Of wanderlust

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Friday, March 27, 2015


I'D be lying if I say I have explored Davao Region enough. That's quite shameful for someone who lives in a place well-regarded as a tourist destination in the country.

Well, for someone who devoted most of his teenage years within the confines of the school -- juggling two responsibilities being a student and a leader -- travelling did not hold much attraction.

Not until recently, when my job sometimes requires me to go an assignment out-of-town to do a coverage. 

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I blame those travels for awakening my wanderlust that for the longest time has been in slumber.

The most recent I had was when a car company Nissan brought us to Ilocos Norte to test drive its new vehicles on the terrains of the centuries-old cities like Paoay and Laoag. 

The excitement and thrill even grew bigger when the team set out to the La Paz Sand Dunes where all you'd want to do is to get lost in the middle of the desert and find your trail back to the starting point.

For the first time, and hopefully not the last, I tried sandboarding where I almost fell on my side while sliding down the slope. My advice is when you're told not to lose your grip, just do it. Following instructions will surely pay off.

I must admit I was always at a loss for words to describe how scenic the grandiose Paoay Church and Bangui Windmills were that all I can do was just to stare and let the moment get the better of me while enjoying the postcard pretty sceneries I got to see only on TV, magazines, and travel blogs. Back then, I couldn't believe they were right before my eyes.
 
I was only a bit sad that our time did not permit us to go to Vigan any longer, which was about an hour’s ride from Plaza del Norte, according to our driver cum guide.

In all those travels, I always stole not a few selfies, except that most of them I was never fond of uploading on Facebook.

Now, let me regret those times when I dropped a friend's invite to go diving in Camiguin; the times when I chose to lie in bed at night instead of walking along the shores of some beach that friends in my circle would always prod me to come along.

Had I known this wanderlust would grow untamable, I would have let them bring me where they so desire and just enjoy those times with feverish abandon.

If opportunity comes, I will surely grab so long as the budget permits.
But I'd like to begin this journey in the popular tourist attractions in Davao Region first, and then set foot on the off-the-beaten path.

From "Highlands to Islands," the region has a multitude of tourism sites that a week's visit will not be enough.

Some of these spots, from the breathtaking view of Kapatagan in Davao Del sur, to the hidden gems of Compostela Valley, to the white sand beach resorts in Davao del Norte, grace the pages of this Summer Special Supplement which the hikers and sun-worshippers, or even me, can draw up idea where the next destination will be.

To the travel bugs, get yourself ready and enjoy!

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on March 27, 2015.

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