May 29, 2011

MY PHILIPPINES: Sarangani Bay Festival 2011

The Sarangani Bay Festival on its 6th year led by Governor Migs Dominguez continuously draws thousands of tourists and has evolved to become the biggest beach party in Mindanao. The fiesta is a 3 day peaceful but fun filled event to honor the bounty of the sea and its people – the Sarangans, and to promote the conservation and protection of the Sarangani bay.

This years events include: Sarangan Fun Run, Culinary Competition, Sayaw Sarangan Hataw sa Tag-araw, Swim Across the Bay, Lumba Bugsay, Bancarera, Sand Sculpting Competition, Concert by the Bay, Bay Bodies Competition.

Other beach activities are Volleyball, Foot Volley, Football, Frisbee and Skim Boarding.

Sarangani province with its 7 towns (Alabel, Glan, Kiamba, Maasim, Maitum, Malapatan, Malungon) borders South Cotabato to the North and Davao del Sur to the east, sits on a typhoon-free land of 4,400 sq kms of rich agricultural, marine and cultural resources offering budding tourism promise and enormous investment potentials. Advantageously located in the southernmost tip of Mindanao just beyond Celebes sea, it is highly accessible via the sea and air ports of General Santos City. From Davao, it is only about 2- 3 hours scenic drive via public buses or private vehicles on good roads.

May 26, 2011

Singapore Impressions

Singapore is an island-state. A small country on a small island but peopled with a colorful medley of over 4 million Chinese, Indian and Malay and smattering of Pinoys that makes up for a character and culture rich destination.

It is a place that celebrates its population of unique identities and ethnicity. Inhabited by a fairly huge amount of people in a small area but seems to me to be coexisting in peace and order.Not once did I feel crowded and yes, I showered!

First full day was spent settling comfortably in our roles as huge vegetables and didn’t really feel like such an oddball with a map on hand only because we we’re too lazy to open our maps and got so at home with the Hop On – Hop Off bus making it our very own public transpo. Too comfy in fact that we even had a power snooze on board after that yummy Haninanese chicken rice lunch.

Opened our maps just twice that day, laziness on the nth level but that’s what holidays are for, right?First map consultation was on the morning before leaving the hotel to find the nearest hippo tour bus’ stop and the 2nd and the last time was at night when it’s time to locate The Hive, our home for 2 nights.

On the second day, we already made an effort to hop on and off the bus and jaywalked (oops) for up close and personal obligatory photo ops with the sites but our paparazzi session was unceremoniously cut short by the erratic weather. So it’s back to the bus for another siesta! Singapore has 4 seasons - the hot and the hotter, the wet and the wetter (clip stolen from our Chinese guide).

May 23, 2011

MY PHILIPPINES: Zip City Hilltop, Davao

I guess Zip City Hilltop can also be called the zip line for beginners because of its short scream, I mean, glide distance. Compared to its neighbor the Xcelerator which is 1kilometer, Zip City is only about 320 meters, approximately 35 second screaming time, this may be why people consider it the most child friendly Zip Line in Davao. For Php 200 or USD 4.65 (at the current exchange rate of 1 USD = Php 43) you can zip in a traditional position (sitting) or whatever unconventional way you fancy with a view of the Davao gulf.

Despite the short distance, Zip City never lets down on safety, using only top of the line equipments approved by the International Mountaineering and Climbing Association and highly trained staff. A multi-cab awaits you at the end of the line to bring you back from the starting point if you are too lazy to walk or the knees still feels like jelly from the adventure.

HOW TO GET THERE: of course its always convenient to take the taxi and just tell the driver to take you to Zip City near Dencio's at the Hilltop.  You could also take any jeepney going to Ma-a via Diversion Road.  For inquiries call: (082) 221-7823

Operation hours: 
-Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 
-Friday & Saturday

May 17, 2011

MY PHILIPPINES: Malagos Garden Resort, Davao

Why go to Malagos Garden Resort? Here’s why:

For 100php (adult) you get to enjoy a tour of the beautifully but not overly landscaped garden, pet and play with animals in the mini zoo, feed the birds and furry snow white bunnies, maybe learn a thing or two about Rio’s friends’, chase butterflies in the Butterfly Sanctuary or admire the sculptures of National Artist Napoleon Abueva. Plus it's easily accessible being just about half an hour away from the city center of Davao.

This 12 hectare inland resort is also home to the unique Philippine Orchid and the Waling-waling flower.

If you want to immerse yourself more with nature, this garden resort offers overnight rooms and accommodations, function halls, swimming pool and a restaurant that serves a variety of International and Filipino Cuisines.

HOW TO GET THERE: Malagos Garden Resort is situated in Brgy. Malagos in Calinan is 27 kilometers from the city of Davao and should only be a 30-45 minute cab ride.  You can also take a bus or jeepney from Bangkerohan going to Calinan, when you get to Calinan a motorcycle for hire can take you to the resort in less than 10 minutes.

For reservations and inquiries:
Telephone (6382) 3011375
Fax (6382) 3011533
Mobile (0917) 7008583    

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