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On The Way to Talim Island

Talim Island is located at the center of the Laguna de Bay lake under the municipality of Binangonan on the western side and the municipality of Cardona on the eastern side in the province of Rizal. The island is rich in bamboo grass, with which islanders make different types of furniture such as bamboo sofas, cabinets, tables, chairs and a lot more. It is the main source of their living, while fishing on the lake is only secondary.

Two parishes are located in the island. Santo Domingo Parish is located at Janosa, Binangonan, and Our Lady of Lourdes Parish at Navotas, Cardona.

One famous feature of Talim Island are the "Bundok ng Susong Dalaga" (Maiden's breast mountains) - two huge mounds of conical hills resembling the female breast, which are the highest peaks of the island. These two hills are among the more famous of several hills in the Tagalog regions who share the same name, because local folks of old often named identical conical hills as such. This feature is best observed from neighboring Mount Sembrano across the lake.

The island consist of 26 barangays, 17 from Binangonan and 9 from Cardona.

  • Amyanan
  • Bangad 
  • Binitagan 
  • Bombong 
  • Buhangin 
  • Ginoong Sanay 
  • Gulod 
  • Habagatan 
  • Janosa 
  • Kasile 
  • Kaytome
  • Kinaboogan 
  • Kinagatan 
  • Pinagdilawan 
  • Rayap 
  • Sapang 
  • Tabon 
  • Malakaban
  • Lambac 
  • Boor 
  • Malanggam 
  • Calubacan 
  • Tuna 
  • Balibago 
  • Navotas 
  • Subay 
  • Ticulio 
  • Pikot

Loboc Floating Restaurant

One of Bohol’s well-known restaurants is the Loboc Floating Restaurants. The Loboc Floating Restaurants comprise of different boats that cruise along the Loboc River. Each boat has a different restaurant that basically offers a buffet-style, native Filipino cuisine. The price, which is about 300 pesos for adults, is basically the same for all boats, as the menu items are the only ones that differ. As the boat cruises along the river, guests can enjoy live music both inside the boat, and during stopovers, when they are serenaded by singing groups from Bohol. The restaurants are found near Loay Bridge near the Loboc River.

As the boat takes of, the buffet begins. On the middle table all kinds of Philippine delicacies are presented, and while eating, you can enjoy the lush green river landscape slowly sliding along your table. The small outboard engine works hard to move the vessel against the current. Life along the river side goes on as it must have done for centuries, with children swimming, people passing by in small bankas or canoes. On certain points along the trip, daring kids climb in a large coconut tree overhanging the river, and jump in the water very close to the floating restaurant.

The end of the trip, which takes about an hour is Busay Falls. The falls are not high, about one and a half meter at most, but mark the point where the floating restaurant cannot go any further, so here they stay for a while to allow the guest to look at the landscape. After some time, the return trip starts. Going downstream, we return much faster to our point of return.

Apple Hill Hotel

Everything is within walking distance! Apple Hill Hotel is located at No.22 J. Llorente St., Fuente Osmena Area, Cebu City, it is conveniently situated in a peaceful neighborhood but yet a short walk away to the center of the city with its wide variety of restaurants and shops.

Guests looking for value for money, Apple Tree Suites definitely fit your requirements as it combines great service, clean and homey atmosphere with a warm and caring people committed to making your stay the best ever.

True to their word, we had a relaxing time on their hotel. Nice and friendly staff plus they provide water! Nice room and with hot and cold water.

Contact Information
Apple Tree Suites Cebu
22 J. Llorente St., Capitol Site, Cebu City, Cebu
(032) 253 4236

Larsian Fuente

Larsian Fuente is located at the heart of Cebu City, Fuente Osmena, near the Fuente Police Station and Chong Hua Hospital. The place becomes alive starting at around 5 pm until the wee hours of dawn.

Barbeque food being offered in Larsian include the usual list of pork and chicken parts being sold in your neighbour hood barbeque store. But there really is something in larsian that makes the barbeque stand out from any other stores around the world. Some said it’s the sauce that makes the difference, others said it’s the ambiance, the mix of crowd, or simply the smell of grilled food that sticks to your clothes.

Pork barbeque is P5 a stick, there’s also Adidas (chicken feet), IUD (chicken intestine), helmet (chicken head), liver and gizzard, pork blood, chicken skin, and a lot more. Team that up with puso or hanging rice.

Cross the Marcelo Fernan Bridge

Marcelo Fernan Bridge or Mactan Bridge is an extradosed cable stayed bridge located in Metro Cebu in the Philippines. It spans across Mactan Channel connecting Cebu Island to Mactan Island.

Marcelo Fernan Bridge was opened in August 1999 to decongest the traffic from the older Mactan Mandaue Bridge. The bridge is one of the widest and longest bridge span in the Philippines. The bridge was constructed with the help of the Japanese Government. It was named after Senator Marcelo Fernan, a political figure from Cebu City.

Sunset in Bauang Beach

The beach of Bauang and San Fernando, La Union, Philippines offers a variety of small, smallest and larger resorts meeting all needs depending on your priorities. The clean beach with brown sand from San Fernando, La Union to Bauang expands about 10 km long and invites to extensive beach walks in day time or during the many magnificent sunset sceneries. Various Beach Resorts or cottages available along the beach are suitable for a stay from a few weeks to several months.

Bauang has developed into the most popular beach in Northern Luzon. The resorts mentioned here are only a few of what Bauang offers. Nearly all of them are situated on the long, grey beach between Baccuit and Paringao, north of Bauang proper.

Travel to Pundaquit

Pundaquit is a fishing village located in San Antonio, Zambales. This town is primarily known for its calm and clean beaches compared to San Narciso, San Felipe and upwards the shores of Iba, Zambales. Even though the waters of Pundaquit is facing the open ocean of the China Sea, it is sheltered by the hills, mountains and its neighboring islands. It is also the best jump off point if you want to visit the Camara Island, Capones Island and Anawangin Cove since it is the closest shores to these destinations.

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