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Saint Bernard, Southern Leyte: Hindag-an Falls

Located on a bay at the Pacific Coast, this small town is how you define laid- back. I have been here dozen of times to visit relatives yet this place still gives me that same feeling of comfort and nonchalance. We go out with our “pambahays” to buy ice cream (which you should be doing during daytime since stores close really early), observe the sunset at the bay and watch people fishing using their rods at their nonfunctional pier. Life here is simple and its the kind of life people from busy cities (like me) long for.

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GETTING THERE:

We went for the Cebu- Hilongos route (fastest route) via Roble Shipping which departs at 9 pm. If you want to void yourself of the hassle of transferring from one bus to another, you can buy a bus ticket at the boat. Just tell the concierge that you are disembarking at St. Bernard. Fare is 160 php. At the bus, you must tell the “conductor” that you are heading for St. Bernard. Otherwise, if you are not at all familiar, you mind end up reaching the end point town which is Hinunangan.

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Albay: In Pursuit Of The Perfect Cone

The iconic  picture of a belfry and a cone- shaped volcano as its background has been a recurring scene in every Civics and Culture book during my elementary years. It has also been printed on almost all peso bills in the country. Mayon Volcano, has been one of the country’s prized gems due to its surreal perfection. Dubbed as the world’s most perfect cone, it’s grandeur stands tall at 8, 077 feet in the province of Albay. It is shared by eight cities and municipalities of the province of which the town of Daraga is most flocked by tourists who wants to get a full glimpse of the volcano and take into account a little history of its violent eruption in 1814 that left only the belfry of a once used to be a  church in Cagsawa.

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Banacon, Getafe, Bohol- Of Sand Bars and Beaches

Bohol, as it is only 2 hours away from our address, has been one of my popular vacation destination.I have been here twice, unaware that aside from the mouthwatering Chocolate Hills, cuddly tarsiers, romantic Loboc river cruise and white sandy beaches of Panglao, off its coast are small islands and several long strips of sand bars ideal for island hopping activities. Last April, together with a team of eye doctors, we went on a medical mission to the island barangay of Banacon in Getafe, Bohol.

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Our jump- off point was in the island of Mactan. A jetty port which caters to private island hopping activities in Mactan and Bohol is located beside the 5- star Movenpick Hotel in Punta Engano. The outrigger boat we rented can hold up to 30 persons for 4, 000 php (normally this big can cost 6,000 but we were able to haggle it down).

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