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This collage is a tribute to my travel buddy when I went to Gigantes. It’s a pleasure traveling with you, Gen for the very first time since our VN days. Hope we can travel alone in the future, us, girls only. It was also great knowing your boyfie. Keep the flame burnin’. 😃 Until next time. 😉 #travelbuddy #gigantes #island #beach

This collage is a tribute to my travel buddy when I went to Gigantes. It’s a pleasure traveling with you, Gen for the very first time since our VN days. Hope we can travel alone in the future, us, girls only. It was also great knowing your boyfie. Keep the flame burnin’. 😃 Until next time. 😉 #travelbuddy #gigantes #island #beach http://ift.tt/1JETmaV

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A once in a lifetime experience. Chilling beside Mount Pinatubo’s crater. #mountpinatubo #volcano #crater #river #sky #mountain #nature

Chilling Beside Mount Pinatubo Crater in Zambales

A once in a lifetime experience. Chilling beside Mount Pinatubo’s crater. #mountpinatubo #volcano #crater #river #sky #mountain #nature http://ift.tt/1A1PJDm

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Human remains inside the Pawikan Cave in Gigantes Sur. #cave #spelunkering #bones #pawikancave #gigantesisland

Human Remains in Pawikan Cave Isla Gigantes

Human remains inside the Pawikan Cave in Gigantes Sur. #cave #spelunkering #bones #pawikancave #gigantesisland http://ift.tt/1JczqvL

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Can’t get enough. #bantigueisland #sandbar #beach #sea #sky

Bantigue Island Sanbar Gigantes Island Iloilo 3

Can’t get enough. #bantigueisland #sandbar #beach #sea #sky http://ift.tt/1Iia242

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Loving the very clear and cold water in this island’s sand bar. #beach #sandbar #bantigueisland #gigantes #sky #sea

Bantigue Island Sanbar Gigantes Island Iloilo 2

Loving the very clear and cold water in this island’s sand bar. #beach #sandbar #bantigueisland #gigantes #sky #sea http://ift.tt/1OGRqP6

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Bantigue Island. #island #beach #sandbar #sea #sky #summer

Bantigue Island Sanbar Gigantes Island Iloilo

Bantigue Island. #island #beach #sandbar #sea #sky #summer http://ift.tt/1HasNaR

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Baguio City, the summer capital of the Philippines. #baguio #baguiocity #mountaincity #mountain #sky

Baguio City

Baguio City, the summer capital of the Philippines. #baguio #baguiocity #mountaincity #mountain #sky http://ift.tt/19vABrr

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It’s been 18 days now that I left the island of Pitogo and have been wandering on the road. This is actually the very first time that I travel this long. I’ve been planning for years to travel continuously but been held back by a lot of responsibilities. Now, I can tell that this is only the beginning of my wandering journey. This has been what I’ve been picturing myself for years…to wander…continuously… #wanderer #imnotatraveler #imawanderer

Mount Pinatubo Crater

It’s been 18 days now that I left the island of Pitogo and have been wandering on the road. This is actually the very first time that I travel this long. I’ve been planning for years to travel continuously but been held back by a lot of responsibilities. Now, I can tell that this is only the beginning of my wandering journey. This has been what I’ve been picturing myself for years…to wander…continuously… #wanderer #imnotatraveler #imawanderer http://ift.tt/1AQAGvp

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It took us almost 8 hours to arrive here. Hello Baguio! I’ll explore you tomorrow. For now, I need a power sleep. So very, very tirrred. #art #baguio

artwork in Baguio

It took us almost 8 hours to arrive here. Hello Baguio! I’ll explore you tomorrow. For now, I need a power sleep. So very, very tirrred. #art #baguio http://ift.tt/1FpKDG7

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Readying for our long road trip tomorrow. Not sure though if that’s the right travel time. It would be our first time together going to Baguio. :-) #map #olongapotobaguio #baguio

olongapo to baguio map

Readying for our long road trip tomorrow. Not sure though if that’s the right travel time. It would be our first time together going to Baguio. :-) #map #olongapotobaguio #baguio http://ift.tt/1EmvlQV

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Enjoying the view here in Subic. Still, nothing beats our bloody beaches in Bohol and Cebu. #Subic #beach #sea

Traders Ric Resto and Bar Subic Bay Olongapo

Enjoying the view here in Subic. Still, nothing beats our bloody beaches in Bohol and Cebu. #Subic #beach #sea http://ift.tt/1EgyHVD

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Spent our afternoon at the famous Annawangin, Cove. #zambales #cove #beach #annawangincove #sand #sea

Annawangin Cove Pundaquit San Antonio Zambales

Spent our afternoon at the famous Annawangin, Cove. #zambales #cove #beach #annawangincove #sand #sea http://ift.tt/18DDOUp

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Currently staying here in Pundaquit, Zambales. We went to Capones Island this morning. #zambales #island #caponesisland #capones #sea #beach

Capones Island in San Antonio Zambales

Currently staying here in Pundaquit, Zambales. We went to Capones Island this morning. #zambales #island #caponesisland #capones #sea #beach http://ift.tt/1NOSi4G

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The Aetas in Tarukan, Tarlac. #FilipinoNatives #Aetas #Tarlac #Natives #AetaVillage

Aeta Village in Tarlac

The Aetas in Tarukan, Tarlac. #FilipinoNatives #Aetas #Tarlac #Natives #AetaVillage http://ift.tt/1NHMQR4

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After a bumpy and very dusty ride, we were rewarded by this view. The wind was so cold. This is the crater of Mt. Pinatubo. The water in this crater is from River Maraunot (as what our guide said). #volcano #mountain #crater #mtpinatubotrekking #zambales

The Majestic Mount Pinatubo in Botolan Zambales

After a bumpy and very dusty ride, we were rewarded by this view. The wind was so cold. This is the crater of Mt. Pinatubo. The water in this crater is from River Maraunot (as what our guide said). #volcano #mountain #crater #mtpinatubotrekking #zambales http://ift.tt/1KTBRoN

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Waiver for our trekking to Mount Pinatubo later. Everything is our sole responsibility. Whatever will happen to us, it’s on us. The risk of enjoying mother nature’s beauty. #mtpinatubotrekking

Waiver for Pinatubo Tour and Trek

Waiver for our trekking to Mount Pinatubo later. Everything is our sole responsibility. Whatever will happen to us, it’s on us. The risk of enjoying mother nature’s beauty. #mtpinatubotrekking http://ift.tt/1Gl0tAc

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The Marlboro Country is one of the most picturesque spots in Mahatao. Once you’re on top of those hills, you’ll feel like you’re on top of the world. The wind was so cold when we went there yesterday. #Batanes2015Trip #Batanes #hills #ocean #sky

Marlboro Country Batanes 2015

The Marlboro Country is one of the most picturesque spots in Basco. Once you’re on top of those hills, you’ll feel like you’re on top of the world. The wind was so cold when we went there yesterday. #Batanes2015Trip #Batanes #hills #ocean #sky http://ift.tt/1Elzi9D

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The mesmerizing center port in Mahatao. I almost stumbled on the ground when I was hit my a strong gust of wind here. #Batanes2015Trip #Day3 #Batanes #port #sea

Center Port Mahatao Batanes

The mesmerizing center port in Mahatao. I almost stumbled on the ground when I was hit my a strong gust of wind here. #Batanes2015Trip #Day3 #Batanes #port #sea http://ift.tt/1FWJNP2

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We saw this place on our way to Mahatao. It reminds me of a very famous tourist spot abroad. #Batanes2015Trip #Batanes #Day2

Center Port Batanes

We saw this place on our way to Mahatao. It reminds me of a very famous tourist spot abroad. #Batanes2015Trip #Batanes #Day2 http://ift.tt/1FNZZSL

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Breathtaking view from Tayid Lighthouse in Mahatao, Batanes. #Batanes2015Trip #Day2 #Batanes #sea #hills

Mahatao Batanes In front of Tayid Lighthouse

Breathtaking view from Tayid Lighthouse in Mahatao, Batanes. #Batanes2015Trip #Day2 #Batanes #sea #hills http://ift.tt/1Dw5IKE

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Getting our #tickets here for tomorrow’s flight to Basco, Batanes. #Batanes2015Trip #skyjetairlines

Skyjet Airlines Trip to Batanes 2015

Getting our #tickets here for tomorrow’s flight to Basco, Batanes. #Batanes2015Trip #skyjetairlines http://ift.tt/1LTlYKe

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Catching up a bit of work while waiting for my buddy. Arrived a few hours ago here in #Manila. Our flight to Batanes is tomorrow early morning. So, so bloody excited. #Batanes2015Trip #backpacking #budgettravel

DG Budget Inn NAIA

Catching up a bit of work while waiting for my buddy. Arrived a few hours ago here in #Manila. Our flight to Batanes is tomorrow early morning. So, so bloody excited. #Batanes2015Trip #backpacking #budgettravel http://ift.tt/1vHtndm

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Top 10 Things I Love About Pitogo Island (Photos)

Biking in Moto 2 Pitogo Island Bohol

After over a year of residing in that quaint and laid-back island, I can honestly say that I won’t be easily impressed anymore if I’ll see any other smaller islands in the country.

While writing this blog post, I’m currently preparing to travel to Batanes with my friend.  We booked a homestay accommodation in Basco for 7 days but I’m not sure if we will stick with that schedule.  I prefer to stay longer.

While I was researching for blog reviews about Batanes and was checking a lot of photos of the place, I can’t help but noticed that the sceneries are moderately similar to what I see there in Pitogo Island. Mounds of green hills, islets here and there, and the open sea.

Moto hills in Pitogo Island Bohol

That photo above was taken at Moto, one of the best parts of Pitogo Island wherein you can take great photos of the hills and the surrounding islets.  I’m sure those rolling hills in Batanes are more picturesque and have better landscape but this view from Moto hill is also nostalgic.

I actually feel a bit sad when I hear some people there who complained how boring the island is and that there’s nothing much to see.  I would love to share my thoughts with them and show them that their island has the nicest sceneries and they should be proud that they live there.

Below are the top 10 things that I love about Pitogo and I encourage curious backpackers to explore it if they have the time.

1. Going for a Picnic in Moto

Moto 2 - Pitogo Island President Carlos P Garcia Bohol

It’s nicer to go there when sunset is coming.  If you have a DSLR camera, the better.  This photo was taken by a point and shot camera only, thus the quality of the image is not that high.

2. Passing by this Farm Going to Tugas

Tugas - Pitogo Island President Carlos P Garcia Bohol

Every time we go to Tugas, I always peek at this little farm by the road.  I always see myself living in a farm rearing cattles, pigs, and goats during my golden years.  The smell of the the grass and the stink of the manure are like perfume to my lungs. Lols!

3. Commuting to Ubay via Pump-boat

Motor Boat - Pitogo Island President Carlos P Garcia BoholCommuting without noise and air pollution.  Less than 5-minute travel from Popoo to Ubay in this small boat.  The only main downside is the waiting time.  The boat doesn’t go if the passenger count won’t reach 10.

4. The Serene Ambiance in their New Cemetery

Cemetery 2 - Pitogo Island President Carlos P Garcia Bohol

Cemetery - Pitogo Island President Carlos P Garcia Bohol

Not much to see but I still love this place.  Weird, right? I think cemeteries are among the quietest and safest places on earth.  This is a serene place wherein you can meditate, ruminate, or sometimes you can also get the worst err the best photo for a jump shot. (:

Cemetery Pitogo Island Bohol - JumpShot Final

Yeah, the best jump shot ever. Lol!

5. Biking to Bonbonon

Bonbonon - Pitogo Island President Carlos P Garcia BoholI had so much memories in this side of the island.  Fainted a few times and got into an accident once.  But, if you are into mountain biking, the trail there is quite challenging.  Of course, that’s from a neophyte perspective. (;

6. Paddle Boarding in Aguining

Paddle Boarding Aguining - Pitogo Island President Carlos P Garcia Bohol

Paddle Boarding Failed - Pitogo Island President Carlos P Garcia BoholThese photos are quite memorable.  Aguining is the side of the island wherein the road is very steep and quite dangerous during rainy season.  Still, it’s the only place in the island wherein you can find a fish sanctuary, an ideal place to snorkel and go for scuba diving in the nearby islets.

There’s also a beach resort in there wherein you can rent a paddle board and enjoy the rest of the day in the water.

7. Snorkeling in Pong Gamay

Snorkeling at Pong Gamay

Pong Gamay is one of the very few islets that surround Pitogo Island.  Though there’s no white sands in there, the clearness of the water would surely convince you to swim despite the very hot weather.  Of course, you can also snorkel since schools of fishes are just nearby.

Pumpboat going to Pong Gamay - Pitogo Island Bohol

View of Pong Gamay from our pump boat.

8. Chilling at Kabangkalan

Kabangkalan Beach Pitogo Island Bohol

One of the biggest downsides in Pitogo Island is it does not have a lot of white sands.  Most of the beaches are filled with rocks like that in the photo below.  There’s only a small strip of white sands in Pong Dako, the islet which I haven’t checked yet.

Kabangkalan Beach 2 Pitogo Island Bohol

Kabangkalan is also located in Aguining area but its road is safer compared to the other Aguining beach I mentioned earlier.  It’s ideal for a family weekend getaway.

9.  No Pollution and Traffic

Biking in Moto Pitogo Island Bohol

Of course, this is the main reason why I love Pitogo Island.  It is far away from anything toxic.  The air is fresh, the lifestyle is laid back, no noise pollution, no traffic, and most of the people there don’t know me.  I always believe that there’s freedom in anonymity. (:

10. Fresh Seafoods

Mud Crab - Pitogo Island President Carlos P Garcia Bohol

Big SeaShells - Pitogo Island President Carlos P Garcia Bohol

I guess I have to write a separate blog post for this since there are so much to tell about my seafood adventure in Pitogo Island.  It was there that I learned to love eating “wood-like seashells” (Wasay-wasay) and “Tuyom” (Sea Urchin),  the type of exotic sea foods that I don’t even expect to like. (:

This list is for sure not a complete one.  I still have a lot to say, a lot to express, a lot to share. I hope I can find more time to write another long blog post like this one.

Until next time! Namaste!

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The very first time that I used my @agoda reward points was in this #hotel. If you are constantly traveling and would love to instantly book a room online, I highly recommend Agoda.com. So many accommodations to choose from and you can often get discounts if there are promos. The more you book, the higher your reward points which you can use as payment in your next booking. #agoda #hotel #onlinebooking

Happy Valley Hotel Cebu City

The very first time that I used my @agoda reward points was in this #hotel. If you are constantly traveling and would love to instantly book a room online, I highly recommend Agoda.com. So many accommodations to choose from and you can often get discounts if there are promos. The more you book, the higher your reward points which you can use as payment in your next booking. #agoda #hotel #onlinebooking http://ift.tt/18kEChO

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A standard room in this resort is as big as a family room in others but the rate is quite lower and very reasonable. When you travel to #Boracay, don’t forget to check Lingganay Beach Resort. You’ll surely be surprised how huge the place is and how beautiful their infinity pools are. #hotel #hotelreview #boracay

Lingganany Beach Resort Boracay Standard Room


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