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South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat and Sarangani, my 72nd, 73rd and 74th Provinces!

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Last August 3-6, 2012, I went on a journey with my friends Rom and Edmund to South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat and Sarangani; my 72nd, 73rd and 74th Provinces! We had so much fun trying out local cuisines, riding the zip line, exploring the waterfalls, checking out a capitol building, museum and ancestral houses, meeting a national living artist, beach bumming and pasalubong shopping. We really had an awesome time just hanging around and exploring the stunning sights of these provinces in SOCKSARGEN Region.

Mountain Province - Climbing Mt. Ampacao, the Highest Peak in Sagada

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We woke up early on our 2nd day in Sagada. After a hefty breakfast at the hostel, we started to walk towards the jump-off site of Mt. Ampacao near the Ambasing Elementary School. It only takes about 40 minutes of walk to reach it coming from the town center. Towering at 1,889 MASL, Mt. Ampacao is considered as the highest peak in Sagada, thus it offers a breath-taking view of the town.

Mountain Province - Spelunking at Sumaguing Cave in Sagada

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Spelunking is one of my favorite adventure activities. I like the challenge of getting inside the cave and being rewarded with stunning rock formations, stalactites and slagmites. It also makes your creative mind work as you can think of too many things as to what a certain rock formation is. So when we planned for this Sagada trip, I made sure that we will explore Sumaguing Cave.

Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay and Zamboanga del Norte, my 69th, 70th and 71st provinces!

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I had an awesome weekend exploring the provinces of Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay and Zamboanga del Norte last July 12-15, 2012. My 69th, 70th and 71st provinces! Special thanks to Doc Wends of Journeys and Travels for accommodating me in Pagadian and for bringing me to Kabasalan, Zamboanga Sibugay. I had so much fun exploring the different interesting sites around Zamboanga Peninsula!

TRAVEL GUIDE: 11 THINGS TO DO IN SAGADA FOR FIRST-TIMERS (Tourist Spots, Attractions and Things To Do and Experience)

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Sagada BUdget Travel Guide with DIY Itinerary
Sagada Budget Travel Guide

Sagada is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. Dubbed as the "Shangri-la of the Philippines", there are a lot of activities that can be enjoyed here. You can do trekking, spelunking, waterfalls hiking, visiting historical sites, food trip and a lot more. As first-timers, we enjoyed the peace and serenity of the place, the rusty idyllic atmosphere, it's cool climate and most especially, the friendliness of the people. You can find many places and do many things in Sagada. ON this Sagada Travel Guide, I listed of some of Sagada's must-see tourist spots, attractions and things to do and experience - especially for first-timers.


Mountain Province - Stopover at Bay-yo Rice Terraces in Bontoc

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Another stopover that shouldn't be missed when you're traveling to Sagada, Mountain Province from Banaue, Ifugao is the Bay-yo Rice Terraces. Located in the village of Bay-yo in the town of Bontoc, this lush green rice terraces in the southern slope of Mt. Polis is truly exceptional compared to the rice terraces I've seen in Banaue.

Maguindanao, my 68th Province!

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Last July 7 and 8, 2012, I had an enriching weekend trip in Cotabato City and Maguindanao, the 68th province on my list. I am glad to travel with my fellow travel bloggers Eric of Byahilo: Ito ang Trip ko! and Bernie of HabagatCentral.com. It was a weekend of learning new things, experiencing a different culture, appreciating great architectures, and trying out new food.

Nescafé 3in1 Serendipics Blog Give Away on pinoyadventurista.com

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Photo taken from Nescafe Philippines Fan page

Nescafé Philippines just launched it's latest Facebook app, the Nescafé 3in1 Serendipics Photo contest. When I learned about it, I hurriedly logged-in into my facebook account, liked the Nescafé Philippines Facebook page, went to the app, read the mechanics, registered and uploaded a "serendipitous" photo I took in one of my recent travels. That's it! It's so easy!

Ifugao - Seeing the Banaue Rice Terraces, "A Childhood Dream Fulfilled!"

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The Banaue Rice Terraces are the wonderful works of our ancestors in Ifugao province. Carved into the mountains some 2000 years ago, it is still being used to plant rice, vegetables and other crops. It's "a childhood dream come true" for me to see it as I grew up learning it from the Social Studies books I have in grade school. I am delighted to finally see it for myself.

Ifugao - Wandering Around Banaue

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It took us about 9 hours to reach Banaue, the gateway to the world-renowned rice terraces of Ifugao province. Upon getting off the bus, cold weather and stunning view of the town welcomed us. The sun just started to shine, and the thick fog had begun to break. Awesome! It's my first time here and I'm so excited to finally set foot in Ifugao province!

Compostela Valley, Davao Oriental, North Cotabato and Davao del Sur, my 64th, 65th, 66th and 67th Provinces

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I had an awesome 6-day trip in Davao Region and North Cotabato last June 7-12, 2012. Together with a friend from Davao City, we visited the provinces of Compostela Valley, Davao Oriental, North Cotabato and Davao del Sur - my 64th, 65th, 66th and 67th Provinces. We had fun exploring breath-taking sights, land formations, the beach, the mountain and an islet. We also got to try surfing and skimboarding! Woohoo! We really had a great time! Indeed, these provinces has a lot to offer! I can't wait to be back to explore more!

CATANDUANES BUDGET TRAVEL GUIDE : 3-day Catanduanes Adventure with Caramoan Islands Side Trip - How to Get There, Things to do, Tourist Spots and Attractions, Where to Stay, Itinerary, Transportation, Budget and Contact Details

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Looking for Catanduanes budget travel guide?

Catanduanes is an island province located in the easternmost fringe of Luzon. Dubbed as the "land of howling winds", it is used to be frequented by typhoons that shaped it breathtaking, rugged terrains and panoramic beauty. There are a lot of activities that can be done in the island - surfing, beach bumming, waterfalls hopping, church visit and more!

Pinoy Food : Longganisang Lucban, Quezon's Famous Delicacy

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Longganisang Lucban is a famous delicacy in the province of Quezon. It is commonly made in the town of Lucban where the annual Pahiyas Festival is held. It has a stronger garlic flavor and a bit sour compared to other longganisa recipes. Best eaten as a viand together with garlic rice and fried egg and dipped in vinegar for added taste.

Events : 6th Cloud 9 Masters 2012 in Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte

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Get ready for the 6th Cloud 9 Masters 2012. It will be held on September 13-16, 2012 at the world's famous surfing destination, Cloud 9 in Catangnan, Gen. Luna, Siargao Island, province of Surigao del Norte. There will be 3 categories: Open, Junior and Wahine Division organized by the Tatus Siargao Surfers' Association in cooperation with the Office of the Municipal Mayor of the Municipality of General Luna.

RESORTS IN VIRAC, CATANDUANES: An Overnight Stay at Twin Rock Beach Resort

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After exploring and riding the waves of Puraran beach, visiting the PAGASA Radar Station, Bato Church and Maribina Falls, we went to Twin Rock Beach Resort where we will be spending the 2nd night of our Catanduanes adventure. Located southeast of Virac, it is one of the best known and developed resorts in the province.

10 Adventures In The Visayas To Add To Your Bucket List

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10 Adventures In The Visayas To Add To Your Bucket List

Adventures have always been part of my travels. Zip lining, island hopping, chasing waterfalls and mountaineering are just some of the activities I love doing most. Aside from the pristine white sand beaches, extravagant festivals and good food, the Visayas also offers adventurous and exciting activities that shouldn't be missed by brave souls looking for a thrilling and exhilarating adventure.

Pinoy Holidays : 2013 Philippine Holidays and Long-weekend Schedule

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Malacañang Palace had officially issued Proclamation No. 459, s. 2012, DECLARING THE REGULAR HOLIDAYS, SPECIAL (NON-WORKING) DAYS, AND SPECIAL HOLIDAY (FOR ALL SCHOOLS) FOR THE YEAR 2013. With this we can now plan ahead for our travels for next year.