Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Villa Balinmanok Private Beach

Want to spend your summer in an exclusive exquisite and beautiful paradise? The BACKPACKERS did when we went to Dasol, Pangasinan as part of our Hirit Sa Tag Init for 2014!


Dasol, Pangasinan is a third class municipality in Pangasinan. It is one of the numerous towns in the province blessed with magnificent beaches and islands. It is approximately a five to six hour drive from Manila.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Mt. Guiting Guiting (Traverse) Part 2

(the descend from Mt. GUITING GUITING TRAVERSE climb)

            G2 399 woke up at around 6:00am. It was a rainy night but we felt blessed that it did not happened during our ascend. We have an hour to prepare because according to our itinerary, we should be starting by 7:00am. Due to last night’s hard rain, my trekking shorts were all wet and what was left with me is the one I wore during sleep. I know I would not be comfortable with it but I have no choice but to wear it. I also wore my raincoat for my leg protection. After a prayer, led by yours truly, our journey to descend Mt. Guiting Guiting (G2) began.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Mt. Guiting Guiting (Traverse) Part 1

(the ascend to Mt. GUITING GUITING TRAVERSE climb)

This is Part 2 of the Holy Week (2014) in Sibuyan Island.

April 17, 2014 (Thursday), the day we’ve all been waiting for since December of last year. The day when we got the chance to conquer one or if not, the most difficult climb in our young mountaineering careers. The day wherein we knew that our body would be placed to the extreme limit. Almost everyone was nervous and at the same time excited. This is it! We’ve waited for this and we wanted this. This is our journey to Mt. GUITING GUITING (“G2”) TRAVERSE.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Sibuyan Island, Romblon (Lambingan Falls and Cantingas River)



It was August of last year, when The BACKPACKERS had a climb at Mt. Pinagbanderahan wherein we had a guest mountaineering group called I.S.G. or the Integrated Solid Group, composed of Sean Roa, Mon Fajardo and Vic Del Rosario. It was a night of scary and at the same time, wacky socials that will never be forgotten. Again, they were our guest at the rainy Mt.Pico De Loro 2013 request climb. By that time, The BACKPACKERS already had a connection with them and their company.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

SAGADA: Sumaguing Cave Connection

An Enchanting Underground World
Sagada and the Lumiang - Sumaguing Cave Connection

By Heinz Lopez Alvarez, Jr.

A light through the darkness
I have realized it long time ago, but this is the first time that I am putting it in writing. Certainly, it is an idea that is most welcome among groups that have higher level of adventure appetite, but I would like to convince everyone to try it at least once in his life!

The most common answer that you would get if you ask people what comes first in their minds when they heard of "summer" is "beach!" But if only they have felt how it's like submerging in its waters, how more refreshing the air that comes out from its mouth is, and how more exciting it is to explore, they will come to realize that summer does not only mean "beach". BUT, as I have mentioned earlier, only those who are more adventurous will be the ones to try it. I am referring to "SPELUNKING!"

So far, I was able to go spelunking with my Group in Bayukbok, Biak-Na-Bato, Cagnituan, and Pinagrealan. They all satisfied my craving for adventure. But to be underground for four hours, exploring these two enchanting caves in Sagada gave an experience that brought my love for caves to the highest level.

Read on and virtually join us, The BACKPACKERS, as we course through Lumiang - Sumaguing cave connection.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

SAGADA: St. Mary's Church, Cemetery, Echo Valley, Hanging Coffins

Sagada and Its Treasures Within Reach
By Heinz Lopez Alvarez, Jr.

Ivan, Ralph, Sheryl, Liz, Heinz, Angel and April

Still in the chartered van, we looked for George Guest House as soon as we reached Sagada. Our BP Lead Ivan was able to reserve its two (2) penthouse rooms weeks prior our travel; so the only thing that we needed to do was to re-confirm the rates and to know if we could stay in just one room on day two and onwards because it's big enough for 6-7 persons anyway. For our first night in there, couples (Ivan and Angel; and Ralph and Sheryl) took one room while Liz, April, and I occupied the other.
The four-story George Guest House

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Road to Sagada

Six BACKPACKERS signed up for the Sagada Summer Escape! Accompanied by our one and only beloved guest Sheryl Dalagan, we boarded the bus at Ohayami Station on Night One. We traveled together for thirteen hours - from Manila to the Great Cordilleras to discover the treasures of this town nestled approximately fifty thousand feet high. But before getting off to Sagada, we had the chance to pass by some interesting spots as well.