Embraced By The Labyrinth’s Trail Of Mount Marami

Since the very first time I climb a mountain, the mighty sun is supportive until my Mount Marami (13th conquered mountain) experience in Maragondon, Cavite. In the early morning of 08 May 2011, I struggled my way through the group’s meeting place at 7 Eleven in Buendia because of the heavy rain from Sauyo. This was not…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Monument (Aguinaldo Shrine)

The date was 23 March 2008 when we were tasked to do a project in one of our subjects in the Graduate School. The project was to verify with the old locals in Kawit, Cavite the truth behind the death of Philippines’ first president, Emilio Aguinaldo. This was brought about by the off-the-record pages of history. Anyway,…

What Is The Name Of This Plant?

On 06 March 2011, my hiking buddy, Paul Basco, and I photographed this stunningly alabaster fruit during our climb at Mt. Cristobal in Quezon Province. I posted the photo on Facebook the following day and questions pertaining to the name of this particular plant ensued. Unfortunately, I don’t know the answer. I have already consulted Mr….

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…

Reunion Climb At Mount Banoi And My New Friend From The Wild

To reunite with the people who mentored me on this thrilling sport called mountaineering is always something I look forward to since 2009. That was the year I got to meet Red, Paul, Kat, Rhov, and the rest of the now Sabit-Sabit Mountaineers on the mountain trails of Batulao, Tirad, and Timbak. Talking to these…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Celebration

  If there’s one thing I would like to celebrate, it would be the fact that I’m alive and kicking. I’ve never been so aware of his gift of life until I had experienced the hardest climb in my more than two years of mountain climbing. That was the time I battled the pit of death…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Mountains

When I read the notification in my inbox for this week’s photo challenge, I was so happy to know about the subject. Being a mountain climber for two years, I thought it would be easy for me to pick among the multitude of photos I have gathered since I started visiting the mountains. Until, I…

Amid The Rains And Darkness At Mount Marami

“There is a rhythm in life, a certain beauty which operates by a variation of lights and shadows, happiness alternating with sorrow, content with discontent, distilling in this process of contrast a sense of satisfaction, of richness that can be captured and pinned down only by those who possess the gift of awareness” Louis Bromfield….

Mount Tagapo And The Famous “Balaw-Balaw” Restaurant

Background “At the heart of Laguna de Bay lies Mt. Tagapo. Its unique geography makes it a worthwhile hiking destination. You will have to board a pumpboat from the towns of Rizal to reach the island; this boat ride will take you to the scenic lake and its fishing villages. You will realize that Laguna…