Photo tour group in Kiltepan Viewpoint Sagada
Photo tour group in Kiltepan Viewpoint Sagada

June is always an exciting time as I get to join and become a part-time guide to a Jim Cline Photography Tour in the Philippines conducted by international photographer Karl Grobl. It’s nice to know that the Philippines is gaining ground as an international photo tour destination. They were telling me it was unexpected that the Philippines Tour was filling up fast. And this year we had a full house so it was an exciting 6-day North Luzon leg from Vigan to Sagada (via Cervantes) then to Baguio and Manila. It’s great to be with different photographers and see their photographic styles and vision.

The Malinta Tunnel in Corregidor
The Malinta Tunnel in Corregidor

Tunnel Through Corregidor

Despite being in Corregidor several times, it’s always an interesting to visit. This time, Columbia Sportswear Philippines spearheaded a tour to try out their new Omni-Freeze Tech so we got around wearing shirts, sweating it out to see how effective the technology is. But the best part of the tour is I get to experience going through the Malinta Tunnel Laterals which is often offered only to overnight guests in the island.

World's Smallest Book in Marikina Book Museum
World’s Smallest Book in Marikina Book Museum

Marikina Museums

Have you seen the “World’s Smallest Book”? Well that was one thing that piqued my curiosity about the Book Museum in Marikina. Owned by Atty Dominador Buhain, co-owner of REX Bookstore, the two-story museum with an eye-catching façade holds a collection of literature he collected throughout his travels. Alongside the museum is an impressive collection of tribal artefacts in the Ethnology Museum. The Marikina Book Museum and Ethnology Museum is worth a stop when in the area.

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Ferdz Decena is an award-winning travel photographer, writer and blogger. His works has found print in publications such as Singapore Airlines’s Silver Kris, Philippine Airlines’ Mabuhay, Cebu Pacific’s Smile and Seair InFlight. He has also lent his expertise to various organizations like the Oceana Philippines, Lopez Group Foundation, Save the Children and World Vision, contributing quality images for their marketing materials.

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