May 12, 2016

Photo of the Week: Week 5

Dreaming of summer? Visit a beautiful island.

>> Digyo Island // Leyte, Philippines

April 28, 2016

GMA News' 24 Oras Features Selfless Travels

*This blog post should have been written and published two years ago but today, I am inspired to write about it.

In December 2011, I started this blog which I called as "The Adventist Adventurer." It went on for some time, I think for almost two years. In 2013, I decided to buy my own domain and then I renamed my blog into "Selfless Travels.” I envision this blog to be a source of inspiration to people who loves to “Travel with a Mission” and a guide to people who loves adventures. This blog chronicles my passion for ministry, service, leadership, and adventures.

In 2014, something amazing happened while I was in Manila for the One Year in Mission training. Some personnel from GMA News24 Oras wanted to interview me as part of their special feature on travels with missions in the Philippines. I then thought, “This is what my blog is all about.” I never hesitated to share my story and my zeal for mission trips. And by that, I was also blessed in return.

Embedded below is the YouTube video of 24 Oras featuring Selfless Travels in its Good News segment which was aired on June 12, 2014. The interview was done at Luneta Park in Manila.

PS. GMA News and Public Affairs had done a great job in presenting news to the Filipino people through the years. I admire and appreciate their work. Special thanks to Patty Pasion and to her team as well.

April 24, 2016

Quick Guide to Canigao Island in Leyte

Summer is here again!

And yes, I must admit, it has been a long time since I published a decent blog post such as this. So now, I'd like to push myself into writing more travel guides, itineraries, and stories.

Let's start off with the beautiful Canigao Island!

Canigao is a picturesque islet off the coast of the municipality of Matalom in the southern part of Leyte. It is now a famous go-to place in Leyte as it gives local and foreign tourists the chance to swim, snorkel, or dive.

How to get to Canigao Island?

April 13, 2016

February 24, 2016

2015 Travels: 13 Destinations, 1 Mission

2015 was a meaning(full) and wonder(full) year for me. It was full of ups and downs, sadness and happiness, failures and victories. But all through the year, I could see the guiding hand of God leading my every way—His protection especially when I am traveling, His care when I am sick, His presence when I am alone, His love when I feel rejected.

Since 2013, I have been a part of One Year in Mission (OYiM), a young adult ministry of the Youth Ministries Department of the Seventh-day Adventist church, which focuses on empowering the youth for evangelism, leadership, and community services. And up to this time, I am still doing God’s mission—sharing Jesus’ love and inspiring my fellow youth to do the same.

This Bible promise motivates me as I work with God day by day, “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” 1 Corinthians 15:58, NIV.

It’s nice to look back and see where God had led me in my travels: