Thank God for motorcycling, I am able to reach places I’ve only dreamed about and explore the beauty of our country. My last hurrah for 2013: The highest point in the Philippine Highway system in Atok, Benguet. It was quite fulfilling to travel this far and enjoy the breathtaking views. We are all blessed, happy new year! Live Free…
Just a week after traveling to the beautiful Kaybiang Tunnel in Ternate, I went on a birthday trip to Palawan. Initially, I wanted to bring my Honda CBR to Palawan but upon checking the costs, I figured maybe next time when I get rich, so I just booked a plane ticket. It was alright with me because I knew that motorbike rental shops in Palawan are abundant. I also knew some people who are renting out their own bikes so bike condition wouldn’t be a problem.
Hi Guys, please grab the latest copy of InsideRACING Magazine (Volume 11 Number 10) and read about my journey from Metro Manila to Cebu via Bicol – Samar – Leyte, right before Typhoon Yolanda hit Visayas. Hopefully this Epic Ride will serve as a guide for future travelers who would like to travel the same route as it contains all the necessary information to help you on your trip: from the route you will take up to the RoRo details you will need. Though it is difficult, it is possible – all 3 islands and 1100 kilometers of it. Live free…
During one of my recent trips to the Province of Isabela, I chanced upon this huge fixture by the side of the main highway of Ilagan, Isabela. At first, I thought it was just some sort of a decoration. But upon looking closely, it dawned upon me that this big structure was actually one of Isabela’s Pride – as it was recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s biggest rocking chair.
The long row of windmills in Bangui, Ilocos Sur is a sight to behold. It is so unusual in the Philippines that some people travel up to 1200 kilometers by land just to see it. I even know some people who has included the Bangui Windmills in their bucket list.
I’ve been to the NorthWind Bangui Bay Project for a couple of times now, both as part of a Northern Luzon Loop solo expedition, but this time would be different.
Cape Bojeador Lighthouse, also known as Burgos Lighthouse, is a cultural heritage structure in Burgos, Ilocos Norte, that was established during the Spanish Colonial period in the Philippines. It was first lit on March 30, 1892, and is set high on Vigia de Nagpartian Hill overlooking the scenic Cape Bojeador where early galleons used to sail by. After over 100 years, it still functions as a welcoming beacon to the international ships that enter the Philippine Archipelago from the north and guide them safely away from the rocky coast of the town.
The Baroque Churches of the Philippines is the official designation to a collection of four Spanish-era churches in the Philippines, upon its inscription to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1993. They are also one of the most treasured in the Country. The collection is composed of the following:
San Agustin Church in Manila
Santa Maria Church in Santa Maria, Ilocos Sur
San Agustin Church in Paoay, Ilocos Norte
Sto. Tomas de Villanueva Church in Miag-ao, Iloilo
These churches have been at the forefront of Philippine history, not just in furthering Christianity in the archipelago, but in serving as the political backbone of Spanish colonial rule, when Church and State were regarded as one. The unique architecture of the churches didn’t just reflect the adaptation of Spanish/Latin American architecture to the local environment (including the fusion with Chinese motifs), but also of the Church’s political influence. These churches had been subject to attacks by local revolts and rebellions, hence, most had the appearance of a fortress, rather than just serving as mere religious structures. This is especially noteworthy in the case of Santa Maria Church, located on top of a hill, serving as a citadel during times of crisis. Miag-ao Church also withstood the occasional attacks of Muslims from the south. Further, the location of the Philippines along the Pacific Ring of Fire called for the emphasis on the buttresses and foundations of these churches, with some being seriously damaged, but eventually rebuilt after an earthquake