Travel Photo of the Week 22

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Ah, the pine trees of Dahilayan, a barangay in the province of Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon remind me of the pine trees in Baguio City. In fact, I would say that the place can be counted as the Baguio City of Mindanao. The photo above was taken during a trip to Bukidnon last May when ย I was invited for a speaking engagement there. It was a nice bonus to get to explore Dahilayan (or at least parts of it) for the first time ๐Ÿ™‚ Stay tuned for a post about my trip there soon.

Note: This is our last entry for our Travel Photo of the Week. Beginning next month, we will only be publishing Travel Photo of the Month.

More on Ocean Bloom Boutique Resort

As I have written in my previous post, the family decided to spend Nanay’s 78th birthday by the beach and the choice that sunny 2nd day of June was Ocean Bloom Boutique Resort in Purok 4, Manapa, Buenavista (Agusan del Norte) which is about 45 minutes from Butuan.

As promised in my earlier post, I will feature here some more photos I took from the resort as well as some more helpful information.

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The main villa as seen above has available air conditioned rooms.

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Should you prefer to stay near the beach area, there are Bamboo houses for rent which can accommodate up to 10 people. There are beds with mattresses inside. There is also a sink or washing area inside.

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The shower area and rest room for the bamboo house is located just outside which is exclusive for your use.

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Side view of the Santorini. This building faces the beach area and has several rooms for accommodation. The rooms are fully air conditioned with refrigerator and hot and cold shower. The rooms are either good for 3 or 4 persons. Note that there is rooftop area of the Santorini which can be rented for events ๐Ÿ™‚

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Front view of a room in the Santorini. I just realized I did not take a full photo of the front view of the building. It was really hot at that time and I was seeking some shade while taking the photos ๐Ÿ™‚

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The two photos above were taken while I was on the roof top area of the Santorini. The nipa cottages by the beach is good for 10 persons, cozy to use for a meal together with the family or your group of friends.

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Topmost photo shows the Courtyard which accommodates up to 4 persons per room. Rooms with fan as well as with air condition are available in the courtyard. There are common restrooms and shower areas, one area for men (two restrooms, two showers) and for women (same number of restrooms, shower areas as with men).

My hubby and I hope to check out the place again perhaps in our coming anniversary ๐Ÿ™‚

For more some more info and photos of the resort, you can check my earlier post. For room rates and other queries, you may contact their resort manager,ย LIGAYA with mobile number 0918-4490932.

Visiting Oceam Bloom Resort on Nanay’s Birthday

Our beloved Nanay Felicia (my hubby Daryl’s mother) turned 78 years old last June 2. The family decided that it was time to celebrate it on the beach.

Despite the apparently merciless sun, we were all excited to get out of the house and from our usual routines. Even our dog, Smoothy, seemed excited to go with us ๐Ÿ™‚

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Picture time ๐Ÿ™‚
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One more pose. Oh, but where’s Nanay? ๐Ÿ˜‰

I was really pleased that Juliet (Daryl’s sister) and her daughter Danica chose Ocean Bloom Boutique Resort right in the heart of Manapa in Buenavista, Agusan del Norte as the venue for our simple celebration of Nanay’s big day ๐Ÿ™‚ Manapa, Buenavista is only about 45 minutes from Butuan City, our place of residence.

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Juliet blooming among the blooms ๐Ÿ˜‰

This much I have to say: I have been visiting Manapa since I relocated to Butuan in 2007 and I had always wished someone would have the vision to build a nice resort there. Thankfully, the owners of Ocean Bloom got that vision and here we were on Nanay’s birthday enjoying our family time together in the resort.

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The resort’s main villa has available rooms and a conference area.
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Juliet in the lanai area.
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Chess, anyone?

The beach area was clean and gated. The rest rooms and shower area had a good supply of water and there’s a neat washing and cooking/grilling area ๐Ÿ™‚ See photos below:

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Portion of the beach area.
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Left: restroom, shower rooms. Right: washing, grilling area.

The area below can also be used for your open-air events like parties and weddings. I thought it looked really pretty so I could not resist having a photo taken of me there ๐Ÿ™‚

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As of June 2016, entrance fee inclusive of “nipa” cottage use is P600 good for 10 persons.ย Ocean Bloom also has more accommodation for rent should you prefer to stay overnight. Check out my 2nd blog post for more information and photos of their accommodation.ย You may also contact their resort manager Ligayaย with mobile number 0918-4490932.