The patriot: Roilo Golez promoting PH tourist spots online before his death
His love of country is an undying legacy.
Former National Security Adviser Roilo Golez died on Monday, June 11 after suffering a heart attack. Even after he retired from politiko work, Golez has been constantly in the public eye in providing commentaries on security issues, especially on the Philippines’ territorial row versus China.
Hours prior to his death, Golez was still active on Instagram, which has grown to be his platform of choice on social media. He was even promoting pristine tourist destinations from all over the country.
This Romblon feature was published just hours before his attack.
PHILIPPINES, MY PHILIPPINES. BEAUTIFUL PHILIPPINES. CANTINGAS RIVER CLIFF JUMP ON SIBUYAN ISLAND, ROMBLON By Journey Era, June 2018 Cantingas River is the source of 90% of the water for the island of Sibuyan. It is also the source of some pretty gnarly diving boards! This spot is incredibly popular for families on the weekend, where the adults and the kids come to play and hang out. The crystal clear water and the diving boards make it one of the most popular sites on Sibuyan. HOW TO GET TO CANTINGAS RIVER Cantingas River is in the south-east region of Sibuyan, near the town of San Fernando. Our hostel owner at the Seabreeze Inn in San Fernando took us down to the Cantingas River in the morning. It was empty as we were there at 9 am as we were going out to Cresta de Gallo Island later. From San Fernando town it took only 10-15 minutes on the tricycle. I have pinned the exact location below so it is easy for you to locate the spot. Entrance to Cantingas River was 50 pesos for foreigners I believe. CANTINGAS RIVER We arrived at 9 am and we were the only people at the Cantingas River cliff jump. Our early arrival was because we were heading to Cresta de Gallo later that day. It was an eerie morning. The sun was hiding, the fog was rolling over the mountains in the background and light rain started dropping every so often. We tried to test the water and it seemed quite shallow. Apparently, it used to be much deeper and now they are trying to dam it up a bit. It still seemed more than 8ft in some sections, so we had a few jumps from the bottom platform. It’s a pretty cool cement structure with three different levels of diving boards. A few people started to roll in and lots of families and kids were setting up for a day of fun by the river. The kids starting jumping from the middle platform and then even from the top. I watched a few older guys jump from that high before I decided, I better jump as I’m probably never coming back! Off I went to the big platform, hoping I would land in the right spot that was deep enough. Bombs away. I landed and didn’t even touch the floor, which was a relief. We hung out here watching the kids jump from all the levels for more than a
Prior to that, he has also featured a church in Parañaque.
PHILIPPINES, MY PHILIPPINES. BEAUTIFUL PHILIPPINES. Paranaque Cathedral La Huerta, Paranaque. The Cathedral Parish of Saint Andrew in Parañaque / The Diocesan Shrine of Nuestra Señora Del Buen Suceso The Cathedral Parish of St Andrew or more commonly referred as the Parañaque Cathedral is one of the oldest churches in the Philippines which was established in 1580 and administered by the Spanish Augustinian Friars. The four century old church is situated in Quirino Ave, La Huerta,Parañaque. The church has a baroque style. It has a very engaging concrete facade with the image of Saint Andrew on top. It has a four story high bell tower. The Cathedral Parish of Saint Andrew is also considered as one of the Jubilee Churches for the Year of Mercy. It means that pilgrims were encouraged to enter through the Holy Door and receive the so-called plenary indulgence. A historical marker found in front of the church. Aside from Saint Andrew the Apostle, the cathedral is also under the patronage of Nuestra Señora Del Buen Suceso (Our Lady of Good Events). The Belltower. During the 16th and 17th century, the Parish of St. Andrew was made up of only a few homes, found mostly along the Parañaque River and Manila Bay in the present barrios of Don Galo, La Huerta and San Dionisio. Later, Tambo, Santo Niño and Baclaran developed. Barrios Don Galo, La Huerta and San Dionisio built bisitas, or satellite chapels with facades built facing the St. Andrew Church. The San Nicolas de Tolentino Chapel, the one located at Barrio La Huerta, still has the inscription 1776, the year the said chapel was erected. From Wikipedia
PHILIPPINES, MY PHILIPPINES. BEAUTIFUL PHILIPPINES. KAPURPURAWAN ROCK FORMATION: WHITE AND BEAUTIFUL Burgos, Ilocos Norte By Lakwatsero Nature, on its own, has the ability to create amazing masterpiece over time. One in the likes of Kapurpurawan Rock Formation, a delicately made natural art, beautiful yet fragile, a jewel of Ilocos Norte. Standing beautifully in the coast of the town of Burgos, fronting the roaring waves of Bangui Bay, Kapurpurawan Rock Formation was formed thousands (or even millions) of years ago by accumulation of particles deposited to the shore by the forces of sea waves and wind, with the aid of gravity and time. It is a very long process known in science as sedimentation. Kapurpurawan Rock Formation Kapurpurawan Rock Formation, a beautiful and unique art created by nature itself. The term Kapurpurawan is from Ilocano word “puraw“, which means white, obviously because of its color specially on broad daylight when the sun touches the natural sculpture. It is an icon of Ilocos Norte, a source of pride, one of the must visited sites of the province. The best time to visit the Kapurpurawan is on early morning to avoid the harsh sun and the crowd. The rock formation is approximately three kilometers from the main highway, which means that one needs to trek along a ragged trail or go horse back riding for only P50 to see it up close. Kapurpurawan Rock Formation A closer look reveals its whiteness. To date, due to vandalism and the fragility of the rock formation, the local government has sealed off the area, preventing tourists from climbing Kapurpurawan. But it should not stop you from visiting the place. Just seeing it in real is worth the long trek and all the effort of going there. Never miss Kapurpurawan Rock Formation when in Ilocos Norte. Kapurpurawan Rock Formation Avoid weekends as the place can get really crowded. How to Go to Kapurpurawan Rock Formation Make your way to Laoag, Ilocos Norte. From there, catch or van going to Burgos or Pagudpud and ask the driver or the conductor to drop you off at the access road to Kapurpurawan near Burgos Town proper. Travel time from Laoag is around 1.5 hours and fare is around P60. A trip here and
PHILIPPINES, MY PHILIPPINES. BEAUTIFUL PHILIPPINES. “Boto ni Kukarog,” Bagamanoc, Catanduanes By Che Gurabot, Rappler The province of Catanduanes has several notable rock formations to show-off but the most distinguished and controversial because of its form is "Boto ni Kurakog" which literally translates as "Kurakog's penis.” It is located in Bagamanoc, 61 kilometers from the capital town, Virac. Local legend has it that this column, which rises about five meters above the sea and which resembles the male sex organ, belonged to a giant named Kurakog. It is said that he did not wake up from deep slumber and his body was washed away by the waves after which only the pointed column remained.
May he rest in peace.