Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Top 10 Adventures of 2013

THE BACKPACKERS' TOP TEN ADVENTURES OF 2013


                         
10    MARINDUQUE ESCAPADE
Four BP Girls explored the heart of the Philippines - Marinduque. Hitting the beautiful beaches, island hopping, resort bumming and a little bit of caving were the sweetest escape for the girls.


Monday, December 23, 2013

Bohol Adventure Part 2

We narrated the sights and tourist spots in mainland Bohol during the first part of our Bohol Adventure. In this post, we move on to the attractions in the Southern part of the province where the smaller Panglao Island is located.

PANGLAO ADVENTURE

The island of Panglao houses two towns: Panglao and Dauis. This island is blessed with amazing beaches and is teeming with an active marine life. As a matter of fact, Diver's Heaven in Balicasag Island is considered to be one of the top rated dive spots in the country.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Bohol Adventure Part 1

Four BACKPACKERS traveled more than a thousand kilometers to the province of Bohol: the home of the famed Chocolate Hills and the indigenous primate; the tarsier.



BOHOL ADVENTURE
Part 1: Bohol Tour!
by Ivan Ignacio

BOHOL: AN OVERVIEW


We landed in the City of Friendship: Tagbilaran City via Philippine Airlines. Unlike the crowded Manila and Cebu City, Tagbilaran is a humble small city where you can still feel that rustic vibe. It is the only city in this relatively small island. Despite owning only one city, Bohol has the most number of municipalities in the country. It is surrounded by Cebu on its west, Siquijor on its Southwest, Leyte on its East and Camiguin down South. We later learned that the name of the province was derived from 'Bohok' which means cave. According to the locals we interacted with, Bohol is home to numerous cave systems, one of which we visited on our fourth day. 

Friday, December 20, 2013

Mt. Sembrano 2013 (Revisited)


Mt. Sembrano 2013 (Revisited)

By: Nickson Garcia 




My First time with TheBackpackers (BP)

August of last year, I joined a group of mountaineers on their climb at Mt. Sembrano. It was again my first time to climb since time immemorial and unlike my previous climbs, I was unprepared. I had no mountaineering gears, it was a rainy (“bagyo”) season, and we’ll be sleeping overnight. My only purpose in joining that climb was for me to relax and forget (even just for a short time) all the bad events that happened recently on my life. Sadly, upon reaching the summit, zero visibility welcomed us and I just said that one day I will return and see the beauty of this summit. Little did I know, that experience was the start of my mountaineering life and surprisingly, it also marked the day where I met this set of people whom I will have a deep connection with.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Albuera, Leyte Relief Operations

#BANGON ALBUERA!
Part 2: Moving a Mountain
The BACKPACKERS 
Relief Operations in Albuera, Leyte
by Ivan Ignacio


 "Though our passion is conquering mountains, we found more fulfillment in moving one, a 5.936-ton mountain of donations across 960 kilometers to get it to the people of Albuera, Leyte." ~BP Liz

BP Liz nailed it with the opening of her Albuera, Leyte album in facebook. Huge effort and man power were needed to move a 5.9 ton of relief goods from Manila all the way to Leyte (via Cebu). And considering the time frame we had to adjust to, every BACKPACKER and friends devoted their genuine attention in making sure that we will successfully complete the feat.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

BANGON ALBUERA!

#BANGON ALBUERA!
Stories of hope, faith and survival 
during typhoon Yolanda's aftermath
by Ivan Ignacio


I thought that scenes where you can see planes from the Air Force, ships from our (and other countries') Navy, and army trucks pass by every twenty or so minutes can only be seen in war movies until our boat landed in Ormoc City, Leyte. It was not the city I knew anymore. Establishments with damaged roof (some with no roof at all), electric posts and trees were either bent or lying on the ground, shards of broken glasses were scattered everywhere. The once lush green mountains and hills were now as dull as ever. And the people? They were trying to pick up the pieces from what was left of their properties, and their lives. All of these were compressed in a vast sight of a sorrowful town. It was like depicting a vulnerable harrowing work of art. The moment we stepped on that port, everything - the news, the pictures and videos circulating in different media, the stories - felt surreal.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Albuera, Leyte


I thought that scenes where you can see planes from the Air Force, ships from our (and other countries') Navy, and army trucks pass by every twenty or so minutes can only be seen in war movies until our boat landed in Ormoc City, Leyte. It was not the city I knew anymore. Establishments with damaged roof (some with no roof at all), electric posts and trees were either bent or lying on the ground, shards of broken glasses scattered everywhere. The once lush green mountains and hills were now as dull as ever. And the people? They were now trying to pick up the pieces from what was left of their properties, and their lives...


pictures from Albuera, Leyte after the super typhoon Yolanda:



Monday, October 28, 2013

Norzagaray, Bulacan and Its Places of Interest




Pinagrealan Cave. NAPOCOR Hilltop. Angat Dam and Hydroelectric Power Plant.
A Weekend Trip to Norzagaray
By Heinz Lopez Alvarez, Jr.
 


An awesome trip does not have to be expensive and does not always mean traveling to a place far from the metro. The truth is, there are beautiful places that are just within our reach. One perfect example is Norzagaray, Bulacan.

"Garay" is a town that is on the faster lane of the road to economic growth. It is a humble town but must be very proud of its potential tourist attractions like the NAPOCOR Hilltop that is tagged as "Little Baguio of Bulacan"; Angat Dam and its hydroelectric power plant that an important water reservoir and power generator for the Manila metropolitan area; and, Pinagrealan Cave, a historic wonder of nature. 

The question is, have we visited all these? The answer is yes.


Pinagrealan Cave

The date was October 26, 2013 and the weather was perfect for any outdoor activity. We assembled at a fast food chain in Robinson's Pioneer, where we also waited for our lone guest during this trip, Rhenzie Bahatan. She is the daughter of Ms. Ermie Bahatan of the Philippines' Response to Indigenous Peoples and Muslim Education (PRIME), who is a dear friend to The BACKPACKERS.


Rhenzie

When completed at around eleven o'clock, we all boarded a bus bound for SM Fairview, where BP Weng waited for us. After some last minute shopping for food and socials need-to-haves, we rode a jeepney bound for Bigte in Norzagaray, Bulacan. We got off at the Rotunda, and that was where we hired two tricycles that brought us to the entrance of this famous and historic wonder of nature. To sum it up, it's roughly a 2.5 hours to travel from where we assembled up to our first stop - Pinagrealan Cave.

It was actually not the first time for some of us to enter this particular cave. But, we did not mind re-exploring. And besides, it would be an easy spelunking... perfect for first-timers, actually.



Exploring Cave Pinagrealan.

Compared to other caves that The BACKPACKERS have tried, Pinagrealan is the shortest course and the easiest as well. As a matter fact, we were walking up straight most of the time while inside it. But personally, what made me convinced to re-explore it, aside from the cold temperature and the amazing rock formations inside, was the historic element of this cave.

It is documented that Pinagrealan Cave served as a camp for Katipunero Revolutionaries during the war against Spain in 1896, and was General Emilio Aguinaldo's (first President of the Philippines) hideout during the Filipino-American war in 1898. Also, when the country was liberated by the American Forces, the Japanese Imperial Army utilized it as a sanctuary.

  


NAPOCOR Hilltop

It is called "The Little Baguio of Bulacan". Politically speaking, it is actually San Lorenzo in Norzagaray, Bulacan. Either way, it deserves that title.

Right after exploring Pinagrealan Cave, we again hired two tricycles that brought us to Hilltop - a small community that is inside National Power Corporation's (NAPOCOR) managed area. It was an afternoon in October so the air was already cooler, but i imagined that this part of Bulacan has that low temperature all year round because of its altitude and of the healthy forest that surrounds it.

The plan was to stay overnight at NAPOCOR Guest House. Doing so requires an official permission from the management; hence, Lead Ivan secured a permit for the Group ahead of time. We passed two guard posts before we were able to actually access the community. The guards did check if our names were listed and even asked us to present our ID's. Once inside the community, we were drove straight up to the guest house where BP Leah (then was a guest) and Tita Arlene (Ivan's aunt who happens to be a resident of Hilltop, an elementary teacher for the community, and our contact person at NAPOCOR Guest House) were waiting for us.




Weng, Heinz, Isabel, York, Leah, Resty, Rhenzie, Ivan, Angel and Rexie at the Guest House's view deck.

NAPOCOR Guest House is huge. It has spacious air conditioned rooms (probably at least six that can accommodate four to eight persons), a large receiving and a dining area. The house itself is perfect for occassions attended by a good number of visitors. But what's more captivating is the view that one can enjoy from the front porch. The house is literally facing Angat Dam. So imagine sitting by the porch and scanning a breathtaking view of the blue dam that is surrounded by mountains under the blue skies while the cold breeze constantly makes you feel comfortable. We all liked the place.

We spent the rest of the afternoon just chilling. Others played scrabble, others went to bed for a nap, and some helped prepared dinner. Fried fresh tilapia was served for dinner, which we all enjoyed.



A Birthday Surprise

I was one of those who (i thought), went straight to bed right after dinner. All i wanted that night was to take a rest. I fell asleep. It was the feeling that someone entered the room that woke me up. And BP York was not successful in his plan to scare me. It was funny to see him crawling on the floor with his attempt. So he got no choice but to just order me to go out and transfer to the girls' room. Socials, i thought. So i did.









 "Happy birthday!" filled the girls' room as soon as i opened the door and turned the lights on. There was a cake in the middle of the room. I blew the candle, thanked everyone, sat down, and they started reading those messages that they have collected from my family. It will always be one of the most memorable birthday celebrations i had because it was the first time after so many years that i had a cake made just for me and it was one of those times when my friends exerted efforts in putting things together that made me feel important. I could not thank them enough!


  
Angat Dam and Hydroelectric Plant

Rising up from bed on that Sunday morning was almost difficult because we never get that kind of good sleep in the city. But we all had to. To see Angat Dam up close and to visit the Angat Hydroelectric Plant were in our Itinerary for that day. So right after breakfast, our journey began.

It was a long walk from the guest house down to the dam. But it was worth it. We got to take some great photos with the deep blue dam as our backdrop. And the fact that we were able to see the actual reservoir of water that we consume back home in Manila, was awesome!







Getting closer to the dam.

We were lucky we have Tita Arlene with us in that weekend trip. It was so easy for her to convince a resident to let us hire his jeepney that brought us to Angat Hydroelectric Plant. Ivan's plan was to let us experience riding a glass elevator that would bring us down the lower floors of the power plant while seeing how deep the water of the dam is. D*mn, it could have been so effing awesome! But, unfortunately, it was not available that time. So we went ahead and instead enjoyed the mist coming from the waters that have passed through the plant's powered facility and were splashed into the air. It looked like a mini Niagara Falls to us. And We felt like little kids once more!


Kids at heart while at Angat Hydroelectric Plant.


This weekend trip did not only give enjoyment to us, but also the chance to mingle with the people of Hilltop, Norzagaray and its neighboring small communities. After all, we as a Group, travel not only because of our desire to reach places, but also to know more about its culture and people.

Finally, we would like to suggest - the next time you plan to travel, and yet you cannot afford to consume your weekdays for it (?), find interesting places that are just a couple of hours away from Manila. You will be surprised!


 

Friday, October 25, 2013

Aura Mountain Resort and Mt. Balagbag

The BACKPACKERS celebrated the birthday of one of the Pioneers, the reigning BACKPACKER of the Year, BP Liz Honrade! The trip happened in the familiar Sitio Balagbag area. We had a crazy cake-adelic stay in Aura Mountain Resort, and a few sober travel junkies conquered Mt. Balagbag.

But before heading to the destination, we had a birthday surprise for BP Liz at the BP Headquarters. It was an almost perfectly executed birthday surprise as Liz was not expecting that we were all in the HQ waiting to greet her. All the while she thought we were already in Sitio Balagbag enjoying ourselves. She was about to sulk completely when she opened the door of our HQ and saw a Happy Birthday sign and a feast waiting for her. Happy Birthday Liz!


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

SURVIVOR ZAMBALES FINALE

    
A couple of weeks ago, we have witnessed the incredible adventure of sixteen people in one of the most beautiful province in the country: Zambales!

They were divided into two tribes Tapulao and Pundakit, named after two breathtaking mountains in the area. The Green Tapulao Tribe was composed of The BACKPACKERS - adventure seekers and official members of this group, while our Guests comprised the Blue Pundakit Tribe. The tribes were divided and had to live on two separate areas in the beach.

This promising season offered twists which really impacted the game of the castaways. From the get go, Guest Jane was transferred to the Backpackers to even up the tribes. On Episode 3, an individual immunity was played where the winner, Guest Rommel did not squander his power, using it to create a last minute panic for the Backpackers tribe. Angel took the fall and was the first Backpacker voted out. On Episode 4, the tribes were shuffled leading to a possible shift in game play. On Episode 5, the stakes were higher as the losing tribe was given an ominous message in a bottle which contained a back-to-back tribal council announcement. Guests Mina and Jane were eliminated in this episode.

Friday, October 4, 2013

SURVIVOR ZAMBALES EPISODE 9


SURVIVOR ZAMBALES BACKPACKERS vs GUESTS
EPISODE 9: Roller Coaster


The Final Five:

 
POST MELTDOWN


After Mon's meltdown, the five remaining castaways were allowed to stay in one portion of the jury house while the staff deliberated on what sanctions should be given to the infuriated and explosive Mon. In the end, his actions led him to be completely removed from the game. He was not even allowed to be part of the jury where his adversaries Ralph and York were part of.

"We got a free pass for the night, we are allowed to sleep in the comfort of the house while host Ivan and the others deal with the Mon problem," narrated a relieved Aaron. "I personally want to go back to the beach 'cause it's Survivor, but the staff won't be able to get a close spy on us so I'll accept it," he added.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Mt. Pico de Loro 2013

The BACKPACKERS are gaining new official members and regular guests. Our priority is to help them expand their mountain adventures and travel experiences by conquering new mountains and going to different places. That is why when some requested during our August climb (Mt. Pinagbanderahan) that they would love to climb Mt. Pico de Loro, we solidified the target adventure for September.



Standing at 664 meters above sea level, Mt. Pico de Loro boasts of the highest point in the province of Cavite. It is one of the most popular hiking destination near the metropolis. The BACKPACKERS, before being established as a group, had some of its pioneer members explore the mountain. In 2011, we had our first Friendship Climb held in Mt. Pico de Loro as well. And this year, BP Jovy (and other BPs and guests) requested to visit the same mountain. The beauty of this mountain is so alluring that even I, BP Lead, promised to visit it at least once a year since I started my passion in climbing mountains. This Mt. Pico de Loro By-Request is my eighth climb here, but the experience is different ever since I discovered its grandeur.


Friday, September 6, 2013

SURVIVOR ZAMBALES EPISODE 8


SURVIVOR ZAMBALES BACKPACKERS vs GUESTS
EPISODE 8: Meltdown


MERGED TRIBE

SURVIVOR ZAMBALES hiatus is over!
We start episode 8 with a quick recap of what happened so far in the game.

A QUICK RECAP - A REFRESHER


Saturday, August 31, 2013

Mt. Pinagbanderahan


After a scary, heart-pumping and savoring experience at Bantakay Falls, The BACKPACKERS and guests went to our supposedly main destination turned side trip…
Mt. Pinagbanderahan.


ATIMONAN ADVENTURE
Part 2: Mt. Pinagbanderahan & Zigzag Forest Park

by Nickson Garcia


Friday, August 30, 2013

Bantakay Falls

It was a triple A for The BACKPACKERS' Atimonan Adventure this August. The adventure was quite unexpected due to Typhoon Maring and the Southwest Monsoon. The deluge brought destruction and flooded most parts of Mainland Luzon. The adventure was almost abolished because of weather's grit until sun shone the day before the trip. Weather forecast reported a hundred percent suspension of the monsoon and although there was a low pressure area in PH's trerritory, it was still distant to cloud effects in the country. "Push with the Atimonan climb and adventure!," I told myself.





ATIMONAN ADVENTURE
Part 1: Bantakay Falls

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Bloggers Night with Apl.de.Ap

The BACKPACKERS attended the Bloggers' Night spearheaded by no other than international hiphop artist Mr. Apl.de.Ap. Hosted by the officials of the Apl.de.Ap Foundation, the invitational event aimed to get to know Pinoy's pride Apl.de.Ap as a person, an artist and an ambassador of peace in the country. The bloggers also got the chance to talk and mingle with Apl.de.Ap's team in the reality show, The Voice of the Philippines.

Apl.de.Ap (center), Team Apl of The Voice and the twenty selected bloggers who attended the meet

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Dingalan, Aurora

The mountains and the sea represent the town's vicinity,
the shack with its simplicity,
and the pretty flowers with its exquisiteness



DINGALAN, AURORA
A Secret Paradise in the East
by Ivan Ignacio

photo courtesy of the official website of the town of Dingalan, Aurora
http://www.dingalanlgu.gov.ph

Hidden behind the mountains is a precious gem worthy of visiting: Dingalan. This southernmost town of Aurora province is a natural paradise sandwiched by mountains and the sea. As of this writing, getting to the town (and generally to the province of Aurora) takes approximately three to five hours from Manila regardless of being just a part of the neighboring Central Luzon. It is bordered by the mountainous part of Nueva Ecija (through the towns Gabaldon and General Tinio), the mountainous Dona Remedios Trinidad in Bulacan and pardon the emphasis, the mountainous General Nakar in Quezon province. Yes, the town is kept secret by the mountains of the Eastern Sierra Madre. But once you take on the challenge of pushing through despite the long and grueling travel, you will be amazed by the combined simplicity and allure that the town can offer.


Monday, July 29, 2013

Ifugao Outreach

SENDING LOVE TO EVEN GREATER HEIGHTS
by Ivan Ignacio



The BACKPACKERS and Guests woke up that morning feeling blessed and refreshed from the tiresome hike the day before. This was no ordinary morning for us as we knew that we would be affecting the hearts of the simple but beautiful community on top of Mt. Humalophop. The locals  especially the teachers were already touched upon seeing our arrival in their elementary school. They could not believe that people still care - I mean, they've been living their humble lives for years and did not catch a glimpse of any tourists or visitors of some sort in the area. The only support they witnessed was two years ago when PNP conducted a medical mission in the school, estimated to be a thousand meters above the ground.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Mt. Humalophop


MT. HUMALOPHOP:
A HEAVEN IN IFUGAO!
by Ivan Ignacio

Probably one of the greatest feats of The BACKPACKERS is the discovery of a remote but very beautiful mountain in the province of Ifugao. Mt. Humalophop (or Mt. Palo for some), is located in the town of Hingyon and is a haven to spectacular rice fields and terraces. According to the locals, they were surprised to see a group of mountaineers as the place had no visitors except for the PNP who conducted a medical mission in 2011. Our Mt. Humalophop climb was part of our Give Love Ifugao: Sending Love to Even Greater Heights where we brought school supplies, goodies and sandals to the kids of Humalophop Elementary School and nine other schools in Hingyon, Ifugao.


THE LAST ACCESS ROAD 

From Brgy. Mompolia where we had another round of pampering, we geared up for the major activity in our Ifugao adventure: the hike to Mt. Humalophop. At some point in the last access road, we bade goodbye to Ma'am Ermie and to the three KaEskwela volunteers. They were assigned to distribute the donations to the elementary school in the shorter and lower mountain in Sitio Ubuag. We were taking on the longer, higher and more challenging Mt. Humalophop which is nestled at 1,190MASL in the eastern part of the amazing Cordilleras.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Ifugao Province


THE BACKPACKERS AND FRIENDS
ENTER IFUGAO!
by Ivan Ignacio


Probably one of the greatest feats of The BACKPACKERS is the discovery of a remote but very beautiful mountain in the province of Ifugao. Mt. Humalophop (or Mt. Palo for some), is located in the town of Hingyon and is a haven to spectacular rice fields and terraces. According to the locals, they were surprised to see a group of mountaineers as the place had no visitors except for the PNP who conducted a medical mission in 2011. Our Mt. Humalophop climb was part of our Give Love Ifugao: Sending Love to Even Greater Heights where we brought school supplies, goodies and sandals to the kids of Humalophop Elementary School and nine other schools in Hingyon, Ifugao.


Sunday, June 30, 2013

Mt. Tangisan


For the JUNE Adventure of The BACKPACKERS, we journeyed to the mountainous part of Central Luzon: San Jose, Tarlac. This place is no stranger to The BACKPACKERS as we explored the same location during our August 2011 Mt. Bungkol Baka climb. This time, our eyes were set on the nearby Mt. Tangisan.





The BACKPACKERS:
Look up, BACKPACKERS!
Angelica Cawaling
April Bedana
Liz Honrade
Dennis Piano
Heinz Alvarez Jr
Ivan Ignacio
Kenji Revoltiado
Mau Mauleon
York Advento

Thursday, June 27, 2013

SURVIVOR ZAMBALES EPISODE 7


SURVIVOR ZAMBALES BACKPACKERS vs GUESTS
EPISODE 7: Who to Trust


MERGED TRIBE



OFFICIAL SURVIVOR ZAMBALES INTRO:




WHAT HAPPENED AT TRIBAL?


After blindsiding BACKPACKER Ralph at tribal council, the group headed back to camp. A flustered York was approached by Mon. "What happened?," asked Mon. "I voted for Aaron just like what we planned. Who did you vote for?," asked York to which Mon responded that he also voted for Aaron. In reality, Mon joined forces with Nick and Kenji to throw away Ralph's possibility of controlling the game and the votes of The BACKPACKERS. Nick, Mon and Kenji were successful in overthrowing their co-BACKPACKER Ralph with the help of Kaye's and Aaron's votes.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

SURVIVOR ZAMBALES EPISODE 6


SURVIVOR ZAMBALES BACKPACKERS vs GUESTS
EPISODE 6: Backpackers All The Way?


MERGED TRIBE








MERGE!!!
  
BP Ralph
The BACKPACKERS Ralph, Mon and York walked away from the last tribal council where Mina and Jane were eliminated. They were in possession of nine Black Buffs which signifies the start of the individual phase of SURVIVOR ZAMBALES. "Two tribes no more, it is now time for us to battle it out with one another. I am just so happy that I made it in the merge. Next goal: Final Four!" Ralph excitedly stated. His Final Four was him, Mon, York and Jane but because Jane was voted out in a surprising double elimination, he was forced to redo his strategy. "Jane, who is our supposed fourth person was sadly eliminated. But going to this merge, we have six BACKPACKERS from the original Tapulao and only three Guests. So the right strategy here is to go back to the original tribal lines. And I trust Ghei, Kenji and Nick that them and us three (York, Mon, Ralph) will be the final six," added Ralph.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

SURVIVOR ZAMBALES EPISODE 5


SURVIVOR ZAMBALES BACKPACKERS vs GUESTS
EPISODE 5: Message In A Bottle

TAPULAO TRIBE
PUNDAKIT TRIBE





THE POST BLINDSIDE OF THE THREE AMIGOS
The BACKPACKERS Ralph, Mon and York perfected the art of the blindside last tribal council when they voted out Rommel instead of Mina. "Jane and Rommel did not see it coming last tribal council. But we had to do what's needed in order to solidify the alliance with Jane. We do not want her to have more options," explained York. "Our first blindside," Ralph remarked while walking out of the tribal council area.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

SURVIVOR ZAMBALES EPISODE 4


SURVIVOR ZAMBALES BACKPACKERS vs GUESTS
EPISODE 4: Drop Your Buffs


TAPULAO TRIBE

PUNDAKIT TRIBE







VIDEO:Survivor Zambales Intro





ROMMEL RUINED TAPULAO'S GAMEPLAN
    
After the dreaded double tribal council where Isabel and Angel were voted out, Tapulao Tribe was still stunned about the twist. "Last tribal council, we all agreed to vote out Kenji. But when Rommel from the other tribe gave him immunity, we realized we did not have Plan B," Ralph narrated.

Friday, June 14, 2013

SURVIVOR ZAMBALES EPISODE 3


SURVIVOR ZAMBALES BACKPACKERS vs GUESTS
EPISODE 3: Double Trouble


TAPULAO TRIBE

PUNDAKIT TRIBE





Friday, June 7, 2013

SURVIVOR ZAMBALES EPISODE 2


SURVIVOR ZAMBALES BACKPACKERS vs GUESTS
EPISODE 2: Hunger, Sweat and Tears

TAPULAO TRIBE
PUNDAKIT TRIBE

VIDEO: Survivor Zambales Official Intro



GOODBYE RED


After a sad tribal council for Pundakit Tribe where Red was voted out, the morale was low at camp. "We are very sad going back to camp. I am personally saddened because it felt too early for Red to be voted out. I know that she can help the team grab victory especially when challenges will involve puzzles and mind games. But at the same time, I know the feeling, she was uncomfortable," lamented Isabel after getting back to camp.



Tuesday, June 4, 2013

SURVIVOR ZAMBALES EPISODE 1


SURVIVOR ZAMBALES BACKPACKERS vs GUESTS
EPISODE 1: Welcome to Survivor Zambales!

Green TAPULAO TRIBE

Blue PUNDAKIT TRIBE


SURVIVOR ZAMBALES Backpackers versus Guests 
Official Intro Video





Saturday, June 1, 2013

SURVIVOR ZAMBALES Power Rankings Round One!



June is the start of Survivor Month for The BACKPACKERS!
Every week, BPs Marion and Heinz will give their insights about the game in this Survivor Zambales edition of Power Rankings. They will be joined by an anonymous ranker in the form of Matapang, the Lion. Every week they will analyze which castaway is in Power position and most likely win the game down to the castaway who they think will be in danger of getting voted out!


Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Mt. Pico de Loro ~ BP Conts



MT. PICO DLORO
by Ivan Ignacio

The BACKPACKERS do not have a scheduled official climb for the month of May, (to give way for SURVIVOR ZAMBALES: Backpackers versus Guests to be featured in June) but that does not mean that we won't have a taste of our beloved sport; at least for some of us. We got an invitation through BP Conts to guide a group of friends in Mt. Pico de Loro in Ternate, Cavite. The three BACKPACKERS Conts, Heinz and Ivan journeyed through that familiar trail all the way to the Parrot's Beak.

BACKPACKERS Ivan, Conts and Heinz inside the forest of Palay Palay Mountain Range

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Subic Beach at Matnog, Province of Sorsogon

A Subic Beach in Matnog, Sorsogon
By Mark Nickson Garcia

Situated at the southernmost part of Bicol Region, known to be the “Exit to Luzon”, lies Matnog, a municipality in the province of Sorsogon where a beach with a familiar name can be found- SUBIC BEACH.


Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Bagasbas, Daet, Camarines Norte

Surfing in Bagasbas



Just like mountain climbing, I've never thought of trying surfing when I was a li’l younger. I have never been that sporty type of girl. I didn't play volleyball or badminton or any kind of sports during my teenage years. I was more interested in arts and dancing and singing (ehem). But as I mature and explore the world, I came to realize that I’m missing a lot. So I've tried different kinds. And trying something new once in a while can give you a different kind of excitement. You’ll discover a different YOU.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Calaguas Island, Camarines Norte


The Magnificent Calaguas Island
By: Marion Erika Macapagal






Whenever I would reminisce or if someone would mention anything about Bicol, I couldn’t help but smile and share my own experience of its rich culture, beautiful sceneries, magnificent beaches, wonderful people and great food. 

And as I share my 7 day journey in the Bicol region, may you be inspired to travel more and visit this place (if you haven’t been here) and share it to the world too. 

Friday, April 26, 2013

The BP Gives Back: Project Give Love Ugo

The BP Gives Back: Project Give Love Ugo
Domolpos Children Deserve a Bright Future
By Heinz Lopez Alvarez, Jr.



The BACKPACKERS with Domolpos Community School pupils

Everybody was undeniably blessed with ample amount of endurance that day. All we needed after seven to eight hours of trekking, and soon as we have reached the "sitio", was a short rest. After that, every one was on his feet again, sorting out give-aways, repacking snacks, and preparing the school supplies that we were about to give to the pupils of Domolpos Community School. Perhaps, the strength which we had that day was sustained because of our great desire to help coupled with the thought that we must deliver so as not to put into waste KaEskwela's generosity.