JOSEPH T. BAUTISTA

SIPALAY

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Beach and rain are two words that don’t go together. Ask a sun-worshipper. You come to the beach to enjoy the sun, not to get rained on. No wonder we see fewer people on the beach when the rainy season comes. But what if there are beaches in the Philippines…

BONIFACIO DRIVE

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What do you do on a Bonifacio Day? It’s not exactly like Christmas Day or New Year’s Day or even All Saints’ Day where you know what to do and where to go. Maybe you can spend the day shopping. It’s only 25 days before Christmas by then. Or perhaps…

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It’s difficult to be overshadowed by the popularity of Miag-ao and its church. Miag-ao church’s making it to the Unesco World Heritage site simply didn’t give the next town of San Joaquin a chance to get even a small portion of the number of tourists who visit Miag-ao. But when…

BALETE

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There’s this place in Batangas called Balete. It officially became a town in 1969. It used to be one of the original sites of Lipa. But catastrophic eruptions of Taal Volcano during the 1700s forced the people of Lipa to relocate to its location at present. This left Balete, a…

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There’s one road trip that every adventurous person must take in his lifetime: It’s getting behind a wheel, going to the Cordilleras and doing the Mountain Trail. The first time I went there was in the early 1990s. I remember taking an overnight bus from Dangwa in Manila and arriving…

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When I posted a picture of me taking a “kawa-kawa” bath in Tibiao, Antique, my Facebook page started getting lots of funny comments from my friends. “More time is required to boil hard meat.” “It’s not going to be tasty!” “Add more chilis to make it hotter!” Getting boiled in…

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The very first postcard I bought was that of Pagsanjan Falls. We were required at school to bring a photo of a tourist attraction in the Philippines. When I went to a bookstore’s postcard section, I saw this colorful image of a beautiful waterfalls and its emerald green river. It…

ODIONGAN

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Sometimes when you travel, you don’t choose a destination. A destination chooses you. A sudden declaration of a non-working holiday had me and a friend packing upand looking for a place to go. We couldn’t make up our minds where to go but we decided to just drive to Batangas…

BACOOR

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What do you do if you plan to watch more than 50 marching bands on parade? Well, you prepare for it. You come in your most comfortable walking shoes, you bring lots of water and you arm yourself with a good camera with large memory. It’s not every day that…

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Ever wonder what’s on the easternmost side of Luzon? It’s the laid-back town of Baras in Catanduanes, where mighty tides of the Pacific bring their forces to the eastern side of the Philippines. As the town takes a beating from the ocean, it allows the forces of nature to shape…

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