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. irid: itinerary

Mt. Irid Preparation

Mt. Irid is located in Tanay, Rizal, it is part of Sierra Madre Range. It is one of the highest mountain in Tanay if not the highest. In order for you to climb Mt. Irid you have to prepare some important things that are required by the LGU. Also, I posted some reminders and concerns for your guidance.

To view our Mt. Irid experience pls do visit

mt. irid: the road to leeches and river crossing 1st Day and

mt. irid: gateway to mossy forest 2nd Day

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Things needed

  • Written letter of Intent to Climb Mt. Irid addressed to Mayor  Rafael A. Tanjuatco
  • Coordinate with the locals for the permit (you may contact Pedrito “Pitoy” Campus at 09193265454
  • Contact a local jeepney that you can charter from Cogeo to Sta. Ines or ask kuya “Pitoy”
  • Once you arrive make a courtesy call to the detachment in Sta. Ines

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mt. irid: gateway to mossy forest

Mt. Irid: 2nd Day

Sitio Sadlak, Sta. Ines, Tanay, Rizal
Jump-off: Brgy. Sta. Ines, Tanay, Rizal
1,475 + MASL (According to Altimeter reading)

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This is what happened on the second day of our climb to Mt. Irid, a continuation to
mt. irid: the road to leeches and river crossing.
Tired, Happy and Fulfilled that’s how we felt before we bid goodnight to each other. We had a very sound sleep, thanks to the coldness of the night. It was like we were being drag to a deeper sleep all through the night.

Right before the dawn breaks, we were awaken by the commotion made by the stevedores preparing their breakfast. It was 4:00am in my watch so I woke up the same with others. We started preparing our breakfast, corned beef, rice, bread, coffee, tuna, spam etc.. Continue reading

mt. irid: the road to leeches and river crossing

Mt. Irid 1st Day

Sitio Sadlak, Sta. Ines, Tanay, Rizal
Jump-off: Brgy. Sta. Ines, Tanay, Rizal
1,475 + MASL (According to Altimeter reading)

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Here I am again wondering where to go and haven’t decided yet if I will to climb Mt. Irid on the weekends of August 9 and 10. I have no plans for the weekend except for the invite from a friend to climb this unfamiliar terrain. I haven’t checked Mt. Irid nor I have the desire to search it over the internet. Friday afternoon I decided to give it a go, my friend Raymund sent me the itinerary but it was vague. Anyway, I still packed my things and the necessities for the climb except that I have not read to not bring a tent. Arrggh additional weight! Continue reading

mt. tagapo: itinerary

Talim Island, Laguna de Bay
Jump-off: Brgy. Janosa (Talim Island) Binangonan, Rizal
438+ MASL

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How to get to Mt. Tagapo from Binangonan

There are regular public boat transportation that ply from Binangonan port to Talim Island. First trip starts at 6:30 am so be sure to be there by that time if you plan to be early at the summit.

To find the boat that ply to Talim Island just reach Binangonan and look for the Church, there’s a street across the church. Walk straight up to the port and right before you enter the port there’s a boat park to your right ask if it is bound for Brgy. Janosa, if so board it. Wait until it depart. Estimated time of travel is 1 hour. If you didn’t make it for the first trip, don’t worry there’s an approximately 1.5 hrs interval before the next trip. Continue reading

mt. tagapo: talim island’s pride

Mt. Tagapo

Talim Island, Laguna de Bay
Jump-off: Brgy. Janosa (Talim Island) Binangonan, Rizal
438+ MASL

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Rainy Season can be very frustrating especially for those who are always on the go seeking for different path and adventure, but mind you there’s always a way to find a spot where you can still go for adventure even the weather would not cooperate. Here’s the thing, I may always be new to writing, but I will try to persuade you to visit an Island within a lake of Laguna called Talim Island, it is part of the municipality of Binanongan in Rizal province. Here lies a mountain not so known to many called Mt. Tagapo. This mountain can be climb even in rainy days, though the trail may get slippery it will be very interesting especially when you’re at the summit watching the lightning strikes in Laguna Lake. It is also a good way to test your endurance and patience.  Continue reading

Top 5 Things to do in Antipolo

Things to do in Antipolo

Antipolo City

25 Kilometers east of Manila
Located in the Province of Rizal

The city was named after the tipolo (breadfruit) tree (Artocarpus incisa), which was in abundance in the area. Trees with broad leaves that provide shade while gently fanning in the soothing breeze.

The city is popular for being a pilgrimage site. It prides itself as the “Pilgrimage Capital of the Philippines. It is the home of the more than 100-year old Nuestra Senora della Paz y Buen Viaje (Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage)

Antipolo was converted from municipality into a component city of Rizal Province on April 4, 1998.

To read more about the history of Antipolo you may click here or here.

Lakwatserong Sulit compiled the Top 5 Things to do in Antipolo

1. Visit Antipolo Cathedral.

Home of the more than 100-year old Nuestra Senora della Paz y Buen Viaje (Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage)

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Lakwatserong Sulit with his beloved jogged from SM Masinag to Antipolo Cathedral once and definitely would do it again given the chance.

Lot of pilgrims flock to the cathedral from Manila and the lowlands of Rizal during May to offer flowers. If you’re the type of person who loves to join the crowd this one’s for you.

If you’re the kind of person who wants to travel alone or with just few friends, you may want to try this One day things to do in Antipolo. Continue reading

Wawa Dam

Wawa Dam

Rodriguez, Rizal

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Another place to visit while you are in Montalban is the Wawa Dam. Aside from Avilon Zoo (separate entry) you may opt to visit the infamous Wawa Dam that will surely interest you especially the Engineering skills of the Americans who made the dam. This may take you around 10minutes of travel time from Avilon Zoo but definitely worth your while.DSC_0435

I the Lakwatserong Sulit had a great time photographing Wawa Dam. It was another place that interest me especially the gorge in the area.

The hiking began at the end of the road and before even ascending to see the full view of the dam, we went down to the river to see the entrance of Paminitan Cave from below. According to the locals the Cave is currently closed due to renovation and maintenance but asked us if we want to go inside. By thus speaking they are willing to take us there for a fee but denounce the idea due to unpreparedness and safety.

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