Five Reasons Why You should visit Maligcong Now

Morning view atop Mt Kupapey
Morning view atop Mt Kupapey

The Cordilleras have many charming towns and villages nestled along hilly slopes high up the mountains amidst verdant forests. I simply enjoy just riding a public bus in the north, the ordinary non-airconditioned ones as the air passing through the window is fresh and cool enough for comfort. Often than not, country music blares through the speakers. As some Dolly Parton or Garth Brooks belt out some narrative tunes, I marvel at the passing scenery on the winding mountain road. Houses by the ridges, rice terraces, mountain gradients, and the thin mist or passing clouds lingering until they dissipate early in the morning. I am heading back to Maligcong, a village in Bontoc that’s slowly getting some curious look from Sagada and Banaue-bound travellers. Aside from being a side-trip, they are beginning to be a destination of their own. Here’s a few good reason why you should visit Maligcong now.

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Photo Tour | Batanes Travel Photography May 2015

Backpack Photograhy Batanes
Backpack Photograhy Batanes

 

It’s that time of the year again as we share our love for Batanes! Announcing our Batanes Travel Photography this May 22-25,  2015. 

Experience Batanes in a new light. Be there when the landscapes unravel at sunrise. Marvel at the changing nuances of light at sundown. Venture to the wilder coasts of Sabtang Island. Be captivated by Batanes the Backpack Photography way.

Read more for the inclusions:

  • Roundtrip Airfare (Guaranteed Capacity)
  • 4D/3N Accommodations (triple/quad- sharing options)
  • Boat and inland tour transport
  • Full board meals
  • Registration fees
  • Tour guide
  • Travel insurance
  • Certificates

For more details head on to Backpack Photography page.

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A Year in Travels June 2013 | North Luzon Photo Tour and a Humble Book Museum

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.

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El Nido Photo Tour January 2014 Festival Edition

Backpack Photography El Nido
Backpack Photography El Nido Photo Tour

It’s time to share what I love about Palawan and El Nido is definitely one of the reasons why it’s one of my top favorite in the country. To kickstart 2014, Backpack Photography will hold an El Nido Photo Tour, to make it more interesting, we’re coinciding the photo tour in time for the Ati-atihan festival, but this time on a little known town of Barotuan. It’s an added photo opportunity to participants who would not only enjoy the sights but the culture as well. Read on for the details.

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Photo Tour Notes from Vigan, Sagada and Baguio

Clouds rolling in at the Kiltepan Valley in Sagada
Clouds rolling in at the Kiltepan Valley in Sagada

It’s the 3rd year for Jim Cline’s Photo Tour in the Philippines headed by none other than Karl Grobl himself. I was told that they were quite surprised that the tour filled up unexpectedly. I guess many foreigners are really interested in the Philippines lately. We had a full house this time. A French, an Australian, a few from England and the rest from the USA. Their 2-week journey in the Philippines started the first week of June. I stepped in at the 4th of June to for a 6-day guiding and photography assistance to 10 enthusiastic participants while exploring the historic streets of Ilocos and the breathtaking landscapes of Sagada, Mountain Province.

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Backpack Photography 101 in Corregidor

Photography 101 in Corregidor
Photography 101 in Corregidor

For me Photography is like learning how to ride a bike or driving, once you learn the basics, it should be second nature to you in order for you to speed away and shoot. We invite you to learn the fundamentals in photography and apply them on a weekend in Corregidor Island for Backpack Photography 101. Learn about history while you learn about photography. Explore the Rock while you explore your photographic talents. See Corregidor in a new light.

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