Monday, September 4, 2017

Bluer than Blue: Hinatuan Enchanted River, Surigao del Sur

Words are not enough to express the magnificence of Hinatuan Enchanted River in Surigao del Sur. If there are truly engkantos in the area as the old folks believe, then I must have been completely charmed. But who would not be mesmerized by the river's awesome beauty --it's bluer than blue, the depth seems unfathomable, the colorful and variety of fishes that suddenly appears during feeding time, and the surrounding exotic foliages and thick forest. It needs no magic to capture your heart.

I've never seen a river close to its magical beauty.

Around 3 o'clock in the afternoon, the bell rang. It signals swimmers to get out of the water because it almost fish feeding time.

The feeding time used to be at 12 noon. I don't know what happened, why the change.

Fishes of various species and sizes surface from under water.

Two men on a bangka fed the fishes as a song was played in the background.

Check this video during the feeding time:

Amazing! You'll be puzzled where all of these fishes come from. According to some folks, the number of fishes declined through the years.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Kanto Freestyle Breakfast in Plainview, Mandaluyong.

You really don't have to spend that much to eat a delicious and gourmet-style meal. Just go to Kanto--not your ordinary kanto though but to Kanto Freestyle Breakfast in Mandaluyong.

The word kanto means street corner in English translation. Here in the Philippines it is typically where tambays (bystanders) meet and stay and where food hawkers sell inexpensive fares.

I am fortunate that I am currently staying near Kanto, which just a jeepney ride away.

Kanto Freestyle Breakfast is a familiar name to foodies because they served fine fares at affordable prices in an eatery-like environment. They proudly call their resto as Tapsihan Uplifted or Sossy Tapsihan, which is fitting.

It started small in one of the residential areas in Mandaluyong. I've been here a couple of years ago. I remembered ordering pancakes and immediately fall in love with the food.

Now, they have several branches all over the Metro to serve their expanding market. You don't have to go to Brgy. Plainview in Mandaluyong to taste their awesome meals.

Last time, I have their honey garlic chicken, served with hollandaise sauce and on the side is tomato topped with pesto. Sound so sosyal, right? It's only Php100-ish.

To treat my sweet cravings, I brought home delicious banana peanut butter pancakes.

My total bill was only Php170 if my memory serves me right. Not bad, yeah?


Kanto Freestyle Breakfast in Mandaluyong
549 San Joaquin St. brgy Plainview, Mandaluyong City 

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Tinuy-an Falls in Surigao Del Sur

Tinuy-an Falls in Surigao del Sur is tagged as the Little Niagara Falls of the Philippines.  With 95-meter width, it is said to be the widest waterfall in the country. The waters plunge from a 55-meter or 180-feet height.

The water cascades in 4 tiers or levels but only 3 is visible.

Tinuy-an Falls in Surigao Del Sur

The mist produced by the strong pressure forms a rainbow between 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM. Sadly, it was already late in the afternoon when I arrived, so I missed the rainbow.

The rushing waters plus the surrounding lush tropical rainforest is a picturesque vision that forever will be etched in my mind.

Tinuy-an Falls in Surigao Del Sur

Despite the rain when our group came, I still enjoyed the majestic view.

Tinuy-an Falls in Surigao Del Sur


The word Tinuy-an means the intentional act of doing something to achieve a goal. According to legend, the inhabitants of the Magdiwata Mountains were captured to slavery by fierce Agusan tribesmen. They were mistreated and forced to do hard labor. The natives plotted to kill their cruel masters. So, one day, when their masters boarded the gakit or bamboo raft, they jump off and shoved the gakit towards the waterfalls. Hence, the name Tinuy-an to commemorate the courage of the natives.

Tinuy-an Falls in Surigao Del Sur

Tinuy-an Falls in Surigao Del Sur


I was fortunate that we have a van to take us to Tinuy-an Falls, so commuting was not an issue. We came from Cagayan de Oro, which was like a 7-hour road trip.

If you are backpacking, you have to bear the transportation transfers.

If you are coming from outside Surigao del Sur, the starting point would be in Bislig City. Go to Mangagoy, which is the town center of the city. From there, you can contract a habal-habal to take you to Tinuy-an and back to Bislig.