My Love Affair with Camiguin

I have been going to Camiguin for as long as I could remember. The very first visit was in 1981, I think.  I was 7 years old.  Back then, there was only one barge company in operation, bringing passengers to and from Balingoan Port to Benoni Port twice a day – one in the earlyContinue reading “My Love Affair with Camiguin”

Update: 4th Bagasbas Summer Surf Festival – April 15 to 17, 2011

by Joey Cuerdo, event organizer Summer is so near you can really feel it!  Billboards on EDSA have shifted to showcasing bronze bodies and everything about the beach.  Kids are whining about the last days of school and exams… and talk is continuous about plans, of what to do, where to go, what sport toContinue reading “Update: 4th Bagasbas Summer Surf Festival – April 15 to 17, 2011”

The Kaamulan Festival: A Dance of Life

Just got back from a long day at Malaybalay.  We watched the Kaamulan Festival Ethnic Street Dancing Competition and then went shopping.  To summarize it all, it was a beautiful day! The dancers were talented and well-choreographed; the floats were well-decorated and artistically amazing; and though it rained (several times) nothing could mar the excitementContinue reading “The Kaamulan Festival: A Dance of Life”

The Kaamulan Festival: A Story of Life

Kaamulan comes from the Binukid word “amul” meaning to gather or a social gathering.  It could be anything from a datu-ship ritual, a wedding ceremony, a harvest thanksgiving, or a peace pact (  So this gathering, held annually every 3rd week of February to March 10, is the time when the seven (7) tribes ofContinue reading “The Kaamulan Festival: A Story of Life”

Bagasbas Revisited

by Joey Cuerdo, event organizer The trip to Bagasbas Beach in Daet, Camarines Norte is always an epic.  I know all the tricks of the trade in travel to Daet, from trying to flag down a provincial bus on EDSA to taking un franchised vans with hawkers wooing in scurrying commuters who missed the lastContinue reading “Bagasbas Revisited”