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13 March 2014

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I Dare You Juan, Can You Spell TRAVEL?

“Life is a Book… You are the Author… and you have the freedom what to write on it.”

Every Juan is dreaming ….
 To experience the Juanderful Hidden Gems…
   To capture those picturesque and Juantastic Scenes
    Shout it out to the world,“Let’s Visit Philippines!"
 Jonathan Orbuda


FYI : Its not just a country , its Philippines ! ( Bohol Beach Club)
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I was born and nurtured in a remote place in Bohol where I started to build my dreams. I  always looked up to the sky every time I heard an airplane passes by and  I wonder how it feels to fly. Sigh……

After High School, I decided to move to Manila to study in a State University. It was my first time to travel - unfortunately via ship. Sigh…..

It was never an easy road for me; it was a great fracas towards the rapid changes of my lifestyle and adapting to an environment I’m not used to. I had to survive in bare minimum and continue studying despite of scarcity. Luckily, I became a student leader and University Publication Section Editor which had its benefits (e.g. free meals). Regardless of these sacrifices, I never failed to recall my dream … To experience being in an Airplane to soar high and see the view from above…. Sigh…

But those hardships ended when I finished my degree. Aside from my Diploma, the greatest gift that I received was a round trip air-ticket to Bohol for free from the Publication team. I had the opportunity to fly home with the University Publication staff.  It was very glorifying and indescribable feeling. It made my dream come to reality. I no longer needed  to look up because I was seeing the world in a different angle - from above... Thanks to Cebu Pacific Air. Sigh...

HHWW : A romantic scene in Panglao Island , perfect for lovers
When the airplane landed, I was nostalgic and there was a sudden flashback from childhood. Tears fell down from my eyes. I was no longer dreaming of being on a plane Ive experienced it.  We visited the Baclayon Church, Loboc River, Tarsier Sagbayan Peak, Chocolate Hills, Wildlife Sanctuary and the wide white beaches of Panglao Island (prior to the devastating 7.2 magnitude earthquake). I never realized how rich Bohol is, though I grew up here yet I never experienced these hidden beauties before.

After that experience, I started to dream all over again ; to TRAVEL perpetually.



‘We meet People maybe because we are either meant to change their lives or ours.  
Boracay :In the dark, you can do what you want;you can also explore 
yourself and know who you are.
The best part of travelling is you get to meet and talk with random people in the middle of the road – People that when you meet as acquaintances would end as a friend.  And sometimes would be so inspiring that it would change your perspective of life.

As I continued to travel and experience the different cultures one place has to offer, Boracay would be one of the best.

Boracay everybody’s dream destination. Known for its powdery white sand, blue and clear water,Definitely a tourist target, but for me, it was more.

Behind the paradise are Innumerable Tales ... 
7PM wherein the Boracay  rave culture starts, the people begin to paint the town red, the sea is totally silent but the shoreline of Station Two is alive of various entertainments – ei. Boracay Fire Dancing. I planned to drink and party all night without spending money (Yes, I have to be insightful and it’s a challenge.) .So I sauntered the stretch of Station Two and Three alone. Since it was summer, every twenty meters you will find a free taste of liquors as part of Brand Promotions .Until I realized that I had way too much to drink.  And found myself  lying in the middle of the wide shore of Station One – far from the crowd and the placid environment exist. Until I noticed a silhouette coming …

“It seems that you’re drunk, are you with someone? Are you alright?” a modulated voice uttered. “Yes, I am ok, I’m just indulging the beauty of the place because I don’t know when I’ll be able to come back here” I answered. He introduced himself and so did I. We began to talk and as the night went on we got to share a lot of things even though we barely knew each other. “I grew up in a luxurious life, I can do what I want, and I almost have everything” he said. “But wealth is worthless if you are not happy , if you are limited .I travel to enjoy life because life is too short.” He stressed in a sad manner. “I’m immune-suppressed and diagnosed for three years now” as he blurted out these words, I was shocked; I didn’t know how to respond, he didn’t even look sick.

He continued to travel even on medication. I felt a sudden gush of emotions and tears fell.  And in that very moment, I was changed. It improved how I looked at things, to should spend my every waking moments and to enjoy being in the moment. For all we know, it could be the last. 

Can you afford spending your life in a status quo? Or can you now spell the word TRAVEL?

When I had youth I had no money; now I have the money I have no time; and when I get the time, if I ever do, I shall have no health to enjoy life.-  Louisa May Alcott

This Article is an “I Love Tansyong” Official entry in a Writing/Blogging Contest organized by Wego in partnership with Cebu Pacific Air, the Tourism Promotions Board, and ABS-CBN Choose Philippines with a theme “Your Life-Changing Travel Story”

Thank you Eliza J. Diaz (Market Development Manager for Wego Philippines) for the invitation.

Also thank you to the four judges, Anita DuffinDoming Ramon C. Enerio III, Phillip Kimpo Jr.


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49 comments:

  1. nice one Jonathan! great travel! :)
    long time never heard and seen. hope soon!

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  2. Hello Athan, this post is very informative and inspiring. I was almost crying the whole time I am reading it...


    Hope you will make it the final...

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  3. Hello Jessie Thank you for droppin by. At sa comment mo

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  4. awesome writing nathan! it really shows your passion in writing. looking forward to see you again. i miss you.

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  5. Dexter John MagdamitMarch 15, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    Hello, Athan, nakakainspire po tong blog mo.... Makakapultan din po ng aral... I hope matutunan ko din gumawa ng ganito so that i could also share my experience for them to learned from my past

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  6. it's like i'm also there..hehehe

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  7. Helo Gelo, kumusta na kayo ng Love ones mo! nakita ko sa FB mo nag Coron kayo? Nice bonding moment,,,, sige pag di na ako busy at di ka na busy kita tayo...

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  8. Yes dexter, You just do what you want... sharing is caring... you remember that...

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  9. it's awesome blog.. a lot of things to learn... hoping for more interesting blog articles to come.. kudos to the owner of this blog.

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  10. Hope you will win Kuya Athan. Aja! Cai here

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  11. Dexter John MagdamitMarch 15, 2014 at 6:15 PM

    Yes sir, I always keep that in my mind... =)

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  12. hello Cai-- how are you? I mizz you so much.. See you at the Airport... pang 11 ako, and your 12,, sana mag katabi tayo sa flight.. para ikaw camerawoman ko... Miss U guys. sa newsroom

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  13. Thank you Archie!! your comment is enough to motivate me in writing another article... masarap magsulat...

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  14. You are still young, and you still have more time to do what you want.. Unlike those people na matanda na.. so dapat as early as now... live now your life...

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  15. Cai, ito pala Idol ko, gusto ko makapagpicture sa kanya... writer din sya... EIC ng cp...

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  16. Gelo , Congrats to your Love Life, sana makatikim naman kami ng libre mo.. You guys keep on traveling... you didnt invite me... Hmmp kakatampo ka!!

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  17. I always believe in your talent Athan. You continously motivate and inspire me everyday at work. Good job on your article! I hope you will win!

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  18. Kakainggit yung love story nila....

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  19. James Paul MalejanaMarch 16, 2014 at 9:55 AM

    oo nga, more travel pa ang peg

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  20. James Paul MalejanaMarch 16, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    hello Jonathan Orbuda , I read this story, nakaka inspired naman... yung pangarap mo natupad.. at sarap basahin... ng kwento mo.. surely ... you will win... ill bet it

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  21. James Paul MalejanaMarch 16, 2014 at 9:59 AM

    Mabait ba sya? sana makausap ko sya minsan... I want to meet this person .... San ba sya nag wowork?

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  22. James Paul MalejanaMarch 16, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    Great article.. I will follow this blog.. Its worth reading for... and the pictures are very impressive

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  23. James Paul MalejanaMarch 16, 2014 at 10:29 AM

    gwapo ang chef na to

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  24. James,, all of us .. we have dreams... Like what i said : “Life is a Book… You are the Author… and you have the freedom what to write on it.” w--- and its up to you, Can you afford someone reading your book and they feel boredom? so write your book/life that can inspires other

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  25. Kuya Allen. How are you.? Yes, Motivation? Inspiration ? of course not... tayo mismo ang gumawa ng ikaka inspire natin sa araw araw because " no day is ordinary if you count your blessings daily"

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  26. Hello James. Mabait po ako pag tulog!!! joke... Yes, we can meet anytime.. Just visit me here.. sa blog ko, heheh


    Or you can visit me... Tara sa condo.. dala kang foods

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  27. You guys are Po-gay!!! Live life what you want... wag lang makasakit ng iba... tandaan.. ang society ang nag didikta ng standard ng moral..at sila din ang humuhusga. pero.. si GOD.. hindi hindi sya mapanghusga...

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  28. ahwwwwie I GET GOOSEBUMPS >.< Keep it up kuya :)

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  29. Yam.. look at your back...may multo... thats why you felt it..

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  30. Im not into melodramatic kung mag comment but isa lang masasabi ko nito. Habang nagbabasa ako talagang napatayo yung balahibo ko sa sobrang pagka-inspirational yung article mo kuya :)) Keep it up po and To God Be The Glory for you kuya :)

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  31. Thank you Admeen Yam,,, Minsan ang buhay puro smile lang tayo ng smile.. pero bawat isa sa atin ay may dramang nangyayare, minsan takot lang tayo ipakita dahil ayaw mong masabihan na mahina.. pero Tandaan.. kaya lumuha ang isang tao... dahil naging matapang sya ng mahabang panahon.. kaylangan lang ilabas...

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  32. I've been there kuya :) naka relate ako :) ITS WHAT WE CALLED "LIFE"

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  33. You know what life is? sharing inspiring things..

    “I am glad that I paid so little attention to good advice; had I abided by it I might have been saved from some of my most valuable mistakes.”
    ― Edna St. Vincent Millay

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  34. "LIFE" yan po yung nagpapasaya at nagpapa-adventure nang buhay ko dito sa EARTH \m/

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  35. Hello dai jonathan...nabasa ko blog mo there's no words I can express how proud I am to be one of ur friend...ang ganda ng mga topic mo at nkakainspire...ntantandaan ko pa nuon how much u wanted to improve at plagi kng ngppsalamat sa laht....u r always proud of what u have than pretending to be someone else....I always believe Bright things come to those who waits patiently!!!! Keep it up and always be a good friend...Godbless...miss u dai....

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  36. Hello Dai Iya, Thank you for the comment... Yes... Namizz kita ng sobra... tama naman po, di naman dapat ikahiya kung ano at sino ka.. dahil...wala ka kung wala yu sayo... wala dapat pagpapanggap..salamat... sana mapuntaha ko yung province mo

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  37. true, sano. i never realized the hidden beauties of our hometown until i came back from staying so long in Cebu.

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  38. Hello Athan . I just read nthis post...
    At mukang humakot ng comment, sa bagay may human touch ang article mo.. sana ikaw manalo at alam kung malayo mararating ng 100k na yan sa buhay mo.

    May God gift you all the colors of life, colors of joy, colors of
    happiness, colors of friendship, colors of love and all other colors you
    want to paint in your life

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  39. hello Lakbay Diva-- Sano, perha pala tayong Boholano, now kampante na ako makipag usap sayo.. IJA IJA AHO AJO-- nasa bohol ka ba now? Sana makapag byahe tayo ng sabay Sano.. kepp in touch

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  40. Ganun naman yun..pag nakapukaw ka ng damdamin .. ang tanong napukaw ba ang damdamin mo sa sulat nato.. ?

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  41. Hey kuya! Nice blog ehh!!! I am happy to see that you are completing your dreams.. I hope that in the near future we can travel together as a family.. tAke care always.. goodluck to you..

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  42. Nice blog. Amazing photos. Keep it up. Bring home the bacon.

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  43. hello Rhianne kumusta, sige planohin natin yan..

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  44. I love your article! Like you, my first plane ride was after college as well. It was also touching to hear about the story of your friend in Boracay... reminds us to live our life to the fullest :)

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  45. Hello Gana! Thank you for Droppin by! Yes , it was a life changing experience , worth remembering for. From that day. i started to be an advocate of awareness!

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