Friday, November 28

Microtel Gensan by Wyndham: The Better Choice

Everyone deserves a good place to stay if traveling to an unfamiliar territory.  If you are visiting General Santos City either for business or as a jump-off point to nearby towns, Microtel GenSan is a great place to stay.
Ideal Location
Tucked inside the posh Valley High (a complex of restaurants) along Pan Philippine Highway, this clean-looking hotel is easy to find and is just under 30 minutes from General Santos City Airport.  Shuttle can be arranged but the hotel is also accessible by public transportation.



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 change.org, 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.

Change.org:  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


Photo by Edmaration.com


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.