cebu province · larissetravels · mountains · philippines · visayas

mount mauyog

mount mauyog

brgy. sunog, balamban


it was my first time to climb a mountain with my friends, grace and madam kyra πŸ™‚ we were still unsure if we’d push through with the plan because it rained for 2days straight last week and we thought it might be dangerous for us to climb. but papa God cleared the skies and made sure it didn’t rain last Saturday. the good weather finally made us decide to go through with the plan of climbing mount mauyog last sunday.

grace set the meet-up time at 5am but i woke up at 530 😀😀😀 i had to rush taking a bath and changing clothes. thank goodness they waited for me. 

after filling our tummies with a jollibee meal, we went to ayala terminal to catch a vhire bound for balamban. we made sure to tell kuya driver to drop us off in brgy. cantipla.

it was a foggy-fog-fog-foggy morning πŸ˜€

we were dropped where we needed to be, salamat kuya driver! πŸ™‚

thank you, papa God for a perfectly-fine weather πŸ™‚ 

us three while waiting for a motorcycle taxi: 

after more than 30minutes of travel time, we arrived at our next stop: 

we paid our dues and registered:

the view at the back of the building: the river that we had to pass through and the mountain but it’s still not mount mauyog πŸ™‚ 

my feet-fie and yes, here we go! πŸ™‚ 

with kuya guide, jessy! πŸ™‚ 

the 3 of us (and kuya jessy too ;)) 

and every time i want to give up, i always see a baka πŸ˜€ 

the beautiful flowers that we passed πŸ™‚ 

grace took these pictures of me, klaro kaayo nga na.uwahi ko πŸ˜€ 

and it was in the gym (halfway to the foot of mount mauyog), that we met our new friends πŸ™‚ 

after a few hurried introductions, we decided to pretend to be together to be able to save on the guide fee going to mount mauyog πŸ™‚ 

it’s not pangilad per se, i call that strategy πŸ™‚ our picture together and our kuya guides πŸ˜€ 

because i missed madam kyra so much, we just had to take a picture together πŸ˜€ 

our kuya guides and another guide from another group who we also asked to play pretend with us πŸ™‚ salamat, kuya guides πŸ˜€ yep, kuya jerry also carried my bag for me too πŸ˜€ 

we were all hungry by this time so we had to eat our lunch πŸ™‚ 

and another group picture with our new friends because close na baya mi πŸ˜€ 

and then, it was time for us to finally climb mount mauyog πŸ™‚ this was it, no turning back πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

remember i mentioned that we had to play pretend with another group? they arrived at the top first so they got first dibs πŸ™‚ we all patiently waited for our turn and i just took everything in πŸ™‚ 

grabe, kanindot na man lang jud sa talan.awon πŸ˜€ thank you, papa God! πŸ™‚ 

and then finally, it was our turn πŸ™‚ 

madam kyra’s pictures: 

grace’s pictures: 

and of course, i savored my time at that spot too πŸ™‚ 

as i’ve mentioned in my insta post, with these 2, 3 is never a crowd πŸ™‚ 

si madam noren na lang kulang πŸ˜€ 

i’m so happy i climbed mount mauyog with you 2! πŸ™‚ 

i also just had to take a picture of our new trekking buddies πŸ˜€ 

it was at this time that i experienced cramps on my left knees. my kuya guide was already worried i might not be able to make it back down.but no way, josΓ¨, hinay signal wifi didto no, i just had to go back home πŸ˜€ 

after a few minutes, kuya decided to show us the other side of the mountain, nindot pud daw ang view. 

unsay nindot? nindot is an understatement. nindot jud kaayo πŸ˜€ 

the other girls still got first dibs πŸ™‚ we didn’t need to wait for our turn though, because there were a lot of rock formations that you could claim as your own.

i stayed somewhere in the middle so i had a vantage point of everybody’s spot and i was able to take pictures of them too πŸ™‚ 

thank you again papa God for making all things beautiful! πŸ™‚ 

i also had my pictures taken in my spot too πŸ™‚ thank you, (instagram id) jons know πŸ˜€ 

and i can never thank my kuya guide enough for what he did for me for that climb πŸ˜€ he carried my heavy bag, helped me manuever through the rocks, held my hand and helped me stand up everytime i fell πŸ™‚ 

the rock formations or spots as i call them, are incredibly beautiful πŸ™‚ 

we just had to take a group picture with our new-found friends πŸ˜€ 

that was ultimately the most fun climb i’ve had yet; and the climb that i had friends for company πŸ™‚ 

it was also the most difficult climb yet. i experienced cramps and i fell four times. but i just got back up everytime i did because dili nya ko ka.uli πŸ˜€ 

i  felt that it was level1000000 na difficulty in going down and i finally took out my phone to take a picture of us when i saw that we were just a few meters away from the starting point πŸ™‚ 

and i did mention that i fell four times right? i wore this like a badge of honor. i survived mount mauyog, yay! πŸ™‚ 

my flower finds! πŸ™‚ 

it was also my first time nga maki.hitch ug ride and i was the one nga nipara, hahahahahaha! πŸ™‚ free ride for me and my friends, until sa transcentral highway πŸ˜€ salamat sa nagpa.hitch namo! πŸ™‚ 

and what do you do in transcentral highway? πŸ™‚ take pictures right in the middle of the road of course, while waiting for your next ride πŸ˜€ 

khevin asked if we were ok with going to island in the sky since we were just in the area. guess what our answer was? 

a blogpost will be written about what we did next πŸ˜€ 

mount mauyog, you tested my strength and my will and although i barely passed, i am sure glad i gave climbing you a try πŸ™‚ 


> mandaue to brgy. cantipla

10.00 jeepney fare from mandaue to ayala terminal

120.00 vhire fare from ayala terminal to eskina cantipla

70.00 hb2x fare person from eskina cantipla to tabunan multi-purpose building

> brgy. tabunan to brgy. sunog:

30.00 denr fee 

400.00 guide fee from brgy.tabunan to brgy.sunog (regular fee is 500.00 for a group of less than 10people)

> mount mauyog:

30.00 disturbance fee 

300.00 guide fee for a group of minimum of 10people

if you want to do away with paying the fees in brgy.tabunan (and less trekking too if i may say :D), you can go directly to the foot of mount mauyog. just ask the vhire driver that you’ll climb mount mauyog or to get you off in brgy.sunog – whichever is familiar sa driver. maybe mount manunggal would be a better landmark though. while you are in the area, you might want to climb mount manunggal too (we didn’t ;)) πŸ˜€ 

larisseeats · larissetravels · leyte · philippines · visayas

canigao island paradise

friends and family have always talked about how beautiful canigao island is but even though i grew up in hilongos, leyte (which is a good 45minutes away from the island) i never visited it until november 2015.

we (bernadette, cholo, tita carmel, nate, cassy, angelo and mama) went to canigao, a day after celebrating angelo’s 7th birthday. 

from our house, we went sa tiangge sa hilongos and boarded a multicab bound for matalom, made sure that the driver will bring us to the pier going to the island.

the colorful umbrellas welcomed us, and the kids went straight to the tindahan to see what they can buy: 

we waited awhile for the pumpboat to filled with other passengers. 

it was a smooth-sailing boat ride, which was good because we were travelling with 3 kids πŸ˜€ 

i could finally see the island, which was a sight to behold even from afar. 

we’re finally here! πŸ™‚ 

open cottages wwre available for rent and it was big enough for all of us: 

grilling stations are available too πŸ™‚ 

our food! πŸ™‚

after eating lunch, we went around the island. 

canigao is truly a paradise for beach lovers πŸ™‚ the white sand is so fine and nobody would ever say no to the sea’s vivid hues of blues and greens πŸ™‚ bisan ra ka sa dagat πŸ˜€ 

i forgot what part of the island this was, but naay balay2x sa tunga sa dagat: 

we were able to go around the island in less than 20minutes, that’s how tiny it was πŸ™‚ 

i was glad to see my family happy and that they enjoyed the time we spent together in the island – although ka.pila na sila balik2x sa canigao, ako ka.isa pa tawn, hahahahaha! πŸ™‚ 

we also boarded the same boat in going back to the mainland πŸ™‚ 

ba-bye canigao πŸ™‚ 

this trip was priceless as this was spent with my beloved family! πŸ™‚ 

please notice the pictures with the rates and bear in mind that we visited canigao island on november 2015 πŸ˜€ 

how to go to canigao island from cebu via hilongos, leyte:

daytrip from cebu (roble shipping lines) – cebu to hilongos, leyte

multicab from hilongos to matalom 

pumpboat from matalom mainland to canigao island paradise (and vice versa) 

sidecar from matalom to hilongos – pakyaw price negotiable

boat trips are available everyday from cebu to hilongos and hilongos to cebu – roble shipping lines and gloria shipping lines both service the place πŸ˜€ 

ticket outlets for roble shipping in cebu is in pier 3 (for same day byahes) and pier 4 (this is their main office and passengers can book advance tickets here.) 

ticket outlets for gabisan shipping in cebu is in pier 3. 

cebu province · larissetravels · philippines · visayas · waterfalls

bugho waterfalls

bugho waterfalls
san fernando, cebu


i saw the picture of bugho waterfalls last week and was intrigued at how short the drop was. thank you, (instagram id) @blissfulsnapshots for patiently answering my questions πŸ˜€ 

as per the info i found in the net, i should ride a hb2x in eskina balud. from eskina sa st.catherine church in carcar, i hailed a multicab and told him where i needed nga manaog. however, the multicab driver forgot about me and dropped me off layo na daw to sa brgy.balud and i had no choice but manaog. i asked the locals where i could find a hb2x but i was told instead that i should go to san fernando proper to ask asa dapit ang bugho falls and that walay bugho falls sa balud. that was certainly an omg moment 😧πŸ˜₯😀

i hailed a choppy – that’s what they call their tricycles and nagpahatod sa san jose bakeshop sa san fernando proper. san jose bakeshop is just near the church πŸ˜€ 

i took my chance on a hb2x driver who agreed to bring me to bugho falls πŸ™‚ hb2x fare is 40.00 per person 1 way. 

kuya seseng (he said he is also called saseng) said that bugho falls was still layo kaayo. the way going to bugho falls is the eskina near taheiyo cement. the road was very abog and the ride was a long and bumpy one – i think it was an hour nga byahe. thank goodness for kuya seseng nga tabian sad jud kaayo, dili boring ang byahe πŸ™‚ 

kuya asked if he would accompany me panaog sa falls and of course i said yes. he said that when they were kids they would frequent the falls so he was familiar with the place. 

i finally saw the bridge which meant we have arrived at our destination: 

thank you papa God for a perfect weather πŸ™‚ 

my mandatory feet-fie πŸ˜‰ naputi intawn sa abog πŸ˜€ 

my hb2x driver/guide/photographer, kuya seseng: 

it was very mingaw except for the barking of the dogs from a distance πŸ™‚ the trail was relatively easy but hangak gyapon ko gamay πŸ˜€ 

i got so excited when i finally heard the lagaslas of the falls and caught a glimpse of this: 

and finally saw this beauty πŸ™‚ 

a closer look: 

and i just had to take a picture with me in the frame too πŸ™‚ 

ah, the beauty of nature πŸ™‚ i could stare at this for hours πŸ˜€ 

enjoy the video! πŸ™‚ 

on the way home, kuya seseng passed by the road sa hidden paradise because the road was less abog and less bumpy πŸ˜€ 

i took a lot of pictures of the mountains that we passed and even asked kuya seseng to stop for me to be able to pose too πŸ˜€ 

expenses for this trip: 

8.00 from brgy.balud to san fernando proper, san jose bakeshop

40.00 hb2x fare per person to and from bugho falls

30.00 mini-bus fare from san fernando to cebu city 

larisseeats · larissetravels · mindanao · philippines

bakasyon grande in digos

i was lucky to be invited to besh adi’s daughter nina’s belated birthday celebration, january this year. i was tasked to make the itinerary but sadly, i wasn’t able to see or do anything that was on the list 😑 

selfie before we left for the airport: 

in the plane, i saw my former officemate, mikel – he was going to mati: 

the mandatory clouds shot πŸ˜‰ 

touchdown, davao πŸ™‚ 

after eating lunch in sm davao, we then traveled to digos. this was our home for 3days and 2nights. i am forever grateful to besh adi’s tati’s generosity for letting us stay in their beautiful house and everything was provided for including food.

belated happy birthday, baby besh nina: 

even though we weren’t able to go anywhere in my proposed itinerary, besh adi brought us to these places: 

and i experienced riding a horse for the 3rd time too! πŸ™‚ 

on our way home, we passed by these: 

and i had to be contented with the statue 😦 

we weren’t able to go to samal but we went to little boracay instead πŸ™‚ 

on our way there: 

little boracay! πŸ™‚ 

we went to a remote island to enjoy this beach: 

to and from little boracay, you’d pass by a lot of banana plantations:

we had to spend the night in davao city for our flight back to cebu the next day πŸ™‚ 

our last supper for this trip: 

i accidentally deleted pictures of the davao night market where i had the tastiest strawberry ice cream, yum! πŸ˜€ 

the flight back home to cebu πŸ™‚ 

i have to go back to davao for me to able to tick off some items in my bucket list πŸ™‚ but for this trip, i was able to be in another ‘pinas province πŸ˜€ 

we were chauffered around, we had accommodations that could rival a hotel’s and we had the most gracious hostess – it was really a bakasyon grande in my book! πŸ™‚ thank you again, besh adi and send my love to your tati and the rest of your family too! πŸ™‚ 

thank you besh adiiiii! πŸ™‚ 

larissetravels · philippines

81 provinces

i’ve noticed that most travel bloggers’ goal is to visit all 81 provinces of the philippines and it was just an hour ago that i googled what the 81 philippine provinces are. htpps://

on my count, i have set foot on these provinces/capital cities πŸ™‚

  1. manila
  2. bohol – tagbilaran
  3. bukidnon – malaybalay
  4. camiguin – mambajao
  5. cebu
  6. davao del sur – digos
  7. leyte – tacloban
  8. misamis oriental – cagayan de oro
  9. negros oriental – dumaguete
  10. palawan – puerto princesa
  11. southern leyte – maasin
  12. zamboanga del norte – dipolog

that’s 12 out of 81 πŸ™‚

iΒ wish i will be able to visit all the 81 philippine provinces.

here’s hoping i’d be able to do so in 3 years time πŸ˜€

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travel bucket list

whenever i feel bored sa office (which happens every 5minutes, hahahaha :D) i bloghop to see where travel bloggers have gone to. i get jealous when i see that they’ve traveled far and wide, chased waterfalls and climbed every mountain that they could.

i know i certainly couldn’t go to where they’ve all been to in just a year or two, but let me just put this out here, my travel (and to do) bucket list πŸ™‚ i don’t know when i will be able to tick them all but i know nga sa madugay makaadto ra ko πŸ˜€

  1. climb osmeΓ±a peak – march 1, 2017
  2. chase aguinid waterfalls
  3. swim with the whalesharks in oslob
  4. see the ruins in bacolod
  5. eat cheesecake in calea in bacolod
  6. swim with the stingless stingray in surigao
  7. go strawberry picking in baguio
  8. climb and conquer mount pulag
  9. pose in front of the balete tree in siquijor
  10. mag-ala tarzan in cambuhagay falls in siquijor
  11. go bungee jumping in danao, bohol
  12. take a picture of the mayon volcano
  13. visit the islas de gigantes
  14. stand in awe at the banaue rice terraces
  15. take a picture with the philippine eagle
  16. visit the bencab museum in baguio city
  17. enjoy the rides in enchanted kingdom
  18. ride the kalesa in vigan
  19. party in boracay
  20. visit the hundred islands
  21. visit batanes
  22. explore siargao island
  23. chase niludhan falls
  24. take a picture of maria cristina falls
  25. canyoneering in badian
  26. go white water rafting in cagayan de oro
  27. chase waterfalls in bohol
  28. take a picture amongs the hot air balloons in clark, pampanga
  29. swim in the waters of samal island
  30. chase waterfalls in biliran
  31. visit kalanggaman island
  32. eat mangoes in guimaras
  33. take a sunset shot in manjuyod white sand bar
  34. enjoy the view in perth paradise resort in sipalay
  35. swim with the turtles in apo island
  36. climb mount lanigid
  37. climb sirao peak
  38. climb mount naupa – march 19, 2017
  39. island hop sa cuatro islas
  40. take a picture inside hindang cave
  41. pose with the monkeys in hindang cave 
  42. sardine run in moalboal
  43. climb mount lanaya
  44. go strawberry picking in dalaguete
  45. see the 10,000 roses in cordova
  46. jump from the cliff in salagdoong beach in siquijor
  47. get lost in the labyrinth in toledo  – march 18, 2018
  48. climb tagaytay hill in toledo – march 18, 2018
  49. visit capilla santa ana museum – march 18, 2018
  50. take a picture of malubog lake in toledo – march 18, 2018
  51. chase malubog waterfalls in toledo – march 18, 2018
  52. chase manguyakuya falls in toledo
  53. chase the waterfalls in middle earth resort in carmen
  54. chase bugho falls – march 26, 2017
  55. pa.picture sa biga pit
  56. take a picture in carcar’s rotunda – march 26, 2017
  57. climb mount mago – april 16, 2017
  58. drink coffee in coffee madness
  59. eat pizza in coffee madness
  60. eat la paz bachoy in iloilo 
  61. island hop in the islands near olango
  62. climb mount mauyog – april 2, 2017
  63. eat pancit molo in iloilo
  64. pray in jaro cathedral in iloilo city
  65. walk along the iloilo river esplanade
  66. chase kan amo waterfalls
  67. chase dayhag waterfalls
  68. climb ili rock in boljoon
  69. maligo sa dagat sa alcoy
  70. reach boljoon’s ablayan peak
  71. chase pityak falls in dumanjug
  72. chase basak falls in san fernando
  73. chase tubod-duguan falls in dumanjug
  74. climb kandungaw peak
  75. climb mount kapayas
  76. pa.picture sa parola sa liloan – april 14, 2017

i know there are still a lot of places that i want to visit and do everything fun and tourist-y; i guess i’ll be adding something to the list from time to time but i do hope that i also get to tick off some items as well.

libre ang mangarap, so might as well dream of going anywhere and everywhere and doing everything πŸ™‚