While other countries have to endure strong blizzards and deadly polar vortices, Filipinos are truly blessed with a country that is awash with warm, tropical weather. And where there’s glorious sunny weather, one can’t help but think of enjoying on the shores of sandy beaches. Now, what if we told you that there’s a place where you can enjoy 7 kilometers of pristine sand, surrounded by turquoise waters, while being served with yummy seafood? Yes, that’s all here at Manjuyod Sandbar—the so-called Maldives of the Philippines—in Manjuyod, Negros Oriental.
As a lush and beautiful tropical country, the Philippines is a lovely paradise where the sun shines brightly all year long. Blue skies are backgrounds for delicate wisps of cirrus clouds. White sand beaches are so pristine they are almost blinding. Turquoise waters hide mysterious and stunning wonders of the deep.
Walking through the highlands of northern Cebu is a journey of discovery. Cebu is not just about the busy city, the lovely beaches, the stunning attractions, the glitzy lifestyle, the boosted economy, the talented people. Cebu is also about rugged mountains, quiet villages, vast farms, and humble locals. The last part of Segment 4 concluded this journey of discovery.
A blazing and glorious welcome to 2019, dear reader! Are you excited for new trips and adventures? We are! But let’s warm up by rewinding a little bit—our last great adventure in 2018. We explored the wild and scenic northern Cebu by penetrating deeper into the rarely visited highlands during the continuation of our Cebu Highlands Trail Segment 4 hike. If you’re limiting your sojourns in Cebu’s sandy beaches, popular attractions, and glitzy cities, you’re missing out a whole lot of adventures!
For us, 2018 was an incredibly adrenaline-laden year! From mountain peaks that pierce the clouds to coral reefs beneath the blue expanse of the sea, we had such an awesome time! Let’s take you back to the trips, adventures, and accomplishments we had during the Year of the Dog.
The discovery of something new even in our very own home island is mesmerizing. That discovery is often a realization that we should not readily believe in rumors and heresay. We often hear from people that Northern Cebu being dangerous, deforested, or bare. But when we actually went there during our Segment 4 CHT hike, we found an amazing place that is safe, green, lush, and wild!
Locals and visitors alike are quite familiar with the attractions and destinations in the southern part of Cebu. The northern part of Cebu, on the other hand, is a different story. Vast tracts of landscapes remain rugged, wild, and unexplored. A lot of people in the remote, inaccessible highlands have marginal exposure to modernity. Traversing Segment 4 of the Cebu Highlands Trial exposed us to a very different side of Cebu.