Monday, December 24, 2012

Top Ten Captured Moments of 2012

Here's my top ten most memorable moments in 2012 - captured on photo

10. Chased by Birds
Mt. Tagapo
Talim Island, Rizal
February 18, 2012

Our boat was being chased by the birds of Laguna de Bay.

I just came from Talim Island after doing, for the first time, a solo climb on a mountain. It was a life-changing experience as it really leveled up my taste for adventure.

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9.  Sniffed by 4 Cows
Mt. Banoi
Lobo, Batangas
August 26, 2012

When I did Mt. Banoi solo dayhike, four cows came to me and sniffed me for about 2 minutes. I was frozen, a bit scared, but excited and happy.

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8. Harvest Season Ritual
Harvest Season Ritual
Batad, Ifugao
July 20, 2012

3 pigs in 1 amazing ritual.

It's rare to witness the Ifugaos performing their ritual for harvest season when in Batad. But we're really lucky to be on the right place at the right time.

7. Dawn at the Summit
Mt. Tapulao
Palauig, Zambales
November 2, 2012

It was the most beautiful, clearest dawn I ever witnessed.

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6. Guided by a Dog
Pico de Loro
Ternate, Cavite
August 21, 2012

In Pico de Loro, the dogs are the guides. You wouldn't find such dogs in all mountains.

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5. Limatik Festival
Mt. Makiling
Los BaƱos, Laguna
March 3, 2012

102 of this little guardians of Mt. Makiling crawled around my body. It was by far my worst limatik encounter.

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4. Sea of People
Feast of the Black Nazarene
January 9, 2012

I went to central Manila to witness the largest procession in the country. The procession started at 6:30 AM, starting from Quirino Grandstand and would end at Quiapo Church. We wanted to witness the event so we waited.. and waited... and waited.

It was only by 6PM (after almost 12 hours) that the carosa of the Black Nazarene reached our station at Lawton underpass. Who would know that it's going to be the longest Nazareno procession in history.

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3. Stormed at the Campsite
Mt. Marami
Magallanes, Cavite
June 1, 2012

The three of us were alone at the campsite of Mt. Marami. There was a rage of storm, and it's flooding inside our tent. That terrible night is one of the longest and most unforgettable.

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2. TV Appearance
Front Row Interview
February 1, 2012

Unexpectedly, a researcher from this GMA program called me, asking if they can have me for an interview. At first I was afraid, I really am not that kind of person who would want a TV appearance, but hey, the interview still pushed through.

The episode was entitled "Takipsilim at Bukang-liwayway" and it aired on February 4, 2012. For the very first time, I appeared on National Television.

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1. Sea of Clouds
Mt. Pulag
Bokod, Benguet
May 27, 2012

Sea of clouds. Need I say more?

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  1. Awesome pictures as always, not painfully long and quite engaging. :) See you soon!

  2. grabe ang ganda ng dawn at the summit. awesome!

  3. super love the pictures and the interesting caption! cheers to more captures and fun travels in 2013!

  4. I had my share of limatiks during my field days in Pinas and it was no festival. That was quite a shot of the bloody sucker!

  5. as always, very nice and interesting article from the master traveller itself



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