Monday, July 27, 2009

My World#33 Sarangani Highlands, Tambler, Gen. Santos City

Sarangani Highlands Garden and Restaurant is located just within the city boundary of General Santos City, Southern Philippines. It sits on a hilltop facing Sarangani Bay.

What I really like about Sarangani Highlands are the trees and flowers that were landscaped all over and the spectacular views of Sarangani Bay, the city proper and the mountains.

They accept catering services for weddings and any events and it has become a popular must-see destination for locals and tourists. More pictures here.


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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Cebu Pacific Air's System-Wide Seat Sale

I got this from CebuPacific's newletter-email:

CEB slashes fares by 50% for T3 anniversaryOffers system-wide seat sale
We're celebrating the first anniversary of our operations in Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 (T3) on July 22, 2009 with a first-of-its-kind 50% off seat sale.
You can avail of the 50% discount on all domestic and international flights starting now until July 24, 2009. This is valid for travel from September 1 to November 30, 2009.
Fly CEB with the lowest fares, newest planes, most flights and destinations and a world class airport. Hurry, book now at www.cebupacificair.com.

I am now thinking of where to go during those dates so I can avail of the discount :) Happy travelling.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

My World#32 Mt. Samat, Bataan

The Mt. Samat of Bataan and the island fortress Corregidor were the sites of the most vicious battles in the Philippines during WWII which unfortunately led to the infamous Bataan March in 1942. Both sites are now mute witnesses to the war that led to thousands of dead American and Filipino soldiers.

This is the Shrine of Valor (Dambana ng Kagitingan) of Mt. Samat in Bataan. The memorial site houses a lot of war memoribilias. The cross is called Bataan Cross which rises 92 meters in height. Inside the top of the cross are pictures and memoribilias of the war. It also commands a 360 degree breathtaking view of the place.

Me and my friends went there on a month of April a few days after the commemoration day of the infamous Bataan March. It was summer and the sun was unrelentingly hot. As we did not have our own car in getting there, we had to do some walking to and fro the memorial site (actually, it was more like hiking/climbing). We imagined how it was back then for the soldiers during the march. Tired, hungry and defeated from the battles, they endured the 61 mile walk to the prison camps. It must have been hell.

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Monday, July 13, 2009

My World#31 El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

Palawan is considered the last frontier of the Philippines. Blessed with pristine, sugar-white beaches, emerald green islands and islets, rocky coves, limestone cliffs, underwater rivers, serene lagoons, mysterious caves, abundant flora and fauna, the place is truly amazing and my most favorite part of my country, Philippines.

The hereunder pictures were taken in El Nido, Palawan.

I consider the two lagoons (Big and Small lagoons) of El Nido, Palawan quite magical. The place was very quite except for the sound of the birds chirping and of our own voices. We did some kayaking in both lagoons and we could not quite get enough of it.




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El Nido, Palawan (Big Lagoon)

I was looking through my pictures on my computer last week and found this video on our Palawan trip some years ago. I consider Palawan my most favorite place on earth especially El Nido and Coron Islands. These places are just so amazing and I really wish that it will remain the same as always for the next generations.

Here's one of the videos in our Palawan trip. We were kayaking at Big Lagoon, El Nido. I had so much fun. I never thought that kayaking was such a blast but so very tiring.

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Monday, July 6, 2009

My World#30 Corregidor Island

This is Corregidor Island, the biggest of the four islands in Manila Bay, Luzon, Philippines. It is a tadpole-shaped island located just at the mouth of Manila Bay making it an ideal lookout point for incoming and outgoing ships. Along with the other 3 islands nearby, it was fortified by the occupying US government before World War II began.

This was where the last stand of the combined US and Philippine forces stayed for months holding off the occupying Japanese forces. This was also where Gen. Douglas McArthur and the Philippine government led by Pres. Manuel Quezon stayed inside the tunnel plotting their next move while the war raged on.

Our guide told us that the Japanese forces predicted to entirely occupy Philippines in just a few days but because Bataan and Corregidor took almost a month (aside from the resistance they encountered in some parts of the country) to occupy due to the valiant efforts of the combined American and Philippine forces, the plan to occupy Europe was delayed.

Thousands of Japanese, American and Philippine soldiers died on this hallowed ground. When we got there years ago, one cannot help but feel the solemnity of the place and respect for the ones who died there defending the country. I consider this place a must-see for Filipinos and non-Filipinos alike.





More information about Corregidor Island here and here.

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