#3 Mt. Palay – Palay (Pico De Loro) 664+ MASL

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Pico De Loro Summit and Monolith

PICO DE LORO (Mt Palay – Palay) Maragondon, Cavite and Nasugbu, Batangas 
Major jump-off: DENR Station, Magnetic Hill, Ternate, Cavite
Minor jump-off: Ternate-Nasugbu Highway, Nasugbu, Batangas
LLA: 14° 12.855 N; 120° 38.785 E; 664 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: 1-2 days / 2-5 hours
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 3/9, Trail class 1-3
Features: Distinctive spire at the summit, forests, scenic views of Cavite.

Mt. Palay – Palay or commonly known as “Pico de Loro” is one of those beginners friendly mountains. Since I’m just a beginner I really want to visit this magnificent mountain , monolith and the scenic views of Cavite from the peak.

“It was not the mountain that we conquer but our selves” -Edmund Hillary

It was May 17,2015 (Sunday) when we decided to go on a dayhike to Mt. Pico de Loro. This time we had a friendly brother hood and a good friend of mine “My Panyero” who will join us on his first hike. The meeting place was at 7-11 Trece Martires City Cavite at exactly 4:30am (supposed to be) but since it was his first time, due to his overflowing excitement he wasn’t able to had an ample sleep the night before that (Hahaha). Panyero and Sis Belle arrived at the meeting place at around 5:30am (Next time tulog maaga ha Hahaha…Just Kidding). Anyways, we proceed to a jeep bound to Naic Cavite luckily we don’t need to wait that much (apat na lang ata kulang lalarga na). We paid the amount of  Php 22.00 / person for the fare.

Most of my perks I invited was asking me whether we do have a service that will bring us to Pico. Everytime I’m telling them that we will just go to commute most of them declined my invitation. As we go along with our journey, base from the blogs I have read after we arrived from Naic we need to take a bus from there that will bring us to Ternate and after that a trike that will take us to DENR jump off point. Surprisingly when we arrived from Naic a friendly tricycle driver offers us a ride directly to the DENR jump offpoint with a reasonable amount. I just smiled and state to my mind “The best ka talaga LORD umpisa palang di mo na kame pinababayaan”. We grab the oppurtunity with the amount of Php 100.00 / person. Personally if you will look on him physically (mukhang astigin si Kuya) but as we go along on our way I had a chance to talk to him (Mabaet naman pala sya). This only reminds me of one thing “Don’t judge the book by it’s cover”.

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Welcome to DENR station

We arrived at the jump off point DENR station at exactly 6:40am because of his kindness we gave an additional amount on the said fare (Bigtime Galante!!!..Natutuwa lang kame sa mga taong hindi mapagsamantala). From the DENR station we prepared ourselves and paid the registration fee amounting to Php 20.00 / per person. Logged our names on the logbook and buy our “Tantanananan!!! “Mahiwang Tungkod” (Hahaha). We also ask how much will be the guide rate, I was shocked when I saw the price (Hahaha) di ko nalalagay di ko kasi sure kung yun ba talaga. But since with the guidance and advice of one of our dear brother Kokoy he told us that the trail was very much well established so there we are not afraid na “maligaw”.  Before we proceed to go along we always ask for HIS guidance and divine grace Panyero Wangzkyy lead the prayer. After our prayer we are now ready to proceed with our hike this is the first time I went on a hike without a guide. We left the jump off point at around 7:10am. It’s just a matter of lakas ng loob (Hahaha) and prayers as always .

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Sarap sa ilalim ng puno…

Pico de Loro offers a trail that is full of wilderness. There are a lot of  trees on the beginning of the trail which will protect you from the heat of the sun. I feel also awesome when I’m just hearing the sound of the wild birds chirping and some singing insects  welcoming us to their place, such a nice music to your ears. Free from the noise of an annoying city and a stressful traffic. On his few steps Panyero seems to be fine but with just a couple minutes later (if I am not mistaken just 10minutes of walking) he demanded for a short break. Maybe he was a bit surprise about the trails (Hahah kahit ako mismo medyo nagulat). We pause and take a break for a while knowing Sis Belle she doesn’t need a break that much (Hahaha mas halimaw pa saken un umakayat nang bilis pa maglakad).

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Panyero and Sis Belle

I was  looking on the trees who’s taller than me at first. This time I will make this trees as my landmark or unit of measurement, if we are still far from the peak these trees will be taller than me and their shades will cover me from the heat of the sun. But if these trees will become fewer and the sunlight will hit my skin this only means one thing we are getting higher and higher and closer to reach the summit (Taba ng utak ko..Haha..Wala kasing guide na tatanungan.. Hahaha). At first Panyero still talking. We had a conversations with one another, sharing some funny moments with one another and laughing all together (tamang kulitan ,biruan, kwentuhan at tawanan pa). But as we move along and proceed to move forward we seldom talk and the laughter seems to fade (Hahaha…Nagsasave na ng energy). I am wondering what’s on my Panyero’s mind, Is he mad at me??(Hahaha). I broke the silence when I ask him if he is still fine?. He just smiled and replied “Bakit ko ba naisipan sumama tulog pa sana ako ngayon Panyero, Bakit dito mo ako dinala?” (Hahaha) I just laughed and said “Kaya mo yan Panyero malapit na tayo”.

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Ice cream in the jungle..Haha..

After an hour of walking Sis Belle said that she heard an “Ice Cream” from a distance. I’m starting to get worried are they having some sort of hallucinations?(Hahaha). But as we continue move foward Sis Belle was right there is one locals who’s selling a cold and refreshing ice cream in the wilderness. For an amount of Php 20.00 each “Hindi namin palalampasin yung mga pambihirang pagkatataon tulad neto Hahaha”.

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Nakita nyu Mt Batulao?? Sa tabi nung dalawang langgam na naguusap..Kita nyu nah?…Hahaha…

From this place also we saw Mt. Batulao from a distance. We took a short break and take few a photos from there we also ask Manong Ice Cream na kunan kame ng pictures (Hahaha).

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Ice cream muna tayo….

On the other side of it we already saw the summit or peak of Mt Palay – Palay (Pico De Loro).

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Unang Sulyap!!!

This is the first time we saw the summit. We all feel recharged and forget that we are tired after we saw that awesome view that seems inviting us to go there. We took some photos of it as usual and start to proceed with our hike. But this time we are not just walking we are running forward and excited to reach the summit as soon as possible. Panyero and Sis Belle also is now having a thing I personally called the “Adrenaline Rush” – a force that motivates yourself to move forward behind your limits after you saw a “Wonderful God’s Creations”.FB_IMG_1431865404688 In a short while we already heard some hikers from a distance whos taking some rest. We already in the base camp. From here you can now take a closer look of the summit and the monolith. I’m a bit a disappointed when we reach the base camp not with the view but with some of those fellow mountaineers “na matitigas ang ULO”. Base from the blogs I read overnight stay is still not applicable in Pico De Loro. But when we arrived we saw a group of mountaineer who’s spent their night on the base camp and arguing on a DENR representative (Haaaay Nakakalungkot isipin na marame paring mga “PASAWAY”.

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View from the Base Camp…

We just continue to enjoy the view from the base camp. With just a few moments later one of the locals ,a guide to be exact offers us an assistance if we want to take the monolith. Manong (I forgot his name Haha) will be the one in charge of helping us to reach the monolith because I badly want to climb on it. Since we don’t have any idea how the monolith will be going take we hired him without any given price,( I mean kame na lang daw bahala magbigay sa kanya Hindi naman daw talaga sya nagbibigay ng presyo).

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Pico de Loro Summit, Monolith at the BackGround!!

And also we will be having a photographer to take a picture of the three of us (Hahaha). After 2:07mins of hiking and pahinga we finally reach the Pico De Loro’s Summit. Nice view, magnificent sceneries, and most of all an AWESOME GOD that we had. Such an honor to witness this wonderful creations that GOD has given to us. Thank you Lord for giving us the chance.

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Monolith view from the peak

After a few pictures and time to enjoy the magnifecent view I suggested to them that the monolith will be the next to take. At first Panyero Wangzky and Sis Belle is having some doubt if we can be able to reach the top of it. After convincing them in a short period of time because if there are many hikers or tanghali ka na nagumpisa mag hike you will not be having the chance na akyatin pa ang monolith sa dame ng hikers. But on our part since we are just the third group on that day coming from DENR jump off (I just dont know ilang group yung nanggaling sa Nasugbu Jump off). So i just explained to them that not all of the first time hiker in Pico will be having the chance to take the monolith, now since we already had the chance to do that eh “Palalampasin pa ba natin”?

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On our way to the Monolith

Finally pumayag na rin sila (Hahaha sa wakas). Since panyero is afraid of heights he will be the one who’s Manong will be helping a lot. There are also some sweet moments of the two of them. I just forgot to take a picture when they are “HHWC” (Holding Hands While Climbing)(Hahaha). Before you reach the monolith you need to climb on the edge of it where you will be using a rope. Not to mention but you need to take this rope seriously no room for mistakes (Mahuhulog ka lang naman at pwde mong ikamatay kapag nagkinulit ka at nagpasaway). It takes to much lakas ng loob kung medyo kabado ka sa mga ganitong sitwasyon.

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Takot daw sya heights pero malakas LOOB nya..Salute..^_^

You will be romancing the wall like panyero did para malampasan mo yung mga ganitong buwis buhay stunts. According to Manong the Monolith can accomodate up to 25 persons. If you will be just going to take the monolith on your first time I strongly suggest that you need a Guide for your own safety purposes. After a short while we already reached the top of the monolith. We take few pictures from there as usual, enjoy the magnificent view and thank HIM for giving us the chance to witness his creations. After a couple of minutes Panyero call our attention for the Dubsmash video clip he prepared (Dubsmash oh come on??..Haha..). I personally not that much interested with that but since na convince ko sya na umakyat I just joined him na lang sa trip nya.(Napilitan Hahaha..Joke lang). I’m a bit surprise with the result of the Dubsmash Vid Clip. But unfortunately di nya pala nasave(Hahaha).

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Ang mahiwagang damo..

After that Manong gave me Medicinal Plant. He said that it is good if you’re having stomach cramps. I also ask kung pwede ba ako mag uwe he said yes kaya nag uwe ako samen. But until now hindi ko na sya nakita (Hahaha).

After taking some photos we decided to go down to give the other hikers the chance to experience the view from the monolith.FB_IMG_1434600753305 If you were planning to hike in Pico De Loro don’t dare miss the chance to take also the monolith. It’s just like “Shooting two birds with one stone” (di ko sure kung yun ba yung exact words basta yun na yun..Hahaha…)

“Climbing Upward is Optional, going down is MANDATORY (narinig ko kay Idol Rommy Garduce). So which means if we need to be very careful on our way up, we must also very much careful on our way down.

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Cheers!!!…Halo Halo….

Cheers!!!…Halo Halo….

Thanks God we are safe on our way moving down. And we need to celebrate that Victory with a cold refreshing HALO – HALO. Compared sa Halo Halo ng Mt Batulao mas masarap to (Hahaha sorry for the comparison). We also had enough rest on this place ate our snacks. Manong is offering us to take the traverse trail which will take us to Nasugbu Batangas. He said that the trail will be much easier compared to the ascending trail that we had. Honestly  i really wanted to take the traverse but im just concerned with the additional expenses (Tag Kuripot Hahaha). After explaining our sides we just come up to a decision that we will just be taking the traditional trail on our descend.

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Going Back to The Summit.

After almost 30mins of rest we decided to move forward back to the DENR station. We need to take the summit again for us to be able to do that. There are already plenty of hikers on the peak. And most of them wasn’t able to take the monolith because there is too much hiker who’s also climbing it. I guess you will still be able to do the monolith but you just need to wait for your turn. Lucky for us we are already done with it.

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Nice View….

The heat of the sun is already starting to penetrate our skins so we move faster. On our way descending from the summit the we are starting to feel some sort of traffic due to some hikers on the ascend and us on our descend. To lessen the traffic since they will be accompanied with Manong, I decided to take the lead and just wait for them at the base camp. There are also some part of the trail which Pico De Loro offers a natural face powder (Alikabok hahaha). After a few minutes they are already on the base camp. We settled the payment to Manong I asked him again how much will be the charge of his service he refused to answer. So kinulit ko na lang sya at sinabe na baka maging Barat yung maibigay namen…Haha..Natakot siguro sya at sinabe na commonly if he will just be guiding from base camp to summit and monolith most of the time Php50.00 per person only. So at the end of our conversation we asked him if Php150.00 will be enough he just smiled and said yes. But since Panyero and Manong was having sweet moments during our climb Panyero gave him a tip that he will never ever forget a big amount (Hahahaha….just kidding).

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Halika dito Panyero!!Hahaha

Before we left the base camp we took some photos from there. And it was also the time when Panyero realized na hindi nya Nasave Yung Dubsmash namen….Hahaha..(Sad Face). So we need to retake it again (AGAIN?? HUWAAT!!! HAHAHAHA). Im trying to insert the said dubsmash on this blog but I’m having a hard time because of an unknown format error. Well anyways maybe I’ll try it on a PC (i’m just using my phone writing this blog).

 Anyways after a short picture taking we proceed back to DENR station because we have another scheduled practice of Choir at 3pm so we move faster. I already don’t have enough water to rehydrate myself. Failure on my part to buy when we are still on the base camp. Reminder no accessible water on the middle of the trail (just an ice cream). Next water resources will be before you reach the base camp so be sure to bring enough water. As we take our descend we just took the trail for about 1hr and 30mins (1:30). We managed to get back to the DENR station before 12nn. After fixing ourselves and cleaning our dirty feet and change outfit we are now ready to roll out and eat our luch.

We decided to take a single ride on our way back to Naic. Instead of riding a trike that will only take us to Ternate and a bus that will take us to Naic we just asked how much will be the fare if it will take us directly to Naic manong driver said it will cost Php 120.00. We agreed on the said amount and bound to Naic for us to have our lunch.

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Whew!!!

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We decided to eat have our lunch at Jollibee Naic. After our lunch tumambay muna kame dahil cancel na rw yung practice namin ng CHOIR. After our tambay we decided to went home and managed to be back at Trece before 3pm.

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Mandirigma ng Jollibee…Haha

I would like to personally thank my Akyat Buddies Sis Belle, Panyero Wangzky , Manong Guide and Most of All My Best Buddy For Life Our Almighty God!!!!! To GOD ALWAYS BE THE GLORY!!!!! Thanks for this wonderful day full off new and great adventure…Until next Hike guyz…See you on our next adventure…This is your friendly Lakwatserong OSO signing off……Peace Homies!!!!!

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#2 Mt. Batulao (811+) Traverse New Trail To Old Trail

Jpeg♠MT. BATULAO (811+)
Nasugbu, Batangas
Jump-off point: Evercrest Golf Course, Nasugbu
LLA: 14.0408 N 120.8011 E 811 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: 1 day / 2-4 hours
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 4/9, Trail class 3 with 60-70degrees assault

Features: Open trails, rolling slopes, scenic views of Batangas
 
Mt Batulao is one of those beginner’s friendly mountains and a budget friendly also.(Hahaha).Mt Batulao was not supposed the place we are going to hike. The initial plan was we are planning to go on a day hike to Mt. Manabu we started from approximately 16persons at first, but due to our conflict schedules with one another we just come up from 3 persons the night before our hike.
 
Since we’re just only three, the night before our hike I decided to change our initial plan, so instead of taking Mt. Manabu I suggested Mt Batulao. The two of them agreed with my plan and so we decided to take Mt. Batulao.
 
 It was May 2, 2015 Saturday (Monthsary of my 1st Hike) when we finalized to go on a day hike to Mt. Batulao. The meeting place was at McDonalds Pala-Pala 5:00am. Kuya Basil and I arrived at the meeting place at the same time. After a couple of minutes later when I was on my way to the counter to order a cup of coffee and a chicken sandwich (as my baon) Sis Belle also arrived. After a long wait because of my ordered chicken sandwich (Matagal daw kasi lutuin Hahaha) we left our meeting place and wait an aircon bus bound to NASUGBU at around 5:30am.
 
Since i just googled all the information I had, I beg “Manong Kondutor” na ibaba kame sa Evercrest at huwag kameng ilampas (Hahaha). The said fare from Dasma Pala – Pala to Evercrest is only Php61.00.Luckily we arrived from EVERCREST at exactly 6:35am.
 
 
From the highway I think you  need to walk an approximately of 2-3kms (just on my own estimation) to reach the jump off point. Since we don’t have any idea where the jump off point was located we hire a tricycle which amount to Php120.00 for Four persons(including our guide). They also offers a guide amounting to Php400.00 per day hike, we hire Ramon as our tour guide with the said amount.
 
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Jump off point souvenir items shirt etc.

We arrived at the jump off point at around 6:45am after a short preparation and looking for “The MAHIWAGANG TUNGKOD” (Hahaha) Me and Kuya Basil already learned our lessoned when we refused to use it during our first time. We also encourage Sis Belle also to buy her own “MAHIWANG TUNGKOD” for just only Php10.00. After we had our tungkod we proceed with our hike.

We left the jump off point at exactly 7:05am I strongly suggest you need to bring things that may protect you from the heat of the sun (cap, warmer, long sleeves, balabal, sun block etc.) there are only few trees along the trail. You might wanna also consider a face mask (medyo maalikabok din kasi).

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Kuya Basil Enjoying the Buko

Source of water or any rehydrating drinks are not that hard to find when you are going to hike Mt Batulao (unlike to Mt Talamitam) the locals with their kubo’s offers several types of drinks like bottled water, mountain dew, gatorade and their very own fresh buko juice. Kuya Basil demanded to take a short break for us to have a sip on that Buko Juice and eat it. It costs Php40.00 per piece. As we moved forward Ramon (our guide) reminded us that we need to pay Php30.00 (dati Php20.00 lang daw) at the registration area if we are going to take the new trail. We thought it was just a few steps from the jump off point but we are defintely wrong. So this time I personally demanded a short break for us to have a short prayer (to ask guidance and protection along our hike). Jpeg We came to a point where we need to choose between the Old Trail and the New Trail. We asked Ramon what is the harder trail to take (coz we love to challenge ourselves Angas!!!Hahaha) he suggested the Old Trail. Then we also asked him what would be the advantage if ever we will take the New Trail, he explained to us that it will be much easier and a bonus of a very rewarding views. So instead of taking the Old Trail we change our mind and proceed to take the New Trail (for the viewing experience).

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Kuya Basil and Sis Belle

It was just the first time of Sis Belle to go on a hike, but the way she walks, she move forward faster than Kuya Basil and I (yung totoo Sis kame ata ung 1st time pa lang umakyat Hahaha). She also had those adrenaline that we had during our first hike (medyo mataas lang ng konti yung kanya Hahaha) Anyways as we proceed (nag change topic bigla ang matabang Mama medyo pahiya ng konti eh Hahaha) on our hike as we reach closer to the Registration area we saw plenty of hikers going up and going down.

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Kubo = Pahinga…Hahaha

Every nipa hut or should I call it station? Is full of tired hikers who’s taking a short break (halos lahat ata ng kubo may mga nagpapahinga). There are also some Nipa Huts which I personally called “the builders hut” there are the one whos living along the trail to help or guide those hikers. They have their own sari – sari store and provide a hut for the hikers to take a rest with, so be thankful with them.

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Lakwatserong Oso and Ramon

We moved forward and take a few pictures of the view, I also ask Ramon to join me (puro nalang kasi sya nagtatake ng pictures namen Hahaha). Ramon is still young at the age of 18yrs old he wanted to help his family by means of being a guide. Every time he earned money half of it will be given to his mom for their daily needs and neccessities. But when we ask him if he was still studying he just smiled and said that he doesn’t want to school anymore (medyo na sad kame dun ng bahagya).

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Kuya Basil, Lakwatserong Oso and Sis Belle

Well anyways we don’t ask him any further questions after that as a respect (maybe the reason is too personal for him to open up).

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Good Morning!!!

As we continue to move closer to the registration area I saw several tents who’s Im pretty sure spent their nights along the camp. According to RAMON before we reach the summit we need to go along 12 peaks in total (including the summit).

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A portable Solar Panel use by locals as their source of electrictiy.

When we reached the Registration Area (if im not mistaken it is located on Peak 8) Ramon ask for a favor to wait him for a while. I wonder why so I asked him he said he will just going to eat his breakfast inside the house. We never thought that the registration area is the place where he lives. His father is the one who’s in charge on the logbook (now I get it kahit siguro ako kapag ganito kalayo bahay ko baka tamarin ng pumasok Hahahaha Just Kidding). While he’s eating there is one thing that caught up my attention is a small thing on their roof. (At dahil ususero ako hehehe) I asked Ramon’s father to make sure na tama hinala ko na isa yung solar panel and he said yes. He added that small solar panel will give enough power to a light 50watt lightbulb for almost 8hrs, sound pretty cool. After a  short while Ramon is already done eating, we are also settled the Registration Fee(Php 30.00) and listed our names on the logbook. We asked Ramon how long it will take for us to reach the summit, this time I heard a goodnews Ramon said it won’t take that long for us to reach the summit just about less than hour.

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Ang Mahiwagang Buko Juice

We are recharged of that news plus  the views are now getting more magnificent as we are closer to reach the summit. On our way we saw another Nipa hut with their own version of cold and very refreshing Buko Juice on a glass with a much cheaper price for Php20.00 only. Ramon also gave us another trivia that we need to pass through a four ropes before we reach the summit. I asked him what is that rope all about he said it will help us to climb easier and avoid the “alikabok” para hindi madulas.

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Kuya Basil doing some spidy tricks…hehehe..

Then just a few moments later we already saw the ropes he was talking about. It was not that scary as I thought. We actually enjoyed the moment every time we are going to take those ropes (sabi nga ni Sis Belle he never imagined na yung napapanood nya sa T.V eh ginagawa na nya.) Very wonderful experiences on our part. There are some moments that we are delayed because of the traffic (may mga bumaba din kasi). Well anyways as we reach closer to the peak I already saw some hikers enjoying the view from the top. JpegFinally we reached the peak/summit official time 2:04mins We move faster for us to be able enjoy the magnificent view from the top made by our Great Creator “Our GOD , Our Heavenly Father”. As we expected the view from the Top is very rewarding I always salute and praise our LORD for showing this wonderful creations of him to us. Such a great and wonderful GOD we have. Thank you LORD!!!

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Pahinga Muna…

There are some hikers who’s also enjoying the view from the top. Like them we are also amazed with those views this mountain has to offer. We took some photos and take a short rest while enjoying the scenic views of Batngas and the other mountains from a distance. I asked Sis Belle how does it feels to go on a hike. She just smiled and feel so much very happy (mission accomplished). Jpeg Aside from the view another thing that caught up my attention is the tent who offers a cold Halo – Halo for Php35.00 nice business idea (Hahaha). We dare to buy a cold Halo2x I don’t even care if medyo matabang (sorry for the word, truth hurts) as long as it is cold that is not a big deal for me (Hehaha). We also ate our pack snacks. I remember Kuya Basil gave me two pieces of waffle that Aling Maliit (Mam Dana) home made. Because waffle is one of my favorite food I immediately took a bite on it, when I am waiting to feel the taste of the hotdog from my mouth Kuya Basil said that the filling of it is just a cheese (sad face hahaha just kidding) . Well thanks anyways Aling Maliit for your pabaon (Next Time Alam mo na ha, Hahaha). After done eating and taking some pictures we decided to go down because the heat of the sun is now starting to penetrate my skin(Hahaha ang init kasi masyado).

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Then the traffic continues

This time we decided to take the OLD trail for us to be able to also experienced that trail and try to avoid the traffic also because most of the hikers will take the New Trail because it is much easier than this one(Old Trail). But unfortunately we still experienced traffic along the only ropes that the old trail has. You need a bit of patience when you were planning to climb Batulao. As we moved forward the trail is much harder than the new trail you must be very careful with your step. Mt Batulao also offers a natural powder on your face (Alikabok Hahaha) you don’t need to worry it is free and you don’t need to pay anything for your free foundation. 

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View from the Old Trail

We also take a few pictures from the old trail but because of the heat of the summer sun, we rather walk faster to went back to the jump off point as soon as possible.

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Under the shade of a tree

Compared to the New Trail the Old Trail has more trees to offer (at hindi namin palalampasin yung lilim ng puno para magpahinga Hahaha). After a short break we decided to move forward, we came to a point that we challenge ourselves to go on a trail run Me and Ramon take the lead but just a few moments later I heard something at my back It was Sis Belle (Nadapa siya pasimuno kasi ako eh Sorry Sis). As we reach the registration area from the Old Trail we settled another (Php20.00) and listed our name at the logbook. Kuya Basil saw some minimal damage on his shoes he decided to junked it and just buy a slipper (Hahaha iba kasi talaga si Kuya kapag sinabeng tapon, tapon agad Yayamanin Hahaha).We also stop from a station where we need to pay another Php10.00 (Private property daw kasi yung dadaanan namen mas mura yung daan sa Nasugbu:New Trail compared sa Balayan:Old Trail) Hahaha. After a short rest we move forward Sis Belle and Ramon was on their way faster than Me and Kuya Basil. Finally with just a few steps from the jump off point i felt so much tired that my legs could’nt even  want to move. I knew it!!! Pinupulikat ako!!!!Hahahah… Kuya Basil calling my name from a distance he was asking me to wait for him. I just laughed at him and said “Oo kuya don’t worry hihintayin kita di na ako makalakad eh “Hahaha”. I thought I’m the only one who’s experiencing muscle cramps but we are having the same feeling (Hahaha). Thanks to the Mahiwagang tungkod for being there when I need someone to lean on(Hahaha). We took a rest for almost 10mins until our legs is ready to move forward. We reach the jump off point safe and sound THANK YOU LORD atlast woooh!!!!. We decided to leave our mahiwagang tungkod and hire a tricycle to take us to the highway.

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Time to wash my dirty feet…Hahaha…

From there Ramon brought us to a residencial house who offers a bathroom to change  our shirts, clean our dirty feet and even take a bath if you want for Php20.00 per timba.We also settled the payment of Ramon sevices he said it costs Php400.00 only but on the end we still managed to gave him a tip (A tip that he can be able to enroll on a PRIVATE SCHOOL.hahaha…Just kidding). After cleaning ourselves and changing our clothers we proceed to the nearest karinderia to have something to eat. After done eating we’re on our way back home.

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Thanks to you guys…Until next time…xD

We managed to get back on Dasma Pala Pala at around 3:17pm such a nice day full of wonderful experiences. I would like to thank Ramon (Our Guide) Kuya Basil , Sis Belle and Most of all “OUR HEAVENLY FATHER THE GOD HIMSELF!!! for sharing that another meaningful day of my life….. TO GOD ALWAYS BE THE GLORY!!!!This is your Lakwatserong Oso signing off!!! See you on our Next adventure….Peace Homieess!!!!

Mt. Talamitam (630+) MASL Newbie Adventure

MT. TALAMITAM

Nasugbu, Batangas

Jump-off point: Sitio Bayabasan, Brgy. Aga, Nasugbu (KM. 83)

LLA: 14.1158° N; 120.7577° N; 630 MASL

Days required/ Hours to summit: 1 day / 1.5-2.2 hours

Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 3/9, Trail class 1-3 with steep assault (100m)

talaIt was just my first time to go on with an andventure like this.So me and co workers decided to give it a try and go for a day hike. As a newbie I personally browsed the internet what would be the most advisable Mountain for us to hike. And most common suggestions is Mt Talamitam. From those photos I have seen I was already amazed with the wonderful views this mountain has to offer sounds really exciting for me then to see those views personally.

It was Good Friday April 2, 2015  the day we decided that we are going to visit Mt. Talamitam. Our meeting place was at Mc Donalds Pala – Pala at exactly 4am, since we are all from Cavite, it was easy for us to group up and proceed to our destination. Lucky for us one of my co-workers colleagues offer their own Van for us to have easy access when it comes to transportation. The said budget for the fare is only Php200.00 for round trip which is very reasonable because we don’t even need to wait for a bus or van to commute. We left the meeting place at around 5am and we’re all very excited.

We arrived from the jump off point in Sitio Bayabasan Nasugbo Batangas at around 5:45 – 6:00 am. The locals seems they were expecting us to arrive they greet us Good morning with wonderful smiles in their faces. After a short briefing, orientation, preparation, a short prayer and a short time waiting for our local tour guide to arrive (Kuya Ronnie) we left the jump off point at exactly 6:14am.I can still remember the moment we refuse the locals offering us “Ang Mahiwagang Tungkod” Hahaha that we doesn’t even realize that will be a great help when we are already in the middle of the hike.

It was such a nice feeling walking on a community along our way who’s very much glad to welcome us and greeting us Good Morning. Aside from the fact that we can still smell the scent of the morning breeze. For me ” Eto yung tinatawag na feeling ng nasa PROBINSYA ka”. I can still feel the “Hamog” on some part of the trek. Just a few steps from the jump off point we can already see the Mt. Talimitam itself who’s I guess is also glad to welcome us. After a couple of minutes later and since I am just new in this kind of adventure I demanded for a short break to catch breathe because of being tired. Good thing to remember when you are going on a trek is to always bring atleast a liter of water, protection from the sun (cap, long sleeves, sunblock lotion, balabal etc.)  and an extra shirt to change with. After a short break and taking some pictures for us to upload on FB we continue to move forward.

 

After an hour of walking I personally asked our tour guide (Kuya Ronnie) how long we still need to take for us to reach the peak. He just smiled and replied at me with a soft voice telling that we are just a half way through it. I don’t know exactly what to feel is that a good news or a bad news. As we are closer to reach the summit Kuya Ronnie offers us three options to go along with. The first one will be the easiest one (if you were facing the peak it was on the left most part of it) but we still need to walk a long way. And the second one is (on the Right most part) harder than first one but almost the same trail. And then the last one (on the middle) the hardest among the three or what they called the “Assault Trail” which we need to take a 60 degrees trail I guess but will only take us minimal time for us to reach the peak.

So since most of us are all newbie, but on the contrary with that we managed to choose the “Assault Trail” challenging ourselves (medyo maangas kasi hahaha). We take a short break and proceed on the challenge we made. It was hard actually, more harder  than I could ever imagined. But the things that came from my mind (since it was Good Friday) is that we are on a thing we called “Pinetensya” a catholic beliefs. This is just a mountain compared to the cross he carried for us to save us all from our sins.The drama continues when one my co workers already want to give up the hike and not proceed to the peak. She was having hard time catching her breathe, fortunately with a just a short rest and few encouragement we encourage her to continue because it was just a few steps from the peak. Good things I use the “Talahib” para may mahawakan.

After a long wait is over when I heard the voice of one of my co workers whos already reach the summit telling us that we are almost there I feel so really excited and feel recharge because of the good news.

Exactly 1:53 minutes official time when we reach the peak of Mt. Talamitam the wind from the top is very refreshing. The views are very rewarding I almost forgot I’m tired. I have this weird feeling I can’t even explain. The only thing that came from my mind was, “Baket ngayun ko lang kaya naisipang gawin toh??? Sana noon pa??….If I only knew I will have this kind of wonderful feeling before I will definitely go for a hike immediately. From the top you can see the other mountains which I will definitely visit soon Mt Batulao ,Mt Marami and Pico De Loro. It is always such a nice feeling witnessing this Wonderful God’s Creation. JpegJpegWith just a few minutes later Kuya Ronnie call our attention when he asked if we want to buy a Fresh Buko Juice, on the top of the mountain oh come on, at first I thought he was just joking (April Fools) but suprisingly it was for real. One of the locals brought a styrofoam of Fresh Buko juice to help us Hikers feel more refresh. It was quite expensive than the usual price (Php40.00) but it was the first time I really do appreciate that very refreshing drink. Another thing that catch up my attention is the grotto on the peak such a nice idea to put it on there. After of almost an hour enjoying the views, taking some pictures, and a short rest we decided to go down before the heat of the sun hurts.

Around 8:50am when we left the peak I leave a promise that I will definitely going back there soon.Base from Kuya Ronnie we need to go another way downward the easiest one, because the trail we use upward is not advisable to take when you want to go down. Maybe the professional mountaineer will be the only one allowed to do that. Kuya Ronnie also told us that we are going to visit a local river on our way back (Layong Bilog River) if I am not mistaken.

On our way back we are heading to a place where we need to pay the Brgy. Permit amounting to Php 25.00 per head and the tour guide fee amounting to Php 300.00 on first 4 person, since we are 10 person we agreed on just Php 600.00 only. But on the end we still managed to gave Kuya Ronnie a tip (I will not mention the exact amount for Kuya Ronnie’s Security Purposes Hahaha Sobrang laki kasi ng amount….Just kidding…

Anyways after paying the Permit and Kuya Ronnies service fee we proceed to go to the river. I personally want to swim on it but unfortunately I almost forgot I dont even know how to swim (medyo malalim daw kasi) aside from the fact Im also afraid on what they called “pasma”. So instead of swimming we just wash our dirty feets with water and ofcourse take a few pictures from it.JpegThe water from the river is too cold and feel so much very refreshing. There are some people who’s also enjoying the river too. I am almost ready to jump again but when they say na (Malalim daw talaga un) I decided I’ll just do it next time (Hahahaha).After a few photos and a short break we decided to cross the river . I already feel my stomach demanding to eat a whole hippopotamus because I’m already hungry. We thought after we cross the river we are already chill and relax walking back. But we are definitely wrong Kuya Ronnie didn’t tell us that we still need to go on a hard trail.I’m already run out of water, the same feeling that we were just starting the trek. After a few minutes I heard some vehicle across the road closer and closer which means we are already near from the Hihgway…Wooooh Thank You Lord atlast…

JpegIt was already 11am when we return to the jump off point. Just a few moments of rest and changing our dress we are heading to Mahogany Market in Tagaytay for us to have something to eat and recover the fats we lost from the said hike.

Jpeg It was already past 12nn when we reach Mahogany Market I can’t even wait to sit down and eat as much as I can. But unfortunately since it was Good Friday I’m not allowed to eat their Special Menu which is the mouth watering “Bulalo”.Since Im already hungry I just orderd “Ginataang Tambakol”  and Four Extra Rice. My kaibigang Oso also ordered Adobong Pusit. The price is reasonable because the food is very delicous.Surprisingly  the total budget all in all including our heavy meals is only Php 500.00 not to much expensive but yet a wonderful experience.

After a few chicka chicka and waiting the food to alteast to digest we proceed to our van and heading our back way home. It was such a nice adventure specially when you were accompanied with such wonderful person like them.

Most of us were sleeping on our way Home…Hahaha…Specially Mam Dana hahaha…I managed to went home before 3pm. I also do have a nice sleep after the hike.

I would like to personally thank those person who made this adventure possible, Tito for lending your van for us, Vhin, Mam Dana, Sir Richmond, Kuya Basil, Kaibigang Oso (Grizzlie Bear Ben), Ang Batang Matigas ang ulo (Chiipoi), Sarah, Boss Agnel at Bhessy ni Vhin, Kuya Ronnie (Tour Guide) and Most of all our Great Provider The Lord Himself Amen. To GOD ALWAYS BE THE GLORY!!!!JpegJpegUntil next time guyz….See you in our next adventure……This is your Lakwatserong Oso Signing Off!!!!!! Peace Homies!!!