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Friday, November 30, 2012

Baguio Cathedral » One Tourist Attraction Not To Miss Around Baguio City

Photo of facade of Baguio Cathedral showing its twin spires
Not only is Baguio City one of the most charming cities in the Philippines, but many visitors express that side trips within the city are of even more interest than the city itself. The name Baguio of course conjures, for both the international and domestic traveler, a highland retreat in the Grand Cordillera in Northern Luzon, with pine trees, crisp cold breezes and low verdant knolls and hillocks. Among the many places of interest in Baguio, perhaps you would want to include a visit or make a quick stop at the Baguio Cathedral. If you like ecclesiastical architecture you will most assuredly find it worth your while to stop at this cathedral also known as Our Lady of Atonement Cathedral. 

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Grasping For Heaven » Through the Freezing Montane Shrubland and Up to the Peak of Mt. Pulag

Mountaineer catching the sunrise at Mt. Pulag summit
The trouble began on this last trail section before the summit. We just passed the enchanting mossy forest and we still need to get through the grassland but darkness is already on its onset. Setting camp here for the night is impossible because the conditions were hideous, so we have no option but to continue walking until we reach the summit campsite. I thought our trail master calculated everything just right especially the time that we need to reach the campsite, but during the approach our timing just all messed up.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

En Route to the Marlboro Country of Benguet

A man with big horns like the devil in the mountain
{Part III of the series Mt. Pulag via Akiki-Ambangeg Trail » Odyssey to the Playground of the Gods}

We waited for the sun to rise so we can have less fog before we break camp. Re-charged from our good night’s rest, I as well as the rest of the Emerson mountaineers anxiously crossed the Eddet River via a monkey bridge made of metal wires. This is the first excitement of the day, like crossing an enchanting bridge as gateway to a magical Mt. Pulag forest.

Waiting at the other side of the bridge is the looming 80 degrees assault trail patiently waiting like a thin thread snaking upwards. Eddet River is the lower part of Mt. Pulag and other surrounding mountains; hence I can’t help but feel like I’m trapped under massive walls.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Eddet River » Refreshing Stop on Your Way to Mt. Pulag

Although the trail sign at the Kabayan jump-off seemed to warn us that this route is difficult, I felt the world had opened wide again and this climb seemed filled with possibilities. I whimpered at the excitement when we started the trek, all the while nursing a secret exhilaration.

After registration and a quick lunch we left the DENR headquarters. We passed by few houses and some children coyly looking at their windows. As what mountaineers usually do, we gave them some of our trail food. Their smiles, as a way of thanks, instantly warmed our hearts – just what we need on that freezing weather.  

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Mt. Pulag via Akiki-Ambangeg Trail » Odyssey to the Playground of the Gods

A Man holding the sun at Mt. Pulag Peak in Benguet
Then I asked myself, “If a flicker of magical happiness is what I gained after trekking some mountains, what will I experience if I climb some more, if I climb higher?”

So I push on. I got addicted because climbing mountains brought me unknown perceptions and whole new understandings I could not, nor could have known on my everyday mundane life. The bible talks about mountains all the time, as do spiritual teachers and mystics making it a symbolism to the inner worlds – and I’m glad I feel that spiritual pull. I can’t explain it but it is there, tugging at the heartstrings of my consciousness. 

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Yodi Insigne
Yodi Insigne is one of those delusional sorts who imagines himself a useful contributor to the greater blogosphere (Well, that's what he's trying to accomplish).

He started blogging for three reasons:

1. He always felt he has something important to say,
2. Books can make him cry, and cliff jumping can make him high,
3. He want to sleep at night.

He is a self-certified bookworm, travel junkie, shutterbug, movie freak, Mangyan hiker who sleeps a lot and think a lot. He got a little vice, which is black coffee and cashew nuts. He got colorblindness on yellow and green - and he freaking loves it!

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