Monday, September 10, 2012

Travelife visits Surigao for the Bonok-Bonok Maradjaw Karadjaw Festival

No one travels like us. Or writes like us. And that's why Travelife Magazine is #1. We're travelers first before writers, and our wonderful regular contributing editors -- Dondi Joseph, Gabby Malvar, Rafe Totengco and Jerome Velasco -- would still be traveling exactly the way they've been traveling, whether they're connected with a travel magazine or not.

As for me, well, the year before I started Travelife Magazine, I actually spent about 150 days traipsing the globe and staying in some pretty fancy hotel rooms around the world. Just for fun and for that passion for travel.


So that tells you pretty much why we have an edge over every other publication in this industry. We've got real travelers and great stories. And a real passion for travel that goes way beyond writing articles based on some cookie-cutter media trip. We can talk travel in our sleep.

No wonder we're different from everyone else.


This week, the office is literally empty as almost everyone is flying off somewhere on a Travelife business trip. Travelife contributing editor Sandee Masigan is going to Guam today, while a four-member team led by Travelife GM Gel Bayona and Travelife TV head Carlo Velasco are flying to Bangkok tomorrow.

Jeanie Mangonon, our multi-tasking editorial assistant, is also headed for the seaside town of Hua Hin to spend a few days at one of Thailand's most luxurious resorts. Meanwhile, Travelife managing editor Ceia Ylagan will be on her way to Seoul on Thursday.

As for me, well, I just checked into another beautiful resort by the sea, somewhere in the world, last night. And I'm up for a massage in exactly 15 minutes...


That's Travelife Magazine for you. It's really fun and everyone literally gets to experience the world. But it's really hard work. No one can work here if they can't work quick, efficiently and effectively; and multi-tasking is SOP. But for those who can keep up with this, the world is literally their oyster.

Even good friends of mine who end up coming along with me privately on my own trips end up multi-tasking for Travelife, and it amuses me no end and makes me really happy to see them multi-tasking for Travelife. Thank you to everyone for being such good sports.


Bryan Arevalo explores a cave in Mindanao for Travelife
Travelife creative director Bryan Arevalo has been in Mindanao since last Friday, to see what all the fuss is about for one of Surigao's major festivals. He sent in this report with lots of wonderful photos last night:

The Bonok-Bonok Maradjaw Karadjaw Festival
"Surigao City, the shining jewel of Northeastern Mindanao, celebrated the 28th Bonok-Bonok Maradjaw Karadjaw Festival last weekend.

This festival reflects the city’s rich cultural heritage which continues to give pride and honor to the city and its people; and the Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Surigao City tourism council were the moving forces behind the success of this event.

After watching the street dancing, all I could say was “Wow!” Truly, wow Surigao.

After the festival, we explored Surigao City. First stop was Mabua pebble beach for a therapeutic foot massage while swimming. Then we relaxed by the beach with a cool sunset view of the Surigao Straits.


Being “The City of Island Adventures,” island hopping is a must.

I visited the country’s longest wooden footbridge, which connects Nonoc and Hanigad islands. Then in Hikdop Island, we visited the Buenavista Cave to see some interior stone formations depicting the illusionary image of a grand King’s court complemented by picturesque stalactites and stalagmites.


Finally we swam in the clear blue waters of Basul Island, and checked out the Day-Asan floating village, which is the so-called “Little Venice of Surigao."

Houses here are erected on wooden stilts and bedded rocks with paddle boat plying the various waterways. Lobsters, crabs, and fishes are also being sold by some fish farms within the village.


The day ended with a degustation meal featuring a wide variety of delicious seafood at the Surigao Beach Club gave this trip a delightful conclusion. This trip has definitely fueled me for the next adventure in my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife."

- written by Travelife Creative Director Bryan Arevalo


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