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Buwakan ni Alejandra: Balamban’s Newest Gem

After the Sirao Celosia Farms broke the local internet last year (which resulted to the farm being a new tourist attraction,) more and more highlands residents are looking for interesting ways to cash in on the trend. In fact, in the town of Balamban, just several minutes away, you will see that viewing decks, lifestyle […]

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What Happened to Cambuhawe?

Many years ago, I was able to visit the Cambuhawe Springs in Balamban. I remember that there were numerous springs in the area and one (or two) of them fed a gigantic swimming pool. The water from the pool then flows straight towards a shallow brackish body of water which also flows towards the sea. Two weeks ago, […]

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Breakfast at West 35

If you’ve had a very busy week and you want to get away from it all, the town of Balamban has the perfect spot for you. Two weeks agao, a new friend and I visited the West 35 Eco Mountain Resort in Gaas, Balamban. If you’re traveling from the city via the TransCentral Highway, this […]

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Failed Sequel

Trip Sponsor: Mam Judith! 🙂 ———————- Before anything else, big big big thanks to Mam Judith for this trip! 🙂 Anyway, last week, Redjie and I decided to do the sequel to the round-south trip that we took a couple of weeks ago. Since we’ve already toured the southern end of the island, this time, […]

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Old Meets New in Balamban

Right after my ten-minute stay in the quiet little sea-side park of Pinamungajan, I was back on the road for the next leg of my trip. My next destination was Balamban. When I reached Toledo – which was less than 30 minutes away – I saw a couple of road-side signs with directions to a […]

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Balamban’s Plaza

During my recent visit to Balamban, I was finally able to see for myself the town’s seaside plaza. Situated just in front of the bus terminal and the public market, the plaza is a refreshing break from the hectic and often riotous life of the poblacion. It’s interesting to note that despite the proximity, the […]

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Balamban’s New Mall

Just a couple of months ago, the Gaisano Town Center in Balamban finally opened its doors to the people of Balamban. The beautiful mall which kinda looks like the old Gaisano Country Mall in Banilad (which according to rumors will soon be demolished to give way to a hospital) can be found along the Transcentral […]

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Balamban Crash Site

Last June 13, 2010, Cebu was rocked by a sad and tragic news. A tourist bus, which was on its way to Balamban, fell off a 30-meter ravine in Baranggay Cansomoroy in Balamban. 21 people died and at least 30 were injured. Most of those who were killed were Iranian nationals. Today, almost two months […]

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Fog Walkers

A few months ago (when my camera was still okay), an MCPB reader sent me a private message. He said that he enjoyed my photos and that he would like to one day join me in one of my ‘adventures.’ So when Harry mentioned that he wanted to go to Balamban to check out K33 Green Adventure, I emailed […]

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NRT

So, after months of planning, headaches, excitement, and replanning, we were finally able to tour the northern end of the island of Cebu. The plan was to leave Cebu City for Hagnaya Wharf in San Remigio on May 29, stay in Bantayan Island for a night, and come back the next day May 30, to try the […]

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Ziplining in Balamban

 First of all, welcome home to my cousin Clint! He just got back from Jeddah! So, anyway, a few weeks ago, a friend told me about a new zipline facility somewhere in Balamban. She said the name of the place was K33. So, obviously, it’s 33 kilometers from the city. She also said that her […]

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Highland Swimming

The entire family decided to go to Cantipla in the highlands of Cebu today to buy some sweet corn and some fresh veggies for supper. While we were preparing for the trip, however, my cousin Lester aka Istong started talking about a mountain resort that he recently visited. I told him that I knew he […]

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Balamban Photoshoot

  My good friend (and fellow photography enthusiast) Mel just bought his first DSLR (Nikon D70) and he was so excited to try it. So he asked about going on a road trip to Balamban on my bike. The plan was to travel to Balamban and take photos along the way. We did the exact same thing about […]

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Gloomy Sunday

  It was so gloomy [and cold] the entire day last Sunday. So we decided to get on our bikes and go to Cantipla, a mountain baranggay near Balamban. We were stuck in Cantipla for a short while because it rained really hard. Fog covered the road [which I forgot to take a picture of] […]

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Kilometer 38

   We went back to the convent of the Marian Monks in Simala, Sibonga today to accompany some aunts and uncles. When we reached Naga on our way home, we turned left and headed towards Lutopan and straight to Balamban then up the Transcentral Highway. The drive was all well until my uncle’s rear tires exploded. […]

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Remembering Monching Magsaysay

March 17, 2007 is the 50th death anniversary of President Ramon Magsaysay.  President Magsaysay was a well-loved man. Famously called the “Champion of the Masses” as well as ang “Monching ng Bayan”, President Magsaysay was remembered for his undying love for the poor. On March 17, 1957, together with 25 others, the People’s Champion was killed when presidential plane Mt. Pinatubo […]

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A Cold Afternoon in Cantipla

The highland barangay of Tabunan is some 15 to 20 Kms from Cebu City. It can be reached through the Transcentral Highway which leads motorists straight to the Municipality of Balamban. This little highland barangay is known for fresh produce like sweetcorn, fruits, vegetables, and even flowers. One specific sitio – Sitio Cantipla – is popular […]

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