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How We Did Surigao + Siargao in 4 Days

As a group of four friends, we wanted to do visit the Enchanted River in Surigao del Sur and find out what’s in the water over at Siargao Island, which is part of Surigao del Norte. And we did — in 4 days! Instead of only documenting through Snapchat, I thought I’d be more intentional in properly filming this trip. So here it is: 4 friends on a 4-day trip squeezed in 4 minutes. We also dubbed this adventure #TeamGaoGao for fun!

See photos and a detailed map of our itinerary after the jump:

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5 reasons you'll fall in love with Zambales & Talisayen Cove

5 Reasons You’ll Fall in Love with Zambales

On the west coast of Central Luzon lies the province of Zambales, home to many natural wonders. Known among them are the beach coves, consisting of (by order of popularity): Anawangin, Nagsasa, Talisayen, and Silanguin. Each one guaranteed to make you fall in love with. This particular post focuses on Talisayen Cove, but it shouldn’t be much different from the others except perhaps by volume of visitors.

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Exploring Southern Mindanao: Sarangani + South Cotabato

Exploring Southern Mindanao: Sarangani + South Cotabato

Wanting an adventure away from the usual hotspots around the country, my friends and I spontaneously booked a flight to General Santos City (or GenSan, for short) in Mindanao. But why GenSan?! No reason— other than it was the cheapest we could find during one of Cebu Pacific’s crazy seat sales. There were nine of us at the time of booking— but a couple of days before our departure, two of them backed out due to work opportunities. Still, seven of us as a group was the biggest I’ve travelled with, and it turned out to be quite a blast!

I have to admit that when I think about GenSan, the only thing that comes to mind is that it’s the hometown of Manny Pacquiao and Melai

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Filipino Christmas parol lantern

Behind The Poster: Sambang Gabi

Following the success of last year’s Open Table Christmas dinner, I was asked to make this year’s Christmas Party poster invitation again <3

This year’s theme was built around Simbang Gabi; a Filipino Christmas tradition in which Catholics attend a nightly mass for nine days leading up to Christmas eve. Simba = church mass, gabi = evening. Although we aren’t Catholics and I’ve never been to a mass, I’ve lived here long enough to get more than an inkling of what Christmastime in the Philippines looks and feels like. 

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