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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Bacolod Masskara Festival Schedule of Activities for 2012

The City of Smiles will celebrate the world renowned Masskara Festival with a year 2012 theme "LIFE'S GOOD IN BACOLOD". Here's a little history of why it was called MassKara Festival.

The word MASS actually means "many" and KARA is a Spanish word that means "face". Masskara Festival is the most anticipated festival in the Philippines and held every 3rd week of October in Bacolod City. The main events like street dance competition will be held on October 20-12, 2012.

Below are the schedules of activities in celebration of Masskara Festival 2012. Info are taken from

October 1, 2012
Opening of the Festival sites (all-day) @ Bacolod Public Plaza
Opening of Carnival sites: SM City (all-day)
GMA DanssKara:The MassKara Dance Showdown Eliminations (all-day)
Fireworks (all-day)
Opening of 2012 MassKara Festival and DanssKara Elimination (GMA Dance Showdown) @ Bacolod Public Plaza (7:00 pm – 11:00 pm)

October 5, 2012
MassKara Art Weekend (all-day)
Opening of art events: MassKara 9 group show, Magika MassKara, Art Tour

October 6, 2012
MassKara Art Weekend (all-day)

October 7, 2012
MassKara Art Weekend (all-day)

October 12, 2012
i-Witness DocuFest wth GMA News and Public Affairs personalities @ SM City Event Centre (12:00 pm – 6:00 pm)

October 13, 2012
Little Miss MassKara pageant night (5:00 pm – 7:00 pm)

October 19, 2012
Kapuso Electric Float/Electric MassKara Day 1 @ Tourism Strip (6:00 – 4:00 am)
Electric Float Competition

October 20, 2012
Streetdance – Schools Category @ Bacolod Public Plaza (2:00 pm – 9:00 pm)
Kapuso Mall Show @ SM City Event Centre (4:00 pm – 6:00 pm)
Kapuso Electric Float/Electric MassKara Day 2 @ Tourism Strip (6:00 pm – 4:00 am)

October 21, 2012
Steetdance – Barangay Category @ Bacolod Public Plaza (2:00 pm – 9:00 pm)
Kapuso Electric Float/Electric MassKara Day 3 @ Tourism Strip (6:00 pm – 4:00 am)

October 22, 2012
Closing Ceremonies (all-day) @ Bacolod Public PlazaMassKara Festival
Closing Ceremonies/DanssKara Grand Finals/Kapuso Night (7:00 pm – 11:00 pm)

For more event details, visit their official site

Saturday, September 29, 2012 by pinoytravelpod · 2

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Siargao Hosts The World Surfing Tilt for the Year 2012

General Luna, Siargao Island --- The 18th Siargao International Surfing Cup presented by the Philippine Surfing Federation (PSF) will kick off on September 23, Sunday, at the world’s top eight surfing spot, Cloud Nine.

Congressman Guillermo Romarate, Jr. of the second district of Surigao del Norte and Vice-Governor Egay confirmed to grace the ceremonial breaking of the surfboard to pay homage to the gods of the ocean and officially open this year’s surfing festival in the Municipality of General Luna in Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte.

A professional surfer from Tahiti, Enrique Ariitu, will be up against the foreign surfers and the Philippines’ top sixteen surfers to defend his last year’s title. The local talents will be naturally enjoying the advantage of carrying local knowledge of the waves along with the support of the local crowd. Edito “Piso” Alcala, a local surfer from Siargao Island, will also be utilizing his experience at the break to his advantage to grab this year’s championship crown. In 2011, Alcala was defeated by Ariitu on a one-on-one 30-minute heat at Cloud Nine.

The Philippines’ top sixteen surfers, who were selected during last May 2012’s Siargao national competition, will also be competing with the surfers from Australia, Indonesia and Japan. They are all vying for a total prize-money of US$10,000.

Original post can be found at

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Thursday, September 27, 2012 by pinoytravelpod · 0

Friday, September 14, 2012

The Surfing Capital of the Philippines - Siargao Celebrates 18th International Surfing Cup

Siargao known as the surfing capital of the Philippines. Siargao Island is located in the northeastern part of Mindanao and a part of Surigao del Norte. This year in the month of September from 23-27, Siargao will celebrate the 18th International Surfing Cup.

Let's witness the surfing adventure in Siargao Island this coming September 23-27, 2012. :)

Friday, September 14, 2012 by pinoytravelpod · 0

Monday, September 10, 2012

White Island in Mati Davao Oriental - The Ultimate Grilled Skin Experience

Another fascinating island in Mati Davao Oriental is the White Island. It is a small island with purely white sand and no trees. It is only a few kilometers from Pujada Island.

White Island is often surrounded by huge waves because it lies in an open water of Pacific Ocean. You cannot stay there at night due to it's dangerous huge waves and some part of the island will disappear during high tide.

From Pujada Island, we sail our boats again to reach White Island. At that time, I didn't know that the island was encircled with huge waves. And we are having hard time docking at the shore. So we do some timing with the waves and jump out from the boat as fast as we could.

Upon reaching the island, it's a wonderful feeling walking barefoot. You can see the other side of it facing the whole Pujada Island. It was indeed a scenic view. Perfect for taking pictures having the whole Pujada Island as background.

On the other side of White Island, there were still huge waves banging on the shore. And you can see waves from different directions are coming in. The waves in White Island were much larger compare to Dahican Beach.

It wasn't a sunny day at that moment and we experienced a little rain while sailing but when we reached the White Island, it was so hot and we easily got sunburn. I think it's because the island doesn't have any trees. :D

The hardest part we encountered was the time we depart from White Island. It's really a struggle launching ourselves to the boats again. It's a kinda fighting with the huge waves scenes. But overall, despite of that struggles, we enjoyed that most. It was a childlike experience according to one of my travel buddies. :)

Monday, September 10, 2012 by pinoytravelpod · 2

Friday, September 7, 2012

Pujada Island - The Powdery White Sand Beach of Mati Davao Oriental

We all know that Mati Davao Oriental is a goldmine of natural wonders and one of this wonders that I can highly recommend is the Pujada Island. Pujada Island was our next target after the harsh huge waves in Dahican Beach Resort.

We hired small boats to get there. Those boats are actually used for fishing that is why it's capacity was only for 2 to 3 person. I enjoyed the view of a numbered small boats sailing together to reach the island. I also enjoyed knowing that the boat operators and the relatives of my friend were also enjoying being with us. One of them said she never reached Pujada Island although she was living in Mati for a long time. :D

Before we headed to Pujada Island, we went to a fish vendor near the island. They sell variety of delicious fishes and some are not really common in a city's wet market. I can say that locals there are truly blessed because they are very rich in marine life. Their fresh water was over flowing too 24 hours each day. They let it flow all day because the water pipe will explode if they'll close it.

When we reached Pujada Island, I was amazed of it's beauty. It is an undeveloped island and populated only by caretakers and locals whose task is to guard the Island from abuse and to maintain it's pristine condition. According to the locals we talk to and to our boat operators, the island was shared by Barangays Lawigan and Macambol.

We explore half of the island by walking along the shore. The white sand were so fine and soft that makes our foot sink a little when stepped on the sand. We enjoyed also taking pictures and doing anime fighting scenes. We want to stay there overnight however there's no light and we didn't brought any tents for sleepover.

How To Get There

From Davao City Ecoland terminal, ride a bus going to Mati and from Mati City, talking to locals is the easiest way to get to Pujada Island. The locals are so very nice and approachable. In our case, we stayed at my friend's relatives which is located just along the sea shore and lots of fisherman's boat docked.

So we asked them if we could rent their boats to help us reach Pujada Island. They were so nice and kind and even them were also having a good time staying on Pujada Island.

Friday, September 7, 2012 by pinoytravelpod · 8

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Gigantic Waves in Dahican Beach Resort - Purok Maribojoc Mati, Davao Oriental

Dahican Beach Resort was one of the most popular spot in Mati Davao Oriental. It was dubbed as another Boracay of the South but it wasn't look like one. Dahican Beach Resort is famous due to it's huge waves where a lot of surfers spend their time playing with the waves, enjoying surfing and skimboarding.

Dahican Beach was the second place we visited when we had our tour there. It is also quite isolated from the city center, as you pass through rough roads. The wide fine white sand coastline is fronting to an open sea from the Pacific Ocean, that's why huge waves are coming in to the resort.

We witness some people there who do skimboarding and they were awesome. We had a lot of fun playing with the huge waves without boards. :D

Dahican Beach Resort is clean, from the shoreline up to the cottages and comfort rooms despite of still being undeveloped and a lot of locals resided near the resort.

Botona Beach Resort is located in Purok Maribojoc, Dahican, Mati, Davao Oriental. Set within the fully-fenced 2-hectare area are two European-inspired houses with two airconditioned rooms in each house. With only four rooms available for rent, the resort maintains its quiet and relaxing ambiance.

Botona Dahican Beach Resort
Contact Numbers: +63918-525-5227; +63916-796-8054

Tuesday, September 4, 2012 by pinoytravelpod · 2

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