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The Magnificent Magpupungko Tidal Pools of Pilar, Siargao

 Magpupungko Tidal Pool is located in Pilar, Siargao. It is around an hour travel from the tourist hub of Siargao, General Luna. It is a salt water pool in a beach that is made out of rock formation. The best time to visit this place is during low tide –  the beauty of magpupungko unveils during low tide.

How To Get There: From Cebu by plane – There is daily flight from Cebu to Siargao via Cebu Pacific Air. Travel time is around 45 mins to 1 hour depending on the weather condition. From Sayak Airport, you can take a van or single motorcycle going to your respective accommodation. From Cebu by Boat – Take the ship going to Surigao (check on Cokaliong Shipping Schedules on Shipping Schedule Tab). It would take 10 to 12 hours travel time; and from Surigao take the boat going to Dapa, Siargao. There are daily schedules going to Dapa via various boat and fast craft operators.

What To Expect: If you are staying somewhere near Cloud 9 or General Luna and is planning to visit Magpupungko, expect about 40% rough road when travelling to the place as they are currently improving their road network. I suggest that it would be better to visit the farther destination first, i.e. Taktak falls which is located in Santa Monica.

Fees and Fares:     You can pay the entrance fee in Magpupugko in a small outpost, as shown in the image above, near the gate. You can bring your own food but there are food stalls available in the place if you prefer to buy food there or if you do not have enough time to prepare it.

Entrance Fee: 50 per person.

Habal2x/Motorcycle Fare: You can charter a habal-habal (motorcycle) in going to the place from General Luna or Cloud 9. They usually ask for 1,000 to 1,300 php depending on your nego skills. On our case, we agreed on 1,000 bux for a day tour of all Siargao’s destinations – Taktak Falls, Pacifico Beach, Crocodile Breeding Area, and Cloud 9. You can actually contact our motorcycle driver/guide for arranging your Siargao itinerary. His name is Longlong (local name for “Boy”). You can reach him through mobile numbers: +639466487954 or +639184738138.

Here Are Some of the Images We Captured In Magpupungko                  The inviting waters in magpupungko               This reminded me of Enchanted River’s blue waters.

         The Other side of the lagoon.

   Having Some Fun! 

Here are some images of the Magpupungko Beachfront.    

Magpupungko is indeed a hidden jewel of Siargao. You should include this in your itinerary once you visit the Surfing Capital of the Philippines. Remember, Siargao isn’t just paradise for surfers, it is also heaven to the happy feet!

Choose Philippines! Choose Magpupungko of Pilar, Siargao!

Have a great escape this Summer! Enjoy!

Canso X: The Adventure Begins!

 Canso X is a mountain adventure park owned by Aboitizland located in Cansomoroy, Balamban, Cebu. It is approximately 1 to 1-1/2 hour travel from Cebu City via Trans central highway.  It offers different activities and surprises for outdoor enthusiasts; from camping to biking, sight seeing to river trekking, and even caving. It would also be perfect for a family who would like to spend quality time by having picnic in the park.

How To Get There:  From Cebu City, you can take a van in Ayala Center Cebu or in SM going to Balamban via trans central highway. Just around 10 kms near Balamban proper you will be able to find the park in the left side. Just make sure that you notify the driver with your destination.

Fortunately, we were able to attend the soft launching of the park. We were able to discover the different scenes of the park and their activities. Here are some of the activities that you can enjoy at the park and the things that you will see:

Play Ground for the children and children of all ages  

The Kiosks 

Bike Tracks for Cyclists   

Trekking  and Sight Seeing   

River Trekking     

Camping  

Camping with convenience: These are the washrooms near the campsite. 

Biker on the move 

They also offer local food such as these 

Always remember this

Canso X is an all-in-one adventure park that outdoor enthusiast should not miss to visit. I am sure that their adrenaline-pumping activities would give you the time of your lives. You can contact them through landline: (032) 411 1600 loc. 1472 or their mobile nos.: 0923-9787640(sun) 0915-3455661(globe). If you want to have a group trekk, be sure to book ahead of time so that they can make arrangements with you.

I would like to thank Canso X for inviting us over and for giving us freebies. We would definitely suggest this place to our readers and for sure we will be back real soon. 

Until then, love will be conquering another destination as it conquers everything.               Just keep posted! 🙂 

Agua Villa Exclusive Resort

 Agua Villa Resort is an exclusive resort located in Panalipan, Catmon, Cebu.  It is about an hour drive going up north. You can rent the whole place for only 10,000 (overnight) and that is already good for 10 to 15 people with accommodation and facilities included already.

We went to the place for our team building. This time, I was not able to travel with my girlfriend because of our schedules. Anyways, the place is indeed a good venue for group outing, team buildings, small group reunions, and even family outing. They have a kitchen where you can cook your meals, indoor and outdoor dining area; they also have parking space enough for two cars or van; the place has a gate so it is quite safe; they have a living room where you can have your siesta; they have 2 air conditioned room and 1 big dorm-type room. The whole place is really nice and I can say that it is very “sulit” having it for only 10,000 bux. If you are a group of 15 then the damage would only be 600 plus per person. Not bad at all for such experience.

How To Get There:  From Cebu City, take the North bound bus in North bus terminal. Just tell the bus attendant to drop you off at the said resort in Panalipan, Catmon; just a few kilometers from Carmen. Fare would be 65 php as of this posting.

Here are some shots of the place.  (Photo Credits to Moc and Flesy.)

The Pool  

The Villa   

The Pool and Jacuzzi

The Beach   

Resort Balcony & Activity Area 

This is how it looks like outside the resort:      The resort is just along the way so it is not that hard to locate. It is on the right side if you are going up north from the city.

Some shots during our team-building activities: Go Team Dora!

  Whapaaaaaak!! Sapul! lol. (I felt sorry for the egg)

Our Breakfast. Thanks to Junel & Carl  

Daddy Ron! (This is how we chillax)

The Cool Boys. hahah

The Featured couple, Flesy and Moc (thanks for the photos)

 

Meet Team Dora 

We had fun during our stay and I think I will be visiting this place next time with my loved ones and/or friends.

  Peace Out!

 

Snapshots of Sinulog 2014

 This is my second time to write about a Sinulog Festival in my blog.  I just can’t stop myself in sharing to you people the elegance of this event this year. Sinulog 2014 was a blast and so far, it is the most peaceful sinulog that I have ever witnessed. Last year’s sinulog was a bit wild, but Sinulog 2014 was a whole lot more of a crowd. Each year, sinulog’s crowd would evolve. This year, we just had the craziest street party. It is where social statuses is of no regard. It is where the less-fortunate people, the middle class, and the elites would meet and just be friends and have fun in a clean way.

It is the only day where Cebuanos would be “AFK” and just be out in the streets. It is the time where real Chats would happen; not just facebook chats or any IMs. It is where the real social networking happens.

It is so nice to see that even though technology tends to ruin the social life of Cebuanos, there would be a day where we would just forget facebook or the internet just to meet real people outside the streets!

Here are some of Sinulog 2014’s sneak peek:    you wouldn’t wanna drive here for sure!

 these people are dancing without music. just all of them chanting and shouting “pit senyor!”

The Best Way To Avoid the Crowd! lol

The Parade:    Good thing we got a good view from here.

          As Always, Sinulog 2014 has been so colorful and lively.

 Ramon Bautista in the house

Sinulog would not be the grandest festival in the Philippines if there is nothing about it. Truly, it offers you the best experience of party rockin’. There were about 4 million estimated tourists who flocked the Metro for the celebration. Next year, it would be even better. So now you have the glimpse of what sinulog is, you better not miss the next Sinulog! And oh, in case you did not know, it is always on the third Sunday of January. See you next year!

The Spectacular Lake Mainit of Mindanao

 Lake Mainit is the fourth largest lake in the Philippines. It is located in the Northeastern part of Mindanao.  It is in between the provinces of Agusan del Norte and Surigao del Norte, with the towns Jabonga, Kitcharao, Alegria, Mainit and more. It is rich in freshwater marine resources such as Kasili. It is indeed a good stop over for travelers who are Butuan or Surigao bound.

How To Get There: 

From Surigao City:  You can take Butuan-bound buses. If you choose the town Mainit, you have to stop at the corner going to Mainit and opt for another ride going to Mainit town proper. But if you choose Kitcharao, you can just tell the bus driver or crew to drop you off in Kitcharao Town Proper or Almont Resort which is just a few kilometers from the town proper. You can find a great view of the lake from there. If you travel from Butuan, you would also like to take the bus bound for Surigao.

Where To Stay:                                                                                                                        Kasili Lakeside Hotel and Resort     (photo courtesy of Kasili Lakeside Resort)

This resort is located in Mainit, Surigao del Norte.  Contact: 0929.1346590 / 0947.8908801

Here Are Some of my Lake Mainit shots:          took this photo near Almont Resort in Kitcharao 

  

The stunning view of the lake is really amazing. You would really love to spend your quiet moments in this vicinity. Ahh, the beauty of nature is just beyond our expectations. I can imagine myself in a rowboat sailing in a smooth waters and enjoying the relaxing countryside breeze. Now, that is what you call life! Enjoy it while you still can.. You only live once!

This 2014, make sure to include Lake Mainit in your bucket list. Happy New Year!