Where it all started
I grew up in Quezon City, one of the cities in Metro Manila, but I spent my childhood summers in Ilocos and Baguio since my parents are both from Ilocos and I have an aunt residing in Baguio. My family and I used to spend weekends picnicking in Tagaytay, about 2 hours away from Manila.
We never went outside the country for vacation. We had little trips here and there, including visits to the Hundred Islands, the Ifugao Rice terraces and Sagada, and Bicolandia. (Note that I am using Ifugao and not Banaue, because you have to go outside of Banaue to see the beautiful rice terraces).
It was only when I started working did I get to realize that not everyone was able to experience this during their childhood years. How lucky can I get!