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Gawad Kalinga Hope Conference 2015 in Anda, Bohol

After months of not being able to participate in a Gawad Kalinga activity, Mumu and I decided to join the Hope Conference in Anda, Bohol last May 23-24.


Since Mumu and I had a videoke session with friends the night before (until a few hours past midnight), we slept through our 1-hour boat ride to Tubigon and 2-hour van ride to Anda. We weren’t able to join in on the talks/sessions in the morning since we were late, but we were glad to see our GK friends again after a long time!

We spontaneously decided to visit Casica Falls before lunchtime. After the long walk from the road to the falls (we weren’t prepared!), we finally reached the place, but we were a bit disappointed because the falls was just small and slow-flowing, probably because it’s summer.

to casica falls

view to casica falls

Since the falls was slow-flowing, the pool was the only thing people could enjoy.
Since the falls was slow-flowing, the pool was the only thing people could enjoy.
Smiling away the disappointment! :))
Smiling away the disappointment! :))

In the afternoon, I joined the Social Enterprise workshop and a talk about using social media in spreading hope — something I couldn’t do at the moment anywhere else other than here in my blog. Hihihi.

social enterprise workshop

afternoon session

The Kalinga Night that followed in the evening by the beach was full of song and dance numbers and jamming session with the band. It’s one thing I miss in GK activities. :)

song number

Everyone was going crazy over this lad! :P
Everyone was going crazy over this lad! :P

dance number

GK band

The next day was leisure time for us, and we spent it at the beach in Anda and at Can-umantad Falls and Rice Terraces in Candijay (for GK Cebu team).

team GK
Team GK

The way from the main road to the falls was nothing like I expected. It’s a very rocky road which we went through via a motorcycle for 30 minutes. Upon reaching the falls, as expected, the water wasn’t that big because it’s summer. Otherwise, it would’ve looked majestic. :(

can-umantad falls

can-umantad falls 2

The climb from Can-umantad Falls to Can-umantad Rice Terraces
The climb from Can-umantad Falls to Can-umantad Rice Terraces

can-umantad rice terraces

can-umantad rice terraces 2

It was already late in the afternoon when we made our way to the port. There was kind of a misadventure with our transportation. There’s no accident involved, just some paasa moments with the drivers. After all the trouble, we were finally able to board a boat back to Cebu. :)

Mikyu is a software engineer, a blogger, a photography enthusiast, and an adventurer from Cebu, Philippines. When she's not going out on an adventure, she's probably lying down on her bed reading fiction books or thinking about life. Or probably just in the office working her butt off. :)


  1. Lyka Mea

    June 19, 2015 at 6:14 am

    I’ve always wanted to be a GK volunteer at least once! When I was in high school, our last outreach program was actually a GK program and it was fun!

    • Mikyu Maglasang

      June 19, 2015 at 8:23 am

      GK is where I met my boyfriend and some great friends as well! It taught me a lot of good things about building a community, and it feels wonderful to be able to extend help to those who need it. :)

  2. fitria listie

    June 19, 2015 at 11:00 am

    Can-umantad Falls still look amazing even the water wasn’t that big, make me want to go there :)

    • Mikyu Maglasang

      June 20, 2015 at 11:27 am

      I wanna go back there during rainy or non-summer season just to see how it looks like when the water is big! :D

  3. Jhanz

    June 19, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    Ang saya naman. I have always wanted to volunteer for GK! Sana makapag volunteer na ko next time :D

    • Mikyu Maglasang

      June 20, 2015 at 11:26 am

      I hope you can find time! Or kahit sa ibang NGOs. :)

  4. Lou

    June 21, 2015 at 1:31 am

    I’ve always wanted to join such event like this one. This one looks like a very happy event! :) And also, your photos never disappoint me- they’re always lovely. Yung photos na mismo nagte-tell ng stories :)

    • Mikyu Maglasang

      June 21, 2015 at 10:00 am

      Thank you, Lou! Masaya talaga ‘pag GK activities. :)

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