• Manutu River: Memoirs Of A Que Sera Sera Adventure
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    Manutu River: Memoirs Of A Que Sera Sera Adventure

    Was it simply luck that had caused me to turn down this street? Or, was it a fabric of the grand tapestry that the universe had in store for me? As I walked down this street in Gaas with my friends, I wondered what the eventualities are for this random, unplanned hike. Will it end with a breathtaking view from an untouched mountain? Are we going to see the photogenic boulders and waters of Manutu River? Will we get wonderfully lost again in the middle of nowhere in Cebu’s highlands? Just like everyone else in the group, I was completely clueless on how this hike was going to end. As…

  • Lake Bensis: Beauty That Launched A Thousand Ships
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    Lake Bensis: Beauty That Launched A Thousand Ships

    When I was little, I would think of a million ways to find my own version of Helen of Troy. At the school library, I’d spend hours reading Greek mythology, hoping to find clues on the whereabouts of my own Helen. Of course, I had no plans of marrying an adulterer or an enchantress like her. The truth is, I was just so curious and eager to see a face that could launch a thousand ships. And, never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that I’d discover her in a remote area of Toledo, Cebu. As the fresh breeze was gently blowing in my face, I gazed at the…

  • 14 Incredibly Fun Things To Do In Naga, Cebu
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    14 Incredibly Fun Things To Do In Naga, Cebu

    Naga, Cebu is a haven of natural beauty. Full of surprises and jaw-dropping natural wonders, the city has captured my heart and quenched my thirst for adventure in so many ways. From the famous Mount Naupa to unheralded gems, I’ve experienced a world of fun, thanks to the fascinatingly exciting things to do in Naga, Cebu. And, with the help of local adventurers like sir Francis, the city has become my ultimate hiking playground on our small yet diverse and colorful island. As a matter of fact, I think it’s my favorite city in Cebu. For the last couple of years, I’ve been blithely exploring the mountains and hidden corners…

  • Campo 4 To Mount Naupa: A Beautifully Chaotic Itinerary
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    Campo 4 To Mount Naupa: A Beautifully Chaotic Itinerary

    I was watching in awe at the finale of a seemingly perfectly-orchestrated symphony. Speechless, I was blown away by a cinematic and splendid sunset in Mount Naupa. The dramatic shades of orange, paired with Naga’s trademark rolling hills, created an awe-inspiring and irresistible showcase of natural beauty. And, as I was soaking up the atmosphere and sunset, a philosophical book quote suddenly flashed into my mind. “Under the whirl and chaos of life lies a strange order”.  As picture-perfect as our ending was, our Campo 4 to Naupa hike itinerary was chaotic.   It was unplanned and full of twists and wrong turns. Heck, I even thought we were just…