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Florentino’s Eco-Park: A New Discovery

One of the many places that I visited as soon as I arrived back here in Cebu was the TransCentral Highway. As you all know, the TCH is one of my most favorite spots in Cebu. And as a matter of fact, I have made several posts about it in the past. I like to […]

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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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Mangasang Falls: Tagbao’s Beautiful Secret

A couple of weeks ago, my friend Marven told me about a waterfall near his home that he wanted to check out. See, he lives in Barangay Guba in the highlands. If you’re wondering where Guba is, it is located next to Barangay Sirao (where the famous Ayala Heights is located.) Anyways, long story short, […]

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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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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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Destination: Mt. Manunggal

My good friend Gian sent me a message one day declaring that he wanted to give mountain climbing, hiking, and trekking a try. Being supportive of his (sudden) interest in trekking (which can only be good,) I told him that we could start by going to Mt. Manunggal in Balamban. Mt. Manunggal, as you all […]

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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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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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Cantipla Goes Concrete!

  Baranggay Cantipla in the highlands, some 27 kilometers from the city, saw the first glimpse of progress with the realization of a previously ‘impossible’ feat – the Transcentral Highway. Now, more roads (leading to other mountains baranggays are being paved. This strip, which used to be really dangerous especially when its raining, leads to Baranggays […]

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Remembering Monching Magsaysay

March 17, 2007 was 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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