Sunday, December 13, 2015

Mt. Pico de Loro (Cavite/Batangas, 664+ MASL)

Nice pose in the cliff with the summit of Mt. Palay-Palay (Pico de Loro) in the background. (Taken on December 2015)

Mt. Pico de Loro, which lends its name to a popular beach and country club resort in Nasugbu, Batangas is one of the most famous weekend dayhikes near Manila. Locally known as Mt. Palay-Palay, one of the attractions of this particular mountain is the "monolith", a distinctive spire in the summit where one can scramble up and get a great view of the surrounding mountains, forest and of course the popular and posh beach resort.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Daranak Falls (Rizal, 14+ meters)

At the viewdeck of Daranak Falls (December 2015)

Possibly the most famous of all the waterfalls in Tanay, Rizal, Daranak Falls is a popular destination for both local and foreign tourist wanting to experience nature while remaining fairly close to the Metro. Located some 50 kilometers east of Manila, it is just around 2 hours drive from Pasig City (depending on how heavy the traffic, of course). In stark contrast to the Metro though, the falls is set in a lush and green forest environment, with slowly flowing clear water and fresh, clean mountain air. As such, the area has been featured as setting for several TV ads and is also a popular site for photo shoots.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Mt. Sipit Ulang (Rizal, 252+ MASL)

Perched high at the summit of Mt. Sipit Ulang with the mountains of Sitio Wawa in the background (Nov. 2015)

Named after the curiously shaped rock formation that forms its summit, Mt. Sipit Ulang is another one of the popular dayhike destination in Rodriguez, Rizal. Located in Barangay Mascap, due its proximity to the other famous mountains of Rodriguez, namely Mts. Pamitinan, Binacayan, Ayaas and Hapunang Banoi in the neighboring Sitio Wawa, intrepid and "Harkor" hikers sometimes include Mt. Sipit Ulang to make a "Pentalogy" hike.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Mt. Ayaas (Rizal, 627+ MASL)

Taken at the summit of Mt. Ayaas (November 2015)

Rizal is fast gaining popularity as a hiking destination due to the several "easy" hikes in the area - Mts Pamitinan, Binacayan, Ayaas, Sipit-Ulang and Hapunang Banoi. This time, my hike mates decided they wanted to hike with a sidetrip of sorts to a waterfall, so we've decided to try on Mt. Ayaas. Two of my hike-mates have already gone to Mt. Ayaas before and were eager to show us the beauty and the challenges this mountain has to offer.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Mt. Binacayan (Rizal, 424+ MASL)

Look at that toothy smile! Taken at the "First Peak" of Mt. Binacayan (August 2015)

Located in Sitio Wawa of Brgy San Rafael in Rodriguez Rizal, Mt. Binacayan (or Binicayan according to other sources) is one of the famous mountains of Rizal. Famed for being one of the "colliding rocks" (nag-uumpugang bato, together with its twin mountain, Mt. Pamitinan) which trapped the mythical hero Bernardo Carpio and caused earthquakes as the powerful giant tried to free himself. Easily accessible from Cubao via UV Express vans that ply the route to Rodriguez, Rizal, this mountain, together with other mountains in the Wawa area, is fast becoming a favorite dayhike destination of novice trekkers.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Taytay Falls (Laguna, 12+ meters)

At the catch basin of Taytay Falls (April 2015)

Perhaps the falls with the clearest and coldest water (read: ice-cold water) that I have been to, the Taytay falls of Majayjay, Laguna is a welcome respite during the sweltering summer months. Tucked away in a remote corner of Majayjay, Laguna by the foot of Mt. Banahaw de Lucban, it is not easily accessible via public transportation from Metro Manila. However, this does not deter masses of people from flocking into the falls to escape the heat of the summer months. With its ice cold water and lush forest cover, the falls and its surroundings offer a perfect summer getaway.