Yes I’m Single and I Am Not Afraid To Travel On My Own

Yes, I’m single…maybe I am single because I want to at a certain point. I always state that I’m not looking for someone but if he crosses my path, our life will fit, I would love to…but…


Yes, I am single but I’m happy!

A person who loves solo travel is seen as a free spirit. A true nomad who’s broken free from the shackles of society and dared to march to the beat of their own drum. The solo traveler doesn’t need another’s reassurance, they make big bold decisions every single day.


Now I’m master of my own destiny, I know what I want and I know where I am. I’ve got some goals set and that’s where I’m going. I don’t let myself get destructed by another, to help the other achieve their prioritizing the goals of the other… and because of that shifting my own self to the side.


You’ll never hear a solo traveler tell you anything but how wonderful, life-changing and liberating it is to travel alone. It’s all true, you’ll learn your biggest lessons in love, life and the beautiful planet we share. You’ll change as a person and your very core will be strengthened. You’ll never depend on another, you will be the true master of your own destiny. Meeting new people will become a daily occurrence and that will quickly teach you never to settle for less. You will establish your tribe, a mixture of old friends and new. Initially you’ll let all kinds of weird and wonderful people into your life but you’ll quickly learn to be discerning about who sticks around.



Often I hear people say: I don’t want to be traveling alone, I really don’t like that. I can’t share my experience and I probably feel alone.  These reactions come from people that are not single. So when at home they share their every day experiences too with their family or partner. I sometimes get the feeling that I need to defend my lifestyle. Apparently, for a lot of people, alone is not good….it seems that if you can not share ..immediately, right on that spot, with your partner, family or travel companion it’s not nice…


If you need more convincing, here’s an appealing numbered list to peer-pressure you to travel solo:

1. You won’t worry about what anyone thinks.


2. You won’t be on anyone else’s schedule.


3. You’ll meet new people without feeling bad.


4. You’ll learn how to meet new people.


5. You’ll learn to be independent.


6. You’ll learn a lot about your personality.


7. You’ll actually experience what’s around you.


9. You’ll learn to appreciate good qualities in people.



One of the first questions I get is: Are you going alone?




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Sinulog 2018: Schedule Of Activities And Novena Mass Schedules| Nhagzventures

Everyone are so excited to this another year full of swing and the Sinulog Festival is ready and lined up for you to get in. Check out the schedule of activities below and mark your calendars.






The Sinulog-Santo Niño Festival is an annual cultural and religious festival held on the third Sunday of January in Cebu City, and is the centre of the Santo Niño Catholic celebrations in the Philippines.


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Please read: How To Celebrate A Rainy Sinulog

This is Cebu! This is Sinulog


Top Things To Do and See In The Mystical Island of Fire |Nhagzventures

I had always wanted to visit Siquijor island and I recently had the chance to spend enough time in this amazing island of fire. Unlike to its neighboring island, which is pretty close to visitors, Siquijor is one of the welcoming and hospitable islands in the Visayas. It is an interesting place with a unique culture.

Me and my friend took a bus ride from South Bus Terminal to Santander Port. Our itinerary is jaunt around the island and try their food delicacies and to dine at their famous restaurants.


Our journey began at Dumaguete Port, by the time we were there, the sun was already out in its full glory and a good weather-climb loomed ahead as evidenced by the clear blue sky.


We took another 1 hour and 30 minutes of a boat ride via Montenegro Shipping Lines. Upon arrival at the Siquijor Port, we quickly rented a motorbike that we can use that’s good for 2 days. The motorbike will cost you 350 PHP per day. After paying the motorbike rental fee, We quickly headed to Royal Cliff Resort where we stayed for 2 nights and 3 days. We enjoyed our first day by doing the Coastal tour on the island.

And here are the top things to do and see in the island of Siquijor



Capilay Spring Park- San Juan, Siquijor

This spring park is open to public which is situated at the heart of San Juan, Siquijor. Also, this park is just right in the middle of the town plaza. This park has a playground, kiosk and booths which is perfect for family and friends who wants to have a picnic.



The Enchanting Balete Tree

Aside from the mystical tree. My main itinerary is to dip my feet into a small pool that they called “FISH SPA”. It was indulging. The water is so clear and cool.


LAZI CHURCH- San Isidro Labrador Parish Church

The San Isidro Labrador Parish Church (Spanish: Iglesia Parroquial de San Isidro Labrador), commonly known as Lazi Church, is a Roman Catholic church in the municipality of Lazi, Siquijor, Philippines within the jurisdiction of the Diocese of Dumaguete. It became an independent parish in 1857 under the advocacy of Saint Isidore the Laborer


The church, also known for its huge convent, was declared a National Cultural Treasure by the National Museum of the Philippines. It is also nominated for the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List since 2006 under the collective group of Baroque Churches of the Philippines (Extension) together with the churches of Boljoon, Guiuan, Loboc and Tumauini.


Inside the Lazi, Church




The U-shaped bahay na bato convent is one of the largest convents built during the Spanish colonial era. On its first floor are stonewalls while wood panels can be found on the second floor.Its dimension is 42 meters (138 ft) by 38 meters (125 ft).It is funded by donations from parishes and missions of the Recollects.Partitions of the convent were removed but the original structure was maintained. It now houses the Siquijor Heritage Museum which has collections of important church relics and paraphernalia




Cambuhagay Falls

After dipping into the crystal greenish-blue and cold as ice waters of Cambuhagay Falls, we quickly headed to Salagdoong Beach. The resort is well-known in the island because of its Cliff that’s best for cliff -jumping. I don’t have the pictures to show because I was very disappointed by that time. Disappointed not because of the place but to the people slash tourists who doesn’t have the proper travel etiquette.


Few minutes after, we decided to get back to the resort where we stayed and I drove for almost 1 hour from Salagdoong Beach going back to the hotel.



Towering above the plains of Siquijor is the majestic Mount Bandilaan, the highest peak in the province which can be found in its midst. Rising up to 557 feet above sea level totaling 1394 feet high, Mount Bandilaan provides many opportunities of exploration such as cave spelunking, nature trekking and mountain climbing.


Viola, here we are! The weather was cooperative that day. The weather that morning is a bit gloomy, yet there’s no sign of heavy rainfall. MtBandilaan is a forest sanctuary. I bet there’s a mossy part somewhere. Camp Bandilaan. When you’re at the top of the metal tower, you will see a full view of Siquijor.




The view from Larena Triad is just spectacular. It offers a vantage view of the triad of the other islands namely Negros, Cebu and Bohol. To be honest, we came all the way here just for the view and it’s really beautiful. Although the sun was piping hot during our lunch visit, the breath of fresh air gave a relaxing feeling.


One of the amazing view of Larena Triad Coffee Shop in Siquijor island, Philippines


During my first visit on the island, I was not able top chase the spectacular color of the sun that fades away. On my second visit, voila! I had the opportunity to see and chase for it.


Chasing the sunset is my favorite part when I am traveling. It will complete me and makes me feel good.


Please read: CHASING SUNSET | Best Way of Letting Go The Bad Memories in Life



Baha Ba’r has a “loungey” informal laid-back atmosphere that welcomes overseas visitors and locals alike. It prides itself on having an extensive tapas style menu that permits you to experience the best flavours of the Philippines and a cocktail drinks menu unrivalled on Siquijor if not the Visayas.


Baha Bar offers traditional cocktails inspired by local fruit and ingredients that you will definitely not find anywhere else.



We were at the tail-end of our whole-day island tour. From the Beach Port of Siquijor, Capilay Spring Park to the famous Siquijor balete tree, Cambugahay Falls, and Kagusuan Beach; we’ve been to places we’ve visited before and to new ones. And there’s definitely nothing more rewarding after such a journey than a relaxing coffee break (or beer, perhaps?) right by the beach as the sun sets far off into the horizon.


Lilibeth’s Pan Bisaya is a roadside bakery located on a lonely stretch of the road along barangay Bino-Ongan. It sits right by the beach, more famous for its mangroves than its sand, which it has really none to speak of, by the way—they’re mostly crushed corals.

But we’re not really here to swim. We’re here to eat.



Siquijor’s pan bisaya is owned and operated Lilibeth Viernes-Alce, a sweet woman clad in apron who was supervising the ovens when we entered the simple hut where the bakery is set on. This thatch-roofed structure is where all the magic happens; from the mixing and kneading of the dough up to the final baking at the makeshift concrete oven—fired from below and at the top by driftwoods and coconut husks—right at the side of the hut.



When visiting Siquijor, there are various of hotel accomodtauon that you can choose to stay. But, in my case, I highly recommend ROYAL CLIFF RESORT


Royal Cliff Resort is located in the paradise coastal side of the mystical island of Siquijor, nestled in beautiful and majestic rock formation. It is noted to be one of the perfect hideaways and one of the best tourist destination of the province for its breathtaking seascape, fantastic sunset and amazing coral reef.


*Photos by Google

It is an ideal place for swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, boat-sailing and other sea adventures. Royal Cliff Resort is also an idyllic place to dine. It is known for its great food and for the great people around.

“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

Higatangan Island | Spectacular Shifting Sandbar and Rock Formation in Naval,Biliran-Nhagzventures

FROM SUMMIT TO SEA– After an overnight camp and exploring the vanishing hiking trails of Mt.Panamao, another paradise astounded our adventurous spirit, the Higatangan island.


Situated in Naval, Biliran, Barangay Mabini, Higatangan island is an island known for its shifting sandbars. The long stretch sandbar is truly incomparable, it has a 200 meter long of white sand.


Higatangan, whose name is derived from “atangan” (waiting), is separated from the main Biliran Island by a narrow channel in the northwest tip of Leyte province. For P1,000, tourists can rent a boat to take around the island and explore its clear waters, coral reefs and rock formations while watching seagulls and flying fish.



The 200-meter sandbar shifts to the left during the summer months or “amihan” (northeast monsoon) and to the right during the rainy months or “habagat” (southeast monsoon).


The water is just so crystal clear and cool and I really had a good time swimming here. Like most sandbars, the shallow areas are only limited to the part connecting to the island while the rest, it can get deeper within a few feet so caution should also be taken when swimming especially near the tip.



The Higatangan Rock Formations


Along with its beautiful sister the famous shifting sand bar, the rock formation is a beauty of its own league littered in the Higatangan coastline, fronting the wild waves.  The spectacular rock outcrop is crafted by nature’s own hands. It is a result of hundred of years of the resulting elements of heat, wind, erosion and the crashing waves. A heritage sculpted by time, earth’s gift to us.  Some says that our rock formations can rival those in the Biri and Camiguin Island.


The rock formations can be found at the back of the Higatangan island, facing the Visayan sea. To get the most vantage point one has to ride a floating device to have the panoramic view.  With the cool green waters and the greenery accentuating the formations it is really nature at it’s best.



Via Ormoc, Leyte

Boats and Fast Craft trip are available daily from Cebu to Ormoc. You can take a fast craft for 2 hours and 6 hours in a boat ride. From Ormoc City Port you will see a Terminal Van that will travel to Naval, travel time from Ormoc to Naval will take 2 hours.


  1. It is better to travel early from Ormoc to Naval for you to have a spare time purchasing your supplies in the island.
  2. You can actually stay overnight on the island as there are rooms and cottages available in Higatangan Island.
  3. There is a Sari-Sari store also available if you will roam around the island.
  4. Make sure to bring enough cash because there is no ATM machine available on the island
  5. Make sure to bring underwater cameras for you to fully enjoy and take photos the underwater natural beauty since Higatangan island is good for an underwater explorations.
  6. Respect the locals and be friendly.

If you want to explore and visit this 200-meter of white sand shifting sandbar in Higatangan Island, you may contact BILIRAN TOURISM.

MT.PANAMAO: The Vanishing Hiking Trail | A Challenging Trekking Experience

Mt.Panamao is popularly believed to be one of the mystical mountains in the province of Biliran. This mountain is full of unwritten lores where only few mountaineers dare and doubtful to climb because of its vanishing trails. It is also believed that this mountain is a lost city. Mt.Panamao is known as the 3rd highest mountain in Biliran, Western Leyte towers at 1115 MASL.


According to, Mt.Panamao is a solfataric active volcano and presumably erupted in 1969.


Now, Panamao is a much-publicized mountaineer’s destination. It looks majestic and serene on clear and sunny days. It is also full of myths and legends that continue to be told among the natives.


Our recent climbed to MT. PANAMAO was truly a remarkable journey in my mountaineering explorations. It was not easy because of its disappearing trail and totally a devastating experience for me because of the trails that’s full of climbing palms and nasty thorny rattan.



When AJ of wanderingsoulscamper invited me to explore and climb Mt.Panamao, I am not really hesitant to say YES! So I did a quick research about the mountain and I’ve heard and read mysterious stories about the mountain which made me more excited and eager to climb Mt. Panamao.

A week before the climb, the group did a practice climb in one of Cebu City’s mountains. AJ, who organized the event was the one who made the ITINERARY for the upcoming major climb and he’s the one who contacted our guide. Thanks Bes!


The group arrived in Ormoc City Port at around 4:00 AM. Upon arrival we took a quick brunch at one of the fast food chain in the city. At around 6:00 in the morning we instantly headed to DUPTOURS terminal to hired a van going to Naval.


We set foot at the Naval bus terminal after a two-hour ride. A public market was nearby so we decided to stop by for breakfast and purchase our food supplies.Afterwards, another van arrived and headed off to the jump-off point at Brgy. Talahid, Sitio Biasong.


We arrived at the jump-off area at around 10:30 in the morning. By the time we were there, the sun was already out in its full glory and a good weather-climb loomed ahead as evidenced by the clear blue sky.


The beginning of the trek was a gradual descending slippery trails that’s full of thorny plants.The air was slight, the trail become more steeper and it seemed my pack become heavier.


After 1 hour and 30 minutes of hiking, our guide, Kuya Julius advised us to take a power lunch and the group concurred the same opinion. We had our lunch along the trail.


It was 1:00 o’clock in the afternoon when we resumed our trek. I can still remember that we hiked a large portion, if not most of  pure assault. The trail was not just filled with anything greens but it is a trail of anything thorny green. We came across a good unique flora and faunas.


Before reaching the campsite, we came across a water source surrounded with  fat branches and gnarled roots and giant rocks.I was reminded with our adventure climb at Mt.Mandalagan in Negros Occidental.


As we reached the mountains only water source after hours of grappling that surprising rattan. The group decided to take a quick and last rest since we are close to the campsite.


Few minutes later, we then resumed our trek and we need had to do it as fast as we can for us to meet the sunset. However, we had a slow trek because we didn’t see any trail going to the campsite and even our guide was struggling, really!  So we actually look for another trail for us to reach the campsite and we had to slash away those thick and green thorny plants. This made our journey slow and long, really! We were like a bunch of lost trekkers for a while there. But wasn’t it what we were aiming for? The thrill and anxiety of losing direction and finding one’s way again.




Everyone was surprised when we reached the campsite. You can never tell that it is a campsite because it is surrounded with plants with long narrow of leaves. So we flatten the area to make it even for us to set up our tents. But we are still lucky enough because we reached the campsite before the daylight fades which made us set up the camp easily.


After setting up our tents, we then prepared our dinner. It was a one perfect night camp for me because aside from celebrating my birthday, the camp site had a perfect view of the summit of Mt.Panamao with an impressive array of mountains at our back.


After dinner, we had socials and everyone are having fun, really!It was an amusing night for me, a moment of a fun evening with friends. As I lay silently with my fellow campers, I felt happy living a life at the present moment surrounded by many friends with the same interests as me. We had the stars as our blankets and the dark forest watching us dream while we slept.



The group woke up at around 5:00 oclock in the morning. We planned for an early ascending climb going to the summit so we can head off early to the neighboring islet which is Higatangan island. After breakfast, at around 8:00 o’clock in the morning, we quickly broke our camp and commended our way up.


Before we resumed our trek way up,we left our load in a flat terrain nearby the campsite to make the hike easier. But no, it wasn’t! Another struggling way surprised us because large rattan blocking our way and we need to slash them away.


After 1 hour, we finally reached  the ridge that offers an amazing and breathtaking view of its neighboring island. After the group enjoying the glimpse of the view and the traditional picture taking, we then resumed our trek going to the summit.



From the viewing deck/ridge, we endured another 15 minutes hike to reach the summit. The trail was covered with mossy trees and vegetation.



The summit of Mt. Panamao was covered with huge mossy trees and it was surrounded with yellow toad cleverly camouflaged. The summit was truly majestic and a real paradise. We took a lot of photos and for us to get a perfect angle, we even clung on to whatever there where we can held on to.


After the traditional photo session, we quickly commended our way down. Going down wasn’t as difficult on the way up but still quite challenging because of those nasty rattans.


At around 2:00 oclock in the afternoon, we finally reached the covered open grasslands. We didn’t eat lunch even because of our excitements to come across the neighboring islet. When we were on our way to the exit point of Brgy. Almeria, the sun was fully out and we had a scorching hike way down.


We traversed the route from Brgy. Talahid, Sitio Biasong to Almeria and I learned a few things along the way.


After 1 hour of scorching hike we finally reached the community of Almeria and had a quick rest. Few minutes later, we then rented a bike to drop us at the port for our Higatangan Island side-trip.


(Stories about our Higatangan Island side-trip will be posted soon.)


My Mt. Panamao climb was a very good experience, I can call it a paradise. Though, I am new to the mountaineering community but I can say that I am a true-blooded adventurer because I conquered the vanishing trails of the mountain that’s full of magical stories. The trail was covered with thick forest and the route is complicated. To all who joined this adventure, Congrats for the job well done!

“This is one of Gods natural gifts.Lets give value of sustaining these gifts for our children and grandchildren so that in time, they will remember and thank their grandparents for taking care of these resources.”



Day 1- October 28,2017
04:00 AM- ETA Ormoc City Port
06:00 AM- ETD Ormoc City to Naval, Biliran
08:00 AM- ETA Naval, Biliran
08:30 AM- Breakfast/ Purchase goods in the market
09:30 AM- ETD Naval to Jump-off at Brgy. Talahid, Sitio Biasong
10:30 AM- ETA Sitio Biasong
11:00 AM- Start of Trek
12:15 PM- Lunch
01:00 PM- Resumed Trek
05:00 PM- ETA Campsite
05:30 PM- Set-up camp
06:00 PM- Prepare dinner
07:00 PM- Dinner Time
08:00 PM- Socials
11:00 PM- Lights off

Day 2- October 29,2017
05:00 AM- Wake up call
06:00 AM- Breakfast
07:30 AM- Break camp
08:30 AM- Start trek to Summit
09:30 AM- ETA Mt.Panamao Viewing Deck
10:15 AM- ETA Mt.Panamao Summit
11:00 AM- Back to Campsite
12:00 NN- Campsite/Trek to exit point at Brgy.Almeria
02:00 PM- ETA Brgy. Almeria
02:30 PM- Quick rest
03:00 PM- ETD Brgy.Almeria to Higatangan Island
04:30 PM- ETA Higatangan Island
05:00 PM- Prepare dinner
07:00 PM- Dinner time
08:00 PM- Socials
12:00 MN- Lights-off

Day 3- October 30, 2017
06:00 AM- Wake-up call/Breakfast
07:00 AM- Swimming time
10:00 AM- ETD Higatangan sandbar to Higatangan Rock Formation
11:00 AM- ETD Higatangan Rock formation- Naval Port
12:30 PM- ETA Naval Port
0100 PM – ETD Naval to Ormoc City
03:00 PM- ETA Ormoc City/Quick Brunch
03:45 PM- ETD Ormoc City to Cebu City Port
05:45 PM- ETA Cebu City
Home Sweet Home-

Travel Tips

1. Always plan ahead your tour. And for guide ship services with your Mt.Panamao climb, you may contact Kuya Julius Sabile on Facebook.
2 Be a responsible hiker/traveler so always follow the “LEAVE NO TRACE” practice, Okay!
3 Always wear proper trekking attire and wear sunblock to protect your skin from the sun and to avoid getting scratches from nasty thorny rattans. The trail has full of rattans, really!
4.Always bring enough food, water, and essential kinds of stuff or necessary for the climb.
5.Respect the locals and be friendly.

If you want to climb the majestic mountain of Mt. Panamao kindly visit BILIRAN ISLAND for more information.

Dislcaimer: All photos are not mine, credits to Arnold Jerodiaz of WANDERINGSOULSCAMPER



Mt. Tres Marias: An Impulsive Climb To Biliran’s Highest Peak

They say that it is the journey that matters not the destination but for the case of Mt. Tres Marias in Biliran island, Province of Leyte, it is acceptable to say that it is indeed both the journey and the destination.


Situated at the Eastern part of Visayas region, Mt. Tres Marias is the highest peak of Biliran, towering 1315 MASL.


To reach this beautiful and pristine forest you have to endure 5 to 6 hours trekking activity. And the chance to see wonderful waterfalls.



As I enter the into the forest line that held in myths to be a paradise guarded by snakes and spirits. I was truly amazed!It is amazing how God created all this things and yet only few have appreciate its beauty.


Our journey to Mt.Tres Marias was one of the impulsive adventure I had in my entire life. No plans and itinerary were set. We didn’t even contacted someone for a guide-ship services.


As we did our typical trek from the jump-off point at Brgy. Sampao-Almeria, the only thing that keeps repeating in my mind,is what they said about how challenging the trail is.Yes, it was indeed a challenging trail.The stones in the rivers where we pass through was so slippery.


Before hitting the camp site, we travel across 4 waterfalls. The first flowing waters that we embrace was the Ulan-Ulan Falls, followed by the Recoletos Falls. Recoletos Falls was actually named from a group of athletes coming from University of San Jose-Recoletos. Then the Sampawan Falls and Nomad Falls.Nomads falls was actually named after NOMADS group—a mountaineering group in Cebu City under Inter-Mountaineering Society (IMS).



Despite of our impulsive adventure, I can say that we are so lucky that day. Because we are able to passed by the rivers after the heavy rain.


At around 4PM, we finally reached the camping site. We are so lucky enough to set-up our tents as the massive raindrops began to stop.Aside from that, the water source is just located few meters away from the camping site, but no so much luck because the camping site was muddy, really!


After dinner,  we quickly headed back to our tents.  I slept like a baby till the break of the dawn because of cold temperature. Oh, before I forgot, I tried to woke up myself at around 1:00 oclock in the morning, because according to my source that will be the best time to see the glowing camp site. Unfortunately, I didn’t see any :(. Maybe because of the massive rain drops that’s why the glowing plants did not appear.


The next morning is another day to rise up for a new journey to the summit Naliwatan Peak. Few minutes later, the majority of the group woke up and prepared breakfast with non-stop teasing on each other of what happened last night. Lol!


We endured almost 1 hour of steep ascending trails before reaching the peak.


It was discouraging to see that the summit offered no view except the other peak of Tres Marias. The summit has a limited space. I believe only 1 tent is enough to pitch on the area. The peak was just around maybe 14 meters in diameter and cliffs on the sides and small trees on the center.


Various insects and flowers can also be found in the forest, abundant insect that was totally different from other mountains. Breathtaking views awaits for you once you reach the top. Always remember that it’s not the destination but it’s the journey .


I felt so blessed when we reached the summit even though it’s in zero visibility. I saw some sea of clouds but in just a few seconds the fog will covered it.


We had a simple snacks and a quick rest. Few pictures taken and down we go to the camp site for our lunch and see explore the other waterfalls in the mountain.


As we reached the camp site, we instantly break our tents and quickly started our descending trek back to the jump-off.

I’m reminded just how insignificant my presence is, in this unyielding landscape. I could feel my fragile mortality in the balance. The self-doubt is ever present. The struggle wasn’t only with my body – it was pure mental as well trying to remain positive with my self-talk. It’s an exercise in humility and introspection. If I ever used my charm  in the default world to get things my way, I knew those qualities are worthless currencies on the slope – the mountain accepts or rejects me in its own terms, unconditionally.


With that paradigm, I return to the city, cleansed of my ego, humbled in my demeanor, validated in having made it in one piece, and rich with new friends.

DAY 0- October 13, 2017, Friday
08:00 pm- Meet up Port of Cebu-3
10:00 pm-ETD Cebu Port to Ormoc (via Roble Shipping Lines)
04:00 am- ETA Ormoc City

DAY 1- October 14, 2017, Saturday
05:00 am – ETD Ormoc City to Naval
07:00 am – ETA  Naval, Biliran
07:30 am- Breakfast at the town and quick drop at the market
09:30 am -ETA Jump-off via Brgy Sampao/Registration
10:00 am- Start Trek
11:30 am- Ulan-Ulan Falls
12:00 NN- Recoletos Falls/ Lunch
01:00 pm -Resumed Trek
04:00 pm- ETD Camp Site
04:30 pm- Set-up camp
05:00 pm- Prepare for dinner
06:00 pm- Dinner
07:30 pm- Lights off

DAY 2- October 15, 2017, Sunday
05:00 am- wake up call
06:00 am- Prepared breakfast
06:30 am- Breakfast
07:30 am -Started trek going to the summit
08:30 am- ETA Naliwatan Peak/ Summit
10:30 am – ETD Naliwatan Peak to Camp Site
11:00 am- Start Trek back to Jump-off
01:30 pm -ETD Nomad Falls/Lunch
03:30 pm -ETA Brgy Sampao
04:30 pm- ETA Naval town proper
05:00 pm- ETD Naval to Ormoc City
07:00 pm- ETA Ormoc City
07:15 pm- Quick dinner at Ormoc Plaza
08:00 pm- ETD Ormoc Port to Cebu City
10:30 pm- ETA Cebu City
Home Sweet Home



  1. When planning an adventure hike to Mt. Tres Marias, you can contact Kyle Ryan for guide ship services at this number: 09155692569.
  2. Wear proper/protective sleeves to prevent scratches from prickly plants on the trail.
  3. Climbing Mt. Tres Marias is not easy for those who haven’t tried major mountain climbing so make sure to do minor climbs.
  4. Chalet Hills, Busay has a very good space for camping but not ideal on a noontime because it’s an open field.
  5. The trek will take around 4 to 5 hours depending on the pace.
  6. If doing a camp always respect the environment and other campers.
  7. Kill Nothing But Time | Take Nothing But Pictures | Leave Nothing But Footprints.


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.


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.


Photo by Aj of

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.


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.


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


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.


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


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


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.


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


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. 🙂
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.



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


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.

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.

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.

Congratulations to all the First Timers for a Climb well done!


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.




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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.



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.



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.


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



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.


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.



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


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


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.



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.




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.



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.



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.



Photo by Joseph Baya

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



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


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”!


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.


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.



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!


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.


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.


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.


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.




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.



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.



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


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.


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.


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!



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.








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.


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.


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.


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


Photo by: RBCasquejo


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.


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



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.



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.





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.






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.


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.





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.



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


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.


Book your accommodation at LAH TIRA CEE, MALAPASCUA, ISLAND