Flights to Tagbilaran, Bohol from Cebu, Cagayan de Oro, Davao and Korea

Although my husband and I are now based in Mindanao, we regularly go home to Bohol.

On my side of the family, our ancestral house is right there in Tagbilaran. Aside from my brothers and their families living in the City, my relatives from both my father’s and mother’s side are based in Bohol, mostly living in Tagbilaran, Valencia and Balilihan. My husband, on the other hand, also has relatives there from both his father’s and mother’s side. In fact, while I was growing up in Tagbilaran, my husband was growing up in Dimiao. But we only met each other in Mindanao, in Butuan City when we were both working already.

Our usual option in traveling to Bohol is flying to Cebu and then taking a fast craft to Tagbilaran. We have also tried sailing by boat from Nasipit to Jagna and then traveling by private car or bus to our house in Tagbilaran or to my husband’s place in Dimiao. It is good news for us then when there are more options to travel to Bohol 🙂

Bohol is known worldwide for its beautiful beaches, bountiful seas.

Beginning this year, flights have been made available from Cebu to Tagbilaran. I must say, however, that back in the 1980’s, there were flights on the same route but ultimately stopped as I think the preference then was really just to travel by boat. And even if it meant traveling by slow boat for 4 hours as the fast craft was not yet available then (they were introduced in the 1990’s). Aside from taking the slow boat back then as a kid, I remember taking a flight with my mother to Cebu from Tagbilaran. When I studied and worked in Cebu, aside from taking the slow boat, I eventually enjoyed taking the fast craft when it was introduced to Tagbilaran and Cebu waters.

Here are the available flights as of today, October 2017, Cebu-Tagbilaran flights  are via Air Juan Aviation and Philippine Airlines PAL):

Air Juan Aviation 2022
Departure: 8:30 am
Arrival: 8:50 am
Daily flights

Air Juan Aviation 2026
Departure: 11:50 am
Arrival: 12:10 pm
Tuesdays and Fridays only

Air Juan Aviation 2028
Departure: 3:40 pm
Arrival: 4:00 pm
Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday

Philippine Airlines 2873
Departure: 3:30 pm
Arrival: 4:00 am
Daily flights

Return flights Tagbilaran-Cebu:

Air Juan Aviation 2023
Departure: 9:10 am
Arrival: 9:30 am
Daily flights

Air Juan Aviation 2029
Departure: 4:20 pm
Arrival: 4:40 pm
Daily Flights

Philippine Airlines 2874
Departure: 6:55 am
Arrival: 7:20 am
Daily flights

While there are regular boat schedules from Cagayan de Oro to Tagbilaran and back, there are now also flights from CDO (CGY) to Tagbilaran, via Cebu Pacific:

Cebgo (Cebu Pacific) 6784
Departure: 12:55 pm
Arrival: 1:50 pm
Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday

Return flights Tagbilaran to Cagayan de Oro:

Cebgo 6785
Departure: 2:10 pm
Arrival: 3:05 pm
Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday

Map of Bohol with Tagbilaran highlighted
Photo credit: Mike Gonzalez – Wikipedia

And the latest addition of flights to Tagbilaran are flights from Davao City to Tagbilaran City via PAL set to begin November 1, 2017. Once the exact flight times are available, they will be added here.

I must also include here that there are now flights from Tagbilaran to Seoul (Incheon), Korea via PAL:  

PAL Express 2482
Departure: 5:05 pm
Arrival: 11:00 pm
Daily flights

Return flights Seoul (Incheon) to Tagbilaran:

PAL Express 2483
Departure: 2:45 am
Arrival: 6:15 am
Daily flights

You can book find more details and book your flights through the airline websites:

Air Juan Aviation: http://www.airjuan.com/
Cebu Pacific: https://www.cebupacificair.com/
PAL: https://www.philippineairlines.com/en/ph/home

Have an enjoyable and safe travel!

My Most Traveled Year (So Far)

Even as I write this post, I can hear Christmas music being played in our neighbor’s house, just across the street. Being reminded that December is near also reminds me that the end of 2017 is also just around the corner. This has also made me think about the trips I have done this year.

Well, it turns out that I have only done one trip this year! By a trip, I mean taking a plane or a boat to travel away from our city. I did not include driving trips that took less than hour from our place. On the other hand, I looked back to 2016 and realized I actually made a total of 6 trips that year! In fact, it would be more than 6 trips if we consider the connecting flights/boat travel that I also had to go through to reach these 6 destinations. Three of my travel destinations in 2016 were new ones for me, two within the Philippines and one abroad.

Count it memory gaps 🙂 but until today I was thinking that 2014 was my most traveled year but it turns out that I made 5 trips for that year. So overall, 2016 is the winner 🙂

Here’s what my 2016 travel itinerary looked like:

February – I was in Bohol for about a week. I run a training focusing on Cultural Anthropology and then spent a few days with my family in Bohol. My two brothers and their families are based there. I also had a really fun time swimming in the pool of my late Uncle’s home together with my nephew during this trip. It turned out that this was my 2nd to the last time of seeing my uncle as he passed away this year.

My trip to Bohol required that I fly to Cebu first (Butuan-Cebu) and then I took a fastcraft from Cebu to Tagbilaran. I also spent a couple of days in Cebu.

Working with this view 😊 Thank you, Lord #Bohol

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May – I finally got the chance to travel to Bukidnon for the 1st time 🙂  I was asked to help facilitate a training there for LGUs. Bukidnon, I would say, is the equivalent of Baguio in Mindanao. The temperature was much cooler there. Aside from the pineapple plantation there and of course, Dahilayan, I would also remember the clean and green surroundings.

Loving nature & the cool weather in Dahilayan, Bukidnon 😄 #dahilayan #breaktime

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July – My sister based in the US decided to visit our home province, Bohol, and my husband and I decided to go home and spend time with her and the family. Together with my other siblings, we checked in at Dumaluan Beach Resort. It was also nostalgic when we met the resort owner who had served as mayor in Panglao for several years. Our families had been neighbors when we were kids and my older siblings were his friends and playmates along with his other siblings. This trip also meant my passing by Cebu.

October – I was invited again to hold a training on Cultural Anthropology this time in Kalibo, Aklan. This was my 1st time to Kalibo and it made me discover that Kalibo is one key gateway to Boracay 🙂  And so after the training, I traveled to Boracay 🙂 To get to Boracay from Kalibo, you can take a bus or a van. I opted for a van. The last time I was in Boracay was about a decade or so already! So obviously, there were changes 🙂 It’s still a beautiful place. I had to pass by Cebu again to fly out to Kalibo.

But my trip in October did not end with Kalibo or Cebu. My husband and I also traveled to New Zealand in October 🙂  Our travel there meant we also had to fly to Manila and then to Bangkok, Thailand first. Our stopover in Thailand gave us the opportunity to still go around Bangkok. In New Zealand, we attended a leadership gathering of leaders and pastors upon invitation by a church there. An added bonus for this trip is that we also got to spend our 7th wedding anniversary there 🙂 We left Butuan on the 26th (for Manila-Bangkok-Auckland) and got back home on November 9. New Zealand is my first travel destination outside of Asia.

Amazing Akaroa #NewZealand

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November – Just when I thought my travel schedule was winding down, it turned out that I had one more trip to Kalibo, Aklan again 🙂 I was asked to run again another training, this time on Resource Development. I just explored some parts of the city on this trip. There was a typhoon during the week that I was there, just when I was about to finish the training. My flight back to Cebu was even delayed because of the bad weather. But thank God, I was able to fly home safely together with some friends from the training course. I was back in Butuan in one piece soon after 🙂

My initial plan is that I might take up graduate studies next year. So that might mean less travel time for me. But we’ll see how it goes. I might have just one more travel to do before 2017 ends but it is pretty clear that this year is more of a restful year for me, for us than 2016. All in all, I am thankful to God for all the travel opportunities that have been given to me not just in 2016 or 2017 but for all the past years as well 🙂

They Call It Calea

A Bacolodnon told me: “Your experience of Bacolod would not be complete without trying Calea.” And so together with a couple of friends, I checked out the place while I was on a trip to Bacolod.

Sure enough, the cakes at Calea Pastries and Cake were pleasing to the taste 🙂  Here are a couple of the cakes I tried:

And yes, I would say the Calea mudpie is a best-seller for a reason 🙂

Here are some of their cakes on display:

Calea’s ambiance is quite cozy.

I heard that their shop which I visited near L’Fisher hotel in Lacson street is undergoing renovation. I think that’s good news. A bigger place and better customer service would be appreciated by its customers. Last time I checked this is how the place looked like:

Bacolod is known for its sweet delicacies like the Piaya but cake products like those available in Calea can rival them and can be your choice of pasalubong as you leave the City of Smiles.

Travelling to Music Festivals in 2017

Do you like going to concerts  or music festivals?

While I like going to concerts, I have not yet taken one step forward that others would do — travel to another city or even country just to enjoy the live music of their favorite artists in a concert or in a music festival. Speaking of music festivals, here are some which are scheduled to run this year:

    • Exit in Novi Sad, Serbia.  If you’re into electronic, hiphop, punk, metal, reggae and rock music, then this can be the festival for you. Organized yearly since 2000, it is scheduled to run July 6-19, 2017.
    • Tomorrowland in Boom, Belgium. If dancing and electronic music is your thing, then you might enjoy this July 21-30 festival. It would be likely that electronic music DJ’s taking the stage will be geared with the best headphones, hdj might even be their choice for the night.
    •  Splendour in the Grass in Byron Bay, Australia. The “land down under” also has its own music festival which will run this coming July 21-23. This annual event has been held since 2001 and features alternative, electronic, hip hop and indie rock music. 
  • Fuji Rock in Yuzawa, Niigata Perfecture, Japan. Reportedly one of the largest music festivals not just in Asia but the world, this will fill the air with rock and electronic music on July 28-30.
  • Rock in Rio, Brazil. This music festival traces its first one back in 1985. Other than in Brazil, it has also been held in different locations including in Portugal, Spain and the USA. This year, it is set on September 15-17 and 21-24 in Rio.

So how about you, would you be travelling for a concert or music festival this year?