Why Philippines

I think we can all agree that 2016 is the worst year of the decade yet. In the Philippines, we just had ten stressful months where friendships and loyalties were tested. Conversations on social media felt a lot like a GE class where you had to listen to petty arguments by your know-it-all classmate, and watch your more intelligent peers fail to get through to him. (It still feels that...

South Cotabato (Part 3 of 3) – Lake Holon in T’boli

October 2014 – I’m not a fan of hiking and climbing mountains—I’m clumsy, asthmatic, and panicky. But when I and my friends had the chance to visit Lake Holon, I knew I had to go with them. A quick Google search was all that convinced me to agree to a short hike in our ten-day vacation in Mindanao last year. On the day of our trek, we went to the Tourism Office in Brgy. Poblacion,...

South Cotabato (Part 2 of 3) – Lake Sebu

October 2014 – After the fun night of singing and dancing, we were ready to discover the rest of South Cotabato. We started our day early to catch the sunrise over Lake Sebu. That day, I was awoken by the sound of rustling leaves and chirping birds. It was a cool, breezy morning, and I felt like the day was full of promise. Our habal-habal drivers (led by Kuya Mark Meyen, 09752705199)...

South Cotabato (Part 1 of 3) – The T’boli of Lake Sebu

October 2014 – Last March, a few friends and I planned to visit and explore what we can of Mindanao, without breaking the bank. We waited for a seat sale and booked a flight to the fascinating island in the southern end of the Philippines. We wanted to visit a few scenic spots and take a break from the crazy hubbub of the metropolis. First stop: General Santos City. For a chartered...