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    How Much of the Philippines has Tutubi Visited?

    Tutubi used to have a map of the Philippines with the places he was able to visit marked with pushpins; it's some sort of bragging right to friends where he's been to so many places already.

    His plan to get a similar map to post here was preempted by this cool work by Eugene Villar; that's the idea he has in mind

    The Places in the Philippines Explored/Visited by Tutubi:

    My Lakbayan grade is B!

    How much of the Philippines have you visited? Find out at Lakbayan!

    Created by Eugene Villar.

    Some of the places marked here still have yet to see the light in this blog. Trying to catch up by accelerating posting velocity somehow but always constrained by time.

    Note that this is still not objective since not all travelers are the same. Most are "usual" tourists, some travel plainly for business, some claim they lived somewhere but didn't really get to explore the place, while a handful are true explorers with the audacity to boldly go where few men had gone before!

    For those looking for travel buddies, tips, and trips, try subscribing to Explore Philippines YahooGroups by clicking the Join button displayed here or by sending a blank email message to THIS address. (This email group is co-moderated by tutubi and Ferdz, the blogger extraordinaire behind Ironwulf, Sabine and Manny)

    Didn't you notice that Tutubi has never been to the top tourist destination and most visited place in these Philippine islands: Boracay? :)

    List of places (Still incomplete, please click the Categories on the right navigation pane)

    Ilocos Norte (Pagudpud, Laoag)
    Ilocos Sur (Vigan)
    Benguet (Baguio City, Trinidad)
    Ifugao (Banaue)
    Mountain Province (Sagada, Bontoc)
    Pangasinan (Dagupan City, Calasiao, Alaminos City, Hundred Islands)
    Tarlac (Tarlac, Camiling)
    Zambales (Candelaria, Subic, Olongapo, San Antonio, Potipot Island, Capones Island, Palauig)
    Nueva Ecija (San Isidro, Cabiao, Cabanatuan City)
    Laguna (Sta. Maria, Mabitac, Famy, Siniloan, Pangil, Pakil, Paete, Kalayaan, Lumban, Pagsanjan, Sta. Cruz, Victoria, Pila, Cavinti, Luisiana, Nagcarlan, Rizal, Majayjay, Liliw, Magdalena, Alaminos, San Pablo City, Los Banos, Calamba City, San Pedro, Binan, Sta. Rosa, Cabuyao)
    Batangas (Lipa City, Tanauan, Batangas City, Nasugbu, Ibaan, Sto. Tomas, San Juan)
    Cavite (Bacoor, Gen. Trias, Silang, Tagaytay City, Imus, Dasmarinas)
    Bulacan (San Miguel, Sta. Maria, Bustos, Marilao, Baliwag)
    Pampanga (San Fernando, Mexico, Clark, Angeles City)
    Quezon (Sariaya, Lucban, Tayabas, Sampaloc, Lucena City)
    Camarines Norte (Daet)
    Camarines Sur (Naga City)
    Albay (Legazpi City, Daraga)
    Sorsogon (Donsol)
    Cebu (Mactan, Mandaue City, Cebu City, Carcar, Badian, Moalboal)
    Bohol (Tagbilaran, Panglao, Tubigon, Bilar, Chocolate Hills, Loboc, Balicasag Island)
    Aklan (Kalibo, Roxas City, New Washington)
    Iloilo City
    Dumaguete City
    Negros (Bacolod City)
    Cagayan de Oro (CDO)
    Butuan City
    Misamis Oriental (Balingoan)
    Bukidnon (Malaybalay, Quezon, Impalutao)
    Agusan del Norte (Butuan City)
    Gen. Santos City
    Davao City,
    Saranggani (Maitum)
    Zamboanga City
    Digos City
    Island Garden City of Samal (IGACOS)

    UPDATED: March 6, 2008


    posted by backpacking philippines @ 9:47 PM,


    At Jun 21, 2007, 6:30:00 PM, Anonymous kyels said...

    I've yet to cover the whole of Philippines but I am planning to do that after I graduate from university. I can't wait!


    At Jun 21, 2007, 9:37:00 PM, Blogger Photo Cache said...

    b- or not that is very impressive. glad exploration of the beauty and charms of pi is made by locals. btw, what is the diff between the light and dark blue markings?

    At Jun 21, 2007, 10:37:00 PM, Anonymous Eugene said...

    Hi tutubi! I'm glad you enjoyed trying out Lakbayan.

    Well, I did aim for Lakbayan to appeal to the broadest type of audience so the "usual" tourist spots are highlighted. This means that it won't completely serve the aims of hard core explorers like you guys.

    Don't let Lakbayan dissuade you from posting your own map online. I'd be glad to see where the actual pushpins are located. :-)

    At Jun 21, 2007, 10:44:00 PM, Blogger .b.a.r.o.k. said...

    yahoo!!! a+ ako! but still, there's too much to see in the philippines... sayang, we have such little time to explore 7,100 islands. sana, yumaman tayong lahat para libutin lang natin ng libutin ang pilipinas. hehehehe!

    by the way, the holy week site is now
    but then, up to now, di pa rin ako finished mag-update. hehehehe!

    At Jun 22, 2007, 5:50:00 AM, Blogger carlotta said...

    marami ka na rin palang napuntahan. =)

    At Jun 22, 2007, 10:48:00 AM, Anonymous estan said...

    B- is already good pre. not that many filipinos have really toured the country. what is cool about this tool is that you can keep track of those that still has to be visited.

    in my case, i should gun for an A+!

    At Jun 22, 2007, 11:16:00 AM, Blogger Wil said...

    My Lakbayan grade would probably be a D. I've only been to Luzon. So you're not a fan of Boracay?

    At Jun 22, 2007, 1:43:00 PM, Blogger aryo said...

    WoW! I've always wanted to see much of the Philippines but my busy schedules just would not allow me.

    At Jun 23, 2007, 4:01:00 PM, Blogger watson said...

    You have been to a lot of places!

    boracay is one of our favorite places kasi it was where we had our honeymoon... and also the very fine white sand beach is unforgettable. Kaya lang Tutubi, kapag pupunta ka dun, hwag during peak season kasi ang mahal!

    At Jun 25, 2007, 6:20:00 PM, Anonymous rhodyl said...

    hehehe.. ok yan ahhhh ...

    At Jun 26, 2007, 9:13:00 AM, Anonymous bw said...

    Wow - you have done a lot of travelling !

    At Jun 27, 2007, 2:35:00 AM, Anonymous SexyMom said...

    am afraid to take the lakbayan test--i will definitely flunk! but for asia, i guess i will get a better grade.

    At Jun 29, 2007, 12:11:00 AM, Blogger Linguist-in-Waiting said...

    Ha! I took the test, I got a D. Just shows how shallow my traveling experience is in the country of origin.

    Anyway, you were right in answering Morocco and Turkey, those were two of the sites I've posted. But Iran is not one of them.

    At Jun 29, 2007, 1:14:00 PM, Anonymous sasha said...

    Grabe dami mo ng napuntahan. Next year, hintay lang ang Pinas hehehe

    Happy Friday, tutubi :)

    At Jul 3, 2007, 2:14:00 PM, Blogger aryo said...

    he he. parehas lang pala tayo ng grade. more lakwatsa pa talaga!

    At Jul 4, 2007, 10:13:00 PM, Blogger freeze said...

    Thanks for dropping by Tutubi.

    I took this test, C traveller ako. and even if I've gone to my wishlist, C traveller pa rin. hehe

    Hope to get to travel as much you have.


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