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.