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Southern Cebu’s Cool Pools


Last Sunday, we got a chance to leave the city for a short while to enjoy the beauty of the south. Our main destination was the Marian Shrine in Lindogon in Simala. However, since we were miles away from home, we decided that we’d also hit the first beach that we lay our eyes on. I later learned during the trip that my cousin Osman has never been to Obong Spring in Dalaguete before. So, we promised to take him there. And on our way back home, we also discovered another cold spring that you definitely should check out.

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Southern Cebu has amazing cool pools. Check ‘em out!

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Tumalog: Picture-Perfect


So, it’s the weekend before my birthday (it’s also my 10th year at work) and I wanted to do something special. And by special I mean travel. (I’m so lame, I know.) So, even though it was the annual fiesta of our sitio and I only had 500 pesos in my wallet, I packed my bag, got on my bike, and hit the road. I really didn’t have any idea where I was going but we agreed to go South. Yes, I now listen to the opinion of my motorbike. He said south, so we’re going south.

The weather was pretty strange today. When I woke up at around seven, it was raining hard. I thought that I would have to cancel everything. So, I went back to sleep. When I woke up an hour later, the rain was gone. And that explains why this whole trip happened. Anyway, I had to make numerous stops during my trip because, apparently, the rain enjoyed chasing me with buckets and buckets of water.

I was still unsure where I was headed when I reached Carcar. I thought about going to Oslob and seeing the whale sharks. But I knew that I didn’t have enough funds and I thought that Oslob was too far given the limited amount of time I had. I had to be back home before the big fiesta dinner! However, I also heard about this Tumalog Falls and I was pretty curious why the falls is getting all the buzz. So, long story short, when I left Jollibee, my mind was set. Thirty minutes tops in Tumalog Falls and I’m speeding back to the city. All right. I can do this!

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But lo and behold. My goodness, Tumalog is a beauty!

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The Southern Leg


Two weeks ago, we traveled up North to the town of San Remigio to see if we could get a family room for the Holy Week break. Well, unfortunately, that didn’t quite work out.

This week, the quest for the perfect (well, seriously ‘available’ is even okay right now. haha.) destination continues. My parents decided that we go to the town of Oslob to see if we’d get lucky. My friend Redgie, who just got a new motorbike, decided to tag along for the initiation/break-in of his new ride.

So, here are some photos of our long and tiring but fun trip down South. Most of these shots were taken by Osman who was once again a ‘back-rider.’ Haha. Enjoy the photos!

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Southern Cebu. Beautiful.

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Pasigarbo Sa Sugbo 2012


Last Saturday, I got the chance to witness this year’s Pasigarbo sa Sugbo Street Dance competition. The event started at around 1 in the afternoon and the main program (main performance) started at 7. The event was held at the Cebu International Convention Center. This year, 31 contingents joined the contest. And yes, I was standing for more than 6 hours. It was crazy! Haha.

But anyways, I would like to thank Line for letting me use her camera. The camera was so good but my shorts aren’t. Haha. See, I didn’t have a good spot during the main performance. And it obviously didn’t help that I’m short. Hahaha. So, yeah. I hope you’ll still enjoy the photos. And I hope, you know, they’ll encourage you to watch next year’s Pasigarbo.

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Pasigarbo sa Sugbo 2012

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The Argao Incident


So the plan was to go to Inambakan Falls in Calabawan in Ginatilan. Harry has never been to the southern tip of Cebu (being a native of Mindanao). So when he asked about a possible Southern road trip, I didn’t think twice.

We left the city at about nine in the morning. The weather was perfect because although the sun was hiding behind the clouds, there was no sign of rain. We felt really lucky. Our first stop was the cute town square of San Fernando. We dropped by specifically for the WI-FI spot and the playground. LOL.

Our next stop was the City of  Carcar.

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Harry and the Argao Hall of Justice.

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Theotokos Shrine


Our last stop before going straight home (from this trip) was the Theotokos Shrine in Perrelos in Carcar. The shrine houses the giant statue of Our Lady of Family as well as the Theotokos icon (which means Mother of God in Greek).

When the Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Family came to the Philippines, the founder of the shrine, Fr. John Rona, together with his brother, went to Candinal Vidal to pitch the idea of putting up a small venue where they could hold the Perpetual Dawn Rosary. Cardinal Vidal liked the idea. So, they began the search for the perfect spot where they could do the activity on a regular basis. In 1992, the owner of the current property decided to sell the area at a very low price (5 pesos per sqm). So, construction of the shrine started immediately. During construction, a farmer found something. It was an antique base which is used to hold receptacle in which the consecrated Host is exposed for adoration. The base bears the monogram AM (Ave Maria.) It was later discovered (and authenticated by a Vatican Iconographer) that the base was a 15th Century Byzantine religious relic.

On Sept 9, 1992, while Cardinal Vidal blessed the statue of Our Lady of Fatima, the famous ‘dancing sun’ appeared for the first time. This phenomenon attracted thousands of pilgrims, both old and new.

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View of the giant statue of Our Lady of Fatima in Theotokos Shrine in Perrelos, Carcar.

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