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kurtzky

Travelogue of Mark's journey across the Philippines and neighboring countries, mixed with a pinch of awesome weirdness and a dash of awkward craziness.

Hunting the Haunted: Diplomat Hotel in Baguio City

Baguio

Hunting the Haunted: Diplomat Hotel in Baguio City

Mark Rodel dela Rosa | Jun 03, 2014

We traced the road toward a popular spot in the city—a well-known ghost hunting site among the curious, brave, and trying-to-be-brave (that's us) thrill-seekers. A bleak, abandoned building known as Diplomat Hotel greeted us with a cold breeze.

Biri Rock Formations: Northern Samar’s Treasure

Northern Samar

Biri Rock Formations: Northern Samar’s Treasure

Mark Rodel dela Rosa | Sep 19, 2013

Northern Samar may be an unfamiliar place in the Philippines but it has “treasures” that can be big hits to both local and foreign visitors. I made a qualitative research back in high school about the tourist spots in my home province, and that research paper made me realize that Northern Samar is blessed just like other well-known Philippine destinations. Biri Rock Formations in the island municipality of Biri is one of the province’s prime attractions.

Not so easy, Mt. Manabu

Batangas

Not so easy, Mt. Manabu

Mark Rodel dela Rosa | Sep 05, 2013

Summiting Mt. Manabu is no easy feat. The underrated mountain, located at Sto. Tomas in the province of Batangas standing 760 meters above sea level, is cited by others as a peak that is very easy to climb. Not really. All in all, Manabu has eight stations—five of which are the portions you have to overcome to reach the campsite. The trail begins at the front yard of residences and appears very easy in the initial stage. The climb becomes more complex from Station 5 due to continuity of upward hike.

Breaking invisible barriers on Lampinigan Island Basilan

Basilan

Breaking invisible barriers on Lampinigan Island Basilan

Mark Rodel dela Rosa | Sep 05, 2013

Basilan Province in southern Philippines has received negative publicity due to events of rampant abduction and kidnap-for-ransom, as well as bombardment of structures and disputes resulting to gunfire between the military and militants. Mainstream media had contributed to the exaggeration of happenings in the province, indirectly tagging it as a war zone that is unsafe and formidable. With my strong belief that I can surpass the hostile image of Basilan, I took my Zamboanga Peninsula adventure to another level as I headed out to one of the areas believed to be the cache of some extremist militants—the majestic Lampinigan Island.