Luzon, Mountains

Maligcong Bontoc DIY Itinerary Travel Guide

I will never forget the moment I stepped out of the van once we arrived in Bontoc, Mountain Province.

I liked the peace that this Cordillera town has brought me, and also its cold weather. It was a perfect way for me to disconnect and ponder on some things. I was contemplating of resigning from work that time, thinking and searching for what I really wanted to do with my life.

Eventually, I was able to find it. But if I am to look back to the process, Maligcong was a big part of it. Now I just want to share with you my experience with Maligcong. Read More

Inspiration, Mountains

11 Life Lessons From Mountain Climbing

We were climbing (crawling) towards the very steep and slippery summit of Mt. Pico De Loro when I heard two lady mountaineers behind me talking, laughing at their own craziness,of even trying this not so safe climb.

“Ba’t ba natin ginagawa to?” (Why are we even doing this?) said the nervous girl.

“Dapat nanahimik nalang tayo sa bahay at naglinis. Hahaha!” (We should have stayed home and cleaned the house. LOL!) Said the chill, funny girl.

Then they both told one another, “pero andito tayo!” (But we’re here!)

It would be fun to eavesdrop more of their conversation, but that was not the perfect time. I had to focus on my own climb, because one wrong step could lead to an unpleasant incident.

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Luzon, Mountains, Philippines

Kunig: The Dog Mountaineer of Maligcong, Bontoc, Mountain Province

If you’ve been following my blog, you know how adventure has taught me a LOT of things. It even allowed me to meet amazing people – crazy, creative and unique people whom you don’t usually encounter in your routinary life.

But during my travel to the beautiful Maligcong, Bontoc, Mountain Province another worthy experience has happened. And it was not because of a particular activity, not even a person – it was because of a dog.

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Inspiration, Luzon, Mountains, Philippines

Mt. Pico De Loro: Conquering the Summit and Monolith

I’ve heard some stories… stories of mountaineers who have found their inner peace on top of the mountains. Some even mended their broken, fragile hearts.

For me, climbing mountains is personal. It has given me realizations that I am now carrying with me as I move forward with my life. There’s an amazing power and connection by being closer to nature.

And that experience was the same as I climbed Mt. Pico De Loro.

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Luzon, Mountains, Philippines

The Climb to Mt. Kupapey in Maligcong, Bontoc, Mountain Province

It was 3 o’clock in the morning when I woke up to the sound of an alarm. I tried my best to get up as fast as I could but still, I was the last to stand up. All of my new friends and fellow travelers were preparing their gears, ready to climb the majestic Mt. Kupapey in Mountain Province (Philippines).

In a vast room, I was sitting on my bed looking at them – Ronald, Archie, Sandy, Mike and Fung. They all looked legit mountaineers to me.

Then I looked at myself, “What the heck am I doing here?!” LOL!

It was my first climb, so I didn’t know what to bring. I just put on my shorts, shirt, hiking sandals, jacket and I was ready to go.

I’d be honest with you. I had some apprehensions. It was my first, and I didn’t expect it would be in Mountain Province! It felt so overwhelming for me. Imagine, I’d be climbing a mountain…in Mountain Province? That sounds redundant. That’s too much! LOL! So I had this idea that the climb would be a tough one.

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