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Selfie with the Majestic Mount Pinatubo: Photo of the Day

We’ve featured photos of Mt. Pinatubo a lot of times, but we can’t help ourselves from featuring yet another shot of this majestic volcano, courtesy of Rai Sean (check his Instagram account, @rhyjoe, for more photos) of Sanggala Mountaineers. You see, we are constantly amazed with how nature can be so cruel, yet, at the same time, undeniably beautiful. Back in 1991, after centuries of being quiet, Mount Pinatubo exploded, spewing ash that traveled halfway around the world, lowering world temperature by one degree fahrenheit, and driving the U.S. out of their bases in the area. It’s truly a wonder how something beautiful can come out of something violent. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Selfie with the Majestic Mount Pinatubo: Photo of the Day

Magical Mornings at Kapayawan Ridge, Bukidnon: Photo of the Day

“I wish I could wake up to this view every morning,” said this aspiring photographer, Bona Fidës (check her Instagram account, @eamsfides, for more photos). Well, we also have the same wish. How can you not gush at the sight of mornings, after spending an equally magical night, at the Kapayawan Ridge in Bukidnon? Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Magical Mornings at Kapayawan Ridge, Bukidnon: Photo of the Day

Stroll Among the Clouds and Trees (Mt. Ulap, Itogon, Benguet): Photo of the Day

“Create the life you can’t wait to wake up to,” says Roanne Tañagras (check her Instagram account, @zeroaaanne, for more photos). The second part — a life that one can’t wait to wake up to — is easy as daydreaming. Anyone can imagine paradise in their minds. “Creating a life,” or making it a reality, is another story. Watching the clouds framed by pine trees on rolling hills, or mountains, takes a lot of hard work. Lilke trekking to the top of Mt. Ulap, Ampucao, Itogon, Benguet. It’s not a walk in the park, so to speak, but it’s all worth it. Amazing views and fresh air. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Stroll Among the Clouds and Trees (Mt. Ulap, Itogon, Benguet): 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

Anghalo Falls (San Felipe, Zambales): Photo of the Day

Who dares, wins. That’s the motto of the SAS. Those who dare, win. That’s the phrase used by this lovely photographer, cs_jazz, in her blog. She’s Batman, she says, which is quite problematic in so many levels, but there’s no reason not to believe her description as an iska, a student of the universe, and a bar stool philosopher. Perhaps we all are. We can engage in endless dialectics, on a bar stool, with alcohol prodding our numb brain cells into philosophial overdrive. Perhaps we need to do that sometimes. It’s a fast world out there. Life moves so fast we get left behind every time we blink. It’s an endless chase for each second, a merciless chase that burns out a lot of people. But at certain milestones, we need to cut back, inhale deeply, recharge, refocus. Sharpen our body and soul. It’s a necessary process that we can do in so many hidden corners of the Philippines, like the Anghalo Falls in San Felipe, Zambales (photo courtesy of @cs_jazz; check her Instagram account, @cs_jazz, for more photos). Click the photo to enlarge: Continue reading Anghalo Falls (San Felipe, Zambales): Photo of the Day