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.

Click this to watch the full video.

 

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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

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

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Bega Falls and its hidden Mystery

 

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Bega Falls is located in Barangay Mabuhay, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur. “Bega” is a local dialect means to Flirt, it came from the locals folklore about a beautiful lady who is so enchanting that seduces and lure the men from the barrio. Now it is one of the most famous tourist spot that Agusan del Sur can offer other than “Lolong” the famous alligator. They are open for whole week from 8am – 5pm only.

The drop-off point to Bega falls for those traveling on foot is the Awa Junction which in the middle of Butuan City in the North, Davao City in the South and Liangga, Surigao del Sur in the East. There is no landmark yet at the moment in the Awa junction but the nearest Public Terminal is the Patin-ay Bus Terminal if you are coming from Davao and Bayugan City Bus Terminal If you will be coming from Butuan City.

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She is not who you think she is.

The only option going to Bega Falls is the Habal-habal Motorcycle which is good for 2 passengers per motorcycle. The habal-habal terminal is just at the drop-off point. Fare is Php 200 per person for a back and forth trip or Php 100 per person for a one way trip and travel time of 30 mins. The drivers are very friendly and they will wait for you the whole time, So please do not forget to leave some tips for their waiting time.

All visitors are required to register and pay Php 25 for entrance fee.

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That’s me being seduce by its beauty. 

 

How to get there:

  • If you will be coming from Butuan City to Awa junction you may ride the public Buses going to Davao, Mangagoy or Tandag, Public Utility Van is also available. Travel time is 1 hr 40 mins to 2 hrs and fare is just cheap for only Php 90.

 

  • If you will be coming from Davao City to Awa Junction which is next to Patin-ay Bus Terminal you may ride Public Van and Buses going to Butuan City. Fare is Php 320 quiet expensive for budget travelers with Travel time of +/- 5hrs, but if you will be coming from Patin-ay Bus Terminal which just 20 mins away and the fare is only Php 20.

 

  • There is no Public Transportation available going directly to Awa junction using the access road to Prosperidad if you will be coming from Liangga, Surigao del Sur. You may contact some private vehicles if you want to take the access road for 40 mins – 1 hr travel time. Another way to go to the falls from Liangga is via public transportation going to Butuan City.

 

Click the link to watch our adventure going to Bega Falls.

 

Price: 8/10  The price is so cheap for those travelers just around Mindanao, but for those travelers outside Mindanao just do not forget to include the Bega Falls in your itinerary when you are planning to visit Agusan soon. You can bring your own food inside so its also a good thing for budget travelers. I advise to bring a lot of water because of a more than a half an hour trek.

Place: 9/10  The place is so magical, I almost thought that the local folklore is maybe true but the only thing that will seduce you is the sound of the flowing water and it’s crystal clear water, if its not raining. ( umulan nung pumunta kami bes, but nothing can stop us!! Wag kami…) I just want to advice to bring some extra clothing because you will not get wet only by the water but also with sweat while trekking going to the falls, good thing is that most of the steps are already cemented.

Personnels: 9/10 The locals from the habal-habal drivers, security guys to Ate tindera all of them are so welcoming. They are all friendly, so please do not forget to leave some tips when you leave the place.

If you are planning visit Bega Falls soon you may contact Ma’am Noradel Martinez, the Municipal Tourism Officer of Prosperidad through her mobile number 09993089403 for your assistance and inquiries.

 

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Camiguin: Island of Holiness

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Experience a different kind of way to reflect this Lenten Season through this must-visit place in Camiguin Island, The Walkway to the Old Volcano and Station of the Cross. Its an 8 kilometers hike to reach the peak of the Mount Vulcan also called as The Old Volcano while following the 14 human-sized Stations of the Cross. This famous tourist spot specially during holy week is situated at Barangay Bonbon, Town of Catarman, Camiguin Island.

In every year specially on Holy Thursday and Good Friday all the local devotees of Camiguin and together with the tourist observes the annual festival called “Panaad” or Promise in English. This annual holy activity is serves as an expression of their repentance, penitence and cleansing their souls as they walk the 8 kilometers path to reach the peak and enjoy the scenic view of the Old Volcano.

Travel Notes and Tips:

-This place has an environmental fee of Php 10 per person above 12 years old ( latest rates during our visit, not sure when its Lenten Season )

-Do not forget to bring water to stay hydrated if your are planning to reach the peak.

-There will be a lot of locals and tourist during Lenten Season for sure as it is the pilgrimage site to Roman Catholic devotees.

-Souvenir shops are just across the street.

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For more info and photos of the places that we visited during our trip in Camiguin Island, Click the link below:

https://theadventurousvoyager.wordpress.com/2017/03/04/camiguin-province-2017/