JOSEPH T. BAUTISTA

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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The city of Victorias in Negros Occidental has a lot of secrets. At present when almost every destination is written about in social media, Victorias hardly gets any mention except by a few of its residents. During my MBA days, Victorias Milling Company (VMC) was a popular topic of discussion.…

MALALISON

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There are places that are so beautiful that you feel like dancing when you get there. This was how I felt when I finally reached the top of the hill that affords a 360-degree view of the whole island of Malalison in Culasi, Antique. I suddenly felt like dancing like…

BIAK-NA-BATO

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The Republic of Biak-na-Bato is now 120 years old. The story of Biak-na-Bato goes beyond the revolutionary government that was declared in San Miguel, Bulacan, in 1897. The Sierra Madre is the longest mountain range in the Philippines – running 640 kilometers from Cagayan in the north to Quezon in…

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To many visitors, Bukidnon is just a side trip to Cagayan de Oro. This should not be the case, as this third largest province in land size in the Philippines offers the sweetest pineapple in the country, the second highest mountain (Mount Dulang-Dulang), several beautiful lakes and waterfalls, and is…

TAYABAS

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Before Quezon, there was the province of Tayabas. Before Lucena, it had a capital town also named Tayabas. From 1605 to 1901, Tayabas was the capital of the province originally named Tayabas. It was the heartland of the old province. It was also its religious and commercial center. Travelers from…

ROMBLON

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Romblon Island is a destination for the unhurried. No Jollibees, no movie houses, no ATMs. You have to wait for a day or two to go back to Manila. That’s what I found out when I was there in 1998. When I came back a few months ago, I found…

MOUNT SAMAT

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Cable cars, interactive museums, a theme park, an ecumenical chapel and a convention center. These are what visitors to the Shrine of Valor on Mount Samat may find there in the future. The Department of Tourism and the Tourism Infrastructure Enterprise Zone Authority recently announced the Mount Samat National Shrine…

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