picodeloro_fliptravels

hamilo coast @ pico de loro: quick escape near manila

hamilo coast @ pico de loro: quick escape near manila The most common first impression of inbound travelers upon landing in Manila is usually revolving around disillusionment. The urban chaos smudges what they have in mind when they planned the trip, the lush tropical tourism brochures...

buddha’s surf resort: where to stay in siargao

Few miles from Sayak Airport on board an ATR-72, I held on to dear life amidst the whips of dark clouds when the captain’s voice broke the aircraft’s monotone hum. pilot: Ladies and gentlemen, we will be sustaining at 1,000 feet a little longer due to...

a historical staycation

The stretch of EDSA was once again filled with a familiar plea, the burning rage smolders the sea of citizens converging under the flyover of EDSA corner Ortigas Avenue, melting their thousand appeals to one single voice. January 20, 2001. The ousted president fled the palace...

get a room: review of hotel 878 libis

Sometime in 2008, when college stress warrants regular weekend partying and the age when sobriety is a social taboo, I surrendered myself to the lures of alcohol inebriation and temptations of pounding bass sounds of the old strips of Malate. One Sunday morning when the humming...

siquijor demystified

Foreboding never felt so ominous. Like folklores  that grow wings and perch on top of the roof at night, waiting for the perfect chance to lower its tongue into the belly of an unsuspecting mother, Siquijor's reputation for nurturing hands that curse and hands that...

wrecking bohol

I've been asked several times if it is safe to travel to Bohol after the October 15 earthquake that fucked our heritage churches. Some bishops may find that analogy titillating but tectonic plate's bushwhacking don't usually happen on this part of the country. The whole archipelago...

of earthquakes and churches

The faults in the Philippines move every 400 years on average. Last time it moved was 355 years ago. In the 17th century, at least 20 recorded earthquakes (Intensity 8 on average) hit the country. If you do the Math, Philippines' old churches weren't there yet...

The heart of Malasimbo

We snugged our sarongs tightly to our chins to somehow ease the chilly mountain wind. Our friend, Santi, fashioned his Thai pants into a bolero to do the same. We were at the gates of the Malasimbo Music and Arts Festival waiting for our passes to get...