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  • Jean K
    Cainta, Philippines1 contribution
    This is a playground of the god, the experience is not at the peak of it but your journey in the uphill mountain. This is the place where i will visit again soon.
    Written 6 September 2021
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  • Mathew T
    3 contributions
    Absolutely incredible - a true wonder of nature. An absolute must see close up when in the area of south-east Luzon, Legaspi.
    Written 28 June 2022
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  • Ben
    Bulacan Province, Philippines2 contributions
    Siniloan is tagged as the Waterfalls Sanctuary of Eastern Laguna. Mt. Romelo is located in Brgy. Macatad in Siniloan, Laguna. It is 3- 4 hours drive from Manila. Standing 300 MASL with a difficulty of 2/9 and an easy trail, definitely good for beginner and an easy chill hiking for an adventure. The terrain is a long, simple but slippery and muddy; it serves as the trail for the hikers, locals and the animals, like horses in transporting local products, like fruits and vegetables.

    Mt. Romelo is known for its 7 waterfalls but we only visited 4 since we did a day hike tour to the place. The most accessible waterfalls from the campsite, Buruwisan Falls is the most famous and possibly the most beautiful. We reached this in about an hour and a half. This was a very high waterfall – probably about 30 meters high. It was surprising to see how many locals were there. There were plenty of families having picnics on the banks of the basin at the bottom. It looks like a serene and undisturbed place. The water is clear, rocks are smooth either because of moss or the water, and the dip is really cool.
    Written 12 January 2020
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  • Arven
    Quezon City, Philippines196 contributions
    Mt. Bulusan lake is one of the most beautiful nature trip I've been to. It has this charm that will capture your soul. Its good for a family side trip, it is advisable that you go here after having your lunch outside because they don't have a canteen or resto. You could also take a short trip on their forest park and get a guide for your safety.
    Overall, we had fun here.
    Written 17 November 2018
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  • Za P
    Bagram, Afghanistan116 contributions
    For starter this was a DIY for me and my friend. So it started in the coastal road of Manila waiting for the Ternate bound bus. Fare 80 Php and about 2 hours. Get off in the bus terminal and hop on a trike to DENR (fare 225 Php for the whole trike which was about 30 + minutes). From DENR register and pay the 20 Php. You can either mention its traverse hike or not so they wont expect you to return to Ternate.
    There are no steep ascent i.e kiss some rock wall or crawl in the trees or ground. Pretty straighfoward actually. Only have to do is bring a backpack with you with a liter of water and some power bar. Not necessarily bring your whole stuff.
    Just like what the other reviewer mentioned it sadden mr to see those plastic candy/choco wrapper. The LNT principle not being followed. Very irritating those few who dont respect nature and dissapointed at the same time.
    The monolith was easy. Yes you will hold onto a rope in the beginning just to get your bearing and thats it. The view of course was spectacular!
    Note there is no need to pay or hire a guide. Traverse to Nasugbu about 55 min walk and the trike to Nasubu town was 500 Php (3 pax).
    Written 7 July 2015
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  • Michael S
    2 contributions
    Went there last Aug. 27, 2022. Place was an easy 2 hours drive from Manila. Encountered traffic on our way back, that was in some market near the junction going to Antipolo and it set us back by at least 20 mins on our way back to Manila. Anyway, the experience was great, my kids and my wife had a great time and they can't wait to go back again. It rained that morning so we had to leave our car along the small road going up and took a rocky road drive on a tricycle since the road was slippery and muddy. The road going up was so bumpy my kids got scared. Better bring a 4x4 :) Checking in was a breeze, no drama. Our tent's location was perfect, just overlooking the obstacle course and perfect for viewing the sea of clouds. Just had a hard time sleeping since it was hot inside the tent even though it was drizzling. It got cooler around 4am where i started to get sleepy kaya lang it was "sea of clouds" time already so I was not able to sleep anymore. Don't forget to bring extra kumot and bed sheets to cover the mattress. The view was just awesome from everywhere, from our tent, from the edge of the cliff, from the rock formations, so memorable it got us all hungry. The inclusive silog breakfast was not bad too. Serving was just right and the tapa was tender and tasty. There's coffee at the store so don't bother bringing your own. After breakfast we head on to the obstacle course, our kids tried the full course while me and wife just settled for the spider web. It was fun! Shout out to kuya Athan who assisted my kids through the whole course and took pictures pa while he was at it. Better line up early if you want to try this as waiting time is atleast 45mins. Will try to check out the falls next time. I highly recommend that you try Treasure Mountain, definitely worth the time and money!
    Written 1 September 2022
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  • Missy Sipi
    8 contributions
    Our PEH teacher conducted a hiking acitvity to us Grade 12 students.This is a great choice because 90% of us are beginners and the trail is very beginner friendly as it is wide and just the right rockyness for our feet to grip on as we go higher and higher. There are stopovers in there that offers food, and shade.

    Arrived at Tungko 5 AM to catch a jeepney to Licao-licao. On the way, some of my classmates felt dizzy because of bumps and sharp turns.

    Touchdown to Licao-licao, there's a 5-peso registration. Bought snacks on one of the stores (the one with the carinderia).

    Rode an optional tricycle (30 pesos per head) to Sitio Balagbag. I recommend you taking the back seat behind the driver if you're a risk taker. The bumpiest ride of my life. As for my friend who rode the trike beside me, his butt was swollen due to the trike's metal rail against his butt.

    Sitio Balagbag. 10-peso registration. 300 pesos for optional tour guide. There's also a 50-peso wood-carved keychain. There's also a spot in one of the eateries perfect for picture taking. I recommend bringing a monopod and a good-quality camera. Take an artsy photographer friend with you. I also recommend a non-narcissist companion so you don't take pictures of someone every 10 minutes.

    Friendly folks. My bag felt heavy due to overpacking so I asked a sari-sari storekeeper to keep my umbrella and one of my water bottles that I will claim later when we descended the mountain.

    My first hiking is wholesome. It was tiring but in a refreshing way. To lessen the leg pain, try stretching and eating beforehand.

    The best part as we hike to the summit are the DOGS we met along the way. Friendly and pattable. Try giving them food, they might follow you on your journey. :)

    There's a station/stopover halfway through the hike that requires 50 pesos. (only 30 pesos during weekdays, the cost may vary other reviews state a different amount).

    I recommend you to bring extra money for the children who sell turon and maruya along the stopovers for the trail, it tastes great and would be a great help for their living!

    Also, as we walked back to Licao-licao, we stumbled upon an Ukay-ukay store called "Ukay-ukay sa Balagbag" and I find it very wholesome. It would be nice to purchase one in there as a unique Balagbag souvenir.

    It's kinda sad that Balagbag has a view of mountains in a distance that is going bald due to quarrying and logging. I feel envy for those who hiked this mountain before the balding begun.
    Written 24 February 2019
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  • Janice B
    24 contributions
    Elevation: 724 masl
    Difficulty Level: Backtrail 2/9; Traverse 4/9
    Specs: Minor Climb, Trail Class 1
    Hours to Summit: 2-3 hrs
    Hours to Traverse: 2-4 hrs
    Guide to Hiker Ratio: 1:7

    Location: Puncan, Caranglan, Nueva Ecija
    (3-4 hours from Manila)

    The trek going up to the summit is way way easier than the traverse going to the Aloha Falls. So prepare your mind and body when doing the traverse -- there's no other way (unless you want to go back).
    Written 7 March 2019
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  • Melissa E
    68 contributions
    Have you ever seen a golf course on top of a mountain? Neither have we until we climbed Mt. Daguldol. All that was missing were people hauling clubs or racing golf carts. For those of you who wants to experience a different kind of summit, a relaxed climb and meet really nice people, this is the mountain for you.

    We did an overnight climb last Nov 2, all souls day. The hike started with a steady ascent from jump off and can be really hot if you start a little late. After an hour or two the ascents become gradual and the last leg to summit was a lot easier and cooler. There are no tough assaults to peak. We were expecting a Fiesta of some sort because of the long weekend but we were pleasantly surprised because we practically had the mountain all to ourselves. And the campsite as well. We were the only ones there! And by gosh it looked like a golf course. The vast ladscape was lush green. I was itching to roll down hill and run up and do it all over again like a kid. There were cows grazing and the air was so fresh and lovely. The campsite/summit didn't have an unobstructed view of the sea or other mountains but was breathtaking nonetheless. The night was cold, windy, foggy and a little creepy ( maybe due to the fact that it's just me and Harley up there, hehe ) but that added to the fun and adventure. We were apprehensive and scared at first but we proved that this is a safe mountain, even if we felt like we were on LOST. We descended the following morning feeling happy and overwhelmed by the experience. The descent was manageable and relaxed. ( and we didn't shred our quads. Point! )This was a gem of a climb. Now let me tell you about the people of Batangas.

    Kuya Onyok, our guide, was very patient with us ( particularly with me, slowpoke! ) and was chatty and very accommodating. When he offered to refill our 2 liters of empty water bottle at the nearest water source, he kindly gave us extra 5 liters so we'll have enough to last us the night. Take about going the extra mile! He was so very kind and polite and I advice everyone to look for him for your future climb here.

    Ate Lorna, the lady at the registration, very accommodating, pleasant and honest. I left my wallet at her place and she took precautions as to whom to give it back to. She studied my ID and told everyone with her to check if the one who claims it looks like my picture. Hehehehe. She could've just given it to anyone and be done with this lil hassle but she kept it safe for me.

    The unknown mountaineer - kudos and a big thank you to the person who found my wallet at Ate Lornas place and gave it to her for safekeeping. Your a true angel.

    All the other people of Laiya Batangas -
    There were all so nice and accommodating. They know how to take care of you and make you feel welcome. They were all smiles and willing to help with even the littlest things. Like the Ate and Kuya at the last store before the peak. They offer free water and good conversation. Very nice people. Very nice. They are the real reason why I want to go back there. And the reason you should go there too. Salamat po sa inyong lahat.

    All mountain is your first. That's what I believe in. Doesn't matter if it's you actual first or your hundredth. The experience, adventure, sights, pain, wonder and excitement all feels new everytime...

    ● Minor climb - 2.5 to 5 hours to summit depending on pace
    ● Not steep, no tough assaults but with steady ascent from jump off for an hour or 2
    ● With stop overs where you can buy food and drinks ( and sing! 1 has a videoke machine )
    ● Guides required - 500 for day hike 1000 for overnight
    ● With parking for private vehicles near registration ( 100 ) note: rough road with sharp rocks to site
    ● 35 pesos per head registration fee
    ● Public transport time bound and expensive
    ● Water source in Niyugan campsite. No water source at summit.
    ● Beware of doggies at night who attack....your left overs. Hehehehe. Place your trash high up where they can't reach it. Don't leave anything outside your tent after lights out we were advised. Better do the same I guess. But the dogs are friendly. The insect are not. Spray repellent on your tent. They ate holes in ours.

    Written 5 November 2018
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  • Prime V
    Bangkok, Thailand33 contributions
    We went there early in the morning to see sunrise. Short and steep hike with a flashlight. As it was early morning we took a taxi, but the place is accessible from Baguio by a jeepney. The place is worth to see as it is only one of few peaks around Baguio available to hike. There is a small charge that is collected by a walking guide (25-50 pesos).
    Written 10 January 2020
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  • Jed
    25 contributions
    This mountain is not for the faint of heart! Mount Balingkilat is a major hike! Not beginner friendly at all!

    Expect this mountain to be tough and heavy challenge. Make sure to be prepared for dehydration because the mountain only has one water source. Besides it being a tough mountain, the views are amazing! I would recommend to hike it if the person is experienced or at least physically active.
    Written 8 September 2019
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  • PCJ Eje
    Los Banos, Philippines2 contributions
    I've been living in the area for around 13 years, and it was on my 6th year that I get to enjoy birding here, when I learned basic photography. I can share with you several birding spots, not usually visited by visiting birders. I learned about these just a year ago as well. Early morning walks before going to the office get me more acquainted of the bird species in the area. Mt. Makiling is a great birding site with a lot of endemic birds to see! It's just an hour away from Metro Manila.
    Written 7 January 2020
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  • Ma.Evelena Sendin
    Baguio, Philippines3 contributions
    Whether you are looking for bonding with family or just plain nature trip, this is a wonderful trail to experience and explore both. Super worth every penny to complete the trail. Trail is rated 3/10 but I will say it is 4 or 5 for beginners like us. Some tips on mountain climbing techniques are a must, like keep a pace that suits your body, don’t drink too much water at once, just enough to keep your throat wet, breathe through nose and not mouth come in handy when you are doing any climbing activity. Most important start early as sun can take a toll even if temp is 12 to 15 deg. We arrived at 9 and finished by 1:30pm, of course with numerous stops to catch a breath or sooth our aching muscles.
    Written 22 February 2021
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  • Quingbee
    Quezon City, Philippines61 contributions
    As someone who's has never climbed a mountain before, my co-worker invited me to climb 3 mountains in one day. Thinking that the hike might be easy (who can climb 3 difficult mountains in one day, why would people organize something crazy like that) I agreed and asked him if he thinks I can do it. He told me I could. He was right (sort of) but I still hated him for it.

    By 3 am we were already on our way to Rodriguez via a jeepney ride to Montalban. Afterwards, a trike to the foot of the mountains where you can also change (there are bathrooms and showers) and buy some climbing gloves and caps (I got a pair for P50, still have it until today).

    Paid the fee and my co-worker already has an existing contact for a tour guide (this would be his second time climbing the mountains) and we were all set.

    Climbing the first mountain at 4 am for me was a challenge; granted I am not the most fit person in the planet but wow that hike up was exhausting and long. It was also dark and rocky but my coworker has advised me early on to pack a flashlight (w/c I did). It wasn't easy to hold the flashlight and use my other hand as a guide to hold on to rocks/stems/branches. My coworker basically had to give me his headlight while he took my flashlight so I can free my 2 hands and not fall off the giant (to me at least, I'm 5 feet) boulders. Also, I don't wear contact lenses so the headlight was basically hitting my glasses half the time making my vision quite unsteady. Thank god for a cap, so bring a cap! It also stopped the excessive sweat from falling down my eyes like a freaking waterfall.

    I honestly would've given up because this was not my idea of fun and I was way out of my comfort zone (which was the point but still) but my companions encouraged me and were very patient with me. Every time I said I need a break they were chill and like yeah we could all use a break. Basically, if you want to go on this trilogy make sure your companions don't mind waiting for you to catch your breath/sanity.

    Can you tell I am not outdoorsy?

    The sunrise was worth it though.

    The second mountain was easier to climb but afterwards, I was just basically breathless and honestly, not physically prepared to climb 3 mountains. My tour guide, knowing this is my first hike, was so proud of me. I am not the kind of person who takes posed photos but he said I should have a record of my 'feat.' To be fair it is an amazing feat for me so yeah I posed on top of a rock.

    The dogs of the mountain were faster than me, seriously. I made it halfway thru the third one and just had to stop because I was too tired. I urged my companions to go on without me and I just rested and read a book in one of the dining areas (made of bamboo, the air was refreshing. This was honestly the best part of the climb for me.)

    After an hour and 30 minutes, my companions completed the trilogy and we rested together then headed over to the Wawa dam for a shower. That was refreshing too and while I definitely teased my co-worker that he almost murdered me from exhaustion, I'm glad he asked me to go on this adventure with them. Would I come back? Only if someone dared me to.
    Written 20 October 2018
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  • oliveolc
    Ontario, Canada88 contributions
    It was quite an adventure climbing Mount Batulao. Unfortunately, the trail is bare. We noticed very few trees along the trail leading up to the summit. It was very hot. The trail is very narrow with no barriers on either side for protection and can be slippery. You can run the risk of falling off the cliff if you are not careful. So, always exercise caution, ask questions and listen to your tour guide.
    At the base of the summit you need to scale/rappel the final portion of the trail using a rope. It took us approximately 6-7 hours to get to the summit from the jump off point and back.

    oliveolc,
    Ontario, Canada
    Written 1 May 2019
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