Albay Tour: Day One in Bicol

“Create memories with random people in random places.”

  • Fakir

Albay – Sorsogon Solo Bicol Itinerary

Features: Daraga Church, Cagsawa Ruins, Kawa-kawa Hills in Ligao City, Bigg’s Diner, Lignon Hills, 1st Colonial Grill and Legazpi City

Supposed to be Mt Mayon View

Supposed to be Mt Mayon View

I woke up feeling happy from a good night sleep. Call time 0430, refresh from my slumber. The Mayon’s Peak is resting behind clouds from the window of Magayon Hotel. The sullen dark morning sky cast on my second day in Albay. I got up, took a bath and went out. Next to the inn is a bakery (Papay Pandesal) that sells Malunggay Pandesal, I bought 5 pieces of bread and head to a Carinderia in front of the hotel. I need to eat before starting my day, ordered Pansit Bato for Php10.00 per plate and instant coffee for Php10.00. After digging my simple meal, I arrange my pack then the rain pours outside for 15-20 minutes before heading out.

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Pansit Bato, Malunggay Pandesal and 3 in 1 coffee

Pansit Bato, Malunggay Pandesal and 3 in 1 coffee

I ride a jeepney to Daraga for Php 10.00, from the market to Daraga church I walk. The old church was a replica of Cagsawa Church which was smashed by volcanic eruption of Mayon. The Daraga Church stands proud and mighty in a higher ground casting PRIDE all over Albay. I can imagine Mayon’s Peak if only the sun shines brightly. The clouds still hide the magnificent perfect cone of Mayon so I settle myself getting photos of the church. I arrived here while a funeral mass is being held. It was awkward to take photos while people around me were mourning. RAIN AND FUNERAL STARTED MY DAY.

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Daraga Church Facade

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Whenever I visited a church, I leave a wish for my family or for a friend. I bought coffee while waiting for the mass to be finished. I saw several touring groups, off-peak season trip could be enjoyable if you do not want heads on your photos or wanted to have a quiet trip. Sipping coffee over the view deck of Daraga Church made me want to write more about my travels. Getting all the photos I wanted, I set foot to my next destination.

Daraga Church

Daraga Church

Cagsawa Church Ruins. I ride a jeepney to Ligao City from Daraga for Php 8.00. It was Saturday so the municipal office is closed, I asked around and was able to get proper transportation information from a local. The driver and co-passengers were too helpful to assist me on my tour. The jeepney driver drop me off in Cagsawa, I ride a tricycle together with a couple, fare Php 8.00. WALK INSTEAD OF TAKING THE TRICYLCE, it will only take you 5-10 minutes to get you there. I arrive in the RUINS, still no sign on the Mayon Peak.

Cagsawa Ruin in a Cloudy Day

Cagsawa Ruin in a Cloudy Day

Registration fee cost nothing but you can donate. I took several photos, guides are offering ATV rides and trick shots. I was not interested with ATV ride because rain started to pour. So I enjoy taking photos and my SILI (Chilli) Shake. Sili Shake cost Php 55.00 and bought a souvenir shirt for Php 200.00. Souvenir shops are available in Cagsawa, after taking my photos I decided to move on to my next trip.

Trick Shot in Cagsawa Ruins

Chili nd Mango Shake

Chili and Mango Shake

Ligao City. From Cagsawa it will take 45 minutes – 1 hour to Kawa-Kawa Hills. Kawa means Cauldron, from the top it looks like a giant kitchen pot. I drop off from the jeepney ride, take tricycle for Php 8.00 and hike up to the hills. It still cloudy and cool enough. Kawa-kawa hills famous for its sunflowers which blooms every March or summer. Since I travel in July, unfortunately NO SUNFLOWERS.

Cagsawa Ruins Bell Tower

Kawa Kawa Hill in Ligao City

Kawa Kawa Hill in Ligao City

I hike up and finished the station of the cross, made my wish after lighting my wish candles. I wish for someone’s father to heal and a good health for me this year. The pavement path is built for people, this place is often visited during the Holy Week in which statues based on the station of the cross were built. After the trek, I have sili ice cream for Php 10.00, a touring family asked me questions about my solo trip. They were amazed that someone can travel alone. Hehe

One of the Stations of the Cross in Kawa Kawa Hills

Inside the Kawa Kawa Hills

As I walk back from Kawa-kawa Hills, I saw a tourism center which was a Project of the late Jessie Robredo. I got free leaflets about Albay tourist destinations. Then, take the tricycle to the highway for Php 8.00. From Ligao City, I went back to Daraga (jeepney fare Php 40.00). I slept for a good 30 minutes, drop in Bigg’s Diner in Daraga for lunch. Bigg’s Diner is Bicolano’s famous fast food chain. Their cheeseburger is meaty with dripping cheese on it. I enjoy their crispy fried chicken. It’s the usual diner in a cozy interior. The meal cost me Php 168.00.

View at the top of Kawa Kawa Hills

View at the top of Kawa Kawa Hills

Dirty Chili Ice Cream

Dirty Chili Ice Cream

After lunch, I went ahead to my final trip. LIGNON HILL, I took jeepney for Php 11.00. It takes 10-15 minutes from Daraga to Lignon Hills. I trek up from the jump-off (Department of Education Bicol). It will take a good 30 minutes – 1 hour way up to Lignon Hills. Registration fee cost Php 20.00, then you can try their zip lines. I did not take it because I got tired. I just want to feel the view. There is no sign of Mayon’s Peak after whole day of waiting. I am still grateful that I manage to come along here and enjoy my day trip in Albay.

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I welcome myself at Lignon Hill

I went back to Magayon Hills to freshen up and have dinner. I decide to dine in First Colonial Grill which is famous for their original Sili Ice Cream. I ordered Bicol Express and rice which boils inside my mouth. If you are not fan of spicy food, Bicol Express is definitely not for you. Sili ice cream have 3 levels of spiciness. I selected Level 3, to my surprise it was very good until the cold melted into your mouth. The chili flavored will kicked in and it feels like betrayal. LOL. Dining in the elegant restaurant that can cost you Php 300-500. This meal cost me Php 368.00.

Path to Lignon Hill

Lonely at Lignon Hill because I did not see Mt Mayon

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Lignon Hill. Background is the Aiport Runway

My sumptuous meal made me want to rest. Since, night life in Albay is not like in Cebu or Manila. I went back to my room in Magayon Hotel. A friend from Sorsogon, message me about my trip. She suggested to me to visit her in her hometown. I agreed because my Day 3 is bound for Sorsogon for some beach loving. Initially, I wanted to go back in Naga City, to try wake boarding but going further South is definitely a good idea. I ended the night with a warm smile and prayed for good weather.

Original Chili Ice Cream at 1st Colonial Grill

One of the famous fine dining restaurants in Albay

Sorsogon Trip Review will be next!

SO LONG PIRATES!!

Source: Personal Photos, Jerleen Custodio Copyright

Manlalayag is Seafarer in Filipino. I want to be a pirate who travels to Collect Memories and Steal Happiness from the places I want to go.

Memoirs of a SOLO TRAVELER

“Freedom to live, of speech, to be whoever you are. To be free, to be independent and to LIVE”

  • FAKIR

Summit of Mt Pico De Loro

Summit of Mt Pico De Loro

Indeed soul searching this world.

I am not good in mobilizing people when it comes to group traveling. Oftentimes, I want to wander SOLO. I travel with very few people or I am the one invited to their adventure. I like going out with friends and family but sometimes I feel ill or suffocated when people relies everything to me. Maybe, I hate responsibilities and continue to live my lazy-happy-go-lucky life.

Trekking to Bomok-od Falls

Trekking to Bomok-od Falls

I never work hard after graduation. What I did is drink, get fat and seek all the amusement in life. I deter my law school admission, loss all opportunities to be a yuppie and I decided that I don’t want to be rich.

Money change the perspective of people. It makes you want more because it has the ability to turn your world around. All I want in life is to learn and be the hopeless romantic. I want to write and share my life. I want to travel the entire world, spread the news about unknown places and catch the essence of life. I want to teach people about humanity, existence of one culture, the passion for real adventure and how to take care of our nature.

I am single, living independently in the city, have a day job, and everyday I tried to keep my sanity. I love long weekends, vacation leave and weekends. They make me alive because it’s another day of getting lost, summit to reach and place to see. I found my niche which is very hard to release from my grasp.

Summit of Mt Daguldul

Summit of Mt Daguldul

I loss several people in life because of reckless decisions. I find my self smiling when I travel, even though I look crazy. Living to travel is my way of life. I want to explore, learn more about my culture and express how glad I am to go to places. Not anyone can travel, not anyone has the capacity and not everybody have TIME.

People around me always asked why I travel alone. I’ll go out alone because I will go WITH OR WITHOUT YOU. I don’t want to linger to people who are accustomed to make other people wait. I want to go there because I want to see it, I want adventure to feel the adrenaline rush. To create more memories before I decide to stay here and pursue my academic life or family life. I want to tell stories to my nieces, nephews, god children and my friends were I have been all this time.

Yeah, I am one of the chosen one who cannot find that travel soulmate. HAHAHA. My own soul is my own mate. Yet, I am still searching for it. Partly finding it on my way, on my travels, hikes and solitary confinement. Hehe.I have all the time in the world, future plans are still on my hands and life to share to everyone I bumped into. I want to continue living this wanderlust life as much as I can.

Star fish in Pandan Islan, Honda Bay Tour

Star fish in Pandan Islan, Honda Bay Tour

SO LONG PIRATES!!

Source: Personal Photos, Jerleen Custodio Copyright

Manlalayag is Seafarer in Filipino. I want to be a pirate who travels to Collect Memories and Steal Happiness from the places I want to go.

Camiguin Island

“Envelope patriotism and nationalism good enough to stay within thy country”

  • Fakir

Backpacking to Camiguin Island

Backpacking to Camiguin Island

Features: Sunken Cemetery, Gui-Ob Church Ruins, Bura Soda Water, Tuasan Falls, Sto Nino Cold Spring, CheckPoint, Ardent Hot Spring, Vjandep Pastel, Luna Ristorante and White Island

Balingoan Port

Balingoan Port

Part 2 of our Cagayan de Oro – Camiguin – Bukidnon Backpacking Trip: Beast Mode Itinerary

Part 1: Cagayan de Oro Article: http://lenlenmanlalayag.com/2015/10/07/cagayan-de-oro-less-than-24-hour-adventure/

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The WHITE RAFTING experience in Cagayan de Oro lifted our spirit so high that we do no longer want to stop this madness. After more than 24 hours of sleepless escapade from my office to our ordeal in CDO, I finally succumb in slumber. Wake up call 0330, finished the pack and head out to Agora Bus Terminal to catch a trip to Balingoan Port. From Sogo to Agora, we took tricycle for Php10.00 per pax for a 5-minute ride. You can take van or bus bound to Butuan to the port. Van fare cost Php120.00.

Arriving at Benoni Port

Arriving at Benoni Port

From Agora to Balingoan Port take 1 hour and 30 minutes – 2 hours travel time. We took off around 0500 and made it on time for 0630 Ferry Ride to Port Benoni in Camiguin. Fare cost Php 180.00 and Php 2.00 terminal fee. Gates open on time, ferry is consist of 3 decks (ground deck for vehicles, 2 decks for passengers) we set ourselves in the uppermost deck. The ferry sail away around 0715. It was my first time to ride RORO (Roll On Roll Off), it was not fancy and slow. It took 1 hour and 30 minutes travel time. The sky is gloomy all throughout because of the typhoon hitting Northern Philippines.

Road trip in Camiguin with this view

Road trip in Camiguin with this view

We reached Benoni Port around 0900, the weather is just right even though the sun seems to be sullen that day. Regardless, this will be the marked of our Camiguin Escapade. The island is brimming green and Mt Hibok-hibok is just around the corner, the diversity of the island seems to be maintained properly by its government and locals. From Benoni Port, we ride a multicab to Mambajao Terminal where our habal-habal (motorcycle) is waiting for us to start our tour. We met Kuya Nilo, fancy he look like goon from an action movie. Hehe. Our contact Kuya Ramil wasn’t able to accommodate us because he have larger group guest to tour. But, he was calling us throughout the tour and always asked if we are enjoying our trip. Kuya Rodel Contact: 09362494760 Php 800.00 for Camiguin Habal-habal Tour which is good for 3.

Camelia Home Stay. Sorry if its blurred, this is the only picture I have

Camelia Home Stay. Sorry if its blurred, this is the only picture I have

From Mambajao, I took the most uncomfortable motorcycle ride of my life for 30 minutes. My bag is pulling me back and my back is getting numb. Still, need to endure it until we reached our inn. Camellia Home Stay, a decent inn with air-condition for Php 600.00 per night good for 3-4 with queen size bed and extra bed. There was no electricity when we arrived so we we did notice that the bathroom was dusty which infuriate my couple buddies. Beast mode when it comes to cleanliness. Haha! They were annoyed until the stay last. After setting our pack down, we change clothes and hit the road to our OFFICIAL CAMIGUIN TOUR!!

Sunken Cemetery Commemorative Cross

Sunken Cemetery Commemorative Cross

First stop, Sunken Cemetery. The enveloping feeling surrounding me, as a child I see this view through the movie scene and now glancing it LIVE. It’s also my first encounter with Camiguin Lansones which cost Php 18.00 – 25.00 per kilo here. As I chomped down my fruits, I marveled myself with the Cross in the middle of the sea and underneath is the cemetery swollen my earthquake due to Mt Hibok- Hibok eruption. Nature indeed create what it wanted. The cross is a commemorative symbol of the sunken cemetery.

Sunken Cemetery

Sunken Cemetery

Bay view of the Sunken Cemetery

Bay view of the Sunken Cemetery

Next, Gui-Ob Church Ruin. Almost pulverized by volcanic eruption. The church foundation still stand on its ground.

Gui-Ob Church Ruins Historical Tab

Gui-Ob Church Ruins Historical Tab

The foundation of the church being one with nature

The foundation of the church being one with nature

Imagining this powerful structure as a solid Catholic Church near a cliff and with astonishing view of the sea will make you want to travel time to experience the grand architecture.

The Church Bell Tower

The Church Bell Tower

Couple of Jump Shot in the RUINS

Couple of Jump Shot in the RUINS

Catholic influence is very upright in Camiguin even though its part of Mindanao. Islamic influence is minimal unlike in Cagayan de Oro.

Maze Runner in Gui-ob Church Ruins

Maze Runner in Gui-ob Church Ruins

Inside the Gui-Ob Church

Inside the Gui-Ob Church

The rain pours as we head to Bura Soda Water Resort. The resort is very clean, entrance fee cost Php 30.00. They will not asked for nipa hut rent if you are just going to swim for a few minutes. It was getting colder but the water is inviting but I skip the chance though. It was getting late, we need to rush to cover the other sites we need to see. We are curious about the soda water.

Bura Soda Water

Bura Soda Water

According to the staff, its a carbonate water that springs from the mountains. They were very accommodating with our questions about it. They also gave us a bottle of soda water, it was not that carbonated like Sprite. Haha. It’s like Sprite in a bottle kept open for three days.

Facts about soda water

Facts about soda water

In a hype, laughing all the way to Katibawasan or Tuasan falls. Mild rain shower on our faces did not matter. The entire town is covered with lush coconut and lanzones plantations. It was pretty sight to capture.

Tuasan Falls

Tuasan Falls

Delicious KIPING of CAMIGUIN

Delicious KIPING of CAMIGUIN

Camiguin is winning my heart all the way! There is no entrance fee in Tuasan nor donation box, you just need to register. On the entrance we bought KIPING for Php 6.00 with caramelize coconut sauce on it. The awesome taste of sweet and crunchy taste of KIPing will KEEP you here.

Keeping the KIPING

Keeping the KIPING

Capturing myself with Katibawasan Falls

Unfortunately, we were unable buy another one because we’re always on a run. The falls is majestic standing tall and mighty. The water is cold like feelings towards my ex boyfriend. LOL! We tried to swim but the water is ice-cold, we decide to skip another dip.

Grilled Banana with Butter and Sugar. PUSO (Heart) Inside is usually sticky rice

Grilled Banana with Butter and Sugar. PUSO (Heart) Inside is usually sticky rice

The highway and traffic system in Camiguin is 95% success! Truly nice for a road trip. We head to Sto Nino Cold Spring Resort. Entrance Fee is Php 30.00, tube rental is Php 20.00 and souvenir shops are available here. This time we swim and the cold will punch you in your gut at first dip but it will eventually dissipates after a few minutes. The water is crystal clear, no chlorine and its flowing water. It was worth the try to freshen us up from non-stop road trip. Time check: 1230. Buchi for breakfast and water from the Bura landed on my stomach. I am hungry and its time to take our breakfast/lunch.

Street Food in the Philippines. Available EVERYWHERE

Street Food in the Philippines. Available EVERYWHERE

Backpacking Tips: If your planning a road trip with swimming activities. Make sure your geared up with clothes that dries fast so that there is no need to switch clothes which will consume time. E.g. Rash Guard, Dry-fit shirts/shorts, sports leggings, trekking pants/shorts and shawl to dry your hair.

Ardent Hot Spring Rules and Regulations

Ardent Hot Spring Rules and Regulations

Before taking our lunch, we were notified that boat trips to White Island is only up until 1500. It’s already 1400, it was not anticipated this is due to high waves. We decide to move the White Island trip on the next day which actually delay us big time on our itinerary. Anyway, we made it even though time constrict us cruelly. For now, its time to eat and feed this voracious tummy.

Ardent Hot Spring

Ardent Hot Spring

Lunch at CheckPoint, it’s bar restaurant beside Luna Ristorante. We ordered Shrimp Sinigang, Calamares and Sizzling Squid with tons of rice to quenched our famished souls. They have big servings enough to feed the 4 of us. Food expense around Php 300-500.00 which is good for 2. After the humongous meal, we continue our trip.

Entry signage of Ardent Hot Spring

Entry signage of Ardent Hot Spring

Arriving in Ardent Hot Spring, both awesome and sleepy at the same time. Entrance fee cost Php 30.00, the spring was just right for our tired and cold bodies. The warmth that you wanted when your about to collapse from food coma and lack of sleep. Guests list is full due to touring college students, the right field trip by rich universities.

Hot Spring Pool

Hot Spring Pool

The pools consist of 4 parts; 2 mini pools and 2 large pools. The shouts of youngsters remind me of my own school trip way back in college. Anyway, the spring water was warm enough and made us instantly comfortable. The cold wintry air will electrified you once you get out of the water! Haha

Promoting Ardent Resort

Promoting Ardent Resort

We finished our day in Camiguin at 1700. We went back to on our inn, there still no electricity. I always bring my head lamp wherever I go on a trip. It was very useful because power outage is still issue in the Philippines.

Pizza in Luna Ristorante

Pizza in Luna Ristorante

The day trip ended quickly, after taking my nap and washed up. Our contact Kuya Ramil, sells us Lansonez for Php 150.00 for 8 kilos for our pasalubong. Very cheap compare but the ordeal is to travel along with the Lansonez. Hehe!! We went to Luna Ristorante for our dinner. We ordered pizza and seafood pasta. The brick oven pizza is really good, the crust was just right and it was not that oily type of pizza. Olive oil, pepper, salt and hot sauce condiments are available. Dinner is done and we found ourselves back to our inn for a good night sleep.

Seafood Tomato Pasta in Luna Ristoranti

Seafood Tomato Pasta in Luna Ristoranti

I woke up around 0530, changed to swimming attire and walk to the bay for our boat ride to White Island. It was a good thing we were near Paras to catch the early boat ride to White Island.

Renting a Pumpboat Cashier

Renting a Pumpboat Cashier

Environmental Fee Cashier

Environmental Fee Cashier

One boat cost Php 450.00 good for 4-6 pax and Php 20.00 environmental fee. We were able to ride with a group consist of 3 and settled for a 2 hour stay. They will need to catch a plane ride and we need to go back early in CDO for our Dahilayan Park Tour. We rented snorkeling gears and life vest for Php 150.00. I highly discourage renting snorkeling gear because there are no coral reefs in White Island. Phew!

White Island and Mt Hibok Hibok

White Island and Mt Hibok Hibok

We arrive in White Island around 0615. The vendors are settling their stores when we arrive and few groups are ahead of us. The sun is peaking slowly across the sky and the beautiful Mt Hibok-Hibok is just as grand along the sea. It was high tide, the famous sand bar is not showing.

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Regardless, it was splendidly pretty and lucky enough to get the morning sun. We bought sea urchin from a local vendor, Php 50.00 for 3 yummy seafood with vinegar. We swim along the waves and marvel until it was time to go back. Before we left the entire island is jam-packed with groups and it was not a pretty sight. You need to be very early before its CROWDED.

Crowded!

Crowded!

CROWDED!!

CROWDED!!

Crowded White Island!!!

Crowded White Island!!!

We need to catch the 0930 ferry ride to Balingoan Port, otherwise we will be too late to take our Bukidnon ride. From Paras to Mambajao via Tricycle took a good 30 minutes for Php 10.00. We purchase Vjandep Pastel for Php 120.00 per box (dozen) before taking the van to Benoni Port, fare cost Php 30.00. Arriving at 0930, we were able to catch the Ferry ride on time. Reaching Balingoan Port at 1130, catch another van to CDO without further a do. We ride an old filthy Starex Van to CDO for Php 100.00 in 80-120 kph. With this I end our Camiguin tour, next will be our whirlwind romance in Bukidnon. Happy Yippee Yey!!

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Source: Personal Photos, Jerleen Custodio Copright

Manlalayag is Seafarer in Filipino. I want to be a pirate who travels to Collect Memories and Steal Happiness from the places I want to go.

Cagayan de Oro: Less than 24 hour Adventure

“You cannot go back in time so make out of it while its present”

  • FAKIR

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FEATURES: White Rafting, Great White Waters, Kagay-Anon Restaurant, Missy BonBon and Sogo CDO

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Part 1 of our Cagayan de Oro – Camiguin – Bukidnon Backpacking Trip: Beast Mode Itinerary

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OOTD!!

OOTD!!

The long wait is over, after 2 months and 2 weeks of waiting. Cagayan de Oro, here I come!! Marking my first Mindanao trip a SUCCESS. It was July when we booked our plane ticket via Cebu Pacific , offering low fares. I actually booked additional ticket to Butuan and Davao for my 2016 backpacking. Ticket cost us around Php1100.00 / $25.00 round trip, NAIA (Ninoy Aquino International Airport) to Laguindingan Airport vice versa. Saving us almost Php 3500 per person over normal airfare.

White Rafting Jump-Off

White Rafting Jump-Off

Our itinerary is a bit tough because time is very restricted to cover three provinces. Good thing our aircraft was just delayed for 20 minutes. We schedule a CDO-Camiguin-Bukidnon in 3 days and 2 nights arriving in Laguindingan Airport around 1130AM. Van transfer to Cagayan de Oro City proper took us an hour, van fare cost Php100.00.

We need to PRAY for OUR SAFETY for this ADVENTURE

We need to PRAY for OUR SAFETY for this ADVENTURE

Other van company offers Php200.00 so you need to haggle to the nth time to minimize the cost of your trip. DISCLAIMER: Porters and barker will actually give you headaches, offering their transfer services upon arriving to the airport to your overall trip which is actually a bit irritating. Imagine speaking to 5 person at the same time while haggling their fares.

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Upon reaching CDO proper around 1245, we bought our lunch and picked up by Great White Water Tours for our first activity. The agency picked us up in Ayala Mall, ate on the road and met our partners in rafting (Janine, Elmer, Ed and Marg). Water rafting requires at least 6 persons to cut the expense of the adventure, otherwise, you need to pay for the entire raft. Good thing we met first timers who are willing to undergo the advance level instead of selecting the Beginners Level. Rafting cost Php1000.00 per pax.

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It was raining hard due to thunderstorm on our way to Great White Water Office to retrieve rafting equipments and securing personal belongings. You need to leave everything in a secure bag in the agency office. Bringing a un-waterproof dslr camera and not owning an action camera is inconvenient. Due to the rain, I need to leave my camera and we cannot use cellphone to capture our rafting moment (insert SAD FACE here). To trim down the expense of our rafting activity, we opt out the snacks from our package. Two staff from the touring agency will be the once who will capture the photos with their smaller raft that looks like a kayak. Photo ops is part of our package. Haggle all the way!! We were able to cut the price from Php1500 to Php1000.00. Good thing our rafting mates brought their waterproof camera which we owe them a lot!! YEHEY!!

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After gearing up, our guides gave the guideline in water rafting. Forward paddle, back paddle and our BATTLECRY. High Five!!! Our guides are very enthusiastic in teaching us the dos and don’ts when it comes to water rafting. We are all newbies but we took the ADVANCE LEVEL with 21 rapids that can last 3-4 hours. The first RAPID was an experience of a lifetime. This sports is quite adrenaline producer which will make your heart EXHILARATE.

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The best things about trying WHITE RAFTING in Cagayan de Oro is the endless beauty of the nature. The surrounding is very diverse and you can enjoy it while you paddling in still water. Wherever you look, EVERYTHING IS JUST GREEN and AMAZING. The SEVEN RAPIDS from the Advance Level were very exciting. Our guide, Kuya Ramil was very entertaining giving out old school jokes and pick up line. I smiled, laughed and got excited the entire time. It is very enjoyable incomparable to other water sports activities I tried.

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Two hours passed, I asked our guide if we can do the EXTREME LEVEL or TUBING next time. He said those options are currently UNAVAILABLE due to some incidents happened before. I want more and there are few shallows rapids on our way. Our guide said we can do the TITANIC or ICEBERG.

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All of us transferred to the last and second to the last row of the boat, then they paddle towards a big rock causing us to submerge in the water. THAT is EXTREME and can cause HEART ATTACK but it was an experience of a LIFETIME. We also jump into water, SHALLOW RAPIDS ahead of US and we just need to GO WITH THE FLOW!!!

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My inner self is crying with JOY, truly going to an adventure will make my heart satisfied. Even though VERY HUNGRY. HEHE. Go to Cagayan de Oro, booked your rafting company and try it. Its all worth the pain and fear. Finishing the last RAPIDS of Cagayan de Oro River, all of us are ABSOLUTELY SATISFIED CUSTOMERS. Two thumbs UP!!

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Exhausted yet happy, Great White Water shuttle send us off to Jeepney were me can ride to SOGO and checked ourselves in. We got a room for 10 hours for Php 600.00 which is good for 3, cleaned up and went to Limketkai to eat. We dine in KAGAY – ANON Restaurant to try their Ostrich Salpicao which taste like beef tapa softer version. We also tried their cheesy scallops and rice. This is a semi fine dining resto and can can cost from Php 300.00 – 500.00.

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After dinner, we went to MISSY BONBON to my heart’s delight. We ate PASTEL and tried their GELLATO. Later on we compare it with VJANDEP PASTEL which taste better.

OSTRICH SALPICAO (KAGAY-ANON RESTAURANT)

OSTRICH SALPICAO (KAGAY-ANON RESTAURANT)

The GELLATO is really good that you wanted to cry, we selected Pistachio and Strawberry which for I know were MADE IN HEAVEN!!!

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Setting foot in MINDANAO for the first time is an lifetime achievement. DAY One is over, I love here and I will continue to conquer all PROVINCES OF THE PHILIPPINES. Next stop, CAMIGUIN.

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Source: Camera from Elmer Espino and Janine Bernadette Pobre (Thanks a lot!!!)

Shots from Great White Water Employee! Thank you so much for the wonderful photos!!

Manlalayag is Seafarer in Filipino. I want to be a pirate who travels to Collect Memories and Steal Happiness from the places I want to go.