CAGAYAN DE ORO ,MIZAMIS ORIENTAL …

FROM ZAMBOANGA CITY . I TOOK THE BUS GOING TO CAGAYAN DE ORO .THE BUS LEFT ZAMBOANGA CITY AT 9:00 AM . BUT AFTER TWO HOURS OF TRAVELING . THE BUS DRIVER HIT THE RED CARGO VAN AND THE CARGO VAN HIT THE PASSENGER JEEPNEY INFRONT OF HIM . THE REASON IS THE PASSENGER JEEPNEY STOP ON THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD TO PICKUP PASSENGER WITHOUT PULLING OVER THE SHOULDER ROAD AND THE CARGO VAN STOP BEHIND THE JEEPNEY .AND THE BUS IM RIDING IS CLIMBING UP THE HILL . THEN ITS TOO LATE WHEN WE REACHED THE TOP OF THE HILL AND THE DRIVER COULD NOT STOP THE BUS AND HIT THE CARGO VAN AND DUE TO THE IMPACT THE CARGO VAN HIT THE PASSENGER JEEPNEY AND HURT ONE OF THE PASSENGER . AS YOU CAN SEE THERE IS A AMBULANCE  ARRIVED AFTER THIRTY MINUTES TO RUSH THAT JEEPNEY PASSENGER .SINCE THE BUS COULD NOT RUN ANYMORE  ALL THE PASSENGER NEED TO GO TO PAGADIAN CITY AND GET THE BUS GOING TO CAGAYAN DE ORO .CAGAYAN DE ORO IS THE CAPITAL OF MIZAMIS ORIENTAL . A VERY PROGRESSIVE CITY IN THE SOUTH  THE PICTURE WAS TAKEN INFRONT OF THE CAPITOL BUILDING .LIFE INTHIS CITY IS VERY SIMPLE . IN THE MORNING PEOPLE HAVE THEIR EXERCISES IN THIS PARK . AND THEY HAVE SOME BUSINESSES AROUND THE PARK . THAT MAKE FOR PEOPLE MORE EASILY ACCESSIBLE FOR ANYTHING THEY NEED .THE WHOLE DAY IN THE PARK . CHESS GAME IS THE MOST POPULAR GAME FOR PEOPLE TO PLAY . THEY HAVE SEVERAL BEAUTIFUL PARK AROUND THE CITY . WHEN THE WEATHER IS HOT AND HUMID . ITS A NICE PLACE TO STAY UNDER THE TREE .THEIR MODE OF TRANSPORTATION IS ALSO DIFFERENT . JUST LIKE THIS . ITS A MOTORCYCLE  . CONVERTED TO PASSENGER COMMUTER AND THEY ONLY CHARGE TWELVE CENTS  IN US DOLLAR EQUIVALENT .. JUST IMAGINE A 150 CC ENGINE COULD CARRY ELEVEN PEOPLE .BECAUSE OF THE DRY WEATHER . THE CITY IS TO DUSTY AND MOTORCYCLE AND JEEPNEY GIVE EXTRA CARBON MONOXIDE THAT MAKE THE CITY POLLUTED. THESE PEOPLE DONT KNOW THAT THEY ARE KILLING THEMSELVES SLOWLY OR KILLING OTHER PEOPLE TOO .THESE ARE SOME OF COMMON SCENE IN THE MARKET .

ZAMBOANGA “THE LATIN CITY OF ASIA “…

ZAMBOANGA CITY IS KNOWN AS THE LATIN CITY OF ASIA . THE MAJORITY OF THE PEOPLE IN MINDANAO ARE SPEAKING SPANISH . FROM DAPITAN CITY . I NEED TO TAKE THE MINI BUS GOING TO DIPOLOG CITY . ITS AN HOUR RIDE . THEN FROM DIPOLOG CITY BUS STATION . I TOOK THE AIRCON BUS  AND THE RIDE LAST ELEVEN HOURS .

THE EXITING ON BUS RIDING IS YOU CAN SEE A LOT OF UNUSUAL THING . JUST LIKE THIS , ON ONE OF THE STOP .THERE IS A GOAT TIED ON THE ROOF OF THE MINI BAN 

THE OWNER OF THIS BARBER SHOP SHOWING , HOW DIE HARD FAN OF LEBRON JAMES .

SEEING THIS ARMOUR TANK . AND SEEING THE SOLDIERS ARE FULLY GEARS FOR BATTLE . RIDING ON THE HIGHWAY MAKE ME A LITTLE BIT NERVOUS . THE CITY IS ON RED ALERT .BUT WHEN I GO AROUND , THE CITY IS VERY PEACEFUL UNDER THE PRESENCE OF THE MILITARY AND THE NATIONAL POLICE .THEN I VISITED THE FAMOUS BARTER TRADE OF ZAMBOANGA CITY . THE BUSINESS IS DYING IN THIS BARTER  TRADE , BECAUSE THERE IS NO FOREIGN TOURIST AROUND .THEN VISITED THE FORT PILAR  .WHILE ON THE SIDE OF THE FORT . THEY HAVE THE SHRINE OF LA VIRGEN DEL PILAR . VERY POPULAR PLACE FOR CATHOLIC  ON MAJORITY ISLAMIC PLACE TO VISIT AND PRAY . THEN VISITING MY COLLEAGUES IN BODYBUILDING IN THEIR GYM . FRANCES AND TITO .VISITING OLD FRIENDS AFTER FORTHY YEARS ALWAYS END FOR DRINKING SESSION .

DAPITAN …

FROM SIQUIJOR  , I NEED TO GO BACK TO DUMAGUETE . AND RIDING THIS SMALLER BOAT IS FASTER THAN THE BIG FERRYBOAT. INSTEAD OF TWO HOURS . ON THIS BOAT IT TOOK ONLY FORTHY FIVE MINUTES . THEN FROM DUMAGUETE TO DAPITAN .  I NEED TO TAKE THE BIG FERRYBOAT AND IT TOOK FIVE HOURS BEFORE I REACHED DAPITAN .DAPITAN IS ONE THE POPULAR PLACE IN THE PHILIPPINES . BECAUSE ON THIS PLACE OUR NATIONAL HERO JOSE RIZAL WAS EXILED. BECAUSE OF HIS NOVEL NOLI ME TANGERE .WHILE LIVING ON DAPITAN . THE GOVERNOR GENERAL ASSIGNED HIM TO DO THE PLAN OF THE PLAZA . HE ALSO THE ONE WHO PLANTED THOSE ACACIA TREES AROUND THE PLAZA .ON  THIS SITE . THE ORIGINAL HOUSE HE LIVED FOR SEVERAL MONTHS . BEFORE HE WAS TRANSFERRED TO WHAT THEY CALL NOW RIZAL SHRINE .ON THIS SITE THE REPLICA OF HIS ORIGINAL HOUSE WHERE HE WAS LIVED .WHILE ON THIS HUT . HE USE  THIS HUT AS A CLINIC TO THREAT POOR PATIENTS. AND TEACH POOR CHILDREN . WHILE LIVING IN DAPITAN . JOSE RIZAL WON TWENTY THOUSAND  PESOS ON LOTTERY . AND HE USE THE MONEY TO PURCHASED MORE LAND FOR FARMING . AND HE DESIGNED A GOOD IRRIGATION FOR THEIR FARM . HE ALSO ORGANIZED A COOPERATIVE FOE FARMER , SO THAT THEY CAN SELL THEIR PRODUCT ON FAIR PRICE . OUTSIDE THE SHRINE THEY DO A LOT STALL SELING SOUVENIR .DAPITAN IS VERY PROGRESSIVE CITY . AND THIS IS THEIR CITY HALL .AND THERE IS ANUSUAL THING HERE TOO . THE PICTURE YOU ARE SEEING NOW ARE SALES PEOPLE . WHO ARE DANCING ON THE CENTER OF THE MALL TO ATTRACT PEOPLE . DAPITAN  SUNSET .

SIQUIJOR ISLAND …

SIQUIJOR ISLAND IS ONE OF THE SEVEN THOUSAND ONEHUNDRED SEVEN ISLAND OF THE PHILIPPINES AND ITS LOCATED IN CENTRAL VISAYA . THE ISLAND IS BEAUTIFUL . THERE ARE SEVERAL RESORT WHERE YOU CAN STAY AND ENJOY THE BEAUTY OF THE ISLAND . THE PICTURES ON THE TOP IS THE OLD CHURCH OF SIQUIJOR . WHICH WAS BUILT IN 1783 . DURING THAT TIME . THE ISLAND PEOPLE USE THE CHURCH AS A SHELTER . TO PROTECT THEM FROM THE SEA PIRATES . THE ISLAND IS NOT DEVELOP FOR LUXURY RESORT BUT THEY HAVE SOME SMALL RESORT ALONG THE BEACHES . TO ENJOY MOST OF THE BEACHES  OF THE ISLAND IS FREE . JUST BRING YOUR OWN FOOD AND DRINK AND FIND A SHADE WHERE YOU CAN SIT .FOR MOST PEOPLE ON THE ISLAND THEY LIVED ON A SIMPLE LIFE .THEY DO FISHING  AND  FARMING . WHILE DURING LOW TIDE . THEY CAN PICK UP SOME SHELL ON THE BEACH THAT THEY CAN COOK .THEY HAVE ROCK FORMATION THAT YOU CAN USE FOR SHADE .THEY HAVE THIS MAP OF THE ISLAND FOR TOURIST . THE ISLAND IS ONLY THREE HOURS TO GO AROUND THE ISLAND BY SCOOTER .TOURING THE ISLAND I VISITED SOME SMALL WATERFALLS .THE WATERFALLS IS NOT DEVELOP FOR TOURIST BUT YOU CAN VISIT THE PLACE FOR FREE . LOCAL PEOPLE ENJOY THIS NATURE ESPECIALLY THIS WEATHER HERE IS REALLY HOT AND HUMID .AND ANOTHER ONE . THE GOOD THING ON THIS KAWASAN FALL IS THE TRAIL GOING DOWN . THE TRAIL IS VERY SLIPPERY AND STIFF . THAT YOU NEED TO HOLD ON THOSE RAIL MADE BY THE LOCAL .AND YOU NEED TO BE VERY CAREFULL. GOING DOWN AND UP ON THIS TRAIL IS REALLY GOOD KICKING CARDIO .WITH THIS KIND OF WEATHER . THE FLOWER ARE REALLY BLOOMING .THIS IS THE NATURAL BEAUTY OF THE ISLAND . WHILE IM HERE IN THIS . I MET MIKE WHO REALLY HELP ME GIVING ALL INFORMATION . HOW TO GO AROUND THE ISLAND .HE IS ONE OF THE BARANGAY OFFICIAL OF THE ISLAND . AND IF YOU NEED SCOOTER , GUIDE OR DRIVER TO GO AROUND THE ISLAND . YOU CAN ASK HIM . FOR VERY FAIR PRICE .FOR LOCAL AND FOREIGN TOURIST . ITS TIME TO EXPLORE THE BEAUTY OF SIQUIJOR ISLAND .

MANJUYOD ISLAND OF BAIS , NEGROS …

                                                                      THIS PICTURES WILL SHOW YOU THE BEAUTY OF MANJUYOD ISLAND OF BAIS , NEGROS .BUT , BECAUSE OF THE BAD WEATHER WITHOUT TYPHOON . THE WEATHER IS WINDY AND COLD AND ITS HIGH TIDE THAT WE ARE NOT ABLE TO SEE THE BEAUTY OF THE ISLAND .                                                                                       WE ARE SUPPOSED TO ENJOY THE WATER UNDER THE SUN , INSTEAD WE ARE STUCKED UNDER THE ROOF OF WATER  COTTAGE . ALL THE BEAUTIFUL PICTURES YOU SEE ARE FROM GOOGLE .INSTEAD OF SITTING INSIDE THE BOAT . WE ASKED THE BOAT OPERATOR TO DOCK THIS BOAT TO A SMALL ISLAND OF OLIMPIA AND TOUR THE ISLAND .THERE ARE FEW FAMILES LIVED ON THIS ISLAND MOSTLY FISHERMAN . LIFE IN THIS ISLAND IS VERY SIMPLE . WHEN ITS RAINING . THEY JUST STAY INSIDE THEIR HOUSE WATCHING TV OR PLAYING MUSIC .SOME RESIDENT , THEY MAKE THEIR OWN BOAT TO USE FOR FISHING AND THEY DO REPAIR TOO  .ON THIS PICTURE , WE CLIMBED THE TOP OF THE ISLAND AND THEY HAVE THIS SHRINE . AND ACCORDING TO THE RESIDENT HERE THAT SHRINE IS MIRACULOUS .VIEW FROM THE TOP OF THE ISLAND .ALL DO THE LIFE HERE IS VERY SIMPLE . PEOPLE HERE HAVE ALSO DIVERSION  AND HOW TO RELAX . COCKFIGHTING IS VERY POPULAR IN THIS ISLAND  . AND THIS PEOPLE NEED TO GO TO THE CITY FOR COCKFIGHTING  ARENA FOR THEIR FIGHTING COCK .AFTER THAT ISLAND TOUR . WE STOP TO THE MILKFISH FARM . MILKFISH IS OUR NATIONAL FISH .WHILE ON THE TOP PICTURE IS WHERE THE WORKER LIVE .COLLECTING SEAWEED IS ALSO ONEWAY TO MAKE MONEY  FOR THE RESIDENTS .

SAKADA’S WORKER OF NEGROS …

SAKADAS WORKER ARE THE WORKER WORKING IN SUGAR PLANTATION . THESE ARE THE WORKER TO MAKE THE PLANTATION PRODUCTIVE . FROM THE PLANTING OF THE SUGAR CANE TO HARVESTING .NEGROS IS THE MAJOR SUGAR PRODUCER IN THE PHILIPPINES . AND ONE OF THE PHILIPPINES MAJOR EXPORTING CROP .THESE PEOPLE ARE WORKING NINE HOURS A DAY UNDER THE SUN AND SWEATING ALL THE TIME WITH ONE HOUR OF LUNCH BREAK . EATING A LOT RICE AND DRIED FISH OR VEGETABLES. THEN THE REST OF THE HOURS ONLY DRINKING WATER TO KEEP THEM WORKING .NO MATTER HOW HARD IS THEIR WORK . WHEN THEY SEE ME TAKING PICTURES . THEY WAVE ON ME AND SMILE . MAKING FOUR DOLLARS A DAY . GOOD ENOUGH TO BUY A KILO OF RICE AND SOME PROVISION TO SURVIVE ON THEIREVERDAY LIFE AND THEY DONT MIND THE WORK . I THINK THAT IS THE ATTITUDES OF THE FILIPINOS . EVEN IN TIME OF CATASTROPHE LIKE EARTHQUAKE. WHEN YOU TALKED TO THEM HOW ARE THEY ? THEY ALWAYS SMILE .THEY DONT TAKE THE MATTER SERIOUSLY . WHILE THE RETIRED TRAIN THEY USED TO PULL ALL THE CAR FULL OF SUGAR CANE NOW IS ON DISPLAY ON THE PLATATION . THE TRAIN IS MADE IN USA .

BASLAY HOTSPRING , DAHUIN , NEGROS ORIENTAL …

  • BASLAY HOTSPRING IS AROUND THIRTY TWO KILOMETER AWAY FROM DUMAGUETE CITY . THERE ARE TWO OPTION TO REACH THE HOTSPRING . THE FIRST IS TO RENT A SCOOTER . THAT COST YOU THREE HUNDRED FIFTHY PESOS A DAY . AND THE SECOND IS TAKE JEEP COMMUTER . THE GETOFF AT DAUIN CROSSING  AND TAKE HABAL – HABAL . WHERE YOU WILL RIDE AT THE BACK OF THE SCOOTER RIDER .THE WATER IN THIS HOTSPRING IS REALLY HOT . WHERE IT CAN BURN YOUR SKIN OR YOU CAN COOK THE EGG INTWO MINUTES . IF THIS WATER WILL STAY IN ONE PLACE . THEN YOU WILL SEE THE WATER IS BOILING.THIS SEWER LOOK ALIKE , IS WHERE THE SOURCE OF HOT WATER AND EXTRACTING MINIMAL SULFUR . . PEOPLE IN THIS ISLAND . BELIEVE THAT SULPHUR IS GOOD TO YOUR SKIN .SITTING ON THIS ROCK  .WHERE YOU CAN SMELL THE SULFHUR . FOR ME I IF FEEL SICK . I RATHER STAY IN THIS HOTSPRING . WHERE THE SORROUNDING IS LIKE SAUNA BATH .THEN THE WATER RUNDOWN THE HILL .THEN MERGED ON THIS CREEK GOING DOWN . ON THIS CREEK  THE WATER STILL TOO HOT TO HANDLE .ON THIS AREA THE WATER IS PERFECT . THE WATER TEMPERATURE IS AROUND NINETY DEGREES F . THIS HOTSPRING IS GOVERMENT PROPERTY . YOU CAN COME HERE FOR FREE AND EMBRACE THE NATURE .IF YOU ARE A NATURE LOVER . THIS PLACE IS A PERFECT PLACE . COMING TO THIS HOTSPRING  . ITS A PERFECT  PLACE FOR HIKING DOWN TO THE HOTSPRING . ITS REALLY CHALENGING . GOOD CARDIO WORKOUT .THEY HAVE THIS POOL BUT THE WATER STILL VERY HOT TO HANDLE .BACK TO DUMAGUETE CITY . I VISITED ONE GYM NEAR THE GUEST HOUSE . AND TO MEET SOME OF THE MEMBERS AND THEIR INSTRUCTOR .

APO ISLAND …

FROM DUMAGUETE CITY . THE PORT IS TWENTY NINE KILOMETER AWAY . YOU NEED TO TAKE THE JEEPNEY COMMUTER . THEN GET OFF AT DAUIN . THEN WALK TOWARD THE SEA  AND REACHED THE SMALL PORT . AND GET THE BOAT AND THE RIDE AT LEAST FORTHY FIVE MINUTES . THE PRICE OF THE BOAT IS DEPEND ON HOW MANY PEOPLE BUYING THE TRIP . THE MORE IS THE CHEAPER .THE ISLAND IS PROTECTED BECAUSE THEY HAVE THE TURTLE SANTUARY . THEY DO HAVE A BIG CAGE SORROUNDED BY NET. BUT YOU NEED A GUIDE TO ENTER THE CAGE . THOSE TURTTLE ARE REALLY BIG AS YOU CAN SEE THEM WHEN THEY ARE BREATHING . UNFORTUNATELY I WAS NOT ALBLE TO TAKE SOME PICTURE UNDERWATER . BECAUSE THE WATER IS REALLY COLD AND I DONT WANT TO GET SICK .THIS IS WHERE THE BOAT DOCKING .THEN WHEN YOU WALK AROUND THE ISLAND YOU WILL FIND SOME SMALL BEACH . THE WATER IS REALLY CLEAR TO SWIM AROUND OR DO.SNORKLING .THESE ARE SOME OF THE PASSAGE YOU WILL WALK GOING AROUND THE ISLAND .LIKE THIS BEAUTIFUL ROCK FORMATION.AND STUDY , HOW THIS ROCK HAVE THIS WATER LINE  ?THEN IF YOU WANT TO STAY IN THIS ISLAND . THEY HAVE ALL THESE COTTAGES FOR VERY AFFORDABLE PRICE .THEY HAVE ALSO A SMALL COMMUNITY .SMALL BAR SO YOU CAN ENJOY THE AMBIENCE OF THE ISLAND . OR YOU  CAN BUY SOME SOUVENIR TO BRING AT HOME .THEN AT THE END OF THE DAY . MET SEVERAL VISITORS . LOCAL AND FOREIGN TOURIST .

THE WINDOW OF DUMAGUETE CITY …

JOSE RIZAL BOULEVARD ALSO KNOWN AS ” THE WINDOW OF DUMAGUETE CITY “.UPON EXITING THE DUMAGUETE PORT . THEY HAVE THIS WELCOME SIGN FOR ALL PEOPLE VISITING DUMAGUETE CITY .

THIS IS VIEW OF THE LONG STRETCH OF THE BOULEVARD .THE FIRST THING YOU CAN SEE IS THE SILLIMAN UNIVERSITY . ONE OF THE BIGGEST UNIVERSITY HERE IN DUMAGUETE CITY .IN THE AFTERNOON THERE IS A LOT LOCAL PEOPLE SPENDING THEIR TIME TALKING UNDER THOSE BIG ACACIA TREES .WHILE SOME JUST WALKING AND SITTING AND ENJOY THE COOL BREEZE OF AIR FROM THE SEA .AND IN THE LATE AFTERNOON TILL EVENING . THEY HAVE  THESE SEVERAL STALL SERVING ” TEMPURAAN ” AS WHAT THEY CALLED IT LOCALLY  . I THOUGHT ITS LIKE JAPANESE TEMPURA BUT HERE IS A MODIFIED TEMPURA TO MAKE IT TO LOCAL RESIDENT AFFORDABLE  . INSTEAD OF USING BIG SHRIMP . THEY USED GRINDED FISH MIXED WITH FLOUR AND SHAPED IT. LIKE SHRIMP .EVEN THE STUDENT CAN AFFORD THIS ” TEMPURAAN ” . JUST LIKE THIS  GROUP OF STUDENTS THAT I JOINED THEIR TABLE . THEY ALSO SELL THIS ” BALUT ” THE COOKED EGG WITH  DUCK FETUS INSIDE . THESE BALUT EGGS ARE VERY POPULAR IN THE PHILIPPINES .

MY AMAZING DAY IN DUMAGUETE ….

MY AMAZING DAY IN DUMAGUETE CITY , NEGROS ORIENTAL IS WHEN I MET THIS COUPLE MARK AND MELANIE MACIAS . WHEN MELANIE KNOWS THAT IM JUST VISITING DUMAGUETE . SHE INVITED ME TO THEIR HOUSE WHICH IS ONLY TWO HUNDRED METERS AWAY FROM THE JAPANESE SHRINE . ON THE WAY TO THEIR HOUSE WITH MY LITTLE CONVERSATION WITH MARK . I LEARNED THAT MARK IS AN ORTHOPEDIC SURGEON AT ST LUKES HOSPITAL . WHICH ONE OF THE MOST PRESTIGIOUS HOSPITAL IN MANILA . I ASKED MARK WHERE HE IS WORKING . HE TOLD ME THAT HE IS WORKING WITH THE GOVERNMENT . BUT HE LEFT ALL HIS LUXURY LIFE IN MANILA AND COMEBACK TO NEGROS ORIENTAL . TO SERVE THE PEOLPLE OF NEGROS ORIENTAL .THIS IS THEIR SIMPLE HOUSE . THEIR HOUSE IS SITUATED IN THE SECOND HIGHEST PEAK IN NEGROS PROVINCE . ITS GOOD ENOUGH FOR THEM AND THEIR TWO CHILDREN . HE TOLD ME THAT ALL THE ROCK THEY USED ON THE WALL OF THEIR HOUSE ARE JUST COMING FROM THE PROPERTY  . THIS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PART OF THEIR HOUSE . WHERE YOU CAN VIEW MOST BEAUTIFUL SCENERY . HERE IN NEGROS ORIENTAL .  THE RAIN JUST STOP AND THIS IS THE MOST REFRESHING FEELING YOU CAN HAVE , IF YOU ARE STANDING OR SEATING ON THAT PORTCH HAVING TEA OR COFFEE . OR ITS EITHER READ YOUR FAVORITE NOVEL . ACCORDING TO THEM . THIS PLACE IS ALWAYS HAVE A COOL TEMPERATURE . EVERTHING HERE IS NATURAL . WOULD YOU BLAME MARK LEAVE ALL THE LUXURY OF LIVING IN MANILA . AND LIVE A SIMPLE LIFE HERE IN NEGROS.THESE ARE SOME OF HIS NEIGHBOR IN THIS AREA .WHERE THOSE PEOPLE ARE WORKING HARD AND LIVE SIMPLE  LIFE HERE IN THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN . GOING DOWN . WE STOP ON BANANA QUE STAND AND HE IS VERY POPULAR  IN THIS PLACE AND I LEARNED FROM THE PEOPLE THERE THAT HE IS THE ELECTED VICE GOVERNOR OF THIS PROVINCE . MARK AND MELANIE . THANK YOU VERY MUCH . WHILE THE TWO PICTURE ON THE BOTTOM ARE TAKEN AT THE JAPANESE SHRINE . ON THIS SHRINE IS WHERE THE JAPANEESE RETREATED AFTER THEY LOST IN THE WAR .