Monthly Archives: July 2013

Astonishing Alcoy’s Tingko White Beach

 Tingko Beach is located in Daanlungsod, Alcoy, Cebu.  It is about 2 to 3 hours travel from Cebu City going down south.  Its white sand and clear water would really give you a great swimming experience; and the best part is….. the beach is all yours for FREE! Yeah, you heard it right!, the beach has no any entrance fees. You will just pay for the cottages or the tables.

How To Get There:  From Cebu City, you can take the bus going to Liloan, Santander via Oslob at the South Bus Terminal. You also have the option to take the v-hire in One Citilink Terminal.  But I would strongly recommend to choose Ceres Bus Liner as they are safer and more convenient to ride. Tell the steward to drop you off in Tingko Beach.  Do not worry, the beach is just along the highway so it is very easy to locate.  The best landmark is Edward’s Place.

Where To Stay:    The safest and most ideal place to stay in Tingko Beach is Edward’s Place.  It is more convenient because they have their own mini mart where you could buy grocery items, and they could also cook food for you for just a small tip.  About the rooms, they are perfect for families, friends, or honeymooners.  You could even occupy all rooms for team-buildings at lesser cost compared to other resorts within the vicinity.  Edward’s Place is just across the white sand beach.

Exterior View of the Rooms:  

Convenience Store and Front Office  

Restaurant/Dining Area and Videoke Bar   Note: You can use the Videoke for only 5 Php per 2 songs.

Free Use of the Floating Cottage (For Edward’s Place Guests)

This is the view of the whole place   Took this shot from the beach side.

Actually, we did not rent a room in Edward’s Place for this visit because we just visited the place for just a few hours from our trek in Osmena Peak, but Sir Edward himself treated us as valued guests for using their washroom with a minimal fee of only 10 Php.  He is very entertaining and it is convenient and comfortable spending the rest of our time in his place.  That is why I decided to feature his place in my blog and surely, I will be choosing to stay with Sir Edward when we visit Tingko in the near future and I would strongly suggest his place when visiting Tingko Beach.

Here is Edward Place’s Contact Number:

SUN-09222781159, GLOBE-09173785101, LANDLINE-(032)262-9682

The Beach:  

So what are you waiting for? Hit the Road now!  Tingko is one good stop for a road trip going southside.

  A Day or Two would be great to spend at the beach!

Choose Philippines, Choose Tingko Beach!

Osmeña Peak: A Different Perspective

  Osmeña Peak is known to be the highest point of elevation in the island of Cebu.  It is around 1000 meters above sea level. It is located in the southern part of the Cebu province, specifically Mantalongon, Dalaguete. Mantalongon is dubbed as the “Summer Capital of Cebu” or the “little Baguio” because of its climate.  It is probably the coldest part of Cebu.  Mantalongon is also a major player in trading vegetables, crops, and flowers, in the island.  I also observed that there are several plants and trees in the vicinity that we could not find in the big city, or in the lower land. It is indeed a nice place to visit.

How To Get There:  From Cebu City, you can take either an aircon bus or a non-aircon bus. I suggest that you take the bigger buses (Ceres Bus) because they are safer. Take any Ceres liner going to Dalaguete or Bato-Oslob. Tell the steward to drop you off the corner going to Mantalongon, and take a single motorcycle ride going to Mantalongon. It would cost you 50php per person. If you opt for a cheaper ride, you can actually ride non-aircon buses going straight to Mantalongon, but it their schedules are very unpredictable. You can find them somewhere near carbon market. It would be an hour-and-a-half hike or two in going up to the peak. Yeah, it is quite tiring for first timers but I am sure that once you are already up there, it is really worth the trek.  Just make sure that you have a guide in going up there.  If you do not know of someone, you can just ask someone from there to guide you. It is better to choose the local kids because they do not demand something, just a little coin or some food will do.

Breakdown of fare:  Bus – 105 + Motorcycle – 50 = 155 x2 = 310 Php/pax Two way.

Prepping for the Trek:   This is the busy marketplace of Brgy Mantalongon, Dalaguete, Cebu.

Mantalongon’s Simple living.. 🙂

 Warm welcome amidst the cold climate

Make sure you have to fill your stomachs first before going up because you might faint. Faint not because of the tiring trek, but because of the breathtaking scenery. 🙂

Here are some of scenes you can find while trekking:         The Grotto

Pine Trees are everywhere!

             A Calvary Hill

 Green, green, and green with fresh air.

                                  Cabbage, pechay, and other vegetables.

 Flowers everywhere!

      Are we there yet?

       The Peak, at last! Hurray! 

Going up was a tiring trek but you will enjoy each other’s company along the way. You will also meet friendly people and unusual plants, trees, and other stuffs. Just always remember the golden rule: “Take nothing but pictures, kill nothing but time, and leave nothing but footprints.”  Once up there, you will forget everything including your tired body. Up there, you will see a different perspective; you will see things better; you can think clearer; and you can feel your creator telling you “behold, my creation!” I might have missed a Sunday gathering that day but it was a wonderful encounter with my creator. The breathtaking view up there is indeed an evidence of God’s authority as the creator.  Now I know why Moses loved to spend a lot of time going up to the mountain.

Here are some images I took while on top:  

Meet the IntelliKatKat! hahah  

Me and my girlfriend have bee to different places but this one is special.  We have to endure a long walk first before satisfying our eyes.  For you guys out there, you should try to visit Osmeña Peak!  Challenge yourself and start conquering mountains!

Choose Philippines, Choose Osmeña Peak!