JOSEPH T. BAUTISTA

Mount Pinatubo

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Where were you when the second-largest terrestrial volcanic eruption of the 20th century occurred on the night of June 15, 1991? I was in my house in Cavite, about 120 kilometers south of Mount Pinatubo, watching television. When I went out to get some fresh air, I saw everything outside…

SIQUIJOR

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“Are you sure you want to go Siquijor?” That was the first thing my friends asked when I told that them I was going to Siquijor. They seem to know more about this island province. “You are not scared of sorcerers and witches? There are plenty of them in Siquijor!”…

MARINDUQUE

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Thinking of going to Marinduque this Holy Week season? Think again. This island famous for its Moriones Festival gets its most number of visitors during this season. But if you’re brave enough to join the throng of people who are willing to wait at Lucena port to get on a…

CALAUIT

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Like Noah’s Ark, the animals were transported from Kenya to the Philippines by boat. On March 4, 1977, MV Salvador delivered 104 African animals to the remote island of Calauit: 15 zebras, 15 giraffes, 18 impalas, 12 bushbacks, 11 elands, 11 gazelles, 12 waterbucks and 10 topis. There are many…

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I knew that in a battle between man vs beast, I – man – would lose. I first set foot on Palaui Island in 1995 as the last leg of our Cagayan adventure. I was looking forward to a few days of rest and recreation on the island after spending…

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Big things come in small packages. I was thinking about this when I finally discovered the “smallest plaza in the world.” It was my fourth time on the island when I first saw this sign on a small piece of lot barely the size of a basketball court with a…

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There’s this one item on display inside theMuseo Diocesano de Malolos in Malolos, Bulacan.  It’s a faded book called Batitismos 1672-1775.  It’s a record of people baptized inside the Malolos church since 1672. It is one of the many discoveries that one will find in Malolos.  The Barasoain Church may…

BONTOC

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The town of Bontoc in Mountain Province does not get much attention as it should. To most travelers, it is simply a jump-off to the more exotic or Instagram-worthy Sagada, Banaue and more recently, Tinglayan. At an elevation of 800 meters above sea level, it is warmer than the rest…

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Paradise in the off-season Like many of the old-time backpackers, I was fortunate to see Boracay when it was still known to few people. Back then, the only mode of transportation was either a flight to Kalibo or a boat to New Washington in Aklan, then a bumpy jeepney ride…

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Gateway to discoveries “You are now leaving the island of Luzon” is what all travelers read when they enter the Matnog Port. “646 KM, Municipality of Matnog” says the small letters at the middle of the welcome arch at the entrance of the port. I haven’t checked what’s written at…