Traveling with your girl

Epi Fadrilan-Fabonan III

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A guy happily in love shares why, for him, traveling is best with the girl of his life.

TWO HAPPY TRAVELERS. Epi and girlfriend Tonee bond by traveling around the Philippines together. Photo from Epi Fabonan III

MANILA, Philippines – We’ve all heard of lone backpackers who became well-known for their adventures around the Philippines or abroad. I admire their courage and thirst for exploration; but for me, travelling is best when I am with my girlfriend.

For the past two and half years that we’ve been together, my girlfriend and I have traveled to various places around the Philippines.

In fact, when she formally agreed to be my girlfriend in 2009, we were amidst the clouds in Tagaytay City. On our first monthsarry, I took her to Nasugbu’s beaches.

Since then, our travels have almost been non-stop. Every time we see an upcoming long weekend on the calendar, we’d mark it red and start saving.

While other couples save for a house or for a wedding, we save to travel across the country and enjoy moments of discovery together. Most of these travels, I’ve documented on video.

Pangasinan and Baguio

In the north, we’ve explored Pangasinan’s cultural heritage after being invited to a wedding back in May 2010. We went around Dagupan and Lingayen, and visited Manaoag’s famed pilgrimage shrine.

Just last October 2011, we decided to spend the semestral break in the City of Pines and explore its “hidden” sights such as the Ben Cab Museum and Easter Weaving School. 

Romblon and Puerto Galera

Down south, we’ve visited my home province of Romblon on April 2010. I toured her around our island municipality of Banton via a passenger motorcycle (known elsewhere as habal-habal), and brought her to the island’s finest beaches, Macat-ang and Tambak.

In Tambak Beach, we got a taste of the “Blue Lagoon” experience, as the entire beach was deserted. We almost felt like we were Christopher Atkins and Brooke Shields trapped in an island in the South Pacific.

In October 2010, we spent our vacation in Puerto Galera. My girlfriend and I were thrilled at snorkelling Sabang’s coral reefs together, and were amazed by the majestic Tamaraw Falls. 


On August 2010, we took to the skies for the first time and went to Bohol. We were totally clueless about the place and the people except for what we’ve read on our map and research, yet we managed to have the greatest experience of traveling together so far. We decided to explore Tagbilaran and Panglao on foot and discovered Hinagdanan Cave; booked a countryside tour to see the famed Chocolate Hills and its humble tarsiers; and relaxed aboard a Loboc River cruise boat.

TRAVELING FOR TWO: THRILLING. Epi finds great joy discovering the country with his travel buddy. Photo from Epi Fabonan III

We’ve seen and been to many places; sometimes, above sea-level, other times, below. While I can say our relationship is much like other relationships out there — each with its own mountains and plains — I’d say our adventures make it different.

Again, we’ve all heard of lone backpackers who became well-known for their adventures around the Philippines or abroad; but for me, travelling is best when I am with my girlfriend! –

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