Watwatworld Friendship and Discovery Climb 5

The 5th watwatworld friendship climb was a success! We had good food and great company. I was excited meeting them for the first time early morning last Saturday. We had introductions and proceeded to the DENR Parks office for the mandatory orientation. After an hour, we went to have lutong bahay breakfast at Manang Gina's and after eating I distributed the group tshirts and the trail food I prepared the night before. By 11:00am we were at the Ranger station and by 11:20 we started to walk going … [Read more...]

Mount APO Adventure: A travel guide (part 2)

Jump Off to godi godi Our group and the participants prepared and divided our things with the porters. Migs, the head organizer of YABAG, in a brief talk, said that we will reach the first camp by night fall and it is going to be a two to three hour walk going to the entrance of the forest. Along the way, we were surprised to see that the Kapatagan trail looks like the vegetable mountains of Benguet, the so called vegetable capital of the Philippines. Potatoes, cabbages and carrots were … [Read more...]

Mount APO Adventure: A travel guide (part 1)

DAVAO TO JUMP OFF It was a fine day when the plane touched down in Davao city. We were all excited to climb the country’s highest mountain peak – Mt. APO. Here begins an unforgettable adventure with new found friends. It was around early January 2013 when I received an invitation for a climb at Mt. APO. I was hesitant at first not because of the physical challenge it can offer but because of the fees and other expenses. After two weeks of washing dishes, showing wonderful photos of … [Read more...]

Discover Island Garden City Of Samal: A travel guide and adventure

Samal Island is one of the most visited tourist destination in Mindanao and it is located near Davao city. Well to do travellers can rent a small boat going to Samal but for budget travellers it is best to take the “Roro boat”. At first we thought Samal Island was far but we were surprised because the island was just 10 minutes away from the Davao port. The Roro Boat entrance fee was very minimal at P10/head. Video 1 At the Samal port, your bags will be inspected for Mangoes. Because … [Read more...]

Pangagawan Cave, Kiangan, Ifugao : Where Big Adventures come from small tunnels

Pangagawan Cave is an undeveloped tourist spot located at the mountains of Bolog, Kiangan, Ifugao. It offers extreme spelunking experience. A must go for thrill seekers. Our group comprising  of members from various organizations headed by Real Sons and Daughters of Ifugao (RSDI) went on a tree planting activity  at Bolog, Kiangan. The event was dubbed as One Nature One Community 8, a sagip kalikasan project of the organization and was a follow up for a  series of previous tree planting … [Read more...]

Confession of a first time Diver (Discover Scuba Diving)

As a man who grew up in the mountains, the mere thought of trying to scuba dive already gave me the chills. However, since it is one of the things to do that I listed in my bucket list, I had to gather all the courage to finish this adventure. Since we were already in the Island of Boracay last July 2013, I asked my wife if I could go diving. She gave me that “really?” look but said yes since it was my birthday. And so here is my experience as a first time scuba diver. First thing, if you are … [Read more...]

One Nature One Community 7, Mt. Atugo, Hingyon, Ifugao

The one nature one community tree planting activity at the municipality of Hingyon was a success! It was a cold early morning when the group from Baguio city reached Piwong. By day break, Vice mayor Marcos Bantiyan came and we all went to his house for breakfast. By 9:00am, the group proceeded to Mt. Atugo. We were able to plant around 200 seedlings. Lunch was great! Courtesy of Barangay Captain Hangdaan Binwag and the officials of Barangay Bitu. The activity was made possible by the Real … [Read more...]

One Nature One Community 6, Tree Planting Adventure at Mt. Binhagan, Lagawe Ifugao

The recently concluded One Nature One Community 6 at Mt. Binhagan, Lagawe, Ifugao was a success. Through the efforts of RSDI-WOW-HICC, a non-stock non-profit NGO, the tree planting activity became a reality. In total, 150 Coffee seedlings and 100 Mahogany seedlings were planted. The Ifugao Provincial Police Office and the 68th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army also participated in the tree planting activity. I am very happy that the organization RSDI-WOW-HICC took an active role in … [Read more...]

Time Travel to Calle Crisologo, Heritage, Vigan City

Vigan City is known to be the Heritage City of the North. I had the opportunity to visit the city's different tourist spots courtesy of my host Richard Soria. There are a lot of old houses scattered all over Vigan. At first, it seemed like every corner is the same because the old building structures are as tall as each other. Then I came to realize that the whole Heritage City is shaped like a rectangle sliced so many times by small roads in between.  But there is one street that is closed to … [Read more...]

Isna Tako: Batad Banaue Adventure

A video created by practicing videographer Mr. Ash Velasco during our adventure to Batad Rice Terraces of Banaue, Ifugao. … [Read more...]