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.