POSTCARDS: Diving in Apo Island, Dauin, Negros Oriental

We’ve been here in Apo Island since yesterday, and there has been no shortage of amazing sights since. But this one—taken this afternoon during our second dive at Rock’s Point—has got to be THE BEST of them all.

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Our dive master Jed spotted this enormous sea turtle sitting on soft coral at a depth of about 10 meters, keeping the three of us busy for the next five minutes. We’ve done two dives today and saw a total of six turtles in all, plus three more yesterday when we were snorkeling. Forgive us for gushing too much but Apo Island is just SO AMAZING!

Btw this is a screenshot from a video taken with the equally amazing GoPro Hero 3. Loving this powerhouse so far! So glad we got it just in time for our year’s first dive. :)

Here’s a rough cut of our two dives at Chapel’s Point & West Rock Point:

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Table for Two: Iloilo

If there’s one thing we love about Iloilo, it’s the food. And if there’s anything better than the food, it’s the price.

Eating out in Iloilo means dining in well-loved homegrown restaurants and hole-in-the-wall eating places, all of which give you bang for your buck. Fresh, cheap seafood; hearty bowls of batchoy, and below-zero beer with live jazz music—the only thing better than all these is experiencing them during the Dinagyang, the BEST festival we’ve seen YET.

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POSTCARDS: A quieter sunset on Panglao’s other side

Panglao’s town center, a few meters off the pier, gives no indication whatsoever that part of its coastline is home to sprawling five-stars and a Boracay-like ambience just five minutes away. Those who are rather tired of sunsets at Alona Beach—the more touristy portion of Panglao—can troop to this pier instead, where mangroves line either side and the view of the sun as it sets on the horizon is just as stunning.

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A man docks along the mangrove-lined pier of Panglao Island, Bohol.

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POSTCARDS: Pit Senyor!

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A Cebuana dressed as Reyna Juana dances around the streets of Cebu City during the Sinulog 2012 Carousel Parade.

Every January, the Philippines celebrates the Feast of the Sto. Nino (The Child Jesus) with processions and parades. Sinulog in Cebu province in the Visayas holds one of the biggest, capped off by a large-scale religious procession on the Saturday of the Sinulog Weekend and by a whole-day carousel parade the following day. Street parties follow the revelry and last until the wee hours of the morning.

This year, the Sinulog procession will be on the 19th, and the carousel parade on the 20th. Other festivals happening this January include the Feast of the Black Nazarene in Manila (January 9), Dinagyang in Iloilo City (January 26 & 27), and Ati-Atihan in Kalibo, Aklan (January 19 and 20).

POSTCARDS: Panorama of Sta. Fe., Bantayan Island

Motorcycling around Bantayan Island in northern Cebu without a map—and street signs for that matter—brought us to this corner tucked away from the resorts. Around it are several other houses as well, most likely of expats (there is a lot of them in this island).

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POSTCARDS: Hinagdanan Cave, Panglao, Bohol

We reached Hinagdanan Cave in Panglao Island in Bohol after circling around the island on a motorbike and getting caught under a downpour along the way. The cave is about a 10-minute drive inland through an unpaved road, and as is typical with tourist spots, there are more souvenir shirts near the entrance than needed, although a good consolation is the yummy green mango shake for sale just in front.

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