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Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail

January 31, 2019

Philippine 16 Summits (by Region)

The first Filipina who scaled the world 7 summits recently made headlines locally. Around the same time, my friend Bambi Guevarra got an idea to list down the highest summits in the Philippines by region. We called it - Philippine 16 Summits. Below is the list of  the summits with height in Meters Above Sea Level. 

1. Ilocos (Region I) - Mt. Sicapoo 2354 masl 
2. CAR (Region XV) - Mt. Pulag 2926 masl 
3. Cagayan Valley (Region II) - (no confirmed mountain)
    According to Mt Pual is the highest
     Here also are the list of other Mountains in Cagayan region - according to this site
4. Central Luzon (Region III) - Mt. Tapulao 2037 masl 
5. Calbarazon (Region IV-A) - Mt. Banahaw 2158 masl 
6. Mimaropa (Region XVI) - Mt. Halcon 2582 masl 
7. Bicol (Region V) - Mt. Mayon 2462 masl 
8. Western Visayas (Region VI) - Mt. Kanlaon 2465 masl 
9. Central Visayas (Region VII) - Mt. Talinis 1903 masl 
10. Eastern Visayas (Region VIII) - Mt. Alto Peak 1332 masl 
11. North Mindanao (Region X) - Mt. Dulang Dulang 2938 masl 
12. Davao (Region XI) - Mt. Apo 2954 masl 
13. Socsargen (Region XI) - Mt. Matutum 2286 masl 
14. Zamboanga (Region IX) - Mt. Dabiak 2600 masl 
15. CARAGA (Region XIII) - Mt. Hilong hilong 1920 masl 
16. ARMM (Region XVI) - Mt Ragang / Piapayungan 2815 masl

So far I have scaled 5 of the listed mountains. With not being able to summit one due to a guide issue. 

Some consideration.

Three of this mountains are currently closed to hiking. 

  • Mayon
  • Banahaw
  • Ragang - also has safety issue due to insurgency

Would also like to note that three regions highest point share borders to nearby highest summit.

  • Region 2 (Nueva Viscaya) share borders with Mt. Pulag of CAR
  • Socsargen (North Cotabato) share borders with Mt. Apo of Region XI
  • Region VII (Negros Oriental) share borders with Mt Kanlaon of Region VI

Mt Apo

Mt Banahaw

Mt. Kanlaon

Pulag (via Tawangan Trail)

Mt Sicapoo ( I was not able to summit)

January 13, 2019

Sta. Ana Beaches - Rivals of the South

   Last year, we spent our Christmas 400KM away from Manila... in Isabela, Cagayan Valley. A few weeks before our trip, Adrian was advised by his pedia to visit a beach. To get some vitamin-SEA. Isabela is a town far from the coast, given this, we decided to visit Sta. Ana, Cagayan. I heard a lot of good review of the beaches around this town, plus we had never been there. One caveat though is that its 263km distance from Isabela!.
   It was a long drive but I love road trips. As long as the view and the road is good (and no traffic). For the first day we stayed in a resort in the city proper of Sta. Ana. Sta Ana is a sleepy town in the north of Luzon. There are a few vehicles but the city is self-sustaining. The resort have good rooms but for the food you have to cook it yourself (or ask he resort to do it for you for a fee). They have kitchen equipments and utinsils that you can use at no extra charge. The beach has black sand and the water is not that calm, this is because its December and northern monsoon is affecting the place. Part of the reason we stayed here on our first day is that so we can rest after a long drive as the more beautiful beaches is farther and more secluded. 

We saw this sight on our way to Tugegarao. It was so beautiful we had to stop to capture the scenery
Black sand beach of Sta Ana

Adrian enjoying the beach

Our dinner bought from the market near by

  For our second day we move to another beach 30 mins away from Sta. Ana - Pozo Robo. It is more secluded than the previous day beach and has finer white sand. The resort has nipa hut rooms that has CR and air-condition, but you have to cook and bring your food. They have common areas for cooking and dine. The beach thrives with lots of sea creatures. Similar to the beach in Sta. Ana, the water is not calm, but if you swim on low tide, the water is calmer as it broken by the shallow corals. 

   I believe long time ago. Only locals visit the place, and only backpackers spent overnight since they are the ones who has equipments. 
   The place is excellent that made the long drive worth it. But it will  be a long time before I visit the place again. 

The view of the beach from our cottage vantage point

Oor accomodation. It was made in the middle of the forest.


Beach at low tide. So many creatures

Hill beside the beach According to our neighbor there are stairs to reach the top. But we had no time to take the hike

Hermit crabs are very abundant in the beach,  among others

On the second day, we were the only visitors on the beach. 

The yard beside our cottage

Pozo Robo  resort. 

Gian made a Christmas tree out of seaweeds

The trail from the main road to the cottages. 

So serere and unspoiled

Side trip: 
   On our way, we stop over Tugegarao and drop by St. Peter Cathedral. It is an old churd made on the 1600s. We also drop by Magapit Suspension Bridge. The biggest bridge that connects the east and west of Cagayan river. 
The cathedral is colored red/maroon, which makes it exceptional

Even the door is well crafted.

The church ceilings is beautifully painted. Reminds me of Sistine Chapel

Longest and biggest suspension bridge in Cagayan which run over Cagayan river.