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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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Marie, a demure lady from Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur and recently  runner-up for the Mutya ng Sta. Cruz 2011.

Recently she owns a Pastry Shop in Downtown Davao  as  to show her talent and follow her hobby as Culinary Chef,,,

Here are some of her shots that a culinary chef can do,,,,,,,,,,,

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Special thanks to Josephine Cabahug for the support during this pictorial session…

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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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In the Late 90’s , a group of outdoor enthusiast from Davao City saw some local boys riding a raft made from the body of a banana plant downstream in the white water of  Cebulan River. Amazed by the kids they do the same thing using interior tire tube of a Ten Wheeler Truck and found out that it was Fun and called it White Water Tubing. As days pass by, it became popular to adventure/outdoors men who seeks thrill in the waters as an alternative to rafting  which is more expensive and this days, it is one of the Eco-tourism Activity the Municipality of Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur can offer to its visitors.

Recently I have guest from Manila namely Carolyn Joy Carmelo, Lesley Chong, Caressa Mohamad, Ellaine Santos and Gilbert Go who did the White Water activity,,,,,,,,here are some photos of their adventure which they will remember for a lifetime,,,,,,

 

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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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Last November 2011, had the opportunity to travel in Lake Sebu, a highland town in South Cotabato inhabited by T’bolis that features a Lake surrounded by rolling hills and mountains with thick forests, Majestic Water Falls and a Zipline that soars above it,,,,,,,Here are some of my Shots,,,,hope you like it,,,,,,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Last October , 2011 I was having a field work in Pantukan, Davao Oriental and when I arrived there I saw this people mining Gold in  Kingking River in which they call it Plom-plom style, so I took  the opportunity and pressed my shutter,,,

The very small dark yellow color is the Gold just below the sands,,,,,,in which miners could extract 2-3 Miligrams a day.

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Last Summer Vacation,, I went to visit the Home of my Ancestral Domain ( Malay ,Aklan) to attend our Family reunion. When I arrived there the shoreline is the first place I visited where me and my cousins used to swim, play , look for edible shells and spear fishing  for food………Luckily catch its sun setting and here are some of my shots,,,,,,Enjoy,,,,,,

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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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A Demure and Innocent girl who did her best to be a professional Model,,,,,,She is one of the Candidates for the Mutya ng Sta. Cruz 2011. An Adventurous Sexy girl who loves nature,,,Here are some of her photos,,,,,Enjoy

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