Planning to Visit the Philippines Soon?

There are hundreds of tourists attractions in the Philippines. But as a lover of the Island of Marinduque (Home of the Morions and Heart of the Philippines), I am indeed partial to its beauty, charm and its friendly and hospitable residents. Therefore, help me achieve my dream of seeing this island becomes a world tourist destination, by telling all your friends and relatives about this site. Welcome, to you all, new readers and faithful followers of this site! The photo above is Poctoy White Beach in Torrijos, Marinduque with beautiful and majestic Mt Malindig in the background. Some of the photos and videos on this site, I do not own. However, I have no intention on infringing your copyrights. Please do not forget to read the latest National and International news in the right side bar of this blog!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Early History( up to 1945) and Ancient Artifacts of Marinduque

Marinduque Residents and Soldiers during the Philippine-American War, 1900

Battle of Manila- The Philippine-American War :1899-1902

The following is an excerpt of the early history of Marinduque up to 1945 from Wikipedia: For additional details visit the government website:

Legend has it that the island of Marinduque was formed as a consequence of a tragic love affair between two people: Marina and Garduke. Marina's father, a local chieftain, did not approve of this affair and ordered the beheading of Garduke. Before this could be done, the couple sailed out to sea and drowned themselves, forming the island now called Marinduque. Other versions of the legend also claim that the island was named "Malindik", named after Marinduque's highest mountain, Mt. Malindig. When Spanish conquistadors arrived in the Philippines, they found the name hard to pronounce, which led to the renaming of the island as "Marinduc" and later the current "Marinduque" when spelled in its French from (e.g. Antique for Hantik, Cavite for Kawit).

During the Spanish and early American occupations, Marinduque was part of the province of Balayan (now Batangas) in the 16th century, Mindoro in the 17th century, and had a brief period as an independent province in 1901, when the Americans arrived.

During the Philippine-American War, Marinduque was the first island to have American concentration camps.[2] Marinduque is the site of the Battle of Pulang Lupa, where Filipino soldiers under Colonel Maximo Abad, defeated a larger better trained force of Americans.

In 1902, the US-Philippine Commission annexed the islands of Mindoro (now two separate provinces) and Lubang (now part of Occidental Mindoro) to the province.

Four months later, the province became part of the province of Tayabas (now Quezon).

On February 21, 1920, Act 2280 was passed by the Philippine Congress, reestablishing Marinduque as a separate province.

In 1942, the Japanese Imperial forces landed in Marinduque.

In 1945, landed from the American and Philippine Commonwealth troops attacked from the Japanese Troops liberated to the Battle of Marinduque in the Second World War.

If you like antiquities and archeology you will enjoy this video on ancient artifacts found in Marinduque from

Friday, July 23, 2010

Do You Know how many Cities/Towns are named Manila in US and other parts of the World?

The only Manila that I am familiar with is Manila, Philippines. However, I was surprised that there are actually 11 cities/towns that are named Manila in the US, two of them in Alabama. There is one city in Paraguay, South America also named Manila. Here is the lists for your information. For details and map of the various US cities look in Goggles. Is there a city or town named Manila in Europe or Canada?

1. Manila, Alabama ( Clarke County)

2. Manila, Alabama (Dallas County)

3. Manila, Arizona

4. Manila, Arkansas

5. Manila, California -Manila is an unincorporated community in Humboldt County, California. It is located 3.25 miles (5.2 km) north of downtown Eureka, at an elevation of 13 feet (4 m). The ZIP Code is 95521. The town was founded at the end of World War II, and named after Manila in the Philippines.

6. Manila, Colorado

7. Manila, Kentucky

8. Manila, Missouri

9. Manila, Tennessee

10. Manila, Utah

11. Manila, West Virginia

12. Manila, Paraguay, South America

13. Manila, Philipines

Monday, July 19, 2010

Latest Package from Bellarocca Resort and Spa

Here's the latest flyer that I received from Sheila Evano dated July 8. For details visit the website There are 3 other packages ranging from around P10,800 to P20,200 depending on whether meals are included or not. The dollar to pesos exchange rate as of this writing date is around 1 to 46...


Rates start at Php 18,700 nett per person, twin sharing at the Hotel Deluxe Room from now until October 31. Extra night rates available as well as rates for other accommodation types.

Inclusions PER PERSON for 3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS:
• Roundtrip land and sea transfers (Marinduque Airport – Resort – Marinduque Airport)
• Welcome refreshments at the Resort
• Two (2) set breakfasts
• Two (2) private romantic evening cocktails
• Two (2) 3-course set dinners
• One (1) welcome bottle of wine per accommodation
• One (1) 1-hour full body massage
• Intimate and luxurious accommodation with individual climate control; Plasma TV with DVD Player and state-of-the-art home theatre stereo system, satellite cable TV, Ipod dock (upon request and subject to availability) and Hi-Fi compact sound systems; pillow selections; modern bath and shower facilities with complete range of bathroom amenities; and private balcony or garden
o All villas have its own eternity pool, Jacuzzi, pocket garden
• Complimentary internet connectivity in the accommodation (cable) and select public areas (Wi-Fi)
• Complimentary drinking bottles of water in the room, replenished daily
• Complimentary coffee & tea selections in room
• Golf cart service
• Complimentary access to the resort’s range of exclusive facilities and recreational activities, i.e. 9-hole golf course, 2 main swimming pools, tea house, meditation sanctuary, fitness gym, entertainment room, among others
• Inclusive of applicable government tax and service charge


Valid for local residents, expatriates and Filipino balikbayans.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Balikbayans Beware-Latest Scary News in Philippines

Today's news written by DJ Yap in the Philippine Daily Inquirer is indeed shocking and scary. Reading this article is scary it could happen easily to all balikbayans or tourist from the US. The article is titled "Couple lose SUV, cash to armed carjackers who followed them from airport".

Now I have second thoughts of vacationing to the Philippines. If this incident continues, it will ruined the tourism industry in the Philippines. I have a question, Is it legal to carry and bring to the Philippines 2.5 Million pesos in cash? Any one know the answer? I believe one is allowed to carry cash not to exceed $10,000, but you are suppose to declare it to immigration. Am I right?

"AN AMERICAN and his Filipino wife lost their sports utility vehicle (SUV) and P2.5 million in cash and valuables to armed carjackers who attacked them along Edsa in Mandaluyong City early Friday morning.

The incident occurred at 1:10 a.m. at the intersection of Edsa and Shaw Boulevard, investigators at the Mandaluyong Police Station said.

Frederick Allan Boutcher, 63, and his wife Priny Mosquito-Boutcher, 52, had earlier landed at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport and were traveling on board a gold Isuzu Crosswind, with plate number XJY-499, when a red Toyota Innova bumped the rear of their vehicle repeatedly.

Rogelio Maullan, Boutcher’s stepson, who was driving the SUV ignored the bumps, until the Innova overtook their vehicle and cut them in front, prompting him to stop.

Five men armed with short firearms got off the Innova and forced Maullan out of the car. The men then commandeered the vehicle with the Boutchers still aboard, said Eastern Police District Director Francisco Manalo.

The suspects dropped off the couple in Galas, Quezon City, where they reported the incident to police at the nearest precinct.

Taken from the Boutchers were $2,500 in cash (about P115,000), three cellular phones, several pieces of jewelry, including the couple’s matching 22-karat wedding rings, five suitcases containing their bank passbooks, a land title, and other valuable bank documents.

Manalo said the heist was virtually the same as the modus operandi used on the family of Jorge Bernas, brother-in-law of Luli Arroyo, daughter of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, in Pasig City last month. The Bernas family had just arrived at the airport when they were attacked along C-5 Road.

The official said he instructed the Mandaluyong police to work on the composite sketches of the suspects quickly. The suspects were in plain clothes and their faces were not covered, he said.

Manalo also said he went to the Southern Police District to coordinate efforts in tracking down the carjackers. He said they believe the suspects pick their victims by observing arriving passengers at the terminal".

Friday, July 2, 2010

A Road to Central Marinduque

Ferns along this Rural Road
The following video is from Marinduque Rising, Eli Obligacion blog about Marinduque.
HOPEFULLY, this project will be completed soon as central Marinduque is beautiful, scenic and the climate cooler because of the high elevation. I had the privilege of joining a tour of central Marinduque about 6 years ago through the invitation of current governor-elect Carmencita Reyes. There was then even a plan/talk about constructing a city( to be called Carmen City)and call it the summer capital of Marinduque. I hope this project will be continued to insure that Marinduque will indeed be officially recognized as the ecotourism capital of the Philippines

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