Morion's PhotoGallery 101| "Habal-Habal"

Date taken: December 09, 2011
Location   : Asturias, Cebu, Philippines

Habal-habal is a common mode of transportation here in Cebu,  specially in mountainous Barangays wherein roads are not accessible by 4 wheeled public utility vehicles.  It is also called as Skylab in some places particularly in Mindanao. 
These photographs were taken while I am on travel going to Tuburan (Cebu) for my weekly Unit Monitoring. 


Blog/Blogs   tagged as “new electronic media”  or "Social Media" plays a very potent role in shaping today’s society norms, reader’s behaviour /decision, and even politics ups and downs. From a simple to more complicated post, the World Wide Web space is much wider - broader than what we thought.  Readers are not limited, self-regulated.  Starting a blog is as easy as 1-2-3, just like singing A to Z alphabet.  Everyone can start a simple post at his/her own blog without spending dollars for a domain name, Blogger and Wordpress  offers free hosting.
This blog is just a simple diary of my journey and stories. I've created this blog  not just to write an article and share photographs. Anyone can read and view what I've posted and published here  thats why I must be responsible and conscious . GMA News TV campaign “Think before you Click…”was truly related.
This year, The VBS- society of Cebu Bloggers organized the 2011 Visayas Blogging Summit on November 26, 2011  at SM City Cebu with the theme “ Blogging and Beyond. I  am very much interested to join in this year's one of the largest social media gathering. To learn more about the future of blogging, to further improve my blog-writing skills and to become more responsible in every post I will publish.
for more info.visit the following sites:

Morion's PhotoTravel Diaries:A short stop at Luneta Park, Manila

October 29, 2011. After visiting and spending half of the day at the Manila Zoo we headed to Luneta Park. Rizal Park also known as Luneta Park is one of the famed historical sites in the Philippines. National Hero Dr. Jose Rizal and the three Martyr Priests Jose Burgos, Mariano Gomez,  and Jacinto Zamora were executed in the site after being accused of spearheading revolution against Spaniards. Known to many, the said events sparked the courage of Filipinos to fight for independence.

Luneta Park has been significant site of moments in Philippine History. The declaration of Philippine independence from American Rule was also held in this place. The Park truly symbolizes Filipino pride, courage, dignity and independence. 

Morion's Travel| Manila Zoo Today

October 29, 2011. To be exact I am now on the 3rd week of vacation, after a major operation due to acute appendicitis. I will be back to Cebu (for my work assignment) on November 16.  Time to rest and great bonding moments with my wife and baby. I’ve realized that every day without work seems so long. My body wants to go back to work and travelling as soon as possible.

To end this boredom, we decided to spend this week's saturday roaming -around Manila’s known “pasyalan”.

Instead of bus, we took the taxi cab ride to avoid long time of waiting "sa pila". As usual the driver offered fixed rate. Offer starts at 500 pesos (masyadong mahal alabang to quirino?), after 5 minutes of tawaran, he agreed at 300 pesos.

Morion's PhotoTravel Diary| Marikina Shoe Gallery and The Largest Pair of Shoes

The world's largest pair of shoes. Certified by the GUINESS BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS in 2002. It measures 529 centimeters long and 237 centemeters width and was completed within 77 days. The world's largest pair of shoes is currently kept at the Shoe Gallery of Marikina Riverbanks.

Suroy-Suroy sa Sugbo PART 4| Puso', Kalye, at Basilica del Santo Nino

Roaming around Cebu City is a wonderful experience. Most of the historical and interesting places are just meters away from each other. Just prepare your feet and your ever reliable sneakers/sandals, sight-seeing and walking tour around the city is a remarkable journey.

Let's Do the PhotoWALK!

Mango Vendors in Fuente Osmena Circle


Morion's PhotoTravel Diaries| Obong Spring, The Boulevard, and Thinko Beach of South Cebu

Wordless |

Never-mind of first,second, third or fourth times coming here, I will always go back and experience cold and relaxing waters of Obong Spring!

Morion's Travel| Leyte:A Place of Pride and History

The country's longest bridge- SAN JUANICO| connecting Samar province to Leyte

Wordless Post| Sharing photographs of my half day tour/visit to Leyte Province. From Samar, my wandering feet find its way to the nearest point of interest in Leyte- the infamous Gen. Mc Arthur's Landing Site in Palo. The historical site is more or less 30 minutes away from Tacloban City proper and not so distant from the airport. 

Morion's Travel| Uniquely Samar- A Journey to the Eastern side of Visayas Region

Photographs of my first journey to the province of "Warays" - Samar
This trip was not planned since my original flight ticket is Manila to Cebu. Long story to tell... leads me to re-routing of my flight to Manila-Tacloban. Then, I've said "Why not to make this unplanned/unexpected moment a memorable one!"
After arriving at Tacloban Domestic Airport via PAL flight, Morion found himself  exploring the beautiful province of Samar!

The San Juanico Bridge

Morion's PhotoGallery 101: 7:00PM Espana St. Manila(Philippines)

Suroy- suroy sa Sugbo! PART 3: History and Gold of Boljoon, Cebu

Snapshots of  my short stop-over in the National Heritage Town of Boljoon.
The Town of Boljoon is situated along the southeast coast of Cebu. The town was created in 1598 and one of the oldest in Southern Cebu. Located in the town is one of the Philippine's oldest Church- THE BOLJOON CHURCH. Great stories of the past  lies in the walls, surroundings, and grounds of the said hundred years old church.
Good to know that the town preserves and protects proof of Philippine's great history and "treasure". Church's convent currently serves as museum of artifacts and treasures unearth in the nearby ground by anthropologists from University of San Carlos and The National Museum.
The National Historical Institute declared Boljoon Church as National Historical Landmark in 1999 and year 2000 when it was confirmed by the National Museum as National Cultural Treasure. 
Taking pictures inside the museum is strictly prohibited. Luckily, I was allowed to take photos of selected artifacts, images, and wall posts with significant details.

antique decorations made from seashells and corals
century old cloth with pure gold thread 
the archaeological excavations
working anthropologists from University of San Carlos and The National Museum
Digital illustration of the ancient community of Boljoon-the current location of the church ,which explains  why there are treasures buried on the church's grounds.
based from carbon dating, skeletal remains  are between 340 and 500 years old.
list of oldest churches in the Philippines which includes Boljoon Church

The current status of excavation ground

a gold necklace

Morion's PhotoTravel Diary: TABON Peak of Dalaguete, Cebu (Philippines)

Tabon is an upland Barangay of Dalaguete. Characterized as an agricultural barrio, its large vegetable production/farming contributes a lot to Agriculture Industry of Cebu Province.
You have to spend 45 minutes -1 hour travel from the town proper of Dalaguete to reach Barangay Tabon. Habal-Habal is the only available mode of transportation going to the area. Terminal is located at the town's corner street called “eskina mantalongon” . Hiring  habal-habal costs 100-150 pesos while regular fare (have to wait for 3 other passengers) ranges from 50-60 pesos. According to the locals there are  caves in the area - surprisingly still unexplored! Wish I could set another time and have proper preparations to explore the said caves. 
Tabon’s cool weather condition and untouched nature mixes adventure and nature hopping in one!


Suroy-suroy sa Sugbo! PART 1: Cebu Places, Food, and Travel

Third week of May (2011).I just found myself taking pictures of interesting subjects which catches my attention while on travel (here) in the Queen City of the South.

Monday. 6:30pm  is my original flight schedule going to Cebu but due to some technical concerns, it was moved to 8:00 pm. Emote pa nga ako sa FB. May nagcomment tuloy ng “Plane Always Late.” sa status ko, referring to the airline company?? Never mind, delayed pero I’m sure para din naman sa safety ng mga pasahero—sabi din ng tol ko sa blogging na si Balance (

Tuesday.morning.While I was on choosing mode on which of the 2 shoes am I going to wear that will match in my Monday uniform. “Sawa na ako sa Black shoes kaya tipong pa "cool" ang get-up ko this time”.

Wednesday. I am not feeling well. “Pakiramdam ko sinusunog ang dibdib ko at mapait ang panlasa. Naisip ko Magpatsek-up ulit, pinapahirapan na naman ako ng hyper acidity. For sure, nasobrahan na naman ako ng juice at softdrinks,” I’ve texted my wife.

Thursday. I and Zette, the Unit Manager of Carcar Unit, visited 1 of our program member. Her business is shoes and sandals making. “Sayang hindi ko nadala camera ko para naiblog ko kung paano ginagawa ang espadrille shoes na uso ngaun,” I said.

Friday. Me, Larry, Erick, Norman, Ker, Mariz, and Venus while in  Metro Gaisano and SM – finding the right colors for our uniforms! Lunch @ Golden Cowrie- our favorite lutong bahay resto here in Cebu.We ended-up watching “Pirates of the Caribbean 4” @ SM cinema.

Saturday. From a meeting in Samboan (Cebu) going back to Dalaguete while waiting for the Ceres Bus to depart at Liloan Port and Bus Terminal.

Sunday. Lunch with the Bookkeepers of Visayas 2A Region then I decided to go to Chuangwa Hospital for my hyper acidity check-up unfortunately there was no schedule of OPD on Sundays. “Sayang ang pamasahe at 2 hours na byahe buti na lang may classic savory sa katapat na robinson’s cybergate nakawala ng pagkabagot,” I posted on my FB!