October 8, 2013

In the Limelight: Cherryl Gurrobat of Backpacking Pilipinas

Hello everyone! In today's "In the Limelight" segment, I am featuring a travel writer who had spearheaded an initiative dubbed as the BookSail Project which gave books, magazines, and school supplies to the schoolchildren in Palumbanes Island, Caramoran, Catanduanes last June 21-24, 2013. Personally, I follow her wonderful blog for it gives beautiful stories, photos, and tips of her travel experiences around the Philippines. In fact, she has a challenge: 80 before 30, and she is now 2 provinces shy of completing the 80 provinces of the Philippines! Amazing and inspiring, right? Read more and discover some excerpts of her awesome backpacking adventures.

Name: Cherryl Gurrobat
Address: Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Blog: Backpacking Pilipinas (www.backpackingpilipinas.com)

Making a decision to travel around the Philippines in Boracay Island.

Number of countries visited: 4
Number of Philippine provinces explored: 78

Favorite travel memories:
- Surreal weekend with a stranger
- Falowa ride from Batan Island to Sabtang Island, Batanes
- Surfing in Siargao and Guiuan, Eastern Samar 
- Beach-bumming in Calaguas
- Solo travel in Palaui Island
- 5-day Luzon road trip
- 45-ft dive in Apo Reef
- Temple run in Bali, Indonesia

Favorite travel destinations:
- Batanes
- Siquijor 
- Catanduanes
- Coron, Palawan
- Calaguas Island
- Boracay 
- Panglao Island 
- Cordillera Region 
- Marinduque

Awaiting sunset in Siquijor.

Most embarrassing travel moment:
I forgot to pay the tour guide who helped us explore one of the most notorious provinces in the country.

Something I learned about myself while traveling:
How sunsets and sunrises amaze me.

One thing I always bring while traveling:

Injuries/illnesses incurred while traveling:
I have cool scars from surfing in Siargao and diving in Apo Reef.

Lost items/gadgets while traveling: 
Eye glasses

Things/persons I miss when I am on the road: 
My family

Future travel plans: 
Complete my personal challenge to explore the 80 provinces of the Philippines before I turn 30 years old.

Travel books I would recommend:
On the Road by Jack Kerouac

Travel movies I would recommend:
Before Sunrise, Eat Pray Love, Lord of the Rings

One tip for fellow travelers:
When traveling, always try to immerse into the culture of the place and talk to the local people. 

Sum up your travel experiences in one sentence:
My travel stories will be told to my future children, and they will be proud.

Favorite travel quote:
"What is that feeling when you're driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? - it's the too-huge world vaulting us, and it's good-bye. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies." ― Jack Kerouac, On the Road

Follow the next feature that will be posted in the next few weeks! :)


  1. To more inspiring travel stories, Eph! Cheers! :D

    1. Cheers! Thanks Che for letting me feature you. 'Twas a privilege.. :)


    3. Hello! You're welcome! Caps lock talaga para intense!hehe..

  2. Replies
    1. Yeah, she's pretty indeed, inside and out. :)

    2. Awwww! Naks naman! Galing po ng mga photogs eh. :D

    3. Hahaha, it's natural in you, Che. :)

  3. Yun oh! Pa-limelight-limelight din pag may time. :D

    1. Hello! Thanks for dropping by! You're Che's sis, right? :)

    2. Yep. Her manager also. hahahaha

    3. Hahaha as in? So happy to see you really supporting your sister. Sister act, indeed. :)

  4. Love how simple and straight to the point your post is. Enjoyed reading it! And lovely insights from Che! :)

    1. Hello Nikka! Thank you so much! Hope to feature you on this segment in the future, hehe. :)

  5. I have read article post. very nice article. Its always great to find good honest practical content. Thank you so much. Thanks for sharing.