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.

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 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.


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.




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.


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.


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 .


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.


Pump boat ride going to Gibitngil island


A scorching hike going to Funtastic Island

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


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 :



That’s Ram! Enjoying the ocean waves:)


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.





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.



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.



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!



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.


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


An Awesome Traverse To The Manutu River in Toledo City, Cebu

Are there magical places out in the wilds of the world? One of the questions I always asked and I always ended up an answer depending on who I asked. Although it is still uncertain that if magic really exists in the world, there are certainly fantastic and extraordinary places on our planet that certainly seem to make one entertain the idea that it just may.


After our overnight camp at the charming Mt.Tagaytay, we had an awesome side-trip to the surprising river of Toledo, City. Traversing to Mt. New Bucau, there is one such place that lies in the quaint rain-forest in the City, an achingly beautiful and mystical river that has long been surrounded by legend locals.


Moments in MT. Taytaytay


The Beautiful Mt.New Bucau

This is the Manuto River, a place where it is said to be mysterious and which indeed mesmerizing enough to make one believe that magic is real.


The Wet and Wild Manutu River 

There are many rivers in the country that are so wrapped with mystery and magnificence. According to Miss Beth (our host for this weekend adventure) has the same view of Tanay River and Marmol River in Tuburan, Cebu. It is also connected with the Malubog Lake that is marked by its folklore.


A very welcoming river!

Upon arriving at the river, I was surprised with the cold as ice waters flowing continuously the river and this combined with the reflection of palm trees.


Adding to the magical quality of the place is the plentiful indigenous flora and fauna lining the cold waters.



While walking along the river, I saw a lot of spots that are picturesque, really! Thus, I made a lot of stops. Along the way, I saw boulders and gigantic rocks that made me feel I’m back to the place where I drifted my wandering soul, the Marmol Cliff in Tuburan, Cebu.


After almost 30 minutes of walking along the river and climbed those bouldering rocks, we finally reached the spot where we can swim and take our lunch. A few minutes later, the weather became unfriendly. Unfortunately, a steady falling of water from the sky washes us away.



These three are just like walking in the park!

” If the rain continued pouring down heavily, kindly go back to the area where we had a quick stop”, Miss Beth said.


An awesome view after climbing the boulders


The guys are having some fun swimming at the cold as ice waters surrounded by the boulders. 


According to Miss Beth, if there is rain, the streams that flow into the main river receives greater amounts of water that will instantly cause the river flooding.  So, we decided to get back to the place where we can shade, loosen up, and take a brunch.



Truly breathtaking 

As we were making our way back to the area where we can meet Beth and RJ, the downpour is continuous and we are really struggling because each one of us is having some stuff in our hands which is our food.


Rain? Who cares? I have the food in my hand, lol!


Despite the rain falls, we continuously trek until we reached the area. Upon our arrival, we instantly took our lunch because as what have the locals advised to us, there will be no habal-habal driver that can take us to the jump-off area of General Climaco (Malubog) especially if there is a heavy rain.


After taking a quick brunch, things got even worse.downpours got heavy!Since I’m very weak in cold temperature, I was really freezing that moment. So we quickly took a motorcycle ride going back to Barangay Malubog and the cold winds really tendering our body. Adding to that chilled ride was a bumpy and rocky road that is seemingly an endless adventure.


The Rocky Road

After that bumpy ride, a few minutes later we finally reached the jump-off area of Barangay Malubog with the courage, haha! And I thought that was the end of our adventure, it wasn’t!


Top loading 


Topload is FUN! FUN! FUN!


As we said our goodbyes to Beth, we rode a jeepney going back to Toledo Bus Terminal. We took a “top-load” ride where you need to go up and occupy the roof of the jeepney. No comfortable chair! No protection ceiling! Everything is OPEN! This is my second time to go on top loading and it is really fun and extreme! I found this challenging, really! Because you need to sit down on hard metals under the heat of the sun for long hours.But in our case the pour down slowly stop and we’re lucky enough!


Overall, this is one of the best adventures I had in Toledo City, Cebu. Thank you so much to Miss Beth for organizing this Friendship Climb. I had so much fun and thankful seeing those beautiful natural gifts in Toledo City. Hoping that these places I’ve visited will remain to exist and be seen. The river is really a dreamlike beauty and hope it will be preserved for many future generations to come!:)



Marmol Cliff | Stunning And Enchanting Rock Formations in Tuburan, Cebu



Grabbing a bike in the town to enjoy the scenery of the sea.

Many of us will just bypass the quite Municipality of Tuburan, Province of Cebu. Who could have thought that this peaceful town got some places to visit. Aside from its famous Molobolo Spring which has been considered as the favorite destination both locals and tourists. Another famed attraction that will make you fall in love in the town is the granitic Marmol Cliff. A stunning and enchanting rock formations of two cliffs with a river that flowing naturally between them. Getting there is an extreme adventure, really! Whether you go on foot or ride a motorbike, you will be river trekking.The motorbike is literally a breathtaking ride.


The start of our rocky road journey 🙂

Well, let’s get started with what brought me here and why I’ve got here? Every time I will see my traveler friends posting about this place in social media, my adventurous spirit will get envy. It’s almost one year that I am longing to see this amazing beauty of nature provided by the beautiful marble rocks. Over the weekend, I had best opportunity to visit the Land of Springs and Hope, Tubaran! My officemate, Angelo a proud Tuburanon, invited me to experience the hidden beauty of Tuburan. We visited the place with high expectations and we were not disappointed.


Coron, No! This is just the simple yet majestic rock formation 🙂

Seriously, it is a beautiful rock formation that looks like a getaway to another world.It is a majestic site that is worth traveling. My adventurous spirit was satisfied with the marble rock as it offers me an ultimate pleasure of yearning Mother Nature’s heart.


I am so inlove with these beautiful cliffs in front of me!

MARMOL CLIFF: A Majestic Site That Is Worth Traveling

This Tuburan Weekend Getaway with Angelo was truly an unforgettable one. We met up at JY Square Mall, Lahug at around 1:00 o’clock in the afternoon. We took our journey via Cebu Trancentral Highway and it was raining with overwhelming quantities. 🙂 We traveled for around 2 hours from Cebu City to Municipality of Tuburan.  Since we arrived there late afternoon and it was raining that time. Thus, we decided to visit the Marmol Cliff the next day so I had the opportunity to roam around the town plaza.


An old street clock that was placed along the street of Town Plaza


Angelo enjoying the stunning scenery of Tuburan Port

It was a bright and sunny Sunday the next day, a great time to jaunt the Marmol Cliff. It took us 30 -45 minutes ride on a motorbike before we saw the enchanting marble rock formation. That was literally a breathtaking ride for us as we crossed the rocky road rivers in a motorcycle and sometimes we need to trek for us to get to the other side of the river. There are many gravels gathers along the way. There’s a wide water expanse, the flow narrows and in some parts deeper.That was the most challenging motorcycle ride I had in my life.I become an ugly rascal, Lol!


Just go with the flow..hahaha! That was not easy tho.


We need to hike for us to cross to the other side of the banks.


And we’re getting closer to you Maria Joaquin

After that intense ride, we finally saw the majestic two cliffs standing with the natural waters running between them. The sound of birds is much apparent now with the sighting of colorful feathers flying above from time to time.


I finally saw you…You are so beautiful in my eyes

Unfortunately, due to the heavy rain, the river burst it banks the and water was not clear and bluish-green that moment.



Between these two gigantic Marmol rocks, is a deep portion of the stream where you can take a ride in the raft if you want to get to the other side of the river.


I had the best opportunity to get close to these Marmol rocks


An aerial view of the deep portion of the stream

As we reached the center of the bouldering rocks, there’s a portion where you can climb and enjoy the scenery up there. There’s also an unwritten lore where Maria Cacao and Tang-an story lies behind these beautiful cliffs.


Enjoying the childish spirit in me 🙂


After we took photos at the other end of the cliff, we instantly proceeded to the other side where there is a small opening cave.According to the locals, during the World War II, it was used by the Cebuano Katipuneros because of its expansive and ample space.


The opening small cave.


Until now, I can’t get enough with the beautiful Marmol Cliff! Standing tall and high.The setting was so magical and picturesque.


Planning to see this Stunning and Enchanting Marmol Rock?


Via A Public V-Hire:

Take a V-hire via Balamban-Tuburan from Ayala Terminal. One way fare is 140 Php. Inform the driver to drop you off at Tuburan Town Proper ( You can drop-off at 7/11 convenience store fronting San Antonio De Padua Church ). Travel time will take around 3 hours. From Tuburan Proper, look for a motorbike or habal-habal that will take you to Sitio Marmol, (Marmol Cliff). The fare is 100 Php and travel time would take 30-45 minutes.

Via Public Bus Transit:

Just go to North Bus Terminal and take a bus bound for Balamban-Asturia-Tuburan. Tell the driver to drop you off at Tuburan Proper and look for a motorbike that can take you to Brgy. Marmol (Marmol Cliff ). Travel time would time around 4 hours.


Additional Tips/Reminders:

1.  You can negotiate a motorbike driver to wait for you while you are exploring the beautiful Marmol Cliff.
2. Make sure to wear proper attire because there will be trekking/hiking that needs to be done to cross rivers.
3. Respect the community and environment. Avoid creating loud noise that could possibly disturb the area.
4. Make sure to bring enough water and avoid bringing loads because you will be enduring a rough rocky ride.
5. Be friendly



















“Best Places To Visit With Family and Friends In A Long Weekend”

As our Muslim brothers and sisters worldwide will observe Ramadhan to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad. Thus, many of us will enjoy this long weekend.Some people take advantage of the three-day weekend to make trips and adventure with friends. There may be some congestion on roads as many people use the long weekend to make trips.Public transport services may be reduced or not run at all.

I know that you may start asking yourself on what to do over the long weekend? I’ve rounded up some of the beautiful natural wonders that you might consider a “paradise” and best events to keep you and the family busy all weekend long.

So these are the places that you can visit with your family and friends to spend and to make the most of your long weekend.



Cambais Falls

Obviously, Cebu never runs out of water escapes to offer its visitors and every single attraction makes the guests truly satisfied and they just can’t really get enough and wanting for more.
One of the best waterfalls to chase in Cebu are the Cambais and Cankalanog falls situated in the heart of Southern part of the Province of Cebu.


Cankalanog Falls

If you have some friends or even in the family member that has an adventurous soul and would love to go on trekking.Well,  these two waterfalls will indulge their thirst of adventure.

Click here on how to get there!



Canyoneering in Badian and Alegria is fast becoming one of Cebu’s biggest tourist draws. We took the plunge to see what the fuss is all about.Fifteen feet might not sound like a giant leap, but when you have to jump into celadon waters in a part of a canyon that’s barely 2m wide, walls of jagged rock on either side, it can feel like the final moment of your life. Your breath quickens, your heart pounds, your throat closes up as your knees lock. In what is becoming one of Cebu’s most popular outdoor activities, fear is the devil you need to defy.

Click here for Canyoneering tips!



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If you and your friends are looking for a different level of adventures then you better try hiking and trekking in the stunning mountain of Mt.Lanaya in Alegria, Cebu.

Mt.Lanaya is a hundred meters away from the town proper of Alegria. Towering around 700 MASL, Mt. Lanaya stands almost at a stark contrast to the surrounding mountain ranges near it.

Click here to know more about this adventure!


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Have you been into a Wet and Wild World of River Trekking?

River trekking is relative to canyoning, that was established as a kind of sports in parts of the world. Relatively, this kind of sports is somehow new in the Philippines. And who could have thought that this kind of sports can be found in the northern part of Cebu?

Click here to see these mesmerizing cascades!



If you would like to spend your three-day weekend outside the beautiful island of Cebu. Well, here is another hidden water attraction in Eastern Visayas that you and your family will fall in love.

The Sayahan Falls is now considered as one of Ormoc City’s main natural attraction because of its crystal clear, emerald green and water as cold as ice.  This waterfall is located in the majestic mountain of Sitio Maglahug, Brgy Ga-as and it is 30 kilometers from the City proper of Ormoc.

Click here on How Did I Fall in Love with this Falls

ALTO PEAK (Mt. Amenduin )


Are you the type of person that is truly wicked? Do you have friends or even family members that has a different level of bravery and adventurous soul? Well, you better conquer this highest peak in the whole Region 8 to test your limits.

To read more click here.

What do you do for fun during a long weekend? And how do you plan for it?

Each one of us has its own different way to get out from boredom and most of all a long weekend without emptying our wallets. And here are my personal list on how to enjoy a three-days weekend.

“Make the most of your long weekend, whether you’re up for relaxation, sightseeing, adventuring and partying.”

Please don’t hesitate to share your tips on how you will enjoy during long weekend! Feel free to provide it on a comment section below. 🙂















Reconnect With Nature at Cabintan Natural Hot Spring

Upon looping around the beautiful community of Cabintan, province of Ormoc for 3 days. I have seen lots of pretty spectacular places in the Barrio and I am not expecting that it has a lot to throw to me as an adventurous person.


The jump off point to Cabintan Hot Spring is at the Cabintan proper. Dubbed as “barrio” by the locals. We actually hiked and do some river treks upon getting top the secluded Cabintan Hot Spring. It took us around 45 minutes before we get to the place.


Cabintan Hot Spring has 2 separate natural and untouched pools with different temperatures. Can you even imagine a better way to de-stressed from a week’s worth of work?Aside from its natural hot spring, beside on it is a small natural yet untouched pool that has a very cold as ice water.



Since we are still on a hot season, you don’t have to worry because aside from this natural hot spring from keeping you warm, it will also make you reconnect with nature as our season transitions into the cold.



After we enjoyed the trek from Alto Peak, we took our lunch in the area as I wanted to get in touch with nature while feeding up our tummies. Jeramil and RJ are the ones who prepared for our simple lunch.



Our descending trail hikes going to the place was well paid-off. The scenery was simply stunning.  Our scenic trek took us 45 minutes before we finally reached the untouched hot spring.



Who could have thought that in the middle of a tropical rainforest in Cabintan, Ormoc City is the Hidden Natural Hot Spring where only nature’s greens and waters will envelope you.  Thanks to Dong, RJ and Jeramil for bringing me here in the place with waters both hot and cold.

“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.”

-Pocholo Aragones Franco-

#Leave No Trace

This sponsored travel would not be possible without the help of  Mr. Pocholo Franco, the VP of Ormoc City Tourism Council. Ormoc City Tours by Fran-con Viaje International , Supercat by 2Go Travel , Cabintan Local Eco Guide especially to the Morales Brothers and family. Most of all, to Mayor Richard Gomez and Ormoc City Government for making this adventure possible.

#OrmocPH # WonderfulOrmoc #VisitOrmoc #CabintanHotSpring

Lake Janagdan: A Breathtaking Crater Lake Occupying the Caldera of Mount Janagdan

On the 2nd day of my Ormoc Summer Adventure in Brgy. Cabintan. I took another limb trekking and climbing going to the breathtaking scenery of Lake Janagdan. The lake completes Ormoc’s three lakes.  If Lake Danao is the biggest lake in Ormoc. Lake Janagdan is the smallest of the three and is accessible only by foot.


Since I’ve got the idea on how to get there because the house of my poster parents is just situated fronting Mt. Janagdan. Thus, I thought to myself that it will be another day of an interesting hike. Lol!


The stunning view of Mt. Janagdan

At exactly 6:00 AM, Dennis (my guide) fetched me in the house where I stayed. We started to trek going to the trail of Mt.Janagdan at around 6:30 in the morning. The stunning view of Mt. Janagdan was really dumbfounded!


The first 10 to 15 minutes of the trail was just normal. When we reached the assault of the mountain, it was surprisingly more difficult than the summit trek to Alto Peak. I didn’t know that Mt. Janagdan was also considered as the highest peak in Ormoc at 1,120 meters above sea level.


My view upon reaching the assault of Mt.Janagdan

The place was really a typical limb trekking and you need to be careful with the steep ascending trails. Part of the trail, you will be encountering interesting insects fluttering around the bushes and heard various murmurs of animals because it was really forested.


The paths are almost not visible and the tress heavily cramps the trail.


When we finally reached the middle part of the mountain, the weather becomes unfriendly and the fog started to cover up the scenic view.  Unfortunately, the rain did not stop until we’ve reached the summit of Mt. Jananagdan.


This welcomes us!

After 1 hour and 30 minutes of bushwhacking, we finally reached the summit of Mt. Janagdan. A portion of the lake peers through a small opening in the tree.


The weather was really cold at the top of the mountain and I was totally freezing. Also, I didn’t have the privilege to see the entire charming lake because it was also covered up with fog. So Dennis, decided to stayed at the top for 30 minutes before proceeding to the crater lake. Sadly, we already stayed at the top for almost 1 hour but still the lake didn’t appear.:(


The crater lake of Mount Janagdan

So we decided to go down and proceed to the crater lake. And the descend trail going to the lake was really tough. When we reached the crater lake.Regrettably, we have the same situation. The breathtaking scenic view of the lake was really fogging up.



I told my guide to just stayed at the crater lake for 30 minutes. As I am still hopeful for the chance to see the clear view of this magnificent and mystifying lake hidden within the peak of Mt.Janagdan.


I was really unlucky that time because I didn’t get the chance to take more photos of the charming lake.


The most spoiled dog in the country, Gari. Also strike a posed

Since we cannot do anything about it. So we took another challenging trail traversing to Sulpatara Peak. From Lake Janagdan, the ascending trail traversing to Sulpatara Peak is just around 30 minutes. Most of the time are all descending trails. But swear, that was not easy!


Trail Runners of Ormoc: Benjie and Jed of Traverse-Ph

On our way to Sulpatara, Iv’e met these 2 adventurous people. They are actually on a trail run. Iv’e got the opportunity to speak with them and exchanged our social media accounts for us to keep in touch.


After 2 hours, we finally got the Sulpatara area.( Sulpatara Peak adventures will be posted soon.


Photo from google

About Lake Janagdan

Mt. Janagdan is the highest peak at 1,120 meters above sea level situated at Brgy. Cabingtan, and is about 19 kilometers northeast of the city. Hidden within this peak is another magnificent and mystifying lake, Lake Janagdan. The smallest among the three Ormoc lakes, it has an area of about 3 hectares This Lake is accessible only by foot, about two hours hike from the jump-off point at the barangay proper. Despite its size as compared to Lake Danao and Lake Kasudsuran, it can exude the same charm and excitement to the adventurers. It rises at a height of 1,080 meters, offering a challenging climb to those who want to be captivated by its beauty, concealed amidst a rugged terrain and thick forest cover.

How To Get Here?
From Ormoc City, ride a jeepney going to Brgy. Cabintan via Ga-as at the Terminal across Public Market and Ormoc Port. The travel time will take more or less 1 hour. Tell the driver to drop you off at Brgy. Cabintan Proper. Register at the receiving center get ready of your 300 PHP for the guide fee. You can also hired a habal-habal for only 200 PHP from Ormoc City going directly to Brgy. Cabintan.

If you wish to visit the place, you may contact the Cabintan Local Eco Guide (Caleguid) on Facebook.


The breathaking scenic view of the crater Lake Janagdan (Photo from Lake Janagdan FB Page)

“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.”

-Pocholo Aragones Franco-

#Leave No Trace

This sponsored travel would not be possible without the help of  Mr. Pocholo Franco, the VP of Ormoc City Tourism Council. Ormoc City Tours by Fran-con Viaje International , Supercat by 2Go Travel , Cabintan Local Eco Guide especially to the Morales Brothers and family. Most of all, to Mayor Richard Gomez and Ormoc City Government for making this adventure possible.

#OrmocPH # WonderfulOrmoc #VisitOrmoc #LakeJanagdan




Conquering the highest Peak in Region 8- ALTO PEAK


On May 5-9, 2017, I was invited by Pocholo Franco, the VP of Tourism council in Ormoc City to explore the hidden gems of Ormoc City. I was on the impression that these are only water escapes. When he sent to me the itineraries, my adventurous spirit was surprised because it was more on mountain climbing/trekking. There are two peaks that I need to conquer with his proposal and those are the Sulpatara Peak and Mt. Aminduen also known as Alto Peak. This peak is known as the tower of the East since it is highest peak not only in the Province of Leyte but in the whole Eastern Visayas Region. This would be my first time scaling a peak with an impressive elevation of 1332 MASL.



It was 4PM when I exactly arrived at Brgy. Cabintan, City of Ormoc and the sky was alive because of the heavy rain. Upon arriving at the  community of Cabintan, Fregie(habal-habal driver) dropped me off at Kuya Ramil Morales house (HEAD of Brgy. Cabintan Tourism Council).


While waiting for Jeramil, my trail guide. I’ve got the chance to speak with Kuya Ramil and he presented me the Cabintan’s trail map. He also told me to prepare myself because it is gonna be an uphill battle. And what a battle indeed.


When Jeramil arrived, we quickly prepared our backpacks and started to trekked at exactly 4;30PM. Kuya Ramil told me that it was a good pre-climb preparation going to Alto Peak Camp Site even though the weather is not that friendly.


The first segment of the trail to the well pad of interest was wide and off-road. Up to a road junction, the trail to Alto Peak Camp Site sharply bends to the right. An evidence that the road hasn’t been used much was the overgrowth of moss that seemed like grass carpet.


The trekking part was enjoyable since the since the sun is hiding at it was really cold. Sometimes, the rain seem to disappear and the views of Jaro, Leyte can be seen with some islands at the background.



During the mid portion of the trail, there was a sulfur mountain standing around 80 degrees of cliff and it is bounded by these wild strawberries. It seems that the trail going to the camp site was just literally a walk in the park.



wild strawberries.. Yum! yum!

Definitely a good warm up for our next day assault. We reached the campsite around 7:00 PM. Since we already have our packed dinner, we don’t need to worry to cook. We set-up our camps and took our dinner, we immediately have our rest and call it a day. We have to recharge ourselves for the exciting trek awaits.


dinner is served


campfire is  🙂

After our dinner, we ended up a quick camp fire for me have a simple chit-chat with Jeramil. Because I believe it is a great idea to look forward for a new friend.


The following morning, it was 4AM and Jeramil was already doing some noise outside the tent and I believe he is preparing a good breakfast. I took a chance to prepare as well my stuff and it was around 5:30AM when I clearly see the campsite. The view has a huge landscape and surrounded by perfect greens view. Water source is also available in the campsite, especially on rainy seasons.


another day of adventure

It was still bit dark when we started our trek around 6:30 AM going to the assault. The first 10 to 15 minutes trail is not difficult but it has a lot of Cogon grass and ferns from your left and right. Afterwards, the assault greeted us and the trail becomes really narrow.



As we reached the assault of Alto Peak, the trail is more difficult, with the surrounding filled with slippery roots, steep assaults continuous uphill that elevates to up to 80-90 degree at some point. The terrain’s certainly ain’t getting any easier .



During the mid portion or the trail, there was around 80 degrees of cliff so we used a rope to climb up. Then the next part would be roots and more root climbing until we reached the grassy part of the mountain which was the peak.


Last rest for the ascent

The assault took me 1 hour and 25 minutes to reach the peak.The summit has a limited space. I believe only 1 tent is enough to pitch on the area.


The peak was just around maybe 15 meters in diameter and cliffs on the sides. There were small trees on the center so we can hide from the cold wind.


It feels good to be at the top of the world


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 .


This plant called Pitsel-pitsel or Pitcher plant. Surprisingly, it can be your source of water.




I feel so blessed when we reached the summit even though the weather is not that perfect. I saw some sea of clouds but in just a few seconds the fog will covered it.


My climbing experience to Alto Peak brought back some sense to me.

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 hidden gems at Barangay Cabintan.


 “I now resolved to go to bed early, with a firm purpose of also rising early the next day to revisit this charming walk; for I thought to myself, I have now seen this temple of the modern world imperfectly; I have seen it only by moonlight.”

Alto Peak in Ormoc, Leyte. The highest in Eastern Visayas (Region VIII), Alto Peak stands majestically on a beautiful realm, the Lake Danao National Park, home to a rich variety of fauna and flora. The domain is also home to farming communities whose vegetable plantations – and cool clime – are somewhat reminscent of the Cordilleras.

LLA: 11.1061 N, 124.7097 E, 1332 MASL (unverified)
Days required / Hours to summit: 3-4 days / 11-14 hours*
Specs: Exploration, Major Climb, Difficulty 6/9, Trail class 3 with unestablished trails

Source: Pinoy Mountaineer

Come and visit the beautiful Alto Peak, situated in Brgy. Cabintan Ormoc City.

More stories about my Ormoc adventure soon!

A great thanks to Mr. Pocholo Franco, the VP of Ormoc City Tourism Council. Ormoc City Tours by Fran-con Viaje International , Supercat by 2Go Travel , Cabintan Local Eco Guide especially to the Morales Brothers and family. Most of all, to Mayor Richard Gomez and Ormoc City Government for making this adventure possible.

#OrmocPH # WonderfulOrmoc #VisitOrmoc #AltoPeak

Mt. Lanaya in Alegria, Cebu:Trek With A Cause


Aside from its peaceful environment, fine beaches and mesmerizing waterfalls of Alegria, Cebu.Who could’ve  thought that there is such mountain define by knife-edges slope facing the west. My third visit to the town of Alegria, Cebu was such an exciting an inspiring twist, a day hike traverse and tree planting ! Our route to its summit was through Legaspi trail.The angle of ascent throughout the trail averages 50-60°.

FB_IMG_1493271297877[1]Mt.Lanaya is a hundred meters away from the town proper of Alegria. Towering around 700 masl, Mt. Lanaya stands almost at a stark contrast to the surrounding mountain ranges near it.


We started our trek via Legaspi trail and it is covered with loose stone, soil, and rocks which makes a climber slide down more often when not assisted but successful climbing without the aid of ropes is possible.


Fortunately, the majority of the trail features landscape for secure footing, although it is still unforgiving in its steepness. Only one climber at a time can climb through the huge rock safely, as behind the rock face a steep drop-off exists.


Those who are keen on witnessing the picturesqueness view of Alegria during sunrise may opt to spend two nights in the mountains, however, that will entail more planning and a bigger pack on your back.


Personally, I prefer extended day hikes (hikes that take more than 5 hours). I find it more enjoyable because you can focus on the scenery without lugging a heavy pack on your back and have more time for side trips once you get down.


Ram here!

For this adventure, I was happily met the group of travelers from Destination Dream lead by Ram.


We started our hike at around 10 am . We started  a nice warm-up for the long hike. The terrain was even and how I wished it was the same the entire way.   We passed a section with huge trees and forest-covered on both sides and for a while, I forgot how grueling the next few hours would be.



After the challenging trail of the first camp we had our lunch at Kalo-kalo Peak. It’s not technical, just a very long steep trail with some pine needles scattered on the ground which made it slippery.


At this point, my companions were around 20-30 minutes ahead of me but the trail was easy to spot so I didn’t mind the solitude. It also enabled me to take photos of trees, although I couldn’t take as much as I wanted because it started drizzling and stopping for a break made the cold unbearable.


Emerging from the mossy forest, I was welcomed by chilly winds and light drizzle, making my trek to the saddle camp, very cold. I ran into another cheery group and it felt nice to see their warm smiles as I began to feel miserably cold. After a few more steps, I stopped and marveled at some beautiful view on the top.


After a good 30 minutes or so of assault, climbers we finally break through the summit clearing and move on towards Kalo-kalo Peak. The stone structure is dotted with plants, and climbers must take care in scrambling up the rock because there is limited space. For a 700-meter mountain, the view from the top is extremely rewarding. During clear mornings, try to look for a hint of your shadow cast onto the expansive Tañon Strait.



My travel buddy, Gari!


Disclaimer:  We are not able to jaunt the mesmerizing Cancalanog falls because the group enjoyed swimming at the beautiful Cambais Falls .

Heres the full video on how we enjoyed the trail and conquered the summit of Mt.Lanaya.

I would like to thank Destination Dream especially Ram for the warm welcome of the group. It was a pleasure adventuring with you guys! Looking forward to more travels and adventures.

#DNDMLanaya #DNDM #TatakDNDM #DestinationDream