7 Places to Find Good Vibes in the Philippines

7 Places to Find Good Vibes in the Philippines

Are you looking for positivity in your life? Do you want to experience bliss in a travel to a Philippine destination? Good news! If you’re going to ask me who has been checking out places to go to by blog hopping and looking for photos on Instagram, these 7 places are home of different kinds of good vibes you can enjoy with the people you love.

Upon looking at the photos and reading other people’s experiences, these 7 places can surely be source of good vibes to its travelers.

1. Batanes


Situated in the northern part of the Philippines, Batanes is known for its pure ecstasy with nature and perfect for those who are currently living in the busy streets of the metro. It’s perfect to unwind and hear your breathing while looking at the green veranda.

2. Cebu


In Cebu, there are various tourist destination you can choose from. If you go north, don’t forget to check out Malapascua and if you decide to go south, either Moalboal, Badian or Oslob will give good vibes as you will surely enjoy the wonders of nature.

3. Palawan


Dive and swim with the fishes to see the wonders of the underworld. Experience the ‘good vibes’ as you marvel through the beauty of the corals and everything under the salty water. Going underwater can be more fun if well planned and with someone you love.

4. Bohol


Isn’t it amazing to see almost endless green hills while looking at the clouds as if telling you more blessings will pour anytime soon? The clear blue sky, if lucky enough to see them, may also mean that you’re ready to face the future challenges in life with good vibes and all smiles!

5. Siargao


Ready to surf your journey all way up? In Siargao, dubbed as the Surfing Capital of the Philippines, it’s a home for everyone who want to experience a new level of ‘good vibes’ adventure! Make this a must-see destination if you’re into this sport.

6. Vigan


One of the New 7 Wonder Cities of the World, the city of Vigan is a window to the Philippines’ past. If ‘good vibes’ mean looking back of who we are, then this city will let you experience this country during the Spanish era. Relive those memories with the people you love as you move forward in your life’s journey.

7. Iloilo


If there’s one great I love about Ilonggo, it’s their accent. They’re calm and sweet people that everyone would love to talk to. More than its people, Iloilo is known for its Isla de Gigantes (as shown on the image above) and delicacies like La Paz Batchoy and Barquillos.

If you have traveled to these 7 places already or if you have other places not included in this list but deserve a spot, feel free to comment them below.

“7 Places to Find Good Vibes in the Philippines” is a guest post by Romeo Bonsocan of Zuprome as Day 22 entry for The CBC 30 Day Bloggging Challenge.

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Awesome Travel Photos By 10 Cebu Instagramers

Awesome Travel Photos By 10 Cebu Instagramers

I am a very visual person and I enjoy looking at beautiful things.

Then I heard something good about an app many years ago.

They said that it’s a platform where you can see and post beautiful photos.

I downloaded the app and I’ve been enjoying it ever since.

Well, that’s how I got into Instagram.

Most of the time, I browse on the app to see travel photos.

To make sure that my feed is filled with amazing tourist spots, delicious food, and wonderful people, I followed foreign and Cebu Instagramers.

The latter has uploaded travel photos that I’ve been enjoying to see!

Cebu Instagramers Make Travel Look Cool

The Gay Aida Dumaguing of Exotic Philippines shows us the beauty of a first kiss… from a giraffe!

Is there anything cuter than love locks?

How does it feel like to be at the highest peak of Cebu?
Amazing, I suppose!

Seeing the Taal Lake in the perspective of Adrenaline Romance makes me calm.
Reaching the top of Mount Maculot must have been exhilarating!

We all need a blanket of cloud to help us fall asleep at night, don’t we?

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sun-baked live on the blog! 😊😀

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I don’t mind if I become seriously sun-baked on the beach like this!

Sunrise just makes my heart flutter!

Who has time for yoga and vacation?
Apparently, Laagan Nga Bata has!

Combining travel and parenting isn’t easy.
Victoria must have felt her inner peace when she saw this sunset.

Visiting Coron was one of the best things I did this year.
This is the postcard view on the way to Kayangan Lake.
The climb was a bit exhausting but once you see this view, you can say that your struggle was worth it!
I am a bit biased so I included myself. (laughs)

Those are just some of the photos I love on Instagram.
I hope you enjoyed looking at it.
Feel free to browse on the accounts of these Cebu Instagrammers and follow them to get awesome photos on your feed.

“Awesome Travel Photos By 10 Cebu Instagramers” is a guest post by Channel Marie Imperial from channelmarie.com as Day 21 entry for The CBC 30 Day Bloggging Challenge.

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Crocodiles Up Close at Puerto Princesa Crocodile Farm

Crocodiles Up Close at Puerto Princesa Crocodile Farm

One of the popular tourist destinations in Puerto Princesa City is the Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center or commonly known as Puerto Princesa Crocodile Farm. It is run by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and serves as a center for research and studies for conservation of the endangered species in Palawan. 

City tours in Puerto Princesa have this in their itineraries which gives the visitors an educational tour and appreciation to the wild creatures endemic in Palawan. You get to meet the baby and adult crocodiles up close and personal.

PWRCC Crocodile Farm Puerto Princesa

The guided tours inside the facility starts at 8:30 AM with intervals of 30 minutes until 5:00 PM, except for the 12NN-1PM lunch break. They have an entrance fee of P40 (13 yrs. old and above), P30 (senior citizens), P20 (7-12yrs. old) and free of charge for 6 yrs. old and below.

Puerto Princesa Crocodile Farm Tour

At the start of the tour, you will enter a museum-like building with interesting artifacts such as the 17-foot crocodile skeleton and skin. There’s also a skull of a sperm whale inside.

Skeleton Crocodile Farm Puerto Princesa

On the next building, you will see the little crocs or the hatchlings which are closely monitored and taken care of. There are two types of crocodiles, the fresh water and salt water one.

Hatchlings Crocodile Farm Puerto Princesa

Little Crocs Crocodile Farm Puerto Princesa

The next stop would be the thrilling part where you walk on top of a crocodile pen. Here you can see the adult crocodiles so be careful. You will be warned to keep a hold of your belongings cause once they fall below, it can’t be retrieved.

Pen Selfie Crocodile Farm Puerto Princesa

Pen Croc Crocodile Farm Puerto Princesa

And for the last stop and the exciting part is the pictorial with a baby crocodile. The mouth is actually taped for safety purposes so don’t worry, they can’t bite. 😀

Couple Baby Crocodile Farm Puerto Princesa

There is a Nature Park also inside that houses several kinds of animals in the wild.

Nature Park Crocodile Farm Puerto Princesa

Meerkat Crocodile Farm Puerto Princesa

Philippine Eagle Crocodile Farm Puerto Princesa

The beautiful Philippine Eagle

Baby Hold Crocodile Farm Puerto Princesa

It was a great feeling to finally hold a crocodile, even though it’s just the cute one. It is important that we understand their importance to the ecosystem and how to conserve them. Surely, a visit to the Puerto Princesa Crocodile Farm is a must-try when in Palawan. 🙂

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The Way of the Cross in Banawa Celestial Garden

The Way of the Cross in Banawa Celestial Garden

One of the prominent gardens in Cebu City, the Banawa Celestial Garden is most visited by Cebuanos and Roman Catholics during the Lenten Season. The gardens, which is actually a memorial park, is set on 12 hectares of rolling hills that is famous for their life-size statues depicting the passion of Christ.

It was on a Maundy Thursday when I visited the Banawa Celestial Garden. Left home alone because I wasn’t able to secure a ticket going to my province in Leyte, I got curious about the garden when it was flashed on the television.

Motor Celestial Garden Banawa Cebu

Motorcycles waiting at the corner of the main road.

Banawa Celestial Garden

It is accessible by public transportation like jeepneys and taxicab. Take note that when asking for directions, it is easy to refer to the place as Good Shepherds Road. If you don’t have a private vehicle, there are lots of motorcycles that will take you to the gardens which is around a 5-minute ride from the main road.

Entrance Celestial Garden Banawa Cebu

At the entrance, you will be greeted by a grandiose arch.

There are vendors selling prayer books and guides outside if you don’t have one. Mostly, people come in groups and have a prayer leader that will guide throughout the stations of the cross. Since I was flying solo, I joined a group that brought a loud speaker and hanged with them until the 14th station.

Start Celestial Garden Banawa Cebu

Starting point of the Stations

Speaker Celestial Garden Banawa Cebu

A loud speaker used by one group

Station Celestial Garden Banawa Cebu

Opening Prayer

Station 1 Celestial Garden Banawa Cebu

1st Station: Jesus is condemned to death

Station 2 Celestial Garden Banawa Cebu

2nd Station: Jesus carries His cross

Station 3 Celestial Garden Banawa Cebu

3rd Station: Jesus falls the first time

Station 4 Celestial Garden Banawa Cebu

4th Station: Jesus meets his mother

Station 5 Celestial Garden Banawa Cebu

5th Station: Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus to carry his cross

Station 6 Celestial Garden Banawa Cebu

6th Station: Veronica wipes the face of Jesus

Station 7 Celestial Garden Banawa Cebu

7th Station: Jesus falls the second time

The stations are situated at different parts of the hills so you’ll be walking up and down. There are plenty of plants and trees around the area for some shade .

Group Walk Celestial Garden Banawa Cebu

The road walks up to the hill

Station 8 Celestial Garden Banawa Cebu

8th Station: Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem

Station 9 Celestial Garden Banawa Cebu

9th Station: Jesus falls a third time

Station 10 Celestial Garden Banawa Cebu

10th Station: Jesus clothes are taken away

Station 11 Celestial Garden Banawa Cebu

11th Station: Jesus is nailed to the cross

Station 12 Celestial Garden Banawa Cebu

12th Station: Jesus dies on the cross

Station 13 Celestial Garden Banawa Cebu

13th Station: The body of Jesus is taken down from the cross

Station 14 Celestial Garden Banawa Cebu

14th Station: Jesus is laid in the tomb

It was around 11:30 in the morning when I finished the way of the cross and it was scorching hot above the hill. Somehow it was part of the sacrifice you have to endure but don’t forget to hydrate yourself. There were hundreds of people in the area though I believe there will be thousands late in the afternoon especially on a Good Friday.

Cemetery Celestial Garden Banawa Cebu

A memorial garden or cemetery a top the hill

Big Statue Celestial Garden Banawa Cebu

A big statue in the middle of the hill

The Banawa Celestial Garden is a perfect place for praying and meditating  during the Holy Week. The peaceful panoramic view of the mountains, skies and the Cebu City skyline is nothing less than spectacular. I will surely visit this garden at its peak on a Good Friday next time. Have you experienced the Way of the Cross in the Celestial Garden? 🙂

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CemenTOURyo: A Walk Through Cebu Cemeteries

CemenTOURyo: A Walk Through Cebu Cemeteries

Are you afraid of cemeteries? I do! But after joining a walking tour through a few Cebu cemeteries, I got to appreciate stories of dead people and a bunch of funerary architectures. And out of these labyrinth of tombs is a community that has been living with the dead.

Cebu Cemeteries

CemenTOURyo is derived from merging the words tour and sementeryo, a Cebuano term for cemetery. It was lead by Cebu’s best heritage interpreter and tour guide, Ka Bino Guerrero. That day, we checked out 3 nearby cemeteries around the corners of General Maxilom Avenue and M.J. Cuenco Avenue in Cebu City.

Map Tag CemenTOURyo Cebu Cemeteries Tour

(A) Doña Pepang Cemetery, (B) Carreta Cemetery, (C) Cebu Chinese Cemetery

Doña Pepang Cemetery

The Doña Pepang cemetery was built for Don Sergio’s first wife, Doña Estefania Chiong Veloso-Osmeña. A huge mausoleum can be seen in the middle that has a crypt where the ancestors of the Osmeñas are buried.

Osmena Mausoleum CemenTOURyo Cebu Cemeteries Tour

Dona Pepang CemenTOURyo Cebu Cemeteries Tour

Actions for converting the cemetery into a park is in progress.

Dona Pepang Cemetery

(Sun.Star Foto/Amper Campaña)

Carreta Cemetery

One of the big cemeteries in Cebu City is in Carreta where there are certain parts divided into plots. One of these is the Asociacion Benefica Española de Cebu for the Spanish-Filipino families. Another plot was dedicated for War Veterans.

Benefica CemenTOURyo Cebu Cemeteries Tour

Asocacion Wide CemenTOURyo Cebu Cemeteries Tour

Asociacion Benefica Espanola de Cebu graveyard

Alvarez CemenTOURyo Cebu Cemeteries Tour

Beautiful La Pieta sculpture on top a tomb.

Asosacion CemenTOURyo Cebu Cemeteries Tour

A marble tombstone at one end of the plot.

Canon CemenTOURyo Cebu Cemeteries Tour

A vintage cannon inside the War Veterans Plot.

Cebu Chinese Cemetery

There were a lot of interesting things I learned about the Chinese people and tradition. From the shapes of mausoleums, signs and symbols on the tombs and even stories of influential people in the past. Laid here are the ancestors of the owner of Chong Hua hospital, Gaisano malls, Gothong shipping lines and other Chinese businessmen.

Cebu Chinese Cemetery Cementouryo

Chinese CemenTOURyo Cebu Cemeteries Tour

Dome CemenTOURyo Cebu Cemeteries Tour

An interesting tomb that wears a different color each year.

Living with the dead

The community inside the cemeteries are mostly composed of caretakers. They have lived here for decades and eventually built their families and passed on through generations. Their grandchildren have grown up to walk and run along the tombs. The funny thing is every time we ask if they have seen or got spooked by ghosts, their answer is no.

Caretaker CemenTOURyo Cebu Cemeteries Tour

One of the caretakers for more than 30 years

Apartments CemenTOURyo Cebu Cemeteries Tour

No it’s not a village or apartments

The CemenTOURyo is a unique tour through Cebu cemeteries that only a few may be interested. Actually it was just one of the trial runs to simulate the experience and gather more facts and trivia. For interested parties you may contact Ka Bino of Galleon San Pedro Tours.

Personally, I enjoyed the tour out of curiosity for something different. I gained more appreciation in giving value to the dead ones and how we should live our life worthy to be remembered. 🙂

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The Adventures of Emjae 2014

The Adventures of Emjae 2014

The year 2014 is a special one for me. I had a lot of firsts and major changes in my career, love life and blog life. Oh yes, I now have a blog life and it started last February 2014, the love month. It kind of reminds me that this blog was made possible out of love. Love to share stories that more than meets the eye.

One of the favorite things I share in my blog is adventure. This is usually a fun travel or extreme activity that I have done. Let me share to you few Top 5 Adventures of Emjae in the year 2014.

Osmeña Peak

Our trip to the highest peak in Cebu, at 1013 meters above sea level, was a beautiful experience. I didn’t know that we have a “Little Baguio” here in the Dalaguete with a “Mini Chocolate Hills” view of the horizon. It was definitely a top destination for thrill seekers which is suitable for beginners too. Read it here.
Osmena Peak Mantalungon Dalaguete Cebu

Whale Shark Watching

Another unique experience I had is the encounter with the gentle giants of Oslob. Definitely one of the hottest activity down South of Cebu, the whale shark watching. It is a hot topic because of the environmental and animal welfare concerns and debates that are sparking as well. I am surprised it is still an ongoing so I just hope the people will take care of this wonderful creatures. Read it here.
Whale Shark Watching Oslob Cebu

Tumalog Falls

I have been to a few waterfalls already but the Tumalog Falls in Oslob is just simply majestic. The height of the drops and the smooth cascades of the waters gives a really refreshing treat. Read it here.
Tumalog Falls Oslob Cebu featured image 2


One of the spontaneous trips I had was the adventure in the island of fire, Siquijor. We had a tour around the island visiting the diverse tourist spots like century-old Balete tree, the old churches, springs and waterfalls. The mystery and mystic stories that surrounds the island makes me want to know more about it. Read it here.
Featured cambugahay falls swing siquijor tour emjae fotos


And last but not the least, the beautiful island of Boracay. Well, we did a lot of activities in Boracay but the best one for me is our cliff diving experience in Magic Island. Boracay isn’t just about the white sands, it’s about the adrenaline too. Read it here.
Magic Island Cliff Diving Boracay Island


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