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Mt. Hapunang Banoi

May 14, 2016

Whenever we want to go on a hiking trip but don’t want to travel as far, the province of Rizal is our go-to place. The town of Montalban , which is just an hour away from Cubao, Quezon City, offers different trails going up different mountains, which form part of the Sierra Madre range.

Last Saturday, we hiked Mt. Hapunang Banoi. Just like Mt. Pamitinan and Mt. Binacayan, the jump-off point is at Brgy. Wawa. Entrance fee is at P25/head, while the services of tour guides are at P500/group. The trail is very challenging and would require climbing sharp rocks. It took us probably three hours to reach the summit (which was definitely worth it) and an hour to get down.

Sierra Madre

Mt. Hapunan Banoi

Mt. Hapunan Banoi

Mt. Hapunang Banoi

Mt. Hapunang Banoi

Mt. Hapunang Banoi

Mt. Hapunang Banoi

Mt. Hapunang Banoi

Mt. Hapunang Banoi

Mt. Hapunang Banoi

Mt. Hapunang Banoi

Mt. Hapunang Banoi

 

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Aparri, Iguig, Penablanca, Cagayan

November 20, 2015

This was the last leg of our 6-Day North Luzon Backpacking Adventure.

From Santa Ana, we had to get to Tuguegarao City to catch a bus going to Manila. But we decided to ride one of the night-sleeper buses so we could explore more of Cagayan Valley in one day.

In the morning, we hopped on one of the UV Express vans and went to the sleepy town of Aparri, which was two hours away from Santa Ana. We just checked out the Aparri Delta, where the Cagayan River meets the sea, the Aparri Park, a church, and had Pancit Cabagan in a local panciteria.

Then we were off to Iguig, which was another two hours from Aparri, to  check out the Calvary Hills, where life-size statues depicting the stations of the cross lie.

After spending less than an hour in Iguig, we then proceeded to Penablanca, to explore the Callao Caves. We chartered a tricycle (P1,000) because we were pressed for time already.

The beautiful Callao Caves had religious formations, and even had an altar inside. They hold Holy Masses there regularly.

Our Tour Guide also suggested we ride a boat along the Pinacanauan River and wait for the colony of bats that fly out of a cave every 5:30 in the afternoon. Our three-minute experience watching the bats was surreal.

When it was already dark, we headed to Tuguegarao City to get to a bus terminal. Buses were fully booked but after having another variant of Pancit Cagayan (Pancit Batil Patong) for dinner, we were able to ride a bus as chance passengers.

12 hours later we were back in Manila.

If you need a place to stay in Tuguegarao City, click on the following link for our suggestions: Hotels/Bed and Breakfast/Inns

Aparri Park

Aparri Church

Aparri Delta

Aparri Marker

Shrimp

Pancit Cabagan

Calvary Hills

Calvary Hills

Calvary Hills

Calvary Hills

Callao Cave

Callao Cave

Church inside Callao Cave

Callao Cave

Callao Cave

Callao Cave

Callao Cave

River

River

Bats

Burgos, Bangui, and Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte

November 17, 2015

On Day 3 of our 6D/7N North Luzon Backpacking Trip, we took the mini-bus from Laoag City and got off in Burgos, where we were greeted by Drex, who was referred to us by our Laoag Tour Guide James. We paid him P1300 to do the North and South Pagudpud Tours (including entrance fees).

We got to explore the upper part of Ilocos Norte, particularly the towns of Burgos, Bangui, and Pagudpud. Burgos is known for its Kapurpurawan Rock Formations and the Cape Bojeador Lighthouse, while Bangui boasts of its 1.65 MW wind turbines placed along a nine-kilometer shoreline.

Meanwhile, Pagudpud is famous for the Patapat Viaduct and Kabigan Falls. Moreover, it is where the northern-most tip of the Luzon Island lies. We also got to visit the Blue Lagoon and Saud Beach, which are definitely included in the best beaches we’ve seen — with white powdery sand and sapphire blue water.

Here are some photos:

Lam-ang

Burgos

Kapurpurawan Rock Formation

Cape Bojeador Lighthouse

Cape Bojeador

Burgos

Bangui Windmills

Kabigan Falls

Kabigan Falls

Trek

Pagudpud

Pagudpud Arch

Patapat Viaduct

Rock

Pagudpud

Cave

Pagudpud

Saud Beach

Masinloc, Zambales Eco-Tour

Spent our 11th anniversary by taking part of the Ecotour provided by the exquisite municipality of Masinloc, Zambales, which according to Guinness, is home of the sweetest mangoes in the world! We had a once-in-a-lifetime experience by snorkeling, seeing giant clams, corals, and mangroves, eating delicious seafood at the Bacala Guest House, and enjoying the clear waters, and fine, white sand of San Salvador Island.

Music: Burning Bright by Jon Maurer

Bridal Veil Falls & Colorado Falls

We got to see two amazing waterfalls that are just a few steps away from Kennon Road.

To view our 24-hour Manaoag-Tuba-Baguio-Itogon itinerary, click here: Itinerary

If you need a place to stay in Baguio City, click on the following link for our suggestions: Hotels/Bed and Breakfast/Inns

Watch our video here:

Bridal Falls 001

Bridal Falls 002

Bridal Falls 003

Bridal Falls 004

Bridal Falls 005

Colorado Falls 001

Colorado Falls 002

Colorado 004

Colorado 003

Colorado 005

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Balatoc Mines Tour

June 13, 2015

We became miners for a day through the Benguet Corporation Balatoc Mines Tour, which is the first and only mining attraction in the Philippines. Aside from seeing actual equipment used by gold miners in the 1950’s, we were able to go inside the Vegas Tunnel. The highlight of the tour was witnessing an actual dynamite explosion and experiencing a blast/shock wave.

If you need a place to stay in Baguio City, click on the following link for our suggestions: Hotels/Bed and Breakfast/Inns

Janna and Nikko

Balatoc Mines Tour

Balatoc Mines

Janna Drilling

Janna Balatoc Mines

Toilet Car

Janna

Vegas Tunnel

Nikko Vegas Tunnel

Janna Vegas Tunnel

Miners for a day

This was part of our 24-hour Manaoag-Tuba-Baguio-Itogon itinerary, which you can see by clicking this link: Manaoag-Benguet 24-hour Itinerary.

Watch our video below:


Budget: 

  • Tour – P500 per 2 persons / P250 per person
  • Jeepney fare from Baguio City – P100 per two persons, round-trip / P25 per person per way.

Directions:

  • By Jeepney
    • From the terminal in Petron, Harrison Road (see map below), ride a jeepney, which is headed to Acupan. Ask the driver to drop you off at the Balatoc Mines, which is approximately 12 kms. from the terminal.

Map Petron Harrison


Some Notes & Tips:

  • The site opens at 8:00 am, while the last call for the tour is at 2:30 pm.
  • You will be provided with a hard hat and safety boots.

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Trolley Ride (a.k.a. Skate System)

The trolley/skate system is a common mode of transportation in rural areas that are near the railroad system. Skates are usually motorized and the ride is truly enjoyable.

We had the chance to rent out a trolley in Brgy. Lutucan, Sariaya, Quezon for just P150 (round-trip) but the fare is usually P10. We told the driver we just wanted to try it out and we really had no destination. Our trip took 45 minutes. It was Nikko’s first time but Janna had been on it a couple of times before.

You need to watch our video below to get a grasp of the trolley system but you’re gonna need to try it to fully appreciate it:

Railroad

Trolley Change Direction

Trolley

Railroad Cow

Trolley Ride

Trolley Janna Nikko

Janna Nikko

Janna Nikko Railroad

Railroad Bridge

Trolley Transportation Skate


Budget: P150/2 persons or P75/person

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