Sunday, July 5, 2015

Mt. Kalisungan

The BACKPACKERS Successfully Finds
By Heinz Henry Lopez Alvarez, Jr.

Many bloggers have written and have published some stories online - stories about some climbers who "mysteriously" lost their way on their attempt to climb and reach the peak of Mt. Kalisungan in Calauan, Laguna. Those stories absolutely sounded so creepy for me, but the more I read on them, the more I felt excited to climb Mt. Kalisungan.

From left to right: Eric, BP Heinz, BP Leah, BP Liz, Getty, BP Chons, Helen, BP Nickson, and Aljo

June 27, 2015, Saturday - Five BPs namely Nickson, Leah, Chons, Liz, and yours truly; and four Guests namely Eric, Helen, Getty, and Aljo pushed through with the Group's scheduled climb for June. We decided to just have it as a day hike activity primarily because of proximity and the mountain itself. 

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Mercedes Group of Islands (Apuao Grande)


Last year, I was in the beautiful island of Boracay over the Labor Day weekend joining the bandwagon to celebrate the famous hashtag Laboracay. It was by far the most tiring yet super fun summer vacation as you get to beach party with your friends and even strangers all day, every day. So much YOLO! But this year, I opted to spend the weekend off in a place perfect for R&R (rest and relaxation). Away from city life, we, the Backpackers and friends headed to Mercedes, Camarines Norte.

In terms of tourism, Camarines Norte has a lot of alluring places to visit and activities that can be done such as island hopping, surfing, beach bumming, chasing waterfalls and even church pilgrimage.

And if you will be going to Mercedes, Camarines Norte by land, bus ride to Daet is just 8hrs away from Manila. Then from Daet, you only need to take a tricycle or jeepney to reach the Mercedes Fish Port.

Sunday, April 5, 2015


Tingloy Island & Twin Climbs:
The BACKPACKERS' Unang Hirit sa Tag-Init
By Heinz Henry Lopez Alvarez

Aside from Christmas, as I am a child at heart, I always look forward to summertime, as I am fond of going out of town for some nature adventure plus the beach. So join me in thanking Nickson, BP PRO, for coming up with a great itinerary for The BACKPACKERS' 2015 Unang Hirit sa Tag-Init! 32 individuals, composed of 12 BPs and 20 Guests, had a great start and an excellent way of welcoming the summer - hitting the beach in an island and climbing two minor mountains in Batangas.

The BP and Guests Campsite

Saturday, March 7, 2015

QUIRINO PROVINCE: #DiscoverTheUndiscovered

The BACKPACKERS for #DiscoverTheUndiscovered
By Nickson Garcia

What comes out of your mind when you hear someone says "Quirino"? Some would ask "Is Quirino and Quezon Province the same?" Some would say "Ito yung lugar na laging binabagyo." Some would even ask "Are you referring to the Quirino Grandstand?" And perhaps the least wanted response, but we do hear is - "Quirino? Where is that?"

For some travelers, Quirino is at the bottom of their "List of Places to Visit". Maybe the reason is its very limited presence everywhere - online, prints, news on TV and on the radio. I must admit, before this adventure, I would say "There is nothing to see and experience in Quirino."

This trip we had in the Quirino Province gave a concrete answer to those question. For me and for the people who were with me in this adventure, we found a peaceful and a beautiful province. We discovered the undiscovered! And, we wanted to be among the firsts to put this name on the map - QUIRINO. 

Thursday, March 5, 2015

SAGADA: Kiltepan View Point, Orange Farm and Lemon Pie House

No, this is not a movie review.

This is The BACKPACKERS wrapping up our Sagada series with our last day in...

by Ivan Ignacio

Wednesday, January 21, 2015


The BACKPACKERS 2015 Kick Off Climb
By Heinz Lopez Alvarez, Jr.

This activity happened while all the Filipino in the whole country were rejoicing because of the Papal Visit. And we in the Group thought that this activity would be our expression of happiness because of the same reason. Eight BPs (The BACKPACKERS Members) and 19 Guests climbed Mt. Talamitam in Nasugbu, Batangas on January 17 and 18. What made this activity more significant? The fact that this is the Group's kick off climb for the year 2015.

From left to right starting at the front row: Maine, Bev, Ghei, Mau, Heinz, York, Ann, Isabel, Bianca, Luisa, Faith, Nickson, Leah, Boss J, Red, Chat, Rhenn, Shari, Mark, Aaron, Jaimesz, Jeng, Rexie, Ramon, Jimmalyn, Shame, and Emma.

Friday, January 16, 2015


Luau in December
4th Year Anniversary & Christmas Party
By Heinz Lopez Alvarez, Jr.

The BP Turns FOUR

The BACKPACKERS, a Manila-based mountaineering and travel group composed of young professionals, celebrated its fourth year anniversary on December 27 and 28, 2014, in Garden Hideaway, a private pool in Antipolo City.

With the theme, Luau in December, it was also the Group's Christmas Party.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

SAGADA: Bomod-ok Waterfalls, Weaving and Pottery, Lake Danum

Sagada's Stairways to Heaven,
Its Waterfalls, Arts, Sunset and the Lake
By Heinz Lopez Alvarez, Jr.

BPs April, Angel, Ivan, Ralph and Heinz; with Guest Sheryl and their guide.

It was Day Two of our Sagada trip and it was once again a perfect day to be outside to continue exploring this marvelous place in the Mountain Province. That day was  equally exciting as day one. We went trekking to witness the beauty of one of Sagada's falls - Bomod-ok Waterfalls, we had a quick view of how the locals create Sagada's famous ethnic fabrics and clay pots, and we spent some laid back time by the alluring Lake Danum and watched the captivating sunset from that part of Sagada.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Top 10 Adventures of 2014

While we say Hello to 2015, The BACKPACKERS recap the Best Adventures of 2014!

It is the time of the year when those year ender posts start flooding the blogsphere. The BACKPACKERS who have attended in at least more than half of the adventures for the year determined those that made it on the list.

Batangas, Bulacan, Camarines Sur, Ifugao, Laguna, Mountain Province, Nueva Ecija, Palawan, Pangasinan, Quezon, Rizal, Romblon, Tarlac --- which province made it on the list? Let's find out now!

Top Ten BACKPACKERS Adventures in 2014
by Ivan Ignacio

10 Mt. Daraitan Traverse to Tinipak River (August)

[Rizal] The BACKPACKERS and friends took on the Mt. Daraitan challenge, a new mountain to almost all participants. It was an arduous assault followed by a wet socials but the BPs and guests pushed through and managed to enjoy it every step of the way. The trip concluded in a very refreshing side trip at the beautiful Tinipak River. Click Here to Read the Adventure