Wonder Waterfalls of Mt. Romelo

MANILA– Located in Siniloan Quezon Province, Mt. Romelo (240+masl) is one of the famed easy-dayhike destinations near Manila, not just for one reason, but five. Lanzones, Batya-Batya, Buruwisan, Old Buruwisan, and Sampaloc falls that surrounds the mountain is the real highlight of the trip. All of these are easily accessible from the campsite above Buruwisan falls. Although beginners…

Grab Philippines offer discounts to NAIA passengers

MANILA– Starting September 14, 2016, ride hailing app Grab Philippines is offering Php 200.00 or USD 5.00 discount to its passengers who will book their trips from any Ninoy Aquino International Airport terminals (T1, Centennial Terminal, T3 and T4) to their destination. You and your loved ones who are flying into Manila can claim the discount when you use…

Mt. Balagbag of Rizal

MANILA–Bordered by Bulacan and Rizal, Mt. Balagbag is one of the minor climb destinations which is relatively close to Manila.  With the elevation of 770 MASL, the unpaved road with mostly ascend wide and open trail will take you 2-3 hours before reaching the summit.  Although locals recall a past when the mountain was covered…

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…

Leap of ‘fate’ in the canyons of Alegria and Badian

CEBU– It has been told before that it takes one big leap forward to explore the wonders of life and takes guts to perform it. Well, I advice you to pack as many guts as you can when you include canyoneering in your bucket list.  Note: Two days ago, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and…

Kapit Bisig sa Jomalig 2016

By Gillian Gacuma | Photo by Agatha Lee Ruadap REAL– Located off the coast of Luzon, Jomalig is a sixth-class island-municipality composed of five barangays located on the far eastern end of Polilio Islands in Quezon. It has a land area of 51 square kilometers and a population of over 6,000 in 2011. The island is regularly exposed…

Fast facts: The Philippine flag

MANILA–Celebrated every 28th of May, the Philippine flag was first unfurled on that day in 1898 after the Philippine Revolutionary Army defeated Spanish forces in a battle in Cavite and was formally presented to the people on June 12, 1898. And here’s what you need to know before flying high the stunning flag of the Filipinos….

7 time preserved wonders of Luzon

MANILA– In a country stepping forward to modernization and internet dependency, specially in Luzon,  many are puzzled that the country still has a lot of time locked spots in the island.  For those who are seeking a short break from our fast phased ‘online life,’ I suggest that you visit these seven wonders in Luzon that…

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…

Sun kissed at Pico de Loro’s peak

By Gillian Gacuma MANILA– At the height of 664+masl, Mt. Palay-Palay or known as Pico de Loro is one of the mountain that falls on the minor climb category with 3/9 difficulty and trail class 1-3. Sandwiched between Maragondon, Cavite and Nasugbu, Batangas, Pico has become one of the favorite destinations for hikers who seek quick nature…

A short trip to Fuerte de San Pedro

By Gillian Gacuma CEBU CITY– I’m back in the Queen City of the South! Although this time, I’m in Cebu for a talk in a convention attended by teachers from different regions of the country. It was all business for the past four days. Fortunately, I was able to sneak in some sort of short…

Bienvenido! Say hola to Metro Manila’s PUVs

By Gillian Gacuma Manila, Philippines–Mobility has always been an issue in Manila, the Philippines’ most congested and crowded metropolis. Currently home to 11 million concrete-jungle survivors, going from one place to another requires skills and knowledge in mixing the different form of public transportation systems. The daily commute is not something to look forward to…