All safe and me happy to explore Guimaras with my awesome friend here. DIY Iloilo – Guimaras blog here
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A tour guide who answers your text and call inquiries whenever wherever. If he could, he would definitely answer your queries in his sleep. Suki ng unlimited promos.
Here are the infos: Cherald Padojenog
2. Sought After by Travellers, Chosen by Explorers & Recommended by Bloggers
I will name few bloggers who wrote about him: Blissfulguro (2013), Senyorita (2014), Sacurativo (2013), Lakad Pilipinas (2014), et. Al. All were satisfied with the Guimaras Island Tour and to name this list is just a few. Look it up on google and be amazed of the different stories about him.
3. Has an EYE for Photography
He has the skills in using DSLR and camera phones. A huge fan of panoramic shots. He did lay on the ground and stood in the risky edge of the old rusty lighthouse just to give me the profile photo-worthy shot. All that under the extreme heat of the sun and while the strong winds scared the fearless-in-height in me on top of the lighthouse. LOL.
Highlight of Events: Arriving in the Guisi Lighthouse, 2 girls are taking their photos in the lighthouse and their driver/guide was just watching them. While as for me, Kuya Cherald is such a delight to offer his good skills in photography and allowed me to have my mini pictorial. He took really awesome photos. Gallery of his shots (click here).
Meanwhile, we watched them to took their photos gazillion times and still with no luck with a good angle. That’s a No! NO! Everyone deserves a good profile photo of Guimaras. So, I did offer Kuya’s expertise and even took their photos on the top of the lighthouse.
And much for a surprise, they all discovered that it’s Kuya Gerald that they sought to be their guide and contacted him on his facebook (which he couldn’t open/lost password). Lucky me, I was able to contact him on his cell phone number and yes, he is my tour guide. Almost won the jackpot there (overwhelmed to be the lucky one).
Trivia is an essential part of the tour and he knows what to tell about Guimaras, such Iloilo and Guimaras are two different provinces. We even talked about politics, paying taxes and ownership of lands in this province. Ask and he’ll try his best to give you facts.
Can ask for discounts if you cannot speak Illongo like what he did with the sugar apple (atis) I bought in Balaan Bukid. He also called Raymen Beach Resort to move my reservation (I came 2 days earlier than my booking. A girl always changes her mind). J
And much for a surprise, he is willing to give discounted rates for the island tour, the lowest and the cheapest Php 1,000 from the usual 1,200 – 1,500. I got mine for Php 1,500. Here’s why ? (click here).
6. A Family Man
I met his wife while descending Balaan Bukid. He told me his story, his humble begginings, about his wife, kids, nephews, and brothers. Some which he says he took as his own. He is a provider, a good father and brother, I could tell especially when he speak of his kids and how he helped his brothers to improve in their tour guiding and took care of some of Kuya Cherald’s guests. I see a good man in him.
7. Good Companion
Answers. – a must have for a good companion
Hahaha. I am a full-of-questions person. From the stupidest to smart-ass questions, I had it all stored in my head.
But the essentials: Guide. Driver. Photographer. Enthusiast. Friend.
I might be running solo on my adventure
but meeting Kuya was all part of the wanders of the universe.
I never felt alone. I was able to fulfil a dream to encircle the entire Guimaras Island.
I even left the entire bag at a stranger’s house and laying on the tricycle (putting in on risk).
But found trust with it,
Learn few Ilonggo words.