2019, like every year, was a great trekking year for my 40 year old feet. This year was full of excitement as I headed to places I have never been to before. Though frustrations got in my way, 2019 is still remarkable trekking year. As I bid goodbye to 2019, here are my Top 19 remarkable treks which I am so grateful of:
MACHALET FALLS is a gigantic series of drops situated in hinterlands of
Sitio Papalungan, Biyoy, Kasibu, Nueva Vizcaya. It has 4 visible tiers.
Settlers say there are more but inaccessible tiers above. There are wide
pools in both 2nd and 3rd tiers enough for a cool dip.
Taliyan Falls, Impasugong, Bukidnon before and during the flashflood
I and my trek buddies were stranded for more than an hour. After a halfday trek, we decided to pass by Taliyan Waterfall in Impasugong, Bukidnon just beside mighty Tagoloan River. We just took a short rest after taking our lunch. We took time to cool our bodies down before taking a dip. Suddenly the sky got dim and a heavy rain poured down. We hid ourselves under rocks and cavern hoping the rain would soon end.
The rain got heavier. Waters started to drip inside our hiding refuge. We were supposed to go home under the rain. Yet we could no longer cross the small creek. The roaring water turned chocolatey. So we waited for more than an hour witnessing the gentle waterfall turn into a monster.
After a 7-hour ride from Santiago City, the passenger and cargo filled bus finally arrived at a remote town of Dinapigue, Isabela. Being a DIY backpacker, I had no contact or even an IT. I just had targeted destinations, Dibulo Falls and Dinapigue beach fronting Pacific Ocean. When I got in the ride, I just waited what happens next. It was 12 mn when we arrived. It was so dark since the town has no supply of electricity. There are no known accommodations, only deafening silence all around. So I ended up sleeping alone inside the bus with million stars right above my head.
I was on my way home from an exhaustive trek in Machalet Falls in Papalungan, Kasibu, Nueva Vizcaya. I was clamoring for water to quench down my thirst. My habalhabal driver dropped me by at a stopover. Knowing I was reluctant to drink from a water jug with only one cup for all passersby, the kind lady host suggested me to drink from a hose with free flowing water. Seeing me wondering where the hose is, she pointed inside the toilet. When I got in, cool water abundantly flows to a basin near the toilet bowl. I couldn't pick the hose up since it is tied to an unfinished concrete wall. I had to stoop down, close my eyes, hold my sense of smell and gulp my thirst away.
UGIS PEAK is truly a silent stunner among southern Philippine mountains. This scyscraper of Teduray (Tiruray) community of Sitio Ugis,
Marguez, Esperanza, Sultan Kudarat is popularly known for its
challenging knife edge summit offering exhilarating view of the lowlands
and other landscapes.