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La Bella Vida Mountain Resort: My Trip to One of the Best Resorts in Misamis Occidental

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Sitting atop a plateau near the foot of Mt. Malindang in Barangay Guba, Clarin, Misamis Occidental, Philippines is the La Bella Vida Mountain Resort and Eco-Agri Park which is owned by the Gata Dako Multi-Purpose Cooperative (GDMPC). Truly, I felt ecstatic when my good friend Jinky Flores, who happens to be the General Manager of the cooperative, chatted to me that GDMPC built the resort purposely to ensure that the guests shall live a good life by experiencing luxury, ease, style and uplifted well-being during their stay, hence, the name La Bella Vida coined from the popular Italian and Spanish expression which means The Beautiful Life. Read More »

My Quebec City Walking Tour in Canada

Upper Town Quebec- Fairmont Le Château Frontenac

When I told my Canadian friend, whom I met in my island home of Bucas Grande in the Philippines, that I would travel to Canada to attend the Second International Summit of Co-operatives in Quebec City from October 6-9, 2014, he advised me not to miss having a Quebec City walking tour. In fact, his admonition that If you have ... Read More »

Top 7 Reasons for Conservationists to Visit the Big Island

kilaeau in Big Island

Mention island getaways and most people would think of the sand, sea and sun. But there are more of the Big Island, Hawai’i than the multi-colored (white, yellow, black, red and green) beaches, wide ocean activity assortment and perfect weather including the aloha spirit of its people, vibrant culture, rich history, diverse ethnic cuisine and souvenirs shops selling both cheap ... Read More »

Kapihan Nature and Adventure Park: What Is Absolutely Up?

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Unknown to many, aside from the world-renowned Sohoton Cove, there is an attraction in Bucas Grande Island, Socorro, Surigao del Norte, Philippines which is considered by pundits in the tourism idustry as having a greater tourism potential than the famous Tagaytay in Cavite, Philippines. And I am referring to the Kapihan Nature and Adventure Park (KNAP) located at highest peak northeast of the island possessing excellent perceptual quality with the North and East facing slopes of the site essentially serving as viewsheds that provide vistas of the surrounding islands. Read More »

My Japan Trip: A Visit to the Sensoji Budhist Temple in Tokyo

A souvenir photo in front of the Hōzōmon (Treasure House) Gate.

It was a Saturday, July 26, 2014, during the first weekly break of my first Japan trip attending the 25-day 1st ICA/Japan Training Course for "Fostering Leaders to Reinforce Business Development of Agricultural Co-operatives in FY 2014" at the Institute for the Development of Agricultural Cooperation in Asia (IDACA) in Machida City, Tokyo, that I experienced the first sightseeing trip on the famous attractions in the capital of the Land of the Rising Sun. Read More »

The Crater Lake Apo I Mistook To Be Non Visit-Worthy

The alluring bamboo raft floating at Lake Apo.

During my series of visits to the picturesque Menzi Farms in Barangay Damilag, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon in the Philippines, my close friends Charlie Sagrado and Farm Manager Lumel Nunag kept on telling me about their trip to the relatively unknown crater lake dubbed Lake Apo in the City of Valencia of the same province. Enticed by their description of the ... Read More »

The Doll House Visit That Excited My Youngest Kid Most

Asha from India and Liliana from the Philippines.

Unknown to my fellow co-op leaders in Caraga Region, Philippines, the underlying reason why I insisted that the Federation Ownership Meeting be held at Bislig City, Surigao del Sur, Philippines was to see for myself the kid friendly attractions found in the city, among them,  the International Doll House.  I decided to bring with me my head office managers and ... Read More »

The Air Travel That Almost Saw Me Kiss Death

The Mactan-Cebu International Airport Boarding Gate No. 7 bearing our flight boarding details.

I have been logging thousands of air travel miles both in my domestic and international flights to and from my various travel destinations but never had I met a travel experience as life-threatening as my flight from Cebu City in the Visayas to Ozamiz City in Mindanao, Philippines. It was a gloomy Monday morning amid a long-running Low Pressure Area ... Read More »

Carmen Christmas Theme Park: One of the Most Visited Caraga Tourist Attractions

The right approach towards the Carmen Municipal Hall

Caraga Region in the Philippines hosts a number of natural tourist attractions considered as fantastic vacation destinations. From powdery-white sand beaches, world-class surfing waves, magnificent waterfalls, placid lakes, best island getaways... name them all and you can find it in this part of the country. However, unknown to many, there is an undertaking in the town of Carmen, Province of Agusan del Norte which just started as a local tradition to celebrate the yuletide season but turned out later into one of the most visited local attractions in the region. Read More »