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.


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 

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 

Magalang, Pampanga to Arayat, Pampanga 

Saturday, June 2, 2012


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.