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From Abra to Zamboanga

Last updated on 22 October 2018

“Don’t be a foreigner in your own country.”

Someone said that to me many years ago and somehow, I agree. It’s better to know one’s country first than to know others.

However, traveling in the second largest archipelago in the world could be daunting. With 7,100+ islands, 15 regions, and 82 provinces (including Metro Manila), there are many places to choose from.

I was in Grade 4 when we studied about the different regions in the Philippines. I remember memorizing the different provinces that belonged in each region. At that time, there were only 73 provinces and 12 regions.

It was only during family outings and trips that I had the chance to visit other places in Luzon. I have never been to Visayas and Mindanao yet. But I would love to visit those places soon.

From Abra to Zamboanga, Then the World

My husband and I plan to retire traveling together from Abra to Zamboanga before traveling outside the country. We’ll be trying out different food spots as we visit a place. He will be taking pictures, for sure. But I’ll be trying different foods because he’s a picky eater (and he will just stick to his safe zone).


So when I stumbled upon this opportunity to be a freelance writer for Arrivedo, my hopes of traveling went up.

Arrivedo is a website that provides travel guides written by travel writers. Unlike other travel sites that rely on comments of guests, Arrivedo provides a voice to hoteliers through these Neighborhood Guides. Not only will hoteliers promote their own place, they get to recommend things to do or other places to visit around their hotel.

This will also give me the opportunity to develop my travel writing portfolio, improve my sales skills, and travel all at the same time.


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