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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Sulpatara Peak: A Peak That Stands Majestically Below Alto Peak

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After almost 2 hours of steep descending trails from Lake Janagdan, another secluded mountain that is really an eye-opener especially to those mountain climbing/trekking enthusiasts.

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The exit point of Mt.Janagdan:Looks could be deceiving, indeed!. It seems so near yet it was still an hour away.

When we left the majestic breathatikng view of Lake Janagdan I was really happy when I finally saw the target road only to be mortified that it is still about 1 hour away. OMG! thanks! (I am not good in descending trails really!)

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My happy face when when we finally reached the target road to Sulpatara Peak!
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Selfie! With the PNOC Drill area background 🙂
This segment of the trek is somewhat exposed to the sun. I saw a lot of wild strawberries, called “binggit” by the locals,abound especially during the summer months. This part also could be your way going to Alto Peak.
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A welcome treat!
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The geothermal potential of this place is manifested by the sulfur vents beneath, and the volcanic soils that mat the campsite area. The entire trek beyond Janagdan takes around 4-5 hours (slow pace). But for me it only took 2 hours – and brings you in full view of the majestic Alto Peak.
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A surprising trail to Sulpatara Peak!

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The trek proper going to Sulpatara Peak will take you to even more secluded and majestic that is similar to the summit assault of Alto Peak. The trail going to Sulpatara area is only gradual, which is good! The trail is set on a forest with an impressive array of flora and fauna.

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After 30 minutes of a relax hike, we finally reached the area where sulfur vents beneath, and the volcanic soils that mat the campsite area. I smell something mephetic that is really stinking my nose. So if you have a sensitive nose, make sure to bring a mask to cover it up.

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Sulpatara Area: It is not yet the peak!

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The rocks withing Sulpatara Area was surprising. Since it is my 1st time to be in a place like this, Iv’e got dumfounded how the trees looks like in here! It’s like they were burn by humans but isn’t it.

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Here you go! I was surprised that there is also a campsite in here! Who could have thought that this place can be suitable for camping.

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This area is where campers can also see the entire view of the majestic Alto Peak! (I apologize, I don’t have any pictures for that because the area was fully steamed up)

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Behind this campsite is the area where you can see the mud bath area. It is where you can see a boiling soil/mud that’s really showing that there is a volcanic activity in here.

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This is one of the best hikes!

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The area around Ormoc City is really mountainous and could serve as one of the next frontiers of Philippine mountaineering. Sulpatara Peak is a technical name for Sulfur mountain. This is 1100 meters above sea level situated below Alto Peak. So if you want to see the majestic view of Alto Peak (Mt. Amenduin) this place is the best!

If you are planning to do a summit climb to Alto Peak or Sulpatara Peak. You may contact Cabintan Local Eco-Guide  (CALEGUID).


“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


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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 #SulpataraPeak

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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.:(

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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.

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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.

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

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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!

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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.

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


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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.

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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

 

 

 

Miranda Falls in Ormoc City: The Historical Water Escape in the Philippines

Aside from its famous Sayahan Falls, I didn’t expect that there is another water escape destinations in Brgy. Ga-as. After my three days adventures in the Community of  Cabintan, Province of Ormoc. Iv’e got the chance to visit again the community of Ga-as and see the place where Lt. Blas Miranda of Guerrillas ( Philippine resistance movement ) hid during the Japanese war, the Miranda Falls

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This way to Miranda Falls, Goodluck !

Going to Miranda Falls is not a joke really! For you to catch the glimpse of the mesmerizing waterfall you have to trek and sometimes climb. It took me 30 to 45 minutes to do it before I chase this untouched yet historical waterfall.

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Ist part of the trail.

But before that, I had the opportunity to meet,spoke and heard some stories with the most significant people of the place. Iv’e met Tatay Segundo Pelicano, the son of Pelagio Pelicano. His father is the personal body guard of Lt. Blas Miranda. Also, I was able to speak with Nanay Conchita, wife of Tatay Segundo. She shared me some stories about their parents during the Japanese war. Upon hearing those heart melting stories, I instantly gave Nanay Conchita a warm hug.

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It is an honor to meet these two 🙂
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An inspiring snapshot with Nanay Conchita and Tatay Segundo Pelicano

According to them, During the Japanese occupation of the Philippines, Lt. Miranda has another plan that was totally different from Ruperto Kangleon (A Filipino military figure and politician) which caused Miranda’s ditachment in the group.  And it has been said that Miranda betrayed Kangleon and since Kangleon was the leader of the Resistance movement during World War II, he has the power and with complete forces who can help him to pave away Lt. Miranda.
When Peligio, noticed that the soldiers of Col. Kangleon were searching for Lt. Miranda, he immediately look after him to tell that he must be aware about it. Thus, Lt. Miranda left the mountainous community of Matungao (the origin of Peligio).

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I can imagined how Lt. Miranda ran and hid with the mountains 🙂

He immediately ran off and hide together with his family in a small cave in Sub-on (now called Miranda falls). When Miranda heard that he was already surrounded with the soldiers of Kangleon, he was felt hopeless and cannot do anything to escape. So he asked his wife to kill their 7 months old child. And he quickly jump off together with his another son in the waterfalls that measures around 75 meters.

(After Lt. Miranda and his son jump off the cliff of Sub-on now called, the Miranda Falls. They were reported as missing.)
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The place where Lt. Miranda jump off the cliff of Sub-on, now called the “Miranda Falls”

Going back to my own adventure, the place is really a typical waterfall trek that one has to take: steep descending trails but once you get to the base, it;s a leisurely walk to the waterfall over the man-made pathways. Since it is still untouched, it is really forested and one can see several interesting insects fluttering around the bushes and flowers. The place has been currently developed by the community in headship of Danny Villas (Brgy Ga-as Secretary) and his son Judy Villas.

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When my guide, Judy told me that it will take 30 to 45 minutes to get there and the descend trail is most likely similar going to Sayahan Falls but different from Alto Peak.  I thought to myself that it is not that easy. This should be an interesting hike!

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But as far as the descent is concerned, it is really that long way down. Once you get to the waterfall level, it’s a leisurely walk along an established trail.

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It’s a cool walk and you should watch out for beautiful and interesting life forms. Along the way, I saw different kinds of insects and heard various birds singing and that was lovely!

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There is also an established man-made rock formation in the center where you can sit and watch nearby the waterfall.

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It is one of the stunning waterfall with an interesting story that is because of its historical component in the country. I supposed to swim at the times I was there but I am feeling cold and the water was bit murky because the community are still working on the trail.

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With my guide Judy and his buddy Jimwell

Here’s a sneak peek on how I captured the beautiful and stunning historical Miranda Falls.

Jaunting Tips: To fully Enjoy your visit.Make sure to check the weather before going to the Miranda Falls. If it rains or has just rained, the trails can be slipper. (But the local government community are currently working on it). Make sure to keep the environment clean and bring water and enough food.

Make sure to prepare yourself to go trekking! 🙂

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Getting There: From Ormoc City, ride a jeepney going to Brgy. Lake Danao at the Terminal across Public Market and Ormoc Port. From Lake Danao you can ride habal-habal going to Brgy. Ga-as. Once, you’ve reached the Brgy. you can see a big sign that says “Welcome to Miranda Falls”.
Register at the receiving center and the entrance fee is 25 PhP per pax and 300 PHP for the guide fee. You can also hired a habal-habal for only 200 PHP from Ormoc City directly to Brgy. Ga-as. 

If you wish to visit Miranda Falls, you may call 09128653322 and look Judy Villas. You may also check their Facebook account by Clicking here

According to google maps it takes 51 mins. From Ormoc Jeepney terminal going to the place


Currently the local government is working on improvements for a better access to this hidden treasure. Rest assured, a true beauty is waiting.

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“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.

Special thanks to Judy Villas and Brgy. Ga-as Secretary: Danny Villas for being so kind. To Nanay Conchita and Segundo Pelicano, thanks for sharing  to me some stories!

#OrmocPH # WonderfulOrmoc #VisitOrmoc #MirandaFalls

Ormoc City Vege Farm: A High End Vege Farm Supplying The Needs of Cebu City Market and Malls

As we all know that Ormoc City is really mountainous and could serve as one of the best natural destinations/attractions in the country. Aside from the attractions that are mostly for brave and adventurous person, here is another attraction that will make you fall in love to visit Ormoc,

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After conquering the Highest Peak in the whole Region 8 which is the Alto Peak also known as Mt. Ameduin. Brgy. Cabintan, Ormoc City brought another astonishing place to my adventurous spirit, The Vege Farm.

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This upland barangay in Ormoc City played a big role in the country. Brgy. Cabintan is now considered as the vegetable bowl of Eastern Visayas as it is the major supplier of vegetables not just region 8 but also in Cebu City markets and malls.

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The barangay also houses the Cabintan Livelihood Community Association. This farmers association in the barangay is a recipient of various projects conducted from the Government and Non-Government agencies whose goals are to help the vegetables production and market linkages.

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As we all know that sustainable vegetable production is a challenge of every farmer especially when there are natural calamities.  But It was really surprising that this uplan Barangay are no stranger to calamities after they experienced loss of livelihood when typhoon Yolanda came.

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According to the locals, the losses were not only in production but also soil fertitlity, which causes to the low market value of products.

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Cabintan and the adjacent highland barangays supply fresh vegetables to the city and the neighboring towns on a daily basis. Major crops include cabbage, sweet pepper, and scallion (sibuyas dahon). Other high value crops include green beans (Baguio beans), lettuce, and broccoli, among others. While rice and corn production is significant, they are mostly for local consumption.

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“Fruit and vegetables have long been touted for their health benefits. In the Philippines the virtues of horticulture now include the ability to lift rural communities out of poverty”

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The discovery of agriculture was the first big step toward a civilized life.


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 farm visit possible.

#OrmocPH # WonderfulOrmoc #VisitOrmoc #VegeFarm

Conquering the highest Peak in Region 8- ALTO PEAK

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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dinner is served
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 .

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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.

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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.

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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.

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It feels good to be at the top of the world

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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 .

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

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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.

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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.

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 “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.”

BACKGROUND
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

Lake Danao Natural Park: Ormoc City’s Main Natural Attraction

The pleasing City of Ormoc has been marked by most people as City by the bay. It is the only port city and the largest city by land area in the Province of Leyte. The city has a stunning Ormoc bay that overlooks the beautiful Magsanga mountain peak.

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Before the destructive attack of the typhoon Yolanda in 2013. The city faced a devastating typhoon on the 5th of November 1991 that submerged some parts of the city.
After the two highly destructive natural disaster ruins the beautiful City of Ormoc they gently get back on one’s feet.

The people slowly return to a normal state of living and slowly regain one’s strength.Nowadays, Ormoc City tourist attractions are progressively getting the attention to many travelers from different places in the world. And one of its main attraction is the Lake Danao Natural Park. A guitar-shaped lake nestled in upper barangays (villages) of Ormoc City. It is simply the largest fresh water reservations in Western Leyte.

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The peaceful scenery of Lake Danao

Well, let me share with you about my invasion in the beautiful attractions of Ormoc City. This is actually one of the unforgettable travels I had so far because visiting the city of Ormoc is not really on my list.Over the weekend, my planned is to come over again to Camotes island since I was not able to see all of their natural attractions during my 1st visit way back last year.

It was a sunny Saturday at around 12:30 in the afternoon, I arrived Ocean jet ticketing office in the port of Cebu to get a trip ticket for Cebu-Camotes. It happened that the next trip schedule is 3:00 PM and I can’t afford myself to wait for 2 hours and 30 minutes before the next scheduled trip. I became impatient that time because I just came from working overtime and feeling exhausted. And that made my mind a sudden change for that weekend trip.

I quickly approached the teller and asked if there are any available sooner schedule to any Visayas destinations. The teller promptly replied, “Yes Sir! Naay para Cebu- Ormoc 1:30 PM”. (“Yes Sir! there is a schedule for Cebu-Ormoc at 1:30 PM” ). After hearing it, I was not hesitant about buying the ticket.  

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Since this is an unplanned trip, I immediately pulled up my Agoda online account and searched for cheap hotels that I can possibly stay in Ormoc City. I even posted on Facebook and asked assistance with some of my friends who knows about the City. Luckily, I have one virtual friend who’s originally from Ormoc and he just arrived that time from Cebu.  What’s even good about this unplanned trip was, he voluntarily accompanied me with my quick jaunts to the Lake and the newly discovered natural wonder of Ormoc which is the Sayahan Falls.

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After the 3 hours of traveling, I finally sat my adventurous spirit in the City of Ormoc and ready to get lost. And briskly started a dealing a motorbike to take me to Rizal street where the pension house that I booked is situated. Well, enough of my personal thoughts about on what I did during my first day in Ormoc. Lol! Because I just stayed inside the room and decided to hit the hay early.

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After gaining consciousness on the next morning that is full of excitement. I got a chance to took a simple breakfast in a number one snack house in Ormoc, the Mayongs Bakeshop. I tasted their best seller cheeseburger that only cost me 40 PHP.

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At exactly 7:00 AM, my friend, and his Dad finally arrived riding on a motorbike. While driving up going to the mountainous part of the province, I was pleasantly surprised its rich green sceneries and the cool temperature. My friend told me that it is because the mountain going through Tongonan village is the second highest peak in Western Leyte. Also, the location of the lake is highly elevated and about 650 meters above sea level.

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After 30 minutes of driving a big sign along the street is waving that says “Welcome to Lake Danao Natural Park”. I quickly jumped to the motorbike and immediately moved nearer to the entrance and paid for the amount of 25.00 PHP.

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When I finally saw the spectacular Lake it was really astounding because it is really huge. Aside from that, the lake offers the very best of nature plus some exciting activities to enjoy such as kayaking, boating and enjoy the floating cottage. I was able to take a pleasant ride of their floating cottage that gave me an opportunity to experience and explore more way into the heart of the lake. While spending my time enjoying the ride between the lake, we had lunch as well as we requested someone to cook for us some sisig tab, “bland clamps from the lake”.

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There were a lot more activities to try in the lake but I had enough with their floating cottage ride. In this place, you can also enjoy a full body massage offered by some local therapist there. It only costs 250 PHP for an hour whole body massage.

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Before proceeding to our next destination which is the newly discovered waterfalls in Brgy. Ga-as which is the Sayahan Falls. I tried to have some chit-chat with the 2 kids who lives there who’s name is Clark and Brian. They told me a lot of interesting stories about the lake. Many divers attempted to dive to get the measurement if how deep is the lake. Unfortunately, no one was able to get the measurement successfully. But there is one story that makes my eye teary. I was told that the lake looks extremely attractive before the typhoon Yolanda. I can really see how tough it was for them. And it is truly inspiring that they are able to overcome and how the tragedy made them better.  This story makes me more proud being a Filipino because despite of the challenges we can still smile and remain optimistic.

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While we are on our way to our next destination, I discreetly smiled and realized that visiting the Lake Danao is one of the best travels I had and this is something I have always to share about with my friends. 

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I am so thankful that I was able to step my foot in such beautiful place. I am so grateful to spoke with the locals because it encourages me more to inspire people through traveling by sharing the experiences I had and the learning that I received from the people we encounter and interact with.

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Here’s a quick peek about this awesome and truly inspiring jaunt of Nhagzventures

HOW TO GET THERE?

Oceanjet
Oceanjet has trips every day.
Leaving Cebu City at 6:30 PM, 10:30 PM, 1:30 PM and 5 PM
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SuperCat (2Go Travels)
Supercat has trips every day.
Leaving from Cebu City at 05:45 AM, 11:00 AM, 04:40PM

Going to Lake Danao from Ormoc City Proper. You will witness the serene and beauty of the lake by traveling for about 30 minutes to one hour from the city proper. A terminal for jeepneys and multicabs bound for Barangay Lake Danao can be found near Ormoc City Public Market, just across Ormoc City Port. If you want more fun and adventure, you may also ride a habal-habal from Ormoc City. The fare is from 150 – 200 PHP depends on how you negotiate the driver 🙂

ABOUT LAKE DANAO

Lake Danao is a guitar-shaped lake on the island of Leyte in the Philippines.

The lake is covering an area of 148 hectares (370 acres). It is situated in the 2,193 hectares (5,420 acres) Lake Danao Natural Park, which also includes the Amandiwin mountain range. The lake is 18 kilometres (11 mi) northeast of Ormoc City, half an hour drive along the San Pablo – Tongonan and Milagro – Lake Danao roads.

It was originally named Lake Imelda and was declared a national park on June 2, 1972 by virtue of presidential memorandum issued by then President Ferdinand Marcos. Later it was renamed and declared as Lake Danao National Park on February 3, 1998 through Proclamation No. 1155 and is now protected by Republic Act No. 7586 otherwise known as the National Integrated Protected Area System (NIPAS) Act of 1992. 

Source: Wikipedia

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There’s more to explore about Ormoc City.
Sayahan Falls Adventure will be posted soon.