This is the second and final installment of my top 20 unforgettable trips in 2012. The first part can be read here.
11. Second Time Around in Lawa-an
Date: June 11
- Chasing Ban-awan, Amandaraga and Pangi Falls
- The Municipality of Lawa-an has become one of my favorite off-the-beaten-track destinations. The Municipal Agricultural Office has been very accommodating. The guides they assigned were always helpful, diligent and patient.
12. Celebrate Independence Day In The Other National Capital
Date: June 12
- Experiencing Independence Day celebrations out of town
- Celebrating Philippine Independence Day in the province is a like fresh drop of dew. It is refreshing. More so if it is one of the former capitals of the Philippine Republic. Discovering the fact that Tacloban was once the seat of the national government, it just added the sense of pride that I have felt at that moment.
- Celebrating The Philippines’ 114th Independence Day
- How Far Have I Gone: KM 0 (Tacloban City)
- Provincial Capitol: Leyte
13. An Incredible Day in June in Gawahon
Date: June 18
- Chasing Gawahon Falls
- The month of June proved to be providential insofar as my Chasing Philippine Waterfalls project is concerned. I have visited 18 falls in four provinces. In Negros Occidental, I saw eight waterfalls and seven of them are in Victorias City. I almost did not make it in this trip as I was not really feeling well. But I pushed through with it and turned my first day to be the most grueling. Looking back, I felt and believed that it was well worth it.
14. Explore Cotabato
Date: July 10-11
- Visiting the country’s biggest and most beautiful mosque
- This year, I have booked three round-trip tickets to Cotabato City; however, I managed to visit the City of Stone Fortress just once. But in that lone visit I made sure that I would achieve my goals. And I did! Thanks for the assistance and generosity of the City Government of Cotabato, I was able to get around the city and explore the most important, historic and interesting landmarks and destinations. While going around, I realized that the city is peaceful, the people are peace-loving and the leadership is conscious in preserving peace and order, in the process I debunked age-old myths, wrong notions and negative PRs about the city.
15. Best Feel in Cateel
Date: August 16-17
- Chasing Aliwagwag Falls
- Tasting the best lechon manok and liempo
- It was a trip that almost did not happen. My friend and former officemate Third was not feeling well during the trip but I prevailed upon him to push through with it. We should be thankful that we went as planned though as we saw the beauty of Aliwagwag Falls before it was completely destroyed by Tropical Storm Pablo. It was just too painful however to see the devastation it wrought but thankful at the same time that we saw it before Pablo robbed us off forever.
16. Cuatro Sa Baguio
Date: September 29-30
- Celebrating our fourth wedding anniversary
- Attending my fifth provincial church of Victory Christian Fellowship
- On September 29, we celebrated our fourth wedding anniversary. In style, of course. We went to the City of Pines to have a getaway, a retreat, and a celebration. As a couple, this was just our fourth trip together this year. Although the weather was not good, nevertheless we had a great time together. The hotel, the ambience, the food; we have enough to be thankful for. And before we left Baguio, we attended the Sunday Service at VCF Baguio-Session, her first provincial church.
17. Going Around Samboan
Date: October 15
- Chasing Aguinid, Binalayan, and Dau Falls
- Discovering a heritage town
- I was surprised to find out that a relatively unknown southern town of Cebu is full of amazing wonders of natures and historical places. Overshadowed by more famous cities and towns of Cebu, Samboan can make a run for their money. I have several highs while chasing the town’s waterfalls and these made up of a rather forgettable trip in Bantayan.
- Chasing Waterfalls: Aguinid Falls
- Chasing Waterfalls: Binalayan Falls
- Chasing Waterfalls: Dau Falls
- Heritage Town: Samboan, Cebu
18. Maradjaw Karadjaw Surigaw
Date: November 24-25
- A lesson in history
- Beautiful sunrise
- Grilled food feast
- My second trip to the City of Island Adventures was like going through a time travel as I looked back to through the pages of Philippine history. It sparked greater interest and enthusiasm in me about learning and re-learning about our country’s rich and colorful history. Surigao City in itself has a vast and long trail of historical milestones that started off in pre-Spanish trading with and around East and Southeast Asia.
- Sunrise in Surigao City
- Provincial Capitol: Surigao del Norte
- Surigao: The City of Island Adventures
- How Far Have I Gone: 1114 kms
- A Quick, Side Trip to Lake Mainit
- How Far Have I Gone: 1163 kms
- Chasing Waterfalls: Lumundo Falls
19. The Ancient Kingdom of Butuan
Date: November 26-27
- Philippine History 101
- I have known the ancient kingdom of Butuan but not with that degree of depth after spending a day of going around the city. Visiting the city’s historical landmarks made me realized how the pre-Spanish Butuanons were a proud race, civilized settlers, enterprising people, seafaring merchants, and skilled boat builders. Maybe this should be taught and get emphasized more in the schools so that our younger generations will come to understand that the Philippines was an advanced, thriving civilization before the Europeans came to conquer us.
- Sunset in Butuan Bay
- Sunset in Agusan River
- Agusan River Cruise: A Nostalgic Journey
- The Balangays and the Ancient Kingdom of Butuan
- The Historic Butuan City: Home of the Balangays
- The Final Voyage of the Butuan Balangays
- Indulgence: Kapihan Sa Datu
- Provincial Capitol: Agusan del Norte
- How Far Have I Gone: 1246 kms
- Magellan Shrine: An Immortal Memorial
20. Foretasting Bayugan City
Date: November 27
- Chasing Agong-ongon Falls
- Visiting Agong-ongon is just a foretaste. The City of Bayugan has 17 waterfalls and I am planning to visit and explore them all. For the record, the City Planning and Development Office invited me to visit the city and have a look of their waterfalls. I can’t wait for that trip!