Monday, December 31, 2012

Top 12 Adventures of 2012

All of The BACKPACKERS ranked the adventures they took part in from their most favorite to their not-so favorite this year. After everyone ranked these adventures, the average is calculated and these adventures are ranked according to the group's consensus  Adventures which landed on #1 in a BP's list earned +0.25 points. And from there, the TOP TWELVE ADVENTURES of 2012 were determined.



TOP 12 ADVENTURES OF 2012



We start this countdown with the mother mountain of The BACKPACKERS, Mt. Gulugod Baboy which was revisited in June of this year. The relaxing climb and the nice vista on its campsite and summit were appreciated by BPs and guests.


Sunday, December 30, 2012

The BACKPACKERS in 2012


2012: A YEAR IN REVIEW FOR THE BACKPACKERS





I. MAJOR CLIMBS

A major climb separates the usual fun climbs because of its difficulty - longer and steeper trails, and exposure to extreme weather conditions. It may include grueling travels and enduring in a more technical climb. This is one of the requirements before being officially inducted in The BACKPACKERS family. The real bonding happens while you are facing a major mountain. This year, we had three major climbs which paved way to the inevitable growth of The BACKPACKERS family.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The BP Anniversary Party 2012


"DROP YOUR BACKPACKS...
AND PUT YOUR BEST BOOTS ON..

We're going to party like we're in the 
Wild Wild West!"



The BACKPACKERS
Celebrates Two Years of Growth and Friendship
December 15, 2012
The Ascott Hotel

December of 2010 when The BACKPACKER Pioneers stared in awe and amazement at the beauty of Mt. Gulugod Baboy. These individuals witnessed the wonder of nature and this fascination instantly became a hobby. It paved way to a commitment of holding at least one climb per month. As the Pioneers set foot in new and exciting destination, they also met new faces. At first, they were only trail acquaintances. And little did they find out that these new faces would become special months later. The BACKPACKERS grew and held four induction climbs to celebrate ardent bonds and new friendships. Two fruitful and adventurous years for the group. It's already a great feat.

Monday, December 17, 2012

2nd Anniversary Greetings

Two Years. One Group. One Family. We, The BACKPACKERS, celebrated our second anniversary last 15th of December at The Ascott Hotel in Makati City.

Here are some messages and greetings from the people we've climbed and collaborated with this year:


From LOUIE BACCAY:


To the Backpackers:


Louie when he climbed Mt. Talamitam
with BP Lead Ivan and the shoulderbaggers
Happy 2nd Anniversary. Congrats para sa 2 successful years. Salamat dahil sa 2 years na yun naging part ako sa history niyo. Thank din sa group niyo dahil never kayong nakalimot na iinvite kami ni shyne. Your group, your bonding, your friendships inspired me to continue climbing and discover new things. Pareng Ivan, as the leader of your group, i know this group will last for years and more years. I know what kind of leader are you. Continue inspiring and sharing the same passion to others. I’m looking forward for more mountains, more adventures and more bonding time. Thank You for listening and THANK YOU THE BACKPACKERS, again, HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!


Thursday, December 13, 2012

The BP Participates: ABC+ Benefit Gig






ABC+ is a humanistic gesture and a collaborative effort of PLUS, MCAP, Monkeyneering, KaEskwela and The BACKPACKERS aimed at raising funds, this time, for the flip flops of more than 270 schoolkids of Balagbag Elem. School, Rodriguez, Rizal, and for Hyacinth N. Cadiz of Silliman University, who has just had a kidney transplant worth P1.5Million courtesy of family and friends and still needs medication for her fast recovery. The event will be an art exhibit, benefit gig, and christmas party rolled into one in Bali Hai Garden Restaurant at 37 Visayas Ave., Bgy. Vasra, Quezon City, on December 9, 2012, Sunday, featuring visual arts, music of varied genres, dance, poetry, prose, etc. Half of the proceeds will go to the KaEskwela funds in case any of the KaE partners takes care of the flip flops of the schoolkids of Balagbag; the other half will be deposited to the bank account of Hya's brother or any of her immediate family.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Morong, Bataan & Subic



The Beach & Pawikan in Morong, Bataan 
and the Zoobic Safari in Subic


Long weekends have been and will always be a much anticipated time of the year for working people who are lucky enough to enjoy their day-offs longer than usual. "Lucky enough" because for 3 straight years, I didn't have that privilege! Working on a holiday might give you that double or triple pay, but doing that repeatedly for years will eventually get you stressed out and drained. Oh, I so love long weekends!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Mt. Samat and Dunsulan Falls


Destination = BATAAN

By: Mark Nickson P. Garcia


Bataan is one of the places I have always wanted to visit, but somehow it was only this long weekend that I decided to pursue this destination. Compared to other nearby places in Manila, Bataan takes only about two  to three hours to travel from Manila, which makes it more convenient for everyone to spend a day exploring it. 

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Bonifacio Day Long Weekend




So where were you this long weekend?

BP Jovy attended a wedding this long weekend

The BACKPACKERS had no slated event for the long weekend covering Bonifacio Day but it did not mean that it will stop them from individually enjoying the holiday. Ever since the President started altering holiday celebrations in the Philippines so that it can be moved close to a Saturday or Sunday, long weekend holidays became a thing everyone's excited for. But since Bonifacio Day fell exactly on a Friday, we did not need to wait for any long weekend announcements to start planning on an adventure.

So where did The BACKPACKERS go this most recent long weekend?


Friday, November 30, 2012

Mt. Tapulao

It was a climb that tested us in varied aspects - physical strength, mental alertness, and our virtues. But as a Group we were able to emerge from the challenges that came along our "trail". And once again, we were able to prove that while knowing the technicalities of a particular target climb prior to the attempt is very important, still, it is how the group utilizes that knowledge and the group's approach to difficulties that promises an achievement. 

Because of "The BACKPACKERS' way", five mountain climbers were welcomed as new members of the Group in a successful climb to the highest peak in Central Luzon.


The BACKPACKERS Fifth Induction Climb
Conquering Mount Tapulao
By Heinz Lopez Alvarez, Jr.



Thursday, November 29, 2012

Mt. Pinatubo


Solo-Backpacking in Mt. Pinatubo 
by Marion Erika Macapagal

Mt. Pinatubo has become one of the most famous volcanoes in the country after its eruption in 1991. It might have brought massive destruction of infrastructures and resources, natural or man-made, but its beauty nowadays is incomparable that tourists, local or foreigners, would be wowed seeing its summit and the crater lake.


BP King's nice capture!

Friday, November 23, 2012

The BP Gives Back: Give Love Year 2

The BACKPACKERS. BE LOVED. GIVE LOVE. Year 2

The BACKPACKERS had a slight detour from our usual outdoor activities and bonded in the metropolis as we held our second major Outreach Activity in He Cares Foundation in Visayas Avenue, Quezon City.  As we delve deeper into this season of sharing and loving, everyone was very willing and cooperative for this undertaking to be successful. It was spearheaded by BP Marion as part of her commitment in sharing her blessings during her birthday month. Here, we had the chance to meet, greet and bond with fifty seven kids of He Cares Foundation. It was an overwhelming feeling for everyone to see the beautiful smiles of these kids while they danced, played, drew art and ate. 

Here's a picture story of what transpired in this very memorable event:


Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Mt. Tagapo 2012






Mt. Tagapo 2012
by Ivan Ignacio

It was a promising day for The BACKPACKERS and friends. Despite the storm signal brought by tropical storm Ofel one to two days ago, Mr. Sunshine was unexpectedly smiling that morning. We gathered and met our guests outside McDonalds in EDSA Central. We all knew each other except for our first time guest, Miss Weng Bulaon of 'Byaheng Jologs Lakwatsera' blog. Her love for nature trips stopped several years ago due to a change in life's priority. But this year, she is coming back to what she loves: travelling. After twenty years, her comeback climb is with The BACKPACKERS. Altogether, we journeyed via chartered jeepney to the town of Binangonan, Rizal. All were excited about conquering this mountain compared by Dr. Jose P. Rizal to a maiden's breast: Mt. Tagapo.

Monday, October 29, 2012

The BP Gives Back: Give Love @ Nayon Ng Kabataan

We Care, We Share
I felt I had a very loving heart of a good Christian after I and my groupThe BACKPACKERS spent time at Nayon ng mga Kabataan yesterday and had fun with the street children who are under the custody of DSWD. Thanks Chons Zosa for this outreach. This reminded me of how lucky I had been because of my mom (wherever she is now). 
~BP Clue Fajardo



Friday, October 26, 2012

Tacloban, Leyte ~ City Tour

The last destination of The BACKPACKERS is the city which serves as the gateway of Eastern Visayas: Tacloban City. This is where the Leyte part of the famous San Juanico bridge is connecting and the location of Leyte island's only airport: Daniel Z. Romualdez airport. It is rich with history; aside from the longest bridge in the country which was the gift of former President Ferdinand Marcos to his spouse Imelda Marcos, it is also the site of the Madonna of Japan, Imelda Shrine and it is near MacArthur Landing Park; a memorial park built in the comemoration of Douglas MacArthur's landing in the Philippines during the second World War. The BACKPACKERS stayed at the affordable Grand Royale Suites in Burgos Street, a couple of blocks away from the city's downtown. Let us check out the places of interest visited by The BACKPACKERS in Tacloban City:

TACLOBAN CITY TOUR

San Juanico Bridge


Thursday, October 25, 2012

Palompon, Leyte ~ Kalanggaman Island & Tabuk Marine Sanctuary


The Priceless Treasures of Palompon
by: Marion Erika Macapagal


Seeing the sunrise and sunset in the beach is like heaven everytime. Oh I so love that moment! ❤ It reminds me that there’s a beginning yet there’s an ending for everything which makes me appreciate life more. In this trip, I won’t let the moment pass without seeing a picturesque sunrise and sunset in Kalanggaman Island.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Sogod, Southern Leyte ~ Zip Southern Leyte

Waking up on that Saturday morning was associated with infectious excitement coming from all of us. It was our third day in what we labeled as "The BACKPACKERS Eastern Visayas Escapade" and what made us all ecstatic was the fact that we would be having adrenaline rush-triggering activities that day in Sogod, Southern Leyte - ziplining and riding a cable car over the tallest bridge in the Philippines, the Agas-agas Bridge!



Sugod Na Sa Sogod!
(Let's Rush to Sogod!)
By Heinz Lopez Alvarez, Jr.

The BACPKACERS with Ralph's Sheryl (second from right)


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Maasin, Southern Leyte ~ Cagnituan Cave & Falls and Jalleca Hill

The group was starting to enjoy the backpacking vibe of their Eastern Visayas adventure as they rode an ordinary bus from Matalom, Leyte to Maasin, the capital city of Southern Leyte. But with fresh clean air and nice sceneries during the 30 minute ride, you will not really look for airconditioned buses in this part of the country. The BACKPACKERS were welcomed by BP Weng's relatives whose humble abode served as a safehouse for their belongings. After being introduced to the local deli of Maasin City: the circular hopia and the hanging rice or 'puso' ~ the local's eco-friendly way of cooking and serving rice, they geared up for their next adventure: checking out Guinsohotan Falls and an unexpected spelunking challenge at Cagnituan Cave.





We Survived Cagnituan Challenge
by: Ivan Ignacio

Monday, October 22, 2012

Matalom, Leyte ~ Canigao Island


The BACKPACKERS visited Eastern Visayas on October 11 - 15, 2012. Their first stop was in the quaint town of Matalom in Leyte. They were divided into two groups, the first group consisted of BPs April, Marion, Percy and Ivan who reached Tacloban via Zestair at 5:40AM. They toured the town of Tacloban before heading to their first group destination: Matalom, Leyte. After enduring four hours of travelling passing through the towns of Dulag, Rizal, Mayorca, Mac Arthur, Abuyog, Baybay, Inopacan, Hindang, Hilongos and Bato, they finally reached the quiet shores of Matalom, Leyte. The four reached the island at around 5PM, pitched tent and waited for the afternoon group who arrived in Leyte at 1PM. The afternoon group consisted of BPs Chons, Weng, Heinz, Ralph and our lone guest Sheryl. Here is what we experienced in this small but beautiful island of Canigao:


Wow Canigao
by: Weng Topasi

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Backpacking in Eastern Visayas



Eastern Visayas was the venue of 
The BACKPACKERS Ultimate Adventure 
for the second half of 2012

Here is a quick look at the towns and places visited by The BACKPACKERS:

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Baler

Province of Aurora
P H I L I P P I N E S


Let Us Surf & Wander in Baler!

By: Marion Erika Macapagal



Boredom. Who in this world have never felt bored at one point in his life? Stress. The truth is we deal with it every single day. So how do you deal with them? What do you do every day to make your life busy yet happy and satisfied? In my case, I want to spend the next 60 or 70 years of my life (if that is how long I will live in this world) as if everyday is a blessing that I should be thankful for. And for me, the best way to appreciate it is to enjoy life to the fullest.

Perhaps the most effective way to whisk off stress and to get rid of boredom is to find a hobby or a sport that would stimulate your mind and body. Trying out things that you have not done in your life is a good idea too. Or, simply creating your own Bucket List and challenging yourself to accomplish them one by one. Tell you what… I got a hundred of things to do in my own list! And, on top of the list is to explore the beauty of the world.

Today, let me share our travel experience and introduce you to one of the many beautiful and lovely places here in the Philippines - BALER.


Sunday, September 30, 2012

Punta Malabrigo Beach Resort

Brgy. Malabrigo, Lobo, Batangas

Relaxing in A Stony Shore
By Heinz Lopez Alvarez, Jr.


As part of the plan, the group proceeded to Punta Malabrigo Beach Resort to have a relaxing side trip after a good climb in Mt. Banoi.





We left the jump-off point in two batches as we had Tami (Wilson’s L300), which transported members of The BACKPACKERS (BPs); and our hired van, which carried our guests and few BPs.

It was a 30 – 45 minutes travel from Sitio Malabnig of Brgy. Balabat to Brgy. Malabrigo, Lobo Batangas. Because of that, most of us opted to sleep to replenish lost energy on the way to the resort. The first group had to stop over King's Eatery at the side of the Plaza to buy our late lunch at the resort. The owner of the eatery was very accommodating and friendly to us and we recommend that you to check out that small eatery when you get to visit this town.



Saturday, September 29, 2012

Mt. Banoi




A BUCOLIC AND BEAUTIFUL BANOI
Mt. Banoi Climb
Lobo, Batangas
September 22-23, 2012

by: Ivan Ignacio

The BACKPACKERS had been to several towns in Batangas; Nasugbu, Sto. Tomas, Cuenca, Batangas City en route to Puerto Galera, and Mabini. Being blessed with several majestic hiking destinations paralleled with its proximity to the metropolis, Batangas has been a favorite target. But there's a specific town in Batangas that nobody thought existed: Lobo, Batangas. Nestled on its ranges is Mt. Banoi - a nice and easy minor climb in the vicinity. What made this trip to the edge of Batangas province memorable is the fact that it was everybody's first time in the town, not to mention it was also everyone's first climb in Mt. Banoi.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Mt. Pico de Loro Traverse


Mt. Pico de Loro has always been special to me. It is the mountain that opened my interest towards mountaineering. Its amazing campsite view deck and breathtaking 360 degree summit view are responsible for inspiring me to explore the beauty of other mountain's summits and peaks. Since then I became an active mountain climber. I have climbed and will be climbing several new mountain peaks but I vowed to visit Mt. Pico de Loro at least once a year. This promise is to remind me of those days when I was just a mere guest who was beginning to appreciate the sport. And being true to the pact I made with Mt. Pico de Loro, to date, I have paid it a visit of six times in four years. Each visit was special.

It was also Mt. Pico de Loro that triggered the passion for mountain climbing in some of The BACKPACKERS. I introduced five friends to this peak in 2010. Soon after, we became a group who vowed to climb at least once a month. The group easily became close and treated each one a family. The family grew bigger. And the rest is history.

September of the year 2012, I invited The BACKPACKERS to conquer the Parrot's Beak again. BPs Tin and Weng easily responded to the invitation for they haven't been to this mountain. Both were actually looking forward in such invitation. We were joined by BP Angel and Wilson, both would be conquering Mt. Pico de Loro for the second time.

This Mt. Pico de Loro trip is unique for three reasons. First, this is the first time I'm trying its traverse trail from Ternate, Cavite to Nasugbu, Batangas. It can be considered as one of the most grueling Mt. Pico de Loro trek for it's the first time I won't be spending a night in its campsite, thus making it a dayhike traverse. The last unexpected reason it's memorable is because of the presence of a dog who voluntarily guided and bonded with us for ten hours during this daytrip.



The Sixth Companion
A Mt. Pico de Loro Dayhike Traverse story

by: Ivan Ignacio

Backpacker Ivan and the unexpected companion

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Mt. Manalmon Revisited

Mon, who celebrated his birthday last month at Mt. Sembrano with The BACKPACKERS, arranged for a Mt. Manalmon trip. He sent out immediate invitations for people to join him. A couple of days before the target date he got a confirmation from two co-backpackers, Angel and Weng, some of the members of PLUS and three of The BACKPACKERS' most recent guests during our climbs: Sheryl, Mina and Freddie. Add to the  gang were Sir Freddie's wife and friends. 

Check out their adventure in the easy but equally amazing Mt. Manalmon:






Missing Madlum
by: Weng Topasi 

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The BP Tips: Security at Mt. Sembrano

An advisory on Mt. Sembrano was placed in Pinoy Mountaineer since year 2009. The mountain has become notorious for multiple theft and tent slashing incidences. Words spread like wildfire that Mt. Sembrano is a mountain to avoid. It is sad that it has been three years and it seems like nothing has changed. The last account of stealing on Pinoy Mountaineer was dated February 2012. After that, Mt. Sembrano page became less active as its thread became more silent. 

source: 
http://www.pinoymountaineer.com/2012/02/climb-advisory-feb-2012-theft-persists.html 


"Be wary of people who might join you on your socials at night. They will pretend to be all nice and fun but they actually will be observing. After a couple of drinks and when the whole camp is exhausted and drunk, that's when they will attack." These are the reminders of the Brgy. Chairman of Malaya, Pililla, Rizal before we started the trek to Manggahan Campsite.

Brgy. Chairman of Brgy. Malaya conducting a short briefing

Monday, August 20, 2012

Mt. Sembrano

February of 2011, The BACKPACKERS targeted that prominent mountain in the Jalajala Peninsula: Mt. Sembrano. Everything is all set when BP Lead Ivan got hospitalized for a week. The climb responsibility was handed over to BP Vice Ralph and BP Sec Liz. But come climb date, the group decided to postpone the trip. Mt. Sembrano was cancelled. Since then it has been an inside joke that planning a Mt. Sembrano climb can spell out bad luck for the group.

March of 2011, BP Lead invited the group to conquer what the group failed to conquer a month ago. But since only five members confirmed, they had a last minute change of plan to go to Madlum Park in Bulacan instead. Mt. Sembrano was cancelled again. A recon climb to Mt. Manalmon was conducted instead.

September of 2011 in The BACKPACKERS calendar was supposedly for a Mt. Sembrano climb. But the Ultimate CDO-Camiguin-Bukidnon trip satisfied the adventurous spirit of the group and the scheduled climb to Mt. Sembrano was later forgotten. Mt. Sembrano was cancelled again. Mt. Hibok Hibok was conquered instead for that month.

Several more cancellations, numerous surveys and attempts to head to Mt. Sembrano, but it never happened. The question was whether or not the group will be able to visit Mt. Sembrano? Come August of 2012, The BACKPACKERS finally gathered and conquered the mountain. That month, the target was Mt. Sembrano (and Mt. Sembrano only).







FINALLY, MT. SEMBRANO!

Pililla, Rizal
August 18-19, 2012


by: Ivan Ignacio


Monday, August 13, 2012

Solo Backpacking at Talim Island

In the heart of Laguna lake, we will find a dagger shaped island, hence the name Talim Island. This is where the Backpacker Lead spent his interesting day last weekend. He was not lucky for the weather was not on his side, but he was fortunate to witness a festivity celebrated on the island that day.



Monsoon on My Third Time
Solo Backpacking at Talim Island
by Ivan Ignacio

Friday, August 3, 2012

Boracay Island

I Love Boracay
By Heinz Lopez Alvarez

To set foot in Boracay for a vacation or whatnot did not excite me at all. That was before and the reason was I  had experienced living a life near the beach ( beaches, actually) and mountains in my younger years. Our families in both sides, Lopez and Alvarez, came from Bicol. My parents were both born and raised in Caramoan, which is now a famous destination for both local and foreign tourists coming from different parts of the globe. But after spending four fun-tastic days in that Visayan jewel, I uttered "I love Boracay!"



I, together with my IBM workmates, explored Boracay in August 2011. Allow me to virtually share the fun and the experience through this feature.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Balite Falls

Amadeo, Cavite
P h i l i p p i n e s   


                          The BACKPACKERS Were Here...
Balite Falls

By Heinz Lopez Alvarez, Jr.
Photos taken by April Bedana and Alexi Lee


To celebrate the success of the Group's first official night trek, Mt. Talamitam Climb, The BACKPACKERS and guests had a refreshing treat in a place where the bustling of flowing water is irresistibly inviting - Balite Falls.


Balite Falls is a small but definitely a good place for some water fun! This somehow hidden nature offering is located in Amadeo, Cavite, a good 20-30 minutes drive from Tagaytay Rotonda. In our case, we are all grateful to Wilson, one of our guests, for making the Group's transportation from Sitio Bayabasan to Balite Falls comfortable because of Tami, his L300 box type. 

Mt. Talamitam



It was the second month in a row that The BACKPACKERS visited Batangas, a nearby province blessed with several impressive mountains. Nestled in the town of Nasugbu is Mt. Talamitam - a mountain no stranger to many of us as we have seen it when we visited its sister mountain Mt. Batulao a year ago. We have conquered several mountains to date but each new mountain that we encounter does not fail to impress us in its own unique way. Backpacker Anna said it best when she posted this on her facebook wall after a successful Mt. Talamitam climb:


BP Anna at Mt. Talamitam summit
The mountains indeed have their own unique beauty. And that makes them incomparable to each other. ~BP Anna


Aside from the breathtaking landscapes, you will get your unique experience from the people that you climb with, the unexpected challenging encounters and the beauty offered to you by the destination during the time that you step on it. These are some of the reasons why it is very difficult to replicate a climb so one should always make the most out of it.




Friday, June 29, 2012

Mt. Balagbag Revisited


While most of The BACKPACKERS were enjoying the astounding view atop Mt. Gulugod Baboy and the beautiful beach at Sombrero Island, two members of the group were busy guiding a group of nature lovers on top of a mountain which will always be dear to us: Mt. Balagbag

Backpackers Weng and Mon had a prior commitment of guiding a group of trekkers. And here in The BACKPACKERS, part of our commitment is to share the hidden paradise in our country so it was very much understandable that they were not able to join our adventure in Mt. Gulugod Baboy. They guided the artistic group PLUS (The Art Collective: Propelled by Learning via Unbridled Synergy) 


BP Weng

BP Mon

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Sombrero Island



Mt. Gulugod Baboy 2012 revisit
Our guests appreciated what they saw and experienced on top of Mt. Gulugod Baboy. Expectations were met. Everyone was welcomed by the picturesque view of the blue sea bordered with verdant hills below and with the clear skies above seen on daytime. The cold breeze that kissed while the skies turned tangerine on late afternoon was indeed very relaxing. And, the Socials that night was made more inviting (and absolutely more romantic for those couples in the climb) because of the canopy of stars overhead and the tiny twinkling lights from the towns below which served as a lovely backdrop. No doubt, Mt. Gulugod Baboy always deserves revisits.



On with the next adventure in Mabini, Batangas: Sombrero Island!

Hat shaped when viewed from afar, thus the name Sombrero Island...
Sombrero Island is a small but very beautiful island along the coast of Mabini, Batangas

Monday, June 25, 2012

Mt. Gulugod Baboy 2012


December of 2010 when a group of friends decided to conquer a mountain: Mt. Gulugod Baboy. Most of them had mountain climbing experience but many did not expect that the beauty of the sport will allure them in craving for more. Thus, the start of The BACKPACKER's commitment in discovering the beauty of nature and targeting at least one climb per month. 

Since then, this group of friends found themselves wandering in many mountains, beaches, islands and caves. And along the way, they were joined by several others who shared the same passion and took the same commitment. The family started to grow. Several months have passed and their bond became stronger. They walked on several trails with eyes feasting on majestic landscapes. Come June of 2012, after several summits, they have decided to revisit that mountain which technically started it all, Mt. Gulugod Baboy.

TOP 11 ADVENTURES OF 2011


The second half of 2012 is approaching.

More summits.
More beaches.
More adventures!


But before that, we would like to take a look at one of the busiest years of 
The BACKPACKERS ~ 2011

Year end of 2011, BP Lead Ivan started a poll and gathered the members' most memorable and Top escapades for that year. Here are the results:



The TOP 11 adventures of 
The BACKPACKERS in 2011





11 MT. ARAYAT TRAVERSE (March)
Magalang, Pampanga to Arayat, Pampanga 

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Baler

BALER
A
captivating heaven at the heart of Aurora province 



Rainy season has begun. But there is no stopping The BACKPACKERS to climb a mountain, visit the most captivating waterfalls, caves and beaches, and promote some of the wonderful tourist spots in our country.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Mt. Pulag 2012


CONQUERING LUZON'S HIGHEST PEAK
THE BACKPACKERS IN MT. PULAG



Saturday, May 26, 2012

The Road to Mt. Pulag

OUR JOURNEY TO REACH LUZON'S HIGHEST PEAK
THE ROAD TO MT. PULAG



It was a long four hour trip from Tuba, Benguet to the jumpoff point which is at the Ranger Station of Mt. Pulag National Park. But since we had several sidetrips, noone really endured the long ride. All spirits remained high and enthusiastic as we were just actually starting our Huling Hirit in Benguet. The visit to Mt. Sto Tomas and Mt. Cabuyao was somehow worth the time, money and effort already... and there's still a lot in store for us!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Mt. Cabuyao


MEETING THE TWIN RADARS OF
MT. CABUYAO


The BACKPACKERS in front of the enormous radar on top of Mt. Cabuyao

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Mt. Sto Tomas



A MEMORABLE EARLY MORNING RIDE
AT MT. STO TOMAS


Our first group shot in Benguet after our mighty monster jeepney parked near the summit of Mt. Sto Tomas

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Huling Hirit Sa Tag Init - BENGUET

HULING HIRIT SA TAG INIT

The BACKPACKERS in BENGUET
Mt. Cabuyao and Mt. Sto Tomas
Mt. Pulag Induction Climb

May 19-22, 2012




Monday, May 21, 2012

Subic's Whiterock Waterpark and Beach Hotel

Water Slides Adventure Is More Fun in Whiterock
Subic, Zambales, Philippines




I was a Chicken Little before, too much of a coward when talking about sliding into a pool. Believe me, just the thought of climbing up pool slide scared me so much that I would prefer going home when asked to give it a try. But not anymore, after a friendwhose energy and excitement are so infectiouswas able to bring me up the platform and slide with me into a pool with a huge splash...washing away my fear of waterslides!
Since then, I've never missed slide adventure whenever in a resort.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Marion Loves Adventure but Marion Loves You MORE than her adventures!

Marion Loves Adventure 

but Marion Loves You more than her 

adventures!

by: Marion Erika Macapagal




Saturday, April 28, 2012

Puerto Galera Part 4: BANANA BOAT ETC.


After spending a refreshing morning at Aninuan Falls, we rested for a bit before hitting the beach front for a water adventure. There are lots of things you can do on the fine sand of White Beach. There are nets for those who wish to play beach volleyball. Locals who offer body massage for 200Php roam around. You can bring your tent and camp out especially if your booked accommodation is far from the beach. As you look in the horizon, you won't fail to notice that the sea is action packed. Aside from people swimming, you could see jetskis, motor boats, parasailing, kayaks and... bananas! Due to limited time, we resigned from our original plan of a snorkeling expedition. Instead of boarding a motor boat, we hopped in, banana-style!


York, Feigh, Weng & Marion

BP couple Ivan and Angel


Friday, April 27, 2012

Puerto Galera Part 3: ANINUAN FALLS




There are three waterfalls near White Beach, Puerto Galera. On the second day of our Mindoro escapade, we woke up early to visit one of these falls: Aninuan Falls. It is nestled at the foot of the towering Mt. Malasimbo and is under the vicinity of Brgy. Aninuan, hence the name Aninuan Falls. In order to get there, you can either give in to the offer of the local businessmen and hire their jeepney (or van) which will take you to the jumpoff point or you can just hike from your inn/hotel straight to the falls. Taking the former will cost you 1,000 - 1,500Php plus you still need to hike from the jumpoff point up to the falls. We opted to take the latter: hiking up at the wee hours of morning until we reach the waterfalls.