Sunday, April 10, 2011

Conquering Coron - Siete Pescados

The best and most affordable way to travel alone is to plan a do-it-yourself (DIY) itinerary ahead of time. Traveling in a group could be a lot fun but I found serenity and peace in travelling alone. Sometimes, when everything is falling into the right place, we still wonder or feel that something is missing, It's the time to spend alone. It is kind of special feeling out of the sea alone, sailing on the cool and bright clear water. Once in a while, I choose to travel alone. This is an annual activity to renew my inspiration. Later this year, I spent 4 days in Coron, Palawan.

Day One; Siete Pescados. It is a group of seven small islands strung between Coron & Busuanga islands. A Marine Sanctuary  and a protected area in Coron, one of the best snorkeling spots in Coron Island. It is close to the town, about 15 minutes away by sea. Along the way we were entertained with a story by our boatman. He told us the myth of  Siete Pescados. It was named after seven sisters who went swimming against their mother’s wishes, who were said to have drowned in the area after a strong typhoon. Afterwards, seven small islands rose from the sea

Entrance Fee is Php 100.00. The area is really good for snorkeling. The water is super clear. Abundant corals, fish of varied colors and species. The beauty underneath is indescribable, too bad, my underwater camera didn't work.

My original plan is to roam around the town and visit the Municipal Tourism Office but something came up. From where I was billeted, I've met Sharlene and Philllip. They invited me to join  them, FOC. I took the opportunity and changed my itinerary right away.  They were very accommodating, we talked about places they been to, people they met, and experiences they had done. I was envious with the nature of their work, they have the opportunity to travel while working. One thing I never forget about travelling alone is meeting well traveled people like them. Somehow, I learned a lot. It was an unforgettable experience.

Next stop, The Kayangan Lake.

Friday, April 1, 2011

The Magellan's Cross and the Landmarks of Cebu City

I have been to many places, done things I never did before, met different people and encountered different culture. I am  always amazed with the landmarks of the city I've been to and fascinated with the story behind it. Every time I visit a place I made sure to take a picture of a great milestone and our 4 days/3 nights vacation in Cebu City is no exception. The City has many religious, historical and architectural landmarks to be visited. The city's most famous landmark is the Magellan's Cross.

You never been to this city if you never saw this landmark. The cross is a symbol of Cebu. Gotta make sure to take a photo of it when you visit the Queen City of the South. Magellan's Cross is a Christian cross planted by Portuguese, and Spanish explorers as ordered by Ferdinand Magellan upon arriving in Cebu in the Philippines on April 8, 1521. It is housed in a chapel next to the The Santo Nino Church and Convent on Magallanes Street, adjacent to the city hall of Cebu City. 

The Cebu Provincial Capitol is the seat of the provincial government of Cebu in the Philippines. It is dramatically positioned at the end of a grand perspective of a new avenue, OsmeƱa Boulevard. The City of Cebu is the capital city of Cebu and the second most significant metropolitan centre in the Philippines and known as the oldest city established by the Spaniards in the country.

Our Cebu Adventure was really fun and educational I would say. Cebuanos are warm and accommodating people. The Visayan culture is rich not to mention their original and sweet-sounding dialect. I feel  privileged, my friends brought me to an unforgettable getaway.