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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Bolinao Itinerary: Your Do-It-Yourself Guide to Chasing Bolinao, Pangasinan


Bolinao is not as popular as Hundred Islands but I must say that Bolinao really won my heart. And, yes, Bolinao deserves to be listed on my "Sarap Balik-Balikan Places". Want to know why is it one of my favorite Philippine destinations? Hmm.. just read on. :)

Things to Consider When Planning a Trip to Bolinao:
Well, there's nothing much really... and, that is one of the reasons why going to Bolinao is highly recommended since it is not too complicated to organize. You may go there alone or by a small group without costing you extra bucks. Plus, you do not have to rent a boat unlike when going to Calaguas or to any other good beaches in our country. Therefore, no need for you to maximize the capacity of the boat to make it a cheap travel.

How to Get There:
For a month and a half, I had been typing 'how to go to Bolinao' in Google. Good thing, there are some friendly bloggers who generously share their how to's. (Shoutout to Ada of Adaphobic.com and Robx of Travellingdork.com. Big thanks to you guys!)

via Public Transpo/aka Commute:
Manila to Bolinao would be approximately 6 to 6.5 hours travel time. For direct trips to Bolinao, you may take Victory Liner (available in Cubao station only) or Five Star Bus (available in Pasay terminal only).

Bolinao Bus Schedule and Rates:
Five Star Bus

Victory Liner
Upon arrival at Bolinao Terminal, hire a tricycle to bring you to the resort of your choice. Standard rate from Bolinao town proper to Patar is Php250 which is good for 4 pax.

Where to Stay in Bolinao:
There are hundreds of resorts in Bolinao. From high end resorts, transients, inns, open cottages, name it! Of course, my friends and I stayed in the not so luxurious choice - in cottages for only Php200/pax per night.

Aside from the reason that we're out of budget, staying in cottages along Patar Beach is the perfect choice. Yes, if you're a beach lover and if your idea of a relaxing getaway is a staycation near the beach (imagine morning sea breeze and the sound of the waves), then absolutely Patar cottages would be perfect! Staying in one of the cottages along the beachfront of Patar would also mean an all-day access to Patar's long stretch of white sand since some resorts will require one to ride a tricycle for about 15-20 minutes just to enjoy the beach.

Downside: The beachfront cottages along Patar do no have electricity from 8 AM to 6PM. Do not expect that there's hot and cold shower too.

Where to Eat in Bolinao:
You might want to try the Adora's at the back of St. James Church. Nothing really fancy here; it even looks like a small canteen but food is cheap and definitely affordable. Their CR is clean too which is ideal after a 6-hour long bus ride. On the other hand, while touring Bolinao, a stop-over at Sungayan Grill for lunch is a MUST. Sungayan Grill is a floating restaurant along Balingasay River. Food is definitely delicious, I give it 5 out of 5 stars. The ambiance is really good and refreshing, CR is clean, and oh, they have a free high-speed WIFI connection. :)

Must-See Places in Bolinao:
* St. James Church

* Patar Beach

* Cape Bolinao Lighthouse

* The 3 Waterfalls of Bolinao - Tara Falls, Bolinao Falls 1, Bolinao Falls 2

* Enchanted Cave


* Rock Formation


In exploring Bolinao, a tour package or a travel agency is not necessary. It's very easy to do it the D.I.Y. way. You just have to hire a tricycle to bring you to must-visit places in Bolinao and that's it. In our case, we just hired the same tricycle driver who brought us to our resort. Originally, we were quoted Php1200/2 pax which will cost us Php2400 since we were four. But again, there's nothing wrong to try the power of negotiation. :) Guess what, the driver gave it Php1500 only good for 4. Amazing!

Bolinao Itinerary
Day 1

07:00 AM     Assembly at Victory Liner Cubao
07:30 AM     ETD Manila to Bolinao
01:50 PM     ETA Bolinao Terminal
01:55 PM     Hire a Tricycle to Bring You to Resort 02:00 PM     Drop by Adora's for Lunch
02:30 PM     Visit St. James Church (3 min walk from Adora's)
03:00 PM     ETD St. James Church to Patar Resort
03:45 PM     Check in at Benjie's Kubo and Cottages
04:00 PM     Enjoy and Explore Patar Beach until Sunset
07:00 PM     Dinner at Benjie's Bicol Express Restaurant
08:00 PM     Sleep. Snore. Dream.

Day 2
05:30 AM     Wake-Up and Explore the Stretch of Patar Beach
06:30 AM     Breakfast at Benjie's Bicol Express Restaurant
07:30 AM     ETD Patar. Start Chasing the Other Parts of Bolinao
07:45 AM     ETA Cape Bolinao Lighthouse
08:30 AM     ETD Cape Bolinao Lighthouse to Start Exploring the Falls of Bolinao.
09:45 AM     ETA Bolinao Falls 1
10:15 AM     ETD Bolinao Falls 1
10:40 AM     ETA Bolinao Falls 2
10:45 AM     Secure a Cottage and Rent Floaters at Bolinao Falls 2
10:50 AM     Swim. Jump. Dive at Bolinao Falls 2
12:45 PM     ETD Bolinao Falls
01:30 PM     Lunch at Sugbayan Grill
02:30 PM     ETD Sugbayan Grill to Enchanted Cave
03:00 PM     ETA Enchanted Cave
03:10 PM     Swim Inside Enchanted Cave
04:30 PM     ETD Enchanted Cave
04:50 PM     ETA Rock Formation at Patar
06:15 PM     ETD Rock Formation
06:30 PM     Back to Benjie's Cottages
07:30 PM     Dinner at Benjie's Bicol Express Restaurant
08:30 PM     Sleep. Snore. Dream.

Budget for Bolinao Trip (3 Days-2 Nights)

Bus Fare Manila to Bolinao
Ph459
Tricyle Fee from Bolinao to Patar (Php250/4pax)
Php62.50
Accomodation at Benjie's Cottages (Php200/pax x 2 nights)
Php400
Tricyle Fee for Bolinao Tour (Php1500/4pax)
Php375
Bolinao Falls 2 Entrance Fee
Php30
Enchanted Cave Entrance Fee
Php120
Rock Formation Entrance Fee
Php50
Tricycle Fee from Patar to Bolinao Terminal
Php62.50
Bus Fare Bolinao to Pasay
Php469



Total Budget
Php2028

Note:
- Food Expenses are not yet included.
- If you do not know how to swim or is not that confident to swim in Bolinao Falls which is 20ft deep, you may rent a floater for Php40.00
- Entrance Fee in Enchanted Cave is Php120.00. There would be a Php30.00 Refund if you're not going to swim inside the cave. Effective March 1, new rate will be Php150.00.

- Benjie's Kubo and Cottages - 09108366257, 09213393975
- There's no signal in Patar for Smart, Sun, and Globe.
- Strong network signal at Cape Bolinao Lighthouse and Patar Rock Formation
- Do not forget to bring insect repellants
- Chase Bolinao during weekdays :)

89 comments :

  1. Thank you Ms. Mich!! Sana matuloy na kami sa Bolinao this 2014! :) -Kamille Parducho

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  2. Hi! I find your blog very interesting. This would help us in planning out our Bolinao trip. :) By the way, would you mind if I request for Kuya Benjie's contact number? Wala kasi akong makita even sa mga blogs. Thanks! - Lileth Perez

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  3. Oops. Ayun, meron ka palang pinost. :)

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  4. Hi, the blog is very interesting! Btw, did you rent a room for overnight? Thank you!

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    1. Yes, sa Benjie's po kami nagstay.

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    2. Talaga, how much yung room po?. nagtxt kase ako sa number na binigay mo kanina lang, tanong ko if how much is the room for 10 persons, overnight. sabi, 4,500 for 10-15 pax bahay kubo.. kayo po ba magkano ang rate nung cottage niyo? balak namen 2 days and 1 night kase. gusto ko lang i-compare, para malaman namen if practical ba yung offer.

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    3. Chasing PhilippinesWednesday, April 23, 2014

      800 lang po yung kuha namin nung amin. Good for 4 persons so parang Php200 each lang.

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    4. really? that's incredibly good! haha bakit parang ang mahal ng offered rate samen,. hmm obviously it's not practical kung binigay nga sa inyo ng ganon kababa,. btw, thank you so much sa info. we'll have to reconsider kung san kame magii-stay., pero i wish dun nalang talaga, sabe kase dun yung may pinakamagandang beach front at kitang kita din naman sa pictures mo :),. kelangan ko i-practice mabuti ang haggling skills ko hahaha :) have a great experiences ahead. Chase the Philippines further! .. looking forward sa mga susunod mong blog posts ;) .. nakakainspire maging traveller promise!

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    5. Salamat po sa pagbabasa ng blogposts.

      Hmm... sana matuloy yung tri nyo. Marami pang cottages pr kubo dun sa hilera ng Benjie's. Kaya lang I dont know the names and contacts. Eh dahil Summer at Peak Season, hindi advisable ang pag walk-in dahil baka jampacked sila.

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  5. this is organized and detailed. thanks for the info. I hope sa mahal na araw hindi siksikan at aawan sa terminal papunta dun...hindi na rin ako makapagreserve in ticket ng maaga sakto 15 pa payday...

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  6. this is organized and detailed. thanks for the info. I hope sa mahal na araw hindi siksikan at aawan sa terminal papunta dun...hindi na rin ako makapagreserve in ticket ng maaga sakto 15 pa payday...

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  7. @catherine joy

    Enjoy po and ingat sa byahe! ;)

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  8. kailan po kayo ngpnta ng bolinao? kailan po ito?

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  9. thank you po sa organized blog... planning to go to bolinao this april. kso i wonder mgkano kaya ung rent sa benjie's cottage if mgrent kme this april ng weekdays. thank you :))

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  10. Hi, Thanks for this nice blog. ung ni-rent nyo po na kubo for 800, may tulugan po ba? and is it open? if so, pano ung mga gamit nyo? thanks

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  11. Hi,

    Para syang kwarto na gawa sa kawayan. Yes meron pong higaan, double deck na gawa sa kahoy. Meron po syang gate na kawayan. Meron po akong picture nung higaan sa benjie's. Pwede kong ipost sa instagram

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  12. Hi.

    You've noted to chase Bolinao on weekdays. Are the caves and the lighthouse open for tour on weekends as well? I'm currently planning a trip there in the next few weeks. And we're planning on going on a weekend. TIA.

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  13. Were planning to go there tomorrow. As in super walang plans. We just think of it now... so the room is 800 good for two nights? Thanks :)

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  14. Can I see the pictures of the room? Follow me in instagram @nikzjimenez thank you!

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  15. O my! Ganyan pala kaganda ang Patar or should I say Bolinao, I can't wait to be there na. :)

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  16. Hi. ok lang kaya magwalk in?plano namin pumunta dun next week.i texted the number pero walang nagrereply.same rate pa din kaya yung kubo.kasi sa site nila meron tig 2k.

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  17. Okay lang naman siguro magwalk in. Kaya lang, mas okay matawagan para sure na walang naka book. Ang nasa website nila is yes nasa 2k. Pero may nabasa kasi akong blog na php800 lang yung room so yun yung hiningi namin na room which is meron nga. 👍

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  18. Hello. We're planning to go in bolinao this nov. Ask ko po kung ung nirent nyo na room sa kuya benjie is nipa hut o ung sementado. Also, nagrent din po ba kayo ng ticycle para po makapunta sa ibat ibang places sa bolinao? Thanks po

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    1. Nipa hut po. Yes, nagrent kami ng tricycle to go to different places.

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  19. Chasing PhilippinesSaturday, November 15, 2014

    Hi,

    Nipa hut po.

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  20. hi. ano po ig name niyo? thanks. :)

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  21. Great blog! I plan on going here for my birthday. :) Would you happen to havethe contact number of the tricycle driver who drove you? It would be a great help. Thanks.

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  22. hi. ask ko lang po if may blog kayo para sa breakdown ng budget ? Like yung mga entrance fee sa cave? Or yung total damage po? We were planning to go there this feb.. thank you. ��

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  23. Hi, Mich. Punta kami sa Bolinao this weekend. I just want to ask kung okay ba visit ang 3 Bolinao Falls (1, 2 and Tara)? Or which is best so yun na lang ang puntahan namin? Magkakatabi lang ba sila? Thanks!

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  24. Hi,

    Okay din naman puntahan yung 3. Pero siguro kahit yung 2 and Tara na lang. Kasi hindi pwedeng liguan yung 1.

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  26. Hello! I am making my DIY itinerary for Bolinao, Pangasinan. I want to ask if the Rock Formation is in Rock View Beach Resort because the GoogleMaps keep pointing at Rock View Beach Resort. And we will travel with our own vehicles. Thank you!

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  27. Yes po. But there's really no need to stay in Rock View Beach Resort. You can go there by just paying the entrance fee.

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  28. Hi mich, ask ko lang if two persons lang ung magrerent ng trike, same pa rin ba ung price P1,500.00?

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    1. Hi,

      Yes same pa rin po yung rate ng trike. Kaya mas okay na imaximize yung capacity. :)

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  29. Hi.. do you have the contact # of the trike driver?

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  30. Sorry accidentally deleted the contact no of the tryk driver since I changed my phone. But if you are staying in Benjie's, you can ask them for a recommendation.

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  31. Hi po anong season/month magandang pumunta??

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    1. Nagpunta po kami dito bago pa magstart ang summer. Para walang tao. :)

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  32. hello. ngpareserve po ba kau or walked in? .balak nmin pmnta ng may30.

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  33. This blog is really helpful. Just wanna ask if you have an actual picture of the cottage you rented fo .your accomodation. And do benjies kubo and cottages have a cottage good for two persons? Thank you.

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    1. Yes po may pictures po ako. Nas IG po. :)

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  34. Hi! Doon po ba kay kuya benjie pede magtayo lang ng tent? Kasi 2person lang kame gusto kasi namin itry magstay ung tent. Thanks

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  35. Hi! Doon po ba kay kuya benjie pede magtayo lang ng tent? Kasi 2person lang kame gusto kasi namin itry magstay using tent. Thanks

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    1. Ang alam ko is pwede. Yung barkada ko nagovernight camp sila doon. Hindi ko nga lang alam kung magkano.

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    2. Malayo po ba ung cape light house sa place ni kuya benjie?

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  36. guys, punta kmi this may 30 - 31, bka gusto nyo sabay sabay nlng tayo 2 lang kami

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  37. May 30-31 din punta namin.. bbyahe kame last trip mamaya 2 lang din kame :)

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  38. Hi, do you have contact details of the owner of the cottage along Patar beach? Planning to reserve lodgings na for Aug 2015. Thanks! :)

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    1. Nakapost po sa blog sa taas yung contact details. :)

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  39. Your blog is amazing. planning to go there this month. Question lang. ung Trike ba roundtrip na yun or 1k per byahe?

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    1. Yung nakuha namin is para sa lahat na ng trip. :)

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  40. this blog helped me so much in planning our trip. we went here last November of 2014 for my birthday and now were coming back to this place tonight and im reading this blog again to plan our trip. thank you for sharing this.

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    1. You're always welcome. Enjoy your trip! :)

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  41. Hi po . Balak po nmn mag celeb. Ng aniv ng husbi ko dis Nov. sa bolinao . Maganda po ba talaga ang Benjies kubo&cottage ? May nabasa po kasi akong blog !! Super panget daw dun ! Mahal pa ,walang tubig at walang maayos na kama ect. Sana masagot nyo po agad !! Maraming salamat po !

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    1. It's a budget accommodation po so kung ganda po ang category is hindi sya papasa dun. :) It's a budget accommodation for budget travels for barkada. Kung anniversary nyo po, wag po kayo dun. You can try other resorts na medyo yamanin ang itsura. :)

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  42. Is it okay to rent cottage to Mr. Benjie pero we wont avail yung trip? I mean para may matulugan lang po pag nagpunta kami.

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  43. Is it okay to rent cottage to Mr. Benjie pero we wont avail yung trip? I mean para may matulugan lang po pag nagpunta kami.

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  44. Hi! We are planning to go in Bolinao this last week of December. Since not peak season, di naman na need mag-pareserve ng cottages nu? What would you suggest, Ma'am? Pwede po ba magdala kami ng tent and mag-camping?

    Thanks for this blog. Very helpful by the way. :)

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  45. Much better pa rin po to call and have a reservation para maging smooth ang trip. Yup pwede naman ang magdala ng tent.

    Salamat din for reading my blog. :)

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  46. Hello. Yung Benjie's kubo ba may accomodation for two persons only?? p200/pax ?

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    1. Ang alam ko po wala. Pwede rin naman kayo magtent if gusto nyo para mas mura. :)

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  47. Hi. Yimg benjies kubo po ba, e may mga rooms po na good for 2?and alm mo po ba kung mgkano? Thanks.

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  48. Hi. Yimg benjies kubo po ba, e may mga rooms po na good for 2?and alm mo po ba kung mgkano? Thanks.

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  49. Among the almost a hundred websites/blogs I've read about things to do in Pangasinan, this is the best of all. Thank you so so much for writing this. Rates may not apply today but it surely gave me clearer idea on what to do in Pangasinan.

    P.S.
    I love the detailed itinerary ��

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  50. Ang ganda naman po dito , sana makapunta kami :)

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  51. very informative...we'll be visiting Bolinao this April. we'll try to follow you're IT Ma'am and hope to have the best of Bolinao.. thank you for this blog.. :)

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  52. anyone planning to travel this coming weekend april 30 to may 1? 2 lang kami. thanks

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  53. anyone planning to travel this coming weekend april 30 to may 1? 2 lang kami. thanks

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  54. Hello po good for 2person na po ba ung P2028.00 na bayad?

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  55. Judging by the picture, napakaganda! Galing din ng post mo napakahelpful sa mga hindi pa nakakapunta ng Bolinao tulad ko :) Anyway, I am interviewing top pinoy travel bloggers and I found you. Are you open for an interview? Kindly let me know if you're interested, email is jacarandatravels@gmail.com thank you :)

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  56. Hello gaano po kalayo ung cafe bolinao lighthouse sa benjie kubo?

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  57. Hi. How much po entrance fee sa mga falls? And how much po overall damages?

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  58. What a really Nice Blog :) Sobrang dami kong sinearch at nabasa na ibang reference pero your blog is the best.. Nice Nice Kudos. Binasa ko na yung mga questions and replies mo po kaya wala na akong itatannong hehe.. okay na okay.. Medyo worry lang for the accomodation sa benjie's kubo and cottage since wala gaanong signal don. Sana lang wala bagyo this august. Thanks again. :)

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    1. Maraming salamat sa pagbabasa. :)
      Yes, wala talagang signal kaya medyo mahirap.
      Manalig tayo. Walang papasok na bagyo sa August. Tiwala lang. :)

      Enjoy your upcoming trip!

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  59. Greetings from Boracay Island!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Happy Travels!

    Dante C. Cruz

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  60. Wow! Very detailed. Thank you for this article!

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  61. Hi ask ko lang po kung saan kayo nag stay overnight

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