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Siquijor Travel Guide: Explore the Mystical Island

As we explored the place, we learned that Siquijor is more than just a Mystical Island. It’s a paradise.
During our #SensationalSiquijor trip organized by the PIA Cebu and Information and Tourism Officers of Region VII last October 28-30, 2015, fellow bloggers from the Cebu Blogging Community were invited to join the workshop-seminar-adventure-race with the theme “Bridging Information and Tourism Through Social Media” at Coco Grove Beach Resort, San Juan, Siquijor.
During the first day of the event, we were welcomed by the Governor of Siquijor, Hon. Zaldy S. Villa. During his Welcome Message, he noted that the social media and bloggers is a powerful device to promote Siquijor. As bloggers, we initiated several learning adventures with the local government units and tourism officials on how the maximize the power of social media and blogging in order to promote the beauty of Siquijor and other events organized by various local government units online.
After the Welcome Dinner, we talk…

From Cebu to Siquijor, With Love

We just arrived in Larena, Siquijor after our exciting boat ride from the Queen City of the South, Cebu. For the past 12 hours, we have been traversing the waters of Cebu and Dumaguete to reach this part of Central Visayas.
The mystery of Mystical Island of Siquijor is slowly unfolding. On the next two days, we will be on an adventure to teach the basics of blogging to the local government and tourism officials for this #SensationalSiquijor adventure trip tapping bloggers from Cebu Blogging Community to facilitate the activities.
With the theme “Bridging Information and Tourism through Social Media”, #SensationalSiquijor is expected to teach LGU officers and national government agencies from Cebu, Siquijor, Bohol, and Negros how to maximize the potential of blogging and social media in promoting their respective agencies.
On our boat ride to Siquijor that started in Cebu Pier 1, we were guided by the Public Information Agency (PIA) Cebu. We met with them at around 7PM together with m…

Planning Your Next Adventure? List of Visa-Free Countries You Can Visit

Many of us Filipinos love traveling so much. However, traveling isn’t always something that can happen on a whim. When the country you really want to visit requires information-heavy visa applications and a visit (or multiple visits) to that country’s embassy, it can certainly tarnish the fairy tale feel. The process itself can take a while, and since there’s no promise you’ll actually receive that visa in the end, it can also end up being cost-ineffective.
But don’t let that discourage you from traveling. Stay positive! There is hope. Not all countries require that pesky visa. In fact, Philippine passport holders have a treasure trove of countries they can visit. Limits vary, but some countries allow you to stick around for more than 90 days!
Here’s a breakdown of these countries and their respective limits. This information was compiled by the DFA’s Office of Consular Affairs, Wiki and GMA News Online.

Visa-free (zero limits):Cape Verde IslandsComorosSt. Helena
Visa-free (limited n…

7 Tips To Travel with Good Vibes

Traveling requires more than going out and spending your time in a different environment. It requires planning, patience and a good state of mind. It is a great opportunity to explore new places, meet new friends, learn new things and rediscover yourself.
For me, a fulfilling trip is one that is spent with positive attitude and good vibes. You should know by now a few tips on traveling like planning ahead your itinerary, going beyond your comfort zones and appreciating the little things. Here let me share 5 tips on how to keep your good vibes while traveling:

1. Don't forget your earplugs.
This , my friend, is a traveler's best friend. At some point on your trip, you'll need to muffle the sounds of annoying passengers, noisy engines, crying babies, barking dogs and more. Make sure to keep your cool and turn that good music on. But be sensitive when to use it especially when traveling with someone or with your friends.

2. Don’t be afraid to laugh at yourself.
Traveling sho…

Top Travel Destinations in Cebu, Philippines According to Bloggers

Among the various islands in the Philippines, Cebu is one place that you should consider visiting in your lifetime. For someone who have lived in this province for my whole life, I can assure you that there is more to explore. 
I have not personally been to all the top travel destinations in Cebu. My goal is to explore the wonders of Cebu. I plan to wander around this island sometime in the near future. If that happens, I might consider writing a travel blog, too.
For now, I have here a list of travel destinations that you should visit in Cebu, Philippines according to bloggers. While reading these blog posts, I cannot help but create a blog about it and share it to you.

1. Temple of Leah by Emjae Fotos
The construction is still ongoing as of this writing, but it’s already open to the public. It’s dubbed as the ‘Taj Mahal of Cebu’ since this majestic wonder is also a gift of a husband to his loving wife. Teodorico Adarna devoted this temple to the late Leah Villa Albino-Adarna as a s…

10 Tips in Planning Your First Solo Travel

I plan to explore a place in Cebu that I haven’t been into. It has been on my bucket list for sometime now but I haven’t fulfilled it yet. Here’s a challenge I give myself: I will be travelling to anywhere in Cebu before the year ends, whatever it takes. I’ll be blogging my experience, too.
My fellow CBC bloggers Monica of Afterglowbe and Melanie of Fueled by Caffeine inspired me to write this blog post today. While reading this 10 Questions To Answer Before Going on A Solo Trip, I am happy to announce that I accept the challenge to go on a trip as a solo backpacker. Since this will just be my first time, I’ll be going somewhere in Cebu. Not to mention I want to explore new places in Cebu, too.
For first time solo backpackers like me, here are some tips that we need to consider before embarking on this journey that we haven’t tried before:

1. Remember: It’s A Date with Yourself
Solo backpacking is definitely a date with no one else but yourself. Understand that you have to be indepen…

Summer at Funtastic Island in Gibitngil

I’ve heard of Gibitngil from my UP Cebu freshmen friends since they had an NSTP community outreach on that island. It’s in Medellin where the people in the community don’t have their own tap water (only one, at the Mayor’s) and their electricity is solar panel-generated (which was Earth-friendly!). It was my first time to hear of the name of Funtastic Island; I didn’t even know that it was located in Gibitngil.

First off, the spelling of ‘Funtastic’ is incorrect. Well, I had that confusion at first when I tried to Google and spelled it as ‘fantastic,’ only then I realized it’s Funtastic (please don’t let me explain that they’re trying to link fun and fantastic, but there I said it already).

Starting my indefinite summer by travelling to Funtastic Island isn’t a bad idea. It’s actually a stroke of a genius on-the-spot traveler! My friends-of-a-friend are on a weekend vacation and I decided to join the fun. It will be a chance to travel to Medellin for the first time and go to that popu…