
8:30AM – Sumilon Island sandbar
10:00AM - ETD Oslob
11:00AM – Oslob Municipal Heritage Park: The Ruins
12:00NN – FREE Lunch
1:00PM - Bound to the Miraculous Castle Church Shrine of Simala
2:30PM - ETA Simala Church
3:30PM - END OF TOUR; Bound to Dumaguete
7:00pm - Arrival at Liloan Port in Santander, Cebu
7:30PM - Departure going to Dumaguete
8:15PM - Arrival at Sibulan Port

Important Note: For our first two days, we availed of a tour package to maximize our time in South Cebu.. I was also really enticed by the Drone package offered by the agency.. I believe the whole tour was worth the money given the transfers we did from one place to another and for our trip's documentation purposes *wink*

Our tour ended after we went to Simala Church in Sibonga, Cebu. From there, we rode a bus going to Liloan Port to catch the last trip going Dumaguete.

Feb 4 - DAY 3  Apo Island, Dumaguete City

5:00AM - Wake-up Call
6:30AM - ETD going Apo Island
3:30PM - End of Apo Island activities
6:00PM - Arrival at Dumaguete City;
7:00PM - Dinner at Sans Rival; City Tour
- Siliman University
- Rizal Boulevard

From Ceres Bus Terminal, ask where is the bus bound to Zamboangita and that you are going to Apo Island.. We were directed to the bus going to Bayawan..

After 30 minutes, we were dropped at Malatapay in Zamboangita.. Follow the signage and you will be directed to the registration and boat rental area.

Dumaguete City
Siliman University
Rizal Boulevard as viewed from Dumaguete Port

Feb 5 - DAY 4 Siquijor Tour

5:00AM - Wake-up Call
8:00AM - Bound to Siquijor Island
9:30AM - ETA Siquijor meet Kuya Lito

- St. Francis of Assisi Church (Siquijor Church)

- Capilay Spring
- Enchanted Balete Tree & Fish Spa

- Cambugahay Falls
- Lazi Church and Convent
- Salagdoong Beach

- Guiwanon Spring
4:00PM Back to Dumaguete City

Important Note: Be sure to have your tickets ready a day before your trip to Siquijor or come early to Dumaguete Port to have your tickets, the gap per trip is almost an hour. We planned to ride the Montenegro Shipping Lines trip of 7am trip but failed to secure our tickets, so we took the GL Shipping Lines trip of 8am.

Feb 6 - DAY 5 Back to Cebu; City Tour
5:00AM - Wake-up Call
6:30AM – Bound to Sibulan Port
7:30AM – Departure back to Liloan Port, Cebu
8:00AM - Tricycle to Ceres Bus Terminal, Bato
8:30AM - ETA Bus Terminal to Cebu City
1:30PM – Arrival Cebu City

- Lunch

- Tour
Temple of Leah
TOPS Skyline Garden
Magellan's Cross
Taboan Public Market

- It will be better if the entry point is at Dumaguete and exit in Cebu-Mactan Airport.

- Possible to include Bohol if you will not be doing other activities in South Cebu.

- Try to visit other places in Negros Oriental (Manjuyod Sandbar, Casaroro Falls etc.)

For South Cebu Adventures:

Sir Kenz or Ma'am AC of

Travel On Point Tours & Services -> +63916-335-8773

For Dumaguete Accomodation:
Perpetual Help Community Cooperative Inc., (PHCCI) ->

(035) 422 1573

Location: San Jose Ext., Taclobo,, Dumaguete, 6200 Negros Oriental

For Siquijor City Tour via Tricycle:

Kuya Lito -> +63926-404-9149

For Cebu City Habal-habal:

My reliable guide since my first trip in Cebu ->

Kuya Kevin: +63923-137-3966

For Cebu City Accommodation:
Teofel Pension House -> (032) 253 2488

Location:  Junquera Extension,Cebu City


Tour Package from Travel On Point - P6,499.00

- 1 night accommodation; 2 free Lunch;

- transfers; drone and gopro use

Expenses from Sibonga to Liloan Port, Santander (P219.00)

- Bus - P117.00

- Liloan Port to Sibulan Port - P70.00

- Multicab Liloan to Dumaguete City - P15.00

- Tricycle to Hotel P100/6 - P17.00

Expenses - Apo Island (P946.00)

- Tricycle to Mcdo and Ceres Bus Terminal - P80.00/6 = P13.33

- Dumaguete Ceres Bus Terminal to Malatapay - P28.00

- Boat Sharing - P2,500/6 = P416.67

- Apo Island Entrance Fee - P100.00

- Life Vest - P100.00

- Snorkling Gear - P100.00

- Table Rent - P300/6 = P50.00

- Guide (1:3 - P300 x 2/6 pax) = P100.00

- Bus back to Dumaguete Ceres Bus Terminal - P28.00

- Tricycle Back to PHCCI - P10.00

Accommodation in Dumaguete: 3 nights x P1400 / 4 pax = P1,050.00

Expenses - Siquijor:(P724.00)

- Tricycle to Dumaguete Port: P60.00/4 = P15.00

- RoRo to Siquijor (1hr 15mins) - P130.00

- Terminal Fee - P15.00

- Tricycle Tour: P1,000/4 - P250.00

- Parking Fees P20.00/4 - P5.00

- Balete Entrance Fee - P10.00

- Cambugahay Falls Guide: P160/4 - P40.00

- Salagdoong Entrance - P25.00

- Guiwanon Entrance - P10.00

- Tip & Lunch - P200/4 - P50.00

- RoRo back to Dumaguete - P150.00

- Terminal Fee - P14.00

- Tricycle back to Hotel - P10.00

Expenses back to Cebu City & Tour: (P1,107.50)

- Tricycle to Sibulan Port - P130.00/4 = 32.50

- RoRo to Liloan Port - P70.00

- Tricycle to Ceres Bus Terminal - P150.00/4 = P37.50

- Ticket to Cebu South Bus Terminal - P205.00

- Taxi to Hotel - P80.00/4 = 20.00

- Jeepney Expenses - Lunch & to JY Square - P14.00

- Habal-habal (Temple of Leah & Tops) - P200.00

- Entrance Tops - P100.00

- Entrance Temple of Leah - P50.00

- Jeep to Magellan's Cross - P7.00

- Jeep to Taboan Market - P6.50

- Taxi to Hotel - P60.00/4 - P15.00

- Hotel Accommodation - P1,400/4 = P350.00

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Mt. Guiting - Guiting (G2) Traverse via Olango-Tampayan Trail

October 29-30, 2016

Sibuyan Island, Romblon
Major Jump-off: Brgy. Tampayan, Madgiwang, Sibuyan
LLA: 12°24’50″N, 122°34’4″E, 2058 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: 3 days / 10-13 hours
Specs: Major Climb, Difficulty 9/9, Trail Class 5 with rock climbing/scrambling

After two (2) months of resting my body in extreme outdoor activities, I was so determined to hike one of the most difficult climb in the Philippines - Mt. Guiting - Guiting (G2) in Sibuyan Island, Romblon Province. Given the unpredictability of my work schedule next year, I thought that I should hike G2 this year.

I joined one of my friends who was with me in Mt. Mantalingajan in Palawan - Bien Rubia. We were with Sir Greg Galicia of BaseKamp - Market! Market! in one of our hardest climb so far - G2 Traverse (Olango - Tampayan Trail) Overnight itinerary.

Group Picture (c) Biyaherong Barat

Some of the pictures I have during the hike are posted below. We were rewarded of great views somehow during this difficult climb showered by heavy rainfall.

 Take 5 before Bulod's Spring on our Day 2

 "Kiss the Wall" portion

Waiting for a "clearing"  

 Trail to Knife-Edge and Mayo's Peak

 Scenery along the trail

Knife-Edge and Mayo's Peak from afar

Other photos uploaded in my facebook account:
Mt. Guiting-Guiting Traverse (Oct 29-30, 2016)
Here's a copy of our itinerary:

Budget for the Climb:
P5,500 - event fee
Transpo Buendia-Batangas RT P350
Food and Other expenses P3,000
(i love to eat especially after the climb hehe)

Video of our climb and sidetrip to Cantingas River
Up and Up: Mt. Guiting-Guiting Traverse


Sunday, May 22, 2016

A Year in Outdoors: I Swear, I lived

I never knew I've come to the point where I will find another hobby aside from playing online computer games (WarRock & Dota 2)..

This is my travel logs for one year - April 2015 to April 2016. I'll try to post the details soon, particularly of those I've hosted.

April 25-26, 2015 Tinaga Island - Calaguas, Camarines Norte
May 2, 2015 Mt. Kalisungan & Bunga Falls - Calauan and Nagcarlan, Laguna
May 16-17, 2015 Cagbalete Island - Mauban, Quezon
May 23, 2015 Pagsanjan Falls (Magdapio/Cavinti Falls) - Cavinti, Laguna
May 30, 2015 Mt. Arayat Traverse - Magalang to Arayat, Pampanga
June 6, 2015 Mt. Binicayan & Mt. Pamitinan - Rodriguez (Montalban), Rizal
June 7, 2015 Mt. Malipuny traverse to Mt. Manabu - Lipa, Batangas to San Pablo, Laguna
June 13, 2015 Daranak Falls & Batlag Falls - Tanay, Rizal
June 14, 2015 Mt. Gulugod Baboy (Pinagbandirahan) & Sombrero Island - Mabini, Batangas
June 21, 2015 Mt. Banoy & Lobo Beach - Lobo, Batangas
June 28, 2015 San Jose Circuit (Mt. Tangisan, Mt. Bungkol Baka, Mt. Kawayan) - San Jose, Tarlac
July 4, 2015 Mt. Hapunang Banoi - Rodriguez (Montalban), Rizal
July 11-12, 2015 Mt. Mariveles (Pantingan Peak to Tarak Ridge) - Bagac to Mariveles, Bataan
July 17, 2015 Mt. Maculot Rockies - Cuenca, Batangas
July 19, 2015 1st Montalban Quad Climb  (Ayaas-H.Banoi-Pamitinan-Binicayan) - Rizal
July 25, 2015 Mt. Balingkilat traverse to Nagsasa Cove - Subic, Zambales
Aug 2, 2015 Nasugbu Trilogy (Pico de Loro, Mt. Talamitam, Mt. Batulao) - Cavite, Batangas
Aug 8, 2015 Mt. Damas & Ubod Falls - San Clemente, Tarlac
Aug 15, 2015 Mt. Sembrano - Tanay, Rizal
Aug 29-30, 2015 Mt. Palali traverse - Quezon.Nueva Vizcaya
Sept 6, 2015 Mt. Irid - Tanay, Rizal
Sept 13, 2015 Mt. Marami - Magallanes, Cavite
Sept 17-19, 2015 Mt. Apo via Sibulan - Davao del Sur
Oct 4, 2015 Mt. Makiling Traverse (Sipit Trail) - Sto. Tomas Batangas to Los Baños, Laguna
Nov 8-9, 2015 Mt. Pulag (Ambangeg Trail) - Bokod, Benguet
Nov 18-19, 2015 Mt. Balingkilat traverse to Silanguin Cove - Subic, Zambales
Nov 20, 2015 Mt. Binicayan - Rodriguez (Montalban), Rizal
Nov 21, 2015 Mt. Daraitan - Tanay, Rizal
Nov 27, 2015 Mt. Mandalagan & Marapara Peak - Talisay, Negros Occidental
Nov 28-29, 2015 Mt. Talinis traverse to Casaroro Falls - Dauin to Valencia City, Negros Oriental
Dec 13, 2015 Mt. Batulao (Old-New Trail) - Nasugbu, Batangas
Dec 19-20, 2015 Mt. Ugo traverse - Kayapa, Nueva Vizacaya to Itogon, Benguet
Dec 27-29, 2015 Mt. Amuyao traverse - Batad, Ifugao to Barlig, Mt. Province

Jan 8-10, 2015 Mt. Kitanglad, Mt. Dulang-dulang, Batu Peak, Mt. Langkayugan - Bukidnon
Jan 17, 2016 Mt. Apayang to Mt. Talamitam - Nasugbu, Batangas
Jan 30-31, 2016 Mt. Pulag (Akiki Trail, overnight) - Kabayan to Bokod, Benguet
Feb 6-8, 2016 Exploring Bicol + Mt. Pulog - Albay and Sorsogon
Feb 13-14, 2016 Mt. Timbak(Singakalsa) & Mt. Tabayoc - Benguet & Ifugao
Feb 21, 2016 Boracay de Cavite - Ternate, Cavite
Feb 27, 2016 Nasugbu Climb (Marami-Pico-Apayang-Talamitam) - Cavite, Batangas
March 9-13, 2016 Mt. Mantalingajan Traverse & Puerto Princesa Underground River - Palawan
March 24-25, 2016 Mt. Ulap & Mt. Kabuyao (Cafe in the Sky), Baguio Trek - Baguio City
April 2-3, 2016 Talisayen Cove, Capones Island & Camara Island - San Antonio, Zambales
April 16-17, 2016 Baler Aurora Trip
April 23-24 Mt. Tapulao - Palauig, Zambales
April 25-27 Cebu Solo Travel - Moalboal, Oslob, Alegria, Badian, Samboan
April 29 - May 1, 2016 Mt. Sicapoo Traverse - Solsona, Ilocos Norte

To summarize, please watch my travel video for one year on the link below.. Feel free to comment and share! :)


Wednesday, May 4, 2016

#SOLO: Palaboy sa CEBU

Here is the account of my solo travel in Cebu for those people who are asking how I get through with my first solo adventure. You can also find the contact persons I contacted to make my adventure a successful one. 

My Flight Details
Apr 25, 2016 Air Asia Z2 781 MNL (08:40AM) - CEB (10:05AM)
Apr 27, 2016 Air Asia Z2 772 CEB (09:25PM) - MNL (10:45PM)

Actual Itinerary and Expenses
Day 1 - Cebu City Tour
10:45AM - Arrival at Mactan - Cebu Airport (delayed departure in MNL)
10:50AM - Ride a taxi going to JY Square (P230*)
12:00NN - Arrival at JY Square, lunch
12:30PM - Hire habal-habal to get you to Sirao, and Busay, Cebu
01:15PM - ETA Sirao Flower Farm, pay entrance fee (P20)
01:30PM - ETD going to Tops Skyline Garden** 
02:00PM - ETA Tops Skyline Garden, pay entrance fee (P100)
02:30PM - ETD going to Busay, Temple of Leah
02:45PM - ETA Temple of Leah, pay entrance fee (P50)
03:15PM - ETD going back to JY Square, go to Downtown
03:45PM - ETA Downtown, explore
Downtown Places I visited 
Pari-an, Cebu City
      - Cebu Heritage Monument 
      - Yap-San Diego Ancestral House
Between P. Burgos Street and D. Jakosalem Street, Cebu
      - Magellan's Cross
      - Santo Niño Basilica
      - Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral
Pier, Cebu City
      - Plaza Independencia
      - Fort San Pedro, entrance fee (P30)

Habal-habal contact:
I went straight to JY Square after I arrived in Mactan-Cebu International Airport. Outside Mcdonald's you will see habal-habal drivers waiting.
Kuya Kevin +63935-850-2452 OR +63923-137-3966
I gave P550 for the whole ride.

At 5pm, I ate my merienda and then decided to travel to Alegria via Ceres Bus in South Cebu Bus Terminal (SCBT). I just asked for directions and walked in the city for about 10-15mins. Bus Fare is P150

Walked 10-15 minutes from Mcdonald's P. Burgos to South Cebu Bus Terminal.

I spent my night in D' Alegre Travelers Inn, in Malbog, Alegria. It is in front of Petron Gasoline Station. Room Rate for solo fan room is P650. Contact #s +63920 216 8540 or +63917 564 9593 look for Ms. Elsa or visit their facebook page at D Alegre Traveller's Inn - Facebook Page

* You may opt to ride a jeepney to exit the Airport. I chose to ride a taxi because of the hot temperature in the city that day.
** Tops Skyline Garden would be great during sunset and at night to see the overlooking of the City.

Sirao Flower Farm

Tops Skyline Garden

Temple of Leah

Cebu Heritage Monument (Pa-rian Monument)

Yap-San Diego Ancestral House

Magellan's Cross

Santo Niño Basilica

Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral

Plaza Independencia

Fort San Pedro

Day 2 - South Cebu (Alegria, Badian, Moalboal, Malabuyoc, Dalaguete)
06:45AM - Pick-up by Habal-habal driver for my Canyoneering 
07:15AM - Start of Canyoneering
11:00AM - End of Canyoneering, stay in Kawasan Falls
12:00PM - Lunch, prepare to go Moalboal
01:00PM - ETD going to Moalboal
01:45PM - ETA Panagsama Beach, rent snorkeling equipment and vest for sardine run (P200)
02:30PM - ETD going to Malabuyoc, Mainit Springs
03:45PM - ETA Malabuyoc, Mainit Springs, pay entrance fee (P20)
04:15PM - ETD going to Osmeña Peak
05:15PM - ETA Osmeña Peak, entrance fee (P20), trek for 10-15mins, wait for sunset
06:15PM - ETD going back to Alegria
07:30PM - ETA Alegria, dinner
08:30PM - ETD going to Oslob, ride bus going to Bato (P50), transfer bus going to Oslob (P20)
09:45PM - ETA Oslob

For my Canyoneering, I contacted Sir Mark Yong. You can contact him in Facebook or in this number #63936-562-3999. I paid P1,500 for this one since I'm not joining any group that day.

To maximize my time, I did not opt to ride buses going one place to another. I asked Sir Mark if he can ask a habal-habal rider to help me with my itinerary. I paid P1,150 for my transfers going to Moalboal-Malabuyoc-Dalaguete and back to Alegria. Contact: Kuya Rodel +63936-244-1640

I spent my night in MB'S Sunrise View in Brgy. Tan-awan, Oslob.  Room Rate for solo fan room is P500. You may contact them and make reservation in this number # +63 939 388 7108 / +63 915 427 6245 or visit their facebook page: MB's Sunrise View Resort - Facebook Page

Downstream Canyoneering (Alegria to Kawasan Falls)

Kawasan Falls (Level 3,2, & 1)

Sardines in Panagsama Beach, Moalboal

Mainit Springs in Malabuyoc, Cebu

Osmeña Peak

Other Contacts for Osmeña Peak, if you are in Dalaguete:
Kuya Odon - +63930-557-6368
Kuya Paul - +63943-631-7602

Day 3 - South Cebu (South Cebu (Oslob, Samboan)
06:00AM - ETD Briefing Area for WhaleShark Watching
06:30AM - WhaleShark Watching
07:00AM - End of WhaleShark Watching
07:30AM - ETD going to Tumalog Falls
08:00AM - ETA Tumalog Falls, entrance fee (P20)
08:30AM - ETD going to Aguinid Falls, Brgy. Tangbo, Samboan
09:45AM - ETA Aguinid Falls, entrance fee (P20), donation for guide/s
10:30AM - ETD going to Brgy. Bonbon, Samboan
10:40AM - ETA in Binalayan (Hidden) Falls, Pay entrance & park fee of habal-habal (P30), donation for guide
11:15AM - ETD going to Oslob Heritage Park
11:45AM - ETA Oslob Heritage Park, end of itinerary
12:30PM - Lunch, back to Cebu City

Fees for WhaleShark Watching:

For habal-habal ride going to the following places, kindly contact Kuya Junior +63933-152-0936. 
I paid P500 for the habal-habal ride.
- Tumalog Falls, Oslob
- Aguinid Falls,  Brgy. Tangbo, Samboan
- Binalayan (Hidden) Falls, Brgy. Bonbon, Samboan
- Oslob Heritage Park

Whale shark Watching

Tumalog Falls (Dry Season)

Aguinid Falls

Binalayan (Hidden) Falls

Oslob Heritage Park
Oslob Heritage Park
Immaculate Conception Parish Church
Oslob Museum
Fr. Julian Bermejo monument

Expenses Back to Cebu Airport
Oslob Heritage Park Highway to SCBT - Ceres Bus (P144, 3 hours)
SCBT to SM Cebu City - Jeepney (P7, 15mins)
SM Cebu to MEPZ Gaisano - VHire (P25, 30mins)
Gaisano to Marina Mall - Jeepney (P7, 5mins)
SaveMore (Marina Mall) to Airport - Jeepney (P7, 10mins)

Total Expenses (flight not included): ~P7,500

You can do better in this itinerary, just do more research on whereabouts of the places you wish to visit. This is my first time in Cebu so I want to maximize my time during my stay. You can skip the habal-habal or better find someone who can share with your expenses.

Special thanks to this FaceBook groups that helped me in planning this fun adventure:
Backpackers of the Philippines
DIY Travel Philippines

For the summary video of my solo adventure kindly follow this links:

Feel free to drop comments, suggestions, or questions. Thanks~