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Isla Puting Buhangin
Pagbilao, Quezon

Isla Puting Buhangin

Pagbilao, Quezon

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Mt. Batulao
Nasugbu, Batangas

Mt. Batulao

Nasugbu, Batangas

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Mt. Batulao
Nasugbu, Batangas

Mt. Batulao

Nasugbu, Batangas

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Calaguas, Camarines Norte
Photo by Box Seblario

Calaguas, Camarines Norte

Photo by Box Seblario

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Calaguas, Camarines Norte
Photo by: Box Seblario

Calaguas, Camarines Norte

Photo by: Box Seblario

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Mt. Manalmon Adventure

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HAPPY HEARTS’ DAY!

HAPPY HEARTS’ DAY!

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Bayukbok Cave Spelunking

January 19, 2013

After a 2.5hour of hike in Mt. Manalmon, we continued our 1 day adventure in Bayukbok Caves.

It is a 4km round trip with a hardness scale of 6 which includes semi-rapelling and ascent to a hanging ladder.

We had our lunch by 11:30am beside the Madlum river. If you want to save P50.00 of table rental, bring your own banig!

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Guide fee for Bayukbok cave is P150.00 for 5persons.

Testing our head lamps. Rental fee is P30.00 each.

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We started the trek by 12:45pm, crossing the Monkey bridge!

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The way to Bayukbok Caves is a narrow path with areas of steep and sharp edges of rock.

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After 5-7mins of ascending, we reached the entrance area where skeletons of Japanese soldiers were discovered before.

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Started spelunking by doing semi-rapelling!

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Taking photos inside the first part of the cave is just truly amazing.

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Feeling ballet dancer! Yes, flexibility is a must!

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The Music Room, Rocks in this area produce sounds when you tap them.

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Climbing up through the hanging ladder.

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It looks easy but once you stepped on those rails, the ladder becomes extra-shaky.

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Kuya Lean said that this is the “PENIS LINE” but I call it “The Sausage Partyyy!”.

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Super iba sila in person, kase kumikinang sila! Too bad the camera can’t capture them.

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This path is really narrow, its less than 1 m.

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The Body Language. This is the narrowest part! You have to glide your hips to fit in.

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Speechless.

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This rock looks like an Elephant’s nose.

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Outside the cave.

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Descent.

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Reviewing our scratches and bruises.

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TRIVIA:

1. Mulawin, a GMA Fantaserye, did their tapings here.

2. Jay Taruc, a famous documentarist, had his own adventure in Manalmon.

Watch this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxj5xWO4W2k

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Mt. Manalmon Hike

January 19, 2013

Since my last hike, I can’t just stay at home and wait. My plan going to Mt. Daguldol was postponed due to unmanageable schedule. So I decided to find a mountain near QC.

San Miguel, Bulacan
Major jump-off: Sitio Madlum, Brgy. Sibul, San Miguel
LLA: 15°15.11’N; 121°1.22’ E; 196 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: Half-day / 1 hour
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 2/9, Trail class 1-2

Maix and Crizelle aka Domeng (kase Domingo apelyido niya!) joined me. We met Domeng at the Cubao terminal in 5:30am after grabbing our breakfast. We arrived at Baliwag Terminal Station by 5:45am. We took an ordinary bus since the next air-conditioned bus going to Bulacan will arrive in 20 more minutes. 

We paid P99.00 each for a bus ride going to San Miguel, Bulacan.

We arrived at Camias (Sibul) , San Miguel Bulacan by 7:45am and took the tricycle going to Sitio Madlum. Tricycle fee was P200.00 (for 3 persons) for the whole 45 minute trip. We arrived at the jump off point by 8:30am and texted Tata Carling, a guide.

Tata Carling welcomed us and told us that we have to cross the river.

There were 2 options: To ride the raft (P5.00 each) or use the Monkey Bridge! (for free)

Via Monkey bridge

Via Monkey bridge

Via raft

Via raft

After paying P5.00/head for the registration fee and getting our guide, we started the trek in 9:00am.

View of Madlum river from the other side.

We had Kuya Lean instead of Tata Carling (I found his # OL) because they have their schedules and shifts. After passing the Grotto and Stations of Cross, we entered Madlum Cave. 

This is where an image of St. Micheal the Archangel was found during the 18th century. Replica of Gintong Poon.

We started the trek with a beautiful view of different rock formations as they rest along the clear waters of the river.

The trail was easy and well-defined that you may not opt to hire a guide. But guides are mandatory to protect the natural beauty of wildlife and preserve wilderness. 


After 45mins. of trekking, we started the ascent.

Kuya Lean, our guide/photographer/Domeng’s personal porter. HAHAHA

Maix at the intersection of Hard and Easy trail. We took the Hard trail for ascent and Easy trail for descent.

You also get the chance to have a very nice view of Mt. Arayat in this area.

Mt. Arayat

Campsite

Camp site

Madlum River

View of Madlum River

At the Pre-summit area (you still have to climb a bog steep rock to reach the summit)

Maix X Madlum River

Mich X Domeng

View from Pre-summit area.

Summit!

Mich X Mt. Gola

Maix, Mich & Domeng with Mt. Gola at the background.

HAHAHAHA Todo avail ng phot-op!

After some muni-muni, we started to descend by 11:00am.

Maix (Its her 3rd summit) & Domeng (a first time hiker), GUMAGAPANG! 

We used the easy trail for descend and found this huge rock along.

Avail lang ng avail!

Other mountaineers going up.

Rock climbing along the way!

Reached the jump off by 11:30am.

Mt. Manalmon is just a part of our 1 day adventure. We finished our lunch and tried spelunking for the first time (next blog post).

Travel Expenses and Fees:

Bus going to San Miguel, Bulacan: P99.00/head (ordinary) P117.00 (air-con)

Tricycle from Camias to Sitio Madlum: P200.00/trip

Registration fee: P5.00/head

Guide Fee: P300.00 for 10 persons.

Ligo: P20.00/head

Guides:

Kuya Lean: +63 939 155 5436

Tata Carling: +63 919 574 6470

These guides were truly amazing, good photographers and great story tellers!

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Mt. Arayat as viewed from Mt. Manalmon, Philippines

Mt. Arayat as viewed from Mt. Manalmon, Philippines

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