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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

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

Photo of the Day: The Flower of Tarak Ridge (Mariveles, Bataan)

This lovely photo struck us with the force of a thousand long hair strands. It reminds us of the animated movie Tangled, the updated story of Rapunzel as told by Disney Animation. It’s about a princess who was abducted by a witch but, in the end, met his prince and lived happily ever after. The power of regeneration, the fountain of youth as it were, came from a flower that fell from the sky onto a hidden portion of the mountain. Powerful flower, really. Now, look at this awesome photo again. What do you see? Yes, you see the majestic Tarak Ridge in Mariveles, Bataan, with its fog-capped tops (incidentally, we love how the soft light highlights this lady’s strong shoulders, merging beautifully with the mountain ridges). But we’re not referring to the ridge. Look again. The lady with her mysterious face turned from the camera? Yes, that’s a lovely lady, Yesmeen Frani — a wanderer, wonderer, and student of life (check her Instagram account, @ysmnfrani). But we’re not referring to her, either. Look closer. Notice that flower on Yesmeen’s hair. Yes, that’s it. Imagine the physical exertion of climbing Tarak Ridge early in morning, reaching the summit all sweaty, yet fresh as a dew-caressed flower. A lot of people can climb a mountain. Not everyone can climb it with style and grace. Click the photo to enlarge: Continue reading Photo of the Day: The Flower of Tarak Ridge (Mariveles, Bataan)

Photo of the Day: Mystery in Buruwisan Falls

Nope, there’s really no mystery. Or maybe there is. Exciting tales of mystery usally surround hidden nooks and crannies of the Philippines. But we wouldn’t know for sure because we haven’t been to Buruwisan Falls, tucked safely somewhere in Mt. Romelo (Siniloan, Laguna). Perhaps we can ask the one who took this photo, Rowie Pagcaliwagan (check his Instagram account, @rowiepoly), who wants to go travel with nothing but his backpack and camera. Sounds fun, although the last time we’ve heard something like that, Rose (Kate Winslet) was telling Jack (Leonardo diCarprio) to paint her wearing her necklace, and nothing but the necklace. We all know that she meant that literally. We don’t know if Rowie meant the backpack-and-camera bit in the same way. Back to the photo, the perspective of this shot instroduces a certain sense of mystery to the usual frontal photo of Buruwisan Falls. It’s like the photographer is trapped in some invisible wall, with the pillars of waterdrops serving as prison bars. And the mystery deepens. Click the photo to enlarge: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Mystery in Buruwisan Falls

Photo of the Day: Pinatubo Volcano Picnic

It’s amazing how nature can be so cruel, yet, at the same time, undeniably beautiful. By all accounts, using the words “picnic” and “volcano” in the same breath sounds insane. But that’s what you get at Mt. Pinatubo. Not a long time ago, a little more than two decades to be exact, Mt. Pinatubo erupted. If you think nature was cruel when Super Typhoon Yolanda hit, you were obviously not born yet when Pinatubo unleashed its wrath, a force hidden deep within the earth for centuries. In the same way that Yolanda introduced the new generation to terms like “storm surge,” Mt. Pinatubo introduced us to terms like “pyroclastic material” and “lahar.” The ash cloud was so intense, it lowered the world temperature and kicked out the U.S. military bases. Today, Mt. Pinatubo is quiet, a beautiful sight to behold. Trek to its crater, sit by the crater lake, and just marvel at that work of art. You won’t believe that this was once Ground Zero of utter devastation. And, oh, about the picnic, here’s how they did it, Ebrahim Dasalla and his friends (check his Instagram account, @eiamhere).  Click the photo to enlarge: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Pinatubo Volcano Picnic

Photo of the Day: Travel as a Couple (Mt. Ugo, Itogon, Benguet)

Here’s something we don’t see often enough — a banker-adventurer, like henson. Imagine the exciting possibilities! No ship going to your island-destination? Let’s have a syndicated loan and buy a ship. Kidding aside, one’s profession doesn’t really matter when it comes to travel and adventure. We all have our day jobs. Travel keeps us sane. And the beautiful part about it all? Meaningful travel need not be expensive. Looking at this shot from henson (follow his instagram account, @henson_gc), the place looks ordinary (unless, of course, you factor in the fact that it’s in Mt. Ugo, Itogon, Benguet) but I swear the captured moment elevates my blood sugar. I’ll grow diabetes if I keep looking at this couple. Incidentally, before deciding if he/she is “The One“, go travel together. Climb a mountain or go on a very long drive. Ride buses and stay in offroad hotels. Travel long enough and you’ll discover what your partner is really made of. While the Romans would say in vino veritas, we believe that in travel, may forever. Click the photo to enlarge: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Travel as a Couple (Mt. Ugo, Itogon, Benguet)

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: 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