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Ormoc City: The greener side of the Philippines

Ormoc City has been part of my life since before I got my knowledge about this world.  I haven’t reached a year of my life yet when my mom and “nanay” brought me to this place.  Up until today, I will always find time to visit this place.  Ormoc is a simple city with a simple form of living.  No BPOs that I know of (yet), but it has few coffee shops, and a bit of nightlife.  It offers world-class accomodation and could also cater to budget travelers.  It is really an ideal place to live in.  It is indeed, very peaceful.

How to get there:

From Manila:  You can ride a plane bound for Tacloban city and 2 hours van ride to Ormoc.  There is also daily bus trip from Cubao to Ormoc.

Above.  Ormoc City Bus Terminal with Daily bus trips bound for Luzon and Mindanao.

From Cebu:  There are daily 4-hour ferry trips that leaves at 11am and 10pm, and fastcrafts that has two trips throughout the day.

Above.  2Go Fastcraft en-route Ormoc-Cebu vice versa.

Where to stay:

There are plenty of hotels and pension houses to choose from but if you really want to relax and have fun, I suggest these resort/hotels:

Baybayon ni Agalon (Located in Albuera, a town around 10 km away from Ormoc)

Hotel Don Felipe (located at the heart of the City)

Sabin Resort (Brgy Bantigue, Ormoc City)

Where to go:

Bebidas – If you want to chill or have coffee.  This place is perfect for you.

Ikeas – This place is perfect for dessert.  They offer mouth-watering cakes and pastries.

Lake Danao – a guitar-shaped lake located above-sea level near the geothermal power plant that supplies visayas and parts of mindanao.

Never seen such scenery in my life.

Too bad I found some of these things in Lake Danao Park (ssiiiiggghhhss)

We sometimes tend to forget our responsibilities.  It goes back to us anyways.

Vivo – If you are in the mood for singing, then this place is just right for the whole barkada or family.

The Sts Peter and Paul Church

Gaisano Riverside  – Who says Ormoc aint updated with the current trend?

Public Market – Thrift way of spending.

Now tell me, isn’t this a good place to live?  Where food, clothing, and other expenses are lesser that you think and you might want to consider this place for retirement.  Visit your legal adviser now and your travel agent.  Visit the place and check it out for yourself.  It is very safe to stroll around this small but humble city.

Sweet Potatoes wandering in Camotes Island

Camotes is a group of islands located in the northeastern part of Cebu, with 3 major islands (Pacijan, Poro and Ponson), and 1 small island called Tolang..  The Capital of Camotes is the Poro town but since most resorts are located in San Francisco, it became the major hub for tourists.

The port in Brgy Consuelo, San Francisco, Camotes

It was a gloomy day when we arrived in Camotes.  We were sad because we thought that our Camotes trip would be spoiled by the bad weather.  But good thing, the next day, the sun did shine. Hurray!

Where to stay:

There are a lot of resorts to choose from, but as a practical budget traveler, it is wise to choose Santiago Bay Garden Resort.  The resort is located in Brgy Santiago, just few minutes away from the port of consuelo.  Remember that the port of Consuelo is nearest to the resort, not in Puertobello or Poro.

Santiago Bay Resort’s cheapest accomodation is 1,000 php for 2 pax.  It is a nice place to stay because it is strategically located near the wide stretch of white sand beach of Santiago and it is also a few walks away from few grill restaurants.

Here are some photos of the resort:

Santiago Bay’s Infinity pool.

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Santiago Bay Resort is the best place (for me) to stay whenever you are in Camotes.  You can also choose Mangodlong Rock Resort, a higher-end resort and a sister resort of Santiago Bay.

You can reach them through their office in mainland Cebu which is in Mandaue through phone number (+63 32) 4203385.

Where to go and what to do:

The Beaches:

The stretch of white sand beach in Santiago.

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Borromeo Beach Resort in Bakhaw, Esperanza, Camotes

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Fresh Water Adventure:

Lake Danao Park

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Kayaking in the lake cost us only 50php per person for an hour.  At first, I was hesitant because it might be costly, but I was wrong.  It was my first time to ride a kayak.

Timubo Cave

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Water at last! 🙂

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  • Baywalk
  • Municipal Hall
  • St. Joseph Church 

    If you need more assistance about tourism info in Camotes, just visit the Tourist Information Center.

    You will surely find it helpful to ask questions in the tourist info center.  They might as well give you an itinerary, if you do not have any.  And remember, it is free of charge.

    Where to Eat:

    Santiago Bay Garden Resort also offer food:

    Pito’s Sutukil

    Sugba Tuwa ug Kilaw which means Grill, Fish Soup, and Raw seasoned fish.  That is the specialty of Pito’s Sutukil.  Their food is great and the price is reasonable enough.

    Bon Appetite!

    How to get there:

    From Cebu:  From North Bus Terminal, take the Danao-bound jeepney or minibus going to Danao port.  You also have the option to take jeepney from White Gold Club or Vhire from SM.

    Take a 2-hour ferry from Danao port bound for Consuelo Port.  I prefer Jomalia Shipping because they have comfortable seats.

    From Manila:  Take the plane bound for Cebu and then take the jeepney/bus/vhire to Danao port.

    Just try to discover yourself in Camotes.. It might be helpful to you.

    Enjoy!