Albay: In Pursuit Of The Perfect Cone

The iconicΒ  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 aΒ  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.


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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That Island Called Sambawan

At the northern part of Leyte lies one of the country’s newest and smallest provinces. This island province calls itself Biliran. 2 hours off the coast of Biliran points to our next destination- an isolated island gaining popularity these past months- Sambawan Island.


Uninhabited and desolate, Sambawan comprises of three little islands shaped into a sickle. It has been gaining popularity because of its scenic and natural view as seen from the top.

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