“To The Mountains”

It was 26 February 2013 when I caught a note titled “To The Mountains” on my newsfeed. What is so special about the note other than it belongs to a friend, whom I met on the mountain trails two years ago, is that he is a silent, brilliant writer. I have always admired him for…

The Playground Of Demigods And Nephilims: Tarak Ridge

I once read that all mountain landscapes hold stories. And those stories may come from what we read, from what we dream, and from what we create. One of my most notable climbs before leaving the country more than a year ago is at Mount Mariveles, most popularly known as Tarak Ridge, in Bataan. The…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgic

The moment I read the Weekly Photo Challenge’s theme today, what came to mind in a flash is my ever lofty concubine. I had an almost unbreakable plan to see her during my vacation last March to April this year but something more adamant came up that winnowed every grain of that plan. I mollified…

Sitio Madlum: Another Bed Of Adventures At The North

Our recent climb to Mount Manalmon in Sitio Madlum three months ago is probably the most memorable as far as the word adventure is concerned. Sitio Madlum not only boasts the historical Mount Manalmon, it also brags other adventuresome places such as the very enchanting river (Madlum River) with a backbreaking monkey bridge on and white…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Self Portrait

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The Mystical Mountain of Maria Makiling

Background “Mt. Makiling is a popular hiking destination. The two major trails begin at the UPLB College of Forestry and Brgy. San Miguel, Sto. Tomas, Batangas. The UPLB trail is more commonly used, taking 4–5 hours to reach the summit (Peak 2). However, this trail is closed as of October 2007 due to trail damage…

Outreach To Mount Timbak

The Background Mount Singakalsa (a.ka. Mt. Timbak) is the third highest mountain of Luzon Island. It is one of the revered peaks of the Cordillera Mountains and it is located at Atok, Benguet. According to my research pertaining to its elevation, Mt. Timbak is 2,717 (+) meters above sea level. The Misadventure  The supposed night…

Tirad Pass’ Historical Trails in Ilocos Sur

Background “Tirad Pass was the site of the battle chronicled by international correspondents at the turn of the century. Part of the Tirad Pass National Park, it snakes upwards to at the turn of the century. Part of Tirad Pass National Park, it snakes upwards to just kilometers from the peak of Mt. Tirad and…

First Taste Of The Summit At Mount Batulao

“The cool and arid clime of Mt. Batulao (811 MASL) is a pleasant escape from the tropics. The moment you alight from the Crow bus at Evercrest Golf Course – the jumpoff – you will feel the same coolness felt by the visitors of Tagaytay. And this temperature will be with you all the way….