Tumauini Church

Tumauini Church: Isabela’s Iglesia Reyna

That December afternoon, amihan was blowing hard. At least that makes our trip like air-conditioned all over. It was siesta time in rural Isabela in northern Luzon and we were heading to one of the province’s most famous Spanish-colonial churches, the Church of San Matias in the town of Tumauini.

Even though the church is not located beside the national highway, its belfry was imposing enough to let our manong driver stop at the unloading area.

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Dumaguete Airport

How to Get In and Out of Dumaguete Airport?

Sibulan Airport (IATA: DGT | ICAO: RPVD) or Dumaguete Airport, is the main gateway serving Dumaguete City, the province of Negros Oriental, and even neighboring Siquijor. It has daily flights from Manila and several flights a week from neighboring Cebu. Although petite in size, the airport has been serving an increasing number of tourists flocking this side of Central Visayas.

It is one of the most accessible airports for public transportation, given its proximity to downtown Dumaguete and it’s even beside the main road of the province. Despite being associated with Dumagute, the airport is actually located in the neighboring town of Sibulan. Don’t worry, it’s only three kilometers from downtown!

Here are some of the tips on how to get in and out of Dumaguete-Sibulan Airport using public transport, which is…simple:

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Mount Samat

Mount Samat: Of Calvary, Remembrance, and Valor

A big cross on top of a mountain dominates the skyline of rustic Bataan Peninsula. Mount Samat’s familiar scene reminds the mostly Catholic Filipinos of our soldiers’ kalbaryo to defend the Philippines till death during the Second World War. An extinct volcano, it was the site of one of the most enduring battles of the Pacific Theater of World War II.

Samat was said to be the last stronghold of the joint Filipino and American forces that defended the country against the advancing Imperial Japan. A force of more than 70,000 struggled to fight amid limited resources, hunger, and a decreasing morale for three months in Bataan. In the end, on 9th of April, 1942, the joint forces surrendered—said to be US’ largest surrender in its history.

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Calle Real de Iloilo

Calle Real de Iloilo: A Southern Queen’s Royal Road

“Ang kwarta ginapiko, ginapala!”

The quote may now resonate Negros Occidental’s sugarcane industry, but it has lingered in the laid back yet progressive port city of Iloilo.

When sugar was still sweet, the people in the central islands of the Philippines established an “empire.” The once mosquito-ridden and swampy fishermen’s village became one of the islands’ international hubs—second to the capital. Its influence was widespread and brought a legacy that changed the islands’ history and society.

Calle Real in detail
Street folks on a Sunday afternoon in Calle Real, Iloilo

Lin-ay, the daughter of the mythical ten chieftains of the west, became the Queen of the southern islands. Then her children constructed magnificent buildings in its heart, along the Royal Way—a testament of greatness of an era. Seemingly Gatsby-ish isn’t it?

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Maribojoc Church

Maribojoc Church: Gaze Upon the Heavens

Before that fateful morning of October 2013, Maribojoc Church was a pilgrimage site for the devout locals and was a repository of Bohol’s church ceiling masterpieces. The coral stone Diocesan Shrine of San Vicente Ferrer, once stood wars and other calamities that beset the paradise island of Bohol, is no more–for now.

On Easter Sunday of that same year, several months before the earthquake, we had an opportunity to visit the Church of Maribojoc, which is located a few kilometers north of the Bohol’s capital Tagbilaran City.

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