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Kapit Lang, Bes, Malapit na Matapos ang Valentines: Photo of the Day

We’re not too fond of Valentines. We really don’t know how to say it without appearing as the Grinch of Valentines Day, but, there, we said it. It’s just another normal day for us because love is celebrated every second of every day, not only February 14 when everything is insanely overpriced (but a lot of people still fall for it). So, for those who share the same view, as well the brokenhearted, here’s a message for you from the Travelling Farmer (check his Instagram account, @traveling_farmer, for more photos) — Konting Tiis pa, bes, malapit na din matapos ang Valentines. Kapit lang! Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Kapit Lang, Bes, Malapit na Matapos ang Valentines: Photo of the Day

Face your Fears in Mt. Pamitinan (Rodriguez, Rizal): Photo of the Day

We all have different fears and we all have different ways of coping with those fears. We’re almost sure, however, that most people have a fear of heights. At the very least, we can speak for ourselves — we’re terrified of heights. Our palms were sweating when we watched that old Cliffhanger movie. Same thing while looking at this photo, courtesy of EA Policarpio (check his Instagram account, @edgrallan, for more photos), as he conquered Mt. Pamitinan in Rodriquez, Rizal. Good activity for those who enjoy the rough outdoors; definitely not good for us with fear of heights. Perhaps we’ll choose another fear to conquer. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Face your Fears in Mt. Pamitinan (Rodriguez, Rizal): Photo of the Day

The Pride of Biliran, Sambawan Island: Photo of the Day

Photography and nature, Mark Alvin Marbella notes in his profile, are like food for the soul (check his Instagram account, @iammarbel, for more photos). For this particular shot, he said, “Some sunshine are just wonderful. Maybe it is hard to wake up, but sometimes the nature reward us with a wonderful show.” We couldn’t agree more. We happily spend time waiting for the sunrise or sunset, and, in the case of sunrise, we battle the urge to continue swimming in dreamland. Not that there’s much difference. Waiting for the sunrise in Sambawan Island, Biliran is probably like being immersed in dreamland. Located around 5 kilometers from the town of Maripipi in Biliran, Sambawan Island features a curved white-sand beach, and a hill that serves as the island’s spine, featuring rock formations that, together with the vegetation, give an eery feeling of being in fantasy land. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading The Pride of Biliran, Sambawan Island: Photo of the Day

Hiking through the Rain in Mt. Binacayan (Rodriguez, Rizal): Photo of the Day

We’ve featured a favorite hiking trail close to Manila, Mt. Pamitinan, located in the nearby in Rodriguez (formerly Montalban), Rizal. We know that it’s a nice place for mountain climbing and mountain biking, as well as swimming around Wawa Dam and rock climbing on its limestone cliffs. However, we completeley forgot that Mt. Pamitinan is simply half of the story. According to folklore, a giant named Bernardo Carpio had to stand in the middle, foreover, and push two mountains apart. The colliding mountains are Mt. Pamitinan and Mt. Binacayan. fast forward to the modern times, mountaineers often attack the two mountains in one trek, spending around half day for each. Photo courtesy of Tomas sa Pilipinas, who says he goes where the wind blows but, for this photo, where the rain goes. Check his Instagram acount, @_tomdaily, for more awesome photos. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Hiking through the Rain in Mt. Binacayan (Rodriguez, Rizal): Photo of the Day

Rise to a Golden Sun in Mt. Ulap, Benguet: Photo of the Day

How’s your morning? When you wake up grumpy, people say you woke up on the wrong side of the bed. But when you’re up on the peak of the majestic Mt. Ulap, in the beautiful Benguet, how can you wake up on the wrong side of the bed, er, camp, and, ergo, how can you wake up grumpy? It’s impossible, really, especially when your sleepy eyes are greeted by the golden sunrise, perched on top of the fog-drenched mountaintops. Feels like you’re closer to heaven and farthest from the worries of the earth. It’s absolutely majestic. And you can’t help but stand on the summit, stay there motionless, mersmerized by the beauty that surrounds you. Just ask Vince (check his Instagram acount, @thevincetan, for more photos). Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Rise to a Golden Sun in Mt. Ulap, Benguet: Photo of the Day

Chilling with a View at Mt. Pamitinan: Photo of the Day

We’ve seen photos, particularly those taken at insane heights with people standing on the edge of something, that made our palms sweat. Today’s featured photo is not on the absolute extreme side, but it still made our task difficult, typing on the keyboard with sweaty hands. Sure, it would be nice to chill with an awesome view, like in Mt. Pamitinan, or to say, quoting Rasty Sanchez (check his Instagram acount, @rastyismyname, for more photos) captured sitting on Mt. Pamitinan‘s ledge, that: “You cannot keep running away from your fears. At some point in life you will have to build up courage to face and overcome them.” Nice thoughts, really. But we’d probably do that kind of meditating in some coffeeshop, or some mountain or sea resort with our feet firmly planted on the ground. Would you do it, hang out (pun intended) at Mt. Pamitinan? Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Chilling with a View at Mt. Pamitinan: Photo of the Day

Conquering Mt. Pamitinan: Photo of the Day

We’ve featured quite a number of mountain summits in this blog, but we won’t get tired of it. Doesn’t get boring. Each summit is differently beautiful (with a heart) and, more importantly, the exhiliration each climber gets is equally different. We’ve noticed, though, that ladies love to wear pink when assaulting the summit, perhaps a statement that women are on par with men in mountaineering. “Gorgeously tough,” as Ria puts it in her Instagram profile (her photo featured her; check her Instagram acount, @avariaarian, for more photos). There’s understandable pride in reaching the summit, and there’s no shame in showing it. It’s that sense of pride, personal satisfaction, and boundless exhiliration that is evident in this photo by Ria, conquering Mt. Pamitinan, located in Brgy. Wawa, Rodriguez (formerly Montalban), Rizal. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Conquering Mt. Pamitinan: Photo of the Day

Cloudy Mt. Ulap: Photo of the Day

Ulap, in Filipino, means cloud, so we won’t be surprised if a favorite mountaineering) destination, Mt. Ulap got its name from the blanket of clouds that cloaks the ridge, as shown in this photo from Joseph Poblete (check his Instagram acount, @sephlog). Beautiful and mysterious, isn’t it? Still, as they say about beauty, it’s something you strive for and work on. This is particularly true in mountain climbing, a sport not for the faint of heart. Mt. Ulap rises 1,846 meters in Itogon, Benguet, gauged by the Pinoy Mountaineer with a 3/9 level of difficulty. When you get fog or clouds, plus the low temperatures and strong wind in the area, you’ll probably need more than a thin yellow raincoat to keep you warm and get you going.  As Joseph puts it, using a familiar expression, #TheStruggleIsReal. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Cloudy Mt. Ulap: Photo of the Day

Soul-Searching at Mt. Pulag: Photo of the Day

“Of beaches and mountains, and everything else in between,” says Cherry Suarez (check her Instagram acount, @cherrysuarez, for more awesome photos). Can’t blame her for the love of beaches and mountains. The Philippines, you see, has lots of those. One of the most breathtaking climbs, one perfect summit to commune with nature or even do some soul-searching, is Mt. Pulag. We’ve written quite a few about Mt. Pulag, and we can’t promise that we won’t add some more. It’s just gorgeous, absolutely beautiful. With an altitude of 2,922 metres (9,587 feet) at its peak, Mt. Pulag is the third highest mountain in the Philippines. That means you get to see the sunrise, the best time to hit the summit, above the clouds. How’s that for some serious soul-searching> Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Soul-Searching at Mt. Pulag: Photo of the Day

Photo of the Day: Tarak Ridge

We love mountaintops. We have not conquered one, unfortunately, so we have to make do with — for the meantime, that is — gawking at the amazing photos of our fellow travelers. We’ve featured some of those mountaintop photos. Then there’s this photo of Tarak Ridge (Mariveles, Bataan) from Cess Catangal, who probably refers to travel, or how her significant other should get to her, when she said “by air, land and sea.” We could imagine the peace up there. It’s probably not literally peaceful, with the high wind and the sweaty exhilaration and all, but it’s like getting out of the mad world and testing the limits of your mind and body. For many, peace of mind is found in a zen garden or in meditation, but for others, peace of mind exists while extending their arms in reaching the summit and savoring the smell of contentment. We’ll go climb our own physical mountain one of these days. In the meantime, check this photo from Cess (check her Instagram account, @cesscatangal, for more awesome photos). Click the photo to enlarge: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Tarak Ridge