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Bernardo Arellano III
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Mapper, Geography and History Student, Travel Blogger, Cultural and Heritage Advocate
Mapper, Geography and History Student, Travel Blogger, Cultural and Heritage Advocate

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Between Bicol Peninsula and Masbate Island is the island of Ticao. Though frequently heard on news during typhoon signals, the island is a natural and cultural gem in central Philippines. Modernization and mass tourism haven't ravaged the island much, thus maintaining its rustic charm and natural wonder.

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Melaka (Malacca) is one of Malaysia's top tourist attractions. Why wouldn't it? The city was the center of immense influence in Maritime Southeast Asia and has influenced pre-colonial (proto) Philippines in one way or another. Our short afternoon visit in the city was just a glimpse of what Melakanese culture and history is all about. This is just the first part of our blog post on Melaka.

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The name "Cotabato" has become synonymous to armed conflict. However, this multi-cultural city deserves a second look and chance. Here's why.

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Back in 2011, we had an opportunity to go around Marawi City's urban core--Bangolo. Personally, experiencing it as an outsider, felt a bit of surrealism, curiosity, excitement, and a bit of melancholy among all things.

Seeing footage of the current Marawi Seige, especially of those areas that we've been to half-a-decade ago, pinches our hearts.

Here's a glimpse of urban Marawi City, back in 2011.

Praying for peace in the city and beyond.

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I've been here only once, yet I had a glimpse of what would be now as a battlefield in Marawi City. Here's the glimpse of urban Marawi City back in 2011.

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A National Cultural Treasure and a Historical Landmark, Marawi's Dayawan Torogan sits calmly beside Lanao Lake--it is a Maranao's mark of ingenuity, creativity, and even significant historically.

Hoping that it remains steadfast amid the crisis that has gripped the city, together with its residents.
#heritagePH  

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The other Quezon Province fiesta that you have to experience.
Araña't Baluarte Festival of Gumaca, Quezon is an annual feast that not only it showcases the Filipino creativity, but also a lesson to humanity on sustainable development.

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While Pahiyas Festival has been known as Quezon's most famous festival during the May Fiesta days, the town of Gumaca offers another insight of a San Isidro Labrador feast--this time, creating decorated archways and chandeliers made of fruits and vegetables.

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We may have heard Cotabato City in news headlines, and most of it isn't really that nice. However, let's have a second look in the "Stone Fortress" City as it keeps an intact heritage district core of pre-War and mostly of post-war architecture--a manifestation of its importance as an economic and political hub in Central Mindanao after World War II.

This city has a lot of potential when it comes to its built heritage, and it has a lot more in store when it comes to its intangibles. :)

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A place went viral on social media, and became famous overnight. A few days later, it became crowded and messy. Are bloggers and social media guilty or is this a shared responsibility of all stakeholders? Here's our thought about blogging, mass tourism, and responsible travelling.
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