I traveled a lot in 2011 that some of my friends have labeled me “laagan“. Laagan is a Visayan term for wanderer. The word describes someone who can’t stay put. I know a lot of travel bloggers who went to a lot more places than I do. Compare to them, my trips looked mild. Nevertheless, I felt I traveled more this year compared to my trips for the past 30+ years.
2011 was the year I started to fulfill my travel dreams. I am hoping to see new places this year.
This is a town in Southern Cebu. My paternal grandfather came from this quiet town. Their town fiesta (300+ years!) is on a February. My cousins invited me to come along and coincidentally, we had a Cebu Pacific trip scheduled on those dates. (Dalaguete is pronounced as “dalaget”.)
We always visit the Sto. Niño whenever we are in Cebu. However, it was my first time to check out Magellan’s cross.
Although I spent 4 years of my life in this city, it has been 8 years since I last set foot on this place. I attended some important matters in Davao in April and I squeezed in some touristy activities by visiting Jack’s Ridge and People’s Park.
Masao, Butuan City
Butuanons (and several acclaimed historians) claimed that Magellan landed here and not in Limasawa. For us, Butuanons, this is also our beach.
My quest to visit the Rizal monument remained a dream. More stories on this post.
Magallanes, Agusan del Norte
The oldest tree in the Philippines can be found here. One can reach this place via a 30-min boat ride.
It was the first time I traveled with friends. We had so much fun that we are planning another trip this year to another Philippine destination. There was so much to see in CamSur that I wrote 4 blog posts about this trip: here, here, here and here.
The two-hour trip from Naga city was all worth it. Mayon Volcano, the world’s most perfect cone, was magnificent.
Bit-os, Butuan City
One need not go so far to see new places. Even a small city like Butuan has hidden gems waiting to be discovered.
The short trip with relatives was still fun. Taal Volcano is always fascinating.
I traveled to Cebu again and explored it on my own. I walked to the Plaza Independencia early in the morning before my trip back home.
Lakewood, Zamboanga del Sur
We braved the roads during Sendong to attend a friend’s wedding. I would have taken pictures of Pagadian. The city’s unique features are the inclined streets and angled tricycles. I failed to take photos because my mind was in CDO and Iligan. We went to Lakewood and the place was beautiful. I relaxed a bit before traveling back again to Cagayan de Oro. We traveled during the night along Lanao del Norte.
I will travel more this year.
I end this post with this video.