Thursday, May 17, 2012

el encuentro: jerome y marky

two good friends of mine who has consistently inspired me to explore more. jerome, whose first trip to Mindanao, joined a nine-day backpacking trip in 2008 along with nine other friends from Zamboanga to Davao. he considered it a sort of baptism to backpacking and budget traveling. while Marky considered every Mindanao trip special. one time he and a friend celebrated their birthday in Cagayan de Oro and was hosted by a family.

                                                    "el encuentro" 
jerome baluyut                                   blogger                                  marky ramone go
balintataw                                             blog                                 nomadic experiences

beijing                                            farthest north                                        hong kong 
yogyakarta                                       farthest south                                    kota kinabalu       
camarines norte                                farthest east                                            sorsogon
bangkok                                           farthest west                                            bangkok

manila to sta ana, cagayan               longest road trip               manila to sta ana, cagayan
manila to coron, palawan                longest boat trip                        batangas to romblon
manila to bangkok                          longest plane trip                    manila to kuala lumpur
shanghai to beijing                         longest train trip                      roosevelt to gil puyat

mt pulag                                           highest point                                           mt pulag
apo reef, mindoro                             deepest swim                     kayangan lake, palawan
palaui island                                      longest trek                          mt banahaw traverse
mt pinatubo                                      hardest trek                                          mt halcon

money, shirt and towel                   item/s lost in a trip            jimi hendrix artwork shirt
roasary bead from a tibetan          item given on a trip   an intricately designed knife in kl
fried spicy worm, starfish                worst food eaten                      frog legs in binondo  
fried crickets

mindanao series questions:
dong ho: what was your best experience in Mindanao?

jerome: it would be my nine days backpacking trip in Mindanao back in 2008. i was with nine other traveler friends and most of us are first time visitors of Mindanao. it was sort of my baptism of fire on the idea of  backpacking and budget traveling. we fly out from Manila to Zamboanga City, visited the pink beach of Sta Cruz island, ate the best breakfast --- Spanish sardines in Dipolog. checked out Rizal Srhine and Dakak Dapitan. passed by Iligan. did white water rafting in Cagayan de Oro. saw my first ever waterfalls in Camiguin. wave watching at Pilar. island hopping and surfing in Siargao. saw the majestic Tinuy-an Falls near Bislig city and ended the trip at Davao for some zip line adventure.

marky: All of my trips to Mindanao was something to remember. I enjoyed our trip to Cagayan de Oro because me and my friend celebrated our birthdays there and we were hosted by the family of another friend. We went river rafting, toured the countryside of Bukidnon and went to nearby Camiguin Island. When I went to Davao, it was with my then girlfriend and visited places such as Camp Sabros in Digos City and Samal Island. During the SEX Tour (Soccskargen Experience tour) I met other travelers and visited places like Lake Sebu in South Cotabato, Saranggani while staying at General Santos City. 

dong ho: when you return to Mindanao, where will you go?

jerome: i have two areas in mind, first is the SOCSARGEN provinces because i want to see Lake Sebu, the beaches of Sarangani, and the Tuna capital of the Philippines and lastly Tawi-Tawi because like Batanes, it is something you can brag about.

marky: I have a flight booked in October for Zamboanga City since I've heard so many amazing stories about the place that is complete opposite of what mainstream media has been feeding me all these years and what better way to find out than seeing and experiencing the place by myself.
1. farthest places reached are referenced from Manila (with Manila to Europe as West and Manila to Guam as East).
2. records here are subject to update. as we know travelers break their records from time to time. records here are updated as of this posting

previously featured:
lois yasay and monette fernandez


Pinoy Adventurista said...

Awesome! favorite kong sagot is yung longest train ride ni Marky, roosevelt to gil puyat.. :)

Cutie Patootie said...

Go Marky!!

Super fun travel buddy.
Very talkative and cracks a lot of jokes parang narrator pa ng story with matching playlist when he's the mastah plannah of a trip :P

Unknown said...

Great to be invited to participate in this non-violent "encuentro" and what more against Jerome whose travels I'm avidly following.

@Lauren - you're up for another bootcamp trip with me :P

Lifeisacelebration said...

Nice. Love the camaraderie among you young 'uns. PTB has been such a congenial community where I hope friendships will be nurtured in years to come.

Hey, keep writing! Enjoyed your post.

XoXo said...

Ha! what a great comparison... @Jerome is lucky to have received that prayer mala from a Tibetan.

Jerome said...

thanks Dom...hahaha not sure but I got the feeling si Marky nga ang isang possible ├źncuentro" ko.

really enjoy this project. my favorite answer yung kay Marky --- train ride: Roosevelt to Gil Puyat hehehe

Unknown said...

Marky, you never fail to make us happy! :D

Je, bilib naman ako sa fried spicy anek-anek na kinain mo!

Sir Dom, we want more of your Encuentro series. :)

Axl Powerhouse Network said...

ang layo narating ha... longest train trip roosevelt to gil puyat!!

nathalie said...

love this series...keep it coming!

Napaisip ako tuloy ako sa item/s lost in a trip and longest rides. :)

Chyng said...
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Chyng said...

marky dear, nakapag-HK ka na di ba? ayun ang fathest north mo not palaui. (nangengealam? haha) nwey, i love that roosevelt to gil puyat train ride. nagslow claps ako dito mag-isa. haha

dom, just so you know dahil dito i dragged you to tawi tawi. haha i intentionally went to palaui, siargao, el nido (soonest) and ride a train - para may bonggang sagot sa encuentro series mo. haha =P

lakwatserong tatay said...

hehehe...astig talaga tong el encuentro series na toh...ano kaya ang pakiramdam pagnapasama ka dito...

ako dun din boboto sa longest train ride ni Marky...Roosevelt to Gil Puyat...^_^

Anonymous said...

AStig...I love this series...sino kaya next! :-)

Anonymous said...

AStig...I love this series...sino kaya next! :-)



This post makes me want to go to Mindanao ASAP. :)

Oman said...

two astig guys. i would like to go back to mindanao. sulu tayo dom. :)

juandefulpinoy said...

Nice great feature Dong. Aliw yung encuentro post

Cisco said...

Nice post dude!

Photo Cache said...

i really enjoy this series.

Cisco said...

Nice blog dude !

ardee sean said...

parang gusto ko ma-experience yung SEX tour.. any details? meron pa ba yun?? :P

AdventureRob said...

Ha, SEX tour, that's quite funny, although could come across badly from some people.

They seem like good guys and are enjoying their travels.

Drew said...

Go Jerome! and Marky :D

Ichan said...

nice match up po hehehe. panalo ung train ride from roosevelt to gil puyat... hehehe

Raft3r said...


i recently watched a feature on mt pulag on living asia channel
wala lang

Pietro Brosio said...

Nice and enjoyable post!

OLAN | The Travel Teller said...

HUWAW! these two good fellas are my faves. :) I met Jerome during Kadayawan Fest here in Davao while Marky was at Gensan for the SEX Tour! :)


im looking forward to another series nito! Power ung roosevelt to gil puyat! :D Go kuya marky!

Anonymous said...

I love this series at favorite ko yung roosevelt to gil puyat na sagot hahaha! Panalo :-)


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