#Featured: Crystal Beach Resort — San Narciso, Zambales

Our featured travel guide for this month is from Edgar Eduardo, they spend their weekend ina beautiful beach resort in San Narciso, Zambales, the Crystal Beach Resort. For a budget under Php 800.00, they have weekend well spent in a beautiful paradise.

© Edgar Eduardo

Crystal Beach is just 3-4 hours away from Manila. It has been a quick weekend getaway for most travelers and surfers. There are some fun activities you can enjoy together with your friends and family.

© Edgar Eduardo
© Edgard Eduardo
© Edgard Eduardo

Here’s how Edgar reached Crystal Beach Resort

  • From Cubao, ride a Victory Liner bus going to Iba, Zambales or Olongapo
    • The Iba, Zambales route has a daily trip until 9:30PM
    • His groupd took the Ologapo route.
    • Cubao to Olongapo cost them Php 207.00 per person
  • From Olongapo Terminal, they took a bus going to Iba, Zambales. Just tell the conductor to drop you off to San Narciso, Zambales. It will take around an hour before you reach the town proper.
    • Ordinary – Php 53.00 per person
    • Air-conditioned bus – Php 70.00 per person
  • From San Narciso, ride a trike going to the resort.
© Edgar Eduardo


  • You can bring your own tent, there are tents available for rent if you don’t have one.
    • Php 290.00 – if you have your own tent
    • Tent rental costs Php 500.00++ which includes pillows and blankets
  • They sometimes have acoustic sessions on Saturday nights.
  • You can also enjoy surfing.
  • There are bonfire that are already set up at the Camp Site
  • Free grilling utilities, with coal
  • If you don’t have a powerbank, you can ask the front-desk to let you charge your gadgets for Php 20.00 until it gets fully charged.
© Edgar Eduardo
© Edgar Eduardo

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Itinerary Philippines Team will be visiting this place for a more detailed itinerary. 🙂 But anyway, thanks to Sir Edgar for letting us share his experience to the Crystal Beach Resort. Hope this helps our fellow travelers have an idea on what to expect and how to get to this beautiful place.

If you have itineraries, travel guides, and stories you want to share that can help our fellow travelers plan their next adventure, you can send those to contribute@itinerary.ph.

Travel Guide: Mt. Batulao (811+ MASL)


Dreaming of climbing Mt. Guiting-guiting in Romblon? Do you know that there’s a mountain in Nasugbu, Batangas that offers a little G2 like experience, like the knife-edge. The trail of Mt. Batulao is consist of gradual assaults that can be very muddy on rainy seasons. Trail gets a bit steep and slippery near the summit which requires extra caution. There are ropes that can help you climb those steep slopes easily.


Mt. Batulao offers an spectacular view of Cavite and Batangas, and beautiful landscape surrounding the mountain. There are two major trails in this mountain, the New Trail and the Old Trail. These trails can be combined for a traverse climb.

For only 2-3 hours drive from Manila, Mt. Batulao has been a famous hiking and camping destination for most hikers. Enthusiast who are looking for quick day hike challenge, climb training, or chill night camp, considers this mountain as one of their options.


Local guides are not required, but advised for beginners especially when the trail gets very muddy. Rate of guideship is Php 400 – Php 500.00 a day for a group. There are also a lot of registration fees collected along both trails. Our group took the New Trail and we encountered three registration areas. The first registration costs us Php 20.00, they said that it will be used for the construction/maintenance of a church in their barangay, the second and third registration area costs Php 30.00 each, they collect these fees so you can pass by their private property. If you are planning to take a traverse from New Trail to Old Trail, prepare for more registration areas along the Old Trail.



Nonetheless, Mt. Batulao is a great and beautiful mountain recommended for those hikers who are looking for a quick day hike adventure with a close range to Manila.






Suggested Itinerary (New Trail)

02:30 AM — Meetup Bus Station
03:00 AM — ETD to Nasugbu, Batangas
05:30 AM — ETA Evercrest
06:00 AM — ETA Trail Head, Start trek
07:00 AM — First Registration (Php 20.00)
08:00 AM — Second Registration (Php 30.00)
08:30 AM — Third Registration (Php 30.00)
09:30 AM — ETA Summit
10:00 AM — Start Descent
12:00 PM — ETA Trail Head, Wash up
01:00 PM — Back to Manila or Sidetrip to Tagaytay, eat Bulalo, buy pasalubong
05:00 PM — ETA Manila

How to get to Mt. Batulao

  • Ride a bus going to Nasugbu, ask the conductor to drop you off to Evercrest Golf Course
    • San Agustin Bus Terminal (Cubao) — Php 135.00
    • DLTB Bus Terminal (Buendia-Taft) — Php 111.00
    • Coastal Mall Terminal (Pasay) — Php 104.00
  • From Evercrest, ride a trike going to the trail head. You can opt not to take the trike but I suggest you ride one because it can be a 1-1.5 hours trek from Evercrest to trail head.
    • Trike — Php 30.00/person


  • DLTB Buendia to Evercrest, Nasugbu, Batangas — Php 111.00/pax (Php 222.00 RT)
  • Trike to trail head (Optional) — Php 30.00/pax (Php 60.00 RT)
  • Guide (Optional) — Php 500.00/12 = Php 45.00*
  • First Registration — Php 20.00
  • Second Registration — Php 30.00
  • Third Registration — Php 30.00

Total expenses:
Php 407.00**

* Php 41.67 rounded off to Php 45.00
** Expected budget for new trail with one guide and rode trikes from Evercrest to trail head round trip. Can be lesser than Php 407.00 if you’ll choose to not to hire a guide and walk from Evercrest to trail head.

Mannquin Challenge at Mt. Batulao

Day Hikes Near Manila For Under Php 500.00 Budget (Part 2)

After an overwhelming response with the our Day Hikes Near Manila For Under Php 500.00 Budget, here’s another set of day hikeable mountains for a budget less than Php 500.00! Yes, they are still near Manila. 🙂

DISCLAIMER: * This budget hikes are possible if you are a group of 5 or more.

1. Maynoba Circuit, Tanay, Rizal — Cayabu Peak and Mt. Maynoba (728+ MASL)


Mt. Maynoba (pronounced as May-nu-ba) is relatively new to hikers since it just opened few months ago (early 2016). But due to its sudden popularity boosted by social media, hikers flocked here during weekends which causes human traffic along the trail. I suggest visiting this mountain on a weekday for a less crowded climb, and you’ll surely find peace there.

You have two options, whether to hike both peaks (Cayabu Peak and Maynoba Peak) or just proceed to the summit of Mt. Maynoba. The Cayabu-Maynoba loop can be finished with 3-4 hours depending on your pacing. The steep slope to the summit can be challenging, thought you’ll be rewarded by the breathtaking view of the Sierra Madre Mountain range. As per the Pinoy Mountaineer, the hike difficulty to summit is at 3/9 and 4/9 if you’re going to go with the loop hike. It is best to start your hike as early as possible for you to be able to reach the summit before sunrise and watch the sea of clouds before descending down to the waterfalls.

One must be fully cautious when hiking on the rocky parts of the trail near the waterfalls. Many parts of the trail can be muddy and slippery during rainy seasons.

How to get to Brgy. Cayabu

  • From Cubao, ride a jeepney going to Cogeo
  • From Cogeo, ride a jeepney going to Batangasan (You might wait for the seats to be filled before taking off)
  • From Batangasan, ride a trike and tell them to drop you off to Brgy. Cayabu Mt. Maynoba jump off

Expenses and Fees

  • Jeep Cubao to Cogeo — Php 25.00
  • Jeep Cogeo to Batangasan — Php 42.00
  • Trike Batangasan to Jump Off — Php 200.00/Trike (1:4)
  • Registration fee — Php 40.00
  • Guide fee — Php 500.00 (1:5)

Expenses and Fees

  • Romar – 0929 765 8457 / 0905 973 4256

To read more about Manoba Circuit, check out our dedicated blog entry for this mountain here: itinerary.ph/MaynobaCircuit

2. Mt. Sipit Ulang, Rodriguez, Rizal — 252+ MASL


Mt. Sipit Ulang, a mountain that offers a scenic view of rock formations, rich caves, and panoramic view of the Sierra Madre mountain range. It has various trail ranging from easy to slightly hard trail, and can hike for about 2-3 hours going to summit.

At the summit, you will see a rock formation depicting a crab’s claw, which is the main landmark of this mountain. One can climb up to the top of it and enjoy the picturesque panoramic view of the city and the Sierra Madre mountains.

After descending down, a possible side trip to Payaran Falls, the so called 7 layered falls, which offers a nice and relaxing cold water that you need after a tiring climb of Mt. Sipit Ulang. On the top layer of Payaran Falls is a small pool like basic where in you can jump, swim, and enjoy with your friends. There are tables available at the falls for free so that you eat your lunch before or after swimming at the falls.

How to get there:

  • Ride a van going to Eastwood, Rodriguez, Rizal from Cubao, tell the driver to drop you off the tricycle terminal going to Brgy. Mascap.
  • Ride a Trike going Brgy. Mascap


  • Cubao to Eastwood, RR (Van): Php 50.00 – (Php 100.00 RT)
  • Eastwood, RR to Brgy Mascap (Trike): Php 150/trike (150/5* pax = Php 30.00*) (Php 60.00 RT)
  • Guide Fee: 400+Considerate fee if you want to go to Payaran Falls. In our case, we are 7 pax in the group, and wee decided to contribute Php 100 each for the guide fee.
  • Registration for he DENR is Php 50.00/head

To read more about Mt. Sipit Ulang, check out our dedicated blog entry for this mountain here: itinerary.ph/MtSipitUlang

3. Mt. Manalmon and Mt. Gola — 196+ MASL


If you are looking for a chill hike near Metro Manila, San Miguel, Bulacan is the right place for you. Mt. Manalmon and Mt. Gola is best for chill hikers and beginners. You can hike these two mountains half day and then you can explore and go spelunking in Madlum Cave and Bayukbok Caves.

We first hiked Mt. Gola, which almost at the same level as Mt. Manalmon (196+ MASL). We reached the summit in less than 2 hours. It has an easy trail, just need to be careful with sharp rocks. We descended after 30 minutes and the we proceed to Mt. Manalmon.

Mt. Manalmon has more little assaults than Mt. Gola, and it will give you a better view of Mt. Arayat from afar. We reached the summit also in less than 2 hours, took some photos and descended after 30 minutes.


  • Guides (Required): Php 300.00/Guide/Mountain
  • Caving: Php 40.00/Pax/Cave
  • Parking Fee: Php 25.00/Van
  • Registration Fee: Php 10.00/Pax
  • Van: Php 5,000/van can accommodate 15-16 pax
  • Fee before you can proceed to the jump off: Php 20.00/pax

Contact Numbers

  • Van Rental: +63 906 339 5064
  • Municipal office of San Miguel Bulacan: 0447640154
  • Boy Florencio (Municipal Tourism Officer of San Miguel Bulacan): 09053726148
  • 09195746470 look for Mr. Carlito (tata Carling) Carpio President M.A.D.L.U.M. Inc.
  • 09434440033 look for Mr. Rexel Marketing and Promotion officer M.A.D.L.U.M. Inc.

Hiking Notes

  • I suggest that you rent a van for a non-tight schedule so that you can enjoy all of the activities this place has to offer. Activities includes: hiking, monkey bridging, spelunking, and swimming.
  • You need to secure a permit a week before the actual activity date. You can find details on where to send your request here: itinerary.ph/BulacanTwinHike

To read more about Mt. Manalmon and Mt. Gola, check out our dedicated blog entry for this mountain here: itinerary.ph/BulacanTwinHike

4. Mt. Batolusong — Mapatag Plateau (645+ MASL) and Susong Dalaga Peak (780+ MASL)


A short, budget-friendly adventure to escape the busy streets of Metro Manila. Here’s our DIY weekend trip to Mt. Batolusong + Kay-Ibon Falls in the heart of Tanay, Rizal.All of us think that this is mini Batanes because of the mountain slopes. A very windy grassland welcomed us to the point that even our body is shaking up. View from above is really breathtaking, you’ll be able to see the Sierra Madre ranges of mountains and Laguna de Bay.

How to get there

  • From Cubao, ride a jeepney going to Cogeo
  • From Cogeo, ride a jeepney going to Batangasan (You might wait for the seats to be filled before taking off)
  • From Batangasan, ride a trike and tell them to drop you off to Mt. Batolusong jump off


  • Cubao to Cogeo Jeepney – 24 Pesos
  • Cogeo to Sitio Batanggaasan Kanto – 42 Pesos
  • Habal-Habal Ride from Batanggasan to registration area – 30 Pesos
  • Registration Fee – 40 Pesos
  • Guide – 5 is to 1 for 500 Pesos / 100 per person
  • Highway to Cogeo jeepney – 42 Pesos
  • Cogeo to Cubao jeepney – 24 Pesos

To read more about Mt. Batolusong, check out our dedicated blog entry for this mountain here: itinerary.ph/MtBatolusong

5. Mamuyao Loop — Mt. Tala (598+ MASL) and Mt. Pinto (846+ MASL)


Another mountain has recently been opened for hikers, a relatively new day hike destination that nature lovers have to add to their mountain bucket list. Mt. Tala, standing about 598 meters-above-sea-level, offers a 360 view of the Sierra Madre mountain range plus a bonus experience of the Sea of Clouds.

A full loop can be done with Mt. Pinto with a total distance of 19km. The trail is a combination of grasslands, bamboo and narra covered forest. Trails can be muddy on rainy seasons.

How to get there

  • First, secure a permit one week before the actual trek. No permit no climb policy is strictly observe with this mountain. You can contact Mr. Perdrito Campus to arrange your permit. He can also provide you vehicle/jeepney that you will need in order to reach the jump off point from the extraction point (river crossing).
  • From Cubao, ride a jeepney going to Cogeo
  • From Cogeo, ride a jeepney going to Batangasan (You might wait for the seats to be filled before taking off)
  • From Batangasan, ride a trike and tell them to bring you off to Brgy. Mamuyao Mt. Tala jump off


  • Jeep Cubao to Cogeo — Php 25.00
  • Jeep Cogeo to Batangasan — Php 42.00
  • Trike Batangasan to Jump Off — Php 200.00/person (Not yet confirmed)
  • Registration fee — Php 40.00
  • Guide fee — Php 500.00 (1:5)
  • If you will be renting a jeep, that would be Php 6,500 from Cogeo to Brgy. Mamuyao (2-way)
  • Brgy. Cayabu to Brgy. Mamuyao RT — Php 80.00

Hiking notes

  • Best if you will be hiking with a group of 10 or more to lessen your expenses.
  • The jump off point is almost 1 hour away from the extraction point which the cheapest way is to rent a jeep from Cogeo to Brgy. Mamuyao.
  • Contact Mr. Pedrito Campus so you can request your permit and arrange your transportation if you don’t have vans or monster vehicles that can do multiple river crossings.
  • If you have vans, better if you’ll park it to the nearby barangays because there’s no secure parking lots near the extraction point.
  • You can ask Mr. Pedrito to arrange you a jeepney that can fetch you from Brgy. Cayabu (where you will park your vehicle) to Brgy. Mamuyao.
  • There’s presence of limatik so be prepared, bring alcohol or any ointment that can prevent them from sticking to your body and suck your blood.
  • Trail is super muddy when wet so wear shoes that are appropriate with this kind of situation.

Contact person

To read more about Mt. Tala, check out our dedicated blog entry for this mountain here: itinerary.ph/MtTala

Day Hikes Near Manila For Under Php 500.00 Budget

Traveling doesn’t have to be expensive as long as you enjoy the experience. We’ have been receiving inquiries on where to go hiking with a budget of Php 500.00*, so here’s a list to day hikes near Manila which you will spend a little less than Php 500.00*.

DISCLAIMER: * This budget hikes are possible if you are a group of 5 or more.

1. Mt. Balagbag, Rodriguez, Rizal — 777+ MASL


Famous running route for trail runners, Mt. Balagbag serves a training ground for them with its proximity to Manila and with the challenge it gives to prepare them for their upcoming races.

Mt. Balagbag, standing 777+ masl, is an ideal day hike for beginners due to its wide trail and mild assault. Hikers usually start their trek at the afternoon to witness the beautiful sunset and then camp at the summit overnight. At the morning you’ll get to experience the cool breeze as the warmth of the rising sun touches your body.

How to get to Mt. Balagbag

  • From Cubao, ride a bus going to Tungko.
  • Alight at Jollibee Tungko and the ride a jeep going to Licao-licao
  • From Licao-licao you can already start your hike to the registration or you can opt to ride a trike going to the registration area. I suggest you start your hike at Licao-licao because from the registration area, it is just 20-30 mins away to summit, so enjoy the hike from Licao-licao to summit if I were you.


  • Cubao – Tungko: Php 55.00 (Bus)
  • Tungko – Licao-licao: 27.00 (Jeep)
  • Registration + Other Fee: Php 30.00
  • Optional: Trike from Licao-licao to school: Php 30.00

To read more about Mt. Balagbag, check out our dedicated blog entry for this mountain here: itinerary.ph/MtBalagbag

2. Mt. Ayaas, Rodriguez, Rizal — 627+ MASL


Mt. Ayaas, standing 627+ masl, is considered as one of the highest peaks in Rodriguez, Rizal, a minor climb ideal for beginners as their first hike.

Main jump off this mountain is in Brgy. Wawa, Rodriguez, Rizal, but our group took the second one which is in Brgy. Mascap, Rodriguez, Rizal. One should start their trek as early as 5AM to avoid the heat of the sun, Mt. Ayaas does not have much trees to cover you up when sun’s heat strikes.

After hiking this mountain, a waterfall side trip can be arranged with you guide. Tell them that you want to swim and chill at the Payaran Falls, where you can also have your lunch. Wawa Dam is also one optional side trip.

How to get to Mt. Ayaas

  • From Cubao, ride a UV Express bound to Eastwood, Montalban. Tell the driver to drop you off the trike terminal going to Brgy. Mascap.
  • From Eastwood, Montalban, ride a trike going to the barangay,


  • Php 100.00 – RT Cubao-Montalban-Cubao (Van)
  • Php 60.00 – RT Montalban-Mascap-Montalban (Trike Php 150.00/5px)
  • Php 30.00 – Registration fee
  • Php 80.00 – Guide fee (400/5)

Contact Persons

  • 0917 9790 477 – Marianito Nicasio
  • 0919 8821 487 – Kuya Mark
  • 0905 6705 943 – Ms. Jessica Francisco
  • 0946 6970 054 – Sir. Jhon Ibay

To read more about Mt. Ayaas, check out our dedicated blog entry for this mountain here: itinerary.ph/MtAyaas

3. Mt. Paliparan, Tanay, Rizal — 562+ MASL


Tanay has been making names when it comes to adventure destinations, home of the famous Mt. Daraitan, Tinipak River, Daranak Falls, Mt. Maynoba and so many other hiking destinations and now, just few months ago, a new mountain trails has been opened for hikers, the Mt. Paliparan.

Mt. Paliparan, with an elevation of 562+ MASL resides at the peaceful community of Brgy. Cuyambay, Tanay, Rizal. One can experience the picturesque view of the rock formations, limestone, and a panoramic view of the Laguna de Bay, Pililla Wind Farm, and Mt. Banahaw. It is named paliparan by the Dumagats mainly because it is a venue of a kite-flying competition by their youths. The lush vegetation at trail going to the mountains made the climb more interesting and challenging.

Side trip to Tung Tong Falls is one of the highlights trekking Mt. Paliparan.

How to get to Mt. Paliparan

  • Take jeep to Cogeo from Cubao
  • From Cogeo, ride a jeep going to Brgy. Cuyambay
  • Ride a Habal-habal going to the Barangay Hall


  • Cubao to Cogeo — Php 25.00
  • Cogeo to Cuyambay — Php 48.00
  • Habal-habal to Brgy. Hall — Php 25.00
  • Registration fee — Php 20.00
  • Donation for seedlings — Php 10.00
  • Guide fee — Php 500.00 (Day Hike), Php 800.00 (Overnight) guide ration 1:5

Hiking Notes

Exercise caution when hiking especially at the rocky parts of the mountains as it tends to be slippery on rainy days. Wear gloves if possible, always follow the guides, if they said no, it’s a no. Leave no trace, and listen carefully when they are conducting an orientation at the jump off point. Lastly, enjoy the climb. Be nice to everyone, and respect one another.

To read more about Mt. Paliparan, check out our dedicated blog entry for this mountain here: itinerary.ph/MtPaliparan

4. Mt. Talamitam, Nasugbu, Batangas — 630+ MASL


One of the easiest hikes in the province of Batangas and is just 3 hours away from Manila. A chill hike recommended for beginners. This easily accessible day hike offers a 360 degree view of the town of Nasugbu and its beautiful landscape.

If you are aiming for a twin hike, this can be paired with Mt. Apayang or Mt. Batulao if you want more of it.

How to get to Mt. Talamitam

  • Ride a bus from Coastal Mall South Bus Terminal going to Nasugbu, Batangas.
  • Tell the conductor to drop you off to Sitio Bayabasan


  • Costal Mall Bus Terminal to Sitio Bayabasan — Php 120.00
  • Guide Fee — Php 300 (You can opt not to hire a guide if you already know the trail.)
  • Registration Fee — Php 40.00
  • Sidetrip to Layong Bilog River
  • Entrance fee – Php 20
  • Shower fee – Php 20

To read more about Mt. Talamitam, check out our dedicated blog entry for this mountain here: itinerary.ph/MtTalamitam

5. Mt. Romelo, Siniloan, Laguna — 630+ MASL


If you are the type of person who loves waterfalls, you definitely should visit Mt. Romelo. Mt. Romelo, situated in Brgy. Macatad, Siniloan, Laguna is an adventurer’s choice when it comes to easy chill hiking and its waterfall side trips. There are at least 7 waterfalls that can be found here in this area.

Day hikers can usually visit 3 to 4 waterfalls, starting from Samaploc Falls, Batya-Batya Falls, Buruwisan Falls, then ending it to Lanzones Falls. If you want to visit all 7 waterfalls, it will require you to stay overnight and start trekking to the last 3 waterfalls early morning.

How to get to Mt. Romelo

  • We had our meetup at DLTB Bus Station near LRT Buendia. First trip to Sta. Cruz, Laguna departs at 3:00 AM or whenever the bus gets full. It’s a 3 hour ride from Buendia to Sta. Cruz, Laguna.
  • At Sta. Cruz, Laguna, we ride a jeepney going to Siniloan, Laguna. It’s a 30-minute ride from Sta. Cruz to Siniloan. Tell the driver to drop you off near the Jollibee going to Buruwisan.
  • From Siniloan, ride a tricycle going to Brgy. Macatad, Siniloan, Laguna. Tell the tricycle driver to drop you off the road to Buruwisan Falls. A 15-minute ride going to the jump off of Mt. Romelo.


  • Php 140.00 — Buendia to Sta. Cruz, Laguna (V.V)
  • Php 40.00 — Sta. Cruz, Laguna – Siniloan, Laguna (V.V)
  • Php 20.00/head — Siniloan – Brgy. Macatad  V.V)
  • Php 50.00.00/head — Registration fee
  • Php 600.00/8 (We’re group of 8) — Guide Fee 10:1
  • Php 20.00 — Shower Fee

Things to Remember

  • Where comfortable trekking shoes/sandals and outfit.
  • Practice LNT (Leave No Trace) Principle
  • Bring down your trash
  • In case of limatik encounter, don’t panic. Alcohol spray can easily take it off. Read further information about limatiks.
  • Respect the mountains, the guides, the community, and other hikers, visitors, and mountaineers.

Contact Person

  • You can contact Kuya Teroy if you are planning to go here. 0949 891 2918

To read more about Mt. Romelo, check out our dedicated blog entry for this mountain here: itinerary.ph/MtRomelo

6. Maysawa Circuit, Tanay, Rizal — Mt. Sapari (592+ MASL) and Mt. Binutasan (577+ MASL)

Mt. Sapari
Mt. Sapari

There’s another mountain circuit which has been recently opened to hikers a few months ago which offers a beautiful view of the sea of clouds and a refreshing waterfall sidetrip after descending the mountain.

The Maysawa Circuit features two mountain-hills, the Mt. Sapari and Mt. Binutasan and a creek at the end of the hike. One should register first at the barangay hall of Brgy. Cuyambay, same registration area of Mt. Paliparan. After registration, hikers will go straight to the trailhead, which requires them to ride a vehicle in order to arrive there quickly. As of July 2016, registration area is still at the barangay hall, but they said that they are planning to put a registration area at the start of the trail to the circuit.

At the summit of this mountains, you will be able to see Mt. Batolusong, Mt. Maynoba, and other neighboring mountains along the Sierra Madre mountain range.

How to get to Maysawa Circuit

  • From Cubao, ride a jeep going to Cogeo
  • From Cogeo, ride a jeep going to Cuyambay. Brgy. Cuyambay is just 5 mins away from Batangasan and is on the right side of the road.
  • From there, hire a habal-habal going to the Barangay Hall, then after registration, ask them to take you to the trailhead of the Maysawa Circuit


  • Registration: Php 30.00
  • Guide Fee: Php 500 (1:5) Php 1,250.00 Overnight
  • Cubao to Cogeo: Php 25.00
  • Cogeo to Cuyambay: Php 42.00
  • Habal-Habal: Php 50.00

Contact Persons

  • Jeep rental (Rene) – 09127570867
  • Brgy. Cuyambay – 09124795185
  • Brgy. Cuyambay (Rose) – 09093379673
  • Van rental (from Manila) – 09269702947

Hiking Notes

  • Trail can be super muddy and slippery during rainy days. Bring gloves, and wear your most comfortable trekking outfit, and be careful while descending down the two mountains.
  • For you to witness the sea of clouds, I suggest that you go there via private vehicle and leave as early as 2AM from your meeting point.
  • There are few limatiks along the trail, so brace yourselves for a bloody trek during rainy days.

To read more about Maysawa Circuit, check out our dedicated blog entry for this mountain here: itinerary.ph/MaysawaCircuit

#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.


  • Php 2,000.00 – Php 3,000.00

Contact Number:

  • DENR – 09196315402


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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

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


  • Php 500.00 – Php 700.00 for a day hike

Contact Number: 

  • Head Guide (Willy): 0906 953 3470


  • 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.


  • Php 400.00 to Php 500.00 from Baguio

Contact Number:

  • Brgy. Ampucao Tourism – 09989589549


  • 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.


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

Contact Person

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


  • 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!

#Event: Year Starter — Experience Buscalan


A short overview:

Home of the well known tradition tattoo artist Apo Whang-od, Buscalan is now a famous travel destination to travelers who wants to experience a simple life away from the fast paced reality in the city.
The small village of Buscalan residing in the mountains of Cordillera, is surrounded by the majestic mountain views and abundant rice terraces.
Home of the Butbut Tribe and the last Kalinga tattoo artist Whang-od and her heirs Grace and Elyang.

Adventure Outline:

Our meetup place will be at McDonalds, Shaw Boulevard in Greenfield District (map https://goo.gl/ixVjYu), 08:00 PM. Our route will be via Banaue-Bontoc which is aroun 10-12 hours travel from Manila.
From Bontoc, that will be another 1-2 hours of travel before we reached the “turning point” going to the village. It will be a 30 minutes to 1 hour trek and we will be passing by a narrow trail and some waterfalls along the way. Once we’ve crossed the bridge and reach the waterfall, that will be the start of the assault trail going up to the village.
Once we reached the village, you are free to explore the whole place, relax and enjoy the view surrounding you. Meetup will the locals and learn about their culture.
Early morning the next day, those who wants to get a tattoo will queue up at the tattoo center and have them get inked by Apo Whang-od, Grace, or Elyang. Tattoo prices ranges from Php 200.00 to Php 1,000+ depending on the size of it.
Event Fee: Php 2,800.00
What are included in the package?
— Round trip van transfer MNL-Buscalan-MNL
— Homestay accommodation
— Dinner for the first day and Breakfast for the next day.
— Unlimited coffee of Buscalan
— Unlimited Rice
— Registration Fee
What are not included in the package?
— Personal meals
— Tattoo
— Meals not stated above
What do you need to bring?
— 2-3 sets of clothes
— Jackets, warmers, wind breakers, etc.
Mode of payment:
If you are interested to join this tour, send us a direct message and we are going to give your our bank details where you can deposit your payment. Once you have sent your payment, please do fill out this registration form.

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Terms and condition:
— Interested joiner/s are required to deposit Php 1,500 to secure a slot to the event. This reservation fee is non-refundable, but it can transfered to a new joiner of the trip.
— If the required number of joiners if not met 3 days before the event, the organizers have the right to cancel the event and return all payments made by its participants.
— Natural events that are out of control of the organizers can also be one of reason to cancel or reschedule the event.
— Upon sending your payment, you agree to the above terms.
Who is the point of contact?
PJ Imbag
— 0915 447 8657


#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.


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.

#International: Viagem Vida — Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is the first country that I’ve visited. And I’ve learnt so many things about their culture, seen so many beautiful places, tasted most of their local delicacies, and met few awesome people along the journey. I had so much traveling and wandering around Rio, I’d the chance to explore the streets and found some interesting things around.

I’m not really a photographer, I just love to take random photographs of things that interests me; and by doing this, I can express myself and at the same time capture the precious moments along the way.

I love traveling and wandering around. I think that we should go wander for some time and set aside all the stress with our work and/or with those negative things around us. Traveling let’s you experience life and culture of every destination you are going to. You’ll have the chance to have so much memories that you will treasure for the rest of your life. Step out of your comfort zone and try going out to places that you wan to go, even to those places that only few people have visited.

Life is an on-going adventure, and you don’t want to spend the rest of it to just sit around, live in a stressful environment. I think life is meant to live with, by living it I mean to explore it.

I still have so many things to learn, so many stuff to experience, so many places to visit, and so many awesome people to meet. From the day of writing this, I commit myself to live my life to an adventure that I’ll never regret in the future. Let’s all explore the world and see what God has in store for us.

These are some photos I’ve taken a long my journey and will add more to this soon…

OTW to Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer) in Corcovado




The Ipanema Market


The Carnaval






Pria Joatinga (Joatinga Beach)

#PhotoContest: Best of Philippines!


We all have our favorite shot of the Philippines that we took during our travels. This photos serves as our souvenirs of our adventure and a reminder of how beautiful our country is.

We are calling all travelers to send us your favorite travel photo here in the Philippines, and get a chance to win a 6×6 softcover photo book from Photobook Worldwide so you can get your travel photos printed as a physical souvenir.


Mechanics on how to join the contest.
— Submit a high resolution image of your best travel photo.
— Must be at least 1024×768 in dimension or higher.
— Must be taken here in the Philippines
— Must be your own photo
— Entries should have the following details:
• Name of the place and where it was taken
• A short description/story of the photo
• Why it is your best photo of the Philippines
— Photos should have minimal post processing, and should keep the natural appearance of the scene.
— No photo-manipulation, no composite.
— Participants can only send 1 entry.
— Deadline of submission of entries is until October 31, 2016.
— Voting is from November 5, 2016 to November 15, 2016
— Announcement of winner is on November 20, 2016

[Updated October 24, 2016. 01:46 PM]


Criteria for judging:
— Creativity
— Composition
— Originality
— Overall impact

Percentage of scores:
30% – Facebook Votes
70% – itinerary.ph team judges’ score

There will be two (2) winners (3rd and 2nd place) of one (1) soft cover photo book from Photobook Worldwide, and a print of their best photo of the Philippines, and the best photo will win one (1) soft cover photo book and his photo to be printed on wood mount frame.

Send your entries to bestofph@itinerary.ph with the following details:
Subject: Best of Philippines — [Name of Participant]
• Name of the place and where it was taken
• A short description/story of the photo
• Why it is your best photo of the Philippines

By sending your entries, you are giving us permission to use your photo and post it on our social media accounts. Don’t worry, we will not use it to gain any monetary value.

So, what are you waiting for? Send us your best shot of the Philippines and win these cool prizes!