Before this trip materialized, I would often mention ‘Guimaras’ whenever people ask what will be our first destination as soon as we land in Iloilo International Airport. And no, Guimaras is not part of Iloilo but it’s 15 minutes boat away from Ortiz Wharf. Guimaras is popularly known for its Mango as it is the producer of the ‘Sweetest Mango in the World.’
Tacloban City seems to be an unbeknownst destination for travel enthusiasts, especially after it was devastated by Typhoon Yolanda back in 2013. But I think that’s more reason for travelers to visit, explore, and help the city recover back slowly into its original state by attracting more tourists. Plus, Tacloban City became more historic after the typhoon as you can witness the ships that were swept away to the city during the storm and were made as monuments.
Some plans do not turn out as expected just like this one where we went to Marian Orchard instead of climbing Mt. Maynoba due to some news reporting that there are NPAs lurking around Rizal. But at least I have a set of friends who’s always on the “Go! Push! Tara! G!” when moments like this happens. Just always keep in mind that safety is a priority. 🙂
Kalanggaman Island is known for its long stretch of white beach and pristine waters that went viral on Facebook circa 2014-2015. It quickly got added on my bucket list the minute I saw the photos that are spreading all over the internet. It’s like a glimpse of Palompon in the city of Leyte that is lurking around and waiting to be recognized.
I had been planning and pushing this weekend escape for God knows how long! Me and my friends’ schedules don’t permit and that is why it took us another year (2017) to finally drive to the South and explore some of Laguna’s hidden gems. It was very timely, actually, because I got very exhausted at work and I went gaga the week before this, which made me look forward to the weekend and got very excited to go out and have a breath of fresh air.