People’s Park

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People’s Park is a cultural-theme park located at the center of Davao City. It is the brainchild of the then mayor of Davao City, Rodrigo Duterte, who, in December 15, 2007, led the ceremonial inauguration of the park.

The Durian Dome serves as the visitor’s center and main entrance which opens to the park. This spiky dome roof was artistically designed after the spiky shell of the durian, a tropical fruit which Davao City is known for.

Most of the other statues are representing the Lumad People. Lumad is a term pertaining to Davao’s varying groups of indigenous people. You’ll find a lot of these statues at almost every corner of the park; most are in groups and some are alone or in pairs. They make a good symbolism of unity in diversity and a good impression to the visitors how rich in culture that Davao region has.

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Our most favorite statue here is the Philippine Eagle statue. They must have put it there to show everyone how the Davao City government values the preservation of this bird and other wildlife as it’s the home of the Philippine Eagle Foundation. The craftsmanship of the makers of this statue is really amazing. Despite of its large size, we can how realistic the eagle looks like.

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SEEING DOLPHINS – Ocean Adventure

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Ocean Adventure is the first Open Water Marine Theme Park in Southeast Asia. It has become one of the premiere attractions in Subic Bay, Philippines as well as all of Southeast Asia. Ocean Adventure has demonstrated a history of providing environmental awareness education combined with wholesome entertainment. Ocean Adventure’s advocacy for environmental protection and its corporate social responsibility programs are second to none.

The only ever souvenir that I might have gotten from Ocean Adventures is a green dolphin. This is because we often don’t get souvenirs especially if they cost quite a lot. Right now, looking back to 2015 – when I visited most places, I regretted not taking too many pictures. I have no idea why. It is either I’m the kind of person who simply wanted to be in the moment or that I am camera shy. Which is which. Maybe next time I’d try taking more pictures whenever I visit other places.

It was too hot inside the place. For someone who is more used to how cool Baguio feels, it made me uncomfortable being inside. But you are always never allowed to judge a place by its entrance. Because what’s inside might look more or less better than the steaming hot entrance.

Since my parents are not usually the type to spend too much in a place with an entrance fee that is expensive for them, we just followed the fixed program given to us. Most of them concern dolphins, sea lions and some acrobatic performances.

The first one is mostly about the animals they kept in their zoo and the way they had presented them is interesting. It is nice to meet such animals in the way of how they actually move in their environments.

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Rescue Center. First Program.

What amazed me the most is the dolphins’ show. For one, I haven’t seen dolphins in real life yet until Ocean Adventures. All my younger years I had been wondering when I’d ever see a dolphin or if I’m even going to see one (the miseries of someone who’s not usually allowed to just go anywhere without permission).

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Hello Dolphin

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Human and Dolphin race

Aside from that, it’s our first time actually seeing the Velascos’ Family in action and it is amazing watching their acrobatic performances. In fact, everyone held their breath upon watching their amazing acrobatic performances and seeing how flexible they are.

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The Velascos and my sister

The third show is also fun, especially if you’re quite near the stadium. You would really get splashed by the sea lions. It’s amazing how they can be trained and how cute they can act. In fact, sometimes they feel more or less like dogs but sea dogs.

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Sea lions.

Nonetheless, even if we just followed the actual program given to us, I still did enjoy going to Ocean Park Adventures. While I would have wanted to swim with the dolphins, I’d be alright with what I experienced, maybe someday when I come back, I’ll try riding a dolphin.

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Ocean adventure with sisters

Subic, Zambales

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subicI lived in Subic, Zambales. It’s a peaceful rural town where tourism is at boost. Subic has a lot to offer from foods, sceneries, beautiful beaches and more. The town is not a typical town, because there’s a lot of adventure that you can have. Beautiful white-sand beaches are well known world-wide. Now there’s a new Inflatable Island that is in trend for tourist attraction today. World-class Mangoes and Turnips are also available here. There are lots of luxurious hotels available for vacationists, and also night hangouts like clubs. This town have a lot to offer to tourists.

7 WONDERS OF LA UNION – Tangadan Falls, San Gabriel La Union

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The Beauty of Nature

My classmates and I all have our own reasons why we want to go to Tangadan. First is of course to see the beauty of the falls. Second is in order to escape all the stressed in the city. In order to get there you need to ride a tricycle from San Gabriel town plaza to the starting point of the trail. Then you need a tour guide, our contact was Kuya Pedro. I think he’s very popular because he’s the top most recommended tour guide online. Mainly for 2 good reasons: He offers the most reasonable and affordable fee and second, he is a fun tour guide. For the 9 of us, total fee was 1000 (environmental fee of P30/head is not included yet).

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Crossing the Baroro River

The first part of the trek was the crossing of the Baroro River then the cliff diving part – 5ft., 10ft., or 25ft. For non swimmers, they can also try this but they must rent a life vest for 50 pesos. The tour guide will assist you so nothing to worry about. He’ll teach you the proper way and he’ll do it first so you’ll have an idea and he’ll be there waiting for you.

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Me and my friends survive the TANGADAN FALLS

The second part was the Tangadan Falls. Our group took 1 hr and 30 minutes in order to reach the falls. Once you reach the end, you just can’t help but fall in love with how beautiful it is and you’ll feel refreshed with the sight of the falls. Despite of the long trek I can say that it’s all worth it. You can swim until 5 pm in the afternoon. You can also rent a vest if you don’t know how to swim it costs 50 pesos each. There are also 2 mini falls at  the other side of the falls.

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7 WONDERS OF LA UNION – Bahay na Bato, Luna La Union

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A Glimpse of the Sea

Last year me and my boyfriend went to Luna La Union in order to witness their main attraction which is Bahay na Bato. It is a perfect place in order to relax despite of the hustle in the city. Bahay na Bato is located at Brgy. Naval Norte, Luna, Union . General admission is at PhP 20 while kids who are below 4 years of age are free of charge. It is open daily from 6 am to 8 pm.

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Enjoying the beat of the waves

The house is open for any occassions such as weddings, baptisms, birthday parties, and other functions. Families and friends who want to enjoy a memorable night under the stars can sit around the bonfire pits. Swimming isn’t allowed for safety reasons but the beach provides a good spot for listening to the music made by the crashing of the waves onto the pebble-filled shore. Listen to it and you might just fall asleep because of the relaxing beat.

Photo taken by Krizzhia Bigornia

Davao Crocodile Park

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pangilIf you’re killing time in Davao City, south of the Philippinesand would prefer somewhere that isn’t too far from the city center, visiting Davao Crocodile Farm would be an interesting option. Davao Crocodile Park was considered as one of the key tourist destination in Davao City as it features various exotic animals such as monkeys, snakes, birds, tigers, various type of reptiles with of course Crocodiles. It is where you can learn and enjoy the rich flora and fauna of Davao City.

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This photo is taken in the entrance of the Crocodile Park when me and my friends visited it back in 2012. The surrounding area has restaurants and shops, as well as a butterfly farm in the vicinity. The park boasts of both saltwater and freshwater crocs, lizards, fowls, and if I have to emphasize this again, a tiger. There are tacky statues of indigenous tribesmen and animals. There’s a yellow python you could carry for those precious photo ops.419218_10151382502000241_74653298_n

7 WONDERS OF LA UNION – Poro Point, San Fernando La Union

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Poro Point Baywalk

Poro Point, also known historically as San Fernando Poro Point is a headland and peninsula located in the city of San Fernando La Union on the island of Luzon in the Philippines. It projects northwesterly about 3.2 kilometres (2.0 mi) into the South China Sea It was named after its location within barangay Poro and is the site of Poro Point Freeport Zone, a special economic zone.

Sillag or Festival of Lights is one of the events held in Poro Point. It it celebrated in order to showcase and promote development  beyond the confines of the Poro Point Freeport Zone. Its location is perfect when taking a selfie. It is also a perfect place for relaxing because of its ambiance. Thunderbird Resort is also located beside the Poro Point baywalk.

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