There was no avoiding it – we just had to get back to the enchanting island before summer’s gone!

And so the family (minus the “new” mother – sorry Nani, next time when baby Kenji gets bigger) with Capt. Kitchie, the family pet, hied off last Friday the 13th to Kalanggaman Island (also spelled Calanggaman as viewed in Google), one hour boat ride away from the coastal town of Palompon, Leyte.

Sheer paradise!

Special thanks to the able island crew of LGU Palompon and to Dir. Karen Tiopes and staff of DOT 8.

Kalanggaman Island, Palompon, Leyte, May 13 & 14, 2011.

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Up next: The Adventures of Capt. Kitchie. Watch out for it!

For more info, contact Leyte Gulf Travel and Tours based in Tacloban City, (053)3217966 & (053)5237966.

Email: leytegulf@callezaragosa.com

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There’s this aqua-adventure nature park in Davao del Norte where one gets to enjoy all kinds of water sports activities plus a “walk” high up in the trees!

It’s called the Maxima Aqua Fun and Canopy Walk Tours located in Samal Island – officially called the Island Garden City of Samal or IGACOS, for short – just across Davao City.

Maxima Aqua Fun is where you’ll find the “Abyss” and the “Super Drop” – two giant water slides, among the longest in the country today – and Canopy Walk Tours.

Here’s the Abyss and the Super Drop giant water slides… you climb up, sit at the starting edge as instructed, say your prayers and go! 7-8 seconds later you are jettisoned out into the sea! (lifeguards are there awaiting hehe)

 

 

Below, the Canopy Walk…

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The Abuyog Hotel formally opened its doors to the public in simple inaugural and blessing ceremonies held Eastern Sunday, April 24, 2011.

Abuyog Mayor Octavio “Bebot” Traya and former Represesentative and now Baybay Mayor Carmen Cari led the ribbon cutting ceremony formally opening the new three-storey, P29M project of the Abuyog Local Government Unit (LGU).

Located at the heart of Abuyog near the Public Market and the Municipal Building, the new hotel now provides comfortable accommodation options to guests and travelers traversing the central-eastern region part of Leyte province.

The three-storey landmark showcases a well-refurbished lobby, a restaurant, function rooms, and a rooftop cafe and lounge with a panoramic view of the entire municipality and environs.

For the internet savvy, there’s free high-speed wi-fi web access.

The hotel project was started in 2006 during the time of former Mayor Ofelia Traya initially funded by a P15 million allocation. Another P14 million was released this year for its completion.

The hotel is currently staffed by some 20 local personnel and would be complemented by students taking up Hotel and Restaurant Management (HRM) at the Abuyog Community College (ACC).

An added direction further boosting the tourism industry in the area is the LGU’s plan to develop soon a mountain resort in Barangay Balinsasayaw.

The hotel’s promo room tariff ranges from P1,788++ to P2,700++.

For further info, please contact Leyte Gulf Travel & Tours at (053)321-7966 and (053)523-7966. Email: leytegulf@callezaragosa.com

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If peace and quiet is what you want… and if you happen to be in the northeastern part of Minadanao traveling from Surigao City down to the town of Kitcharao towards Jabonga in Agusan del Norte, there’s a little known (yet), quiet and simple resort along the shore of Lake Mainit.

It’s the Almont Lake Resort at Kitcharao, about an hour’s drive south from Surigao City.

It offers a breathtaking view of the scenic Lake Mainit.

Lake Mainit is the deepest lake in the Philippines (with a recorded depth reaching 223 meters), and the fourth largest, after Laguna de Bay, Lake Lanao (of Lanao del Sur) and Taal Lake.

Lake Mainit has a surface area of 17,060 hectares with a lakeshore length of 62 kilometers.

The lake is equally shared between the provinces of Surigao del Norte and Agusan del Norte with 31 barangays along the lakeshore belonging to 4 municipalities – Mainit, Alegria, Kitcharao and Jabonga.

Lake Mainit is home to rare fish species as well as other endangered wildlife flora and fauna.

The place is unspoiled and very rustic, and the water is still clean and unpolluted.

Very peaceful and serene, indeed – a perfect hideaway for those who want to be far from the crowded bars and cafes, the hustle and bustle of metropolitan living.

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