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

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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

fortune island|santorini of batangas

The Greek-inspired Structures of Batangas

Fortune Island
Nasugbu, Batangas

The island lies 14km off shore of Brgy. Bucana in Nasugbu Batangas. The island is perfect for a day tour activity but would also be worth it for an overnight camping. The islands’ main features are the Greek inspired structure of Acropolis in Athens. its pristine beach with its semi-fine white sand and of course its beautiful turquoise water. Surely you will never run out of things to do for a day in the island.

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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

Marinduque Series: Day 2 Moriones Festival

Via Crucis: The Highlights of Moriones Festival

Location: Street of Boac, Marinduque
Marinduque Series: Day 2

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On the day of Good Friday the highlight of Moriones Festival is being done at the street of Boac, here most people from different places and walks of life gather, lined up and watch the street turn into a big and long stage for “Via Crucis”. Continue reading

Buntot Palos Falls: Perfect Escape for Summer

Buntot Palos Waterfalls

Brgy. Natividad, Pangil, Laguna
Jump-off Point: Barangay Balian
Height: Approximately 80 meters
Entrance Fee: P25.00 as of March 2014
Guide Fee: P300 (Standard)

The locals from Pangil, Laguna prefer to stay and have a dip in their nearby Panguil river eco-park and trek the Ambon-ambon waterfalls during summer season but the daring choose Buntot Palos falls which is much larger, more beautiful with stunning scenery and has an amazing landscape. Buntot Palos was named after a local fish commonly found in the area locally known as Palos (Eel). The shape of the waterfalls is just like that of an Eel so then they call it Buntot Palos.

Buntot Palos  is known all over the internet, in fact you’ll find different itineraries and tips on how to get there. Below you’ll find the itinerary of LS to Buntot Palos.

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March 9, 2014

Lakwatserong Sulit organized a trip with his friends to escape the heat of Manila. LS had been to Brgy. Balian many times over but it was for a community project in all the barangays of Pangil, Laguna. The first time he trek Buntot Palos was last Feb. 2013 with his beloved with the help from his friends from Balian. It was just a quick trip due to limited time. 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