Because I won free round trip tickets from Airphil Express during the Davao Adventure Trip previously sponsored by them last May, I decided to revisit Davao last September 2011. I didn’t really have much time to explore Davao when I first came there last May because we have a fixed itinerary. I know Davao is really a big place, so the focus of my trip to Davao last September was to have a chance to go to Talicud and beach bum. I am coming back to Davao on May 2012 anyway for the Davao Food Appreciation Tour :).
I’ve decided to travel with my mom every year during her birthday so for this year, I decided to treat her to an overnight stay in Tagaytay. Good thing I was able to purchase an overnight stay voucher at Hotel Dominique through a group buying site. The original price of the superior room is PHP 3,300 but I bought it almost half of its price.
Hotel Dominique is located in Aguinaldo Highway and just near the Tagaytay Rotunda. We don’t have a car so we only rode the bus from Manila (particularly at the bus station in Edsa – LRT – behind Sogo motel). The bus passed by Coastal Road then took the Bacoor, Imus, Dasmarinas then Silang, Cavite route. If you will be taking this route, you won’t miss Hotel Dominique because it’s just at the right side of the road and before you reach Olivares (Tagaytay Rotunda). You can tell the bus conductor to drop you off at the Olivarez terminal or Pink Sisters. If you drop off the Olivarez terminal, you’ d have to walk around 10 meters which is relatively ok if you only have your backpack with you.
Inside the Church of the Angry Christ
Victorias in Negros Occidental is popular because of the Victorias Milling Company, the largest sugar mill in the Philippines and the largest combined sugar mill and refinery in the whole world. This made Negros Occidental the “Sugarbowl Capital” of the Philippines. Its popularity came into a downfall after the Japanese occupation in the 1940’s but was able to slowly revive itself in the 1990’s.
Here’s a glimpse of the sights and sounds of the recently concluded Masskara Festival 2011 in Bacolod City. It was truly a memorable experience for us!
Who would have thought that indigenous farm materials such as cartwheels (carriage wheels), wood and plows can’t be made into a place of worship? In Manapla, Negros Occidental, there is a chapel commonly called “Chapel of Cartwheels” built in the 1960’s at the middle of Hacienda Rosalia. I found out about this chapel while researching our Bacolod itinerary back in February 2011.
It’s actually my first time to stay in any Microtel in the Philippines. I agree with most of my friends who have stayed in a Microtel Hotel, the experience is worthwhile. Aside from its clean facilities, Microtel boasts their chiropractic beds (like the ones you see above). Even though I only had 2 nights to sleep there, at least my back was able to experience at least 4 hours on it :D. It was such a comfort to lie down there after a tiring day from the activities.
I never knew that I will someday experience white water rafting. Last May 8th, while everybody was busy watching the Pacquiao vs. Mosley boxing match, me and fellow bloggers Rochelle Chua, Evanjohn Mendoza, Faith Salazar, Eric D., Yoshke Dimen, Jonel Uy and Lalaine Orozco and others were having a hell of a time at the Davao River for the White Water Rapid Adventure. Actually, It’s the first extreme sport I’ve ever done in my life and preferred this than going through the zipline.