here are seventeen of my most memorable trips of 2009. a year filled with great trips along with great travel buddies and unforgettable experience. it was a year of searching the beautiful beaches of Luzon, dropping by historical churches and ancestral houses and journeying some of the country's unusual spots.
 Hot Air Balloon (Clark Field, Pampanga)
attending several times now, yet those giant balloons always have that appeal as they easily bring out great photos. this year though was quite different as the inclusion of the powered paragliding which dominated at the end of the balloon show. most likely, i'm still attending this event this year. Old and Historical (Liliw and Nagcarlan, Laguna)
one of the most famous daytrips in Luzon would be a trip around the old and historical towns of Laguna. this year, we made stops at two towns Liliw and Nagcarlan. the underground cemetery remains to have stories of a hidden deeper and longer path. good that it is now under the National Historical Institute and still owned by the church. Power Palace and a Shot of Beer (San Miguel, Manila)
invited by the witty and friendly Ivan Man Dy for a trip inside the president's compound, the Malacanang palace. their tour of Old Manila Walks is highly recommended as they have some of the secrets or less-known facts of Manila. the guided tour ended with delicious and heavy merienda at La Cocina de Tita Moning. Around Gaspar Island (Buenavista, Marinduque)
our sidetrip after the Moriones festival was one of the three islands of Marinduque. this island has a pebble bar beach on its main docking area but a trip around the island will expose some secluded beach coast with fine white sand and crystal clear waters. our guide even mentioned that there's a cave on one side of the island. Heritage Town of Taal (Taal, Batangas)
walking around this this town with several ancestral house well preserved or refurbished. one of which is the Villavicencio house, considered to be unique because of its design and color. but one couldn't miss out dropping by the country's biggest church and the miraculous church of Caysasay. we had our chance to get to the bell tower where one can see the whole town of Taal. Trekking Pinatubo (Capas, Tarlac)
twice this year yet different from each trip as i was with two different groups and with changes on the area in just a span of eight months. the highlight of the last trip was the 4x4 race ride which will be posted soon. this crater lake never fail to amaze me. still as stunning though the development in one way will disappoint those who crave for adventure. Diplomat Hotel in Baguio (Mirador hill, Baguio)
went there to bring my cousin and tour around the usual spots yet included two of the unusual stops. one is the Maryknoll Ecological Park, a walk following a route that displays each stage of how the universe was formed but one of my favorite stop was the ruins of the Diplomat Hotel. intrigued by the rumors of it being haunted yet ended up appreciating its structure. Dasol and Around (Dasol, Pangasinan)
not one of the usual beach trips as main concern would be accessibility. what made it more challenging was we traveled in the area at night while it was raining so hard. a boat trip to an island and some other beach coast was fine but there was not much to see. the partly submerged wooden wreck captured my attention the most. Tondol Beach (Anda, Pangasinan)
our community's summer outing there was one of the best as we rented one big house. we arrived there at night and it was only in the morning, when we saw this beach with crystal clear waters. some parts were already developed yet the beach is at its best during sunset when the water recedes and expands its low level flat area. cross the island and it will complete your Tondol beach experience. Hidden Pagbilao Beach (Pagbilao, Quezon)
an unexpected and unplanned trip. it was when we were in Cagbalete island that a group invited us to join them to a beach in Quezon. hidden behind hills is this private owned beach. whether you stay in the cottages or just merely sit down below the coconut trees, you'll love the view. an add on to the beautiful beach is a small cave. perfect for swimming. Exploring Cagbalete Island (Cagbalete, Quezon)
one of the destinations that i made sure i'll explore that year. an hour away from the coastal town of Mauban. the docking area has a beach with houses along its shoreline, which destroyed what could have been a very beautiful beach. in contrast, the other side of the island looked untouched. an area with pine trees lined up along its shoreline is my favorite. it has one of the largest area of sand ripples during low tide and the flat rocks are mysterious to me. Mairaira Beach and Around(Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte)
it is where the mountains meet the beach. a beach so beautiful which is now gaining popularity, more known as Blue Lagoon for its bluish shore during summer. great waves during the rainy season transforms it to a surfing haven. the view around it are beautiful, drop by the nearby Bantay Abot to get a view of Patapat's coastal highway. sand are not as white but the great view compensates it. Moriones Festival in Marinduque (Boac, Marinduque)
authentic that its origins rooted from way back. now it is a mix of devotion, tradition and a festival. mainly based on the story of the conversion of the Roman soldier Longinus. hundreds of this masked person can be found around town during the festival that happens in several towns. one of the best festival i've been. not so loud beats makes this festival interesting, you have to be there and experience it. Halsema Highway (Benguet and Mountain province)
i consider this as my best six hour drive ever since i started traveling. the views are stunning from rice paddies, pine trees on steep mountain edges, the unusual house walls, view of Chico river and mountains covered with fogs. to journey on each of the towns along the way will be my next goal. it is also considered as the highest highway in the country. Spelunking in Sagada (Sagada, Mountain province)
four hours inside the country's deepest cave, this one you shouldn't miss. technically challenging yet very fulfilling once you completed the cave connection from Lumiang cave to Sumaguing cave. but an option to do just Sumaguing will be still be rewarding as the rock formations are amazing. Sagada as a whole is a great place for those who enjoy trekking and food tripping. Kapurpurawan Rock Formation (Burgos, Ilocos Norte)
naturally beautiful formations of this large coastal rock located along the coast of the town of Burgos. also secluded that one needs to take a torturous tricycle ride from the highway. but it's not the only thing one can see there. its environment itself is quite unique. the plants, the rocky hills are amazing. not the usual view one can get anywhere. Batad Rice Terraces (Banaue, Ifugao)
the country's greatest man-made structure built as a livelihood and ended up to be one of the world's most admired community. it has sustained the method of rice terracing at exceedingly high levels. if one looks at the rocks that holds the paddies, you won't believe how those rocks were brought to the top without any modern construction equipments. it reveals the country's splendor. other rice terraces in the province of Ifugao are unique from each other giving us enough reason to go back there again and again.the whole week will be dedicated to Eskapo's second anniversary. up next my second anniversary post with a list of all those who travelled with me and followed this blog.
daming biyahe ha! gaganda din ng mga shots!
more travels para sa atin sa 2010.
pinakagusto kong kuha iyong sa pinatubo! sama kami sa 2010 sa mga byahe mo!
Waah, ang daming magagandang places! Pahaba ng pahaba ang listahan ko! XD
Here's to 17 more memorable trips in 2010!
wow nice adventure ng 2009 :-)
wishing you more travels for 2010
Happy New Year!!!
very fruitful year ang 09 sa'yo in terms of travelling.
Happy New Year Dong!!!
yes more travel for the year 2010! happy new year po sa inyo! daming adventures ah! at for sure madami pang naghihintay sa iyo at sa akin na din hehehe!
happy new year bai! more blessings, more travels, more kuwentos :D
byahe lang ng byahe! jijijijiji... happy new year!
impressive indeed !! Can we expect more in 2010 ? hehe. Manigong Bagong Taon sa iyo bro. :)
happy new year dong!
Happy Anniversary and Happy New Year! ;D More travels for 2010! Sana ako din! :D Hehe.
17 and counting! Happy New Year Dong!
Thank you for sharing these gorgeous adventures with us.
indeed,very memorable on you and educational/inspiring on us...perfectly captured views!
more travel blogs for 2010!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
i can't help it. everytime i see your captures, nalulula ako sa sobrang ganda. keep it up sir dong!
Great trips and fantastic photos all! Though I have to say that it was your Pinatubo photo that I think is the most stunning.
Happy New Year!
ang daming travels!!! cheers to MORE travels this year!! apir! :) happy 2010 dom! :)
Happy New Year !
I wish you a lot of travels and adventures in 2010! May all your dreams come true !
taga pampanga ako
pero never ko pa na-experience yun hot air baloon sa clark
susubukan ko yan this year
happy 2010, dong!
wow, impressive! hope you have more travels in the coming year. :) ciao!
Lurve itS Dong! hehehehehehhe!
MaRAmi Pa kaming aabangan this 2010.
God bless and Take care sa mga upcoming trips mo... u really put efforts in promoting our beautiful countreee! hehehe ^ ^
Have a great 2010!! Keep on traveling.
Wow so much adventures, Dong! Grabe ka napakasipag! Happy New Year at ipagpapatuloy pa ang mga paglalakbay sa ating napakagandang bayan!
here's wishing for more amazing travels and fun-filled new year!
cheers! happy 2010!
More travels this 2010 Dom!
pssst. magtrabaho ka naman. wag panay lakwatsa. hahaha
happy new year bai :)
Beautiful, beautiful places! You just inspired me to visit Pinatubo (fingers crossed, if my budget permits).
Merry New Year!
grabe astig ang mga biyahe! here's to more travels for you this 2010! cheers! :)
Happy New Year Dong. Ranking ba ng destinations yan? I do think the terraces would rank first in anyone's book. And I love your #2 spot too. I would love to see that.
Health and wealth in 2010.
asteeg naman. i am really glad and fortunate to have shared some of the trip with you in 2009. more trips to come in 2010.
happy new year!
Anda and Cagbalete are really promising. Guide ko talaga tong travel blog mo. Thanks! Ü
lahat ng shots sobrang ganda talaga!!
best sa kin yung trekking... at cagbalete.. mysterious nga! second year na pala ng Eskapo, congrats!!
these are all spectacular shots!can't make up my mind kung ano favorite ko---Pinatubo siguro, kakaiba eh.:p
more adventure travel in 2010! be safe!
way to go...ako kasi scale down travel...family man na ako :P
happy new year
happy new year Dom! Kit
whaaaa nice sna ang rice terraces kaso malas nung pumuntah kameh, bagung harvest lang... wlang green scenery... sah Kapurpurawan Rock Formation, whaaa gus2 koh pumuntah dyan bah, kasi prang wla kah sah pinas, plus the sand dunes... pero yung number 3 moh sir, yun ang number 1 koh, kasi so far yun ata pinaka most memorable sa akin nah trip... hehehehehe :)
..naks kuya dong kainggit..ako din mag travel after college.hehe
pinatubo make me surprised!!!
waiting for your post for your memorable trips of 2011..
he he he :D
passion of world!
keep posting please...
magagandang places, love it...
great choice sir...
need to go that wonder world...
really most memorable,
really want to do trip there...
how about bermuda islands??
hey! to dangerous go o bermuda!
don't do that...
yeah, still much places more beautiful than bermuda..
3 words for these..
I hope can go to there.. :(
can we exchange links??
how much money do you spend to go there??
wonder and memorable!
which one place the most of your most memorable trips??
too wonderful to visit there...
you're good traveler...
how many days you usually do trip?
waiting for you post with title "my most memorable trips of 2010"
a good place that can increase the inspiration for all of us ..
thank you for this excellent info, I would like to visit there.
beautiful, beautiful, interesting ... that's no good at these places .. I like that.
I like it, and I'm sure everyone would like to place this good, I was eager to visit it for the sake of my family happy.
Thank you for everything you have shown to us, you will definitely experience I use to soon come and visit this nice place.
very good, the quality of the natural beauty of incredible ..
really beautiful and very fitting for my soon to visit.
hi thanks at nafeature mo sa blog mo ang tondol beach sa Anda pangasinan coz i lived there wen i was a kid and really love that beach ....by the way im theo's friend....
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