I Traveled to Quezon

How to Get to Cagbalete Island

How to Get to Cagbalete Island

Cagbalete Island is located at the north west of Quezon Province. Now highly popular because of its low tide, wherein the water pushes back up to about a kilometer away from the main island, Cagbalete still remains quite underdeveloped. Getting to the island is relatively easy because there are no hard treks nor any mountains or rivers to cross. You won’t even have to worry about going there during high tide because the island sits in Lamon Bay . To get to Cagbalete from Manila, take a bus from Cubao or Buendia going to Lucena via Jac, JAM and Lucena lines. Fare for the bus is about P300 or less (currently not updated) for one way. From Lucena terminal, you can get a mini-bus which is not air conditioned that will bring you to Mauban. The mini bus costs P60 and leaves earliest at 5am with buses leaving each hour until 6pm. There are also air conditioned vans at SM Lucena Mall for Mauban. The first trip going there begins at 9am and the last trip is 9pm. It costs P80 and will take only about an hour to get to the port, compared to the hour and a half if you go by the bus. If there are a lot of you, hire a private van so you can

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Kamay ni Hesus Healing Center, Lucban

Kamay ni Hesus Healing Center, Lucban

Kamay ni Hesus, Hands of Jesus, is a pilgrimage site located in Lucban, Quezon Province. The shrine is located at the slopes of Mt. Banahaw, which is considered to be a holy place by many locals. Kamay ni Hesus is also known as a Healing Center. The shrine features the beautiful church with Fr. Joey Faller, a known healing priest. There’s a line of life size statues of saints that align the entrance all the way to the church and along the parking lots to the Angels Hill and Mother Mary’s Hill.   The Angels Hill is located in front of the multi-purpose hall. It took awhile for me to find it, because it was small and the gate was hidden, but eventually, you’ll see the angels out of the bushes and towering over the hallway. Mother Mary’s Hill is located near the entrance. Her statue, almost 5 times as big as the other life size statues can be seen from outside. She faces her son, Jesus, who stands towering above on a higher slope. Mother Mary’s Hill consists of the statues of the Mysteries from Joyful to the Mysteries of Light surrounding her statue and leading all the way up to her. The Church is beautiful. It’s small, but the altar has a background of the Ascension and Moses

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Batis Aramin, Lucban

Batis Aramin, located at Lucban Quezon is a very secluded, although really nice resort. Just right in front of Kamay ni Jesus, Batis Aramin offers a wide resort with many different types of accommodations as well as recreation for the guests. Inside the resort, there’s a river where you can go boating and fishing, 4 pools and a slide, a basketball and volleyball court and reception halls and conference halls for huge events. There’s also a Batis Aramin Adventure Camp that allows you to do wall climbing, zipline and rapelling. That last part was what definitely excited me for our upcoming stay. The first night we were scheduled to stay at a Harana cottage where our family had to sleep with many our invited guests. My parents weren’t too happy with that (my mother likes her privacy) so we decided to ask if they had any other extra rooms. We were given a choice of either the Amihan room which was located quite far from the Harana room and costs P3500 or another Harana room (located in the same house, different room) which cost P4000. Since Amihan was a little far (Batis Aramin wasn’t very well lit at night so we kind of got scared), we decided to settle for the Harana room. Unfortunately, we were kind of disappointed. I

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Puting Buhangin, Kwebang Lampas, Borawan and Dampalitan Island

Puting Buhangin, Kwebang Lampas, Borawan and Dampalitan Island

After a few months of not being able to travel (remember, I’m actually not allowed to travel – I’m just really pasaway). My parents arrived in Manila in December, thus meaning, I would not be able to get any trips anymore until, well, until I can finally learn to ask them permission with no frills. Anyway, so after winning the Tour Guiding Competition in school, I came home, with a trophy, certificate and a medal. Whoopee me! I went to bed, tired after the whole week’s events. When I woke up just in time for dinner, I was still sleepy then and my mother asked me if I wanted to go with my sister to her trip with the Trippers in Quezon. I immediately woke up. I told her she couldn’t take it back if I said yes. She said okay.   That’s how I found myself at 1am, in the same 7/11 in Cubao next to Victory Liner waiting again, for Ate J9 and Jala again. Excited! I hadn’t had time to research the place because I really didn’t expect to be going (although I did plan to go before my parents had arrived). I never thought of Quezon as being a tourist spot. It was only last year when I found out about the Trippers that I learned

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Cagbalete Island, Mauban Quezon

Cagbalete Island, Mauban Quezon

I’ve never really thought of Quezon as a place with beaches. In fact, whenever I thought of Philippine tourism, it was always Palawan, Bohol or Boracay that came into mind. Quezon Province was just the province that was always under flood or easily flooded (Real, Quezon). Then one day, I found this website, www.wowtrippers.com, I forgot how I eventually came to it, but it was probably through email or through one of my never-ending search for other solo-travelers to group tour with. I didn’t know what they were at first, or who they were but it was their pictures that captured me. The website’s front page featured a set of some of the most beautiful pictures of beaches I’d ever seen (which isn’t really hard to find since I find every beach just as mesmerizing). Anyway, so once I was captivated by the pictures, I explored their site a little more and saw that they offered group tours for those who liked to travel but couldn’t find friends or family to go with them. Their packages were quite cheap, P1500 inclusive of almost everything to one place called Cagbalete in Quezon. As I read more about Cagbalete, I couldn’t help being curious about the place. How could there be such low tide? Although I was curious, I wasn’t that interested

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