Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013 Year End Post | Beaches, Hikes and Everything Nice

Time flies so fast. Parang kahapon, kakasimula lang ng 2013, pero ngayon matatapos na siya, napakabilis. Napakaraming naganap, masasaya, exciting, nakakapagod, nakakakilig, nakakabusog at marami pang iba. Marami rin bagong karanasan at bagong taong nakasalamuha. Overall, my 2013 was a blast!

So before the year ends, here's a run down of my adventures this 2013.

6 Mt. Cristobal Traverse
13 Mt. Marami hike
17-20 Mt. Talomo-Apo Megatraverse
21-22 Samal Island
24-27 Mt. Dulang-Dulang-Kitanglad (D2K traverse)

After completing the physically demanding Talomo-Apo Megatraverse, I headed to Bukidnon to do the D2K Traverse. Oh, it's one of my greatest traverses.

9 Mt. Timbac
10 Baguio City
16 Mt. Maculot
23-24 Palaui Island

Palaui Island, the northernmost destination of the year, gave me a sneak peek of my next birthday trip.

3 Mt. Makiling
9 Mt. Natib
16 Mt. Makiling
17 Mt. Gulugod Baboy, Sombrero Island
23-24 Mt. Balingkilat
24 Nagsasa Cove

Beautiful but tormenting. The hottest hike of our lives.

6-7 Mt. Bulusan
14-16 Mt. Kanlaon
16 Mambukal Resort
17 Bacolod, Talisay and Silay
21 San Jose Circuit

The ultimate volcano experience is found in Negros Island!

1 Mt. Kalisungan-Atimla
4-5 Mt. Pulag via Akiki-Tawangan
19 Buntot Palos waterfall
25 Mt. Makiling
26 Mt. Talamitam-Batulao

Amazing Pulag experience, ascended via the difficult Akiki, descended via the mossy Tawangan. The best in the Cordilleras.

2 Mt. Arayat
8 Mt. Maculot traverse
29 Mt. Cristobal Traverse

All the plains are visible from atop Mt. Arayat

6 Mt. Batulao-Talamitam
7 Mt. Makiling traverse
14 Mt. Tagapo
20-22 Kalinga Province

It's an honor to meet Apo Whang-Od, the last mambabatok of the Kalinga People.

3 Mt. Natib traverse
11 Tarak Ridge-Samat
15-17 Mt. Apo via Kapatagan
18-21 Camiguin Island
19 Mt. Hibok-Hibok
20 Mt. Timpoong
26 Mt. Marami

For the second time this year, I went up the highest peak in the Philippines. The volcanic face of Mt. Apo is indeed mesmerizing.

8 Pico de Loro traverse
14 Mt. Labo
21-22 Porac, Pampanga Aeta Outreach
29 Mt. Romelo

I have hiked Pico de Loro a couple of times, but never did I make it to the other side. It feels good to finally have it done this year.

6 Mt. Makiling traverse
13 Tanay trail run
20 Taal Volcano

At long last, my itchy feet reached the smallest volcano.

3 Mt. Pinatubo
23 Mt. Banoi
24 Mt. Makiling

once again, I reached the wide-mouth Pinatubo crater, the 5th volcano adventure of the year

1 Mt. Daguldol, Laiya Beach
7-8 Mt. Purgatory traverse
15 Taal heritage town, Mt. Maculot
22 Intramuros day tour
27-28 Cordillera hike Tawangan-Hungduan
29 Mt. Napulauan 

The old town and the biggest Catholic Church in Asia.


2013 Fun Facts

Total Time Spent on Traveling/Hiking: 2 Month, 17 days, and 1 hour (rough estimate)
Farthest North: Palaui Island, Cagayan Province
Farthest South: Digos City, Davao del Sur
Longest Bus Ride: 15 hrs (Manila to Sta. Ana, Cagayan)
Number of Provinces: 21 (9 new provinces)
Number of Beach Trips: 6
Number of Mountain Hikes: 42 (36 unique mountains; 20 new mountains)
Number of Waterfalls: 9
Number of Lighthouses: 2
Number of Cave Adventures: 0
Number of Fiesta: 0
Number of Flights: 7
Number of Solo Trips: 4


Happy New Year!


  1. I hope 2014 brings you more adventures.

  2. Absolutely amazing photos and what an action packed year of travel. Best wishes for your 2014 adventures! Jonny



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