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Friday, June 29, 2012

Exploring Southern Davao del Sur Lies Olaniban Island

Mindanao is comprised of beautiful islands that are unknown to many. Exploring the southernmost part of Davao del Sur and southwest of Sarangani Island, I found a beautiful island called Balut Island - not so known to many. Balut Island is a volcanic island, known also as Balut Volcano which is an hour away from Indonesian Islands. There were no reported volcanic eruptions in the history.

Olaniban Balut Island

Balut Island is composed of 12 barangays according to the locals we talked to. Mostly populated by Muslims, Bilaan and Sangils. Sangils are natives of Indonesia. Sarangani Island is rich in marine and aquatic life. They have a lot to offer like fine white sand beaches, underwater caves, snorkeling, kayaking, hiking and other fun outdoor activities that could possibly make Sarangani Island become one of the best tourist spots in the Philippines.

How To Get There

From Davao City Ecoland Terminal, we ride a Yellow Bus liner bound to General Santos City around quarter to 8:00PM. It's a 3 hour bus ride and from General Santos City bus terminal, we took a motorcycle that brought us to Lions Beach Wharf where M/V Song of Dolly 3 boat waiting for us. M/V Song of Dolly 3 will leave at exactly 12:00 midnight, so better manage your time, book first on the boat.

Olaniban Balut Island

M/V Song of Dolly 3 will dock at Mabila Port, Balut Island. They don't operate on a daily boat ride schedule. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday midnight were the only schedules available bound to Balut Island and from Balut Island, the same days but leaves Mabila Port at 9:00PM. From Lions Beach Wharf to Balut Island, it will took 5 hours. Instead of seats, the ferry provides a bed to each passenger to have a comfty sleep while travesing.

Olaniban Balut Island

At 6:00AM, M/V Song of Dolly 3 will dock at Balut Island first port to unload cargo from the ship. A lot of supplies were unloaded on the ferry for Sarangani Island locals needs. Then will dock at Mabila Port after unloading cargo.

It is a must to meet Hon. Mayor Jerry Cawa or chieftain Hon. Abet Jawed as soon as you get to Sarangani Island. They can assist and guide you. They can also help in recommending pump boats to be use for island hopping.

Olaniban Balut Island

We hired a pump boat for island hopping for only Php 2,000, boat capacity is 8-10. There are other boats to hire in case you exceed to 10 persons. And make sure to hire a pump boat with two engines. 2 main reasons: faster and engine back up in case other engine will stop working in the middle of the sea.

Olaniban Balut Island

We first stop at Olaniban Island. From Mabila Port, it took us 1 and half hour to reach Olaniban Island. The island was nicely shaped. Fine white sand, crystal clear water and undeveloped place - a truly perfect getaway. It has a lighthouse which was built by Americans during their reign. A really recommended place to visit. Watch out the other spots we visited in Saranggani Island that I will about to discuss soon. :)

Sarangani Island Travel Expenses Breakdown

Yellow Bus Liner Bound to GenSan - Php 250.00
Motorcyle - Php 10.00
Lions Beach Wharf Terminal Fee - Php. 20.00
M/V Song of Dolly 3 - Php 360.00
Pump Boat - Php 2,000

Ferry Bound to Balut Island Contact Number
RD Group of Companies (083)552 4435

Other means of travel in case M/V Song of Dolly is not available
M/VNieky or M/V Sabgangat located at Puting Bato Wharf

Other Photos Taken at Olaniban Island, Sarangani

Olaniban Balut Island

Olaniban Balut Island

Olaniban Balut Island

Olaniban Balut Island

Friday, June 29, 2012 by pinoytravelpod · 0

Monday, June 25, 2012

Delicious Dried Fish of Taboan Public Market in Cebu City

Before leaving Cebu City, you should visit Taboan Market in Cebu where you can find a lot of dried fishes. Vary from different type of fishes, squids and shrimps for a very affordable price.

The famous dried fish is Danggit. A small and thin fish available as salted or unsalted. I prefer both as both salted and unsalted taste good to me.

I bought dried danggit for only Php450.00 and dried squid for the same price per kilo. You'll get a lot of dried fish when you buy 1 kilo. Taste good specially when you dipped it to a vinegar with garlic and have a best fried rice - a very tasty breakfast!

Aside from dried fish, other Cebu's delicacies can be found there like dried mangoes, otap, chicharon car-car and other delicacies.

How To Get There

If you're not familiar with the transport routes in Cebu City and you're planning to take public transport, then you'll find it difficult to get there. I suggest to get a cab, all taxi drivers know this place as this is one of the famous market place.

A Kalesa (Kartanilya) from Carbon headed to Taboan Market

Monday, June 25, 2012 by pinoytravelpod · 0

Thursday, June 21, 2012

The Lapu-Lapu Shrine at Mactan Shrine Park, Punta Engaño, Mactan Island, Cebu

The Lapu-Lapu Shrine is also a tourist attraction in Cebu City. It is indeed a historic place just like Magellan Cross. The Lapu-Lapu Shrine is a 20 meter bronze statue and can be found at Punta Engaño, Lapu-Lapu City.

The statue was built to honor the native leader Lapu-Lapu who defeated the Spanish soldiers and killed the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan. The first Philippine battle was happened last April 27, 1521 on the very exact location where Lapu-Lapu monument was built. That is why the place is being preserved for historical conservation.

The place is famous specially when conducting educational tours, as students from all over the region visit the place for historical purposes. It is a great honor too to visit this historic place and was proud to have our native hero named Lapu-Lapu.

Inside the park there are stores that sell different souvenirs. If you do feel hungry, there are lots of restaurants. There's also a seafood restaurant that is suitable for your stomach and pocket.

Thursday, June 21, 2012 by pinoytravelpod · 2

Monday, June 18, 2012

485 Year Old Magellan's Cross in Cebu City

We didn't miss the chance to visit other places in Cebu City like the old Magellan's Cross. It was a 485 year old cross actually. According to history, 500 years ago, Ferdinand Magellan planted a huge cross in Sugbu which is now Cebu. Magellan's intention was for the Baptism of Island Chief Rajah Humabon into a Roman Catholic religion.

Magellan's Cross is located in Cebu City Hall and just along Magallanes Street. The street name "Magallanes" was derived from a Spanish translation of Magellan.

The original Magellan's Cross was encased in a wood cross displayed on the center top of the chapel. They do it that way to protect the cross from people who wants to chipped some part of it believing it has a miraculous and healing power.

How To Get There

Magellan’s Cross is located at Magallanes Street, just right in front of the old Cebu City Hall building. You can get a taxi cab and tell the driver to drop you at Magellan Cross.

What we did was took a PUJ. We do that usually in order to familiarize the place and it's route. Along Magallanes Street, you can find Cebu guitar vendors, shell crafts and woodcraft displays - best for souvenirs.

A Note About Taxi Cab in Cebu: Just be extra careful as many Cebu taxi drivers are not really trusted. If they sensed that you are a tourist, they might stroll you somewhere before heading to your real target place as they want to make you pay higher.

Monday, June 18, 2012 by pinoytravelpod · 2

Friday, June 15, 2012

Taoist Temple at Beverly Hills Subdivision Cebu City

Having a day tour in Cebu City, we first visited Cebu City's Taoist Temple. It is located in Beverly Hills Subdivision in Cebu, Philippines. Cebu Taoist Temple is one of the main attractions of Cebu. The temple arised last 1972 by group of Chinese. It is elevated for about 270 meters above. Beside this temple, another temple named Phu Sian can also be found however it is not open to public.

Cebu Taoist Temple

Cebu Taoist Temple was built to have a worship place for Taoism. It is open to all from 8am to 5pm. Some devotees pray inside and they said it really grants their wishes. Usually, people visit only to have a tour and to see Chinese religious beliefs. Inside the temple, you need to observe silense specially on the prayer rooms. They wouldn't allow you to take pictures inside the prayer room. Loud voice and any chaotic actions are not allowed inside, just respect their temple and you'll be fine.

Cebu Taoist Temple

You can only enjoying sight seeing and picture taking on other temple area except the prayer room. There are guards on duty and they are very strict in regards to their do's and dont's.

Inside the temple, you'll find Lao Tze teachings. They have said that devotees climb 81 steps and that represent as the 81 chapters of Taosim scriptures. Arriving on the prayer room, they will light a joss sticks and ask for fortune reading from the monks. It's my first time to saw a monk, I only saw that on Chinese movies. And it's a nice travel experience knowing some other culture and religious beliefs.

Cebu Taoist Temple

How To Get There

In our case, we didn't exert too much effort in order to get there. I have my auntie residing in Cebu, she guided us and bring vehicle with her. Thanks for a very well accommodation!

Cebu Taoist Temple is located in Beverly Hills Subdivision. It is about 10 minutes away from the main road of Barangay Lahug. It is recommended to bring vehicle with you or ride a taxi because the place is too far and you cannot found PUJ heading there directly. When riding a PUJ, you need to stop at high way and then just walk going to the temple.

Cebu Taoist Temple

Cebu Taoist Temple

Friday, June 15, 2012 by pinoytravelpod · 0

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Cebu IT Park - Cebu City's Asiatown

Cebu City is one of the top growing IT business industry in the Philippines. The known Cebu IT Park has generated a numerous job opportunities, good advantage for Cebuanos.

cebu it parkProgressive Cebu IT Park

Cebu IT Park recently employing more than 13,000 individuals and now hosting over 60 BPO providers. No wonder biggest call center companies and other outsourcing companies can be found here.

They also maintain a well modern trading center with Asian architecture and high end technologies in which talented individuals and BPO specialist are comfortable conducting IT meetings here.

cebu it park

The park also offers recreational activities and wellness centers and of course with a tasty food choices available near the infrastructure called as The Walk. Many food booths are there with well serving stuffs.

cebu it park

Cebu City's Asiatown I.T. Park is just 1.5 kilometers away from Cebu Business Park and 20 minutes from Mactan International Airport and about 10 minutes from Cebu International Port. More convenient as it is also near to shopping malls, hotel and other dining options.

For inquiries, you can contact their Administration Office
7th Floor Cebu Holdings Center, Cebu Business Park
(6332) 412-7257
(6332) 415-1411 to 15
(6332) 415-1481

Contact Number sources and other info sources can be found at

Tuesday, June 12, 2012 by pinoytravelpod · 0

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Night Life in Cebu City - What To Do at Night in Metro Cebu City

If you are fond of night life, unwinding and hanging out with friends through having disco and bars, then you'll surely love Cebu City.

Cebu City has a lot of entertainments to offer - best location is the Mango Avenue where nightclubs, discos, bars, music lounges and cafes can be found. Most of them remain open until dawn, so all party people love to stay here as they can fully enjoy the non stop party with their friends.

It is expected that every weekend Mango Avenue is very crowded. Also every Wednesday, a lot of people come in because many bars are having a special promo for ladies where their discos are free of cost.

About security, of course everyone of use is concern about the security of places. No worries as a lot of cops are on duty along the highway of Mango Avenue. They will not tolerate any kind of chaos.

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Sunday, June 10, 2012 by pinoytravelpod · 0

Friday, June 8, 2012

Smokey Dinner at Sizzling Pepper Steak in Ayala Center Cebu

Hungry stomach, after hours of mall strolling, we went to look for a tasty and new restaurant that don't exist in Davao City. At least we could try a new cuisine in Cebu City. There a lot to try in Ayala Center Cebu to feed your stomach. We first went to a Romania cuisine but then it's so full that waiters and waitress cannot even get our orders.

So we moved to another restaurant and found Sizzling Pepper Steak. They serve beef steak, spicy pork sizzling for an affordable price. The taste - yes delicious, tasty, mouthwatering and well-seasoned. When I research about the Sizzling Pepper Steak Restaurant, it was said to be the best sizzling pepper steak in town - no wonder.

Aside from that, they have also a warm welcoming staffs. The ambiance is cool, relaxing perfect for smoky dishes.

Sizzling Beef Pepper Steak

Friday, June 8, 2012 by pinoytravelpod · 2

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Mall Tour at Ayala Center Cebu, Cebu City

When visiting a large cities, we won't miss strolling malls like in Ayala Center in Cebu City. Ayala Center Cebu is the Cebu Business Park’s centerpiece, a fully-integrated shopping center. Built on a 9-hectare property, this shopping center is ideally situated at the crossroads of connecting avenues that link up with the rest of Cebu City.

Ayala Center Cebu

It is the biggest mall in Cebu City, it has a mini park on the center of the mall - located outside where you can breath fresh air. It's a typical Ayala malls like in Glorietta Manila and Abreeza Davao with a lot of store you can shop on. Food corners and coffee shops.

Ayala Center Cebu

Ayala Center Cebu’s Active Zone is the wellness and recreation hub of the mall. Located at the North west of Ayala Center Cebu it is where high-end lifestyle brands are found such as Phiten, Fitness and Athletics, Time Depot among others. A special nook with a good selection of food kiosks is also found in this area.

More historical information on

Thursday, June 7, 2012 by pinoytravelpod · 2

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Skywalk Extreme and Edge Coaster - Sky Experience Adventure at Crown Regency Hotel & Towers, Cebu City

Acrophobia or fear of heights, do you have that? Well, if you do have, I guess experiencing Skywalk Extreme and Edge Coaster will be the most pretty way to overcome your fear. Staying a couple of days in Cebu City, we have done a lot of things, adventures and mall tours.

Skywalk Extreme - Sky Experience Adventure in Crown Regency Hotel & Towers, Cebu City

We first try the Skywalk Extreme in Crown Regency Hotel and Towers. Crown Regency Hotel has 37 floors and it is the tallest hotel in Cebu City. From the 37th floor is where we are about to experience sky adventure. I have a friend with me and he do have an acrophobia but was amazed because he's the one who insisted to try this. (Thank you Kai for a fun sky adventure!)

When we get there, the stuffs were so accommodating, I let him handle my camera so that he can took pictures for us. It was indeed breathtaking outside, specially at night. You can see almost whole Cebu City. There's a guitar shape highway fronting the Crown Regency Hotel when you look down. A best experience and you must try it too.

Going back to Skywalk Extreme, it's not literary you'll swing on the edge facing the ground from 37th floor, that's really what I am expecting when we plan to try Skywalk Extreme but then you'll just have to pass the subway outside wearing body harness. It's not really that scary - good for the heart as they've said.

Edge Coaster - 2nd Sky Experience Adventure in Crown Regency Hotel & Towers, Cebu City

The second sky adventure ride we experience was the Edge Coaster. Where all you need to do is to sit on the coaster with body harness locked. When engine starts, the coaster will pull half down which makes you lean facing downwards. It's a scary feeling because it seems like you'll be falling. Then you have the control to take it back to normal position or to elevate it again until you reach the next corner. It's just 10-15 minutes Edge Coaster ride.

A total of Php750.00 to experience Skywalk Extreme and Edge Coaster with souvenir and certificate. There are photographers that will took pictures while you enjoy the rides. Each picture will cost Php200.00. It's up to you if you'll get those pictures.

For Rates and Schedules in Sky Adventure, please visit this link -

Tuesday, June 5, 2012 by pinoytravelpod · 3

Friday, June 1, 2012

Weekend at Villa Carmelita Inland Resort and Hotel - Toril Davao City

villa carmelita inland resort and hotel davao

Another nice swimming pool in Davao City is the Villa Carmelita Inland Resort and Hotel. It's new name was Ermelyn's Inland Resort but Villa Carmelita is the common and known name.

Villa Carmelita Inland Resort and Hotel has a huge swimming pool for adult, elevated part is 7 feet and it has kid's pool for 3 feet. Kids would also enjoy 3 slides and other amenities like playground.

villa carmelita inland resort and hotel davao

You can bring foods for a low corkage, Php40.00 for food corkage and Php20.00 for drinks. The entrance fee is only Php100.00. There's a cafeteria inside the hotel and serves you grilled chicken, pork, fish and other foods in case you don't want to bring foods. They also serve soft and hard drinks and other beverages.

Swimming pool is only until 10:00PM. You can stay overnight by acquiring a room on Villa Carmelita Hotel. It's quite expensive; 1 room good for 2 is Php 2,500 for less than 24 hours.

Villa Carmelita Inland Resort and Hotel is located in Km. 14 MacArthur Highway, Toril, Davao City. It can easily be found because it's location is just along the high way.

villa carmelita inland resort and hotel davao

Villa Carmelita Inland Resort and Hotel Rates

Entrance Fee (Adult) - Php100.00
Entrance Fee (Kids) - Php80.00
Food Corkage - Php40.00
Beverage Corkage - Php20.00 per bottle
Tents and Tables are FREE

How To Get There

From Davao City proper, take a PUJ heading to Toril. Tell the driver that you are headed to Villa Carmelita. It's just a walking distance if you'll saw Felcris Supermarket Toril.

Villa Carmelita Inland Resort and Hotel
Km. 14 MacArthur Highway, Toril Davao City
Contact Number: 295-2688

Friday, June 1, 2012 by pinoytravelpod · 14

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