Category: Cauayan (page 1 of 2)

Christmas Day in the Province: A Different Kind of Celebration

Huge gift-wrapped presents with glimmering ribbons under the tall, green, Christmas tree; stockings of various sizes hung along the walls – filled with candies, chocolates, gold, edible coins scattered everywhere; the smell of honey-glazed ham, pasta, and hot bread, filled the atmosphere as the whole family awaits the birth of Jesus Christ; the dancing lights of different bold colors twinkle as the music plays in full tune during a cold, breezy, Christmas eve… Read more →

Malayan-Indian Tradition: Seaweed Flour

Conversations coming from experiences in Belize, Central America are quite rare to have with someone whom you just met for a brief moment. His tales of hidden paradise and unforgotten cultures, caught my attention as I was holding on to a seaweed freshly caught from the shore – locally known as “guso.” I enjoyed talking to a man who might have been to most parts of the world and my eyes we’re like puppy dogs’ that were so eager to know more. Read more →

The Dying Tradition of Budbud Making

Budbud is a “first class” salt produced in towns like Miag-ao, San Joaquin, Guimbal, Igbaras, Tubungan and even Tigbauan and Oton – these salts were pain-stakingly made from bamboo nodes and sells for about P1,500.00 to P2,000.00 per sack. In the book of Failagao entitled “History of Miagao” (read blog post of iloveiloilo) the author mentioned that the salt-making industry in Miagao, Iloilo, originated in Barangay Guibongan in the year 1823. 8) Now, that’s history! Read more →

A Kayak And A Drowning Woman

I opted to try kayaking at the Linaon Bay in Negros Occidental. It was my first time and I definitely sucked at it – BIGTIME! The bay stretches at about 4 kilometers having those calm, wave-less, waters. It has an average of probably 15 to 18 feet from the surface to the floor. Well, it sounded like  a great opportunity for me to practice and hone my “kayaking” skills, right? Read more →

Miracle Mountain Climb at Lina-on

 

I had no clue that this even existed. To my surpise, I said “Seriously? Miracle Mountain?” But when I finally saw the sign “This way to Miracle Mountain,” I just zipped my mouth and carried on with the trek. Read more →

Picturesque View From Punta Sojoton Lighthouse

I could still remember my first visit here, I was with my father about 6 years ago. Nothing really changed after those years and my fondest of memories are still in tact. This April, I visited the hometown of my father to get to know my close and distant relatives, have a break away from the city life, and of course, see the things that surrounded him when he was still growing up. I learned about his childhood there. Read more →

Beat The Summer Heat at Pasalan Falls

In my recent trip to my father’s homeland in Cauayan, I never really expected that there’s an existing gem hidden behind the trees and mountains. All I know is that there are beaches and it is such a great place to relax. Well, I was completely wrong. For a frequent visitor of the place, I admit I failed to appreciate its phenomenal beauty. Read more →

Silhouettes and Sunsets

What’s more beautiful than seeing the sunset vanish into the horizon giving out that pinkish-orange color to the sky and give you that sight of wonder? I adore sunsets. They are the best thing when it comes to beaches. Their beauty exudes more than what you would usually expect. Oh, and the product of these wonderful sunsets are shadows of different sorts – giving that black over orange color. An art in its own form – a silhouette. Read more →

How Sea Salts are Made

When we think of potato chips, we think of salt. Sea salts are used to make these delicious fatty treats we all purchase in one stop shops. My trip in Negros did not limit me to just seeing the beach and relaxing with the soothing wind, it also taught me the how-tos of Sea salt production using, well, the sea. Read more →

Rock Climbing. Literally.

Have you ever rock climbed without any ropes or harness, nor the proper gear and all those fancy hand powders? Well, I did. It was not something I am proud of because of failure to comply with safety precautions. I should know because I am a nurse. Nevertheless, I survived. Surely, a big thanks to the non-breaking rocks and the lucky flat surfaces that I was able to put my soles on. Read more →