Thursday, November 20

Help Save Boljoon's Ili Rock

I have fallen in love with this rustic town the moment i stepped foot on its shores.  Boljoon's center has successfully preserved its old-world charm and integrity, making it a possible UNESCO World Heritage Site candidate.  

It is beautiful.  Isn't it?  Now this view is gone forever.

The church and its surrounding complex, plus the natural fortress called Ili Rock, are the town's natural heritage sites.

I have heard recently from the town's budget/tourism officer Mr. Ronald Villanueva, that a road project helmed by the DPWH is currently undergoing without consulting the locals.  The project has caused the destruction of the natural formation of this fortress. 

Read Mr. Ronald Villanueva's interview with Cebu Daily News here

If you agree in preserving this natural site, sign the petition which was started by Mr. Balbino Guerrero on, a resident of Cebu. 

Ili Rock Formation during my August 2014 visit.  

Ili Rock Formation as of today.

Totally unacceptable
I believe there is always a way around to help protect our heritage sites without the need of destroying it.  Seeing this photo, the Ili Rock has been damaged forever and has broke my heart at the same time.  

Help us save what is left of it.  Spread the word.  Share this post and sign the petition below.  Stop Defacing Boljoon's Ili Rock

Tuesday, November 18

Baroque Churches of the Philippines

As a lover of old churches, it was my secret mission to lay eyes on the four world renowned churches in the country.

The Philippines boasts of four churches listed under the UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Baroque Church Category

1.  San Agustin Church
     Intramuros, Manila

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2.  Santa Maria Church
     Sta. Maria, Ilocos Sur

3.  Santo Tomas de Villanueva Church
     Miagao, Iloilo

4.  San Agustin Church
     Paoay, Ilocos Norte

Also called as Paoay Church

Tuesday, November 11

Boljoon's Nuestra Señora de Patrocinio Parish Church

Boljoon is a heritage town.  Boljoon Church or the Patrocinio de Maria Parish serves as the town's main tourist attraction.  The parish was established in 1599 while the present church was finished in 1873.  A National Historical Marker stands before the church and is declared as a National Cultural Treasure.

Tuesday, November 4

Boljoon's Past Inside This Balay

Let us take a closer what's inside this Balay (house). This is the ancestral home of a former Church Monsignor. This is a must-do when visiting Boljoon as one can take a peek from Boljoon's cultural past.

Tuesday, October 28

The Varied Old Homes of Boljoon

But of course, a visit to a lovely heritage town like Boljoon would not be complete without discovering its pot of gold: its ancestral homes.

The old homes of Boljoon seems more on the mix of American-influence and of traditional architecture. I truly enjoyed walking along its oldest street (Patrocinio St.) and in the adjacent ones.  

Tuesday, October 21

Beauteous Boljoon

I knew I would be stepping foot on this tamed, religious town the moment I saw a picture of it over the internet. Boljoon (read as Bol-ho-on) came first to my knowledge in dear friend Ephraim's blog post over two years ago.  My mind did not need a long time to ponder, I knew I loved Boljoon even before going there.

Elevated view of Boljoon town proper with Ili Rock 

Nestled in a secluded cove protected by a natural rock formation called Ili Rock, it is no wonder as to why Boljoanon's forebears chose to settle here permanently.  A small strip of flat land is bounded by azure waters and thickly-forested curving hills.  Boljoon, in anybody's view, can be described as nothing but picturesque.  

Tuesday, October 14

Claveria's Remaining Ancestral Homes

This coastal town only has a few remaining ancestral homes which either have been turned to business establishments or remained the families' humble abode. 

Either way, I was still happy to see a few old homes that withstood the test of time.

Monday, October 6

The Mermaid in Moalboal

It was my first time in the province of Cebu.  I wonder how come I have skipped visiting this comely queen for many years now.  I guess because of the fact that Cebu has always been on the top of the list among Philippine destinations.

A recently cancelled trip abroad opened several windows of local travel for me.  After a three-day sojourn in the provinces of Ilocos SurIlocos Norte, Cagayan and Apayao, a hiatus was not in the horizon for I was headed to this island soon after.

Wednesday, October 1

I Stepped Foot in Apayao

I smiled a genuine smile as the scenes from a painting of a Philippine National Artist came to life before my eyes. Mountains as the backdrop, farms on the sides, two carabaos lounging in the river, the blue skies, a gentle river snaking from the mountains to the plains below and a gentle lady dreaming of a love from above.  

Yes, I stepped foot in Apayao.

Thursday, September 25

I Love Claveria

I was wedged in between rowdy teenagers and an elderly woman with lots of baggage.  The jeepney we were riding in was having a hard time maintaining its steady momentum as it wound its way up to the hill towards Sentinela.  The small sliding window behind me gave me a glimpse of a view worthy of a loud wow and solicited from me several omgs.  I think of the poor kid now who might have to deal with a hearing problem after that brief encounter with an excited traveler.

The view was magnificent.  The sea lapping around the gray sands of a long quiet beach.  The intricate rock formations jutting out from end to end.  Nothing but the solemn sea. A few kids litter the beach front, playing in their own private world.

Sentinela Beach, Claveria

Claveria has long been a dream destination for me. Located at the northernmost tip of Luzon Island, it is a quiet town worthy of my love.  Where everyone knows almost everybody.  A curious glance at you would cement their suspicion that you are either probably a first-time visitor or a recurring vacationer.  

My mermaid tail in Taggat Lagoon

The beach babe in me longed to immerse in the clean calm waters of Taggat Lagoon when it was low-tide.  Sentinela Cove's charm brought out the mermaid in me while the main beach fronting Pasaleng Bay caused quite a stir.  Locals were eager to watch as a red-tailed mermaid swam happily on their sleepy shores.

Someday I'll be Part Of Your World

Truly, I love Claveria.


How To Get Here
Florida (Sampaloc, Manila) air-con buses plies the Manila-Claveria route at P 800 per person