Showing posts from May, 2017

DIY: A Night in Cagbalete Island

Cagbalete Island is part of the municipality of Mauban in the province of Quezon. It is 98.6 km east of Manila. 

Its unspoiled beauty and accessibility to Manila makes it an island destination to add to your travel wish list. Be warned though, electricity in the island is available on from 6PM - 6AM. Here's how you can have your own DIY: A Night in Cagbalete Island...

Your adventure begins in Manila. Head to one of the bus terminals below and board a bus that leaves very early in the morning:

Jac Liner Inc.
LRT/Buendia Terminal 
Donada St. cor. Buendia, Pasay City 
☎ 274-8245
☎ 0922-8522891

Jam Liner
Buendia Terminal
2124 Taft Avenue, Pasay City
Cubao Terminal
831 EDSA, Kamuning, Brgy. Sacred Heart, Quezon City
☎ 0917-5260008

The trip takes about 3-4 hours. From Lucena Grand Terminal, transfer to a bus heading to Mauban. Travel time is 1-2 hours. Head to the port and pay the fare and environmental fees before boarding the boat to Cagbalete Island. Travel time is 1 hour.

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Mt. Province: Hanging Coffins of Sagada

Located in the municipality of Sagada in Mt. Province, the Hanging Coffins of Sagada is a traditional Igorot funerary practice of "hanging" coffins together with the remains of respected elders by the sides of the cliffs and mountains of Sagada.

This sacred practice was said to have started thousands of years ago and is still being practiced to this day. Just to give you a backgrounder about this sacred custom, not everyone is given the chance to undergo this funerary practice. It is reserved only for the respected elders of the community. As part of the tradition, these elders prepare for their death by making their own coffin and choosing the part of the mountain where their coffins will be hanged or inserted.

When they die, they will be placed on a chair so that his/her body can be arranged to the fetal position. This is due to the belief that a person should exit the world the same way he/she came in. The chair used will also be hanged next to the coffin of the deceased.


Mt. Province: Sagada Orange Picking

Located in the town of Sagada in Mt. Province, Rock Farm Inn and Cafe is an inn that is highly visited by tourists because of its orange picking activity.

It is a fact that there are more people Googling "Orange Picking in Sagada" than Rock Farm Inn and Cafe. It is not something that the owners should be concerned with but something that they should be proud of. Why?

Rock Farm Inn and cafe is actually located in an part of Sagada that is quite isolated. As a matter of fact, roads to the inn is unpaved and lacks proper lighting. Therefore, the popularity of the orange picking activity brings in customers to their doorsteps.
Before I further tackle the orange picking activity, lets first check out what the history of the place. The 9-hectare land where Rock Farm Inn and Cafe now stands in was acquired by its owners way back in 1993. It was originally developed into an orange orchard which eventually gained popularity resulting to the construction of the inn that stands today.


Take Me to Bali with The Evian Baby Bay Promo

Would you believe that a single bottle of natural drinking water could bring you to Bali, Indonesia?

With The Evian's Baby Bay Promo, that seemingly farfetched idea can become a possibility. Well, to those who participated in the contest though. This promo was rolled out last March 1 and was open until April 30, 2017. Joining it was very easy. (Check out the photo below.)

To give possible contestants a taste of Bali, the organizers invited bloggers and the public last March 17-19 to try out what their booth in The Robinson's Supermarket in Robinson's place Ermita, Manila has to offer. The highly interactive and Instagram friendly booth allowed customers to try out the Evian Baby Surf App Game. 

Going back to the Evian's Baby Bay Promo, the winners will be selected based on the highest number of valid entries. Among these entries, only one will be lucky enough to win a 3D2N stay in Bali for 2. What's cool about this contest is that 30 others will get the chance to win …

Published: Sands of Pasacao

The Backpack Adventures got one of its adventures published again!
The April issue (Vol.8. No. 4) of TravelPlus Magazine features one of the least visited places in Camarines Sur.
Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you Pasacao! A few of you probably heard this place but did you know that this place is dubbed as the Summer Capital of Camarines Sur (CamSur)? I was also featured in the Team Travelers section of the magazine.
Please do avail of the latest issue of TravelPlus Magazine and learn more about this beautiful place!