Travel Guide: Discovering the Beauty of Maligcong in Bontoc, Mountain Province

For almost 15 hours of land travel, who would have thought that there’s a scenic landscape hiding in the municipality of Bontoc in Mountain Province. For our 16th and 17 mountain for the The 100 Mountains Project, we went to Maligcong in Bontoc, Mountain Province to hike Mt. Fato and Mt. Kupapey, two of its main hiking destination which offers a picturesque view of the community.

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The Maligcong Rice Terraces viewed from the summit of Mt. Kupapey

 

We left Manila at exactly 1:00 AM in the morning, and reached Maligcong by 2:00 PM, including side trips, stop overs, and supply procurement. We started our trek to Mt. Fato (1,627+ MASL) by 4:30 PM, aiming for a sunset view at the summit. It was foggy that afternoon so we didn’t have the chance to watch the sunset at the summit, but we still managed to enjoy the panoramic view of the Cordillera Mountain Range.

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Trail going to Mt. Fato
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East side of Mt. Fato’s summit

It was called Mt. Fato because of the rock formations you will see at the summit. “Fato”, which came from their local dialect, means rock or “bato” in tagalog. Mt. Fato is a 1 to 2 hour chill hike starting from the accommodation you are staying.

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One of the rock formations at Mt. Fato’s summit (East Side)
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The west side of Mt. Fato’s summit, where you will watch the sunset. But we weren’t lucky enough to witness the sunset because of the weather condition. Still a beautiful view.

On a clear weather condition, you’ll be able to watch the beautiful sunset on top of Mt. Fato’s summit, and a far view of the Maligcong Rice Terraces. We descended down Mt. Fato after an hour and went back to hour lodge to have dinner and power rests before we commence our early morning trek to Mt. Kupapey.

The next day, we woke up at exactly 3:00 AM then prepared ourselves for our hike to Mt. Kupapey (1,640+ MASL). We’ve had our quick breakfast, had ourselves ready then started our trek at exactly 4:30 AM.

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Foggy view of Maligcong Rice Terraces

The trail to Mt. Kupapey is consists of concretes assault steps passing by the rice terraces, and soft ground assault nearing the summit. It was also a 1 to 2 hour trek from your accommodation. The trails can be a little slippery on rainy days so be cautious with your movements.

At the summit of Mt. Kupapey, you will be able to see the astonishing beauty of the Maligcong Rice Terraces, and on a clear day, the beautiful sunrise will greet you good morning with its rewarding beauty. The sun’s bright rays will cast on the layers of Maligcong Rice Terraces which is really an amazing view.

But our trip was different, the sun did not show up, and we waited several minutes for the fog to clear up. And then once this white wall of fog cleared up, it gave us a different perspective of the beauty of the Maligcong Rice Terraces. With the fog unfolding the view of the wonderful landscape, it left us in awe for a few minutes before the fog became a white wall again.

The name Kupapey was derived from their local dialect which means butterfly. Because once you reach the summit, the view of the rice terraces is like a butterfly on a full wing span.

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Closer view of Maligcong Rice Terraces

 

After an hour of waiting for multiple clearings, we decided to descend down and traverse our way to Maligcong Rice Terraces for a closer view of the landscape. Traversing to the rice terraces is one of the highlights of this trip. The amazing man-made creation was so awesome that it made me want to stay longer and appreciate the view for a couple of more hours. It was really an amazing experience seeing this man made beauty.

The best time to visit Maligcong is on the months of April to May, when fields are green said by our local guide. It was indeed a great experience visiting this place, we will surely comeback to experience its beauty on a different climate.

How to get to Maligcong

MNL – Baguio – Bontoc – Maligcong

  • Ride a bus going to Baguio. There are various bus liners that have trips going to Baguio City, one of them is the Victory Liner which have bus terminals in Pasay and Cubao. Fare is Php 445.00.
  • From Baguio City, take a cab going to Dangwa Terminal or Slaughter House, both terminals have buses going to Bontoc, Mountain Province. It will be a 6 hour bus ride and fare ranges from Php 200.00 to Php 250.00.
  • Then from Bontoc, go straight to the Jeepney terminal going to Maligcong. Ask around where the terminal is located. It is a 30 minute uphill ride going to the barangay and fare is around Php 20.00 per person.

There are other routes going to Bontoc, like MNL-Banaue-Bontoc-Maligcong via Ohayami Bus Lines, or MNL-Bontoc via Coda Lines.

First trip of the jeepneys from Bontoc proper going to Maligcong is at 8:00 AM and last trip is at 4:00 PM.

Where to stay in Maligcong

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There are lots of home stays in Maligcong, but most of the famous accommodations will likely be fully accommodated if you will reserve few days before your trip.

We stayed at Terraces View Guest House, a not so popular lodge owned by Ate Rowena. Her guest house was always (somehow) the last option when all the famous lodge like Suzzete’s and Vilma’s are already fully accommodated.

Ate Rowena’s place is actually a good place to stay. The place was fully equipped with basic utility needs, cooking wares, and free coffees. The beds are also comfortable with warm blankets. If two blankets are still not enough, you can request for an extra one, free of charge.

I suggest you contact her first and reserve your slots to make sure that you have a place to stay when you get there. You can contact her at this number: 0915 188 1732. The rate is also very affordable, considering the basic needs there that you can use for free, that would be Php 350.00 per person for and overnight stay. She even spare a fee for our driver’s accommodation, what a nice host. 🙂

Recommended tour guide

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We would like to recommend Kuya Dennis to be your local tour guide. A fun, jolly, full of information about the place, you will surely learn more about Maligcong from him.

Contact him thru his mobile phone: 0909 811 8149. Guide fee starts at Php 800.00 for hiking both mountains, (Php 300.00 for Mt. Fato, Php 500.00 for Mt. Kupapey) for the first 5 persons in the group. If your group is larger than 5 members, that would be Php 175.00 per person (Php 75.00 for Mt. Fato, and Php 100.00 for Mt. Kupapey).

Budget and Expenses

  • Bus fare MNL to Baguio — Php 455.00 x 2 (Php 910.00)
  • Baguio to Bontoc — Php 200.00 to Php 250.00 x 2 (Php 400.00 to Php 500.00
  • Bontoc to Maligcong — Php 20.00 x 2 (Php 40.00)
  • Accommodation — Php 350.00
  • Guide — Php 175.00
  • Registration Fee — Php 20.00

Total Expected Budget is around Php 1,895.00 to Php 1,995.00. Safe budget will be around Php 2,000.00 to Php 3,000.00 for your food and take homes.

Sample Itinerary

Day 0

  • 10:00 PM — Bus to Baguio

Day 1

  • 04:00 AM — ETA Baguio, Quick breakfast, Take cab to Dangwa Terminal (GL Trans)
  • 05:00 AM — ETD to Bontoc
  • 11:00 AM — ETA Bontoc Town Proper, Lunch, Buy supplies
  • 12:00 NN — ETD to Maligcong
  • 12:30 PM — ETA to Maligcong, rest, prepare for Mt. Fato hike.
  • 04:00 PM — Start hike to Mt. Fato
  • 05:00 PM — ETA Mt. Fato Summit, rest, photo ops, wait for the sunset
  • 06:30 PM — Start descent
  • 07:30 PM — ETA Home stay, eat dinner
  • 10:00 PM — Light’s off

Day 2

  • 03:00 AM — Wake up, breakfast, prepare for Mt. Kupapey Hike
  • 04:30 AM — Start hike to Mt. Kupapey
  • 05:30 AM — ETA Mt. Kupapey Summit, rest, wait for the sunrise
  • 07:00 AM — Start descent, traverse to Maligcong Rice Terraces
  • 07:30 AM — ETA Maligcong Rice Terraces, Photo ops, enjoy the view
  • 08: 00 AM — ETA Home Stay, Rest, wash up, proper breakfast. Free time
  • 11:00 AM — Lunch, prepare to leave
  • 12:00 NN — ETD to Bontoc Town Proper
  • 12:30 PM — ETA to Bontoc Town Proper
  • 01:00 PM — ETD to Baguio
  • 07:00 PM — ETA to Baguio, dinner, buy pasalubong
  • 10:00 PM — ETD to Manila

Day 3

  • 03:00 AM — ETA Manila

If you still have plenty of leave credits, you can have Sagada or Kalinga as a second destination after Maligcong.


If you have your own private vehicle, or rented van going to Maligcong, a possible side trip to Banaue Rice Terraces is possible. Just take the MNL-Banaue-Bontoc route.

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One of the most photographed Cordilleran in Banaue.
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The Banaue Rice Terraces

 

 

Travel Guide: Mt. Pulag via Ambangeg Trail

 

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Watching the sunrise at Mt. Pulag summit

Mt. Pulag, the third highest peak in the Philippines and the highest in Luzon is one of the best mountain you can ever hike in the Philippines. Dubbed as the “Playground of the Gods” because of its majestic view at the summit surrounded by sea of clouds. Trekkers often go here to witness the stunning beauty of the sunrise as it shines to the slopes of the mountain giving light and warmth to its surrounding.

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Mt. Pulag, pronounced as “Pul-ag” means bald because there are no trees from grassland to summit. This mountain has three types of landscapes, the pines, the mossy forest, and the grassland. This mountain is in between three provinces, Benguet, Ifugao, and Nueva Vizcaya.

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The Ambangeg Trail is the easiest trail going to the summit of Mt. Pulag. Most hikers calls it the “Artista Trail” due to its relatively easy trail compared to Akiki Trail and other trails. Trek usually starts at the ranger station after you’ve secured a guide and registered your team. From the ranger station, it is a 4-5 hour hike to summit and trek starts at 1 am in the morning if you are camping at the ranger station. If you are going to set your camp at camp 2, you have to start your trek by 1-2 pm on your day 1, then start your trek to summit at 4 or 5 am on your day 2. Camp 2 is just 1-2 hours away from the summit of Mt. Pulag.

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How to schedule a hike to Mt. Pulag

Before you can enjoy the majestic view of Mt. Pulag, you first have to secure a reservation at the Mt. Pulag National Park Management. Ask them if there are still available slots on the day you chose to hike Mt. Pulag. Note that they only allow a maximum of 500 hikers a day to climb Mt. Pulag so better have your reservations as early as one to two months, because there are some organizers who hoard slots on weekends giving less slots to those DIY hikers like us.

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Required documents before climbing Mt. Pulag

Due to recent cases of hikers having difficulties surviving the climb to Mt. Pulag, the management is now requiring all trekkers to submit medical certificates proving that they are fit to climb the said mountain. Failing to submit this requirement on the day of your hike will have them prevent you from hiking Mt. Pulag, so better have this requirements on-hand before leaving for this hike.

Just in case you are too busy too have yourself checked in your area, there’s a hospital in Ambangeg, just a few minutes away from DENR Office wherein you can have yourself checked by a doctor if you are physically fit to climb Mt. Pulag.

Transportation from Baguio to Jump Off Point

Ok! So, you have secured your slots and you’ve had yourself checked for your medical certificate, now you need to find ways on how to get to the jump off point. There are no public vehicles that can bring you from Baguio to Ambangeg. Mostly, hikers hire monster jeeps as their means of transportation from Baguio to Ambangeg and vise versa. If you have rented a van, you can go directly to the Ambangeg but I strongly advise that you leave your van to Baguio and just hire a monster jeep if your driver is not experienced with the road going to the jump off point. There are cases where vans loose their brakes which caused accidents, so again, just hire monster jeeps from Baguio to Ambangeg.

Things you should bring when hiking Mt. Pulag

The weather gets really cold in Mt. Pulag, dropping down to 5 degree celsius and below which makes most hikers chill and suffers hypothermia. So here are some essential things that you should bring with you when hiking Mt. Pulag.

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  • Fleece Jacket
    • Can be used as your base layer
  • Thermal Jacket
    • This will be your mid layer
  • Windbreaker Jacket/Outer Shell
    • This will outter layer that will protect you from dew or rain
  • Rain Coat
    • Just in case you will be hiking on a rainy weather
  • Gloves
    • You need to keep your hands warm, trust me
  • Bonnet
  • Grabber Body Warmer
  • Grabber Hand Warmer
  • Grabber Toe Warmer
  • Thick Socks
    • Keep your feet warm, bring an extra pair just in case it gets wet
  • Aluminum Foil Mat
    • You’ll use this as flooring for your tent to keep your body from the cold ground of the camping site
  • Sleeping Bags
    • Extra protection from cold
  • Tents
    • Your shelter. If you don’t have tents or don’t one to bring one, you can rent at the Ranger Station from Php 300- Php450 per tent
  • Cook Set
  • Stove
  • Butane Gas
  • Mess Kit
  • Hygiene Kit
  • Extra Food
  • Water Bottles/Containers
  • Power Banks
  • Phones
  • Cameras

How to get to Mt. Pulag

  • Ride a bus going to Baguio from Manila
  • Hire a Monster Jeep that will take you from Baguio to DENR Office and to Ranger Station. Monster Jeeps cost ranges from Php 7,000 to Php 8,000

Breakdown of expenses

DIY Expenses for Mt. Pulag via Ambangeg Trail. Budget is for a group of 18 people maximizing the capacity of the Monster Jeep.

  • Bus MNL-Baguio-MNL: Php 960.00
  • Monster Jeep Rental (Good for 18 pax) : Php 7,500.00 [Php 417.00/pax]
  • DENR fee: Php 175.00
  • Ranger station LGU fee: Php 150.00
  • Guide fee: Php 120.00/pax
  • Camping fee: Php 50.00

    TOTAL: Php 1,822.00/pax

    PS: If you are going to set camp on Camp 2, you need to pay the camping fee at the DENR Office.

Miscellaneous

  • If you don’t have medical certificates, and you are already in Baguio, you can ask your monster jeep driver to bring you to the nearest hospital in Ambangeg and have you checked if you are fit to climb Mt. Pulag. It will cost you Php 100.00 for the medical check up.
  • If you don’t have tents, you can rent at the ranger station
    • Tent — Php 300.00 – Php 450.00
    • Aluminum Foil Mats — Php 50.00 (Small) Php 100.00 (big)

Contact Numbers

  • Please call the Mt. Pulag National Park Management to reserve your slots between 8AM to 5PM only
    • 09291668864
    • 09199951316
    • 09103010423
  • For your Monster Jeep transportation, please call Kuya Romeo
    • 09092102123

Side Trips

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Viewed from Lolo Cancio’s Inn and Restaurant
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Jang-jang Hangin Bridge
  • Ambuklao View Deck
  • Jang-jang Hangging Bridge
  • Lolo Cancio’s Inn and Restaurant
    • Stunning view of Mt. Indian and the Ambuklao Lake and Agno River

So yeah, Mt. Pulag is definitely one of the most beautiful mountain in the Philippines and it has one of the most stunning view that you can ever experience. But with all of its beauty, we must still protect it from being destroyed and help it maintain its natural beauty. Us hikers have the biggest role in preserving the beauty of Mt. Pulag. Always remember the principles of LNT (Leave No Trace) and educate one another on how to love nature.

REMINDER!

  • Locals said that it tends to rain unpredictably if visitors of the mountains are noisy. So you better keep your voices down so you do not disturb the nature and other hikers near you.
  • Clean as you go!
  • Do not litter!
  • Have fun!

#PhotoContest: Best of Philippines! — Winners

After almost a month long duration of the contest, it has now come to an end and finally, we are announcing the winners of our first ever Best Of Philippines Photo Contest. We have had a difficult time scoring your awesome photos.

We would like to thank all those who sent their photos, took time to write and share their experiences and show the world how beautiful our country was. All of them are beautiful and worth sharing but unfortunately, we only have to choose 3 best photos who garnered the highest final score of combine facebook reactions and judges’s scores.

So, we are presenting to you the winners of our Best Of Philippines Photo Contest. Congratulations and keep on exploring and sharing the beauty of the Philippines.

3rd Place. Krescel Ann Victoriano, Mt. Pulag

3rd placer in our Best of Philippines Photo Contest. Entry by Krescel Ann Victoriano.
3rd placer in our Best of Philippines Photo Contest. Winning entry by Krescel Ann Victoriano taken in Mt. Pulag.

When I started mountain climbing, I had this ultimate dream of climbing one of the tallest landforms in the Philippines, and in fact, the tallest mountain in Luzon- Mt. Pulag. That dream turned into reality when my good friend Mertz invited me to come with him and his friends on Mt. Pulag. I didn’t need to think about it. It’s a quick yes.

We hit the road on July 2, 2016, and it was a thrilling adventure. I was the only woman in the group but it didn’t matter when we took the “fun” trail, Ambangeg. We clicked as a group despite the fact that I only knew each through Facebook. And I was thankful to be in that trip. Reaching the summit is just a bonus. The memories of the journey itself and how I made new friendships are the things I value the most.

For me, this is my best photo of the Philippines. Even though I was expecting back then to see a sea of clouds kissing the mountaintops, I was not disappointed when there was none. The breathtaking scenery God laid in front of me was more than what I expected it to be. The fatigue, the cold weather, and the expenses, they were worth it. When I was up there, looking at the rest of the world, I realized that the world isn’t bound with any limits. You don’t have to be a big man to climb a mountain. You don’t have to have big muscles to prove that you can. A woman can do it. A woman will do it. Everyone can do it. You just have to believe that you can, and God will lead you all the way. In this little adventure of mine, the north remembers.


2nd Place. Lino Jubilan Jr, Legazpi Boulevard taken from Legazpi, Albay

2nd place of our Best of Philippines Photo Contest. Winning entry of Lino Jubilan Jr. of Legazpi Boulevard taken from Legazpi, Albay
2nd place of our Best of Philippines Photo Contest. Winning entry of Lino Jubilan Jr. of Legazpi Boulevard taken from Legazpi, Albay

The Legazpi Boulevard is a coastal road network extending from the city’s central business district and port area to the southern barangays, an area deemed as a new frontier of development. The boulevard is one of the most picturesque seaside roads in the Philippines, with a spectacular view of the Mayon Volcano and the Kapuntukan hill to the north.

A fascinating Mayon Volcano. This is my best photo because it’s really hard to took pictures in a weather that is quickly changing and not everything looks good on it. Mayon Volcano have a rare time to flaunt beautifully its perfect cone shape. And luckily I took a chance to have this one flabbergasting picture on my second time at Albay which I waited the sunset until it becomes blue.


1st Place. Aries Vann R. Saquibal, Mt. Ulap, Itogon, Benguet — Kissing the Sunrise

1st placer of our Best of Philippines Photo Contest. Winning entry of Aries Vann R. Saquibal in Mt. Ulap, Itogon, Benguet
1st placer of our Best of Philippines Photo Contest. Winning entry of Aries Vann R. Saquibal in Mt. Ulap, Itogon, Benguet

Kissing the Sunrise.

This is my best photo of the Philippines so far, this picture depicts that we must be thankful everyday we see sunrise, this means God gave us another day to live and must be thankful for that.


Congratulations to all of the winners of our first Best of Philippines Photo Contest, we hope that you’ll keep on sharing photos of the beautiful travel destinations of the Philippines, and showing to the world what our country can offer.


Claiming of prizes

You can claim your prizes by dropping by at A Space Manila, 110 Legazpi Street, San Lorenzo, Makati 1223 and look for Paolo Imbag of iStack Manila.

For the 2nd and 3rd place winners, you will be receiving a printed copy of your winning photo and one voucher code of a 6×6 soft cover photobook, courtesy of Photobook Worldwide and TravelBook.ph. Prints will be available by November 30, 2016. So you can visit us on or after the said date.

For our 1st place winner, you will be receiving a wood mounted print of your winning entry, and  one voucher code of a 6×6 soft cover photobook, courtesy of Photobook Worldwide and TravelBook.ph. Your wood-mounted print will be available by December 12, 2016. So you can visit us on or after the said date.

If you have further questions about the claiming of your prizes, you can email us at bestofph@itinerary.ph or send us a text message to +639154478657


If you wish to see how we score the contest, you can check out our score card here: https://goo.gl/wL5Xm9

Stay tuned for our year-end project!

#OnTheList: 5 Travel Destinations You Can Visit With Php 22k!

First off, this post has nothing against Coldplay or people who are willing to pay for the VIP price ticket to watch their concert. We too are fans of the band, we’re just listing at least 5 travel destinations that you can visit with that amount of money, so cheers and let’s get started!

1. Mt. Pulag, Benguet

#OnTheList: 10 Travel Destinations You Can Visit With Php 22k! Mt. Pulag
View of the Sea Of Clouds from the summit of Mt. Pulag

Mt. Pulag, the highest peak of Luzon at 2,992 MASL. It is one of the most popular weekend destination of most hiking enthusiasts and mountaineers because of the majestic view if offers. One of the main reason why hikers flock to this mountain is because of its magnificent sunrise plus a view of the sea of clouds. It is also coined as the “Playground of the Gods” by most hikers.

There are a lot of travel groups and organizers who offers a two to three day tour/hike to Mt. Pulag ranging from Php 2,000 to Php 3,000 depending on the trail you want to take. But if you want to do it as DIY, you must at least form a group of 10 for a less expensive trip. Budget for DIY trips from Baguio city ranges from Php 1,500 to Php 2,000 depending on the number of members in your group.

Hiking Mt. Pulag is via reservation basis, allowing only 500 hikers per day for all of the trails. So you might want to call the tourism office to reserve your slots before going there.

Budget:

  • Php 2,000.00 – Php 3,000.00


Contact Number:

  • DENR – 09196315402


Expenses:

  • Guide Fee – Php 500.00/guide good for 1-5 persons, additional person is Php 100.00. Maximum of 10 persons per guide.
  • Registration Fee and Orientation – Php 225.00 per person
  • Monster Jeep Renta – Php 7,000 to Php 8,000 and can accommodate upto 18 persons. You can ask the DENR personnel for contact numbers of their accredited jeepney rentals.


Organized Event:

We are having our Mt. Pulag Year-End Climb this coming December 28-29, 2016. If you are interested to join, we are offering it for only Php 2,799 inclusive of transportation, all fees, dinner and breakfast. You can find more details by clicking this link: Year Ender — Experience Mt. Pulag


2. Nagsasa Cove, Zambales

#OnTheList: 10 Travel Destinations You Can Visit With Php 22k! Nagsasa Cove
A less than 30 minute trek in Nagsasa Cove where you can see a really nice view of the Island. Best for sunrise and sunset watching. Entrance fee here is Php 40.00

One of the best beach getaway my friends and I have been to is the Nagsasa Cove in Brgy. Pundaquit, San Antonio, Zambales. It’s just a chill and laid back getaway for the weekend just to be far away from the stress in the city. For a budget for Php 1,800.00 ALL-IN, we get to enjoy a relaxing and fun weekend getaway.

There’s not much to do here but to just relax, swim, play with the waves, cliff jump, and visit Capones and Camara Islands. If you are a more adventurous type of traveler, you can hike Mt. Balingkilat traversing to Nagsasa Cove.

Budget:

  • Php 1,500.00 – Php 1,800.00


Contact Number:

  • Jesus Bansales III – 0920 274 4651 | 0977 321 7900
    You can contact Sir Jess if you want to visit and camp in Nagsasa Cove. You can also choose among the other two coves, the Anawangin Cove (the more crowded and commercialized one) and Talisayen Cove.
  • Van rental – 09063395064 | 09178618672
    In all of our trips, we are renting vans from them. If you want a convenient transfer from your place to Zambales, you can contact them for van rentals.


Expenses:

  • Van rentals can range from Php 8,000.00 to Php 9,000.00
  • Nagsasa Tour ranges from Php 500.00 to Php 650.00 per person inclusive of everything you need in the island, entrance fees, round trip boat transfer and island hopping.
  • Food sharing is up to you, our group shared Php 300.00 to Php 500.00 per person for supplies and cooking materials.

3. Mt. Daraitan in Tanay, Rizal

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The famous rock formation on top of the summit where most hikers take a selfie.

A popular day hike destination in Tanay, Rizal which is just 2-3 hours away from Manila. A quick escape from the busy streets of the city. On top of the summit, you’ll see a wide view of the Sierra Madre Mountain Range and a bonus sea of clouds if you’ll do a night trek and if you are lucky enough to witness it.

Tinipak River is also one the main attraction in this places, usually made as a side trip of most hikers by doing a traverse from the summit of Mt. Daraitan. You’ll also get a chance to see the beautiful rock formation in the river, you just have to pay Php 25.00 as entrance fee which is used to maintain the place. If the weather condition is good, and the current is not that bad, you can also take a dip at the natural pool inside the Tinipak Cave. Though they are limiting the amount of time to stay here for 15 minutes due to the number of people who wants to experience it.

You can check our travel guide to Mt. Daraitan for a more detailed blog: Travel Guide: Mt. Daraitan

Budget:

  • Php 500.00 – Php 700.00 for a day hike

Contact Number: 

  • Head Guide (Willy): 0906 953 3470


Expenses:

  • Guide fee – Php 500.00 good for 1-5 persons
  • Registration fee – Php 20.00
  • Entrance fee to see the Rock Formation – Php 25.00
  • Van Shaw to Tanay – Php 70.00 to Php 90.00 (1.5 hours of travel)
  • Jeep from Tanay to Sampaloc – Php 26.00 (45 minutes)
  • Trike from Sampaloc to Extraction point – Php 100.00 per person (30 minutes)
  • Raft to cross the river (Optional) – Php 10.00


Organized Event:

We are having a day hike to Mt. Daraitan this coming December 04, 2016. If you are interested to join, we are offering it for only Php 700.00 inclusive of transportation and all fees. You can find more details by clicking this link: Dayhike — Mt. Daraitan


4. Mt. Ulap in Itogon, Benguet

#OnTheList: 10 Travel Destinations You Can Visit With Php 22k! Mt. Ulap
Parallax view along the trail of Mt. Ulap

A fun chill day hike in Benguet which offers a picturesque view the Cordillera’s mountain range. A relatively easy hike which can be recommended for first time hikers. You will get to experience a breath taking view while trekking to the summit and a chance to see the sea of clouds.

One of the main attraction in this mountain is the Gungal Rock which serves as the landmark of this mountain.

Budget:

  • Php 400.00 to Php 500.00 from Baguio

Contact Number:

  • Brgy. Ampucao Tourism – 09989589549

Expenses:

  • Registration Fee – Php 100.00 per person
  • Guide fee – Php 400.00 good for 10 persons Php 800.00 overnight
  • If you are going to camp, you’ll need to pay addition Php 500.00 for the camping fee


Organized Event:

We are having a day hike to Mt. Ulap this coming December 17, 2016. If you are interested to join, we are offering it for only Php 1,200.00 inclusive of transportation and all fees. You can find more details by clicking this link: Dayhike — Mt. Ulap


5. Buscalan Village in Tinglayan Kalinga

Apo Whang-od

Experience a traditional culture of the Butbut tribe in Kalinga. Relax and enjoy the company of the villagers and learn new things from their cultures and tradition. Wake up to the wonderful view of the mountains. Take a dip to the chilling waters of the water falls. All that for a budget of Php 3,000.00 for a ground of 5!

Buscalan is almost a 19 hour travel from Manila, so if you love long commutes and enjoys transferring from one mode of transportation to another for almost one whole day, this destination is for you.

One of the main reason why people from different parts of the globe visits Buscalan is  because of the living legend, soon to be a National Artist (hopefully), Apo Whang-od. Believed to be the last “Mambabatok” (traditional tattoo artist) of her generation. She offers traditional tattoos to visitors for a price ranging from Php 200.00 to Php 1,000+ depending on the size of the tattoo. She is accompanied by here grand daughters/nieces Grace and Elyang.

Budget:

  • Php 2,000 to Php 3,000 group of 3 to 5 persons


Contact Person

  • Guide Gilbert – 09084792012
  • Guide Oliver – 09397741477
  • Guide Raffy – 09279853681


Expenses:

  • Manila to Baguio – Php 455.00
  • Baguio to Manila – Php 455.00
  • Baguio to Bontoc – Php 195.00
  • Bontoc to Baguio – Php 195.00
  • Bontoc to Buscalan – Php 100.00
  • Buscalan to Bontoc – Php 100.00
  • Homestay – Php 250.00
  • Registration Fee – Php 75.00
  • Guide – Php 1,000


Organized Event:

We are having a tour to Buscalan next year January 13-15, 2016. If you are interested to join, we are offering it for only Php 1,200.00 inclusive of transportation and all fees. You can find more details by clicking this link: Year Starter — Experience Buscalan


So there you go! These are some of the destinations you can visit if you are thinking twice on whether you should buy a VIP ticket to Coldplay’s concert, or just go to places you’ve never been before, explore and learn new things from you adventure.

It’s up to you, just do the things that makes you happy and don’t let other people dictate you on your own happiness. Live the life you want to live and be happy on whatever the result may be.

We’ll be adding more destinations in this list in the coming days so stay tuned for our updates. Cheers!

#LawinPH: Town Update — Sagada, Mountain Province

From Sagada Genuine Guides Association Inc.

To our guests, travel agencies and locals.
Sagada Town is Doing great but getting there is a BIT of a problem especially if you have your Own Car.

Tommorrow (Friday) the Halsema Highway (Baguio-Sagada) route might be cleared but at the Municipality of Sabangan, (about 19kms from Sagada. The temporary bridge got washed out so going there directly is not possible with your car, you will need to transfer on to passenger vehicles in order to get there…

Also, if you are coming from Banaue, the Bridge at bontoc (19kms away) got damaged, thereby, vehicles are not allowed to pass by for the mean time.. you will need to transfer to our jeepneys also.

If you are planning a trip to Sagada this Weekend, i must warn you that there is a great possibility that Cave Tours will not be allowed, it will take time for the current inside the cave to recede.

Update:

The Bridge at Samoki bridge. Photo by Samantha Y
The Bridge at Samoki bridge. Photo by Samantha Y
The shoulder of the road got washed out.. but road is still passable. Photo by Niza Likigan
The shoulder of the road got washed out.. but road is still passable. Photo by Niza Likigan
In between Tadian to Sabangan, the landslide forced the van to a house. Photo by Jerry B.
In between Tadian to Sabangan, the landslide forced the van to a house. Photo by Jerry B.
Boulders. Photo By Jerry B.
Boulders. Photo By Jerry B.

Please do take this update in consideration in making you plans going  up to the Mountain Province and near by towns hit by the Typhoon Lawin.

It’s better to be safe than sorry.