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Last August 4 & 5, 2012 , had a chance to guide a group of young adventurers and two couples to visit Britania Island, Enchanted River , Sibadan Fish Cage

and Tinuy-an Falls, Surigao del Sur’s best destination,,,,,,

Here are some of the photos I took,,,,,,,

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Last June 10-12, 2012 had the chance to have the Freedom Climb to the 2nd and 4th Highest mountain in the Country .

Our climb was to traverse the two peaks by way of  Mt. Kitanglad to Mt. Dulang-Dualng with fellow mountaineers and Jagro our guide who was with me on my first climb to Dulang-dulang last year.

Here are some of the photos that I took during this memorable climb and I like to share it with you,,,,

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Last April First, 2012 , did a solo day trek in one of the tributaries of Cebulan River named Tumari river.  This river is situated between the boundaries of Brgy. Sibulan Davao City Side and the municipality of Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur.

After  45 minutes of motorcycle Ride( Habal-habal) from the National high way ,walk for an hour following an old open cut road just above Cebulan river and  then river trek for Fifteen(15) minutes where I was accompanied by a local guy working for the hydro electric power plant nearby ,  I finally arrive at my target ,the ever hidden Tumari water Falls.

Tumari Falls is about 30 meters tall with a concave wall of rocks at its water back with lush flora around it.It also has a basin  which has an area of approximately equal to a standard pool and surrounded with droplets  of fresh water.

Also, I found a horned toad in the area which means that the ecology is in good state and unexploited.

Here are some of my shots taken,,,,,,,,,

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Mt. Apo, is the highest is the highest mountain in the Philippines with an elevation of  3144 Meters above sea level, known to be the  Grand Father of all Philippine Mountains every Filipino mountaineers dream.

Of all the trails going towards the summit, Tamayong Trail is considered the Toughest and is built for those courageous mountaineers, backpackers and adventurers who are willing to endure a long and very technical jungle trail before reaching the summit.

This trail starts in Sitio Sicao, Tamayong Davao City where ideally spending the first night at a local village inhabited by Bagobo-Dyangan Tribe where you can hire porters.

This trail offers sceneries and views different from other existing ones like in  Kapatagan, Sta. Cruz and Kidapawan.

One of its best feature is that you will be able to reach the summit of Mt. Talomo with an elevation of 2,240 MASL where you see its mossy forest  and lush vegetation. This mountain is Davao City’s watershed and according to experts, if it had never erupted it was estimated to be higher than Mt. Apo.

In the summit of Mt. Talomo you can camp there so you will be able to experience sunrise coming from Davao Gulf and majestic view of Mt. Apo with Mt. Matutum at its far side. Also you will see Lipadas water shed and Falls  and Mt. Talomo’s ridge which you will follow upon reaching Apo.

Water source in Talomo peak is only for cooking and washing so you should secure drinking water from the last water source upon reaching the summit and the potable water is on the nearby river along the trail to Apo which is approximately 3 hours descend.

Along the trail to Mt. Apo from Mt. Talomo summit, you’ll experience a very lush forest while following a rolling hunters trail  which seldom used by people and crosses Kabacan River and other small creeks.

Water source in this trail is abundant when you and reach Kabacan River , you’ll have a closer look at its untouched waterfalls and crosses other small creeks on the way to Lake Venado.

When you reach lake Venado , that’s the time you will have a closer look at Mt. Apo Summit and from here it’s your option where to exit. It’s either you use, Sta. Cruz or Kapatagan Trail via Summit passing the boulders  or you can exit at Kidapawan Trail after ascending the summit.

Normally, it would take 4 days and 3 nights if you choose this trail but with stronger climbers you can do it in 3 days and 2 nights which means you have to night trek for the extra miles,,,,,

So, if you want to test you’re toughness and experience a jungle trail that you never experienced before , try climbing Mt. Apo via Talomo trail and conquer two major mountains in the Philippines.

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A week ago, have been photographing a mangrove reserve in the Municipality of Sta. Cruz, Davao Sur. I was amazed by the shots I took and encourages me to visit another Mangrove forest in the same municipality  but around 20 Km away last week end,,,,here are the shots I had,,,,,,,

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On the 22nd day January this year I was invited by a Dutch friend who celebrated his B-day in Passig Islet in Sta. Cruz, Davao Sur,,,,,Fortunately in the Gateway to the Islet is a mangrove reserve which interest me to shot its beauty and features,,,,,This were the photos I took,,,,,Enjoy,,,,

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When you go to Benguet, Luzon one thing would automatically pops-out in your mind,, Baguio summer capital of the Philippines but when you get there your eyes would extend to the high rise houses because they were built on top of rocky mountains , and who would go there without having a taste of their strawberries,,,and brings you to the strawberry fields in La Trinidad,,,these are some of my shots during my visit there,,,,,,,,

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The last time I was here it was Year 2000 which was a disappointing one because the place was over used and lot of rubbish. On November 2011, I returned on the same place but I was amazed since the Place healed itself and return to its pristine condition. Here are some of  its photos that I took,,, Enjoy,,,,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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During this year’s  5thUnity Climb of  Outdoor’s Club Federation of Davao Oriental (OCF-DO) had the chance to Discover the untouched wonders of Davao Oriental. Here are some of it ,,,,,,

Maluwang Falls of Campawan ,Bagangga

Curtain Falls of  Campawan ,Bagangga

Maluwang Falls

Curtain Falls

Tres Marias Water Falls in Taytayan, Cateel

Tayatayan Cave in the Eco-Park, Cateel

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Last January 28, 2011 Me and my Mountain Colegue Julius Paner together with Papong , Irvin Joy , and Maam Josephine whom Julius named her the Mother Theresa of Mountaineering climbed Mt. Dulang-dulang in Bukidnon Province to conduct a technical climb and scale its elevation for there a re rumors that it is the 2nd highest Mountain in thge Philippines. On the following day we reach the summit and according to our GPS reading its hieght is 2,947 MASL which is higher by  13 meters compared to Mt. Pulag whose elevation is 2,934 MASL using the same GPS unit which was recorded last October 30,2010.These proves that the two highest mountains in the Philippines is located in Mindanao, Mt. Apo and seconded by Mt. Dulang-dulang.

Three days after we discended Mt. Dulang-dulang , I climbed Mt. Apo togethert with some mountaineers ( HALHALIN, SAMAKA & other Groups) from Manila and Palawann headed by Mr. Edwin Padrilanan using Sta. Cruz-Kiadpawan Traverse Trail. During that climb we were lucky for it didn’t  rain while we are trekking unlike my last Apo climb on January 17,2011  and we had a good view at the boulders. The only thing that I had a glitch on my Face during this climb is that the weather didn’t give me a chance to capture a sunset and surise due to fogs and mists.

Anyway here are some of the photos I took from my cross-over climb between Mt. Apo and Mt. Dulang-dulang,,,,,,,,,Hope you like it.

The Open trail on the way to Mtr. Dulang-dulang

A big step Towards the Entrance to the Boulders

Jungle Trail towards Alanib River

Hand in hand @ the Entrance to the Boulders

Mt. Kalatungan as seen from the Entrance to Mt. Dulang-dulang

Towards the the Boulder Trail

Jagro , our Porter on the Dulang  climb having a Pit stop

Mr Edwin Padrilanan while ascending the Boulders

One of the Scenic View just below Manny’s Garden( Mt. Dulang-dulangs Campsite)

Ascending Packs going to Mini Rock Tower

Mt. Dulang Dulangs Campsite just few meters below the Summit

Encomaprable  View of Mt Apo’s Famous Boulders

Passing the Mossy Forrest while descending from Mt Dulang-dulangs Summit

Malds taking a picture of me  in the Boulders

Mt. Dulang-dulang’s Majestic scenery @ the Summit overlooking Mt. Kitanglad on the left side

Pipoy having a quality with Ruffy our guide Dog in Mt. Apo

A Pause @ Dulang’s Summit

A Moment @ Mt. Apo Summit ( Honey & Andrew)

Trekking Over a Log towards the Water source of Dulang

A Moment @ Lake Venado

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