Wednesday, January 3, 2018

MY TOP 20 TREKS IN 2017

2017 is another remarkable year for my travels and exploration. This year, I chanced to conquer the Philippines' biggest cave system, which is one of my greatest trekking accomplishments along with VERTICAL BIVOUAC OF BUKIDNON. In 2017, I also happened to visit many new spots in my home, Bukidnon, which includes the highest recorded waterfalls in the Philippines and ridges overlooking sea of clouds.

Here are my TOP 20 TREKS for 2017:

1. Langun-Gobingob Cave, Calbiga, Western Samar
Conquering the Philippines' biggest cave system is among my greatest trekking fulfillment. The whole exploration took three days. I was in awe looking at the gigantic structures like pillars, altars, clouds, chandeliers and palaces all shimmering. I slept under pointed dagger-like stalactites with crickets biting on my skin. I got goosebumps upon hearing thousand different voices that sounded like howling and wailing. I also experienced crawling with residents snakes, watching flocking bats on show and climbing mountains of guano. Spending a night in the underworld made me badly miss the light.

Friday, October 20, 2017

KINDS OF MOUNTAINEERS YOU MIGHT HAVE MET

Not all hikers view mountaineering the same way. While some are campaigning for nature preservation, some are just counting mountains they conquered. Some go to the mountains to ease their burden while some want to face the challenges ahead. Some want to socialize while some want quiet time. Mountaineers are ordinary people too. They have lots of differences. They do the same thing, but not the same way.  

What kind of mountaineers have you met along the trails? 


Here are kinds of mountaineers I've encountered from my personal mountaineering experiences:

1. SOCIABLE is everyone's friend. Whether he's the climb organizer or a mere guest, he has everyone's attention and sympathy. He loves to hike in battalion. He does climbing for socialization.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

MALAYANAN FALLS: Simply Alluring

Malayanan Falls is the welcoming landmark of Barangay Malayanan, San Fernando Bukidnon. It is a multi-tiered waterfalls located right after the hanging bridge that crosses Pulangui River. The first drop is estimated to be 15 feet high. It has a pool for swimming. The second cascade that is gently crawling down a sloping rock is around 30 feet high. The third tier is just a mini-falls and is seldom visited. Malayanan Falls streams down joining the grand Pulangui River.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

CABADIANGAN LAKE: Manmade yet Awesome


Cabadiangan Lake used to be unknown. Long before, it was not lake at all. It was just a swamp or marsh. The Small Water Impounding Project (SWIP) of National Irrigation Authority (NIA) made this lovely body of water. This manmade lake supplies water to farms and fields nearby. 

Monday, July 10, 2017

BUKIDNON PARTICIPATES IN NATIONAL MOUNTAIN CLEANUP 2017

Photo Credits: Hatred Kakashi
Last July 8, 2017, Bukidnon Green Warriors heeded the call of Pinoy Mountaineer for National Mountain Cleanup 2017. Bukidnon Green Warriors is an unofficial group of mountaineers who share the same passion of nature trekking. These trekkers also share the same sentiment on mountain commercialization resulting to littering, vandalism and other irresponsible acts by climbers and picnickers. 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

NASULI SPRING RESORT: Naturally Enchanting

Nasuli Spring Resort is a natural pool located in serene forested area of Purok 1, Brgy. Bangcud, Malaybalay City. The resort is just 500 meters away from national highway. The cool, clear and calm pool has random springs gushing from holes of different depth, the deepest being 31 feet. Its original soil flooring is left untouched to preserve its natural feel. 

HOW TO GET THERE:
From CDO or Malaybalay, take a south bound bus. Alight at Nasuli, Brgy. Bangcud in front of INC church. Take a short hike to the resort.*

From Davao, take a bus bound for CDO. Alight at Nasuli, Brgy. Bangcud in front of INC church. Take a short hike to the resort.*

*Four wheel vehicles can enter the resort. 


To see more photos, please visit NASULI SPRING RESORT.
 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

THINGS I LIKE AND DISLIKE ABOUT BORACAY ISLAND

Boracay Island in Malay, Aklan is famous worldwide because of its long stretch of white sand. Yes, the whole world knows Boracay. It is even tagged as "world's most beautiful tropical island", making it one of the major tourist destinations. Three barangays --- Bolabog, Manoc-Manoc and Yapak consist Boracay island, which totals to 1,038.82 hectares.