YES to Green Program : Morong Rizal

Sabay-sabay na inilawan ang mga Christmas tree na gawa sa mga niresiklong materyales, tulad ng plastik ng bote, softdrinks, papel, pabalat, etc., sa 14 na lokalidad sa buong lalawigan ng Rizal bilang pagsisimula ng Isang Luntiang Pasko ng mga Rizaleno. Hangarin ng aktibidad na ito na gisingin ang kamalayan ng bawat tao sa pangangalaga at pagmamahal sa Kalikasan. Tugon din ito ng bawat lokalidad sa probinsya bilang matibay na pagsuporta sa YES to Green Program ni Gob. Nini Ynares.

YES na YES - Morong, Rizal

YES na YES.. Ito po ang entry ng Morong sa Rizal Inter-town Christmas Tree Making and Town Hall Decoration Competition using recyclable materials..

Gusto ko pong magpasalamat sa lahat ng nakatuwang ko sa proyektong ito..

First of all, kay God sa pagbibigay sa amin ng malakas na katawan at isipan. Secondly, kay Mayor Mando San Juan sa pagsuporta sa amin all the way. Sa ating 8 Barangay Kapitan at kanilang mga kagawad at kawani sa pagsuporta sa Balwarte Contest. To MENRO Sir Jerome Mateo and his staff, our Street Sweepers, 4Ps staffs, Engineering Dept., Mr. Jonathan ang may-ari ng mga magagandang halaman, sa LIKAS Morong na lagi kong kapartner sa mga proyekto, kay Romeo San Diego at shempre sa utak ng ating disenyo, ang napaka creative and artistic nating kababayan na sina MR. ALEXIE CORBILLA and MR. JASON CORBILLA. Taos puso po ang aking pasasalamat sa inyong lahat.

Sa pinamalas po nating pagkakaisa at pagtutulong-tulong ay isa na pong malaking karangalan para sa bayan. Sanay hindi ito ang huli sa ating pagsasama-sama. Lagi nating pairalin ang PUSO para sa MORONG upang makamit natin ang ating mithiin para sa ating bayan.


By Dhen Bautista
Guest Writer

This made my day….

September 8, was my last post in this blog. There are lot of reasons why I was not able to update it.  I left my previous Company on September 21, 2014 and transferred to a New Company September 22, 2014 . As of now, I am still mapping the terrain and still adjusting the new environment – people, culture and  the way of living.

I also lost my files/images for  my Calaguas Adventure, Dumaguete, Cebu , Quezon Province and Marinduque Travel. The files were corrupted in my memory card. So how can I write about it and publish in my blog if I don’t have any visual support anymore? Alas!.

Furthermore, on the same month, a special person whom I loved the most got hospitalized up until now while writing this article, I am crying because anytime he might leave me- he is getting worst every day. I am so down and trying to separate myself online. I can’t even write… so down..

But the negativity turned into good vibes. Just today while I am checking my face book account, a friend ( Cyran Gile) of mine shares an image on my wall. And that made my day.. It made me smile..  Why?

Because, it’s one of my dream...  to have my own travel agency... And he created a logo of it. Maybe someday I can have one..

. It made me realized that despite of hardships and difficulties in life every day. There are still reason and way for us to SMILE. You just have to appreciate every small things...

πŸ”Ÿ Ten years went by and….

Edna De Lara, a woman who left her hometown to explore the urban zone named Manila – for betterment and for greener pasture. She conquered the way of living in the metro for ten years now, finished her bachelor degree and builds her own family. But now her great fight is to go back to the place where she grew. 

I was born and nurtured in the Island of Catanduanes. Catanduanes is one of the beautiful provinces in Bicol - where I spend my childhood and teenage life. It was full of memories, good or bad. And those things made me a better person nowadays. Those experiences helped me to become stronger - enough to face reality of life.

I am tough enough to get along with every aggravating circumstances that life offers within, but just like any other individuals, as you go along with your journey of life your footsteps leads you to different places that offers different experiences, countless learning, remarkable memories, numerous faces and various people that are perhaps an acquaintance, possibly friends/best friends or maybe just a colleague.

  As I spent my college days here in the Metro, there’s a lot of pleasure time seemed like it passes too fast .I can still remember those days where I always visualizing going back to my hometown but plans are just plans if you never do it.


Not surprisingly, one morning that I rise up from my bed and ended up realizing “ I’ve been too many places, meeting countless faces, collecting innumerable memories but I still feel this emptiness from within my inner self”. This made me decides to travel back to my origin. The Hometown wherein the roots of “me” as a person lays. Then I started counting years that leads to decade then I told myself my that plans should now be imposed “I’ll go on a vacation to Catanduanes


 There are two options of trip going to Catanduanes one is by airplane or you can take the bus. If you choose to ride the plane, be ready with at least Php 3,000 to Php5000 for fare as it varies depending on the season, when its peak season tickets reservation is not that easy because Airplane Company that flies to Virac airport do not offer daily flight. I would recommend checking the website first for flight schedules.

Moreover, another option is travelling via bus from CUBAO-EDSA to TABACO PIER here you have options:

  •  EXETAB D (AC 2x2) 7:00AM fare is 800
  • EXETAB A (AC 2x2) 6:00PM
  • EXETAB C fare is 800
  •  (EXPRESS 2x2) 7:00PM fare is 800.
Otherwise you can take CUBAO-EDSA to VIRAC PIER options are

  • ECOCAT A (NON AC 2x3) 3:30PM fare is 565,
  • EXECAT A (AC 2x2) 4:00PM fare is 825,
  • EXECAT B (AC 2x2) 5:00PM fare is 825
If you have a lot of baggage, it is more convenient to take buses that are bound to VIRAC to avoid multiple transfer of your baggage. Because   those buses will go directly to Virac pier via ferry boat and the travel time is around 41/2 hours (that is if you choose Tabaco to Virac pier).

Another option is via Tabaco to Calolbon pier which is just 2-3hrs sea travel. From there, the bus will travel to Virac Bus Terminal for about 20 mins. From bus terminal vans are available.


It takes 3 hours to reach my hometown PANGANIBAN, CATANDUANES from Virac Bus Terminal.
I can’t explain the excitement deep within from the moment I step my feet on the ground.

“I’m finally home” I shouted.  

 The feeling of belongingness is glorifying bliss. “There is no place like home”. I arrived home at about 9:30pm. After a long trip, I felt hunger – my mother prepared “native chicken tinola”.


Meanwhile, Aside from pili nuts Bicol region is known for its jalapenos or simply siling labuyo . Bicolanos (term for locals in Bicol) are associated with spicy foods that are generally spicier that gives local cuisines distinct identity compared to other regions.

Local Cuisines also linked with heavy used of coconut milk and chili peppers: Bicol express- Pork cooked in coconut milk, a little shrimp paste and lots of chili peppers. Since Bicol region is situated along the typhoon belt, so locals opted to plant coconut trees because its more resilient, can bend and sway with the strong wind…. just like the resilience of their people in difficult times.

In the Philippines dishes are named after the cooking method. “Ginata” or “ginataang” means to cook in coconut milk. In fact, almost all vegetables in Bicol are cooked in coconut milk.  The very famous vegetable from the region is “gabi” or taro leaves which hanged upside to dry before being used.

Accdg to locals, it is not advisable to stir the dish while cooking because the final output will give an itchy sensation to the mouth. Non Bicolanos used the term “Laing” loosely referring to gabi or taro leaves cooked in coconut milk.

The locals are very particular about the variations of the term

  • Laing - gabi leaves coocked in coconut milk, with shrimp paste or dried fish.
  • Tilmok- gabi leaves cooked in coconut milk with fish meat or crab meat.
  • Pinangat – layered gabi leaves cooked in coconut milk with bangot (meaning “sahog” or sometimes minced pork).This place is also known for abaca product and copras.

Aside from foods products Bicol Region is also known for beautiful beaches & breath taking views, not to mention the world famous Mayon Volcano .Truly this province has a lot and lots to offer at this could be one of the highly recommended places for travel.


After ten years of living in an urban zone, now I am indulging the limited vacation in the place where my real “ME” was nurtured. But I have to face the reality, after this vacation – I need to step out again in this place and go back to the reality of Manila where I’m currently working.






Edna De Lara is a 35 year old strong woman and a mom of 12 years old boy, who believes that travelling, is a way for you to escape the stressful work. She works in a BPO company every weekdays and she still allocates her weekend to travel (sans laundry and house cleaning). She finished Bachelor of Science in Business Administration major in Management at New Era University QC. “I travel for soulsearching” she said.

Showing Gratitude to the Department of Tourism Marinduque.

My primary reason why I left my co-travelers ahead of time  it’s because I need to catch the office hour of Department of Tourism (DOT) Marinduque. DOT office will be closed every weekend, since our “Marinduque Challenge” starts on Friday - I need to arrive early.

How to go to the office of Department of tourism Marinduque ?

From Balanacan Port – Just to manage your expectation,  DOT office in Balanacan Port is no longer operating. So you have to ride a jeep that will pass through the Municipality of Boac (bound to Gasan or Buenavista). The fare from Balanacan to Boac town proper is only PHP50 and the travel time is most likely 30-45minutes. Since the Provincial Capitol is situated in a barangay next to the town proper, therefore the fare is PHP60. Just instruct the driver to drop you off at the gate of Capitol. The office of DOT is in the building located behind the Huge Capitol Building. From Capitol going back to Boac town proper is PHP10 via tricycle.

Primary purposes why you need to go to DOT?

1.      You need to secure a MAP- DOT Marinduque can provide you the copy of it for free.
2.      To know the legit fare heights in every destination. This is important information esp. if you are only commuting in your entire travel.
3.      Awareness towards the danger zone of the province to avoid misadventures.
4.      To get information on what to do, where to go, stay and what to eat... Even if you’re already and equipped with the information from online media and print, it would be better if the data is coming from the DOT – more reliable.

When I arrived at the office, they were very accommodating to me. The personnel at the front desk brought me to the second floor where the right person entertained me. They gave me all the information which is essential for me to enjoy the entire travel.

Thank you so much

Dindo Asuncion
Provincial Tourism Officer, OIC

Joven M. Lilles

Pie Hirondo and Marrisa Ricana

Top 25 Famous Travel Blog in the Philippine Blogosphere in 2014.

We all knew that nowadays, blogging (social media) is now considered as on of the rapid increasing medium of marketing - aside from print, TV and Radio advertising. And so, “I Love Tansyong” Team in support with “MoneySouldiers” research the Philippine Travel Blogosphere and its stakeholders that play a huge role in the most powerful and influential way of advertising  – e.i , bloggers, readers and  advertisers.

Tools to measure the Rank:  ALEXA.

We Choose Alexa as a ranking system tool because it has a reliable audits when it comes to global page views versus the bounce rate. Moreover, the algorithm to which Alexa traffic ranking is calculated, is simple. Alexa Traffic can be used as a competitive intelligence tool to measure the blog’s SEO rank and organic traffic.

Purpose of the Study:

1.      For Bloggers – to continue the niche (travel and leisure) with a healthy competition approach. Therefore, bloggers can easily reach and look for the right target advertisers on their blogs.

2.      Advertisers – To help you out on which travel blog is worth paying for your ads, wherein you can simply reach your target market.

3.      Readers – Awareness on what blog is worth reading for.


The sampling are Filipino and/or Filipino at heart bloggers (residing or not in the Philippines) who rock the social media through sharing about travel and leisure. We used the google search engine, SEO tools, surveys and various blog directories to get the random sample.

Here is the result (Jan 1 - Aug, 25 2014)

Lakad Pilipinas – By Christian Lucas Sangoyo, who is a travel and photography nutcase -

Rank 577,739
Ivan About Town
– By Ivan Henares was among the first Filipinos to take advantage of the entry of low cost carriers in the Philippines.

Rank  576,078
Journeying James – By James Betia, backpacked the Philippines for 100 days, non-stop the cheapest way possible.

Rank  543,117
Sole Sisters

 Lois Yasay and Chichi Bacolod — co-founders of the travel blog — decided to quit their day jobs to make serious traveling their business.

Rank  485,436
 Langyaw – By Estan Cabigas , a Cebuano freelance photographer, writer and blogger based in Makati City, the Philippines- Langyaw is Bisayan for an outsider, a foreigner in a local place. It also means a visitor, or more, a traveler. He has been exhibited his work in major cities in South and Southeast Asia, Germany, China, the Netherlands and Paris, France as well as attended local and international photography

Rank  466,051
Franny Wanny
 – Fran and her girlfriend blog about food and travel

Rank 447,380

 .The Pinay Solo Backpacker –

Gael Hilotin is a Filipina solitary nomad decided to travel and blog after her friend passed away.

Rank  438,716
Philippine Travel Blog

–an experimental project on group blogging with focus on Travel, Tourism and frequented Philippine destinations with a goal to promote each and every travel destination of the Philippine’s 7,107 islands, serve as a guide to tourists and travelers, and educate the online reading public about the great wonders and richness of the Philippine archipelago — all thru the power of blogging.

Rank 417,829
17.                                                                       Flip Nomad - 

He started this blog last October 2009 and bought his domain FlipNomad last November 2009. He built this blog hoping that it could help him to go back to backpacking. And after one and a half year of blogging, he  decided to pursue this idea full time.

Rank  388,382
Ironwulf En Route

 - By Ferdinand Decena, an award winning photographer and blogger who aims to chronicle his travels across the country and different parts of the word

Rank  380,235 


– By Angel Juarez who is a backpacker, adventure seeker, son of a beach, hobbyist photographer , scuba diver, aspiring marine conservation biologist , environmentalist, runner and computer expert.  

Rank  290,417
Davao City Guy

– By Jonas Ignatius Lagabala, he blogged about anything that can be found in his city- from the best destinations, From the best destinations and events in Davao, escapades outside his hometown, piggin' out in restos and shopping malls.  -

Rank   275,412
Directions on Web

– By Lagalag, is a blog that gives a commuter’s guide on how to reach a specific location around the Ph. The blog shares to city dwellers, visitors from other countries, people from provinces, tourists and other inhabitants of our metropolis different ways of getting to various places in Metro Manila.

  Rank  260,092
Confessions of a Pinay Travel Junkie

– A Reportage revolving around a Filipina gypsetting mum's random musings, gastronomic pursuits, occasional voluntourism, spontaneous explorations, and child-raising whilst on a globetrot.

 Rank  -  215,751


– A community of Filipino and Filipino at heart bloggers aim to promote beach tourism in the country by spreading the word about the various beach destinations, travel agencies, beach resorts and hotels, and their products and services. At the same time, they wish to help travelers and would-be-travelers score a good deal

Rank  210,682
The Wandering Peach

- is about places that Author and her family has visited, memories created and the bonding that all of us has shared during travel moments...  -

Rank   207,225

– by Micaela Rodriguez, who blogged for 10 years now. She currently aims to travel around the Philippines, Asia and the whole world one continent at a time!  -

Rank  203,580
Pinoy Adventurista

– By Mervin- a daring traveler, mountaineer, food lover, and adventure seeker. He challenged himself to visit all the provinces in the Philippines! On August 7, 2013 - he already footed all of it.  

Rank  175,070

  The Longest Way Home -

One of the most read travelogues in the world. And without a doubt has become the most documented story arc in online travel history. Home

Rank  164,931
Unwinding Moments

– By E- Guaza Kate,a glampacker who blog about vanity during travel – makeup, fashion and etc.   -

Rank  136,593

Out of Town Blog
 – By Melo Villareal , He began his career in accountancy in 1999 after receiving his diploma in accountancy and law. He worked for multinational companies as an accountant for three years before leaving the corporate world at the age of 23. In search of a more fulfilling occupation, he has since worked as a freelance travel photo-journalist for several local and international travel publications.

Rank -  127,249
4. -
The Poor Traveler

By Yoshke Dimen and Vins Carlos - The Poor Traveler has emerged as one of the biggest travel blogs in the Philippines and in the region in terms of traffic and social media presence.  

Rank -109,640
Our Awesome Planet

- By Anton Diaz , He started “Our Awesome Planet” former “ Lonely Planet Guide”,  in January 2005 after the big Tsunami that hit South East Asia and before my first son Aidan was born in Asian Hospital- wherein those times, the art of blogging is new and now become the medium of publicizing  

Rank  90,509
Tales of a Traveler

 – By Papaleng , he explores some of the world’s fascinating and intriguing secrets

Rank- 74,458

1.    When in Manila -

By Vince Golangco - is a community of over 100 writers, photographers, videographers and storytellers who simply want to share their stories of adventures and discoveries. What started as a small blog from Manila, quickly turned into a platform, an online magazine that boasts the stories from Manila, the Philippines and the world. With stories and writers contributing from Manila, Batangas, Cebu, Davao, Singapore, Hong Kong, New Zealand, the United States and ALL OVER THE WORLD, has quickly become the go-to lifestyle magazine for Manila and beyond!

 Rank  20,947 
Disclaimer :

1.      The blog rank listed above is dynamic and fluctuating continuously after Aug 25, 2014 – it may increase or decrease based on its blog’s traffic.

2.      If there are travel blogs that are not listed above and it qualifies to be one of the top 25. Inform us.

3.      “I Love Tansyong” is not even related to the blogs listed above and not liable in any fortuitous events that might happen between bloggers and advertisers.


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