HAKUPAN ISLAND - Another Beach Getaway Destination in STA CRUZ, MARINDUQUE

During my stay at Sta Cruz, Marinduque, we really wanted to make the most of our holidays. I was told that there is one island not far from the town of Sta Cruz that is becoming popular amongst tourists and that is the HAKUPAN ISLAND. 

So with the collaboration of the Tourism Office and the Municipality of Sta Cruz, Marinduque, we immediately left for BARANGAY BOTILAO. A very quiet barangay and also the jump off site going to Hakupan Island.

Driving down to Barangay Batulao was quite a picturesque experience because of the small beautiful islands that can be seen on the horizon. 

Exploring LAS CASAS FILIPINAS DE ACUZAR in Bagac, Bataan

Aside from the beautiful beaches and other historical places in Bataan, there is one place in Bagac, Bataan that has really interested me and I have been wanting to go for a visit. Luckily, I had some visitors who arrived from overseas and I told them with no hesitation that I would like to take them to LAS CASAS FILIPINAS DE ACUZAR


3 Most Recommended and Affordable Places to Eat in Bataan

Aside from the historical places you will find in the Province of Bataan, this province is also rich in culinary delights that are only found here! During our recent trip in Bataan where we attended the 7th Araw ng Kagitingan, they took us to the most recommended places to eat around Bataan. Aside from all being delicious, they were also very affordable. 

Address: Gov. J.J. Linao AlaUli, Pilar, Bataan
Phone Number: 0998 564 0275
Open: 7:00 am - 10:00 pm

If you are looking for a  great place to eat lunch, head to Pilar! This restaurant is one of the most visited restaurants in the area. If you love home cooked meals then this is the place to go. Right after attending the Araw ng Kagitingan at Mt. Samat, this was the place where they took us for lunch. 


75th Araw ng Kagitingan - A Salute to the Bravery of Our Filipino World War II Veterans

World War 2 had a great impact on the Philippines. Millions of Filipinos sacrificed their lives for the future of our nation. One event during the World War 2 that many of us won't forget was the Bataan Death March where thousands of Filipino and American soldiers died during the march, 

To pay tribute to the Filipinos who fought in Bataan in defense of freedom and democracy in addition to the bravery and heroism  of our World War 2 veterans, they declared April 9 as a Day of Valor or Araw ng Kagitingan which the people of Bataan consider as Bataan Day. 

In celebration of the 75th Araw ng Kagitingan held at Mt. Samat in Pilar Bataan, we were invited to attend the event where President Rodrigo Duterte would be giving a speech.

We arrived as early as 7:00 am at Mt. Samat National Shrine. So many people were very excited for this event and they also couldn't wait to see the President. I was one of them. 

Security was very tight in the area. Each invited guests went through a very thorough check. 

When we arrived at the venue, I met up with some the Filipino World War 2 veterans. These are the people I consider as my true heroes. I also got a little emotional to see them because they reminded me of my Grandfather who is also a war veteran. These are the people who fought for the future of the Philippines. Listening to their stories was both sad and overwhelming specially when they tell stories about the war and their friends who didn't make it during the Bataan Death March. 

The patriotism and the story of bravery and heroism of our war veterans will definitely be passed on to our youth. 

When the Philippine President arrived, He first went to Dambana ng Kagitingan for the wreath laying before he went to the stage for the program celebration. 

Prior to the arrival of the President of the Philippines, they called in a Filipino War Veteran and he clearly described what really happened during the Fall of Bataan, which lead to the Bataan Death March. I was horrified while listening to the story but then again our war veterans didn't give up and fought all the way to the end and that for me was very inspiring. 

Hand salute and with hands on the chest as we all sang with pride the Philippine National Anthem. 

Finally, I saw the President of the Philippines, Mr. Rodrigo Roa Duterte.

Was the President of the Philippines staring at me? 

Governor Albert S. Garcia, was the first one who welcomed everyone to the celebration. 

Though history and events during the World War 2 still live on, countries that used to be enemies are now allies, friends, and are solid trading partners.   

During the celebration the Ambassador of Japan, H. E. Kazuhide also gave his warm message to the people. He then apologized to the Filipino people for the events that occurred during World War 2 and bowed in front of us all which I found very humbling. 

Next to give his message was the Charge d' Affaires of United States of American to the Philippines, Mr. Michael S. Clecheski . 

Photo, Essay, and Oratorical contest winners from different schools around the Philippines where also recognized at this event by President Duterte and Secretary Briones of the Department of Education. 

Commemorative stamps where also presented to the President by Postmaster General Joel L. Otaraa . 

After all the awarding and other presentations, the President of the Philippines Rodrigo Roa Duterte was now called on stage to give his speech. 

Compared to his previous speeches, as we all know, he loved impromptu speeches, this time he was very straight forward and also diplomatic in his speech. Our President also praised our war veterans for their heroism during the World War 2. To end his speech, he mentioned some amendments that he made for the benefit of our War Veterans which pleased many people. 

Right after the speech of President Rodrigo Duterte the Exit of Colors followed and that gave us the opportunity to visit the Dambana ng Kigitingan where the President offered flowers to the brave soldiers who died during World War 2. 

After attending this event, I came to realize that this is not just an ordinary non-working holiday for me. Araw Ng Kagitingan is more than that, especially if you are at a place where a big piece of  Philippine history took place like BATAAN. 

This event is not about remembering the Fall of Bataan and Fall of Corregidor, but to celebrate the bravery of the Filipino people who fought for our freedom and democracy during World War 2.

I would like to thank the Bataan Tourism Office for the opportunity to witness this event along with other travel bloggers and social media influencers. If there is one Province that is serious about promoting their tourism, the Province of Bataan is leading the way! 


SHERCON RESORT : An Ideal Team Building Destination in Mataas Na Kahoy, Batangas

It is the end of the school year once again and as part of our Gender and Development program at school, they decided that they would take us to Shercon Resort for a day. 

I've heard so much about Shercon Resort specially their famous pocket pools and how close it is to Metro Manila. That is why I was so looking forward to this moment to finally spend a day here. 

From Imus, Cavite, it only took us 3 hours to get to Shercon Resort.I never thought it was going to be that close specially if you are within Metro Manila. 


Exploring PARADISO ESCONDIDO : A Budget Friendly Family Resort in Taytay Rizal

This summer, everybody is complaining about the heat. Tourists are flocking to nearby beaches or swimming pool resorts everywhere.  And if you are around Taytay, Rizal or in the vicinity then you have to visit PARADISO ESCONDIDO. 

Two weeks ago, a friend of mine, Gus Villa, invited me and my other friends to stay at this resort for a weekend staycation. From Cavite on a Saturday, it took us around 2 to 3 hours drive via C6. It was an easy drive and traffic was not that bad. 

The place was very spacious and parking was quite easy to find in the resort. 

Product Review: AUTO-GARD Waterless Car Wash and High Performance Microfiber Cloth

Few days ago, I received a parcel for review. I had no idea what it was until I opened it and received the Auto-Gard Waterless Car Wash and along with it, the Auto-Gard Microfiber Cloth. And when I saw it, I felt that this was heaven sent. 

With the weather that we have here in the Philippines, most car owners take their car for a car wash at least once a week. At the place where I am working, dust is the number one problem. Since we don't have a big enough parking area, we normally park our cars outside where they are exposed to sunlight and the elements. This is why, I could not wait to give this product a try.

Auto-Gard Waterless Car Wash is a spray-on and wipe-off cleanser that safely removes surface contaminants. Their formula is designed to lift dirt away from your car's paint to help ensure a scratch free finish. In addition to all these, the spray-on method conserves a lot of water per wash. 

The Auto-Gard High Performance Microfiber Cloth is a non-abrasive cloth that will not scratch your car and is high absorbent too. These two work hand in hand to ensure clean surface that does not damage your car's paint finish.