Tag Archives: Mt. Pulag

A Walk in the Clouds: Philippine Travel Stories

We love mountaineering photos, specially those with clouds at the summit (just to be clear, mountaineering photos, not mountaineering itself). We’ve featured a lot of these photos, yet there’s still a lot of these cloud-covered mountain summit photos that are VisitPinas-tagged. What to do? It feels like a sin not to feature these beautiful photos. Let’s have a new post just for these VisitPinas-tagged photos in Instagram. Continue reading A Walk in the Clouds: Philippine Travel Stories

Tada! Let the Philippines Surprise You: Philippine Travel Stories

There are times when we encounter or discover something spectacular and we get this inescapable urge to express that strong emotion to another soul, complete with presentation — a hand that emphasizes that something and, for additional emphasis, blurt out something like, TADA!!!!!! Here’s what we found in the Philippine-themed, VisitPinas-tagged Instagram photos. Continue reading Tada! Let the Philippines Surprise You: Philippine Travel Stories

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: 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

Photo of the Day: Welcome to the Top

People love the chase to the top. Some prefer to chase financial peaks, while others love the climb up the power ladder.  Others like to conquer peaks that touches the clouds — mountains. Different strokes for different folks. This love for the outdoors is not readily apparent when you check the instagram profile of JC (jeffrey_camp16). You’ll notice tons of photos of mouthwatering food, which can be explained by these profile entries: food lover, dessert maker, culinary arts, chef, loves to eat burger. If you look closer, however, there’s a “traveler” entry and photos of the gorgeous Mt. Pulag, the highest peak in Luzon, and its amazing sea of clouds at the summit. Here’s the cool photo (click photo to enlarge): Continue reading Photo of the Day: Welcome to the Top

Photo of the Day: Pulag and I

“My type of skyline,” said Kleina Guillen (iannekleina) of her wonderful photo snapped by annaminpin. Mt. Pulag, with its cloud-covered slopes drenched by the warm morning sun, is absolutely beautiful. There are thousands, millions even, of photos of the majestic Mt. Pulag, each awesome photo deserving to be featured in any travel site. Perhaps we’ll find a way to gather all those photos in VisitPinas. We’ll find a way, someday. For now, we have iannekleina‘s photo (click to enlarge), with that certain look of solitude against a powerful mountain, that stance of willingness to conquer greater heights, set against a backdrop of stunning natural beauty. Lovely. Here’s the photo: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Pulag and I

The Sight is So Beautiful, You’ll Mistake it for Paradise (Watch this Video)

A paradise. That’s how we imagine Mt. Pulag. We’d definitely go there someday. It’s in the bucket list. For now, we can only experience Mt. Pulag (Benguet Province) through the stories, photos and videos of friends and fellow travelers. Truly, it’s more fun, and beautiful, in the Philippines. Watch this short video (we love the transition at 1:53): Continue reading The Sight is So Beautiful, You’ll Mistake it for Paradise (Watch this Video)

Climbing Mt. Pulag, Benguet Province

I have sentiments about climbing a mountain for the second time. C’mon, this country is sprawled lengthwise on a section of the Pacific Ring of Fire and volcanoes are strung to its length like beads on a rosary. Why should I climb a mountain for the second time when there are numerous mountains sprawled everywhere that I haven’t been to or even know existed? Continue reading Climbing Mt. Pulag, Benguet Province