Sierra Madre is the longest mountain range in the Philippines, fondly called the “Backbone of Luzon”. It spans almost 700 kilometers in length with its highest peak standing at an elevation of 1,266 meters above sea level. It has hindered numerous typhoons that are coming from the Pacific Ocean from devastating the provinces of Luzon. It is also considered as one of the most biodiverse areas in the Philippines.
Have you ever wondered if you’re pronouncing properly the brand names of your outdoor gear and equipment? With so many foreign brands in the market, (and ukay-ukay) it’s quite interesting to find out if you are giving justice to the names that have saved you through the coldest nights, helped you nourish the needs of your body, and made your outdoor experience worth the while.
While we don’t usually give a fuss about this because we often laugh our way out, I guess it’s best that we save ourselves from Nazis out there and learn how to properly pronounce the outdoor gear that we are using.
I know my boss is tired of reminding me to never make unverified claims but Mt. Naupa is such a great hiking and camping destination – that describing it anything less than ‘best’ would be an understatement.
Alto Peak is known as the highest peak in Eastern Visayas. But to me, Alto stands beyond its height. The experience we had during our hike and camp on this beautiful sanctuary goes beyond elevation and trail class difficulty. During this hike, I’ve realized how society has fooled us to come up with a very modest description of beauty.
Just when you thought you’ve seen so much of the Earth; these amazing trees will prove to you that nature will never run out of things to show off. I was just actually scrolling around social media when I came upon a post sharing some photos of the world’s most incredible trees. Long story short, I started browsing and researching trees all over the world, and then voila!
Sure, it’s difficult to keep going – most especially if we’re uncertain of where we are headed, if things will really get better in the upcoming days… or year. We can’t defy death. With or without COVID, someday we will die.
But on the other days, we won’t. And in those days, we wake up and continue living – making the most of what life allows us to do (quarantined or not), spending time with people who matters (and also with those who don’t), and creating small ripples one day at a time.
While everyone is capitalizing on being productive in this time of pandemic – to venture into a new hobby, look for new job opportunities, stay on top of the demands at work – I realized that it is also equally important to take a break. To just do nothing because resting is also a form of productivity.
Mt. Kapayas (locally known as Lantawan) is one of the notorious hiking destinations located in Cebu, particularly in the Municipality of Catmon. It stands at around 783+ masl and provides a breathtaking view of the municipality’s neighboring mountain ranges.
Cebu City is not only a great place for historical tours and sightseeing. Aside from its tropical island vibes, it is also a home to a number of waterfalls that will challenge the adventurer within you.
Here’s what I learned: you don’t have to be like Mulan. You don’t need to be strong. You don’t need to leave home. You don’t need to defeat men. You don’t need to impose physical force. You don’t need to disguise for who you are not. You don’t have to become a legend.