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Mount Hibok-Hibok, Camiguin: Amazing Volcano Hike via Itum Trail

Posted on April 16, 2022

Rising 1,332 meters above sea level, Mount Hibok-Hibok – also known as Catarman Volcano – is the most active of at least 14 volcanoes found in the Philippines’ second-smallest province of Camiguin. It is a hiking paradise within Mounts Timpoong–Hibok-Hibok Natural Monument (MTHNM).

Liloan, Cebu: Hiking the Cotcot River in Barangay Mulao

Posted on February 27, 2022

What comes to mind when you hear of the Cebu town of Liloan? To most people, it’s rosquillos cookies and the historic Bagacay Point Lighthouse. But this town has so much more to offer if you venture farther inland. The Cotcot River, for example, which separates Liloan from the municipality of Compostela to the north, is a river trekking destination. It is one of the major rivers on Cebu island, running for around 40 km from the highlands of CebuRead More

7 Amazing Reasons to Experience Masungi Georeserve’s Night Trail

Posted on August 31, 2017

Since opening to the public as a nature park in late 2015, Masungi Georeserve in Baras, Rizal has attracted nature-lovers with its 1,600 hectare forest dotted by 60-million-year-old karst formations. It always comes as a surprise to find a lush rainforest ecosystem like it only an hour’s drive from Metro Manila. Originally intended to be developed into a government housing complex, the deforested area off the Marinina-Infanta Highway (Marcos Highway) was overridden by stone quarrying and illegal logging in theRead More

Sarangani, Davao Occidental: Hiking Balut Volcano

Posted on August 26, 2014

Hike across the forests of Balut Volcano in Sarangani, Davao Occidental Like exotic fruits ripe for the picking, the town of Sarangani  (not to be confused with nearby Sarangani province) hangs off the southern tip of mainland Davao Occidental, the country’s newest province created only last year. The municipality is composed of two big islands called Balut and Sarangani. Boarding the wooden-hulled ferry from General Santos City, the overnight journey to these remote islands can be an adventure in itself,Read More

Camiguin Island: Hiking Hibok-Hibok Volcano

Posted on December 15, 2013

Foggy view of Ilihan Crater at Mt. Hibok-Hibok, an active volcano on Camiguin Island  From its coralline isles and boulder beaches, the island rises abruptly to sleeping mountains of fire blanketed in foggy foliage, the last refuge of endemic animals such as the Camiguin forest mouse (Apomys camiguinensis) and Camiguin hanging parrot (Loriculus camiguinensis).  With a total land area of roughly 240 square kilometers, Camiguin is the smallest province in the Philippines after Batanes. Despite its small size, the islandRead More

T’boli, South Cotabato: Hiking Mt. Melibingoy (Mt. Parker) & Lake Holon (Lake Maughan)

Posted on August 9, 2013

Lake Holon, the crater lake of Mt. Melibingoy,  in South Cotabato was once declared the country’s cleanest lake. While researching about Lake Sebu in South Cotabato some years ago, I chanced upon a mountain lake in the same province on Google Maps which I later learned was Lake Holon – formerly Lake Maughan – the ancient crater of a dormant stratovolcano, Mt. Melibingoy (formerly Mt. Parker). I’ve always been intrigued by this lesser known lake located in the municipality ofRead More