Tarak – Pantingan Reverse Traverse

Tarak -Pantingan Reverse Traverse Dayhike part 2
The Descent
Brgy. Alas-asin, Mariveles to Sitio Gabon, Brgy. Saysayin, Bagac
Dayhike: 13hrs
Climb Date: April 23, 2016

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I would like to reiterate that the trail of Tarak – Pantingan Reverse Traverse is the same if not more difficult than that of Mt. Guiting Guiting. The first part of this article can be found here Tarak – Pantingan Reverse Traverse.

This is the continuation of our Reverse Traverse Dayhike and at the previous article I wrote the hardship we’ve been through from Tarak Peak to El Saco peak or the Cowboy Trail descending to the crater with the magnificent view of the caldera along the way and our rest stop at the Bakwat River. We have ascended the 80 degrees assault from Bakwat River to Garuchas Peak where we got very exhausted.

My body begun to feel the toil of the trail and as if all my energies were drained in an instant. I have given in to the call of my body to take a rest at one of the viewpoint before we reach the Mag-asawang bato. The photo below shows where I have taken a nap while my buddy poses for a good remembrance before my less than 15 minute nap time. She’s strong in fact she insisted on carrying the backpack going down while I regain my strength. I think the assault plus the heavy pack made me very exhausted plus the short 2 hour sleep during bus ride. Continue reading

Something Different

Are you bored and got nowhere else to go this coming weekend of May 28-29, 2016. You may want to try something different aside from your weekend outdoor trips. Here are some of the events near Manila that you may want to consider.

1. Camerahaus Photo Festival Event

If you love photography you may want to check out this festival. The Camerahaus Photo Festival http://www.photofestival.camerahaus.com/ Here’s what they are offering; the event will showcase a lot of camera-hacks, tips, and techniques on how to shoot creatively; there will be talks and workshops that will be facilitated by some of the best photographers and videographers in the country; there are also some good stuff to be given away if you are an early bird.

I’m sure you will have fun in this two day event. Just visit their site to know more of the details. Don’t worry It’s free.

2. Philippine Harvest, an organic, artisanal, natural and indigenous agri food fair

Aside from the activity above you may want to check out the event of the Department of Agriculture in BGC Central Square. In here, more than thirty exhibitors curated by the Department of Agriculture (DA) will be present to showcase and sell products which include coconut and its derivatives, adlai, heirloom rice, organic colored rice, artisanal chocolates, dairy products, honey, cacao, coffee, tabon-tabon, sua and organic meat. A good opportunity to meet our local farmers and have some of their fresh products. Continue reading

Tarak – Pantingan Reverse Traverse Dayhike

Tarak – Pantingan Reverse Traverse Dayhike

Tarak – Pantingan
Brgy. Alas-asin, Mariveles to Sitio Gabon, Brgy. Saysayin, Bagac
Dayhike: 13hrs
Climb Date: April 23, 2016

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Tarak to Pantingan Reverse Traverse was not yet documented in the internet as I looked for guide and itinerary. In most cases it’s the other way around Pantingan-Tarak Traverse. I don’t know what’s gotten into us but after we called off an event due to lack of participants we got excited to try this route.

I’ve done my first Tarak overnight climb last October 26, 2014 via regular trail from Alas-asin to Papaya River to Tarak Peak. Back then, we had camp at the ridge and enjoyed the sunrise. We never got the chance to hike El Saco that’s why we are trying this route. Continue reading

mt. asog: the mountain of the rising sun

Mt. Asog / Mt. Iriga

Iriga City, Camarines Sur
1,140 MASL
Jump Off: Sitio Ilian, Brgy. San Nicolas
Trek time: 3 – 4 hrs.
Considered a Minor climb with a difficulty level of 4/9

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This old volcano saw my entire childhood literally because our house is just located at the foot of Mt. Asog where I play, study and most of all do hard labor to earn money. My grandfathers’ land is located almost  midway to the summit and we usually go there every weekend to either plant or harvest corn and other vegetable plant such as okra, eggplant, tomatoes, carrots etc. Mt. Asog has a special place in me since this is where my parents get most of our product to sustain our needs.  Continue reading

Rafflesia spotted in Mt. Irid

Mt. Irid: A Haven of Rich Biodiversity

I first documented our Mt. Irid experience last August 2014 in the entry mt. irid: gateway to the mossy forest  and i have photographed some of the rich biodiversity this mountain has to offer but who would have thought that deep down the forest of Mt. Irid we will find an addition to the richness of its biodiversity we found the most celebrated flower in Malaysia called Rafflesia. On our second climb to Mt. Irid the other day (March 12, 2016) an overnight hike of Lakwatserong Sulit Adventures we were so lucky that along the trail we saw this Rafflesia Manillana. (I’m not so sure if I am correct with the specie but it looks like it as I further my research).

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I found this Rafflesia just a kilometer away from the bunkhouse in Sitio Sadlac where the military 2nd ID is currently situated. It is will hidden under a pile of dried leaves and small branches just a feet away along the steep trail to the summit. Luckily, I saw the petal and I got curious so I removed the dried leaves and branches that covers the flower. I am not sure at first because I’ve never known that this flower exist in this mountain. Once I removed the dried leaves and branches I recognized it as the Rafflesia in its blooming stage. I was fascinated and got excited to take photograph of it and realized I was cleaning the entire area including removing the soil inside the flower and I even thought that I was doing psittacism to my co-mountaineer explaining what I  just found. I am pretty excited because it’s been years since I first saw this flower, as far as I can remember it was way back when I was a kid when my grandfather showed me this flower in the trail to his farm in Mt. Asog.

Corpse Flower

The Rafflesia being known as the largest flower in the world has also earned the name “Corpse Flower” because of its foul odor, which some say smells like rotting flesh during its full bloom stage. The foul smell of Rafflesia according to research is the way of attracting flies to serve as its pollinator unlike other flowers that attracts bees.  Continue reading

mt. bulusan|the first attempt

Mt. Bulusan: What’s the latest?

I’ve been meaning to write about Mt. Bulusan ever since I did my first ascent here way back December 2014 but most of my drafts were just a short write up about the preparations and other stuff but I got busy organizing events and doing office reports. I don’t know what happen but my schedules got really awry so I guess that’s my reason for not writing anything new plus I found a new inspiration to make my day more worthwhile.

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Mt. Bulusan viewed from the campsite (this photo was taken on the second attempt to climb bulusan)

I decided to write about Mt. Bulusan because I’m missing the experience we had the last time we were there. Also, I wanted to write something about what’s the latest in Mt. Bulusan. Well, firstly I can’t organize a climb to this mountain right now though I’ve been missing it a lot because last February 22, 2016 Mt. Bulusan spewed a grayish steam and an ash column reaching 500 meters up up and away. The PHIVOLCS also detected a total of 12 volcanic earthquakes prior to the ash fall. So, no matter how you want to climb Bulusan it is forbidden, the mountain is close at the moment and we can’t do anything about. We’ll just have to wait a little I guess. That’s the latest.

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Lakwatserong Sulit Free Calendar

Free 2016 Desktop Calendar 

It’s been a while since I publish something in this blog. I had a hiatus for a few months. I’ve been busy organizing events coupled with my weekday work. I feel like I’m stagnating so to start things up let me share something to you guys. I have created a Downloadable Desktop Calendar, I know it might not be the best but I hope you like it. Feel free to download all the photos and in return please like our facebook page: Lakwatserong Sulit

Short story behind the photos

Allow me to tell a short story behind every photo so you would have an idea as to where I took the it.

1 january

January: Nothing beats the atop an old lighthouse right? This one is the Capones Lighthouse located in Capones Island, San Antonio, Zambales. I took this during my organized event in Mt. Pundaquit traverse to Anawangin Cove. Capones Island is a good sidetrip though I’ve been thinking of doing an overnight near the lighthouse just to experience it.

2 february

February: “Sweet moment captured” this was taken in Torrijos, Marinduque during our visit to the must see Moriones Festival last 2014. The sunset there is awesome. According to my friend the boat parked along the shore are going to Mindoro. Continue reading

12 Beaches that will make you want to save for the summer

12 Beaches that should be in your bucket list

Philippine archipelago comprises of 7,107 islands which houses spectacular if not the best beaches. We are very rich in natural resources and our gems are way more than we could imagine.  Choosing the best beach for me is a tough choice because there are a lot of things to consider: the sand, the location, the landscape, the waves, the people and personal experience. That’s why the list below is just a compilation of Lakwatserong Sulit Philippine Beaches to choose from and hopefully it inspires you to save for the summer and make your own travel plans. I believe that each island and beaches has its own unique beauty depends on your taste and preference.

1. Nacpan Beach, El Nido, Palawan

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Nacpan Beach is one of my favorite, though I’ve only visited this place once I am considering this as the most tranquil beach. If you happen to love the quietness of the beach this one is definitely for you. A perfect place to have some chill me-time moment with its undisturbed ambiance. The ivory sand coupled with its very lengthy shoreline dotted with swaying coconut trees will truly relax your senses. Continue reading