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    Looking Back at 2008 and Preview of 2009

    Another year has passed, another has just began, also to celebrate the first anniversary of Tutubi Patrol morphing into Backpacking Philippines and Asia

    Where has Tutubi been in 2008?

    the 12th International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta in Clark, Pampanga
    Bicol: Daet and the captivating Calaguas Island
    Nueva Ecija, Nueva Vizcaya and Isabela
    Lucena City, Quezon
    Lipa City, Batangas
    Aurora, Zamboanga del Sur
    Ozamiz City, Misamis Occidental
    Leyte: Tacloban and Ormoc
    Samar: Basey and Marabut

    Hot Air Balloon Festival at Clark Field

    Boracay Kitesurfing in Bulabog Beach

    a surfing student on Bagasbas Beach in Daet, Camarines Norte

    Of all the places he's been to in 2008, Tutubi personally picks Calaguas Island, not Boracay, as his favorite and most memorable.

    the unspoilt beach of Calaguas Island...powdery white sand that's not hot on your's paradise without the crowd

    To show an updated map of his wanderings around the Philippines:

    My Lakbayan grade is B!

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

    Created by Eugene Villar.

    Where will Tutubi find himself in in 2009?

    Most probably:

    The place of exile of Jose Rizal in Northwestern Mindanao
    Beach resort in Zamboanga del Norte
    The home island of the Philippine Benevolent Missionaries of the Philippines
    A "forest town" in Bicol Peninsula
    The touristy beach of Mindoro where Spanish galleons plying the Manila-Acapulco route used to find shelter

    Tutubi's first sojourn outside Asia may materialize in a few months.

    re-visit the Queen City of the South, a few highly-urbanized cities in Calabarzon, Eastern Visayas and Caraga region, the City of Smiles and home of Masskara Festival, Heritage City and home of Dinagyang Festival, the town of the hanging coffins and lastly, UNESCO World Heritage site as a Continuing Cultural Landscape plus many more, probably unplanned travels!

    Expect a higher Lakbayan Grade rating at the end of 2009 and someday reach Tutubi's ultimate goal of exploring the Philippines...

    Mula Batanes hanggang Tawi-tawi!


    posted by backpacking philippines @ 3:08 PM,


    At Jan 3, 2009, 11:25:00 PM, Blogger the donG said...

    wow! i too am eager to see calaguas. but im planning to go to cagbalete this year. maybe calaguas if time permits.

    dami dami mo rin talagang napupuntahan. may plano ka bang pumunta ng basilan?

    At Jan 4, 2009, 10:26:00 AM, Blogger backpacking philippines said...

    the dong, calaguas is really, really beautiful, hope to return there someday or visit similar unspoilt beaches "hidden" somewhere. i also plan to visit basilan, but probably if peace is at hand...the ultimate goal is to visit Mula Batanes hanggang Tawi-tawi :P

    At Jan 4, 2009, 11:16:00 AM, Blogger Kyels said...

    Happy New Year pare!

    May all the best come to you this year!


    At Jan 4, 2009, 1:07:00 PM, Anonymous bw said...

    wow .. that was a busy 2008 for you :) Your 2009 schedule looks equally challenging more so with your planned trip outside Asia ! Look forward to your travel accounts for 2009 :)

    At Jan 4, 2009, 3:35:00 PM, Blogger Sandradb said...

    First of all - Happy New Year! Thank you for your visit - I must say your site is fantastic! Pictures are great!

    At Jan 4, 2009, 9:47:00 PM, Anonymous Ferdz said...

    Seems like an exciting new year for you!

    Sayo ba yung nakita kong photos ng ozamiz sa bagong Cebu Smile :D

    Happy new year Tito! Have more blessings and adventures in 2009!

    At Jan 4, 2009, 11:28:00 PM, Anonymous kikomeister said...

    a trip to sablayan in occidental mindoro is a must. lemme know if you need info on where to go and what to do should you go there.

    At Jan 5, 2009, 9:15:00 AM, Blogger acey said...

    wow, you got a B!!! ALMOST THERE, TUTUBI!!! (^__^) thanks for taking me on your adventures with this blog, happy new year!

    At Jan 5, 2009, 10:11:00 AM, Blogger Mitz said...

    there's a beach in zamboanga na pinkish daw yung sand. you need to have a police escort to go there. is that what you wanted to visit?

    happy new year tutubi!! hope 2009 will bring in more travel for you. :)

    At Jan 5, 2009, 10:40:00 AM, Blogger Photo Cache said...

    Good luck on your travels this year. Just take us along with your postings. Happy New Year. Best of luck.

    At Jan 5, 2009, 5:16:00 PM, Blogger lagal[og] said...

    ei bro, have a blessings- and travel-filled year ahead :)

    At Jan 5, 2009, 6:08:00 PM, Blogger jasperjugan said...

    you had a good year 2008! do you have a list of your 2009 escapades? :)

    At Jan 6, 2009, 11:28:00 AM, Blogger palma tayona said...

    happy new year tutubi!! :-)

    At Jan 7, 2009, 1:53:00 AM, Blogger carlotta said...

    here's to more travels for you this year tutubi! happy new year!

    At Jan 7, 2009, 5:35:00 AM, Blogger mimi said...

    wow grade B!


    At Jan 15, 2009, 9:07:00 PM, Anonymous freeze said...

    wow! nakakahawa yong pagka wanderlust ninyo :D


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