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Can Senator Manny Pacquiao’s Boxing Diplomacy be Applied in Territorial Disputes under the Du30-Marcos Alliance?

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

The victorious boxing champion of the Filipinos, Senator Manny Pacquiao can only be happier to see both the Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and Philippine President Rodrigo Du30 sitting in one row. This is during his latest fight  Lucas Matthysse in Malaysia. The people certainly did not forget how some Filipinos were massacred during the Sabah claim in Lahad Datu. New articles label it as the 2013 Lahad Datu standoff. It was a military conflict that started on 11 February 2013 and fully ended on 24 March 2013. This is where the men of the late Sultan Jamalul Kiram wishes to return to their homeland but were killed. During the 2016 elections campaign, Du30, Marcos, and Pacquiao are one in the Sabah claim issue. They aim to continue the quest of the late President Ferdinand E. Marcos that was sabotaged by the Aquinos.






Youtube video by;  GMA News

[VIDEO]:  Pres. Duterte, unang beses nanood ng laban ni Pacquiao sa labas ng bansa




Boxing Diplomacy

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad is now a fan of Senator Manny Pacquiao. President Du30 was also present to cheer on the Filipino boxer. “This is indeed a historic day for Malaysia when we have a Filipino champion fighting in Malaysia witnessed by the leaders of both countries,” Mahathir said. This is part of our boxing diplomacy. We don’t punch each other,” he added. After the boxing match, Mahathir joined President Du30 to congratulate Pacquiao. The two leaders are expected to hold talks in the upcoming working day.




The President’s Wish for Pacquaio

The President congratulated Senator Pacquiao on his stunning knockout victory recently. Du30 describes Pacquiao as one of the world’s greatest boxers. He expresses hope that he will continue to be a source of inspiration for the Filipinos. “I would like to congratulate Senator Manny Pacquiao for giving us pride and bringing the Filipino nation together once more,” he said. Boxing champ Manny Pacquiao should consider retirement and enjoy life, the leader advised Pacman.

Former Senator Bongbong Marcos Joins Well-Wishers

Among the well-wishers were Senators Nancy Binay, Grace Poe, Richard Gordon, JV Ejercito, Cynthia Villar, and Sonny Angara, former Senator Bongbong Marcos, and Justice Undersecretary Emmeline Aglipay Villar. They posted their messages via social media. Bongbong Marcos always has the approval of Pacquiao in the field of politics. He even urges people to learn how to forgive if the late President Marcos, the clan’s patriarch hurt them in some ways since he comes clear of whatever accusations he got while still alive in legal courts.









The Du30-Marcos Diplomatic Style

It is a positive thing that PM Mahathir takes the diplomacy of Pacquiao’s boxing fame as the symbol for his country’s relationship with the Philippines. The Du30-Marcos style is so diplomatic that no war can occur even over a very sensitive issue like the South China Sea dispute. Marcos joined the President in Beijing when he started negotiating with the Chinese to leave the disputes first and strengthen the economic ties of both countries. This move is actually a big credit to the ASEAN countries. It is best to join hands in solving social issues than fight with guns that no one can ever win.




Duterte urges Pacquiao to retire: You’re rich so enjoy life




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Du30-Marcos Relations with China Softens American-North Korean-Japanese Conflict

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

It was a worldwide perception in the past that the Chinese would always aid North Korea, regarded as its little brother. However, the foreign relations now has changed. Philippine President Du30 regained the same friendship with the Chinese as the late President Ferdinand Marcos’ time. It is backed up nowadays by his son, Bongbong Marcos to prevent World War III. The American President reaches out to the Filipino leader to talk to China to help reprimand Pyong Yang’s Kim Jung Un. Beijing is North Korea’s only significant ally but is now frustrated over its nuclear and missile tests. China recently closes its main road connection with North Korea allegedly for repair but the reopening is indefinite.





Video by;  Fox News

[VIDEO]: Tensions with North Korea in focus after missile test




North Korea is Isolated

The bridge closure comes after state-owned airline Air China suspended flights between Beijing and North Korea. This is due to a lack of demand. But it deepens the North’s isolation amid mounting U.N. sanctions. China, who has the alliance of Russia warns North Korea that it is alone should it declare war on Japan or America.




Du30’s Strategy

Du30  tells Trump to stop threatening North Korea and assure Kim Jong Un instead that there are no plans to oust him. The U.S., Japan, China and South Korea should sit down with the North Korean leader to tackle the Pyongyang regime’s weapons development and missile tests, the tough-talking President said.



Japan is on the Defensive Side

The city of Fukuoka in western Japan conducts a drill to prepare for another possible North Korean ballistic missile launch. This happens two days after Pyongyang’s recent missile test. About 50 people at Tenjin Chuo Park in the center of the city moved underground. Residents received a second alert five minutes later informing them that a missile had flown over the country. This might instill fear among the people but the government feels it’s necessary.








Diplomatic Ties

The Japanese learned from the atomic bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the Americans during World War II. They might be a sleeping warrior now but preparations are in place to minimize collateral damages should a missile or nuclear attack happens. Unline World War II, if World War III manifests, the Philippines together with the Chinese, Japanese, Americans and even the Russians vow to isolate and suppress North Korea immediately. Thanks to the Du30-Marcos brilliance.

http://www.newsweek.com/japan-preparing-north-korea-war-drills-phone-alerts-evacuation-training-729190

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/china-closing-main-road-connection-with-north-korea/2017/11/24/322f9f24-d107-11e7-a87b-47f14b73162a_story.html?utm_term=.1f90a3f5a786

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-10-29/ahead-of-trump-talks-duterte-urges-end-to-threats-on-pyongyang

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Bongbong Marcos as Vice President can Clear Out ICC, Local, and Foreign Threats against Du30

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

The new Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque is the only Philippine lawyer allowed to practice law at the ICC as a human rights crusader. He hopes to be able to advise the President directly regarding the manner and methods for the drug war. The international case against Du30 is the last straw of the opposition to take him down. Meanwhile, on foreign relations, the US President decides to extend his trip to Asia, a day more in the Philippines to coincide with the East Asia regional summit. He warns China anew that “warrior nation” Japan could take matters into its own hands if the threat posed by North Korea is not addressed. Du30’s strategies with the US, China, and Japan are obviously working but his detractors can’t settle with that not until Bongbong Marcos wins the electoral protest against VP Leni Robredo soon.






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[VIDEO]: Compilation of Bongbong Marcos-Du30 cooperation.




ICC as Last Resort

Roque said that the ICC is the “court of last resort,” and that there is no evidence that proves Du30 ordered killings to be carried out by the so-called Davao Death Squad (DDS). The case pertains to the alleged violations during his stint as Davao City mayor. The ICC will only exercise jurisdiction “if local courts are unwilling or unable to do so.” Parties have to show that a case filed in the Philippines did not succeed before it can go to the ICC, Roque added.




Not Missing the East Asian Summit

Trump left Joint Base Andrews and is bound for Hawaii. From there he will travel on to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines. The American President unleashes a barrage of invective comments against political foes. This even includes his own Justice Department, which is investigating his campaign’s ties to Russia. He also announces during departure that the marathon trip is extended to include an East Asia Summit in the Philippines, which he had been slated to miss.




Japan as Warrior Nation

“Japan is a warrior nation, and I tell China and I tell everyone else that listens, I mean, you’re gonna have yourself a big problem with Japan pretty soon if you allow this to continue with North Korea,” Trump said. President Xi Jinping has been “pretty terrific” on North Korea, and that “China is helping us,” he added. The Chinese leader chides from Trump for failing to rein in Kim. China implements tougher UN sanctions against North Korea instead. That warms up Xi’s relationship with the US leader. North Korea in July launched two intercontinental ballistic missiles apparently capable of reaching the US mainland, according to its leader Kim Jong-Un as a gift to “American bastards.”









Bongbong Marcos’ Take

Bongbong Marcos clearly said that Du30’s enemies would only stop attacking the President when he becomes Vice President. He added that those who are against the Filipino leader cannot bear him having to replace Du30 as President. it is not a secret that there is some kind of Du30-Marcos understanding even before the election 2016. In fact, most of the President’s controversial but effective moves follow the principles of the late President Ferdinand Marcos. The people are anxiously waiting for the recount date from the Supreme Court.




http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/10/30/17/roque-says-up-to-duterte-to-tap-him-as-lawyer-in-icc-case

https://www.rappler.com/nation/187297-trump-extend-stay-ph-attend-east-asia-summit-white-house

Trump warns China Japan could take action on NKorea




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WBO Review: Pacquiao Won Only 5 Rounds vs Horn’s 7 Boxing Rounds

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

The Philippines Games and Amusements Board said that it only wants to protect the integrity of boxing. It cites the miscalls by the referee and judges. Based on this, five anonymous, competent Judges from different countries were asked by the WBO to review the bout without sound. The results show that Pacquiao won 5 rounds while Horn won 7 rounds.






Youtube video by; Rappler
[VIDEO]: Senator Manny Pacquiao on Wednesday urges the World Boxing Organization to act on a protest letter sent by the Games and Amusements Board, the Philippines’ regulatory body for boxing.



Unfair but Cannot Change

THE World Boxing Organisation re-scores the Manny Pacquiao-Jeff Horn welterweight title fight. This is because of the contentious unanimous decision awarded to the Australian challenger. However, it was clarified that there is no plan to change the result. The WBO just responded to the request of a Philippines government department to review the fight. Pacquiao accepted the decision but said that the referee was unfair.




Re-Scoring Results

The re-scoring tallied directly with two of the judges on the night. They both gave the 115-113 score for Horn. The third judge, Waleska Roldan, scored the Australian 117-111.




Promoter not Surprised

Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum indicates that a re-match with Horn is possible for November or December this year. Pacquiao was also open to this as confirmed by him during an interview after the fight. He is always welcome to the Australian audience because of his graciousness after his defeat.









End of Contract

The Philippine Senator, on the other hand, claims that his promotional agreement with Arum is at an end and he also considers retirement at 38. He is actually old already for the ring but Arum leaves the re-match decision to Pacquiao.

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Malaysia Masterminding Mindanao Instability to counter Sabah Claim Possible


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
Malaysia’s deputy prime minister claimed that the RM12 million was handed over to the Special Branch for contribution to Philippine organizations who helped with the negotiations to free the four Malaysians hostaged by Abbu Sayyaf. He denied that it was ransom. However, the Filipino groups have no links to the terrorists. The Special Branch mentioned is Malaysia’s intelligence service.

As Manila Times reported; “The ransom payment has triggered a political firestorm in Malaysia because of the contradictory statements issued by government officials. Home Minister Hamidi disclosed that the funds were turned over to the Special Branch, which presumably turned them over to the Abu Sayyaf. Lau, who represented the families of the four hostages, even narrated that two Special Branch officers, with an approval letter from Bank Negara, withdrew the sum and carried them in 12 metal cases to the police station.”

The first claim was denied by Malaysia’s Police Inspector-General Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar that the Special Branch did not receive such money, and he insisted that no ransom was paid. He explained that the Abu Sayyaf released the hostages after the Malaysian government threaten to stop the Malaysia-Mindanao barter trade – which no person in his right mind would believe. Can the Malaysians be funding the Abbu Sayyaf to create instability in Mindanao to instill their illegal Sabah ownership? Very possible indeed!

Reference: http://www.manilatimes.net/malaysians-fund-abu-sayyaf/269241/

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US$1,305 Annual Sabah Lease: A Mockery


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
It’s ironic and a mockery for Malaysians to boast for the slight increase of Sabah lease from US$1,305 to an undisclosed amount – since the issue has not been resolved among its heirs from the Sultanate of Sulu. Actually, there’s no actual confirmation yet from Sultan Phugdal’s side, who replaced Sultan Jamalul Kiram after his death on how much the increase was and if it’s accepted or not. It has been known by this writer that then Crowned Prince Adbimuddin Kiram’s direct family did not agree with the said increase prior to his death as narrated to me by his son Datu Sayed in Zamboanga City in 2005.

The irony is, the Malaysian government publicly attest to the said lease but they denied Sabah being a property of Sultanate of Sulu which is a Philippine entity. Therefore, not acknowledging that it’s a Philippine territory. Can’t they understand the meaning of lease?

Duterte’s stake: “What has been the policy will always be the policy of the government, especially those for the interest of the country. We have to stake our claim. His administration recognized Sabah as the territory of the Sulu sultanate, as is claimed by the Kiram clan, who are citizens of the Philippines.

Details of Duterte’s stake are from here: https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/05/philippines-sabah-dispute-duterte/

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Saycon on Sabah Claim: Malaysians can dream all they want


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
The Sultanate of Sulu now headed by Sultan Phugdal will no way compromise the Sabah claim after all that they’ve been through. The Malaysian government can resume their yearly lease but following present market value and under the conditions of the Sultanate. The BBL law can also take effect for the peace process to materialize but can never make Sabah as the reward for their efforts.

Circumstances are now favoring the sultanate with President Rodrigo Duterte’s support, Bongbong Marcos’ scrutinizing the details of BBL and many concerned Filipinos cheering for this historic event to take place especially those who have loved ones tortured while being deported from Sabah to Zamboanga despite insisting that they are in their homeland.

Pastor Boy Saycon said after seeing the media propaganda by the Malaysian press; that they can dream all they want but the Sabah claim cannot be compromised – they have to return it to the Philippines no matter what. Saycon is an adviser to the sultanate when it comes to the Sabah claim. He helped them gather evidence and documents that will help the move to push the Sabah claim in the United Nations – thus prompting the UN to issue a resolution to settle the claim in a peaceful manner. Formulating strategies are also Saycon’s notable skill thus giving him the title; Political Hing Maker – as the man behind Noybi!

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The 5th Filipina to Win the Miss International Title

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

2011-07-28 Miss International Interview Day
2011-07-28 Miss International Interview Day (Photo credit: pageantcast)

Bea Rose Santiago is the 5th Filipina to win the Miss International title. She was crowned recently as  Miss International 2013 in Tokyo, Japan. Past winners from the Philippines in the Miss International pageant were Gemma Cruz – 1964; Aurora Pijuan -1970, Melanie Marquez – 1979 and Precious Lara Quigaman – 2005. Read this wonderful news:

Miss Philippines wins Miss International 2013

By: RAPPLER.COM

MANILA, Philippines – Miss Philippines Bea Rose Santiago was crowned Miss International 2013 on Tuesday, December 17, at the Shinagawa Prince Hotel Hall in Tokyo.
This is the 5th Miss International title for the Philippines and the 3rd major crown by a Filipina this year, following wins by Megan Young at Miss World and Mutya Datul at Miss Supranational. http://www.rappler.com/life-and-style/46111-miss-international-2013


Bea is not only beautiful from the outside but also in the inside. No one can ignore her grace and charm – and most especially her genuine outlook on the aftermath of the devastation brought about by Typhoon Yolanda. This is a clear example how beautiful it is to hear positive things from a tragic experience. It is evident that in her capacity as Miss International 2013, she can definitely bring nations together!

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Human Rights Violation Over Sabah Crisis

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English: Coat of arms of the Philippines (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When do you know that your human rights are violated? Where do you turn to when your government that is supposed to protect you will not do anything to give you justice? Perhaps, we should learn from what the concerned citizens of the Philippines are doing based on this article:

PH lawyers, civil society groups seek UN intervention on Sabah crisis

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MANILA, Philippines—Philippine lawyers and other members of civil society groups have sought the intervention of the United Nations over alleged human rights violations in Sabah. http://globalnation.inquirer.net/70909/ph-lawyers-civil-society-groups-seek-un-intervention-on-sabah-crisis



At last, the affected Filipinos can now be rest assured that they are not alone in their quest in reclaiming their ancestral domain. Hopefully, there will be more human rights groups that will follow suit.

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Backpacking from Border to Border in Southeast Asia





By: Elena Grace Flores

 

Southeast AsiaIt must have been the narrow escape from death surviving a car accident that finally led me to follow my conscience of going back to my roots through basic traveling and see for myself what has become to the lands that my forefathers entrusted me. Life is too short. It’s now or never. Never mind the 15 years of living and working in Thailand. The time has come for me to embrace the challenge.

I have always lived with the motto, “A man who risks nothing- gains nothing” and, I always deepen the stakes. So be it. Remembering Cebu and Mindanao how they were during my childhood days and the capabilities I had in terms of public relations, I was determined to show to my International media friends how these destinations really are, bearing in mind that I could raise funds for a good cause through sponsors to support this adventure travel project and I could put this on T.V. and get media attention to project the actual situation of at least a part of mainland Mindanao on a different angle away from terrorism and Cebu as the gateway to Visayas and Mindanao.

I’ve always thought what life each soul is assigned to, is a game of chance. My running buddy Finn Sorensen, an ex-Danish commando, who gained his expertise dealing with terrorism from the military just agreed in escorting me to this ultimate trip without too much convincing. He took it as a holiday offer to also visit his friends in Manila. So, Finn took the direct flight to Manila to have some time with his friends and off I went starting my backpacking spree from Bangkok’s “Hua Lumpong” Train Station going to Hatyai with the intention of visiting my younger sister quickly in Brunei after sorting some routes out in Malaysia.

Going out of Thailand…From Hatyai to Butterworth, Malaysia Getting to Hatyai by overnight sleeper train is easy, should you need or want to go there on a budget; it leaves Bangkok at 2.00 pm and arrives in Hatyai at about 7.00 am the next day. You could also order meals from the train’s menu at a very affordable cost. It is located in the south of Thailand, about 25 km inland from the east-facing coast of the central isthmus. The stopover in Hatyai was pretty fast considering the immigration procedures that passengers going to Malaysia had to undertake.


The train proceeded to its destination and arrived in Butterworth, Malaysia at around twelve in the afternoon. The normal “chopping” of passports continued and there were transports available as soon as we were heading out either going to Penang by ferry or to Kuala Lumpur by bus. I chose to continue my trip to Kuala Lumpur since I really wanted to try out these “low-cost airlines” that made KLIA (Kula Lumpur International Airport) as their hub. In a matter of 5 hours or so, I found myself in the KL Bus terminal looking for a taxi that would take me to KLIA for 30 Ringgit.

Once in the airport, I shopped around for the most convenient and affordable flight to Brunei to the point of befriending the very helpful airline counter personnel of Malaysian Airlines who was kind enough to refer me to “Air Asia”, the most successful low-cost airline in the region with the motto, “Now, everyone can fly! It could have been more convenient, immigration wise as I was told if there was a flight to Labuan which is 45 minutes by ferry away from Bandar Seri Begawan, the modernized capital of Brunei but the only choice I got at that time was to fly to Miri which is 3 hours away by land from the capital.

Without any reservations, I just lined up to get my ticket, checked in, and for 80 Ringgit (35 Ringgit if I had a reservation well in advance), I was promptly on board Flight no. AK 312 departed at 7 pm and arrived in Miri at 9:15 pm. I was lucky enough to be talking to a Malaysian woman with her two children during the flight who offered me to share their reserved car to Bandar Seri Begawan for 50 Ringgit. The picturesque sights from Miri made me realized that Miri is more than just a booming oil and timber town; it is the gateway to the northeast region, rapidly becoming Sarawak’s most popular tourist area.

Visa to Brunei is not required for visiting Filipinos if staying for not more than 15 days provided that you have a “show money” of 600 Brunei Dollars and a return ticket. At the immigration checkpoint, I got away from the show money requirement after the driver of the car lent me some Brunei dollars to show to the officer but I was not ready for my return ticket because I have not thought where to return at that time; to Thailand, my country of residence or to the Philippines, my home country. Although after a thorough investigation and too many documents I have to dig from my luggage to show that I am a desirable tourist, I was able to finally enter Brunei. Definitely not my first Brunei visit but obviously, first time coming from the “back door”, as they say.

My sister, who was fascinated with my adventurous ordeal, pampered me for two days and even bought me a direct flight ticket to Manila to catch up with my colleague, Finn Sorensen. It was during this flight that I met Jerry Manego, a Brunei based Filipino- Korean Foreign Diplomatic Missions Officer who got me acquainted with traveling from Brunei’s Serasa Ferry Terminal close to the city of Muara, to Kota Kinabalu – Sandakan – Mindanao via Zamboanga, at least for my next adventure trip.

I found Finn in Manila anxious to do the adventure in the wilderness and not even his tremendous stomach upset could stop him from traveling with me to Cebu the next day via Cebu Pacific. Upon arrival, my cousin Lani Dakay, drove us to the Northern part of Cebu, the origin of my mother’s family, passing Danao, then to Luyang, Carmen Cebu. Luyang is a fishing village rather than a tourist destination and I was amazed that our provincial way of life was enough to have this appealing effect from a foreigner like Finn, an experienced traveler. He was fascinated by the simple but happy life in the village where laughter and pure hospitality from men and women alike really excel, the exciting cockfighting gatherings also amazed him, the nipa huts also attracted his innermost sight and even just the short nap at the beach seemed like boasting his spirit is experiencing another local custom late at night – the “baile” or outdoor disco featuring the town’s after fiesta fundraising event; the Coronation of the barrio Queen and her consorts. Showing once again, one of the secrets to the seemingly boundless energy of many Filipinos is the love of music and dance.

Basic accommodations along the beach for as low as PHP 800 per night were good enough but we cannot refuse the humble offer of our host to spend the night at the comfort of their own house with full board meals for free. On the way back to Cebu City, we managed to take some artistic shots of the Magellan’s cross before embarking on the overnight Cebu Ferries Trip to Cagayan de Oro since the Superferry was not going to Ozamis that day. It was also a real experience on board the ship. The Tourist Class was not bad at all. In fact, Finn commented that it was actually too good for a back to the basic adventure. While having some beers in the entertainment outlet of the ship,

I have learned some jungle tips from Finn. To summarize, the most important thing to take on a mountain adventure is your brain – good decision-making skills, the ability to adapt to changing, even life-threatening, situations, and to make the most of the equipment and resources that you have with you.” Sometimes it takes a few mistakes to reach that ideal.

The early docking of the ship at the arrival pier was greeted by native people on bangkas (small boats) asking for some “pasalubong” (gifts) perhaps. Some passengers threw coins to the sea and to our great astonishment, the natives hurriedly dived down to the deep to search for it and they seemed to have collected them all; coins, snacks, candies, and personal items. Bornean Access to the Philippines Backpacking Tips The beauty of the trip to Ozamis was actually not the destination but certainly “the way” to the destination. It was not at all a problem asking our way around and we were never in trouble due perhaps to our casual but decent looks and politeness. The “Rural” bus brought us down passing Iligan halfway of the trip and as far as Tubod where we have to cross the barge to Ozamis. It helps traveling light with a knapsack by land wearing a comfortable shirt and pants with a hat. It fits rain or shine and enhances easy mobility under strenuous circumstances.

Few more hours on the bus going to our destination in Mindanao, Calamba, Misamis Occidental really gave me much pride in how beautiful Mindanao is. Abundant rivers with clear waters, green, natural forest, endless rice plantation, orchards, and ambiance very close to nature that you can smell the freshness of the earth. The house that I remembered as my grandparents’ big house on my father’s side is now a ruined old house. Nevertheless, familiar faces still linger, only, they are a lot older plus many more young additions. To make the most of our trip there, it was crucial to start moving to the forest so that we could accomplish something before sundown. The family’s over 17 hectares-Bitibut hills in Sapang Dalaga was my favorite. This is where I dreamed of having my native resort someday. It was composed of seven hills with a source of spring water dripping the whole year round since time immemorial. On the second hill, we met one of the families looking after the land.

The picture of the old man riding his young horse with his family on the background was a breath-taking angle. The reward of reaching the peak of the 3rd hill was the spectacular view of the island of Siquijor. As we hurtle down the hill to get to the next one, we came across men harvesting some of the coconuts for copra trading. The only surviving means of income of the land. Enough to pay land taxes and the shares of the people looking after them. The combination of lush forest, hilly slopes, creeks, and plateaus could make this place an ideal site for an adventure run. A refreshing fresh young coconut break was our reward that afternoon, which we gleefully shared with the locals.

The night set in and our intention of sleeping under our tents did not materialize since it was safer from the snakes to take a nap in the nipa hut but only after having our survival dinner – bread and canned goods. The journey continued early that morning surveying other adjacent family properties such as the 28 hectares shrimp farm area, orchard sites, and paying respect to the private grave of my grandparents. At last, we were treated to a sumptuous seafood home-cooked meal that did justice to our energy-draining schedule. The smooth sailing

WG& A’s Superferry trip from Ozamis back to Cebu allowed us to regain our inertia. Here, we re-counted our backpacking experience summing up the most convenient route for the planned trip of our adventurers from Bangkok over a few bottles of San Miguel beer in the music and disco lounge of the ship. Finn went back to Thailand pretty much the same as when he came into the Philippines but I still had to sort out going back to Brunei by sea via Zamboanga, then, hopefully back to Thailand. This was not as smooth as by land coming into Brunei.

At first, I was a little hesitant about doing most trips alone, but I took a chance and found it to be the most rewarding experience of my life. It has changed me in a way that I never thought possible. It opened up my eyes to a lot of new things in life. It’s amazing how much we can learn from other cultures and re-discover our own, seeing through the gradual transitions of the travel from borders to border. I encourage everyone that reads my travel experience to go and find your roots by means of basic travel modes and backpacking to gather the most detailed information. THE BEST THING I HAVE EVER DONE!!! Unbeatable freedom in exploring our very own and great way of knowing what we could offer in terms of tourism and discover our uniqueness from our neighboring countries. If we do not explore our country first,who would?

Backpacking Tips

  • Never leave without a map
  • Make a research about your destination before going
  • Know most if not all of the transport means of the area and its alternatives
  • Budget your trip. Do not bring excessive cash and do not rely on credit cards
  • Be fit. Exercise daily. Stretching and meditation helps
  • Travel Light
  • Include Diarrhea tablets in your medical kit
  • Take daily dosage of Vitamin C
  • Bring food and water supply
  • Wear comfortable but decent gear
  • Be flexible
  • Wear a hat
  • Bring a rain coat
  • Bring extra footwear
  • Do not wear jewelries or bring expensive accessories
  • Never leave your belongings unattended
  • Do not trust a new friend you happen to meet along the way
  • Travel with an open mind
  • Do not hesitate to ask the locals for any information
  • Be friendly and polite
  • Bring small tokens for the nice and helpful people you meet along the way

Please note that this article was written in between 2005 to 2006 – so, the details may differ slightly compared to the present time – but the whole essence should be the same.

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