WHAT TO DO THIS SUMMER? - 101 REASONS (PART 2)

MANILA, MAY 18, 2012 (PHILSTAR) By Edu Jarque (CONTINUED) PART 2 OF 2: 50. Brave the rugged trails of Mt. Guiting-Guiting in Sibuyan Island, Romblon.

51. Feel the magical illusion of both flying and floating at the same time in the crystalline Kayangan Lake of Coron, Palawan.

52. Count a zebra’s stripes or feed a giraffe some acacia leaves, while out in the wild at the Calauit Game Reserve and Wildlife Sanctuary in Busuanga, Palawan.

53. Book a trip to one of the world’s 7 Wonders of Nature, the Puerto Princesa Underground River. However, please obtain an entry permit, mandated in support of sustainable tourism, even before you fly into Palawan as visitors have literally multiplied.

54. Isolate yourself from the world at the Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park where you can explore the biologically rich seascape or just luxuriate on a stay-on-board ship in the middle of the Sulu Sea.

55. Follow the forest trail in the Lubang Island Group in Occidental Mindoro of Japanese soldier and straggler Hiroo Onoda, who hid in its mountains for 30 years from 1944 to 1974, believing that the war had not ended.

56. Help the locals of Marinduque design their Moriones festival masks for next year’s commemoration of Holy Week.

57. Surf in Catanduanes, one of the much sought after surfing destinations in the world.

58. Camp under the stars along the white sand beaches of Calaguas islands in Camarines Norte and Caramoan in Camarines Sur.

59. Ride a 4X4 jeep or an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) around the foot of Mayon Volcano in Legazpi, Albay.

60. Test your rodeo skills and lasso a calf in the ranches of Masbate.

61. Together with your partner, catch up with a butanding in Donsol, Sorsogon, and when evening comes, do propose to her, or say yes to him, amid the canopy of fireflies.

62. While others dare to helmet dive, kite board, parasail, zorb, mount a banana boat, and cliff dive on Boracay Island, lay back in a paraw while watching the sunset, safe from the maddening crowd.

63. Indulge in biscochos, batchoy, molo soup, tinuom, lumpiang ubod, and pinamalhan in Iloilo.

64. Savor Guimaras’ notoriously sweet mangoes, while you seek refuge under the leafy shade by the beaches of the island province.

65. Strike the church bell of Pan-ay Church in Roxas City, the largest of its kind in Asia, and with surprisingly enough power, residents would hear your call eight kilometers away.

66. Indulge in the world of seafood in Roxas City – scallops, cagaycay, talaba, squid and blue marlin. Name it, they’ve got it…and even more!

67. Watch the dolphins frolic in Bais City.

68. Hear the voices of the hacienderos as they recall la vida buena as you meander around and take photos of The Ruins and its surroundings, a once-upon-a-time sugar estate in Talisay City.

69. Live to tell the tale of your ten-second death plunge towards a very deep gorge at the EAT Danao Adventure Park in Danao, Bohol.

70. Engage in a more glamorous way of camping: glamping in Pamilacan Island, Bohol.

71. Start the Cebu City Heritage Walk on a special afternoon, from the country’s smallest fortress Fort San Pedro to the iconic Magellan’s Cross, to losing your colleagues in a multitude of devotees at the Basilica Minore of the Sto. Niño, to the 1730-era Jesuit House, to Colon Street (the country’s oldest) and Casa Gorordo. At the end of the enriching tour, try the many different varieties of mouth-watering Cebu lechon.

72. Gasp at the sight of millions of sardines moving in a single direction at the natural phenomenon called Sardine Run in Pescador Island in Moalboal, Cebu.

73. Join a community-based ecotourism trip in Aloguinsan, Cebu.

74. Cruise along the rustic scenery of the famed Loboc River serenaded by countryside music or perhaps join in the newer yet equally refreshing Abatan River Community Tour, which brings guests to the other Boholano barrios showcasing their distinct products.

75. Listen to the urban legends of mambabarang and mangkukulam in Siquijor. Or maybe make friends with one…if you dare.

76. Declaim Douglas McArthur’s famous “I Shall Return” speech before a crowd of strangers in Palo, Leyte.

77. Cross the Agas-Agas Bridge, the country’s tallest bridge in Sogod, Southern Leyte the easy way on a two-kilometer, 377-foot-high zip line ride at the speed of 160 kilometers per hour!

78. Be astonished by Leyte’s hidden gem, Kalanggaman Island off the coast of Palompon, and at just before sunset witness how the sky gets totally covered as thousands of bats daily migrate from nearby Taboc Island.

79. Discover the striking wind and wave-shaped rock formations of Biri in Northern Samar.

80. Marathon with a friend from Samar to Leyte along the two-kilometer San Juanico Bridge.

81. Walk on a cantilever bridge, kayak, and spelunk in Sohoton National Park in Basey, Samar.

82. See how Rizal had made a life’s service to the townsfolk of Dapitan and Dipolog, from establishing the ahead-of-its-time water system, to the school and his clinic, to the design of the altar at the Dipolog Cathedral and the nearby Mindanao outline map made out of grass.

83. Exercise your legs on the 3,000 concrete steps to Linabo Peak in Dipolog City, reaching the top in time for a panoramic sunset.

84. Find out how to play Subanon instruments like agong, kulintang, budyong, and kutapi in the Zamboanga Peninsula.

85. Jump into a paddleboat to Rio Hondo in Zamboanga City, a thriving community at sea, whose connection to earth sits on stilts supporting their houses.

86. Go waterfalls hopping in Iligan City, starting with fabled Maria Cristina Falls.

87. Organize a for-fun-only pictorial with friends, for friends and by friends, at one of the most photographed sand bars off White Island in Camiguin, while the group enjoys a treat of huge lanzones.

88. Experience the wild as you water raft, zip line, nature trek, canopy walk, bike and attempt other outdoor adventure activities in Cagayan de Oro City.

89. Scrutinize a real balangay in Butuan City, one that was used by our ancestors in migrating to our shores, which incidentally is the namesake of our smallest political unit, the barangay.

90. Take a baroto through the Agusan Marsh, the largest freshwater catch basin in the country, and formerly the home of Lolong, the world’s biggest crocodile, currently the main attraction in Bunawan, Agusan del Sur.

91. Cruise the deep seas and game fish for gigantic marlin off the coast of Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte.

92. Swim with a thousand stingless jellyfish at the Jellyfish Lagoon at Bucas Grande Island, Sohoton National Park in Socorro, Surigao del Norte.

93. Listen to the ancient Maranao’s oral traditions and find out how one of the world’s oldest lakes was formed in Lanao del Sur.

94. Visit the last remaining Maranao houses called torogans in Marawi City.

95. Bestride a horse or wrangle a young bull in a carambola as you find out what contrasts the cowboy life of Bukidnon from that of Masbate.

96. Be a Gulliver and tower over the bonsai forest of Mt. Hamiguitan in Davao Oriental.

97. Wonder at the sight and size of the endangered Philippine Eagle at the Philippine Eagle Foundation, a biological indicator of the conditions of the ecosystem in Davao City.

98. Climb our highest mountain, Mt. Apo, through trail routes coming from North Cotabato, Davao del Sur and Davao City.

99. See how far you can tramp along the series of waterfalls, all seven of them, in the municipality of Lake Sebu in South Cotabato. Try to spend some quality time with the T’Bolis and marvel at their colorful history and heritage, arts and culture.

100. Ride to Barangay Lagao in General Santos City where boxing legend Manny Pacquiao’s mansion proudly stands as a testimony of his hard work joined by his deep faith in God and love for his people.

101. Still can’t decide where to go? Do a staycation – vacationing in your community, and discover how endearingly interesting your place is. You may have searched far across the islands, but, as Paulo Coelho put it, “Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.”

Ah, and you will wish that summer would not end so soon.


Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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