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Year-end Special: Thank You 2012! My Most Travel-filled Year (yet...)


2012 is indeed my most travel-filled year (yet...). 39 new provinces. 19 provinces re-visited. 12 mountains conquered. 5 festivals attended. Countless plane, boat, roro, ferry, bus, van, jeepney, tricycle, trisikad and habal-habal rides. Numerous fun-filled adventures. A lot of new friendships built. Just 1 goal: "to inspire people to live their dreams, to travel and find their own adventure of a lifetime!"


I, myself was surprised to have surpassed my travel goals for this year. Thank you for all the blessings that came along my way. It was indeed overwhelming! Thank you to all who supported me as I continue my journey to visit all 80 provinces in the Philippines. 78 provinces have been visited, 2 more to go! :)


To my friends and family who've been very supportive to me. Thank you! To my new-found friends, thank you for believing in me. To my travel partners and sponsors, thank you for the trust and support. To all the people I've met along the way, thank you so much for all the help, see you again soon!


To my readers and followers, thank you for inspiring me to keep on traveling and exploring more the beauty of our country. I promise to continue sharing my travels and adventures and to encourage you to experience the unique sights, food, festivals, adventures and the warm people of the Philippines. Hope to bump with you on the road soon!


In summary, here's a list my of travels, climbs, events, happenings and adventures in 2012:


Re-visited Provinces: Zambales, Batangas
Climb: Mt. Talamitam (Batangas)


New Provinces: Capiz (#50), Aklan (#51), Romblon (#52), Antique (#53)


New Provinces: Nueva Ecija (#54), Nueva Vizcaya (#55), Quirino (#56), Catanduanes (#57)
Re-visited Provinces: Isabela, Batangas, Benguet, Camarines Sur
Climbs: Taal Volcano (Batangas), Mt. Cabuyao (Benguet), Mt. Timbac (Benguet)


New Provinces: Ifugao (#58), Mountain Province (#59), Kalinga (#60), Surigao del Norte (#61)
Re-visited Province: Agusan del Norte, Cagayan
Climb: Mt. Ampacao (Mountain Province)


New Provinces: Abra (#62), Apayao (#63)
Re-visited Provinces: Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte, Cagayan


New Provinces: Compostela Valley (#64), Davao Oriental (#65), North Cotabato (#66), Davao del Sur (#67)
Re-visited Province: Davao del Norte
Re-visited City: Davao City



New Provinces: Maguindanao (#68), Zamboanga del Sur (#69), Zamboanga Sibugay (#70), Zamboanga del Norte (#71)
New City: Cotabato City
Climb: Mt. Palpalan (Surigao del Sur)


New Provinces: South Cotabato (#72), Sultan Kudarat (#73), Saranggani (#74), Dinagat Islands (#75), Surigao del Sur (#76)
Re-visited Provinces: Cebu, Surigao del Norte, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Batangas
Climbs: OsmeƱa Peak (Cebu), Mt. Batulao (Batangas)


New Province: Camarines Norte (#77)
Re-visited Provinces: Albay, Camarines Sur
Festival: PeƱafrancia Festival (Naga City)


Re-visited Provinces: Benguet, Aklan, Negros Occidental
Climb: Mt. Sto Tomas (Benguet)
Festival: Masskara Festival (Bacolod City)


Re-visited Province: Benguet
Climb: Mt. Osdung (Benguet)


New Province: Tawi-tawi (#78)
Re-visited Provinces: Leyte, Pampanga, Pangasinan, Laguna
Re-visited City: Zamboanga City
Climb: Bud Bongao (Tawi-tawi), Mt. Romelo (Laguna)
Festivals: Palo Christmas Festival (Palo Leyte), Giant Lantern Festival (San Fernando Pampanga), Maytinis Festival (Kawit Cavite)


I hope to inspire more people to live their dreams, to travel and find their own adventure of a lifetime!

I am so excited for 2013! I wonder what will it bring this time? I'm quite sure there will be more to explore, more to learn and experience and most especially more friendships to be built.

Cheers for more blessings and fruitful 2013! Happy New Year!


This is my entry to the Pinoy Travel Bloggers’ Blog Carnival for December 2012 with the theme "2012: This Year In Travel" hosted by Gay Mitra-Emami of Pinay Travel Junkie and Regine Camille Garcia of Between Coordinates.

How was your 2012 Adventuristas? Hope you also had a good one!

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42 comments :

  1. What a great year Mervs! Provinces to go! Wow! Nainspired aq sa 78 provinces na na complete mo... Happy new yr!!! More travels in 2013! :) astig ka! :)

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  2. Great adventures! hope to meet you on the road next year :)

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  3. You deserve the title "Pinoy Adventurista"---no doubt about that! Hope to travel with you soon. :)

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  4. wow! Sulu and Batanes nalang kulang, ryt?

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    1. yup yup! sana next year ma-visit ko... :)

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    2. is there a flight going to batanes?? the last time i checked, one of the local airline company no longer service batanes :(

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    3. yeah, wala ng flights to Basco ang Seair... try checking on Skyjet Airlines or Seair-I... :)

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  5. wow..astig ka talaga...pinoy adventurista talaga....after dapat macomplete mo yun 80 provinces...nakabook yan ha...pwede hingi ng copy...sigurado tapos mo na yan next year...^_^

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    1. hahaha! let's see... hahanap ako ng willing mag publish... hehe! thanks Brian! :)

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  6. ganda ng taon 2012 mo! maswerte ka sa life! hehehe ikaw na! haha

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  7. What a year! Hope to meet you down the road one day. Keep on exploring!

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    1. Salamat Earl! See you on the road! Happy New Year! :)

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  8. WOW! Only two more provinces to go! galing galing. cheers to more fun travels in 2013 Mervs and checking off the 79th and 80th provinces!out of the country naman!!!

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    1. Hope to visit the 2 remaining provinces this year... Salamat po! Happy New Year! :)

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  9. more power to you and more trips/ blessings to come.

    me and my friends, check your site kapag halimbawa may travel kami na baka na napuntahan mo na.

    Happy New Year!

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  10. Mervz, iba ka! grabe ka kung makatravel!!!! congrats on conquering different places and good luck sa few provinces next year! Astig ka kung magblog. walang humpay at walang patawad! hahaha. I used your Zamboanga travel guide to help me during my recent trip to the province. Thank you for being very helpful!

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    1. salamat Ed! buti naman at nagamit mo yung post ko... hehehe! Happy New Year! :)

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  11. Wow! Only two more provinces to go! Enjoy! =)

    Here's to a more awesome 2013!

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  12. at kamusta naman ang lakbayan mo? uma-asul lang. bongga!

    happy 2013 :)

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    1. Bluer than blue ang peg! hahaha! Salamat po! Happy New Year! :)

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  13. whoa! dalawa na lang. aabangan namin yan. it was good to finally had the chance to be on a trip with you Mervs. isang makulit na byahe yun.

    cheers to even more fun trips in 2013!

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    1. Glad to travel with you in 2012 Dom! Happy New Year! :)

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  14. 2 na lang Mervs~! happy new year :) More Travels, more blessing :)

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    1. Glad to travel with you in 2012 Jeffrey! Happy New Year! :)

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  15. "to inspire people to live their dreams, to travel and find their own adventure of a lifetime!" Amen to that! You hit it right, inspiring others and finding their own adventures of a lifetime! Cheers for more travels for you in 2013!

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    1. Salamat Ian! See u on the road! Happy New Year! :)

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  16. Congrats Mervz! Astig nung photo mo na nakalublob ka sa kawa haha! Have a travelful 2013 :)

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    1. Salamat Drew! Try mo cya sa Antique! Super enjoy! Happy New Year! :)

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  17. Walang traveler na di maiinggit sa mga posts mo bro! Galing 2 more to go at wapak na ang 80 provinces mo! Be safe always!

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  18. NAINSPIRE talaga ako :) Hope to meet/travel with you this 2013 kuya "Mervin" :P ahaha (happy lang ako kasi nairesearch ko tuloy pangalan mo lol)

    Will use some of your blogs as guide for my itineraries this year ha :) More awesome travels to come! Go go go for the 2 provinces! :D

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    1. Ahehehe! hindi kc ako kilala sa real name ko... Salamat Regine! Happy New Year! :)

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  19. Lagare mode ang 2012 mo! Hahaha. Congrats at 2 na lang pala ang kulang mo. I'm sure makukumpleto mo na yan this 2013. And sana makasama din kita on one of your trips. :)

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  20. ang masasabi ko lang ang dami dami dami dami dami mo nang napuntahan! galing! 2 province nalang pala! ako din same kami ni joan sana makasama kami sa trips mo minsan, marami akong favorite like antique and capiz pero sobrang dami na talaga many to mention hahaha. More this year! Kailangan na kong magpa autograph sayo di ka na mareach! :D

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