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Moevenpick Hotel, Mactan Island, Cebu, Philippines

A five-star Mediterranean-inspired beachfront hotel that combines a true lifestyle experience, cool vibe and relaxed chill out spaces.

Manhattan, New York City, USA

Traveler's Couch shares to you the top tourist attractions in this concrete jungle where dreams are made of - New York City!

New 7 Wonders of Nature: Underground River and Puerto Princesa City's Other Wonders

The Cleanest and Safest City in the Philippines, behold the beauty of Puerto Princesa City with it's Undergound River proclaimed as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. Experience Honda Bay Island Hopping, Balayong Festival, City Tour and more!

Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia - Truly Asia!

Formerly known as Jesselton and now often referred as 'KK' within the country and internationally, Kota Kinabalu is a popular destination for most travelers visiting Sabah and Borneo region, offering so much of Malaysian attractions...

FUNtastic Gibitngil Island, Medellin, Cebu, Philippines

Cliff Diving? Beach Zipline? Kayaking? Well, you can experience these in this newly discovered Tourist Destination in Northern Cebu - Funtastic Island in Gibitngil Island, Medellin, Cebu, Philippines! Read my review about the place, the rates, how to get there, etc.

Boracay Island Escapade

Get some sun-kissed skin within this beautiful paradise found in Aklan, Philippines. Named as one of the Best Beach and Island Destination in the World by known Travel Magazines and Sites, Boracay Island's White Beach tops on my list!

Discover the Beauty of Bohol

Chocolate Hills, Tarsier, Prony the Python, Loboc River, Panglao Island - everything in one place, Bohol, Philippines! Discover the beauty of one of Central Visayas' top tourist destination with lots of eco-adventure as well. See my shots!

Sinulog Festival, Cebu City, Philippines

One of the Grandest Festival not just in the Philippines but in South East Asia - Cebu City's Sinulog Festival! The Queen City of the South welcomed thousands of visitors from different parts of the world just to experience this one-of-a-kind event in the Philippines!

May 21, 2017

COMPLETE GUIDE: Approved, Multiple-Entry Canada Tourist Visa for Filipinos/Philippine Passport Holder

Many Filipinos would consider Canada being part of their travel bucket list. But like any other G8 Countries (world′s major highly industrialized economies), a Filipino with legal travel document (Philippine Passport) would still need a valid VISA to visit Canada. To be specific, a Filipino tourist who intends to stay in Canada for a number of days or temporary basis for tourism would fall under the Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) application category. There are three (3) types of TRV: Single Entry, Multiple Entry and Transit Visa and these would matter depending on the purpose of the trip (transit or temporarily staying in Canada territory for number of days).

Traveler's Couch shares to you a complete guide for higher chances of getting approved, multiple-entry Temporary Resident Visa (Tourist/Visitor) for Filipinos/Philippine passport holders.



In general, applying for visa can be disastrous when the traveler fails to explain the main purpose of the trip to the consul. For tourism, it is advisable to present documents that would prove temporary stay in Canada as a tourist like travel itinerary (agency or personal), flight and hotel reservations, etc. 


This has to be the most important part of any Tourist Visa Application - to show strong proofs that you will have to return to the Philippines after the trip or exit Canada after the intended stay (if traveling in different nations). This can be shown or done in many ways but not limited to the following: proof of employment in home country,  proof of exit in Canada through confirmed return ticket or proof of strong family ties in the Philippines (main support of aging parents that needs physical assistance). For self-employed or employed through online jobs, this can be challenging part to prove but Tip #3 would definitely help you get a positive outcome on the process.


This is also related to Tip #2, as you are to prove through your travel history that you've been to places and confirmed return to the Philippines within the validity of allowable period stay in those visited countries. Other travel visas and entry/exit stamps in your passport would be ideal to support this part, as well as other travel documents obtained from your previous trips like travel permits or boarding passes as supporting document would help make your case more firm.


You don't need to be a millionaire to visit Canada, but at least prove to the consulate officer that you are financially capable to stay in Canada all throughout the trip, either you personally support your expenses or through sponsorship from other person.


Canada is not the only country that requires visa for the purpose of tourism and your visa application outcome can affect your future travels or other visa applications, both in good and negative way. Once approved, your Canada tourist visa can be an additional supporting document to get higher chances of approval with your other visa applications like for USA or Schengen visas. But when denied, this can still affect your future applications as you might encounter in certain application forms for some countries that will ask your application history with other countries (ex: "Have you ever been denied of a visa... Have you encountered Visa Refusal..."). As much as possible, only apply for Canada Tourist Visa when you are confident that above tips are considered to have the application outcome be in your favor.


Here's an overview of the application process for Canada Temporary Resident (TRV) Visitor Visa:

1) Gather documents
2) Complete your application
3) Pay the fees
4) Submit your application
5) Wait for decision
6) If approved, submit passport to Canada Embassy


These are the documents you need to gather to complete your visa application.

1) APPLICATION (1) & OTHER (2) FORMS NEEDED (http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/applications/)

1.A) Application for Visitor Visa (Temporary Resident Visa) Made Outside of Canada (IMM5257) 
1.B) Family Information (IMM5645E)
1.C) Schedule 1 Application for Temporary Residence (IMM5257B_1)

Notes to remember:
*Forms provided by Citizenship & Immigration Canada (CIC) are protected/signed which you need to download and open it only through a legit PDF reading application like Adobe Acrobat. These forms can't be viewed through browsers.
*For online application, these forms SHOULD only be filled up electronically, DO NOT print just to sign the document when asked for signature.
*SIGNATURE asked in the forms? All you just need to do is just type your fullname, that's it. But some might noticed that nothing will show in the field or simply you can't key-in your name in that field. Don't panic as you're not alone and if that's the case, leave it like that. In signature section, just key-in other fields you are allowed to do so like the Date field in correct format. Need not to worry, as I can confirm that my application went through successfully without any notice from the Embassy, even though this is not filled.
*For easy checking of the forms, you can utilize the VALIDATE FORM option found on top for both  IMM5257 and IMM5257B_1.


These are the documents that will support your visa application.

2.A) Travel History Documents (Required)

This can include the following (not all mentioned below are required, whichever is applicable in your case will do):
- Previous Passports and/or Visas used within the last 10 years to travel outside the country
- Entry and Exit stamps
- Study and/or work permits that indicate your duration outside the country
- Expired or valid visas
- Boarding passes

You can refer to this document as a reference format how I submitted these documents in one file: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B0q_-XSaL_sERGR5WTB4V1RmLVE

2.B) Valid Passport (Required)

You must provide a copy of your passport with at least 1 year validity at the time of your application:
- The page that shows your birth date and country of origin
- Any pages with stamps or visas

You can refer to this document as a reference format how I submitted a photo copy of my passport and any pages with stamps/visa: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B0q_-XSaL_sEX1ZJb21yajhKUE0

2.C) Proof of Means of Financial Support (Required)

Provide as many of these documents as you can to prove that you can support your travel in Canada:
- Bank certificate (with ADB) and statements for the past four (4) months
- Certificate of Employment (CoE)
- Pay slips
- Proof of assets or business
- Tax reports, declaration or statements (BIR 2316)
- Letter from the person or institution providing you with money

Some tips from Traveler's Couch:
- If you have credit cards, include these with statement of account.
- Take note that financial status can be reviewed based on the number of intended days of stay.
- It is also not advised to show off too much financials (ex: hundreds of millions in bank statements, etc) as this might be seen negatively by the consul, like capability to stay permanently with such high amount of money.

2.D) Digital Photo (Required)

The frame size of the photo must be in colour, standard passport size photo (at least 35mm x 45 mm). The file may be submitted in JPEG or JPEG2000 format. File size should not exceed 4 MB.

2.E) Purpose of Travel - Other (Required)

Examples of what you can provide as proof that you are only coming to Canada for temporary visit:
- Flight ticket departing Canada
- Travel itinerary (where to go or visit during your stay)
- Hotel booking

Some tips from Traveler's Couch:
- It is highly advisable for you to provide a confirmed flight ticket reservation. But how can we book a flight when our visa is still pending? You can request to create one from any travel agency for a minimal fee, instead of paying the ticket instead. To save more, you can just asked a friend who works in a travel agency to create one for free.
- Here's a the travel itinerary I submitted during my application:
- You can book hotels with 'Pay later' options without showing that this unpaid reservation yet. I used Agoda for hotel bookings with such option, and you can cancel it anytime prior the travel date booked.

You can refer to this document as a reference format how I submitted these documents in one file: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B0q_-XSaL_sEVkJSVExtNG54Z2M

2.F) Letter of Explanation (Optional)

This may be optional BUT this is can be VITAL if you want to request for a MULTIPLE ENTRY VISA. This is a letter addressed to the Consulate General, to explain everything about your trip in paragraphs with no word limit, no specified format to follow as well, all in free-form. So this is your chance to prove to them why you need their approval and also a chance to get that multiple entry visa grant. Here's the letter I submitted (modified 'Canada Visa Application - Letter of Explanation' for public viewing): https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B0q_-XSaL_sEZG1sRlRVMFFmR0k


1) Check Eligibility for Visitor Visa - http://www.cic.gc.ca/ctc-vac/getting-started.asp

2) After answering questions and confirmed eligible to visit Canada, you will be given a "Personal Reference Code". Take note of this code, as you will need this for your application and should proceed with the online application within one month (this code expires in 30 days after being generated).

3) A "Personal Checklist" will also be provided (recommend to print this as your reference), which has the details for the following: application guide, requirements or documents needed, forms to fill-up, visa fee/s and online account creation to submit or keep track of your application.

4) Once all supporting documents are gathered, scan a copy of those and save in PDF format (less than 4MB size per PDF). Forms (IMM documents) provided are to filled up electronically directly in the provided PDF, there is no need to print-fillup-scan.

5) Create an account for your application through this link (choose Sign Up): https://onlineservices-servicesenligne-cic.fjgc-gccf.gc.ca/mycic/gccf?lang=eng&idp=gckey&svc=/mycic/start

6) Once you are signed in, select "Visitor visa, study and/or work permit" to continue then enter your "Personal Reference Code" as mentioned in #2.

7) Once you've entered your personal reference code, you will then be guided to complete your application through the following: a) Upload your documents,  b) Review your application, c) Pay with credit card and d) Submit your application.

8) You can save application and continue at any time by logging in to your account. Take note that you have 60 days to submit your application.

9) After you have completed uploading the documents and electronically signed your application (just key-in your name), you will need to pay for the visa fees through credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express) to complete the payment. Remember that you'll pay SAME FEE regardless if it's Single or Multiple Entry visa application.

10) After successfully paying, you will receive a payment confirmation page (print a copy of it for your reference) and your application can be submitted. Shortly after you submit, you will also receive message in your accounts.

11) It will take 5-10 business days for them to process the application & give a decision. There will be some updates through email or in your account inbox (application messages) with if there are any verifications needed or changes in your application (notice they have received your application, on review, biometrics or submit photos if needed, etc).

12) Once a decision has been made, they will send a message in your account. If denied, they will provide reason of denial.

13. If approved, they will send a letter in PDF format (IMM document) which requests you to submit your passport & a copy of that letter to nearest Canadian Visa Application Center (VAC, either Manila or Cebu). Details for passport submission are provided in the letter, like shown below (click to enlarge).

PHOTO: Canada Tourist Visa Application - Letter for Passport Submission

14) There will be fees to pay upon submission of passport in VAC, it depends if you want your passport delivered back to your preferred address (Cebu VAC has Php905.95 fee for delivery via 2GO Courier) or pick-up in VAC once done (not so sure how much would cost for this option, this must be cheaper than door delivery). The VAC personnel will provide an OR with tracking number of your passport submission, which can be tracked via 2GO site once ready for return delivery.

15) It will take 3-5 business days for visa stamping and another 2-3 days for return delivery (depending on the address, much quicker for city addresses). An alert or notice will be posted in your account once passport has been received in Canada Embassy and dispatched for return delivery.

16) Once delivered successfully, the parcel includes your passport and a document containing information about your temporary resident visa.

Canada Temporary Resident (Tourist) Visa details are also posted in your your online account as shown below:


Traveler's Couch wish you all the luck for your Canada Temporary Resident Visa (TRV, Tourist) Application. For questions, inquiries or feedback, please don't hesitate to message on below comment section or hit the 'Contact' page on the upper site menu.

January 22, 2017

Hostel Avenue: Boracay's First Beachfront Hostel beside D'Mall Station 2 (Reviews, Photos, Rates & More!)

PHOTO: Hostel Avenue - Boracay Island, Philippines
Looking for a cheap accommodation in Boracay Island, Philippines and at the same time enjoying the convenience of staying near White Beach Boracay? Worry no more as Traveler's Couch share some details about the first beachfront hostel in Boracay Island!

Note: Details are as of January 2017.

HOSTEL AVENUE BORACAY - LOCATION (Boracay Station 2, White Beach)

PHOTO: Hostel Avenue Boracay - Location Details
(click above photo to enlarge)

Hostel Avenue Boracay
3rd and 4th floor Pat's Creek Bar
Boracay Station 2, Barangay Balabag
Boracay Island, Philippines, 5608

Hostel Avenue is strategically located in Station 2 (few steps away from D'Mall or Epic Bar), at the center of White Beach which is just few steps away from the most exciting and entertaining spots in Boracay Island. With a dormitory or capsule-inspired bed setup, this is a perfect stop for all budget travelers & backpackers as it offers one of the best rates for a beachfront stay in the island!

October 2, 2016

Mactan Newtown Cebu: Affordable Condo for Weekend Staycation with Infinity Pool, Gym, Beach Access and more!

PHOTO: Mactan Newtown Cebu's Affordable Condo for Weekend Staycation with Infinity Pool, Gym, Beach Access & More!

Mactan Newtown in Lapu-lapu City, Mactan Island, Cebu, Philippines is a mega-community that combines top-grade office sites, first-class commercial strips, upscale hotels, and a reputable academic institution in one premiere beach setting. It is also home to luxury residential condominiums, which offers Condo for Short stay rent in affordable rate. If you are visiting Cebu for short stay near the Mactan Cebu International Airport or some vacation for Sinulog Festival or attending the Cobra Ironman 70.3 Triathlon, then this one is the right place for you! Traveler's Couch shares to you Mactan, Cebu's Newest Weekend Destination to relax with family and friends!

Condo Units Available for Short Stay Rent (Staycation) at the Mactan Newtown:

Condo Rental Rate: Php3500/night

1 BEDROOM UNIT - 49.7sqm and 51.10sqm
Condo Rental Rate: Php4000/night

(Traveler's Couch Tip: The availability of the unit will be dependent on the date of desired booking. The demand is getting higher here so might as well book a month in advance at least. I recommend to choose 1 Bedroom Unit for groups with 5-7 guests)


Important Update as of October 16, 2016:
Traveler's Couch received a notice from Mactan Newtown Condo staff that only maximum of 4 Guests can stay overnight while additional 1-3 guests for day-use and can stay until 10PM only.

- 4 ADULT GUESTS PER UNIT can stay overnight only.
Traveler's Couch Tip: You can actually invite additional guests, maximum 3 extra heads for P200.00/guest for dayuse until 10PM. Please refer to below rental rate with respect to the unit type & number of guests.

4 Guests (Rate: Php3500) = Php875/person w/ 4 Guests overnight stay
5 Guests (Rate: Php3500 + Php200) = Php740/person w/ 4 Guests overnight stay, 1 Guest day use
6 Guests (Rate: Php3500 + Php400) = Php650/person w/ 4 Guests overnight stay, 2 Guests day use
7 Guests (Rate: Php3500 + Php600) = Php585/person w/ 4 Guests overnight stay, 3 Guests day use

4 Guests (Rate: Php4000) = Php1000/person w/ 4 Guests overnight stay
5 Guests (Rate: Php4000 + Php200) = Php840/person w/ 4 Guests overnight stay, 1 Guest day use
6 Guests (Rate: Php4000 + Php400) = Php733/person w/ 4 Guests overnight stay, 2 Guests day use
7 Guests (Rate: Php4000 + Php600) = Php657/person w/ 4 Guests overnight stay, 3 Guests day use

Clearly, maximizing the number of guests would lower down the expense/person and Bedroom Unit is slightly higher than the Studio Unit since it is more spacious than the latter.

(Traveler's Couch Tip: Area of the units are bigger than the usual condo. I haven't seen the studio room unit but for bedroom unit, it has good space for maximum 7 guests. Plus, try to request for a corner unit to have a better view of the property)

WIFI available
Cable TV Available
Air conditioned unit
(Traveler's Couch Tip: Some utensils are provided like spoon, fork, glasses & plates. Refrigerator is also available for use but if you want to cook using burner or microwave, there is an additional charge. Pans are not provided so you may want to bring your own when planning to cook. The Bedroom Unit has sofa & dining area, with separate comfort & shower room.)

- FREE USE of Condo Amenities: INFINITY POOL, SPA & GYM
(Traveler's Couch Tip: You can also have FREE access to the newly opened Mactan Newtown beach, just inform the condo staff ahead. The condo unit is just walking distance to the Newtown Beach with entrance fee of 150 weekdays and P200 weekends, Mactan Alfresco with restaurants list provided below, Mcdonalds, 7/11, ATM Machines, Mr. Donut, Coffee Shops, etc. Mactan Newtown also host shows every weekend at the Alfresco.)

Restaurants in Mactan Alfresco:
Ayer's Lechon
Cebu's Original Lechon Belly
Ana's Lechon
MexiMama Cocina Latina
Orange Karenderia
Choobi choobi
Mama Linda inato BBQ & Seafoods
Manang Sayong
Conching's Native Chicken


- No Pets Allowed
- No Smoking inside the unit
- Strictly notify the condo staff before check in and check out for inspection. If there are damages to the unit, you are entitled to pay a fine or buy a replacement depending on the damage done.


- Government Issued ID
(Traveler's Couch Tip: The person which unit is reserved will have to email a scanned copy of the ID to the condo staff upon reservation. Also, he/she will have to surrender a Gov't ID as well during check-in and will be returned upon checkout.)

- Security Bond: Php2000 Cash
(Traveler's Couch Tip: They will only accept cash as security deposit, this will be returned to you if no damages has been made in the unit upon checkout. Nearby ATM machines are available in case needed)

- Names of ALL the People staying in the unit must be listed down, children and age must be declared in the logbook condo lobby frontdesk

- FULL PAYMENT NEEDED to reserve the Unit
(Traveler's Couch Tip: Payment can be coursed through Bank transfer - BPI, BDO, Metrobank or Unionbank or through Kwarta Padala. I paid through BPI's Mobile App 'Transfer to Anyone' feature which is more convenient. I was kinda hesitant at first to transact with them as I didn't know much about this property firm but I just did and I can confirm that this is not a scam and indeed a legit transaction as we enjoyed our stay.)


Here are the photos taken in Mactan Newtown - Condo for Rent/Staycation Experience
(Kindly click the photo to enlarge):

PHOTO: Mactan New Town - Mactan Island, Cebu, Philippines
PHOTO: Mactan Newtown Condominium Tower 1 & 2 Frontdesk
PHOTO: Mactan Newtown Condominium Tower 1 & 2 Lobby
PHOTO: Mactan Newtown Condominium Tower 1 & 2 Lobby
PHOTO: Mactan Newtown Condominium Tower 1 Hallway
PHOTO: Mactan Newtown Condominium Tower 1 Elevator
PHOTO: Living Room (Bedroom Unit) - Mactan Newtown Condo for Rent Staycation 
PHOTO: Bedroom Area (Bedroom Unit) - Mactan Newtown Condo for Rent Staycation
PHOTO: Dining Area (Bedroom Unit) - Mactan Newtown Condo for Rent Staycation
PHOTO: Window View (Bedroom Unit) - Mactan Newtown Condo for Rent Staycation
PHOTO: Infinity Pool viewed at the room terrace (Bedroom Unit) - Mactan Newtown Condo for Rent Staycation 
PHOTO: Panoramic View at the room terrace (Bedroom Unit) - Mactan Newtown Condo for Rent Staycation
PHOTO: Infinity Pool - Mactan Newtown Condo for Rent Staycation
PHOTO: Infinity Pool - Mactan Newtown Condo for Rent Staycation
PHOTO: Infinity Pool - Mactan Newtown Condo for Rent Staycation
PHOTO: Infinity Pool - Mactan Newtown Condo for Rent Staycation
PHOTO: Infinity Pool - Mactan Newtown Condo for Rent Staycation
PHOTO: Infinity Pool - Mactan Newtown Cebu Condo for Rent Staycation
PHOTO: Infinity Pool - Mactan Newtown Cebu Condo for Rent Staycation

PHOTO: Infinity Pool - Mactan Newtown Cebu Condo for Rent Staycation
PHOTO: Infinity Pool - Mactan Newtown Cebu Condo for Rent Staycation
PHOTO: Infinity Pool - Mactan Newtown Cebu Condo for Rent Staycation
PHOTO: Mactan Newtown Cebu Condo for Rent Staycation
PHOTO: Gym Area - Mactan Newtown Cebu Condo for Rent Staycation
PHOTO: Infinity Pool at night - Mactan Newtown Cebu for Rent Staycation
PHOTO: Infinity Pool at night - Mactan Newtown Cebu for Rent Staycation
PHOTO: Infinity Pool at night viewed at the room terrace (Bedroom Terrace) - Mactan Newtown Cebu Condo for Rent Staycation
PHOTO: Mactan Alfresco - Mactan Newtown, Cebu, Philippines
PHOTO: MexiMama & Orange in Mactan Alfresco - Mactan Newtown, Cebu, Philippines
PHOTO: Weekend Night Show at Mactan Alfesco - Mactan Newtown, Cebu, Philippines
PHOTO: Weekend Night Show at Mactan Alfresco - Mactan Newtown, Cebu, Philippines
PHOTO: Mactan Newtown Cebu at Night


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July 24, 2016

Cebu to Siquijor and Dumaguete, Philippines: 3 Days, 2 Nights (3D2N) Travel Guide, Itinerary, Budget, Photos and more!

Siquijor Island and Dumaguete City are just two of the many most visited places in the Philippines. 
Known for being a mysterious other-world of witchcraft and mountain-dwelling mangkukulam (healers who used old, traditional way of healing), Siquijor also offers natural wonders beyond beauty and enchantment while Dumaguete City serves as one of the gateways of the former.

Traveler's Couch shares to you an ultimate guide from Cebu to Siquijor and Dumaguete City for a 3-Day-2-Night (3D2N) Adventure trip.

July 12, 2016

SINULOG 2017: A Guide to Cebu Philippines' Grandest Festival! (Schedule of Events, Winners, Venue, Photos, Videos & More!)

Welcome to the GRANDEST FESTIVAL in the PHILIPPINES - The Cebu Sinulog Festival!
This is your ultimate guide for 2017's most attended celebration in the country.

July 10, 2016

15 Attractions in 2 Days: A Travel Guide to Camiguin Island, Philippines! (Itinerary, Rates, Photos, Tips)

Known as the Philippines' "Island Born of Fire", this well-endowed Camiguin was formed from volcanic eruptions and earthquakes that even submerged one of its old town (Catarman) below sea level. It is situated off the northern coast of resource-rich Mindanao and considered the second smallest province in the Philippines in terms of population and land area, just next to Batanes. But never belittle this pearl-shaped island province of Camiguin as it considered one of the most diverse destinations in the Philippines, with rich cultural heritage, traditional craftwork abundance and beautiful natural wonders that keep visitors around the world coming.

Traveler's Couch shares to you a Travel Guide to achieve that great 2-Day Adventure Trip in Camiguin Island, Philippines.

February 21, 2016

4 Things to Enjoy in 1 Day in Bantayan Island, Cebu, Philippines

PHOTO: Bantayan Island, Cebu, Philippines

Cebu is a prime destination in the Philippines for the past years, for both business and leisure travelers. In February 2016, world known National Geographic (NatGeo) considered Cebu as One of the Destinations to Backpack this 2016. Here's a snippet from the article:

"Cebu City can be a little overwhelming, but it does offer a jumping nightlife scene at least, especially in the trendy Lahug district. It’s also the jumping-off point for coastal hot spots all around the country’s ninth largest island. Outstanding diving awaits at Malapascua Island, off the north end of Cebu Island, and nearby Bantayan Island offers laid-back seaside resorts on pristine beaches."

One of the spots highlighted is Bantayan Island, an island located in the northernmost tip of Cebu mainland which is known for its massive white sand beaches and stunning crystal blue waters. It is composed of three towns: Sta. Fe, Bantayan and Madridejos.