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Dalaguete, Cebu | The Best Place To Get Your Adventure and Relaxation On – Nhagzventures

Sometimes, we need to sit back and enjoy some beautiful scenery. If you are thinking of taking a break from the bustling City of Cebu and looking forward to laying back for a vacation, try to visit the “Vegetable Basket of Cebu”, “Summer Capital of Cebu” and “The Little Baguio of Cebu”, Dalaguete!

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That was one fine Sunday morning when my friends with the same interests as me met up in Cebu South Bus Terminal for a two days escape to this beautiful destination in the Southern part of Cebu. Obviously, my adventurous spirit was fully electrified that moment the fact that I haven’t explored the town yet.

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After 4 hours of riding on a bus, we finally arrived the Municipality of Dalaguete on a chilly afternoon. We drop-off in one the convenience store in the town where Tina and Daphne waited for us and the rest of the group. Finally, the waiting game was finally over after a couple of minutes. We instantly headed ourselves along with the big bag packs on our back to the cab that we rented for our 2 days adventuring and wandering in the town.

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Dalaguete Church

Before proceeding to our first destination, we took a midday meal to recharged our body and proceeded to Mantalongon Public Market to buy food for our overnight camp. In that moment time, it obviously shows that it will be a great yet fun adventure with the circle.

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Under that scorching heat of the sun, everyone was so excited to go on with our journey. As we’ve looked all around the environment we felt so lucky because of the opportunity that we were able to treat ourselves to an adventurous relaxation.

Whether you’re craving adventure or relaxation, I can say that this town is the perfect one. Here are the cool places that we’ve visited during this two days adventure!

  1. DALAGUETE ROCK FORMATIONS

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    While we are on our way to the community of Lugsungan to unmask the spectacular  Casino Peak. I was rewarded with a cool breeze and the sight of unique rock formations along the way. Since we want to cool down first after basking around under the heat of the sun, we decided to explore the place. I was surprised with what I’ve seen, from its lofty peaks, scenic landscapes, extremely impressive rock formations and mystical caves.

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    Most of its rock is still intact since it is not yet often visited. Thus, I instantly grabbed the opportunity to climb to the top of the stunning rocks and took photos with the picturesque background of Osmeña Peak.

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  2. CASINO PEAK | Lunsangan, Dalaguete, Cebu

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    When Casino Peak opened officially this year, it got trending on social medias and the crowd gets loco especially those thrill trekkers. Aside from that, once you’ve reached the top it will give you the majestic and photogenic view. The background is like you are in Bohol Chocolate Hills!

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    After the uphill ride, we started our trek going to the peak. The trek was not difficult. The only challenge we encountered is the uphill rocky climb with a narrow path along the way.

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    It took us 30 minutes before we reached the stunning view of Lunsagan from the top.  I was surprised with the seemingly giant mole in the background that looks like the Chocolate Hills in Bohol.

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    What’s with the name CASINO?

    When we reached the jump-off area going to the peak, I’ve got the chance to speak with one of the locals and asked why they called it Casino and here’s what I’ve learned. The land was owned namely “Seno”, locals called it “Kang Seno” or “Ka Sino” which means owned by Seno. Until the land was being acknowledged as “Casino Peak”.
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    HOW TO GET THERE:

    From Cebu South Bus Terminal take a Bus going to Dalaguete (One-way fare is 140.00 Php/Bus with AC and 120.00 Php/ Non-AC). Inform the driver to drop you off at downtown Dalaguete, Cebu or at 7/11 Convenience Store, travel time may take 3-4 hours depends on the traffic. From downtown Dalaguete, take a habal-habal/motorbike ride going to Brgy. Lunsangan, Dalaguete, Casino Peak. The fare is 150 Php, depends on how you will negotiate with the driver.

    KANDUNGAW ( CANDONGAO )PEAK | Maloray, Dalaguete, Cebu

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    The Municipality of Dalaguete has been famous to its cooling and relaxing Osmeña Peak. But you can’t end up your trail there! There’s actually a place in the town where you can see a huge monolithic rock called the Kandungaw Peak situated in an uphill community of Maloray, Dalaguete, Cebu.

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    Our trail ended up in Kandungaw Peak but our story doesn’t end here. We arrived the jump off area of Brgy. Maloray at around 6:00 o’clock in the evening. Obviously, the uphill trail going to the peak is a bit dark and good thing I have my headlamp with me. We are so lucky as well as the trail going to the top was well established and there’s a concrete footpath so nothing to worry about.

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    After 30 minutes of enduring the dark trail of Kandungaw, we finally reached the camp site. The spot was just maybe around 15 diameters and a cliff on the side. Even though it was a bit dark, I can see the isolated and spectacular surface rock outcrop standing just ahead of us and the heavens were filled with a cacophony of stars.

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    Photo by Joseph Baya

    We then quickly set up our tents and prepared our dinner. After we took the main meal of the day, we had the socials night. That was one of the best camp outs I had, as we shared great stories under the cooling darkness of the mountain. All of us embracing the night that is full of laughter, giggling and chuckling. Best night ever, really!

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    At around 11:00 o’clock in the evening, small drops of water starting to fall from the sky and the atmosphere started to become icy. There were no trees even where we can hide the cold winds. And here you again, being weak in cold temperature started to flow my human body. So I rapidly went inside the tent to give comfort with my chilly body. Good thing, I have Jaimro who spent the night with me in the same tent. Unfortunately, the both of us are having trouble to get some sleep because of the pebbly surface in our back. Even though it was a sufferable one, we were still able to get some sleep.

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    The next day, we were so lucky with the friendly weather surrounded by the azure skies and natural background of mountains covered with grass and trees. And I finally saw the prominent peak of Kandungaw  in a clearer vision.

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    At the top of Kandungaw Peak

    Everyone was so excited to climb the peak, so after breakfast, we quickly packed our pieces of stuff including our tents. Because of the excitement,  Joseph and I are the first who rapidly climbed the marvelous rock standing in front of us that’s towering 650 meters above sea level.  Upon reaching the top of Kandungaw, my adventurous spirit was rewarded with the mesmerizing landscapes. Aside from that, I was able to unmask the lovely peaks of Lovers and Sunset Peak that is facing in front of Kandungaw Peak. Because of the picturesque view and awe-inspiring background, we spent a lot of time in taking photos.20170828_091113-01[1].jpeg 

    Our climb to Kandungaw Peak was one of the breathtaking scenery that I’ve seen in my adventures. As I saw Kandungaw, I knew an adventure was going to happen.

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    HOW TO GET THERE:

    From Cebu South Bus Terminal take a Bus going to Dalaguete (One-way fare is 140.00 Php/Bus with AC and 120.00 Php/ Non-AC). Inform the driver to drop you off at downtown Dalaguete, Cebu or at 7/11 Convenience Store, travel time may take 3-4 hours depends on the traffic. From downtown Dalaguete, take a habal-habal/motorbike ride going to Brgy. Maloray, Dalaguete, Cebu. The fare is 150 Php, depends on how you will negotiate with the driver.

  3. KANDUNGAW CAVE

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    Photo by: Joseph Baya

    After the group photo session at Kandungaw Peak, we decided to take a quick peek to the majestic Kandungaw Cave.  Since the cave is just situated under the peak so there’s nothing to worry about of getting there even though it is a 90 degrees trail down from the peak.

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    As we reached the entrance of the cave, I’m a bit frightened. In that moment in time, I had the feeling that someone will be going to munch and chomp me inside. Lol! But as a conqueror, I tried to enter the cave and my eyes got surprised with the mix crystalline formation. Inside the cave is muddy and dark so you need to bring a flashlight with you. But since I left my headlamp inside the bag, I used my mobile phone instead.
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    I saw terrific and fantastic stone arrangement and is full of life and reserves a tremendously beautiful sight inside. Our quick peeks in Kandungaw Cave was truly worth it.

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After we explore the cave, we supposed to climb the Lovers and Sunset Peak, but Kandungaw Peak is more than enough already. Also, everyone was excited to chase the Cambais Falls in Alegria, Cebu.  Thus, we ended up to take the descending trail back to the jump off area.

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SIDE TRIPPING TO CAMBAIS FALLS IN ALEGRIA, CEBU

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Our journey to Dalaguete, Cebu was not the end of our story. We continued our adventure at Cambais Falls, Alegria, Cebu Cebu for us to indulge and cool down. Our ride collaborates the scorching heat of the sun but no one doesn’t have a care because we had so much fun along the way.

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Though this is my third time visit the mesmerizing falls of Cambais but seems it still new to me. The fact that I am with different people, another experience and we had other stories to share.

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If you wish to visit and explore the beautiful Municipality of Dalaguete, Cebu here’s a simple travel guide and tips.

ITINERARY
DAY 1-Sunday (August 27, 2017)
08:00 AM- Meet up/Assembly time at Cebu South Bus Terminal
09:00 AM- ETD Dalaguete Town Proper
12:00 NN- ETA Dalaguete Town Proper
01:00 PM- Lunch at Dalaguete Food Lane
02:30 PM- Quick Jaunt at Dalaguete Rock Formation
03:00 PM- Ascend to Casino Peak
04:30 PM- Descend to Jump-off point
05:00 PM- ETD to Kandungaw Peak
06:00 PM- ETA jump-off point/ Registration
06:30 PM- Ascend to Kandungaw Peak/Camp Site
07:00 PM- Set up Camp/ Preparation for dinner
08:00 PM- Dinner/Socials
12:00 MN- Lights off

DAY 2-Monday ( August 28, 2017)
05:00 AM- Wake-up time/ Preparation for breakfast/Sunrise viewing
06:00 AM- Breakfast
07:00 AM- Explore Kandungaw Peak/Kandungaw Cave
09:30 AM- Descend to Jump-off point
10:00 AM- ETD to Calierohan Public Market
11:30 AM- ETA Calierohan Public Market
12:00 NN- Lunch Time/Buy Goods
01:00 PM- ETD to Cambais Falls, Alegria, Cebu
02:00 PM- ETA Cambais Falls, Alegria Cebu/
02:30 PM- Short hike going to the main stream of Cambais Falls
04:00 PM- ETD to Mantalongon Town Proper/Bus Station
05:00 PM- ETA Mantalongon Town Proper/Bus Station
05:30 PM- ETD to Cebu City
08:00 PM- ETA Cebu City

-Home Sweet Home-

BUDGET*

140 PHP- Air-conditioned bus fare from Cebu City to Dalaguete proper ( Same rate with Mantalongon to Cebu City)
5000 PHP- Cab rental for 2 days/ Snacks / Miscellaneous/ divided by 10 persons (500 PHP/Pax) .(as of this writing).
150 PHP- Lunch/Breakfast

*Note- All figures are subject to change without prior notice.

TIPS

1. Always plan ahead your tour. And for guide ship services with your Kandungaw climb, you may contact Junior at 09305156836.
2. There are some parts of Dalaguete that are difficult to get a ride. For your convenience, you may contact Tina Obiedo Salonoy at 09096838554 for a multi-cab/car rental.  You can negotiate to her with the schedule and prices for car rental/tour services.
3. Be a responsible hiker/traveler so always follow the “LEAVE NO TRACE” practice, Okay!
4. Always wear proper trekking attire and wear sunblock to protect your skin from the sun.
5. Always bring enough food, water, and essential kinds of stuff or necessary for the climb.
6. Respect the locals and be friendly.


Visiting the Summer Capital of Cebu is one the beautiful yet memorable travel adventures I had. It gave me the opportunity to meet a new set of friends and great adventures.  Thanks to Tina for making this travel adventures possible especially to your Dad who rode for us to explore your hometown. To my new friends, thanks for giving me such great smile on my face, I really had the best time with you all guys!

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Pundok Bandana

Because of this 2 days adventure, we are united with great minds. We ended up as a group called, “PUNDOK BANDANA”.  Congratulations to all of us and cheers to more adventuring in the near future!


Come and jaunt with me as I will be posting more photos of this misadventures soon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Budlaan-Mt.Kan-Irag | One of Cebu City’s Day Hike Destinations

Weekends- My favorite part of the week. Apparently, my boredom strikes again. And I just can’t get enough to be with greens and embracing Mother Nature. When I feel as life becomes boring, I always think of steeping outside and grab some adventures with friends who also have the same interests as me.

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We love and dare to find another way to distress through a weekend day hike trek. Thus, we did it with a great idea of river trekking near the community of Talamban. I’ve always heard many stories about Budlaan Falls and Kabang river with it’s hidden natural beauty and I really got curious from its name.

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Photo by Aj of www.wanderingsoulscamper.com

So my passion got triggered that time to have an amazing adventure. As the weather was very friendly, I started to pack my personal necessities.

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We started our journey at around 8:00 AM in the morning by meeting our friends and previous colleagues at Gaisano Talamban. While waiting for others to arrive,we had breakfast at one of the fast food restaurant situated in the mall. After the waiting game, at around 10AM, we took a haba-habal ride going to the Jump-off at Brgy. Budlaan.

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Before we started our trekking activity, a short prayer was offered and a simple reminders because most of our guest are first timers.

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As we continuously hike the raindrops began to pour which made the trail muddy and bit challenging. Few minutes later, we finally arrived and saw the heart-shaped steam of water.

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There, we took a quick rest and picture taking. Five minutes after, we resumed our our trek going to Kabang Falls.

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We took an almost 1 hour hike with boulders. Moments later, we’re able to reach the beautiful Kabang Falls.

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Seeing this kind of place in your most convenient time are great factors to relax and rejuvenate your body after a stressful week of work.

20171008_112201-01[1].jpegAs we reached the Kabang Falls, we again took a quick break. Unfortunately, the flood came and the flowing waters showed uncontrollable anger. So the group decided to take lunch at the place while waiting for the raging falls to calm.

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We are stranded for almost 2 hours. So the group decided to took a different trail traversing to Mt.Kan-irag/ Sirao Peak.

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We took a steeped ascending climb and had to cross another river for us to get through with the trail going to Mt.Kan-Irag. After 2 hours, we finally reached the mountainous community of Sirao. We had another quick break to energized our body. 🙂
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Few minutes later, we resumed our hike going to the peak of Mt.Kan-Irag. As we walk through the steeped and uphill climb, I made a lot of stops to took photos of the beautiful background surrounded by greens.

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Thirty minutes after, we finally reached the summit. Enduring dozens of climbs and trek was paid off as we reached the peak.

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The view from the peak was spectacular. We had a perfect city view in front of us with an impressive array of mountains at our back.

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At 780 meters, Mt. Kan-Irag is not a particularly high mountain, but the long traverse towards the peak, the razor-sharp cogon grass that covers the entire mountainside.

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The mountain was so glorious that time since there’s also a group of trekkers right next to us. It was an amusing day for me, a moment of a fun weekend with friends. As I sat silently with my fellow campers and trekkers, I felt happy living a life at the present moment surrounded by many friends with the same interests as me.
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Congratulations to all the First Timers for a Climb well done!


DAY HIKE ITINERARY:

09:00 AM- Meet up at Gaisano Talamban
10:00 AM- ETD Jump-off Brgy Budlaan
12:00 NN- ETA Kabang Falls/ Lunch
01:00 PM- Resumed Trek
03:00 PM- ETA Brgy. Sirao
03:30 PM- Continue Trek
04:30 PM- ETA Mt.Kan-Irag Peak/Summit

Here are my personal tip that might help you on how to get there!

  1. Ride a jeepney going to Gaisano Talamban
  2. Hire a habal-habal just situated at the back of Gaisano Talamban and tell the driver to drop you off  at Brgy.Budlaan
  3. From Budlaan Jump-off proceed the registration area to record your names.
  4. For guide-ships you may contact me at 09271361703 or Lakbay Lawin on Facebook.

General Tips:

  1. Wear proper/protective sleeves to prevent scratches from prickly plants on the trail.
  2. You will endure coupled of river treks from Budlaan to Kabang Falls. So take extra careful.
  3. The trek will take around 4 to 5 hours depending on the pace.
  4. If doing a camp at Mt. Kan-Irag always respect the environment and other campers.
  5. This adventure will only cost you with a budget of less than 200 Pesos.
  6. Kill Nothing But Time | Take Nothing But Pictures | Leave Nothing But Footprints.

-LEAVE NO TRACE-

 

 

Friendship Climb|Mt.Kapayas , Catmon, Cebu

Mt.Kapayas is one of Cebu’s highest peak located at Catmon, Cebu, Philppines. The mountain is known as the second highest peak in Cebu towering 800 MASL. This mountain is also called Torre by the locals. According to our guide, it is used to be the hidden place of General Maxilom during the World War II.

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That was the last day of September when I hosted an event called” Pundok Bandana-Friendship Climb”held at Mt. Kapayas, Catmon, Cebu. It was a gathering of individuals who are mountaineering enthusiasts. I was surprised with the particpants who joined the event and we had so much fun.

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Our journey started at 8:00 AM at Cebu City North Bus Terminal. Joining this event was all strangers. I am bit nervous that moment because I don’t even know most of the partcipants, really! After almost 3 hours on a bus ride, we finally arrived at Catmon proper and met the other participants who arrived first at the town.

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Our Friendship climb to Mt.Kapayas was a great experience because we are able to share great thoughts about our climbing experiences and we had a great time during the socials.

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What’s more cool about this was, were able to catch up a Fiesta Celebration at Brgy. Tabili, Catmon, Cebu.  We had lunch in one of the residences in the community and that was an amazing welcome treat to us.

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After enjoying our sumptous lunch, we quickly took our habal-habal ride going to the jump- off point of Agsuwao trail. We started our steepy and muddy uphill climb at around 2:30 in the afternoon.

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Along the trail, I made a lot of stops and took pictures of the beautiful scenery sorrounded by greens. The trail going to the camp site was not that really tough. But since it was raining during that time the trail was quite steep which made the trek quite challenging.

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After almost 2 hours of ascending climb, we finally reached the house nearby the campsite. Kyno (our guide), advised us to just let our cooksets and foods to the house because we will have our dinner at the place.

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According to him, they wont allow people to cook at the campsite. This is to maintain the cleanliness of the mountain.

 

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Thanks to Nanay and Tatay for accomodating us “)

After a few minutes, we quickly headed uphill to the campsite. And I was surprised with the natural background.

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The area awas really clean and we had enough space to set up our tents. After pitching our tents, we headed back to the house which is located just few meters away from the camping area. There we prepared our dinner.

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After we took our main meal of the day, we instantly headed back to the campsite and had a great socials.

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The nature gave us a great and friendly weather the next morning! We were able to catch a great sunrise over the horizon.

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After eaten our meal in the morning, we then prepared our trek going to the summit/peak of Mt.Kapayas. Our journey was started with a simple thanksgiving and short prayer.

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Along the way, we saw lots of farm animals and great floras. We only took few rest because we are catching up our time because we were after all our sidetrip to Tinubdan Falls.

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After 1 hour we finally reached the summit with great rock formations. There, we took a lot of photshoot. We had and amazing view of Mt. Kanlaon and the Northern parts of Cebu.

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After spending 1 hour of taking photos, we descended back to the house nearby the campsite to pick up our packs and had lunch. Few minutes after, we made our descending trek back to Brgy. Agsuwao for opur sidetrip to Tinubdan Falls.

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Sidetrip at Tinubdan Falls

This is the second time that I’ve jaunted the beautiful Tinubdan Falls. The mesmerizing cascades always made me a surprise. Everyone really enjoyed the flowing waters Tinubdan Falls of . We had a great experience and took a lot of photos.

 

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Photo by Joseph Baya

Moments later of indulging ourselves, we quickly drove going back to Carmon proper and had dinner.

 

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The participants  of Pundok Bandana Friendship Climb. Photo by: Joseph Baya

Travel TIPS, ITINERARY, AND EXPENSES

How to get to Mt.Kapayas?

  1. Took a bus ride from North Bus Terminal going to Catmon, Cebu. Inform the driver to drop you off at Catmon Bag-o Municipal Hall. (Bus fare is 70 php for non-aircon and 80 php for airconditioned bus.)
  2. From Catmon town proper, get  a habal-habal ride going to Agsuwao trail. Fare is around 100 pesos one way.
  3. Make sure to contact a guide and get a trekking permit to the local tourim.
  4. Respect the locals and the environment.
  5. Always practice Leave No Trace principles.


DAY 1- September 30, 2017, Saturday

08:00 am- Meet up North Bus Terminal
09:00 am-ETD northbus terminal
12:00 NN- ETA Camton proper
12:30 am -Lunch at Brgy. Tabili
2:00 pm – ETD Brgy. Tabili going to Agsuwao jump-off
02:30 pm -ETA Jump-off via Agsuwao trail
05:00 pm -ETD Camp site
06:00 pm -Prepare dinner
07:00 pm -Dinner
08:00 pm- Socials
10:00 pm- Lights off

DAY 2- October 1, 2017, Sunday

05:00 am- wake up call
06:00 am- Prepared breakfast
07:00 am- Breakfast then breakcamp
08:00 am -Started trek going to the summit
10:30 am- ETA Mt. Kapayas/SUMMIT
11:30 am – ETD Mt.Kapayas back to Brgy. Agsuwao
12:00 nn- Lunch
02:30 pm -ETD Tinubdan Falls
03:30 pm -ETA Brgy.Tabili
04:30 pm- ETD Catmon proper
05:30 pm- Early dinner at Catmon proper
06:30 pm- ETD Catmon proper
08:30 pm- ETA Cebu City
Home Sweet Home


Camping Permit – Php 640 ( divided by 20 ) = Php 32
Reg Fee + Guide Fee = 250 per head
Brgy. Permit = 20
Fare going to Tinubdan Falls sidetrip ( roundtrip)= 350

Total Damage = Php 650.00

Note: This is not yet included for the Bus Fare going to Catmon from Cebu City.


“An awesome way to spend the weekend is by a satisfying a camp at moutains. Got lots of cuts & bruises but it was super worth it. I got to experience God’s wonderful creations. Thanks to everyone who joined the event and made it more fun. Congrats to ALL of us”!

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If you want to experience and conquer the Mt.Kapayas. Make sure to get a permit from the local tourism of Catmon, Cebu. Let us all respect the town. For guideships and permit processing you may call or text Kyno Lim Dumlao at 09993259621.

 

Spartan Trail : Another Challenging Hiking Trails In Cebu City

“Never underestimate a mountains based on it’s difficulty rating”, an extraordinary thought that I always think when climbing mountains. For the past few months, Iv’e always heard about this so called “Spartan Trail”. Many hikers, mountaineers said that it is probably one of the toughest hiking trails in Cebu City.

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Toughest, hardest, most difficult, to the highest level: I know that words are powerful, but in this case, that power is not applicable. I have no idea if those words can be used to describe the difficulty of the mountains (especially describing to non-hikers.) I think no one can give the exact description that will fit certain individual’s strength.

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HOW I CONQUERED SPARTAN TRAIL?

This mountain has a minor scale in all aspects (trail class, altitude, and what’s not) but still it is on my Top 1 list (as of this writing). I wasn’t mentally prepared and I underestimated this mountain because of the ratings given by some hikers and bloggers as well.  “Others found it easy and I found it difficult; others found it difficult and I found it easy.” Be Read and Be Prepared!

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My adventure trek to the mountains of Banawa, Cebu City was uneasy, really! We hiked and trek in an open established trail under the heat of the sun.

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Our scorching hike to the trail of Spartan was started in a slow pace. We passed by some houses in Paseo Arcenas -Subdivision going to Good Shepherd. After few minutes,we endured an almost 1 hour of uphill climb and then the great view of Cebu City surprised us.

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Since it was really a tough trek, we quickly look for a shed of trees where we can power up and fueled our body. Few minutes later, we continued our trek going to Manggahan.

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There, we made another stop where we can have a quick rest. 15 minutes later, we resumed our trek going to the deeper part of the Majestic Spartan Trail. We passed by a scenic view inside the forested mountains of Banawa.

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I never thought that behind those mountains is a wonderful river where I can do some river trekking. We also passed by a mini pool or called”Jacuzzi”. I was not able to take a quick dip because there is another group who took the place first. Thus, we just quickly resumed our hike.

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Moments later, the rain began to pour down the forested spot in Spartan Trail. The locals advised us not to stay in the river if the rain will continuously teem down. Unfortunately, rain didn’t stop so we quickly resumed our uphill climb traversing Brgy.Pamutan.

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We endured almost 2 hours of an uphill climb before we finally saw the street or path that leads to Brgy.Pamutan.

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Moments later, we finally arrived the place called “Bagsakan”. There, we took our lunch. To illuminate our body, we throw some jokes and had some gin in the table.

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Our plan is to continue our hike going to Chalet Hills but we’ve changed it. We resumed our trek going to Brgy. Toong. There, we took a habal-habal ride going to Brgy. Punta.

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Then we made our way to Brgy. Tisa and enjoyed “Siomai Sa Tisa”. At around 8PM, we separated our ways and when I arrived home I took a quick shower to immerse my body and laid my bed. That was a long hike yet amazing!

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CONQUERING SPARTAN TRAIL ITINERARY, EXPENSES AND TIPS

07:00 AM- Meet up at Rustans Supermarket Banawa
08:00 AM- Start of Trek
08:30 AM- ETA Good Shepherd
09:00 AM- Resume Trek
10:30 AM- River Trekking/Pictorials
12:00 NN- ETA Bagsakan/Pamutan/Lunch
02:30 PM- Resume Hike to Brgy. Toong
04:00 PM- ETA Brgy. Toong
05:00 PM- ETA Brgy. Punta
05:30 PM- ETA Brgy. Tisa
06:00 PM- Dinner at Siomai Sa Tisa
07:30 PM- Home Sweet Home


7.00 PHP- Jeepney  ride going to Banawa
100 PHP- Lunch and Snacks
20 PHP – Habal-habal ride going to Brgy. Punta
50 PHP- Dinner at Siomai sa Tisa


  1. Make sure to bring sunblock to protect your skin from the sun.
  2.  Bring enough food and water to hydrate your body as you will endure a long hike in an open trail.
  3.  Make sure to wear proper trekking attire to protect you from harsh environment.
  4.  Make sure to contact a guide as the trail is quite tough.
  5. Always practice “LEAVE NO TRACE” principles.

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Malapascua Island | 5 Things To Do When Visiting The Island

We all know that Malapascua Island is just simply charming with heap of sands and rocks in the middle of Visayan Sea.  Many foreigners will always enjoy when visiting the island especially when they venture outside the resort.  Obviously, most of them get fall in love with the real slice of a Filipino life.

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One great weekend, I had another chance to visit the Cebu’s best kept paradise. And I’m always in love with the place because of the great memories I had. Aside from its spectacular sunset and blazing sunrise, I always enjoy to walk along in the long white sand surrounded with tall coconut trees and waters so clear.

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This is my fourth time to jaunt around the island. And I always had the great experience. As we probably know that most people come to the island for diving to see the thresher shark, reliably. But since I don’t have the enough skills to go on diving and mmmm…I’m a little bit afraid of ocean deeps, lol! I don’t have the chance to see those thresher sharks.

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So if you’re like me, here are the things that you can do for you to enjoy when venturing out Malapascua Island.

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Photo by: RBCasquejo

1. JAUNT TO DAKIT-DAKIT ISLAND

The island has been called the “Next Boracay” but we don’t think it will ever be like that. If you are not a good diver but still want to see the enchanting world of under water, try to visit Dakit-Dakit island. It is a small island situated around 10 meters away from the main shore of Malapascua Island.

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Photo by Joseph Baya

It has been called Dakit-Dakit island by the locals because of the small rock formations. This islet is a good spot also for diving but there is also a spot where non-divers can enjoy to see the wonders of underwater.

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Photo by : Joseph Baya

2.QUICK PEEK TO CORAL GARDEN

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Malapascua Island is a great place to chill out, so if you are not into diving, get ready for a relaxing trip because here is another thing that you can do on the island.

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Coral Garden is another great spot to swim or do snorkeling. You can take your mask and fins (or rent some) and get the chance to see the magical world of aquamarine life.

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3. SEE THE JAPANESE SUNKEN SHIP

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The wreck at Lighthouse was a Japanese World War II landing craft. It was bombed just before landing with a large shipment of cement destined for a gun emplacement. The wreck is in very shallow water – 3m average – and is broken up with the hull in two pieces. The rocks that you will see are actually bags of cement.

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4. GO AROUND THE ISLAND 

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The weather on Malapascua is usually excellent. Typhoon season in the Philippines is from May to December, but Malapascua is rarely affected. Thus, it is the perfect place to do an excursion.

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You can easily walk round the island in 2 hours. Or you can hire a motorbike. You could also hire a driver to take you to all the best places on the island.

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5. VISIT THE BEACON OF THE ISLAND – LIGHTHOUSE

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Enjoys striking views over the northern part of the island. Access is via a steep path (it’s not signposted and you have to pass through someone’s backyard). It’s a five-minute walk up to the lighthouse from the southern edge of Guimbitayan village.

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WHERE TO STAY?

When visiting the island of Malapascua, come and stay at Lah Tira Cee .

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Formerly known as La Terrasse Malapascua, same management – same staffs. A backpackers haven located next to Montenova hillside. If you want a home while you are travelling in Malapascua Island, stay with us, your family away from home. We love underground music and healthy food. We have vegan, vegetarian, fish and meat dishes that caters to different travelers budget and preference.

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Book your accommodation at LAH TIRA CEE, MALAPASCUA, ISLAND

It’s More FUN In FUNtastic Island | Gibitngil Island, Medellin, Cebu

As I reached the Northern most tip of Cebu, I had the perfect dip to its stunning and untouched island in Gibitngil, Medellin, Cebu.

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It was the day of the week before Thursday, we took a 3 hours bus ride and 15 minutes boat ride before we caught the beautiful scenery of the island, called Funtastic Island.

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FUNTASTIC EXPERIENCE
My journey to Gibitngil Island was truly amazing since I am with Destination Dream- (A group of travelers ). We had fun indeed the fact that this is also a group team building. After working on a graveyard schedule, I headed directly to South Bus Terminal to meet the group. Didn’t sleep at all to prepare myself for Funtastic island experience .

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Kawit’s Port

After 3 hours of a land trip we then settled ourselves for a pump boat ride. The pump boat we hired was totally spacious and clean. That was not an easy ride because of the sea wave and we’re moving up and down. Fifteen minutes after, we finally arrived the secluded island of Gibitngil. But before that, we need to go through to a 10 minutes hike going to Funtastic island.

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Pump boat ride going to Gibitngil island

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A scorching hike going to Funtastic Island

Minutes later, we then finally saw colorful cottages and started enjoying the blue-green waters of Gibitngil.

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As we started to play with the waves, I got slapped in a slimy rocks and I endured many scars as the wave riffled me. huhuh :

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That’s Ram! Enjoying the ocean waves:)

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When we are about to start the games, I didn’t give attention with those painful scars. All I know is to enjoy and had fun.

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WHAT TO DO IN FUNTASTIC ISLAND?

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SWIM, SWIM and SWIM!

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Funtastic Island is not only a white sand beach but, of course, it has crystal clear pristine water. The beach is very much available to the public and great for most activities allowed by the management that watch over and maintains its natural environment.

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GO EXTREME AND ADVENTURE!

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You may zip your way from the top of the cliff down to a rock just near the cottages. Cost: P50. Unlike many ziplines, this one is unique because all you see when you look down is water. There’s no point getting scared of falling…even if you don’t know how to swim, you are fully equipped with a life jacket.

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CLIFF DIVING

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If you want to drift your adventurous soul, go ahead and climb your way to the top of the rock that stands around 40 feet. Jump and get splash!

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HOW TO GET THERE:

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Since we rented a private vehicle and pump boat. I asked the locals on how to get there via public transportation.As far as I remember, here are the following instructions on how to get there.

1. From North Bus Terminal take a bus ride going to Medellin. The fare is around 150 PHP (air-conditioned) one way. Tell the driver to drop you off at Kevin’s Beach Resort or Kawit’s Public Market.
2. From the drop-off point you can get a trisikad ride going to  Kawit’s coast where pump boats are waiting and the fare is 10 PHP per head. You can also walk going to the coast since it is just few meter away.
3. From there, ride a ferry and the fare is 20 PHP per head (one way) but you have to wait to for the ferry to get full depending on the size of the boat.
4. You can also rent a private boat that will cost you 1000 PHP back and forth ride. And good for at most 10 people.

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This FUNTASTIC experience would not be possible without the effort of Ram (Destination Dream President). We had so much fun and great experience during this Northern escapade. Cheers to all of us!

Here’s a quick peek of our Funtastic Experience at Funtastic Island!
#DNDM #TatakDNDM #DestinationDream #MakeItReal

           

Chasing Sunset |Best Way Of Letting Go The Bad Memories In Life

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@Chalet Hills Camp Busay

Everyone wants a better life, a happier life!Each one of us has its own different stories whether it is good or bad. So we cherish all those memories but admit it, bad memories in life are sometimes difficult to let go. We always dwell the bad times than the good times.

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Sunset in Mt.Tagaytay, Toledo, Cebu

I’ve been to many hardships in life before and I have to make it through every one of them. I must admit, it’s really hard for me to let go all of the memories especially the bad ones.

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@Mt. Naupa Naga, Cebu

If you want to understand how to let go of the bad memories in life, go to some places and chase the sun. In this post, I will describe how I let go the bad memories in my life through chasing the color and the light of the sun.

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There is no more alluring way to end a day than to catch the sinking sun.It will give you the extensive time to reflect your life. Chasing the sunset means to search something beautiful and hold on with the things that that has meaning in your life.

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One of my all time favorite literary quotes is “Stay gold, Ponyboy” from S.E. Hinton’s the Outsiders.Whenever I see a sunset I think of that quote and the moment when the world turns gold before it falls to darkness. But my favorite part about a sunset? My favorite part is that it means the sun is rising in the same bath of gold somewhere else.

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It’s a really old city
Split between the dead and the living
So I thought to myself,
Sitting on a graveyard shelf

Seeing the sun that is fading away above the horizon can make me feel better. Seeing the light and touching the light makes me feel of not to let go of something that has meaning to me.

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It feels so amazing when the daylight is fading. Playing in the dark will feel you of not growing old again.

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Toledo Sea Port

Remember that life is not meant to be wasted.We can always be chasing the sun!
So fill up your lungs and just run.We’ll always be chasing the sun!

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@Tuburan, Cebu Old Port

They say, in every sunset is an opportunity to reset.Yes, that’s true! Sunsets are beautiful that they almost seem as if we were looking through the gates of heaven.

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It’s like the end of the world as the sun sets the sky on fire until it dips below the horizon. Yet, as the world seemingly burns a sense of calm descends with it.

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@Malapascua Island, Cebu

Because Sunsets are proof that no matter what happen, everyday can end beautifuly!

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Thus, when life gets tough. Travel around and chase for the sun and enjoy. Because when you stop and look around you will learn that life is so amazing!

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“My Joy is the golden sunset giving thanks for another day”

How about you?Have you ever paused to experience a sunset? Share your sunset experience by leaving your comments below! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

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