Five finger coves of Mariveles

MARIVELES — This town in Bataan may be off from your radar when thinking of your weekend beach bumming activities. Besides, it’s known for its coastal industrial zones and a few hiking destinations– Tarak Ridge and Mt. Samat.  However this summer, you might want to rethink your perception of Mariveles.  Dubbed as the “Mini-Batanes” by those who were…

Camping at Mt. Ulap

MANILA — It’s no doubt that Mt. Ulap rose as a new hiking destination in upland north. Roofing at 1,846 MASL it peaks through the Lingayen gulf in Pangasinan in the west, Mt. Arayat in the south and the some of the famous Cordillera mountains on the east. Average temperature here ranges from 10 to 15…

Burot beach owner preps for next phase of “development”

MANILA — The famed Calatagan’s “secret beach” or Burot beach is on temporary closure to make way for the privatization and development from its current owners.  According to claims, a unit of the holding company SM Investment Corporation acquired the property from Elizalde family way back in 2012. Turning it into another mixed luxury residential-resort complex…

10 things you shouldn’t miss on your first Batanes trip

By Harry Bayona BASCO– The northernmost and smallest province in the Philippines, the island of Batanes is also dubbed as the “Nature’s Playground” as it boast rare flora and fauna, undulating terrain, limestone cliffs, stretches of white and cream-colored sandy beaches and clear waters. Although accessible by scheduled flights from Manila, accessibility is still an issue…

A testament to an invincible spirit of a traveler

By Gillian Gacuma | Photo by STAR’s Fernan Nebres MANILA– A year ago, I was able to interview an inspiring woman for an article at The Philippine STAR. Until now, it’s still one of my favorite stories that I’ve written on the magic of discovering new places and self healing. “For me, life didn’t end when they told me…

Pabebe climb only: Mt. Talamitam and Layon Bato river

By Gillian Gacuma | Photo by Greisha Padilla MANILA– If you’re planning to go on an adventure yet feeling less ‘into challenges,’ then that’s when you call for a Pabebe Climb with your squad. Located in Nasugbu, at the height of 630+ masl with Difficulty of 3/9 and trail class of 1-3, Mt. Talamitam is one of the…

Mt. Pamitinan and the gorge of Montalban

By Gillian Gacuma RIZAL — Just an hour drive away from Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon city is Barangay Wawa in Montalban, Rizal. The community sits on the banks on the segment of Marikina river that passes through the gorges of Wawa. Built in 1909 during the American colonial era, Wawa or Montalban dam is a gravity…

The flowing emerald of Nueva Ecija

By Gillian Gacuma MANILA–Summer never ends in a country blessed with a tropical climate, although the weather bureau officially declared that its already wet/rainy season (and yes, its been raining for four days straight now), once in awhile we are lucky to have a clear sky to continue our outdoor activities in destinations close to the…