Mount Masaraga

Tucked in the boundary of the cities of Ligao and Tabaco in Albay is Mount Masaraga, one of the three volcanic mountains of the so called “Magayon Trio” (with Mount Malinao and Mount Mayon). At 1,328 meters above sea level, it is the smallest of the three yet it offers a challenging feat with around 1,100 meters of pure assault from its trailhead at Barangay Amtic, Ligao City. The trek to the summit takes at least three hours on a steep trail infested with blood…Continue Reading “Mount Masaraga: A Magayon Sunrise Trek”

Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain

I had a chance to visit Peru last year, particularly Cusco, the old capital of Inca Empire and home to the iconic Machu Picchu. But aside from the archaeological remains of this ancient empire, one would ask – what’s there to see in Cusco? Surprise, surprise! There’s actually a lot! Cusco is actually a city, a province and a region. Cusco City is the capital of Cusco Province that belongs to Cusco Region. So when I mention Cusco, it is generally about the region as…Continue Reading “Trekking Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain of Peru (How to Trek, What to Pack and More!)”

SMS Cormoran

Guam and the Philippines share a lot of features. From language, culture, history, climate, religion, traditions, food and even underwater. Yes! Even under underwater! This comes without a doubt as Guam and the Philippines sit in the warm tropical waters of the Pacific. But if there’s one underwater feature that significantly differs the former from the latter, it definitely would be the ship wrecks of SMS Cormoran II and Tokai Maru that both lie in the seabed of Apra Harbor. You’ll probably wonder – but…Continue Reading “Scuba Diving in Guam: Two Sides of History at SMS Cormoran and Tokai Maru”

Fuwa-as Falls

In between Bontoc and Tinglayan is Sadanga, a quaint town of Mountain Province overshadowed by its more popular neighbors including Sagada, Bontoc and Tinglayan. Unknown to many, it is home to some of the most beautiful rice terraces in the province. The rice terraces of Betwagan and Anabel that can be seen along the highway linking Bontoc and Tinglayan are just samplers. More than the verdant rice terraces, Sadanga offers more surprises to curious souls – wondrous caves and river systems, beautiful lakes, refreshing hot…Continue Reading “Tales From Sadanga: The Trek to Fowa-as Falls”

United Airlines Guam Marathon 2017

“Take a good rest and keep it going! You can do it man!” A young man’s rugged voice as I brisk walked past the four kilometer mark while catching my breath. I looked on my side, wondering where the voice was coming from. And there he was, behind me, running slowly… very slowly, on the same pace as mine. I nodded to him and for some moment we were in close distance. By and by, he went passed me. I could still see his back…Continue Reading “The Run in Paradise: A United Guam Marathon 2017 Experience”

Mantigue Island

It took us two failed attempts in the past two months before finally getting to Mantangale Alibuag Dive Resort in Balingoan, Misamis Oriental. Three years have passed since we last dive there, so imagine how our excitement built up. Thankfully, the third one is a charm! All the universe finally connived to bring us there on our third try. Mantangale for me feels like home, it is home! And as if sea turtles going back to their abode after detaching for so long, Ate Cludia…Continue Reading “Scuba Diving in Mantigue Island: Revisiting Underwater Home”