Year-end Special : Thank You 2011!

70 days of travel. 27 new provinces. 2 independent cities. 8 provices re-visited. 33 plane rides. 24 boat, roro, ferry tranfers. Countless bus, van, jeepney, tricycle, trisikad, habal-habal rides. 2 mountain peaks. Numerous adventures. Several new friendships built. 1 goal: "to inspire people to live their dreams, to travel and find their own adventure of a lifetime!"

My 2011 was indeed overwhelming! I am so glad for all the travel oppurtunities that came along my way. Many thanks goes to all who've been part of my "most travel-filled year" yet. My appreciation also to the people I've met and the friendships I've made, which I am most proud of!

In summary, here's a list my of travels, climbs, events, happenings and adventures in 2011:

Zambales: Nagsasa Cove and Pundaquit Beach
Occidental Mindoro: My first RORO experience, Sta. Cruz, Sablayan, Pandan Island and Mamburao
Batangas: Batangas City, Taal Heritage Town, Casa Punzalan, Taal Basilica, Taal Heritage Houses and Our Lady of Caysasay Shrine
Bulacan: Mt. Manalmon Climb, Madlum River and Spelunking at Bayukbok Cave
Rizal: Balaw-balaw Restaurant, Angono

Manila: Paco Park and Manila Ocean Park
Davao City: White-water rafting, Crocodile Park and ASICS Davao Run
Davao del Norte: Samal Island, Bluewaters Beach Resort, Monfort Bat Sanctuary, Haguimit Falls and Maxima Aquafun Resort

Manila: 2nd World Pyrolympic, SM Mall of Asia.

Marinduque: Moriones Festival, Blue Sea Beach Resort and my surprise 31st Birthday Celebration
Quezon: Ouan's Resort and Capitol Building of Quezon Province.

Ilocos Norte: Sand boarding at the La Paz sand dunes, Laoag City tour, Paoay Church, MalacaΓ±ang of the North and Paoay Lake, Pagudpud Beach, Bangui windmills, Kapurpurawan Rock Formation, Burgos Lighthouse and Bacarra Church

Aurora: Historical tour around Baler, Surfing at Sabang beach, Rock formations, waterfalls and landslides in Diguisit, Ermita Hill, Ditumabo Mother Falls and Ensaladang Pako
Palawan: Hiking Mt. Tapyas, Maquinit hot spring swim, Island hopping and a tour around the town of Coron

Basilan: Stilt houses, Rubber trees plantation and Isabela City tour
Zamboanga City: Pasonanca Park, Freedom Park, Mt. Pulong Bato, La Jardin de Maria Clara Lobregat and City Tour and Food Trip
Northern Samar: Allen, White Beach and University of Eastern Philippines

Misamis Oriental: Cagayan de Oro City Tour and Divisoria Night Market
Camiguin: Ancestral Houses, Giant Clams, Old Church Ruins, Old Volcano Trail, Sunken Cemetery, White Island, Cathedral, Capitol and Katibawasan Falls
Bukidnon: Dahilayan Adventure Park, Manolo Fortich's Pineapple Plantation
Masbate: Bituon Beach, City Tour and bringing home some Carmelado
La Union: Thunderbird Resorts, San Fernando City Tour, La Union Botanical Garden, Friendship Pagoda, Ma-Cho Temple and San Juan Beach
Batangas: Mt. Gulugod Baboy Climb and Aquaventure Reef Club Anilao

Biliran: Agta Beach, Nuestra SeΓ±ora dela Paz y Buenviaje Church, Chasing Waterfalls, Iyusan Rice Terraces and Mainit Hot Spring
Leyte: Sto. NiΓ±o Shrine and Heritage Museum of Tacloban City
Albay: Revisiting Legazpi City, LigΓ±on Hill and Zipline
Lanao del Sur: Mindanao State University, Aga Khan Museum and King Faisal Mosque
Lanao del Norte: Iligan City's Lesbian Boxing, Night Cafe and Halang-halang, Tinago Waterfalls, Mimbalut Falls, NPC Nature's Park and Maria Christina Falls
Misamis Occidental: Cotta Fort and Shrine, Plaza Jesuita, Immaculate Conception Cathedral and Pipe Organ

Leyte: MacArthur Landing Memorial, Canigao Island, San Juanico Bridge and Leyte Provincial Capitol
Southern Leyte: Agas-Agas Bridge, Zip Southern Leyte and Maasin City Tour
Samar: Calbayog and Catbalogan City Tours, Marabut Extreme Experience and Caluwayan Beach Resort
Eastern Samar: Balangiga Church
Sorsogon: Barcelona Church, Top-loading in Bulusan town, Bulusan Lake, Irosin Hot Spring Swimming, Juban Ancestral Houses and Sorsogon City Tour
Albay: Revisiting Daraga Church

Cagayan Valley: Callao Cave, Jomar's Pancit Batil Patung and Buntun Bridge
Isabela: Tumauini Church and Pancit Cabagan
Agusan del Norte: Balanghai Shrine, Delta Discovery Park and Zipline
Agusan del Sur: Bunawan Eco Park
Siquijor: Coco Grove Beach Resort, Century Old Balete Tree, Lazi Church and Convent, Cambugahay Falls, Maria Church, Salagdoong Beach, Cang-Isok House, Tulapos Marine Sanctuary and Mangrove , St. Francis de Assisi Church and Bell Tower
Negros Oriental: Casaroro Falls, Hayahay Treehouse Bar and View Deck Restaurant, Siliman University, Rizal Boulevard, Fried Ice cream and Sans Rival

Manila: Philippine Blog Awards 2011
Cavite: Interview for GMA News TV's SONA at Island Cove Resort

On Mountaineering
I have set aside mountain climbing this year. I only had two climbs, one is the Mt. Manalmon Climb early this year and the other is the anniversary climb of my Mountaineering group, the "Sosyal Klaymers" at Mt. Gulugod Baboy last August. I've been very busy hopping the islands of the Philippines that I didn’t have much time for my other passion - mountaineering. I hope to have more climbs next year!

On Work
My work has been very good to me. Despite having a very challenging job as a computer programmer, I am very happy that it has been very cooperative with all of my plans. I've never had a hard time asking for vacation leaves and because of that I am able to push thru with my travel plans. With this I would like to say many thanks to my boss and team leads for not being too hard on me. ^_^

For my Online Buddies
To my online friends, especially the members of the Pinoy Travel Bloggers community, thank you for sharing what you know and what you have. The help and support that you have shared to me are much better than what google can provide. Hehehe! I am honored and proud to be a member of a community where people share their passion for blogging and travelling.

For my Readers
To my readers, you keep on inspiring me to travel more and explore the different islands of the Philippines. Thank you for your overwhelming support. I appreciate your kind words on how I was able to inspire and help you plan your dream getaway. I hope to continue sharing my experiences and encourage you more to travel and experience the unique sights, events, food and people of the Philippines. Thank you for the visits, shares, tweets, likes and comments. Hope to bump with you on the road one of these days.

To my Family and Friends
And lastly, to my family and friends who keeps on supporting and letting me soar high as I conquer the Philippines one province at a time. Thank you so much!

I am grateful that a lot of opportunities continue to come my way. I am so contented! I have nothing more to ask for, I'm just happy with what the Lord has planned for me. I will just continue to accept what comes along my way and go on inspiring people to live their dreams, to travel and find their own adventure of a lifetime!

I hope you can share this to others and help me inspire more people.

Cheers for more blessings this 2012!


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  1. grabe.. ikaw na talaga merz..... imba ka... ingit to the max ako sau.... sana soon talaga makasama na ko sa travel mo!!

  2. grabe ang lakwatsa mo mervs nonstop.. 70 days, 27 provinces thats awesome! more travels to all of us for 2012.

  3. Huwow, andami mong napuntahan ngayong taon. I'm sure mas marami pa next year. Cheers! Happy new year.

  4. wah! grabe! andame mong napuntahan. AS IN! More travel for 2012.

  5. ang lupet mo!!!
    i wish you more happenings this new year!
    *cyber hug

  6. OMG! one of the best yr end compilation. I am now doing mine..Hopw you can visit too.. Great Adventures. I like much your first paragraph. Very particular in numbers.

  7. ang dami mong napuntahan!!! astig!!!! Keep on travelling and sharing Mervz! :)

  8. It's been a wonderful year with lots of adventure Mervz. :) More to come this new year... Happy New Year! :)

  9. whoa! 27 provinces in a year! may dadaig pa nga ba sayo sa taong ito sa dami ng napuntahan na probinsiya?

    cheers to more years in travel! kita kkita na lang sa byahe. thanks for dropping by basilan.

  10. wow! you have a wonderful great adventures in life! You are one blessed adventurer! i wish i will go to many places like you did! God bless always and have more blessings to come! happy New Year!

  11. WhAT a MarvelouS Trips you've got! Andamiiii! I'm a fan! Happy New Year to you!

  12. wow, super monthly ah, partida pa mainframe developer yan, hehehe !!
    (i was on that kind of work too, kaso sablay talaga utak ko sa programming, hahaha!)

    another prosperous travel for 2012 mervs ^_^

  13. Ang galing galing po! Nakakainggit! You're my idol kasi pangarap ko din malibot ang Pinas! I wish mas madami pang travels sa susunod! God Bless sir Mervs!

  14. Mervs you had an awesome year!! Cheers to more and hope to see you in 2012!!!

  15. thanks a lot everyone!!! hope everyone have a great 2012!!!


  16. wow dami daming lugar ah plus may TV appearance pa hehe. Cheers to a better 2012.

  17. Wow, ang dami! Congrats on all your travels this year. Happy New Year! :)

  18. 33 Plane Rides. Wow. What could be better than that! :) Awesome! :)

  19. grabe. hands down. ano ba work mo at saang company at ng maka-apply din jan.. hehe

    seriously, you really did a great job in promoting pinas. pati ako naiinspire eh. dito sa blog mo ako hahanap ng future destinations ko. congrats!

  20. wow! dami na nyang napuntahan,, hanga talga ako sayo parang every weekend may byahe.
    and nice choice of places din.
    gusto rin mapuntahan yang marinduque at aurora

  21. wow congrats :D more travels to come for 2012 :D God bless :D

  22. Overwhelming indeed! You're like, constantly on a trip... I can't imagine how you keep your job. Haha. More adventures Mervz!

  23. hardcore!! uy halos parehas pala tayo ng opening hehe, pero mas nauna ka nagpost so gaya-gaya lang talaga ako haha :P

  24. Hanep ka Mervz! Do you still find time to work? Ang daming travels, and ANG SIPAG magsulat! Here's to more memorable trips this year! Happy new year!

  25. amazing year! and the tv interview was a sweet end for 2011. cheers to more travels mervz!

  26. wow...iba ka talaga merv...astig ang mga trips mo..and very updated talaga tong site mo..

    hope magtagpo tayo sa isa sa mga trips mo this year and more travels to come and keep sharing...isa ako sa avid fans mo!!!!

  27. Wow. Congratulations on your successful trips last 2011. Nakakainspire :)

  28. Kakainggit ka Mervz! Have a great 2012! I would say I wish you more travels but I think there is no need for me to do that :)

  29. Grabe!!! Idol na tlga kita!!! Iffollow ko na tong blog mo.. sa listahan mo nde ko alam anu uunahin q!! sobrang na inspired na ako mag travel this year!!!!! WOW Mervs!!

    I want to follow your footsteps! Idol! :)


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