Swiss brand Wenger, makers of a full range of outdoor gear including knives, watches, luggage and travel products, is the official travel gear of Cebu Pacific’s Juan for Fun Backpacker Challenge 2013.
The Cebu Pacific Juan for Fun Backpacker Challenge 2013 sends off five teams of university students to six Philippine destinations for an all-expenses paid week-longadventure. Wenger bags and travel accessories — lightweight, sturdy and good-looking – are the preferred travel and school gear of this young and mobile market.
All members of the five teams will receive a complete set of Wenger travel gear and accessories consisting of a Wenger Verbier Backpack 20, a large roomy backpack with lots of space and a variety of organizer pockets for keeping electronics and other gear; a Wenger Neolite 24 Upright Black, a sturdy, roomy bag with four spinner wheels, a telecosping handle and extra grab handles on both sides to make it easy to haul the luggage from vehicle trunks and compartments; a Wenger neck wallet for holding tickets, IDs, receipts, cash and boarding passes; a Wenger multi-function belt bag and a jumbo Wenger luggage tag for proper identification.
“We are happy to partner with Cebu Pacific for its highly popular and educational Juan For Fun Backpacker Challenge. We believe in this celebration of travel and adventure and recognize the important role that young people play in creating enthusiasm for new places and activities to discover. Their natural curiosity and sense of adventure enliven inland travel activity and draw attention to new attractionsin our country. We salute Cebu Pacific for giving a push to Philippine tourism in this fun and novel way,” said Melvin Sua, Managing Director, Jake Bros. Inc.
Jake Bros. Inc. distributes and retails travel & lifestyle goods in the country, proudly representing Wenger, as well as THULE, Echolac, Elle, Carlton, and Zippo. Jake Bros. is a trip outfitter company that provides all the big and little things that people need for long or short trips.
A lot of stories have been written about this house in Baguio, Laperal Mansion, somewhere along Leonard Wood Road in Baguio City. It not included in our place-to-visit list that day but when we passed by here, we couldn’t help but stopped by for photo op.
The white house was formerly owned by Laperal’s Family, the oldest clan in Baguio City way back 1920.
It was reported that many supernatural occurrences happened inside. Most members of the the family were reportedly brutally killed by Japanese soldiers during World War II. I saw a few photos on the internet and watched a documentary that features the said house and whole interior is well maintained.
Nearby residents and other local folks said that the place is being haunted by a ghost of young girl seen on the steps of the house. The white house is now owned by multi-billionaire Lucio Tan.
Diplomat Hotel, known to be the most haunted place in Baguio sits on a hill overlooking the City of Pines. Locals and tourists believe that the place is haunted as they testified that they actually heard strange and agonizing sound and captured creepy images inside. During WWII, numerous nuns and priests were beheaded in the said hotel. The place is used to be a rest house and seminary way back 1911. Locals and other people who live nearby would sometimes hear disturbing sound and banging of doors and windows coming from the hill at night.
I already know a lot about Dominican Hotel from documentary shows which made me think that the place is really creepy. The documentaries that I’ve watched have sound effects and ghost haunting stories that mostly happen at night.
Before going to Baguio, the idea of visiting Diplomat Hotel was not included in our itinerary because we travel with kids and we thought that they might get scared with the place. On the last day of our trip, through recommendation of locals, after visiting Lourdes Grotto which is just a few minutes away, we then headed to the haunted hotel for a quick visit.
The place is located in Dominican Hill. Some say it’s a silent hill.
It was literally silent. There were only few visitors where I could count on my fingers and some of them only stayed outside for photo op.
You can tell how beautiful the place was even if it’s old and ruined. You can picture by yourself how beautifully engineered the place despite its old appearance.
I was curious if there’s really a ghost and captured myself in the mirror where ghosts are believed to be trapped. It is said that ghost can be captured using a camera. I closely examined the photo of myself in the mirror trying to find some creepy images and this is what I found out after zooming in my image. See encircled above. I wish I’ve taken a video instead to capture clearly what I’ve heard from others story.
And that’s not the end of my story because my older daughter said she heard and felt something strange that gave her a goose bump. We kept it to ourselves and entertained our thoughts that it wasn’t real and didn’t tell them what we actually felt so as not to freak them out. I wonder why Mendiolables seemed to be calm and not scared unlike us. Maybe because we knew a lot about the place before even visiting the place. The ghost stories were on our minds as we already watched them on YouTube.
The hotel remains to be mysterious. If others claim the place to be creepy, I think I should agree with them this time. If you want to ghost hunt, this place will surely give you goosebumps. It is creepy if you visit the hotel maybe after sunset at around 6:30pm and during foggy night. That scene alone would definitely give you an adrenaline rush. When you visit the hotel, please remember to offer a prayer for the souls.
Home is where your heart is. You can say that you’re home when you feel most relaxed. When we visited Casa San Pablo, I felt like I just visited my relatives in my hometown. I’ve read a lot of wonderful stories from families who stayed in Casa San Pablo and my own experience just proved how it was like having a vacation at the resort.
Casa San Pablo is a cozy bread and breakfast inn inside a family compound. There are many things that can make Casa San Pablo different from other B & B is their modernized yet traditional setting, grand in nature and a place that will take you back to your childhood days. Every room has a unique theme and the old set of antique furniture will make you feel nostalgic. Boots Alcantara, an avid art collector and hobby enthusiast and his wife An Alcantara, a writer and magazine editor run Casa San Pablo. The B & B inn is surrounded by a hundred year old trees and and were planted even before the house was built. The pine trees will make you feel like you’re in Baguio and the portable hammocks under the trees will give you a very relaxing feeling. Imagine yourself in a swing with your favorite book or just walk around the green yard with your kids. Truly home that is!
During our stay, the kids also got the chance to play part in native cooking demo. It was rare because this kind of activity is not only interesting but educational too. The owners/innkeepers, Boots and An Alcantara, (innkeepers as what they call themselves) are very warm and always make sure that their guests are comfortable during their stay.
Native Cooking Demo
When in Casa San Pablo, you have lots of activities to do.
Clay Art Making
Oh there’s more. Here’s a video that I want to share what to do at Casa San Pablo.
Casa San Pablo
Barrio San Roque, San Pablo City, Laguna Philippines
You will pass by about six town after Calamba before you get to Liliw Laguna. Please check the google map for this as I am not sure of the exact information I provided here. The road is quite narrow and long and you will find houses almost a kilometer distance in between. Traveling by night is not recommended. I could imagine how dark is it at night with no lamp posts and houses on the street.
The road trip even if it takes you few hours along the provincial highway is relaxing with the green fields and mountainous side as common sight.
Drying rice along the highway is also a common thing here. You will pass by the road where almost half of the lane is covered. In this photo, the owner of the rice is still considerate for not eating the whole lane. In case there is a vehicle coming on the other side, you need to stop and give way so as not to hit the “palay”.
I will post about the whole trip in my other blog, up next..