Day: August 14, 2019

Tara sa magayonon na Camarines Sur

Welcome to the province of Camarines Sur

The capital of Camarines Sur is Pili there are disputed etymologies, either it came from the Bicol Region’s Pili tree that produces fruit a Pili nut which is one of delightful delicacies of Bicol with a scientific name (Canarium ovatum) The other source of history name Pili derived from the Bicol word “pili” or “to choose”. Even though Pili is the capital of bicol region Naga is the heart of bicol region and the business center. Naga was the former capital during
the Spanish colony.

Camarines Sur has seven languages:

  • Albay Bikol language
  • Central Bikol
  • Inagta Partido language
  • Manide language
  • Mount Iraya Agta language
  • Mount Iriga Agta language
  • Rinconada Bikol language
For reference of the above languages click here

As many people’s advice to have a vacation serves many benefits to us not only for our health we can absorb and imbibe fresh perspectives through natures and cultures.

Here are the list of Beautiful tourist destination in Camarines Sur

  • CamSur Water Sports Complex
  • Consocep Mountain Resort
  • Mount Isarog National Park
  • Itbog Twin Falls
  • Hacienda De Naga Resort
  • The Caramoan Island

CamSur Watersports Complex
Location: Provincial Capitol Complex Cadlan, Pili, Camarines Sur
It offers wake boarding, water skiing, water skating and more for those people that loved extreme sports.

Consocep Mountain Resort
Location: Consocep, Naga City
Operation Hours: Dependent on tour joined
What You Need to Know: It isn’t advisable to bring small children as the trek were quite long. Also, make sure to bring water and insect repellent for the trek.

Mt. Isarog National Park
Location: Panicuason, Naga City, Camarines Sur
Operation Hours: Dependent on tour joined

What You Need to Know: Your fees are inclusive of a round-trip land transportation from Naga City to Mt. Isarog. Also all permits, entrance fees, facilitators, canyoning equipment, souvenir scarf, and certificates are included as well.

Itbog Twin Falls
Location: Barangay Sta. Cruz, Buhi
Operation Hours: Dependent on tour joined
Fees: Dependent on tour joined
What You Need to Know: You can have a picnic at the falls as long as you clean after yourselves. Make sure to be prepared to take a hike as that is the only way you will reach the falls.


Haciendas De Naga Resort
Location: Nursery Road, Naga, Camarines Sur
Operation Hours: Resort is open 24 hours daily

What You Need to Know: There are a lot of activities to do so it is advisable to keep an open itinerary. They have hotel villas and cabanas to rent out but rates do go higher on weekends, holidays, and peak season

The Caramoan Islands
Location: Caramoan Islands
Operation Hours: Boat rides are hourly from 7AM to 11AM
What You Need to Know: Island and beach hopping is the most popular activity next to spelunking, snorkeling, swimming, and camping. There is also the Mt. Caglago trek where you can get a 360 view of the islands.

Uhhh! don’t forget a Pili nut pasalubong…

Thanks for visiting and reading..

Welcome! To My Home Town

Pagadian, officially the City of Pagadian (CebuanoDakbayan sa PagadianChavacanoCiudad de PagadianSubanenGembagel G’benwa Pagadian/Bagbenwa Pagadian), or simply referred to as Pagadian City, is a 2nd class city and the capital of the province of Zamboanga del SurPhilippines. It is the regional center of Zamboanga Peninsula and the second-largest city in the region, after the independent city of Zamboanga. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 199,060 people.[4]

Welcome!…sa Pagadian!

Pagadian began as stop-over for traders who plied the road between the old Spanish fort-town of Zamboanga on the southwestern tip of the Zamboanga Peninsula and other bigger towns to the north of the old Zamboanga Province. Except to its sheltered bay and good fishing grounds, it was not a promising site for the foundation of a city, because it is situated on steeply rolling terrain. In the course of its local history, waves of different kinds of people came to stay, and eventually called among themselves “Pagadianons”

Pagadian City – Tourist Spot, Attraction, Things to do and Experience

The iconic tricycle of Pagadian City
The noble tricycle is one of the most popular mode of public transportation in the Philippines especially in provinces. Tricycles in Pagadian City are different from what you normally see in other provinces because the inclined carriage on a 25-40 degree angle in order to be suited for the elevated terrains of the city. I never thought that tricycle rides would be that fun and thrilling. Riding it was comparable to a roller coaster’s ups and downs on the roads of the city. I felt like a kid while riding the peculiar tricycle and I just wanted to ride some more! The tricycle can fit six passengers and my favorite seat is at the back of the carriage because I can feel the wind on my face as the tricycles goes down the slopes.

Isla Puting Balas
Sandbars are trending right now and each province in the country seems to have a popular sandbar. Most sandbars are not very accessible and hard to go to, but Isla Puting Balas is an exception. How to get there? Ride a tricycle from the city proper and tell your driver to drop you off at Santiago Port. Ask the locals around the area for boats that you can rent going to the sandbar. Isla Putting Balas is not yet a very popular destination so make sure to ask if your boat man knows its exact location. (Note: Isla Putting Balas is different from Dao-Dao Dako and Dao-Dao Gamay). We rented a boat which can accommodate six to eight persons. Looking for the sandbar during high tide made it bit difficult. After 40 minutes, we saw cerulean waters amidst the deep blue sea. Submerged under a feet of water, we felt underwhelmed with the sand bar at first. I later realized that for the first time in my life, I was swimming in the middle of the sea without any fear of drowning! The experience was awesome and we really felt the serenity of the place, after all, it was only us and our boatman. I would definitely go back to the sand bar next time and I’ll make sure that the tide is low.

Puting Balas or White Sand Island is a sandbar that even locals are still not that familiar with.  It’s just a bare strip of sand in the middle of the sea that appears only during low tide. Except for a few fishermen gathering sea cucumbers and shells near the shore, we had this tiny piece of paradise all to ourselves.

Of all the places we visited, this is the place that stood out the most. The sandbar was just so peaceful, raw and uncommercialized.

Pulacan Falls
Labangan is a nearby municipality from Pagadian City. We took a twenty peso bus ride and asked the driver to drop us near Pulacan Falls. Locals who took the same bus as we did were very friendly to give us directions, I can feel that they were excited for us. After 20 minutes and a very steep ascent, the bus stopped nearby a military camp. As we alighted from the bus, we can hear the sound of water gushing from the falls which is just a few steps down the road. It was peaceful and quiet in Pulacan Falls. Trees, bushes and a worn out cemented lane paved the way to the waterfalls. We arrived at the middle tier of the three tiered waterfall. We had the waterfall for ourselves and there was no trace of commercialism. It was a very beautiful waterfall with water gushing from different directions. Trees surrounding the waterfalls provided shade to the basin where one can sit on the boulders and just marvel at its beauty. Too bad I was not able to bring extra clothes, the water was very inviting!

One of   Pagadian  City’s  well-known adventure spots. Here, you’ll find communication towers stand tall at MT. Palpalan’s peak. Standing at 700 feet above level, it also provides a breathtaking view of   Yllana Bay and the city proper. Getting to the peak, you have two options. Either you trek  the road or take a tricycle going up.

Pidro’s lechon
Going around the city on an empty stomach would definitely ruin your day. Our first stop was at the very popular Pidro’s lechon. Charcoal roasted chicken lined up on the grill in the display area lured us into the restaurant. We did not hesitate to enter their newly renovated dining area which is very spacious and could accommodate hundreds of diners. I asked the waitress for their menu and found out that have only roasted chicken, rice and nothing else on the menu! A whole chicken costs 190.00 and believe me, it will be the best roasted chicken you’ll ever try! Juicy and well marinated on the inside, the meat is cooked to perfection. The skin is brown and full of flavor after being roasted in charcoal! At 9 o’clock on a Sunday morning, Pidro’s was already starting to get crowded with families who came from church. Pidro’s lechon is the best way to start your adventure in Pagadian!


Chicken Binakol
If my research will serve me right, chicken binakol is a famous Ilonggo recipe. It is similar to native chicken tinola made with a twist by adding fresh young coconut meat and coconut water into the recipe. I read from another blog that Kamayan sa Pagadian serves very good chicken binakol. After our whole day of exploring Pagadian, we decided to try the chicken binakol. The presentation in a buko shell was a bit fancy but the cost is not very pricey. Tangy and a little bit sweet, the broth was very delicious with a tone of lemongrass blended with the fresh coconut water. Our meal at Kamayan sa Pagadian wrapped our adventure in the very unique way with their chicken binakol.

Dinner at the 2 peso Barbeque

Where to Stay

The most famous and best hotel in Pagadian city is the Hotel Alindahaw. This hotel is perfect for business travellers, vacationers, or families. The hotel is fairly new so you can expect new furnishings and the hotel to be in tip top condition. The hotel is located along Rizal Avenue, within walking distance from Gaisano Capital. You can make reservations using this contact number: 062-215400, 062-2154001.

City Hall & Plaza

You can also visit the City Hall and plaza in the city. There are lots of cheap ukay-ukay stalls selling secondhand clothes and shoes, food stalls in the market and a fountain in the middle of the plaza.

Best Time to Visit

Pagadian city is lovely all year round. Since the city is out of the typhoon belt area, weather systems would not affect your travel plans. Another good thing about the weather in Pagadian city is that it is usually overcast. This may be good or bad news to you, depending on the climate in your area. To me though, the occasional mild sunshine and cloudy days of Pagadian are a welcome treat.

Pagadianons celebrate two festivals every year. The first is the Pasalamat Festival in January – this festival is a form of thanksgiving by Pagadianons for the blessings they received during the past year (pasalamat means to thank or be thankful for). Pasalamat festival features a beauty pageant, parades, and trade exhibits. The other festival in Pagadian is the Megayon festival. The Megayon festival celebrates unity and between the three peoples of Zamboanga peninsula: the Christians, Muslims, and Subanens. The festival runs for a week with activities featuring cultural dances and songs, native sports competitions, peace forums, and environmental events. Megayon is held every September 17th (Zamboanga Del Sur’s anniversary as a province).

How to get There

If you’re coming from Manila or Cebu, Cebu Pacific and PAL has direct flights to the Pagadian airport. It can also be reached from neighboring cities such as Zamboanga, Ozamiz, Iligan and Cagayan de Oro by bus. Other relatively near airports include Dipolog City in Zamboanga del Norte, and Ozamis City in Misamis Occidental. Zamboanga City is about 5 hours away by land.