Mago – and the boundaries I never thought I’d cross

I can no longer remember how I have heard of Mago and why we agreed to climb it several years back. Analyzing its cost benefit right now, it was such a loss. Imagine traveling almost three hours to Carmen proper then another hour going to the jumpoff in Barangay Santican, and then hiking for only about an hour just to see that marker before heading back home. But what’s clear to me was how crazy, happy we were back then. … More Mago – and the boundaries I never thought I’d cross

Kawasan Falls – the good, the bad, and some unnecessary musings

What’s with Kawasan Falls? It’s just one of those multi-tiered cascades in Cebu specifically located in Barangay Matutinao in Badian. Yes, it’s known for its mesmerizing turquoise water and natural pool which is ideal for swimming. But why romanticize it? Why such fascination? … More Kawasan Falls – the good, the bad, and some unnecessary musings

Cambais or Cancanlanog: Which waterfalls is better?

Cancanlanog Falls is probably one of the most beautiful spot you’d find when searching for tourist destinations in Alegria, Cebu. Its turquoise waters and surrounding rock formations make it so appealing for adventurers and cliffdivers alike. Hence, the interest of including this alluring waterfalls after our dayhike to Mt. Lanaya. I was very much sold … More Cambais or Cancanlanog: Which waterfalls is better?

An All-Women’s Hike to Mt. Lanaya – and what it taught me about Girl Power

Ask a number of Cebuano outdoorsmen and they’ll easily refer you to Mt. Lanaya if you want to experience a rather challenging dayhike. Towering at around 700 meters above sea level, this mountain has earned a notorious reputation thanks to its steep ascents, narrow ridges, loose soil, and an almost 90-degree cliff-like rockclimb assault to … More An All-Women’s Hike to Mt. Lanaya – and what it taught me about Girl Power

Spartan Trail: Farewell to Cebu City’s Favorite Hiking Destination?

Though seemingly terrifying like of the Battle of Thermopylae, according to some outdoor enthusiasts, Spartan Trail got nothing to do with such bloody war led by King Leonidas. Rather, it got its name from an outdoor group that bushwhacked the trail from Banawa to Pamutan in the early hiking days. … More Spartan Trail: Farewell to Cebu City’s Favorite Hiking Destination?

The Forgotten Beach of Talisay

Maybe the reason why I’m so fascinated with the mountains is because I spent most of my life in the coasts of Cebu. Going to the highlands is but a novel idea for someone whose weekends were once filled with quick trips to the nearby public beaches of Talisay, learning how to swim, and getting several shades darker. My memory usually fails me but I know by heart how fun it was while it lasted – the early morning commotions, the kamote, kinilaw, nilagang saging, and grilled pork and fish prepared by the adults, the engine roar of the tricycle that would bring us to the beach, and the endless games we played on the waters. … More The Forgotten Beach of Talisay