Monday, October 24, 2011

18 Reasons Behind My Iligan Trip Excitement

Being the third person to register for Mindanao Bloggers Summit 2011 proves how excited I am about the upcoming event. Here are my reasons:

  1. I want to see the real Maria Cristina Falls, not just the man-made version shown above.
  2. While at the Nature Park, I will not skip the chance to try the zipline adventure ride (despite my fear of heights).
  3. I also want to see Mimbalot, Tinago, and the other majestic waterfalls, if time permits.
  4. I'll be going on Friday morning, which means I have an entire day to explore the city. I will most probably get lost because of my poor sense of direction, which would lead me to discover and learn new things serendipitously. Hooray!
  5. I want to meet new blogger friends at the event.
  6. I want to meet non-blogger friends, too!
  7. Catch up with old friends whom I met at the Mindanao Bloggers Summit 3.
  8. I want to listen to Janette Toral's talk about becoming a blogger-entrepreneur. She always updates her materials so no matter how often you hear it, you never really witness the same presentation twice.
  9. As a bit of an environmentalist, I want to hear what Anna Oposa has to say about blogging for the environment.
  10. I have adopted Google Analytics on my website long ago, but I've never really understood how to take full advantage of it. So this time I will pay attention to Aileen Apolo-De Jesus when she shares her knowledge about it.
  11. I'm deeply curious about the topic of sustainable lifestyle by Dr. Marilou Siton-Nanaman. What does it really mean? 
  12. People have recommended that I try Sunburst Fried Chicken, which was "born" in Iligan. As a fried chicken glutton, I will make it a point to seek this out.  
  13. I'd also like to have a taste of Iligan's version of the lechon whose tastiness does not need help from any magical sarsa. Mmm.
  14. And while we're talking about food... Cheding's peanuts.
  15. It would be interesting to check out what surprises The Strip has to offer, especially during a Saturday night.
  16. Pre-Halloween concert!
  17. To disprove the "doom and gloom" being projected by the media regarding the peace and order situation in Mindanao. Friends who are based there assure me that it's perfectly safe, and I definitely trust them more than traditional sensationalized media.
  18. I'm looking to add at least a dozen different "reasons" to my personal advocacy: 7107 Reasons To Love Pinas! wherein I intend to gather 7107 big and small reasons to love our gorgeous country. The rationale behind the project is: the more we know about the good stuff the Philippines is made of, the more we'll appreciate and take good care of her. A dozen reasons from one city would be a good haul. =)

This is an entry to the What Excites Me to Go to Iligan City Blogging Contest for the Mindanao Bloggers Summit 20011 on October 29, 2011 at Iligan City


  1. Glad to see you going there Alvin. See you!

  2. Alvin, you missed the zipline haha...

    Great to meet you Alvin.

  3. Thank you for spending your time with us up to the last event of the summit! We had a lot of fun last night!

  4. You're super lucky sa raffle ha! ;) Happy to see you again!