Osmeña Peak is GREEN Once More!

Less crowded Opeak. Perfect hike weather. No-hassle travel. I think can attribute these serendipitous conditions to 2 things. First, there was a typhoon brewing in Luzon that weekend. And second, there’s currently a moratorium for canyoneering activities, which is a large tourist draw. With these two combined, it might have repelled the usual weekend warriors away. This seems like a Schadenfreude moment, 2 unfortunate events led to my perfect weekend trek situation. hahaha


Last July 30-31, the husband went on an All Men trip to Osmeña Peak. And because of its perfect conditions, he felt like blogging the entire journey. This is his first time to write about an experience and I’m quite amazed at how well he writes. This was a first step but I’m not hoping for anything since he kept on saying blogging is not his thing. Oh well. =)

Last week’s trek trip to Opeak was almost perfect. That was my 7th (or 8th) time there, never missing since 2011, so it’s becoming like a yearly pilgrimage for my trekking “career”.

The campsite was not crowded, with just 7 groups camping (just around 20 tents in total in my guesstimate). At the registration, we were guest no. 170+, which is way down from their weekend norm of 450+ throng of visitors (with as high as 1.5k last summer. — this plus the unforgiving El Nino summer heat; no wonder Opeak looked ravaged on random people’s selfie pics at that time. And this sparked the ‪#‎saveOsmenaPeak‬ posts cropping up on trekkers’ statuses).

We experienced a sudden strong downpour at the early evening that made us scrambled for our tents. My 5 year old tent is showing it’s age, the leaks are getting worse. Good thing it just went by quickly. Had it rained all night, I would have been dozing in a damp sleeping bag. The winds were not roaring, which is the usual up there. But we camped in a somewhat sheltered area, so maybe we were shielded from the full brunt. Torrential rains and howling winds is to be expected up there, so overall, it was just pretty mild.

On the hike to Kawasan, the weather was so fine. The sun only showed up a few minutes in between hours. There was only very slight drizzles, no need to bring out the rain gear. It was mostly cloudy all throughout the trek, the perfect trekking weather. On a typical sunny day, I had to do water refills on the water source, but this time, I wasn’t able to fully consume the 2L water I carried for the trek. Less sweat mean less water loss so no need to constantly hydrate.

We started the traverse trek at 8:27AM and ended at 1:37PM. 5 hours and 10 minutes all-in-all, which is the fastest time in my 5 tries on the Opeak-Kawasan traverse trek (one time, we got lost and spent 7+ hours). Total rest time was just 30-40 minutes. We went the wrong way twice or thrice, but it was only a few meters though. It was my 1st time to be the head guide. The locals are quick to point out the right way, shouting “Diri agi o!”. We only encountered 4 other groups on the traverse, most of us merging at the Chapel/Buko rest area. One group did a reverse traverse, starting from Kawasan and going to Opeak. Another group, a couple, just the 2 of them, overtook us on a slippery trail. They were hike jogging like it was paved road (the girl only wearing Crocs slippers), while we carefully navigated it with our shaky sore knees. I admire their endurance.

After lunch chibog time and swim-relax in the river, we headed home at 4:10PM. I scheduled for us to leave at 3PM+ to avoid the wild scrambling for the bus which is a constant issue on these weekend trips. But I worried all for nothing. The 1st bus we hailed was a Ceres aircon bus, and believe it or not, it was almost empty! This never happened before! At 5PM, it’s always full and standing-only, but no, not this time around. Travelers was so light that day, that the seat beside me was empty until Carcar! Imagine that.

Less crowded Opeak. Perfect hike weather. No-hassle travel. I think can attribute these serendipitous conditions to 2 things. First, there was a typhoon brewing in Luzon that weekend. And second, there’s currently a moratorium for canyoneering activities, which is a large tourist draw. With these two combined, it might have repelled the usual weekend warriors away. This seems like a Schadenfreude moment, 2 unfortunate events led to my perfect weekend trek situation. hahaha

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A green Osmeña Peak is <3. Taken on July 30-31, 2016.

A Peak & A Hot Spring in One Adventure


No trek is ever the same even if you’ve done it many times. This was my 3rd trek in Mt. Lanaya. Yet each and every time is a different experience. And if I were to pick the best, nah, I’ll pass. Last Saturday, June 11-12 is as good as the first (2013 via Legazpi – Lumpan) and the 2nd (2015 via Lumpan – Legazpi, same as this trail).

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Views of Lanaya – the mountain side below and the sea side on top!

It was another great weekend with NCR Trekkers Club at a trek we dubbed as “Freedom Climb” since it falls on the “Independence Day” weekend. It was NCR Trekker’s 8th mountain after Naupa in January, Lanigid in February, Osmena in March, Mago in April, Kandungaw in May and just last weekend, Mt. Babag & Chalet Hills. There were 28 trekkers who joined the adventure that started in Brgy Lumpan in Alegria and ended in Mainit Springs in Malabuyoc just like my 2nd trek, a first with NCR Trekkers in Lanaya.

Like any other trek, it was great but not without hiccups. Thanks to God we were able to triumph over it with no injuries. Great climbs were not meant to be flawless. It had to be flavored with an epic adventure. We had that adventure by being lost. My emotion got the best of me for some time and then it faded when I realized my responsibilities. I had to be bigger than my angst.

From that trek, I realized how hard it is to be the “Sweeper”. It takes a lot of patience and empathy. And as I have always mentioned, I fall short of the two. Still I’m thankful for the experience. It lets me see a different view of the entire trek. But I’m most thankful to the 2 people who are always there to back me up. Without them, no trek would be as good as it always does. 🙂

So here are the 12 things that made this adventure as good as the first 2 experiences:

1. We were able to achieve the “Apas” group for the 2nd time. Hooray!!! In support of the husband’s habitual Friday late nights, we had to adjust accordingly. Last time I was pretty confident with Kandungaw but not this time. Thanks to God I was able to lead us safely to the campsite even if it was a different trail. Haha! =)

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Apas team starting the ascent at 5:30 PM!

2. We had a better and muffin-free camp. Last time, we camp in front of the cool looking trees but now we were nestled at a small enclosure near the “shortcut”. Our tents are closer compared to the previous too.

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Checking the camp if it was NCR Trekkers camp. Bottom right pic shoes the “regular group” passing by the previous campsite.

3. Breakfast at the peak achieved again. Yahoooo! This time the team got bigger. Because, we weren’t able to visit the peak at sunset unlike the “regular” group, we had to wake up at 5AM to see the sunrise. We arrived at the peak at 5:30 AM, brought a cook set and a burner. Boiled water while waiting for the sunrise. We had oat meals and fruits.

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Breakfast at Lanaya’s Peak! Hello Rey – our unexpected guest. 🙂
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Group pic sans Junji’s team who chose sleep over sunrise at the peak!
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Another group pic at the seaside. The pole was quite useful as a camera stand. 😀

4. We had an unexpected “recruit”. While waiting for the bus to Alegria which was surprisingly populated when we assembled at 11AM, I saw a familiar face – a neighbor from our condo. He was as surprised as I am for seeing each other. He commented that he never thought of me as the adventure type. Haha! Oh well, everyone’s 1st impression of me. Thus the blog to prove them wrong. 😛 It wasn’t long before he got comfortable with the rest of the group. His stories of Tres Marias and Guiting2 entertained us while we are waiting for our turn. He was supposed to join a group in cleaning Kanlaob river but to our surprise, he ditched them when they got off in Alegria. Lol He is indeed one of a kind. He’s a great addition to my already quirky group. Hehe

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While waiting for our turn. We spent 1.5 hours waiting. Left at 12:30 and was in Alegria at 4:30 PM.

5. Socials assignment continued. This time it was Barbie who started it. Thanks to him, we had wine to pair our laughter with. No #hugots this time but instead, we were looking back on our trekking adventures. Happy to have known 1 who is really a first timer. I just hope Lanaya wouldn’t put out her flame. Lanaya can be pretty tough for a first timer. 😀

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Dinner time!
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Socials started at 8:30 PM followed by a game of “Werewolves”!

6. “Werewolves” with 27 people was a ruckus but still fun! I still can’t get over the fact that all the werewolves were from the “Apas” group and my guests. Haha! Well mostly, all the roles really: Barbie – the Scapegoat, Jane – the Seer, Didit – the Little Girl, Cha – the Defender, Migo – the Nurse, Werewolves: Liz, Ziel, Dee, Marvin & Ricco. Only me, Junji & Rey had no roles, hepless “Villagers”. Van2 was the witch. Last time 4 all girl villagers survived with me as the most annoying villager. Haha! Now almost half of the villagers were saved. Thanks to the most “ichusera villager” of all time – Bujoy. Being friends with influence get her so far indeed.

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Remaining villagers, the survivor!!!

7. Call time was almost achieved with a 30 minute delay. We left the camp at 8:30 this time. Kandungaw was an hour late so it’s an improvement.

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Breaking up camp and cam-whoring while waiting.
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Finally a group picture!

8. No major injuries despite the fact that it rained when we went down to Legazpi. We had hiccups with some guests. A shoes needed a medic. The sole falls out and she was having a hard time. And another almost had cramps.

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Going down the almost vertical descent!
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Medic shoe break for Leizel!

9. We got lost for a while but eventually angels were sent to lead us to the right path. We were already famished when we arrived at Mainit Springs by 1:30 PM, 5 hours after we started.

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Bottom right peak is where I left my bag to scour for the lost sheeps.

10. I learned a great lesson. One that I would cherish. My respect for “Sweepers” have grown immensely. After that ordeal, I swore never to be on the tail again but thinking about it now makes me want to be a sweeper again. There’s just so much in a trek that you could only see when you are seeing it at the back. 🙂

11. We were able to put up LNT sign again. This time we put it on the trail.

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This trek’s LNT champion is Van2x supported by Jumz plus our new overnight joiners.

12. From what happened last weekend, I was more fired up to implement that “ribbon” thing or put up signs on the trail. It is important for the guests to be aware of the difficulty of the trail too. Next time, we should be firm in implementing that the inviter should tell their guests about the nature of the trek. We are all for fun and sometimes, thinking of the safety of other people can suck the fun away. Each and everyone needs to treat each other as companions too. It is supposed to be a rule to be mindful of the one in front and behind you on the line. NEVER lost sight of the one in front of you and ALWAYS check if you have the person following you is still around. If that simple rule isn’t followed then problems will arise. We are not on a race, we are on a trek. Well, we can always do a race if we don’t have neophytes.

But all is well that ends well. Mainit Spring is still rejuvenating but unfortunately, Montañeza falls was closed down because of some rock issues. There’s the dispute of the road too. We had to pay Php5 to exit. It’s weird. And when we finally reached the highway, most buses were full. We had to squeeze in at a full bus. Good thing a lot of them got off at Alegria. Wew!

Freedom climb at Lanaya is another one for the books but I would love to go back via Legazpi soon even if I have to pay the exorbitant price. Hehe! And ohh, did I mention I was having muscle pains in the leg. Wew! That was indeed a great pre-climb for Tres Marias. Hopefully, no more muscle pains on Friday. I’m very excited nowww. Tickets are ready. Yay!!!

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Finally cozying at Mainit Springs!
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Migo and Miga getting ready to go home!
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Kandungaw-like view of Lanaya. The big rock before the peak!
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#OOTD pic at Kalo-kalo peak!

Climbing With A Purpose @ Mt. Babag, Cebu


Mt. BABAG

This was my 3rd day trek in Babag and the 2nd trek with a purpose. The first was an outreach climb in December 2014 where we made at least a hundred kids happy. The 2nd was a Sunday trek as a pre-climb for a major trek in Alto Peak.

I heard a lot of hearsay about Babag’s difficulty. It was one of the few mountains in Cebu with a lot of continuous and steep ascents making it very ideal for preparing a major climb. Since all my treks have been day treks, I wouldn’t know for sure just how difficult Babag could be with my usual pack. It has been OK for now. Tired but bearable.

We were supposed to join as a club to a local Cebu mountaineering group in cleaning up Mt. Kan-irag. But as we were checking the list, there were at least 2 other groups who’d do the same. Because of our number, we decided to change our destination and enlist.

There were 3 mountain nominees and Mt. Babag won. It was very ideal since no other groups were listed. A week before the climb, some members expressed fear when the story about the cobras that escaped in Cebu Zoo resurfaced (searched for news article but I couldn’t find one). Even with our assurance that it’s generally safe and no cobra incidents were reported, the news continued.

At our pre-climb, we announced to everyone about the “cobra news” and opened an option to those who were afraid. It was too late to change the mountain already.

Surprisingly, majority of the registrants opt to join Mt. Babag still. Only 11 who had prior schedule in the morning joined the new group that would go to Chalet Hills directly. The Babag group started in the morning while the Chalet group started in mid-afternoon.

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Babag group: divided into 3 sub-groups Head, Mid & Tail led by Tats (NCR Trekkers Adviser), AJ (NCR Trekkers Pres) & Kring (NCR Trekkers Secretary) respectively, Chalet group led by Analyn (NCR Trekkers VP)!

Because it was a cleanup activity, a give back to the community and not just for fun, NCR Cebu provided food for the participants. Php 5600 were given. Babag group was provided a 1-pc chicken from Jollibee while Chalet group had Red Ribbon Mamon and Zest-o juice.

Babag group was a big group of 54. To manage the group well and to cater to those who are late, it was divided into 3 groups. Each group was scheduled to leave at 15 minutes interval. Head group was led by Tats, mid-group was led by AJ and the tail-group was led by me. We were the last group to leave the church at 9:30 AM.

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Lunch & ID distribution before the orientation!
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Babag group was divided into 3 sub-groups: Head, Mid and Tail. Head group led by Tats (NCR Trekkers Adviser), Mid group led by AJ (NCR Trekkers Pres), Tail group led by Kring (NCR Trekkers Secretary).
03 Warmup
Warm-up at Napo Basketball Court!

At 10 AM, we started the cleanup and was at Manuel’s Manggahan at 12PM. After an hour the trek resumed. We were at RCPI towers after an hour and a half of walking.
We had a long stop at the road to the towers. After we had our rest, we went to the towers, had our group picture and proceeded to Chalet Hills.

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Tail group in action on the way to RCPI towers!
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Lunch time!

CHALET HILLS

We arrived earlier than expected. As planned, we waited for the Chalet group. They arrived after 30 minutes of our rest time.

While we were waiting, some wanted to play but to my dismay, it took a lot of my convincing powers. And personally, I don’t want to play as well so I leave it as is. Haha! I am actually not missing much since I can always play on our overnight treks.

I was exhausted but restless. When the Chalet group started cleaning, I joined them. I needed pictures for documentation as well. It was a chance to explore the hills too.

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Chalet group in action at Chalet Hills!

We cleaned the vicinity of the big camp and the small camp above it. To be honest, I never expected Chalet Hills to be that beautiful. Because it was just a hill and is very accessible, I didn’t have the desire then. It all changes when I realized I could bring my un-trekking friends camping in there. I should do it soon. 🙂

BABAG MEETS CHALET GROUP

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The participants at Chalet Hills after the cleanup taking a pose before the final announcements.

After Chalet group was done cleaning, I pushed for the group picture since I noticed the Babag group’s bored face. To my (2nd) dismay, nobody wanted to move again. Phew! A test of patience indeed. I actually thought of just letting go of the big group picture. But of course I had to. I sensed some annoyance but I hope they would understand the value of documentation since it was after all a company-sponsored activity. We were not there simply to enjoy but to fulfill a responsibility. I need the pictures as proof. And is there a better way to show that it was a successful event than by pictures?

I may had some slight annoyance but overall, it was another kick-ass event. Thankful to God that despite the dangers of cobra and this, we were all safe. We were able to carry out our regular mission to spread the awareness of LNT by posting signs on the 2 camps of Chalet Hills. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to find an appropriate place to post our sign in Babag so we put everything in Chalet Hills. This was our 3rd sign since our first sign posted in Mago Peak.

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NCR Trekker’s guest (July) putting up the LNT sign at the big camp.
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NCR Trekker’s guests (Norie & Jay) putting up the LNT sign at the small camp.

But of course, I am especially proud because the husband was one of the champion. He was quite handsome with the cleanup shirt as well. ❤ Thanks to Maria. It was supposed to be mine but Migo said it was too big for me. Just so happy he wore it. Liz was not able to join the cleanup 'cause she went with Maria to clean Kandungaw.

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Migo wearing the cleanup shirt and me wearing the Ambassador shirt.

After the final announcements, most left. Regular trekkers stayed until 6 PM enjoying the sunset. Finally had our chance to cam-whore too. Thanks to Wandering Soul Scamper for the lovely photos.

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This one is my favorite. Totally captured the playful me and the ever-supportive husband. 🙂

A Year of Adventure w/ NCR Trekker’s Club


The first with NCR Trekkers was a blast and every trek thereafter. Today I aged 1 with the club. It has been quite an amazing journey. I was able to scale most of Cebu’s trekking destinations and learned a whole lot about mountains and people. Because today is my 1st anniversary, I will answer 10 questions for our newsletter “Anniversary Special”. LOL I am quite excited to be in it. 

1. Tell me something about yourself!

Kring in a Nut Shell (copied from The Wanderfull Life‘s About Page)
So sometimes I really find it hard to introduce myself since I almost want people to know ‘everything’ about me at once. Haha! But most of my friends will not believe me if I say I’m having a hard time talking since I’m always bubbly. They call me an extrovert but I start to believe I am more of an ambivert. I love people. Kindness, bravery and team work makes me cry. If you wanna know more of my inner wiring, I have a thought blog here.

I work as a software engineer and help manage our little rental business on the sides with my husband, Mark. We call each other Migo & Miga. We got married in 2015 at a whimsy little celebration of which we DIY-ed everything. He’s the wind beneath my wings. Without him, I wouldn’t have known how amazing it is to travel. Like many Filipinos, my salary for the first years at work were for the family. I rarely had anything left for myself. Known to be thrifty yet he goes gaga over me to the point of paying all my early trips. We started trekking and board gaming as a couple in 2011 after 3 years of being in a roller coaster relationship. I can be very jealous and volatile when it comes to love life. But Migo made me better and made me the best version of myself.:) Need more cheesiness, here’s a blog about Migo&Miga.

I’m also a frustrated writer or novelist, you can read some of that here. Aside from that I’m actually trying to learn how to write in a sort-of-reporter writing at a blog I created at work on my first year of being an Ambassador in our company.

So in a nut shell? Hmmm! I am a lot of things in one and easily get excited in almost everything. At my worst, I am self-righteous. At my best, I seek to empower people to explore and live the life they want regardless of the societal norms. Everything is just possible.

“Live. Believe. EMPOWER.” is my guiding principle.

2. How do you find trekking?

Everything in trekking is AWESOME. It’s tiresome but addictive.

3. When do you learn that you love trekking?

The husband and I started trekking together in 2011 at Osmeña Peak but we got really hooked in 2012. That’s when we started aiming for major climbs (Talinis, Canlaon).

4. How long would you want to be on trek?

For as long as I can or shall I say, we can. I’m brave and all but without the husband, I’m less braver. Haha!

5. If you are given a chance to trek anywhere of your choice? Where and when?

The Himalayas or just below it!!! Everest would be nice but I don’t wanna die trying. Haha! So I’m just aiming for a trek in Nepal’s villages. 🙂 We are targeting 2-5 years from now but it all depends on our plan to produce little Migo or Miga soon. Nyahaha! Or maybe when we are older and richer? Hahaha! But anything goes really.

6. How’s trekking with NCR Trekkers in one year?

AWESOME!!! I’ve trekked to almost all destinations in Cebu. My network of outdoor friends tripled or quadrupled. But the best takeout I have was having the confidence to organize a trek. I have always been an organizer but there was something about trekking that makes me afraid to commit. This time was different. Maybe it’s the thought that I am not alone in the journey. =)

7. What’s the best thing you love about trekking w/ NCR Trekkers?

Everybody is having fun. Trekking with them is always a FUN TREK. We laughed. They do “hugot” lines. They are absolutely game in playing almost anything but right now they are hooked with “Werewolves”. They are also supportive in responsible mountaineering.

8. How does it feel to be part of the fast growing outdoor community?

Pressured. Haha! Outdoors has somewhat become mainstream now. By introducing a lot of people to the wonders of outdoors, we may be tipping the balance. As much as we try to propagate responsible mountaineering, we can’t always track everyone to be doing the same. Sadly, people are natural dummies and only cares about themselves. I am pressured to let everyone we have converted to love the outdoors to care for the environment too. Trek not only for the pictures but for mother nature as well.

9. If you could change one thing about this trekking phenomenon, what could that be?

A standard operating procedures for all mountains in Cebu should be implemented. I kind of hate at first about organizing a trek in Mt. Kapayas since the Municipality of Catmon is very strict about it. But right now, seeing what happened to other mountains in Cebu, perhaps other government should all follow Catmon’s lead.

10. What is your message to all the aspiring individuals who wanted to be adrenaline junkies?

Go for it and quench your thirst. Do not listen to that inner voice in your head telling you, you can’t. Because YOU can. You and I are NOT very different at all. I’ve been with the mountains for about 5 years now but each trek is still the same. I still feel out of breath on ascent and grateful for descent. If there’s one thing that has changed over time with each peaks was the thought that whatever hardships I experienced in reaching the summit, everything will be forgotten when it all becomes a memory. =)

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Here’s a picture of me in my 3 favorite mountains in Cebu. =)

NCR Trekker’s Multi-Peak Escape in Kandungaw, Maloray, Dalaguete


On the edge of Kandungaw's Peak!
On the edge of Kandungaw’s Peak!

In preparation for a major climb this June, NCR Trekkers went back to one of the countable town to town trek in Cebu – Maloray, Dalaguete to Sohoton, Badian with an overnight camp at the foot of Kandungaw Peak. 25 adventurers joined the trek, 13 of which were NCR trekker members. Compared to the “foggy” visit in November 2015 with no clearing, this time the great Kandungaw finally revealed all of it’s splendor.

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From L-R, T-B: (1) Group pic at the front of the wall (see the star). (2) Our tents with the great Kandungaw’s back in the background. (3) The husband posed at the heart of Kandungaw. (4) Me on top of Kandungaw.
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Up close with the 2nd peak connected to Kandungaw.
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Up close with the peak opposite Kandungaw. It’s the best peak of all for the brave at heart. Getting up on a loose soil while scrambling your way to the top and getting down on a vertical descent with rocks. Must climb!

Kandungaw, like it’s neighboring peak, Osmeña can be accessed via Mantalongon, Dalaguete. From the bus stop at Mantalongon Market, you will have to hail a habal2x (motor) to the jump-off at Maloray, Dalaguete. The hike to the peak is short but coupled with mostly ascents. On a clear day, you can see the tip of Kandungaw on the ride to the jump-off and in the ascent. With our usual pace and picture stops in between, we reached the peak after an hour.

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The manmande steps to Kandungaw. A view of the wall. And climbing through the entrance of the campsite.
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One more ascent and finally, hello campsite.
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From L-R, T-B Peaks surrounding the camp site: (1) Not fit for climbing. (2) For the brave peak. (3) Connected to Kandungaw Peak. (4) Kandungaw Peak – it does look like a lion to me!

Hiking up the trail to Kandungaw, you will be amazed at the wall-like mountains that would greet you after enduring the oversize man-made steps. Beyond the wall where Kandungaw stands as it’s highest point, is the campsite conveniently tucked at the heart of 3 other smaller peaks. 2 of the peaks offered amazing views and should not be missed. A stone-throw away from the camp is a house.

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Climb-able peak’s view at night!

Like every other NCR trek, there were socials and this time, everyone participated. After dinner, the usual get-to-know-you and #hugot lines started, with Lanz (NCR Trekker’s Most Active Villager on our first ever Werewolves game in Lanigid) kicking it off. The favorite game of “Werewolves” followed with 24 players. AJ, the club president, moderated the game which ended at 12 AM where 4 all women villagers emerged as the victors defeating 3 women and 2 men werewolves.

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NCR Trekker’s group: The riches led by AJ, the squatters led by Lanz and the free spirits (Me, Migo & Liz) and all of us gathering together for the socials!

The night was peaceful with no rains but the fog covered the peak at 5 AM. It drizzled a bit as well stopping us to see the sunrise at the peak. We were afraid not to catch a clearing so we decided to bring our breakfast to the top while waiting.

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Breakfast at the peak achieved while waiting for the clearing! Yayyyyy!
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The adventures of Migo&Miga! Thanks to our photographer, Liz of litratoko.com!
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Playing with the sun at the peak opposite the main peak of Kandungaw!

We broke camp and left Kandungaw around 9:30 AM just in time for a strong rain to fall. Unlike last November’s climb, we didn’t backtrack, we traversed to Badian led by an NCR member who’s a local in Maloray. After an almost 4 hours trek, 2 of which were under the rain, we arrived at Nanay Rosa’s house just 5 minutes away from Sohoton Elementary School. We left Nanay Rosas’ at half past 3 and were exhausted. Pressed for time, the planned side trip to Lambug Beach did not push through.

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And continuing our goal, the sign ready to be posted at the shed on the peak’s shoulder. Lanz’s group owned the task!
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The adventurers!!!

To end this post, we will be inviting everyone to participate in the National Cleanup Day wordwide led by PinoyMountaineer on June 4, 2016. A lot of groups in Cebu will be adopting a mountain. Don’t miss this opportunity to give back to nature. We will be adopting Mt. Babag on that day. It’s a day trek only. If you wanna join, drop me a comment below or see “Get Involve“.

Do more than appreciate the beauty around you. Don’t be a freeloader, take time to care and give back to Mother Nature. Book your calendar, June 4! Please pass the word to all adventurers. Let’s join our hands together!!!

ITINERARY:
* The main group composed of 18 pax followed a different itinerary. This was the “apas” group itinerary composed of 7 pax (me, migo, liz, jane, didit, barbs, kara).
Day 01
10:30 Assembly in Osaka Terminal
* The long wait is due to the bus.
* Late arrival and departure.
13:00 ETD to Mantalogon
16:00 ETA in Mantalongon
16:30 ETA in Maloray (Jump-off)
17:30 ETA in Kandungaw Camp Site
19:00 Dinner
20:00 Socials & Game of Werewolves
00:00 Lights off

Day02
05:00 Call Time
05:30 Breakfast Preps
06:00 Breakfast at the peak
07:00 Photo Ops
09:00 Break Camp
09:30 ETD to Sohoton, Badian
13:30 ETA in Sohoton
15:30 ETD to Badian Proper
16:00 ETD to Moalboal
16:30 ETA in Moalboal v-hire Terminal
18:00 ETD to Cebu City via hired v-hire
20:30 ETA in Cebu City

TRANSPO:
PHP100 Bus fare from Osaka to Mantalongon
PHP50 Habal2 from Mantalongon to Maloray
PHP60 Habal2 from Sohoton to Badian Proper
PHP15 Tryke from Badian to Moalboal
PHP180 V-hire to Cebu City
Total: PHP405

MEAL PLAN:
Day01
Lunch – eat at Osaka Terminal
Dinner – cooked rice & hungarian usage

Day02
Breakfast – noodles, milo, bread & fruits
Lunch – cooked rice & corned beef

More Purposeful Climb @ Mago Peak, Carmen, Cebu


The plight of Osmeña Peak has been heartbreaking to us who have seen it’s beauty before trekking has become somewhat mainstream. It’s sad and disappointing. Lately, more and more beautiful mountains or spots in Cebu has fallen into the hands of human nature – selfishness, carelessness and no love for the environment. We’ve seen some and are greatly affected thus aside from our main purpose of encouraging our office mates to enjoy and experience nature via trekking, NCR Trekkers has added a new line in our mission: to help what we can in keeping the beauty of every place we visited. Last weekend, we visited Mago Peak for the first time and was astounded by it’s beauty.

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LNT sign posted by our NCR Trekker champion of the month, Gamz!

In living up to our mission, we posted an LNT sign to a post on the way to the peak. We wanted to put it in the peak but it had nothing to tie the rope on. Aside from posting an LNT sign, we aimed to clean the camp site and the vicinity of the mountain as well. Fortunately, Mago Peak is still clean. We are hoping it will stay clean forever.

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Participant’s in this weekend’s activitiy! 7 day trekkers and 13 overnighters of which 13 are NCR employees and 7 guests. Official photo ops at Mago peak. – Pics from Sanberth aka Nognog.

A plea to those who can read this post and be enticed to visit, PLEASE, PLEASE be responsible enough to follow the LNT ethics. If you don’t know about it, I strongly suggest you should know. It’s time we start caring for our environment. Don’t be JUST a mere spectator and bitch about what’s happening. Be an agent of change and PLEASE, DO SOMETHING if you ever saw anyone breaking the code. 

This weekend’s climb is NCR trekkers’s less populous activity with only 20 participants in total of which 13 are NCR employees and 7 are guests.  13 enjoyed the overnight at the camp near the boundary marker. The peak was not fit for camping since the grass were just burned. We chanced upon a local who told us the reason why the grasses needed to be burned.

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Yip that’s fire in there. Some parts of the mountains on the way to Mago is burnt. That’s not of course fire due to carelessness. The local said, the fire was intended to make way for new grasses to grow. The cows no longer eat old grasses, they have to be burn so that new ones will grow and the cows will like to eat them again.

Road to Santican, The Jump-Off

Mago peak is almost an hour ride from Carmen Public Market via habal2x. The fare was quite steep but it’s worth it. The ride is really long and be prepared to have muscle pains on your leg. The road to Santican was uphill with most parts under construction. The view was nice though. You can pass a road with some pine trees. You can catch a glimpse of Lhuilliers’ richness too.

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View on the road. Took this on the 2nd day. I was too scared to take snaps on the way since I am very concerned with my safety in the habal2x ride.

Trek Proper

Duration of trekking to Mago Peak is around 2 hours with numerous stops. We needed it since it’s very hot. Everyone was clamoring for the next shade which were very countable. The vast brown mountains reminds me of walking through Pulag. On our first uphill climb, on top of it is a tree, from there we could already see the peak.

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The first longer uphill trek!
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This tree provide relief from the scorching summer hotness. We could already see the mountain where the peak is from here!
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The view from the tree. See the trail on the mountain slopes, yes that’s part of the trail to Mago. This view is my favorite!
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Last hurray till the peak. The arrow represents the camp site near the boundary marker of Carmen, Tuburan and Danao. The star represents the electricity post where we tied our LNT sign. Just 5 minutes from the post is Mago Peak.

Overnight Camp

Mago peak is both good for overnight or a day hike. When we reached the peak at 4:00 PM, we had our group picture and decided to camp on another site. Our plan was either to camp near the boundary or go back all the way to the tree. But the tree is still a long way up so we settled near the boundary.

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The camp site! We had our official group picture on top of the hill at the background of the camp. The view was really nice from up there.
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Top is setting up camp! Bottom is breaking the camp!
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Extended view of the camp. Top right picture has the post where we put the LNT sign. Bottom pictures are views of the camp from the hill.

The food, socials and more

Like always, trekking with NCR trekkers is both rewarding in body, mind and spirits. The 13 trekkers enjoyed the full moon in Mago knowing and learning from each other, listening to horror stories, breaking and strengthening new friendships by playing “Werewolves”.

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In keeping up with the mantra of creating quality trekkers rather than quantity, everyone is encouraged in preparing the food and helping cleanup after. It’s our dream for every NCR trekker members and guests to know how to prepare, cook and clean up. We not only enjoy the outdoors but learn whatever we can as well.

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Breakfastttt!
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Group pic at the boundary marker before going down!

Mangitngit Falls

We ended the event at a dip in Mangitngit falls, a newly opened tourist spot in Carmen. Much of it was still under construction though but still enough to refresh our bodies before heading back to reality…home.

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Preparing lunch at our exclusive spot in Mangitngit. We transferred the table here just so we could roam away from the crowd.
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Mangitngit falls is off limits this time since an accident happened weeks before. We can only take a picture of it.
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Overnighters minus Sanberth who ditched us before Mangitngit falls, Didith and Dena who left after lunch.

Itinerary:

Day 1
8:00 Participants started arriving
(Waiver & attendance signing while waiting)
9:00 ETD from North Bus Terminal
(This is departure time, no more allowance.
If you are responsible with no Filipino mindset,
you can arrive on the dot.
For those who are not, arrive early.)
09:05 Actual departure from North Bus Terminal (Yehey! NOT Filipino time…almost!)
11:00 ETA Carmen Public Market (LUNCH)
11:45 Actual departure to Brgy Santican
12:00 Last batch of departure to Brgy Santican
– Distribution of IDs
13:00 ETA Brgy. Santican
(Registration @ Brgy Hall)
(Pre-camp briefing)
(Prayer & warm-up)
13:30 Start trek
14:30 ETA of water source
(No water this time. It’s dried up!)
15:15 Foot of Mago Peak
16:00 ETA Mago Peak
(Not feasible for camping since the grass are burned.)
16:30 Day trekkers start to descend (back trail)
17:00 Setup Camp near the boundary indicator
17:45 Day trekkers arrived at jump-off
18:00 Prepare for dinner
(Pinoy dinner for 13/pax: 2 lechon manok, 2 packs of dilis in tomato, 7 cups of rice)
18:30 Socials
19:00 Day trekkers arrived at Carmen Public Market

Day 2
05:00 Wake up call
05:30 Actual Waking Time
(Breakfast Preps)
07:30 Breakfast
(Not very ideal, the sun is high up and it’s very hot.)
(Continental breakfast for 13/pax: scrambled egg, hotdog, sardines w/ egg, corned beef, spam, 2 loaves of sliced bread)
08:30 Break Camp
09:00 Trek start
10:45 ETA in Brgy. Santican
11:00 ETD to Mangitngit Falls
12:00 ETA in Mangitngit Falls, lunch preps
13:00 Lunch
(Modern lunch for 13/pax: tuna w/ cabbage, spam, sobra for breakfast, 7 cups of rice)
15:30 ETD from Mangitngit falls
16:00 ETA in Carmen Public Market
18:00 ETA in SM City, Cebu via mini-bus

Expenses individual:
P40 Bus from North bus to Carmen Public Market
P100 Habal2x from Carmen Public Market to Santican Brgy Hall
P100 Habal2x from Santican Brgy Hall to Mangitngit Falls
Php50 Entrance in Mangitngit Falls
Php50 Mangitngit Falls to Carmen Public Market
P40 Mini-bus from Carmen Public Market to North bus
Total: P380.00

Php200 Table in Mangitngit Falls (dividided by 12)

More Reasons To Visit Lanigid, Liloan, Cebu


On my first visit in Lanigid, I have cited 10 reasons why you should. This February I’ve visited twice and find more reasons why it’s fast becoming my favorite. 🙂

1. It can be day-trekked half-day.

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Scouting group sans Mr. Pres, the photographer of Wandering Soul! Analyn of Simple Life, Xy-na, Marj of Dakilang Laagan & friends, Petrona and Ivah.

Last February 24, Cebu Charter Day Holiday, along with 2 other NTC officers and 3 friends, we went to Lanigid to check and give heads up to Mulao Brgy Hall that NCR trekkers and guests will trek on the weekend. The registrants reached 90, 60 of which were to camp so we had to make sure that we can all be accommodated. It was a fun day made more memorable by knowing new friends and enjoying despite some setbacks.

2. The camp can accommodate 22 tents and more.

Setting up camp!
Setting up camp!

Just as we had estimated, 22 tents were pitched comfortably last February 27-28 at NCR Trekkers monthly trekking. From the estimated 60 campers, we were down to 42 so we had ample space to move around.

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Overnight groups! Group 1 led by Analyn, group 2 by Barbie, group 3 by Kring & group 4 by AJ.

The 42 campers were divided into 4 groups. Each of the group tents were pitched together and had space where they can cook and eat.

3. The camp is big enough to leave a space for socials. And contrary to what we’ve feared, we were left with an ample space to get to know each other.

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Everyone is busy doubting each other while playing “Werewolves”!
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Games & socials.

Out of the 42 campers, only 23 were NCR employees. Out of the 23, there were 3 who joined for the first time. Sans the wine or the alcoholic tea, it was still a ruckus. Everyone was animated and getting comfortable with each other.

After socials, we introduced a new game “Werewolves”. There were 22 players. It was quite a way to get to know each other more amidst the intrigued of being the villagers or the werewolves.

4. Walking from Mulao sign or climbing to Lanigid Hill directly is just as fun whether you are a pro or a newbie.

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Group pic at Mulao Sign!
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Prayer and warm-up after!

We were a big group last February 27-28. There were day trekkers so to lengthen the fun, we decided to start the trek at Mulao sign.

Like usual, we started with a prayer led by a first time joiner Alvin. Group warm-up followed, now led by 2 NTC members, Elijah and Phi Pi. After the mandatory group picture, we were off to Mulao Brgy Hall where we had a quick stop to register.

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To the right lane pleaseee!
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Quick stop!

 

5. It can be jeepney-ed!

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Transportation teams group picture. 🙂

One of the biggest problem faced when organizing a big group for trekking is transportation. From Liloan church, the usual mode of transportation to Mulao are motorcycles.

On our Charter Day scout visit, we were just 7 but we waited a while for the motorcycles. It was then we had to forced ourselves to secure transports that would take the group from the church to Mulao sign.

We were blessed because we didn’t only find transports from Liloan church to Mulao sign but they agreed to picked us at Sun Gold SM. The total fare round trip on commute is Php146 – jeepney to Liloan at Php18 then motorcycle to Mulao at Php100/motorcycle. With the transport, we shelled an additional Php34 more for comfort. At Php180/pax, the jeepneys brought us to Liloan church where we had an hour stop to have lunch and buy additional stuffs then finally to the start of the trek. The hassles of not leaving together at the assembly was eliminated as well. 2 jeepneys waited for the day trekkers and 2 came back to picked us the next day.

6. Going down from the peak is a breeze.

Despite our number, we went down comfortably. We arrived at Mulao Brgy Hall by 9:00 AM. We plan to do the river trek but since we only had 2 hours before the pick-up time, we just decided to miss the river and spend it playing.

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So there.That’s all in my list…for now! 🙂 Since it’s fast becoming my favorite, you might be hearing from Lanigid again anytime soon. I hope by that time you have gone and experience its beauty by yourself already. Yay!

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Day Trekkers and overnight teams!

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Till the next mountains lovelies!!! And ohhh, please don’t forget to say hi after reading. I would be ultra happy if you do. 🙂

You want more? Drop by at our Life@NCR blog for the shorter version. Get to know the comments of our happy campers at our newsletter too. Yip, yip! Trekking is pretty much THIS serious with us. 😀

Laters,
Kring

5 Reasons Why Trekking in Mt. Naupa, Naga, Cebu Rocks!


Last year I started the year trekking in Mt. Naupa for the first time with BRB on the 3rd weekend of January. This year was the same but I’m with NCR Trekkers last weekend, January 30-31, 2016 while last year was spent on a challenging weekend traversing to Kawasan from Osmeña Peak.

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Group picture at Sto. Niño Chapel labeled in groups. No labels are day trekkers.

My 2nd time in Naupa was no longer wet. I’ve loved Naupa on my first visit but it was sweeter the 2nd time around. Here are my reasons why trekking to Mt. Naupa rocks every (damn) time.

1. Wet and dry, Mt. Naupa is very accessible.
The mountain can be accessed via Tungkop, Minglanilla or in Lanas, Naga. Both of my visits started in Minglanilla and ended in Lanas.

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Views to Naupa!
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Views going down to Lanas!

How to reached Mt. Naupa via Minglanilla
From Our Lady of Lourdes in Punta, ride a jeepney bound to Tungkop, Minglanilla. The last stop of the jeepney is the corner where you can hail a motorcycle to Sto. Niño Cogon chapel. Fare is Php35/pax or Php70/motor.

2. The trek is short but still gets your heart pumping. On our first visit, despite some lost moments, we were able to reach Mt. Naupa from Cogon Chapel in 45 minutes. The trail was mostly ascent. Last trek, the trail was a bit different. It was shorter but still have some parts where you will have to catch your breath. Just my type of trail ’cause I can talk in between walking. Haha!

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Going up to Naupa!
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The pave road leading to the highway in Lanas!

3. Big or small group is not a problem in Mt. Naupa. We were the only campers last year but this time, there were 27 other tents aside from our 15 tents.

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Views of the camp from all angles including a bird’s eye view of the camp at the foot.

4. Day or night trekking is possible. Because of its accessibility, you can start your trek in Naupa as late as 5 PM or if you’re pretty adventurous, go on a night trek. I haven’t tried night trekking to Naupa yet but last weekend, we saw a group who arrived around 7 PM. We were already preparing our dinner then.

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Going down the peak!

5. You can camp in the peak (though I don’t recommend it)! Yes you READ it right! Only a few mountain in Cebu allows you to do that. On our first visit, we camp in the foot with the peak as the background. This time, we CAMP in the peak. I was VERY hesitant at first. We were around 30 campers and I never thought it could accommodate us all. But it did. A total of 15 tents were accommodated.

Upon going up, one of the trekkers from the group who arrive first warned us about camping in the peak. We were told that the winds would be strong and it’s not a good idea to camp. But when I arrived at the peak, some tents were pitched already. It took me a while to settle down and accept the decision that we would camp there.

Do I recommend camping in the peak?
Unfortunately, NO! Despite the nice experience of camping at the peak, it is not recommended. For me, it was like denying the other campers an immaculate view of Mt. Naupa. If I was camping in the foot, I wouldn’t want all my pictures to have a view of a peak with a camp. I feel for the campers who walk up to see and capture the view from the peak and was (maybe) having a hard time taking a perfect angle without the photo bombers. I actually heard some saying “Selfiesh! Selfiesh!”

On the other hand, camping in the peak was sort of a good decision that time too because the campers below were very noisy. There were 27 tents in the below camp plus our 15 tents, there was a total of 32 tents in Naupa last weekend.

But of course there are a lot more reasons why climbing Mt. Naupa rocks but as always every mountain trekking is a rocking adventure no matter where you are especially if you share it with equally rocking people. 🙂

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My amazing group! Group Binay ’cause we have the NCR Trekker’s VP on our Team. Yay!

How ’bout you? Have you been to Mt. Naupa? How was your experience? Do tell. See you in the mountains!

See below our itinerary and major expenses:

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Itinerary w/ day & overnight options.

Expenses:
Php13 Fare via jeepney from Our Lady of Lourdes Punta to Tungkop
Php35 Fare via motorbike from Tungkop to Sto. Niño Chapel
Php14 Fare to Naga from Lanas
Php18 Fare from Naga to Our Lady of Lourdes Punta
Total: Php80 (for fares only)

Meal Plan for a group of 13 people:
Saturday Dinner:
– Buwad Kinamatisan
– Tuna with Cabbage
– Inasal Manok (Palit lang daan. Snr. Pedro)

Sunday Breakfast: (American breakfast)
– Bread, hotdog, Egg w/ cabbage, tuna w/ cabbage, coffee/milk/milo

To Bring:
Kresia: 1 Cookset, 1 Burner, 1 Butane, 2 packs Buwad, 1 Loaf bread with spread
Diana: 1 Butane, 2 Tuna (Flakes in oil)
Phoebe: 1 Butane, 1 Inasal manok
Nadia: 1 Cookset, 1 Inasal manok
Elijah: 1 Burner, 12 pcs eggs
Alquine: 1 Loaf Bread with spread, 1 kg Hotdog
Analyn: 1 Burner, Magic sarap, Oil, Onion, Garlic, Salt, Kamatis, 1 Cabbage

Everyone: 1 cup rice,
2 liters water,
Your choice of drinks (coffee/milo/milk/others),
Noodles (sa katong ganahan)

GRAND TOTAL: Php80 for fares + Php85 for food = Php165

Always,
Kring

A Foggy Welcome at Kandungaw Peak, Dalaguete


Dalaguete has always been known for Osmeña Peak but unbeknownst to many, there is another camping destination that can be reached via Dalaguete too.

NCR Trekkers visited Dalaguete again last November 28-30, 2015, this time the mighty Osmena was not our purpose but the less trodden path that leads to Kandungaw Peak in Maloray, Dalaguete. It was a long weekend since the 30th was a holiday so we aimed for 2 mountains in Cebu, Kandungaw Peak and Lanaya in Alegria.

Cebu has a lot of mountains but none of them is that hard to be trekked for more than a night. It was actually nice because you could combine 2 or more mountains in a single trekking adventure.

So far here are the mountains that you could combine based on our experience:
1. Mauyog and Manunggal in Balamban
2. Babag and Chalet Hills in Babag
3. Kandungaw and Lanaya – this trek. Take note though that Dalaguete and Alegria is on each sides of Cebu. It can be trekked but its advisable to take a motorbike via the Alegria access road from Dalaguete.

It was a multi-stop escapade with more motorbike rides than trekking which means more fun. Our first destination was Kandungaw then hailed a motorbike to Cambais Halls. Before reaching Cambais, we visited 2 caves in Alegria. After the falls, while me and some of our companions went home, the others proceeded to Lanaya to camp for the second night.

First stop: Kandungaw Peak
Just like going to Osmena, we rode the bus bound to Mantalungon market directly. We had lunch at the market and rode a habal2 to Maloray.

The journey to the peak started at a cemented stairs that ended at a water source. A local path then followed where we passed by a house and some locals upon going up.

The hike up was steep but tolerable except for the part where we need to climb a rock. The climb is more or less an hour and a half from the main road.

2nd Stop: Kandungaw Cave
It was a foggy afternoon. We didn’t see the whole splendor of Kandungaw due to the fog but that didn’t stop us from exploring the small cave just below the peak. There was a resting hut where we leave our packs before going down to the cave.

3rd Stop: Kandungaw Camp
We were a big group so camping near the peak was not possible. There were at least 1 more camping places that we considered but we settle for the big space just some steps away from the big rock climb. Had we known we were to camp there, it would have been nice to camp and leave our packs first before visiting the peak and the cave.

We spent the night at Kandungaw with our usual favorites – the Socials after our dinner. Lights off at 10 PM.

Give Back: A Love Project in Sirao!


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NCR Trekkers in cooperation with #LifeAtNCR and YPRO (Young Professionals Reachout Organization) brought love to Sitio Upper Langob, Sirao, Cebu City on Saturday, December 12, 2015.

46 volunteers participated. 32 of which trekked from Baogo to Upper Langob, 11 rode the jeepney and 3 on the service vehicle provided for the event. The gift boxes were divided up amongst the 2 vehicles.

THE TREK

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Prayer just before leaving Gaisano Talamban.

Assembly for the trekkers was at Gaisano Talamban at 9:00 AM. By 10:30, after a little GTKY (Getting To Know You)  and prayer, 28 trekkers proceeded to Baogo via Motorcycle. The remaining 4 trekkers caught up with the rest at the mini-falls after lunch and at the store.

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28 Trekkers! From L-D-R: Elijah’s, Dianne’s, Edulleen’s, Joshua’s and Kring’s Group.

At 11:00 AM, the trek started after the warm-up and assignment of group leaders. There were 5 mini-groups led by Kring, Elijah, Edulleen, Dianne & Joshua.

At 1:00 PM, while the trekkers were having lunch at the mini-falls, the jeepney with the riders left the assembly area at JY Market.

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Buhis-Buhay moments of the route!
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View of the falls, group picture & lunch above the falls!
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After lunch, few minutes before the store for the outreach.

At 1:30 PM, the trekkers arrived at the Basketball Court. 30 minutes later, the riders arrived. The program proper started after the registration of kids.

THE OUTREACH

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Unloading of gifts and registration!

At 2 PM, the jeepney arrived with the gifts and the riders. Registration of the kids followed.  The program proper started with a prayer led by Ray Llesol followed by a quick GTKY exercise for the trekkers & kids led by Analyn Sarte.

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Opening prayer & GTKY!
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Hello Kids!!!
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Hug & say “Merry Christmas”!

To foster camaraderie & friendship between the kids & trekkers, the group was divided into 4 teams. They were tasked to name their team and present a group cheer. After almost 30 minutes of practice, the 4 teams were ready.

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On-The-Spot Cheer Practice. From L-R, T-B:   Mocking Jay, Team Onyok, Face Stylers, Team Pura

They presented in the following order: Mocking Jay, Face Stylers, Team Onyok and Team Pura. The judges were Diane’s group. Team Pura emerged as the best among the 4 competing teams. After the competition, distribution of gifts followed.

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Cheer Presentation!
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Gift Distribution To Kids!

The kids were given a bag with school supplies and a loot bag with goodies. 62 bags with school supplies were given. 40 adults received a gift basket.

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Gift Pack Distribution to Parents!
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Cheer Champion, Team Pura and the 2 Most Participative Kids: Johna & Ramil
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Closing & group picture!

The program ended with the closing remarks by Mr. Herbert Villarante, after the awarding of the cheering competition winner and the 2 most active kids.

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THE TREK RESUMED
The outreach ended at 5:00 PM just in time for the Fiesta Novena. 6 of the participants went home aboard the company ride with the remaining gifts. The others went on to visit Sirao Peak while the others stayed at the foot to camp for the night. The remaining items were scheduled to be distributed to the children of the utilities staff and security guards of NCR.

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After outreach trek to Sirao Peak!
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Day Trekkers!

Thank you to all those who supported the event. Till our next outreach. 🙂

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Outreach Summary

PREPARATIONS
Day 01: December 10, 2015 – Putting in the contents of the Gift Bags

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Day 01: Gift Bags Production
Packing Day 1
Shopping in style!

Day 02: December 11, 2015 – Wrapping the gifts & picture takings

Packing Day 2 01
Day 02: Loot Bags Production & Gift Wrappings
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More boxes from utilities. Yay!
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Packing!

REMAINING GIFTS HAND-OVER
December 16, 2015

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Preparing of the gifts for the hand-over
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The hand-over with the representatives of facilities, guards & utilities

 

Thank_You!
Till our next project! 🙂


THE AMAZING TEAM

Jay – Adviser; Tats Abellana – Preps Manager; Kring Julio – PRO; Analyn Sarte – Finance; Merriam Camposo – Registration; Arnold Jerodiaz – Documentation
Site Visit: Jay Chan
Transpo: Tats Abellana, Jay Chan
Shopping Team: Kring Julio, Analyn Sarte, Merriam Camposo, Charmaine Balmes, Tats Abellana, Randy Patalinghug
Food Team: Michelle Cuandot, Evan Abenoja, Joshua Bacalso
Packers: Kring Julio, Analyn Sarte, Merriam Camposo, Tats Abellana, Randy Patalinghug, Michelle Cuandot, Joshua Bacalso, Carlyn Malingin, Camia Resnera, Ciedel Abuyog, Chaola Velarde, EmJay Sayco, Michelle Dan Sitones, Cee Jay, Lau Sanchez, Chi Dinoy, Arvil Benlot, Rio Lagura, Eloise Enriquez, Elaine Elorde, Keila Verano, Aimee Villanueva, Kat Toylo, Rachel Cruzpero, Aldriech Pierras, Dianne Nuevo
Photographers: Arnold Jerodiaz, Michelle Cuandot, Edulleen Talledo, Norman Salomon, Mark Julio

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