Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Mt. Pulag (Ambangeg Trail) | En Route to My Dream

I'm almost there, just a few more steps to the summit, so I ran as fast as I could. Suddenly I found myself floating in a sea of clouds, surrounded by a battalion of angels. They were rejoicing, singing and dancing and playing with their golden trumpets. Inside me was an inexplicable delight...  

"Terminal na po! Terminal na po!" - Victory Liner Bus Conductor upon reaching the City of Pines

Oh, it was just a dream... the same old Pulag Dream I've been dreaming for eversince I fell in love with the mountains. To see the sea of clouds slowly engulfing the grassy summit of Mt. Pulag, to witness the sun battling the darkness on a breakday, to feel the cold breeze that would numb every inch of my body, to proudly stand on top of Luzon's highest - that's my Pulag dream.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Mt. Arayat (Traverse) | The Lonely Giant of Central Luzon

"I can see the city lights and hear the sounds of moving vehicles and party music, at last, we're nearing the civilization"
Exactly 41 days after my last climb (yikes, more than one month akong walang hike), I'm back again on the trails - and it was a major come back (Mt. Arayat traverse day hike for the win). Actually, it was Agnes of who planned this major climb on Mt. Arayat, a Maglang-Arayat traverse dayhike she said. And since I am free on the 13th of May (yup, it was a mother's day climb), and the budget here suits very well with my almost exhausted wealth (ang hirap maging unemployed), I said yes to this climb.

But unexpected things do happen, a day before our climb, Agnes backed out due to some health issues. Responsibility now left on my shoulder. Ako na daw ang bahala sa climb group, madami naman kami kaya ituloy pa rin daw namin. Alright, wala nang atrasan 'to.


Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Side Trip to Malibiclibic Falls

Our full-day adventure in Cavite was not over yet. After being warped to the era of the Philippine Revolution (you might as well want to experience the same thing by visiting the town of Maragondon), all paths lead to Malibiclibic Falls - a falls not so popular located in the town of Aguinaldo.


Twelve noon at the town of Maragondon, we were lunching in a carinderia somewhere while experiencing the excruciating hotness of a summer day (WTF, nanglilimahid talaga kami sa init). We all wanted a refreshing escape. So Josh suggested Malibiclibic Falls, a waterfalls located in the nearby town of Aguinaldo.

So we made our way to Aguinaldo. From Maragondon, we traveled by jeep to Naic. Then from Naic, we again traveled by jeep to Brgy. Lumipa in Aguinaldo (travel time was about an hour for P34.00). 

the main jump-off to Malibiclibic Falls

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

One Year And Still Counting

It's been a year now when I first met you. If I could remember it right, you where there sitting on the corner of a busy street in Lucban. Both of us were having a great time celebrating the Pahiyas Festival. I smiled at you, and you smiled back. Wow, you were shining above the rest. I approached you, and we clicked right away.

I did not foresee that it will be the start of a very good friendship. Since then, you joined me in many important events of my life - first climb, first plane ride, on my 20th birthday. You became my greatest travel buddy. I am so lucky that I met you....

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Maragondon Heritage Tour

People knows Rizal died on the 30th of December 1896 and Ninoy on 21st of August 1983. But only a few knows that on this very day, May 10, we are commemorating the 115th death anniversary of Andres Bonifacio. It is sad that this important date in our history usually go unnoticed. 

Exactly 115 years ago, Andres Bonifacio lost in the game of politics in the First Philippine Republic. After being tried with treason and sedition by an unjust military court that was manipulated by Aguinaldo's men, the Supremo and his brother were tragically executed somewhere in the mountains of Maragondon.

Our journey to Maragondon, Cavite more than a month ago aimed to trace the final trail of Andres Bonifacio. Part of this heritage tour is the Bonifacio Trial House, Bonifacio Shrine in Nagpatong, Mt. Buntis, as well as the old Maragondon Church which is a National Cultural Treasure.


Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Azalea Residences Baguio

Arghhh, I need a break from this boring unemployed life, I need to escape this city life,  I need a vacation! Whew, thanks to Azalea Residences, this bored kid from Manila had an awesome weekend staycation at the City of Pines. Well actually, I went there for a hotel review.


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