Hidden gems

Published October 25, 2019, 2:08 AM

by Manila Bulletin Entertainment

‘It’s refreshing for the soul and the mind to see something else, to see something different than the usual or break away from routine.’

Robi Domingo and Sue Ramirez have packed their bags and they are headed to places rarely mentioned in travel books.

On their iWant travel docu-series called “Unlisted,” the two go to “the underrated, the unknown, and the unusual locations around the country.”

The show’s first four episodes show them immerse in the communities and wonder at the picturesque views of Escolta, Manila; Roxas City, Capiz; Basey, Samar; and Tanay, Taytay, and Baras in Rizal.

They discover how Escolta became a cultural hub and how Rizal became a home of artists and adventure seekers. Robi and Sue learn that Capiz is actually the country’s seafood capital. The two also share inspiring stories of resilience as they look back on the devastation caused by Typhoon Yolanda on Samar, and how the province rose from the tragedy.

SUE RAMIREZ and Robi Domingo

SUE RAMIREZ and Robi Domingo

On the show, Sue takes a crack at fishing, banig weaving, and shopping under a budget in Taytay’s famed tiangges. Not one to be left behind, Robi tries his hand at catching crabs and hand-cutting luminous capiz shells.

Sue in Capiz

Sue shops in a tiangge in Rizal

Sue and Robi in Escolta

Sue and Robi in Capiz

Food trip in Capiz

Dried goods in Capiz

In an interview, Robi and Sue revealed that for their trip to Capiz, they traveled for an entire day, riding different modes of transportation.

“We left Manila for Cebu at around 11 p.m. because there’s no direct flight to Samar. From Cebu, we rode roll-on/roll-off (RORO) ferry bound for Leyte. Once there, we did land travel to Samar,” he shared.

Though doing the show is hard work, it’s all worth it for Sue.

“It’s refreshing for the soul and the mind to see something else, to see something different than the usual or break away from routine,” she said.
Robi agrees with Sue, adding that going to “unlisted” places means there are more stories to share.

The two assured their show will remind people to never judge a book by its cover and to not only look for destinations that are “Instagrammable” but ones with history and heritage.

 
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