Mount Arayat

South Peak Mount Arayat, Pampanga Towering at 1,026 meters above sea level is Mount Arayat, an extinct stratovolcano and the only mountain in Pampanga. Dubbed as the roof of the province, it proudly stands in the middle of a flat land bordered by the towns of Magalang and Arayat. According to local folklore, Mount Arayat is home to the mystical fairy Mariang Sinukuan, sister of Mariang Makiling of Laguna. But for adventurers, it is a playground! An ideal day hike for mountaineers based in Metro…Continue Reading “Mount Arayat: The Roof of Pampanga”

Calayan Island

It was the longest boat ride of our lives. A wild six hours of waiting for uncertainty… waiting to die, waiting to live. And we live. We live to tell the stories… our Calayan stories. Situated in between Batanes and mainland Luzon, Calayan Island is part of Babuyan Group, a collection of islands and islets in Northern Philippines. Balintang Channel separates the island from Batanes, but it shares the same features with the northernmost Philippine province; and although it is bigger in terms of land…Continue Reading “Calayan Island: A Virtual Diary of Our Epic Journey”

Tinago Falls

Tinago Falls Barangay Ditucalan, Iligan City, Lanao del Norte Tucked in between Barangay Purakan of the town of Linamon and Barangay Ditucalan of Iligan City is  Tinago Falls, Lanao del Norte’s prime icon. Geographically speaking, it is still within the vicinity of Iligan City, home to at least twenty-four waterfalls making the moniker “City of Majestic Waterfalls” very fitting. Tinago Falls is perhaps the most beautiful and among the most prominent (along with Maria Cristina Falls) of all waterfalls of Iligan City. Its name is…Continue Reading “Snapshot: The Revealing Beauty of Tinago Falls”

Bagan! Oh Bagan! Just a thought of you tickles my senses. There’s something about you that beckons my soul. Is it your old-world charm? Perhaps your ancient feels? Or maybe your lovely people and beautiful culture? Aaahh! So much reasons to fall in love with you! I remember every single day I spent there. Where every morning is a race against the sun, finding a spot out of your thousand pagodas to catch the sunrise. Those were my best sunrise still. I remember learning to…Continue Reading “Bagan! Oh Bagan!”

Tarak Peak Mount Mariveles, Mariveles, Bataan At the southern part of Bataan Peninsula is Mount Mariveles, a dormant volcano towering at 1,388 meters above sea level. It is bounded by the towns of Orion, Bagac and Mariveles, where majority of its land area falls. Mount Mariveles is popular in the local mountaineering community as one of the major climbs near Manila. To date, there are six known peaks with established trails – Tarak and nearby El Saco, Pantingan or Banayan Peak, Bataan, Mariveles and Vintana….Continue Reading “Snapshot: A Day Hike to Mount Mariveles’ Tarak Peak”

Vinicunca

Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain Canchis Province, Cusco, Peru Vinicunca or Montaña de Siete Colores is a colorful mountain in Andean Mountain Range of Cusco, Peru. Popularly referred as the Rainbow Mountain, Vinicunca is nested at 5,200 meters above sea level and can be done as day trek from downtown Cusco. A day tour here usually departs before 3:30AM to drive for three hours to the trailhead at Canchis Province. From the trailhead to the Rainbow Mountain is eight kilometers, 16 round trip. Here is the summary…Continue Reading “Peru: Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain by the Numbers”