trekking

Mount Hamiguitan: Hiking to the World’s Largest Pygmy Forest

Posted on July 8, 2017

The mountain wasn’t revealing its beauty too easily. We had to earn it. A sudden downpour bombarded our initial ascent from the trailhead, which in itself was an arduous undertaking: we had to crisscross a shallow stream, battle thorny foliage and clamber up steep slopes for hours to reach the first lantawan (lookout). By the time we got there, we were soaked to the bone in rain and sweat. Nevertheless, the entire climbing group — writers, forest rangers, local tourism officials, policeRead 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

Hiking Gunung Rinjani National Park in Lombok, Indonesia with Galang Ijo Expedition [SP]

Posted on April 16, 2013

Sendang Gila Falls, Gunung Rinjani National Park, Lombok, Indonesia After a few days in Bali, I ferried to the neighboring island of Lombok to climb one of Indonesia’s most wonderful volcanoes. Mount Rinjani is an active mountain of fire that rises to 3,726 m (12,224 ft), making it the third-largest volcano in the country. The first historical eruption occurred in September of 1847. The volcano and its sacred and spectacular Segara Anak crater lake are protected by a national parkRead More

Taman Negara, Pahang: Exploring the Oldest Tropical Rainforest on Earth! [SP]

Posted on July 31, 2012

Hiking to Bukit Terisek viewpoints Located at the heart of Peninsular Malaysia, Taman Negara – or “National Park” – has been dated to be 135 million years old, and considered by many to be the oldest tropical rainforest in the world. The gateway to the national park is the town of Jerantut, where the Kuala Tembeling jetty serves as a jump-off point for a three-hour riverboat ride to the village of Kuala Tahan in the middle of the rainforest. KualaRead More

Kalinga: Land of the Last Headhunters

Posted on September 13, 2010

September 10-12, 2010 A three-day exploration of the remote villages of Tulgao and Butbut in Tinglayan with Benjamin Espina of visitsagada.com, documenting the vanishing generation of tattooed Kalingas. Once the fiercest headhunting warriors of the Cordilleras, the Kalingas are on the brink of completely losing their ancient way of life to modernization, including the art of tattooing. Most of the tattooed individuals are in their 70s and 80s. If efforts won’t be made to preserve this art form and otherRead More