The Forest With Plants From The Time of Dinosaurs

What would plants that saw the same light of day as dinosaurs look like? This was the question in my head when my new friend and guide in Dumaguete invited me to Liptong Woodland in Bacong, Negros Oriental. My friend told me that Liptong’s forest is home to prehistoric plant species, Negros province’s native –…

The Whale Shark That Took Me by Surprise in Moalboal, Cebu

On our way to Pescador Island. One of the divers eagerly look on. For a few seconds that felt like eternity, I could not move. I watched the dark giant swim gracefully, majestically, as though in slow motion just a few feet beneath me. Its perfect, shiny black tail splashed the water as it moved…

How Travel Made Me Rich

I originally wanted my title to be “How Travel Made Me the Richest Person in the World.” I thought that would be a bit of an exaggeration, though. Or maybe not. Because in truth, during my seven-week adventure around Visayas, I felt like the richest – and most blessed – person in the world. Why?…

The Happiest People and the Starriest Skies at Higatangan Island

 Note: This is the second of 2 entries about Higatangan Island. Read the first entry here. Higatangan Island in Biliran appears like a paradise with its white, shifting sandbar and its stretches of white beaches and rock formations, but it is scarce in drinking water and electricity. Electricity for homes is powered solely by generators…

The Shifting Sands and Colors at Higatangan Island, Biliran

Note: This is Part 1 of 2 entries about Higatangan Island. Read Part 2 here. Higatangan Island sandbar in Biliran Here at Higatangan Island in Biliran, the sands are never the same.  Its sandbar could snake into several meters one day and spread out in a few directions the next. The differences are most pronounced…