I’ve mentioned before that my father has his roots from Barili, a town in the outskirts of Cebu and we used to visit the place mostly on special family gatherings. Last week, after Christmas day, we went there to fetch my lola and off we headed to a six-hour round-south trip! Alright, that was even more than six hours! :)) The last time we had this kind of trip was during my grade school days so it was still exciting for me! :D
And to give our father an extended Christmas treat, my brother and I volunteered to drive so he could just relax and enjoy the ride. Yay! We took turns behind the wheel and that was the longest time I was driving in my whole life! Haha. Three hours nonstop plus blind curves and buses and cliffs along the way! My feet felt like jelly when we got home. :x
We passed by the different towns and their famous landmarks and how could we simply sit our butt and overlook this tourist spot upon reaching the municipality of Alcantara? I saw it one time from one of my followed blogs and I just had to include it in my bucket list.
For an entrance fee of P10 for adults and P5 for children, you actually get more than what you see in the ad and I am not even sure if the pictures gave justice as to how the place was beautifully made. So here are some photos of the side trip (and by far my favorite part) during our escape:
Mangroves (bakhaw in our dialect) all over the place, bamboo boardwalk, different species of bird and other creatures, and the best thing? A beautiful sea view at the end of the trail!
We brought food (of course, that’s always part of the itinerary) and we had lunch inside the car.
Defining the entire trip as FUN is an understatement. Sometimes we need to be away from the polluted city, breathe fresh air, take pleasure in the comforting ambiance of the province and most of all, spend quality time with our loved ones. <3