National Cleanup Day 1/3 Caving at Lumanoy Cave, Catmon, Cebu

After weeks of anticipation & planning, the first event in collaboration with NCR Trekkers & NCR Ambassadors in support of Let’s Do It PH‘s advocacy to make September 20 a world cleanup day was successfully realized last weekend September 19-20 in Catmon, Cebu. The 2-day Summit to Sea event had 40 participants coming from different companies in Cebu. 22 of which are members & guests of NCR trekkers and the rest are from Accenture & individual climbers.

Meetup was supposed to be at North bus but PENRO provided us free transportation, we were told to wait at Capitol, Governor’s entrance. Most of the participants arrived at 4:30 AM, unfortunately the bus was late delaying our departure at 5:30 AM.We arrived in Catmon at 7:00 AM, gathered at the plaza then proceeded to the police station for registration. We were asked for our IDs. Most didn’t brought their IDs. We had no idea it was a requirement. Good thing they let us pass.

After the registration, we went back to the plaza for the opening. It started with a prayer led by Welnee from NCR trekkers followed by Liz, Let’s Do It coordinator, informing everyone about the event and LDIPh’s initiative. A short GTKY (Getting To Know You) commenced after while waiting for the head guide to brief us. Since the transportation were already waiting, the briefing was delayed until we arrived at the jump-off.

There were 2 rides, a multi-cab and a mini-dam. NCR trekkers opt to ride the multi-cab while the rest boarded the mini-dam. The 1 hour ride to Kan-ampao was a challenge. There was no room for carelessness. We had to be alert and anticipate the very bumpy and uphill road to keep ourselves from falling.

By 9:45, the trek started after the prayer and a short briefing by Kino, the head guide. 2 hours after, we were safely settling down for lunch at the house just before the campsite. It was still too hot to camp. We relaxed, had lunch, ate coconut and played some card games.

Despite the heat of the sun, we decided that it was time to camp at 1:30 so that we could prepare for the caving. The group was divided into 2. At 2:00 PM, NCR trekkers went to Lumanoy Cave. The other group went to the peak.

Lumanoy Cave was awesome. It totally blew us away. Going into the cave was quite scary since we have to descend carefully at the entrance then stretch our legs to reach the other part of the cave. Thankfully, we were all safe.

We were back at Camp by 3:30 PM. Dinner preparation followed. Dinner. Some games but unfortunately no socials for everyone since we had to sleep early to reach the peak and back at Kan-ampao by 11:00 AM the next day.

01 Meetup
All in at 4:15 AM!!! Yay! The P10/minute of late worked. I was the only one who gotta pay Php 150 for being late. 😦
02 Arrival_Registration
Arrival in Catmon & registration at the Police station.
03 Opening
Opening ceremony.
04 To the jump-off
Happy faces before the roller coaster rides!
05 Jump-off_Briefing
At Kan-ampao jump-off
06 Group pic
Group picture before trekking!
07 Trails
Trail views
08 Basketball Stop
The road ends here. Time to trek uphill!
09 Trails
Picture stops!
10 Chapel Stop
Chapel stop where we were supposed to have lunch but was told softdrinks are available up so we had to hurry. Turns out, there was none. 😐
11 Lunch
Lunch time. Playing. Buko. Relaxing!
11 P9199430
NCR Trekkers group 1 & 2!
11 P9199441
The BUKO girl!
13 Campsite
Setting up camp!
14 off to the cave
Going to the cave!
15 01 entering the cave
Entering the cave at a small opening.
15 02 the hard part
Careful, careful my dear else you’ll go down a 15 meter fall to the water!!!
15 the hard part
The hardest part of the cave!
16 group pic
We were separated from the rest. Explored the cave ahead of the others.
17 cooking
Cooking time!
18 dinner
The feastttt! We planned to cook a little extra rice for tomorrow but amazingly, we ate them all. Must have been because we had a lot of “sud-an”, had buwad, adobo, buwad in tomato soup, corn soup & tuna. Hahaha!
19 games
It’s game time! Happy to have the extra weight in my bag used. 😀
20 tarp
The husband’s make shift tarp connecting the 2 tents together & putting an umbrella so that we could cook.

Up next is the journey to the peak. Wanna know if we did make it to the 11:00 AM mark? Stay tuned!!! And oh by the way, don’t forget to leave a comment. Anything is AWESOME. 🙂

Author: Kresia Julio

Kring is a woman of style whose fashion would make you doubt the validity of her stories in conquering mountains. A software engineer by profession, financial literacy advocate, fitness buff, DIY fan, AirBNB host (stopped in March 2020 due to leave and cleave) and a big promoter of self-turn-God confidence with a big heart to those in need. Her hobby includes blogging, scrap/photo booking, traveling, trekking, volunteering, cooking (new in quarantine) & podcasting (new in quarantine). She is easily bored thus the need to have more activities. This is where board gaming and jewelry making comes in. She is married to an introvert who understands and supports her OVERLY extrovert personality.

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