About Me

Ang "Pala-lagaw" is an Ilonggo term. It doesn't have an equivalent English word. But it can be roughly described as someone who moves a lot or someone who can't stay at one place.

Hence this is how I describe myself. I'm more like a nomad gypsy. I feel like a tourist even in my hometown. I'm most happy when I am on the road, intent on reaching a goal or a destination, and seeing with my own eyes the wonders of this world.

A daring explorer who wants to try everything related to outdoors. In my blogs, you'll find me surfing, diving and snorkeling, spelunking, climbing a mountain or simply dare to go back packing on a limited budget.

I'm a corporate junkie working in Makati City. Amateur photo enthusiast and traveler/explorer on weekends, discovering beautiful places around the Philippines and sharing back packing trips and travel stories through my travel blog.

I am continuously learning through photography, my exploits and the things I stumble with it, some of my greatest shots perhaps, tips on post processing and how I came upon those photos are shared in my photo blog

These 2 blogs serves as my photography portfolio. My learning curves are obvious going through the oldest of me post through the latest ones. And I'm very much open to criticism if that is something that would help me improve.

Travelling had always been something about me.
The decision to document it resulted in these blogs:

I am always in search of a new adventure.
I am "Ang Pala-lagaw" I have no place to call on my home.
Perhaps I'm happier with this. Being at home on the road.
Ang Pala-lagaw... Your Pinoy Traveler.

For Photography Services

Francis Balgos
Business: (02) 576 5932
Cellular: +639178407835
Emails: sicnarf_fam@yahoo.com

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  1. yudii.. astig nong ah! hay, nalibot mo na ang bilog nga pinas? Ilongga here, yeah!

  2. Finally..
    ang pinaka una nga ng comment sa page nga ini..
    Thanks much!

  3. which kind of camera do u use? really nice photos!

  4. salamat sa imo mga ideas, mapuli kami da sa Pinas, ilonggo man kami. sa diin mani mag lagaw sa aton sa iloilo man?

    1. Hello po!

      Isla de Gigantes is an emerging destination in Iloilo..
      Located in Carles, somewhere Northeast of Panay Island.
      Guimaras Island is an all time favorite island for every Ilonggo,
      and of course, in Iloilo itself, church hopping is a great activity as we have a lot of Heritage church scattered thourghout the city and its periphery.

  5. Hi, Francis. Your blog looks very neat and attractive. As a beginner in travel writing, I would like to know the process you went through before establishing the blog that you have now. When did you start blogging? Any thoughts on how one can be a successful travel writer? Thanks.

    1. Hello Sir Ryan,

      My blog is about 2 years old.
      It had gone through a lot of changes, but it started out as a photo blog.
      I wanted a site that which I own where I can share photos and have my own say,
      the travel articles came later after a lot of changes.
      This is actually my 2nd blog, the first one was personal, and which I've brought down as this site gained more audience than its predecessor.
      My advise sir is for you to envission your blog the way you want it to be, but without comparing it to other existing sites. From there onwards, all the changes and efforts that you'll do will lean towards attaining that goal.

      For this site, as you may notice..
      I spent a lot of time developing my own style in photography,
      this is after all a travel and photo blog.
      My articles, mostly were inspired as I allow myself to get lost in words.
      Articles written mostly in a span of 15 to 30 minutes, beyond that and I would loose the inspiration because I am not someone who can write something on a get go.
      I don't intend for this to become like a phone book of itineraries, so you would rarely find me posting how much Ive spent in a restaurant or an accomodation. I write when inspirations hits me, and continously do so when I feel like it.
      You'll realise soon that you made a pattern in how you can work it out.
      Enjoy travel blogging Sir! :)

      Francis Balgos

    2. Wow, that's really interesting and empowering...what you've just shared.

      As I have mentioned in my response to your comment on my blog, I'm still finding my own voice and style. So, the process of writing will still be arduous and bumpy for me. I'm glad you've already found your style. Your blog looks very organized and, whenever I hop from one article to another, I easily recognize your voice.

      For now, I'll just continue writing and writing. That's how I'll know how I want to write and how I envision my blog to appear, right?

      Thanks, Francis.

      Ryan Trinidad Santiago

  6. One evident reason why your blog is captivating is because of your amazing travel snaps. What camera/s are you using?


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