Mt. Mapalad Day Hike + Kinabuan Falls ( My unforgettable Birthday Ever! )

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Mt. Mapalad is named after a plant which look like a palm “palad”. It is a newly opened trekking spot located at Barangay San Andres, Tanay, Rizal. It is 750+ meters above sea level ( MASL ) which is a minor hike and a good spot for beginners in hiking with a difficulty of 3/9. From the registration area the trek is around 2-3 hours depending upon your pacing to complete the 8 kilometers distance going to the summit.

The mountain’s landscapes will amaze you for hours of trekking and will give you boost to reach the summit. The trail begins with plain roads with some river crossings and you will also pass the Kinabuan falls which will be in your options if you want to stop over and take a quick dip during your descend. After almost an hour of walking, the path slowly switch to steeply on the ascent up the mountain. We passed wooded areas and beautiful rock formations too. After almost three hours, we finally reached the view deck area.

Finish your adventure by dipping in the refreshing waters of Kinabuan Falls after your hike. The water flowing in this falls will depend on the weather during your hike. In our experience we did not really enjoyed the falls because of the sunny weather for the past few days, but we did enjoy swimming in the flowing cold river.

If you are a beginner on hiking then I suggest to try Mt. Mapalad in Rizal which so newbie friendly hike. More mountains are being explored around Rizal which is not far from the metro and you have no excuse not to try this one. Do not worry you will never run out of energy just by overlooking the serene province bounded by the Sierra Madre mountain ranges.

Lastly, I would like to take this opportunity to say Thank you to my newly met friends who made this Birthday Climb possible and a very unforgettable one. Thank you very much Kristan, Mark, Fritz, Jordan, Kwiin and Suzhi. See you next climb guys.

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How to get there:

From Aurora Blvd. Cubao ride a Jeepney / FX going to Antipolo, Cogeo ( Php 35-40 )

From Cogeo Gate 2 or Cogeo Public Market you have to ride a Jeep going to Barangay Sampaloc drop off at Brgy. San Andres ( Php 40 )

From Brgy San Andres you have to ride a tricycle going to Jump-off Area / Registration Area ( Php 120 /4 pax )

** Personal Tips = If you are traveling with 7-8 persons you may rent a whole FX for Php 1500just like what we did. This is from Cubao going directly to the drop-off point which is more convenient if you do not want any hassle transferring to another rides and this is the fastest way going there specially if you are going to chase the golden hour.

Going Back to Manila:

From Drop-off point you can ride a tricycle going Barangay Sampaloc ( Php 300 / trike good for 4 pax  )

From Brgy. Sampaloc Terminal ride a jeep going to Cogeo ( Php 35 )

From Cogeo going back to Cubao you can ride a FX / Jeep ( Php 25 )

Things to Bring: ( Mga Hugot para di boring ang pag akyat )

  • 2 to 3 Liters of Water
  • Extra Shirts
  • Packed Break fast/Lunch
  • Trail foods  (jelly ace, chocolate, nuts, etc.)
  • Flash light/Head lamp ( if you will start the hike early in the morning )
  • First aid kit ( para sa mga pusong sugatan. )
  • Sun and rain protection (sunblock, raincoat, poncho, arm sleeve ) (Yung kaya kang protektahan bes. )
  • Powerbank ( just in case ma lowbat ka at baka di kana updated sa mga ganap ni Ex. Don’t worry may signal naman dun.)
  • Camera (para may patunay ka na nka move-on kana sa kanya, post mo agad sa FB bes with hugot captions)
  • Slippers / Sandals ( yan ang susuotin mo pag pagod ka na sa kanya )
  • Garbage bag ( para sa mga feelings na nawala na )
  • Toiletries ( to wash all the pains na pinadama nya sayo)
  • Spirit sa pag akyat!! ( yan ang pinka importante para mapa mukha mo sa kanya na ikaw ay strong and independent person. )

** Personal Tips = There are nearby small store around the trail where you can have a break and take some snack or even have your meal. They even have balloons!!!! Can you believe it?

Do not also forget to bring your toiletries you will need it after enjoying the falls and small rivers. Wash areas are available at their registration area ( Php 20 )

Sample Itinerary:

0400 – ETD Cubao to Cogeo

0440 – ETA Cogeo Gate 2

0520 – ETD Antipolo Terminal Going to Batangas Junction

0620 – ETA Drop-off at Batangas Junction, take tricycle going to Brgy San Andres

0635 – ETA Brgy. San Andres/ Registration

0640 – Start Trek

0900 – Mt. Mapalad Summit/ Photo ops.

1030 – Lunch

1050 – Start Descend

1330 – Back in Registration Area/ Wash up/ Log out

1445 – Head back to Batangas Junction point

1500 – Arrival at Batangas Junction

1520 – Arrival at Terminal going to Cogeo

1600 – Arrival at Cogeo transfer going back to Cubao

1700 – Arrival at Cubao

** Personal Tips = If you want to catch the sunrise you have to leave earlier than the sample itinerary. if you are planning on climbing this mountain on weekends, expect tons of people climbing. It is not very accommodating on especially Sundays and you have to bring with you a lot of patience if you do not want some photo bombers on you IG photos.

Who to Contact:

Coordinators:

Danny Reyes 09059218851

Ruby Reyes 09664097742

They have a 1:5 Ratio ( 1 Guide for 5 persons )

Guide fee: Php 500 for day hike / Php 1250 for overnight

Registration fee: Php 100 / person

Let’s stay connected:

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/officialshawnky

Website: https://theadventurousvoyager.com/

Some photos are credits to Kristan, Marc, and Fritz. Follow them on IG

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Makati City a Victim of Kindness

Philippines is blessed of many things to be treasure, one of it is the weather that most equatorial countries experienced. Each weather conditions has its own advantages and disadvantages that most people may prefer it or not. In urban areas farmers and other agricultural constituent part may take their opportunities to harvest their planted crops during sunny days and wait for another rain to fall to water their newly planted seeds while in rural areas such as Makati City it would be a great disaster to those people working in any establishments. A few drops of rain would create a big mess that would ruin all government and public workers not only in Makati but also in some rural places.

Commuting to a floating Styrofoam is one way of traveling going to your place in Makati during rainy days and the fare is kind of expensive, it triples the ordinary fare of any public vehicles but if you are lucky to have an inflated lifeboat then you are save. If you do not want to spend some money or you do not have an inflated lifeboat then you have no choice but to walk in the 3-4 feet of waste water that contains all kind of waste from bio degradable, non-biodegradable and including animals and human wastes.

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This is just one of the day to day problem of all people living in this place and it should be address to all the concern persons to establish a solution, because everyone is affected to this kind of circumstances. It needs an action to be done as fast as they can to minimize its great effects.

This kindness that is spared to us should also be treasured, it maybe a tragic or not it is still a blessings. We may consider it as a problem but we all know that we are just being tested and every problem there is always a solution, you just have to think and act for it.

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students are struggling in the flood going to their houses.
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students grabbing tightly their school paraphernalia to save from getting wet.
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the other means of transportation during floods in these areas.
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pumping the inflatable boat to transfer safely their employees.

Discovering the Unseen Magnificence of Quiapo: The Unforgettable Experience

I set my phone to alarm at exactly 4:00 in the morning because I will meet my friends at exactly 5:00 am to attend the photo walk at Quiapo, Manila. Suddenly, I did not notice any vibration or noise that would wake me up because of being drunk last night with my friends celebrating his farewell party. So when I saw the sunlight that stricken in my window makes my whole nerves startled, it jolted my whole body to wake up and my hand was like crawling its own to look for my phone. I was shocked when I opened my phone and saw the time and it is already 5:00 in the morning. I was planning to cancel it, but I do not want to miss the opportunity and what would my friends think of about me. I bolted to stood up, went to the bathroom and do the 2 minutes shower. With my reddish and sleepy eyes I arrived at the meeting place 20 minutes late.

Quiapo, Manila is 9 kilometers far from Makati City and 18 minutes travel within current traffic. We rode a jeepney to Taft Avenue and transfer to another jeepney going to Quiapo. We arrived in the place earlier that we thought because it is still early in Saturday morning and the traffic is not yet heavy.

When we set our foot at the tinted cement in front of the famous Quiapo Church, the journey as a street photographer begun. Luckily, even without enough sleep, I manage to capture the beauty of Quiapo. I hope you will like it guys.

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Intramuros: Filled with Beauty and History

A day to spend in a place where everything started, is a place where you need to have a good memory and sight in order to recollect the things that you do not want to forget, specially a historic area like Intramuros or “Walled City” in Spanish. It is settled at the mouth and on the south bank of the Pasig River, Manila. The Walled City highlighted many striking examples of late 16th– and 17th– century Spanish architecture and landmarks which over the centuries remain standing despite of many calamities that visited the country.

Some of the Intramuros’s oldest buildings is the San Agustin Church, The Manila Cathedral that has been rebuilt several times as a result of earthquakes, it is the most significant Roman Catholic building in the Philippines and it also include the most famous Fort Santiago, at the mouth of the Pasig River, which houses a shrine to the Filipino patriot Jose Rizal, who was taken from the Fort for his execution.

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The side of the Great Manila Cathedral

Most of the old city was destroyed during the World War II, but the gates, walls, and small plazas that characterize the area have since been restored. But time has challenged these wall so often in the past that it is highly surprising Intramuros still stands today. Intramuros’s walls filled in and has been used as a golf course, some part of the plaza was open to the public for family bonding were tour guides introducing the history in every corners to the foreigners and the most famous Philippine’s “kalisa” is crossing the streets of the Intramuros.

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Wandering the Intramuros while riding the Kalisa

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Rediscovering the history of your own country is such a big achievement that most people in this generation would feel. The beauty and the historical values that lies in our own homeland which is molded by our forefathers is a place we should be proud to share to the world.

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Biking around the walls is fun and good for stretching our body
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The remnants of some old buildings

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