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Photo of the Day: Misty Gulugod-Baboy (Anilao, Batangas)

The mist disorients a lot of people; almost all, perhaps. It clogs our normal perception of depth in this world. On top of a mountain, it covers what is normally a breathtaking panorama that should continually tickle our sense of beauty as we scan the horizon from side to side. But the mist, or fog, oftentimes forces us to focus on what’s in front of us, to focus on the journey more than what lies at the end of the trek. Imagine climbing Mt. Gulugod-Baboy, expecting to see the rolling hills overlooking the sea in Anilao, Batangas. Imagine seeing a white wall of fog, covering the view. We don’t know how thick the mist gets in Anilao, but we can imagine the fog of Tagaytay that lifts as the sun rises, giving back the majestic view of Taal Lake. But, imagine — you get to the top with no photo to share with the world, just the sheer joy of the trek. That would be awesome. A traveler without a selfie, just the satisfaction of the adventure. Any photo of the moment would just be a bonus, and fortunately for Neon Ibanez, he got lucky that day  (check his Instagram account, @neonbytesxx, but be warned that you may not want to leave because of the nice photos). Click the photo to enlarge: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Misty Gulugod-Baboy (Anilao, Batangas)

Photo of the Day: Magiting sa Mt. Guiting Guiting ng Romblon

When it comes to mountain climbing, we’re so much like Jon Snow — that guy who we thought would survive the killing spree of G.R.R. Martin, at least in the last season — we really know nothing. We never got past the planning stage. The initial planning, we hate to admit this, involves an easy trek to Mt. Pinatubo’s crater. Just a little heart condition, you see, and we understand that if something happens, it will be hours before medical assistance comes along, pretty much like what recently happened to a weekend climber at Mt. Pulag. We’ve heard a Pulag climb now requires a medical certificate. Really? That’s red tape, plain and simple. If we have a heart condition and we want to take the risk, require us to sign a waiver (which you guys require, anyway); not a medical certificate, for crying out loud. Anyway, sorry, we’re wandering off (pun intended). The heart of this post is this awesome photo by Jonathan Reales — a programmer, hiker, aspiring landscape/nature photographer, and a dreamer who believes “do it with passion or not at all” (follow his Instagram account, @rainbowchaser_ph). Cool. Looking at the tags of his photo, we gathered it’s G2 Romblom. Took us a while to find out that G2 is Mt. Guiting Guiting, a Romblon peak that has gained the respect of many mountaineers because of its level of difficulty. See? We know nothing. But we know we won’t be able to climb that mountain in this lifetime. Click the photo to enlarge: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Magiting sa Mt. Guiting Guiting ng Romblon