Bohol and Cebu Earthquake Saddens Previous Visitors

The recent Bohol and Cebu earthquake not only devastated these two provinces but also the whole country. It not only brought damage to Cebu and Bohol but also stunned the travel loving Filipinos who visited those places before. Cebu and Bohol are some of the top crowd drawer in the Visayas. The two provinces is just about 2 hours away from each other so when a tourist visits one province it is almost necessary to visit the other. As a traveler, one can’t help but feel affected by this tragedy. You’ll feel a special connection with these places. You’ll remember the beautiful places you have visited, the smiling faces that greeted you and the warm hospitality that made you feel at home. Every traveler has a story to tell of their adventures in these beautiful provinces and it is really painful to see all the destruction the earthquake caused not only to the wonderful tourists spots but also the suffering it caused to the people.

I’ve been to both provinces last November 2010 and I promised myself that I would go back to visit the other sites that I wasn’t able to explore last time because of the lack of time. I’m actually going back to Cebu with my family this December and it would be heartbreaking to see the damage caused by the earthquake. Cebu is especially close to my heart since I spent a portion of my childhood (babyhood) there since our family used to live there.

The hardest hit by the quake was the province of Bohol which was also the epicenter of the magintude 7.2 earthquake. I’ve been wanting to visit all the other beautiful churches of Bohol since I was only able to visit the Baclayon Church before. Sadly, most of the centuries old churches are now badly damaged, if not totally ruined. Some of the wonderful Chocolate Hills were also damaged. Even the viewing deck, which provides a beautiful view of the Choclate Hills, has totally collapsed.

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Cebu – Bohol souvenir that I made
Me with the amazingly beatiful chocolate hills in the background
Me with the amazingly beautiful chocolate hills in the background
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Viewing deck – Chocolate Hills, Bohol
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Our team in the viewing deck – Chocolate Hills, Bohol
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The damage caused by the earthquake to the Chocolate Hills viewing deck. Photo from Robert Michael Poole
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Inside the Sto. Nino Basilica. I regret being too tired to take a good photo 🙁 I hope to be able to enter this again this December.
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Inside Baclayon Church
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Centuries old Altar – Baclayon Church
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Inside Baclayon Church Museum. No flash photography allowed.
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Photo circulating in Facebook shows the Before and After photos of the Churches in Bohol

I deeply regret my under appreciation of these once glorious National Cultural Treasures. I was only able to visit Baclayon Church and Sto. Niño Basilica but wasn’t able to get some decent shots of the whole church. We also just passed by Loboc Church and didn’t bother to get inside because of the limited time. Oh yes, regrets again 🙁

This is just sad. I hope that the Boholanos and Cebuanos would be able to bounce back from this tragedy soon. I hope this experience with the Bohol and Cebu earthquake would bring necessary improvement to the Philippines disaster management.

Trinoma Clark Airport Lounge

There’s an easier and more convenient way now to get to go to Clark Airport (Diosdado Macapagal International Aiport) with the Trinoma Clark Airport Lounge.

This is a welcome development since I’ve had a pretty rough experience when I went I used the Clark Airport to go to Boracay last April 2012. My flight was really early at that time, 7am. I researched and can’t find an available bus that would take me to Clark Airport that early. (There were non-airconditioned bus in the south of Metro Manilathat ply the route but I live in the north and it is really not practical to go there at 3am.) I need to leave for the airport at about 3am just to get there in time for the 5am check-in procedures. So, I just pleaded to my dad to drive to Clark Airport 🙂 But, I can’t do it every time I have to fly via Clark Airport that’s why this is a really good news.

Here’s the leaflet that they gave away to promote the Trinoma Clark Airport Lounge.

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Trinoma Clark Airport Lounge Front
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Trinoma Clark Airport Lounge Back

I guess you should just use the phone number (+63-2-621-3673) when inquiring rather than using the www.clarkairport.com since not all the links work (sadly, just like every government website).

The Trinoma Clark Lounge is located on the ground floor of Trinoma just beside Mercury Drug facing North Avenue. It has seats available good for a lot of passengers and fully air-conditioned. There’s also a receptionist and security guard. There’s also the option to leave your luggage in the lounge and just stroll inside the mall instead of just waiting in the lounge.

Ticket Price is just P200 one way.

The Daily Bus Schedule is as follows:
From Trinoma To Clark Airport
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  • 3:00 AM
  • 6:00 AM
  • 8:00 AM
  • 12:30 PM
  • 3:00 PM

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From Clark Airport to Trinoma
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  • 1:30 AM
  • 5:00 AM
  • 9:00 AM
  • 12:30 PM
  • 2:30 PM
  • 5:30 PM[/unordered_list]

Remember to call them first about the schedule since this might have already changed. They also don’t do ticket reservations. You can just come on the day itself. But again, inquire from them about this again just to be sure.