Historical mini-field trip at Aguinaldo Shrine

My memory of Aguinaldo Shrine is quite faint since the last time I visited this place was back when I was 12. Since I lived in the North, this seemed like a faraway place tucked in Kawit, Cavite reachable only after a long and gruelling ride. Little did I know that it is so near Las Pinas where I currently reside and accessible with Cavitex.

Just a trip down memory lane, the Aguinaldo Shrine is a very important part of our history. It is not only the home of the First President of the Philippine Republic but this is where the independence of our country was declared over a century ago.

Some of my favourite observation and learnings from our mini-field trip to the Shrine include:

1. President Emilio Aguinaldo was a very strategic man. This was something you can see on how he designed his home. Every nook and cranny has its purpose. If not for storage, it was made as a secret passage to keep the family safe from attack. After all, this was the time of the revolution and a man (especially one of his stature) can never be too careful.

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2. He sure had style. From his signature white ensemble to his choice of shoes, I can say that the President had it in him.

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He wore these “Ang Tibay” shoes – some lovely brogues, double monk strap and a Toms-looking pair.

3. He owned and loved books. He had LOTS of them.

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What you have to read if you want to be President.

4. He was a survivor. He did not only survive the war, he was also a force to reckon with even by infections and complications. Apparently, President Aguinaldo had appendicitis but after his operation, he was still complaining of something hurting from the inside. When they cut him open, they found out that gauze was left inside during the initial operation.

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That’s it, that little bottle at the bottom.

5. He was born at the shrine and his remains were interred at the shrine as well. That is him going full circle.

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At the back of his own home, our president lies peacefully.

Aguinaldo Shrine is open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. They have very accommodating guides who can share with you more fascinating stories when you pay a visit. What’s more fascinating is that there is NO entrance fee so feel free to bring your family, especially the kids here. I hope you can just drop a donation since we need historical sites like these to be preserved for the generations to come.

Weekend Food Trip and Adventure in Pampanga

When we were still based in Singapore, my husband and I had this habit of watching a lot of Filipino shows on The Filipino Channel (TFC). I guess it helps beat the homesickness blues. One of the shows we used to watch was Kris TV, an open format daily show which features places to eat, go and other trends in the Philippines. Last May, we saw a feature on this new adventure place called SandBox and Apag Marangle, a local restaurant, both located in Pampanga. My husband has been urging me to go here once we’re back in Pinas. After so many failed attempts because of the weather, we finally went on a whim last Friday. Thanks to Waze, we found our way!
Kapampangan Food Feast at Apag Marangle
Since it was dinner time and we were incredibly hungry, off we went to find Apag Marangle. We made a lot of bad turns but luckily found it! From NLEX, take the San Fernando exit and go straight to Olongapo-Gapan Road in Bacolor, Pampanga. Apag Marangle is right along the highway.
Location Map from Bacolor Pampanga's Official Website

Location Map from Bacolor Pampanga’s Official Website

Apag Marangle means Dining in the Farm. True to Its name, it is a very spacious farm with huts on stilts built on a huge fish pond. Since we were there for dinner, we weren’t able to take photos of the view but I bet it looks good during day time. You may check out Lakwatsero’s Blog for more photos of the place.
On to the much awaited part: eating!!! Almost all their dishes serve 3-4 pax so as much as we wanted to try so many things, we limited ourselves with the humba, nasi marangle, betute and their specialty drinks. We ordered the following:
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Nasi marangle (P295) is actually rice mixed with pakbet and topped with fried pork. So tasty and I must say, a meal in itself! We couldn’t finish the whole serving but I think our leftover can still feed 2-3 pax!
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Humba (P285) or braised pork was served with sweet bean sauce. Not really a fan of sweet ulam but this one was a perfect balance of sweet and salty. Loved it!
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The betute (P90/pc) is a local exotic dish –a deep fried frog stuffed with savory ground pork like relleno. It tasted like chicken but I can’t finish it all because it looked very much like a frog to me! Hahaha!
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I also liked their drinks. I had the iced lemongrass tea with honey which felt relaxing at every sip. My hubby got their buco pandan drink which was also good too.
Good news metro peeps! They will be opening a branch in Parksquare Makati soon!
Overnight stay at Tune Hotel
We didn’t book a hotel in advance so I relied on my trusty Agoda app to help me find an affordable but decent hotel to stay in. So I found Tune Hotel, located at Don Juico Avenue, Malabanias, Angeles City, Pampanga. It is right outside Clark which makes it convenient for us to go to SCTEX the following day.

When I asked what types of room they have, the receptionist said they only have 2. One with a queen sized bed and another with 2 single beds. Since I went here with my husband, we went with the former. The room costs P1,115 quite a steal given its proximity to Clark and also very near some restaurants.

The room was very simple yet highly functional. A bed with clean, white sheets, 2 pillows, A/C, TV with cable, hot and cold shower, hair dryer and a safe. Don’t expect breakfast too because there’s none. They do sell instant noodles at the reception but we were prepared, we brought our own Nissin Cup Noodles! Since we checked in around 9 and were to leave early the following day, I think the rate was really worth it.

Upside apart from value for money was it’s clean. The staff were really helpful too. Downside, there’s no parking and the tap water comes with a price.

Just some quick info I picked up from their site:
  • Conveniently located along Don Juico Avenue, where a host of restaurants, entertainment outlets and bars are located
  • 20 minutes by car to local tourist landmarks such as Salakot Arch, Old Pamintuan, Bale Matua (Founder’s Residence), Camalig, Santo Rosario Church and Fort Stotsenburg.
  • 10 minutes by car to get inside Clark Ecozone, a former US Airbase with hotels, resorts and the world-class Mimosa Golf Course.
  • 6.1km to the Clark International Airport, formerly known as the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA)
  • Check in time : 2:00pm onwards
  • Check out time : 11:00am
We were also able to squeeze in a one-hour body massage from Nuat Thai which was right beside the hotel. I enjoyed mine since the pressure was just right, however, my husband felt his muscles went sore even jokingly saying that the masseuse might be having a bad day! Lol.
Half Day Adventure at SandBox
This is us, trying to shy away from the old farts that we are. Hahaha! Adventure is out there! We took SCTEX from Clark and took the Porac exit. I think it was short of 20 minutes away! You can easily spot Alviera (where SandBox is located) when you take the Porac exit.
Good day to be out!

Good day to be out!

SandBox is inside ALVIERA. It is a collaboration between Ayala Land and Leonio Land, Inc. It’s a sprawling 1,125-hectare  development which will house various establishments like a commercial area, business and industrial park, university, recreational areas, and residential neighbourhood. SandBox is part of this grand master plan. It provides an outdoor attraction for family and friends to enjoy. Although I’m a bit wary for little kids, I think this works best for kids 8 and up.

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There are 2 steps before you can get inside SandBox:
(1) Pick the attractions you want:
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(2) Pay the corresponding fees. Entrance Fee is at P75. Since the Avatar One was under repair, the packages weren’t available so we had to choose on a per attraction basis. They give out tickets per attraction so be sure to keep all those safely tucked in your pocket or bag.
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Tickets? Check!

Tickets? Check!

We tried the Giant Swing which was the most exciting amongst the available attractions. My husband, who had a terrible fear of heights, had no choice but to try it out with me! As with any extreme activity, the first swing from the highest point was the most jaw-dropping one! The feeling of your heart stopping and your stomach seeming to float in the air is the same with this one.
Up in the air

Up in the air

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Aerial Walk

The Tower for Free Fall, Rappel, Wall Climb and the Avatar One

The Tower for Free Fall, Rappel, Wall Climb and the Avatar One

We tried the Wall Climbing but goodness gracious! I couldn’t even lift myself up! Props to the husband who was able to go mid way up! That tower right there is what we had to climb. Trust me, it wasn’t as easy as it looks. The Avatar One was closed for repair.  I think it’s been closed for 3 weeks. Too bad! 😦 This was the attraction I was really excited to try.

We didn’t get to try all because the lines were crazy long. During our visit, there were regular guests and an AXN event. There was also some confusion on where people should line up since the AXN guests had a line exclusive to them. Not a big deal for me but I just hope that the staff were proactive and attentive enough to make the guests queue where they were supposed to be and not making them transfer after an hour of agonising waiting. The scorching heat also didn’t help. There were tents for the queue but gaaaaah, I cannot take the heat anymore. I realised now more than ever that I like being out in the sun only when I am clad in a bikini 2 feet away from the beach.

We were so, so thirsty and the Snack Yankee Shack right at the entrance was our only saving grace. The menu is very American but it’s very affordable. The drinks were quite refreshing! See what we got below:

Snack Yankee Shack Menu

Snack Yankee Shack Menu

Strawberry Slushie to beat the heat!

Strawberry Slushie to beat the heat!

Some tips and watch outs:
  • It’s a rough road once you’ve entered Alviera to reach SandBox, be sure your tires are ready!
  • I cannot stress the fact to wear comfortable shoes (rubber shoes to be exact) and clothing.
  • Wear sunblock, the heat can be excruciating.
  • If in case there is rain, the venue has the right to close the amenities for safety purposes. Better safe than sorry!
  • There are age, height and weight restrictions for the attractions. Be sure to check them out here before you go.
  • You cannot bring food inside but the parking lot is quite near so perhaps you can store your snacks and drinking water in your car.
  • Last and the most important one: Driving all the way to Pampanga with the purpose of visiting SandBox alone may get you a little disappointed. There are limited things to do and the area is far from getting developed. So to have a good time, consider this as a one-of in a list of destinations you will visit in the North. I suggest you plan it out and perhaps go to Nayong Pilipino in Clark, extend your drive to Subic or go on a food trip in Pampanga (which we did).

Lunch at Meat Plus Cafe in Clark

Meat Plus is a popular steakhouse in Subic offering different kinds of steaks like American Angus steak. This is a classic Subic baby which started its operations back in the nineties when the American troops were still at the base. They now have a second branch at the Shell Station in Clark, Pampanga which we tried for the first time!

My perfectly cooked slab of meat

My perfectly cooked slab of meat

When in Meat Plus, one should order the steak so I got the Topsirloin steak which came with rice, vegetables and a drink. The meat was very tender, had it cooked in medium well. My husband who’s hard to please when it comes to my I-wanna-try food suggestions liked it too! (Yey!) He ordered a cheeseburger meal and said that the meat of bun tasted very much legit.

We ended our little food trip with Buko Pandan at Nathaniel’s Bakeshop in true Kapampangan fashion. But between you and me, we bought at their Timog branch hahahaha! We were looking for a branch in Pampanga via Waze but got lost so we opted for one which was along the way. 🙂

To give you an idea on how much we spent, please see below.
Expenses (of course, we could have saved a lot more if we weren’t such gluttons):
Items Amount in PHP
Toll Fee – NLEX 45.00
Toll Fee – NLEX 112.00
Dinner at Apag Marangle 760.00
Overnight stay at Tunes Hotel 1,115.00
Toll Fee – SCTEX Clark to Porac 30.00
Sandbox Entrance Fee and Attractions 850.00
Lunch at Meat Plus Café 560.00
Nathaniel’s Buko Pandan 260.00
Toll Fee – SCTEX 30.00
Toll Fee – NLEX Angeles to Balintawak 198.00
1-Hour Massage for each person at Nuat Thai 700.00
Total 4,660.00
 There you go! That’s our 2D1N in Pampanga 🙂

Calaguas, Camarines Norte: The road (and sea) to paradise

markngo:

Almost a year ago, we went on a 10-hour bus and 2-hour boat ride to experience paradise. 🙂

Boracay virgin no more

Given the wanderer in me, people are often surprised when they find out that I’ve never been to Boracay – not until now. Hooray! 🙂 Gel surprised me with tickets to Boracay by using up his Mabuhay Miles from Philippine Airlines so we ended up paying for the tax only which was roughly P600 bucks. Steal! 🙂

Touchdown:

PAL only flies from Manila to Kalibo so that’s where we landed. 

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Early flight and I’m so sleepy. There are already lots of shuttles bound to Caticlan when you go out of the airport. No need to book in advance unless you’re arriving in Kalibo late at night. We got our shuttle and ferry package for P250 but you can get something as low as P200 or maybe even less.

It’s a 2-hour land trip from Kalibo to Caticlan and it was the worst 2 hours of my life. Maybe it was my lack of sleep, hormones or the driver was just a badass on the road but I had to barf a couple of times and my tummy was wreaking havoc. This happened not just on our way to Caticlan but on our way back. 😦 Why oh why? Imagine, I had to put the van to a halt just so I can use the toilet. Hehe! 

Anyway, we got there when people were already leaving the island on an Easter Sunday. I guess it was a little less crowded than the Holy Week.

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Of course, my expectations were high because THIS IS BORACAY. It recently ranked 2nd best beach in the world by TripAdvisor and Asia’s best. I must say the sand lives up to its promise, so fine like powder! 

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It’s Gel’s first time too. Does he look happy or ang init lang kasi?


Food:

Because it’s our first time, we had to try the famous Jonah’s Milkshake – the drink that made Boracay, that’s what they say.

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We had lunch at Astoria Plaza, all because we wanted a free buffet! Haha! 

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Seafood galore! My favorite would have to be Prawn in Butter and Garlic. I can eat this all day!

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Burger and fries from Bite Cub – D’Mall Station 2

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Isaw and other grilled food everywhere including the Chori Burger that I’ve been hearing about. Tried it and it was okay. No picture nga lang, sorry!

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Accommodation:

Stayed in La Carmela on our 1st night. The room was big enough to suit 4 persons. The air-conditioning was really good, we were freezing by 3am! The only thing I can’t use was the hot shower. Was in a hurry so had no time to call the front desk and complain. Over-all, worth the price of P3k since they’re located in front of the beach.

We transferred to Fat Jimmy’s the following day for our 3D2N stay. It’s located at Station 2, D’Mall area. If you don’t mind a leisurely 2-minute walk to the beach and passing by the market on your way, then I think this is pretty ok. I scored a good deal from Groupon because we only paid P2,400 for our entire stay. Not to mention that we were pampered by the hotel crew, even allowing us to have an early breakfast the day of our check-out so we can catch our flight. This is very homey and I really liked staying here.

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What we did:

This trip was all about eating and eating and eating so apart from that, all we did was to be lazy. Bask in the sun and on our last day, try out Helmet Diving.

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I don’t know how or why I did this considering I am no swimmer. I am claustrophobic. I just had an ear infection which bans me from swimming. But then again, it was worth the try 🙂

A lot of other activities are available so if you have the time, the cash and the guts, you can try the other things like:

Banana Boat

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Flying Fish

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Parawsailing

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And a whole lot more.

Just be careful and choosy since there are lots of ‘commissioners’ offering these. I suggest you go to Station 3 since the operators are there and you can deal with them directly.

What I love in Boracay:

There’s food everywhere, you’ll never go hungry.

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Massage by the beach.

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Polvoron-like sand.

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Sunset.

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Koreans are all over the place. Restaurants and most establishments have their signs in Korean, market vendors can even speak Korean. What I found funny was that the locals eye foreigners so fast that they’ve mistaken Gel as one.

Boracay, for me, isn’t your ‘relaxing’ beach. It’s more of your ‘party’ beach. Much like Puerto Galera but way better crowd. To each its own, right? I’m not much of a fan of congested beaches but Boracay has something to offer that others don’t have. The dynamism, the vibe, the life. 

So, to cap it off, here’s the list of expenses for this 4D3N trip:

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Enjoy! 🙂

 

Cagayan de Oro-Camiguin Misadventures

Through this trip I was able to realize that optimism is really key, and with two positive souls together, no amount of mishaps or bad vibes can put us down.

Our flight to Cagayan de Oro was really early at 4:30 am, I got in 5 minutes late for flight check-in. Tadaaa! That’s 6k slashed out my pocket for flight re-booking so we can go and get the next flight. Boohoo. Fine, anything just to get us going.

We arrived in CDO early am with cab drivers swarming us for a lift to our hotel. They were charging us a lot so being cheapskates that we are, ended up doing the cheapest way possible. Took a jeep from Airport to Carmen, then a multicab to Cogon market and a motorela to Yacapin St. where our hotel is.

The highlight of the trip is the white water rafting which took us the whole afternoon of Day 1. All we had are our adventurous spirits since both of us are no swimmers 🙂 Get the thrill of fighting the 13 rapids in this beginner’s course as you cruise along the Cagayan de Oro River which separates CDO from Bukidnon.

On board with our “new found friends” lol

Try riding solo for a more exhilarating experience

This has been by far the most thrilling adventure I’ve been but voila, the pictures taken by the Rafting Company got corrupted. I had to have some proof that I actually survived rafting! Hahaha! Good thing they were able to retrieve it the following day, or else I would’ve gotten ballistic. 

We were lucky to be in CDO on a Friday since their Divisoria area turns into a big party place and night market on Fridays. Expect “ukay-ukays” (thrifted /vintage finds) lined up on the streets for your shopping fix.

We left sun shiny CDO the following morning only to dock Camiguin in a not so happy low pressure area. Taddaaa! Rain, rain! Imagine, we toured the island with our swimsuits on but carrying an umbrella to protect our dear Nikons.

 

All wet at Old Guiob Church Ruins

Gloomy shot of the famed Sunken Cemetery

We couldn’t go near because it was raining so hard.


We’re supposed to go to White Island the following morning but it was still raining when we woke up. So we decided to sleep some more and when we woke up around 7, the sun was up! Talk about unlucky?! Hehehe! It was time for our driver to pick us up already so we just had to drool over the picturesque view of Camiguin as we move along.

Oh dear, isn’t she lovely!?

By the time we got back in CDO, we were dog tired already, left with just enough energy to buy pasalubong for our friends back home. 

Here’s our itinerary to help you plan your trip:

Day 1

6:30 AM – Departure from Manila

8:30 AM – Hotel Check-in: Wilshire Inn – Aguinaldo corner Yacapin Street / (8822) 72-0762; 72-0531; (0915) 2332734) / (0917)7063800)

8:30-11:00 AM – Rest time 

11 AM – 12 NN – Lunch

1:00 PM  – White-Water Service PIck-up from Hotel 

1:30-3:00 PM – White-Water Rafting Beginner’s Course (1st Rafting Adventure Philippines +639273255544) 

  • Wear/Bring: Beach Attire preferably quick dry clothes
  • Rash guards or Long sleeves
  • Extra Clothes and Toiletries
  • Personal Zip locks for valuables
  • Aqua Shoes, Sandals or Slippers (preferably with straps)
  • Sun blocks or Sun screens
  • SLR or Digital Cameras (dry bag will be provided) 

5:00 PM Back in Hotel

8:00 PM – Dinner/ Shopping at Divisoria

Day 2

7:00-9:00 AM  – Jeep to Agora Bus Terminal, take Yellow Bachelor Bus 

9:00 AM – Balingoan Ferry Port 

10:00 AM – Benoni Pier Camiguin

11:00 AM – Check-in at Secret Cove (e-mail the owner Tom Solski at Tom Solski@fastmail.fm)

1:00PM-8:30 PM – Camiguin Island Tour

  • Walkway to the Old Volcano
  • Sunken Cemetery
  • Old Guiob Church Ruins
  • Soda Water Pool
  • Sto. Nino Cold Spring
  • Katibawasan Falls – I was enthralled! First time to see real-life falls. 
  • Ardent Hot Springs – Winner! I love it. 39 degrees yung water. FYI, they have rooms as well.

Day 3

9:00 AM – Departure from Secret Cove Resort 

10:00 AM – Ferry from Beroni Pier going to CDO

11:00 AM – Ride a Bus from Balingoan Pier to CDO

1:00 PM – Arrival in CDO 

1-3:00 PM – Buy Pasalubong at the public market / Lunch

4:00 PM – Check in at DDD Hotel

Day 4

Go home!

Here’s a rundown of the expenses:

  • Jeep Airport to Carmen – Php 17
  • Multicab from Carmen to Cogon – Php7.50
  • Motorela from Cogon to Yacapin St. – Php 6
  • Overnight stay at Wilshire Inn for 2 pax – Php 695/2 
  • Beginner’s Course White Water Rafting – Php 700 ea
  • White Water Rafting CD Pictures – P250 (you can split if you’re a group)
  • Lunch (Carinderia) – Php45
  • Dinner (Resti in Divisoria) – Php 105
  • Trike to and fro Divisoria – Hotel – Php6 x 2 = Php 12
  • Motorela to Agora Bus Terminal – Php10
  • Regular Bus to Balingoan Bus Terminal – Php60
  • Trike to Port – Php10
  • Ferry to Benoni Camiguin – Php150 x 2 = P300
  • Breakfast/Lunch – Php110
  • Dinner at Secret Cove – Php320
  • Multicab Rent for Island Tour and Port/Hotel Transfer – Php 2200
  • Overnight Stay at Secret Cove for 2 pax – Php1400
  • Ardent Hot Springs – Php30 
  • Katibawasan Falls – Php 20 
  • Sto Nino – Php 20 
  • Soda Cold springs- P20
  • Trike to Balingoan Bus Terminal – Php5
  • Aircon Bus to CDO – Php 130
  • Jeep to Divisoria – Php 10
  • Lunch – Php 85
  • Overnight Stay at DDD Hotel for 2 pax with breakfast – Php 850
  • Dinner – Php50
  • Cab to Airport – Php150

Even though this trip had Murphy’s Law all over, we were still able to pull it off and have a good time 🙂 

Although…

I hope to see Camiguin again. Go to White Island. See the Sunken Cemetery up close.

Take a picture of Katibawasan Falls with crepuscular rays shining through.

Dip in the Soda Water Pool and Ardent Hot Spring for long.

Oh Camiguin, you mesmerized me 🙂

City of Smiles and Mango Capital of the Philippines: Bacolod and Guimaras

Again, a spontaneous booking by my good friend Mariz prompted this trip. Since she’s been to most places in the country already, we opted to go somewhere we haven’t all been – Bacolod, the City of Smiles.

I tried to ask some Ilonggo friends (Bacolod natives) what we can do there and the winning reply would be to EAT! Well, that would be lovely, but of course we wanted to do so much more. Good thing we found out that we can reach Guimaras via Bacolod for some beach bumming. So that’s what we did. Hit two birds with one stone. 🙂 

Here’s our trip itinerary for 3 days/2 nights:

Day 1

1:35pm – Airport

3:35pm – Departure – Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3

4:40pm – Arrival – Silay International Airport

6:00pm – Check-in: Bascon Hotel  (Address: Gonzaga-Locsin Streets, Bacolod City)

7:00pm – Dinner: Manukan Country of Bacolod (Near SM Bacolod) 

9:00pm: – Coffee at a nearby bar/cafe 

Day 2

5:30am – Wake up!

7:00am – Breakfast 

8:00am – Cab to Banago (Bacolod Port)

8:30am – Ferry to Iloilo – Fastcraft (45 mins- Weesam Express or Ocean Jet)

9:30am – Pedicab to Ortiz Wharf and the Ferry to Jordan Guimaras

10:00am – Arrival in Guimaras – Alubihod Bay in Poblacion. Tourists will be required to log-in at the Local Tourism desk, will be given a map and a quick briefing on spots you can visit in Guimaras – very helpful!)

11:00am – Early Lunch at a local restaurant

12-3pm – Island Tour: Navalas Church / Roca Encantadia (the ancestral home of the Lopezes) / Trappist Monastery / Guisi Lighthouse and Ruins

3:00pm – Check-in Rhaymen Beach Resort

3-5pm – Island Hopping – Natago Island, Baras Cave, Ave Maria Island

Day 3

5:00am – Wake up!

6:00am – Breakfast

7:00am – Leave resort and go to Alubihod Bay – Take Ferry to Ortiz Wharf (Iloilo)

-Then Ferry from Iloilo to Banago Port (Bacolod)

10:00am – Arrival in Bacolod

11;00am – The Ruins (more)

2:00PM – Balay Negrense   (more)

3:10pm – Airport

5:10pm – Departure

I wouldn’t really recommend the hotel where we stayed in Bacolod, it was creepy beyond creepy with footsteps and water leaking at 3am. So try to look for other cheap hotels, there are a lot 🙂 

Again, our IT looks hella packed jumping from one boat to the next but we live and thrive in those amazing race moments. Cheers to being young and agile. The boats leave the ports on time, usually every hour or two so be there 20-30 minutes before the hour turns to give you time to buy tickets and so you won’t have to run for your lives like we did. Yes, I was running with 11 kilos of Guimaras mangoes on my back since my 2 friends are tiny and I’m supposed to be the big girl. Haha! 🙂

Bacolod, well it has made a name of it’s own already for bringing us with delectable goodies satisfying our sweet tooth and delighting us with the crowd favorite, Chicken Inasal. The Ruins and Balay Negrense are also worth visiting for history freaks like me.

Guimaras, on the other hand, has a charm of its own, adding up to that is how it has risen from the oil spill tragedy a few years back. For ease of travel, we rented a multicab driven by our really nice and helpful kuya Nonong (mobile no: +639206146709 in case you want to contact him). Oh and by the way, do not leave without trying what we boast to be the sweetest mangoes in the world. 

Okay, enough stories, now the numbers airfare and food excluded. Being budget travelers that we are, we spent as conscientiously as possible:

Terminal Fee – Php400

Cab from Bacolod Airport to Downtown – Php400

Bacolod: Bascon Hotel – Php1000/night for 3 pax (no breakfast)

Cab to Banago Port – Php70

Weesam Ferry to Iloilo – Php480 round trip

Pedicab to Ortiz Wharf – Php 7/pax

JBC Ferry to Guimaras – Php13/pax

Roca Encantadia Entrance – Php50 (not worth it though ‘coz we went a time they were renovating so better ask before you go) 

Guisi Lighthouse – Php10/pax

Multicab Rental – Php2200 (includes Port-Resort roundtrip transfer/ Island Tour)

Guimaras: Rhaymen Beach Resort (+639185207271) – P730/night for 3 pax (no breakfast) 

Island Hopping Fee – Php550 for 2 hours

Cab Rental for Bacolod Tour (The Ruins and Balay) – Php700

The Ruins Entrance Fee – Php50

Balay Negrense Entrance Fee – Php40

Before you go, be sure to grab some “pasalubong” from Calea’s or Bongbongs 🙂

Some photos of the nice places we’ve visited:

Navalas Church Bell Tower

View from Guisi Lighthouse

Ask your boatman to dock in Baras Cave

The Ruins


That’s it. Go and enjoy!