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DIY Travel Guide to Mount Ulap

Photo by Carl Taawan for ABS-CBN News
It is a bit challenging to arrange a solo DIY travel to Mount Ulap even if you’re a local or the Cordilleras so I have a quick guide for y’all.

This is my second climb in Mount Ulap just because it is one of the closest mountian in Baguio for those who like to have a day hike. Registering at the Barangay Hall before trekking is mandatory to avoid paying fines at either the entrance or in Sta. Fe. The barangay also requires hikers to get a guide whether you've hiked the place multiple times.

If you have your own transportation, you pay additional Php50.00 for registration of the car. However, for commuters there are two options for transportation back to Baguio. The first option is to rent a car, they call it 'garage car' back to Ampucao barangay hall and then you can get jeepney to baguio at Php30.00 or you can ask your guide if they can have a seat reserved from the jeepneys in Philex so you can just wait in Sta. Fe.

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Just a friendly reminder though because I've seen some tourist who just don't have any discipline and respect for the place. No smoking in the area to avoid possible cause of wildfire. No littering because the place that you are visiting is a home for the locals.

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Also, you might want to bring with you your own packed lunch or snacks because the stores onsite are awfully pricy. Well, you really have to pay for convenience. You also have to bring with you bottled water depending on how you consume but it's best to get the 2 liter one. Insect repellant would also help. Extra clothes and a small towell would be necessary as well.

0700 ETD Ampucao Jeepney Terminal near Jollibee Centermall
0745 ETA Ampucao Barangay Hall/Register
0800 Start Trek
0900 First Peak
1000 Second Peak/Gungal Rock
1100 Third Peak
1130 Snack/Eat at the Mt. Ulap's stores
1230 Trek Down
1400 ETA Sta. Fe
1500 ETA Baguio City
*Depending on how fast you're going to trek the mountain

100.00 Registration per person
600.00 Guide fee for maximum of 7 pax
30.00   Jeepney fare from Baguio to Ampucao
50.00   Jeepney fare from Sta. Fe to Baguio
*Rates are as of July 2018

You can request for Vanvan as your tour guide is he's available, he takes good shots for those socially savvy hikers who would like to post their hike experience online.

DIY Travel Guide for Mount Kalugong and Mount Yangbew

The "Little Pulag" (Photo by Julius Tibao)
Mount Kalugong and Mount Yangbew (a.k.a. Mount Yangbo) are the two most accessible places for hikers in Baguio and La Trinidad who doesn't want to have a very long hike.

I lived in La Trinidad and Baguio for almost half of my life and I know most people living in the area haven't found time to visit these two mountains yet. I discovered trekking/hiking to be a good way of relieving stress lately and I'm a person who would prefer to travel alone and it was a bit challenging to look for information online so I am posting my own DIY solo traveler tip and guide for others who might want to try it too.

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But first things first, why visit Mount Kalugong and Mount Yangbew? Well, aside from these being the closest to town we can go to, you get to appreciate the majestic beauty of creation too. The photos I took are just understatement of what you can really see and experience when you visit.

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Last year I hiked Mount Yangbew and Mount Kalugong separately with some of my peers but this year I decided to go to both at the same time simply because both of them are in the same area so here is the schedule I created.

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The best combination for me is Yangbew before Kalugong because you can hang-out in Kalugong longer because of their coffee shop. So, you can ride a jeepney at the jeepney terminal bound to La Trinidad either at the Centermall Terminal or at the Magsaysay Terminal. Depending on traffic, the travel may take between 15 to 20 minutes. Drop off at the Tiong San La Trinidad and walk across to the Pines Park-Lubas-Tawang Jeepney Terminal. It may take up to 20 minutes before you reach the jump off. You might be needing to register first at the Tawang Barangay hall if the watchers are not available. The trek to the peak of Mount Yangbew may take between 20 to 40 minutes depending on how fast you do it. You can take some photos simply with the grassland or with the horses available on site. After Mount Yangbew, you can walk down to the highway to Mount Kalugong which is towards Tawang. The trek to Mount Kalugong may take between 30 to 40 minutes from Mount Yangbew's entrance. Mount Kalugong, aside from it's famous rock formations, has a cultural village and a coffee shop as well. From Mount Kalugong, you can then walk down towards Cruz, La Trinidad which may take between 15 to 20 minutes. You can ride a jeepney from Cruz, La Trinidad back to Baguio City.

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40.00 Fare for all your jeepney rides
50.00 Regisration for Mount Yangbew
100.00 Entrance Fee for Mount Kalugong
**Additional budget for your snack at the coffee shop in Mount Kalugong if you'd like to try


“Nasaan na ang mga kabataang nagmamahal sa bayan?”

Nang marinig ko ang katanungang ito, may kung anong kumurot sa aking puso dahil alam kong may punto ito. Nasaan na nga ba ang mga kabataang Pinoy, pag-asa ng bayan, na tinutukoy ni Rizal? Nasaan na nga ba ang dapat sana’y umaakay sa mga nakakatanda at umaalalay sa mga nakakabata?

Napakarami nang mga kabataang Pinoy ang babad sa kaka-selfie para may mai-upload sa kani-kanilang mga social media accounts. Napakaraming kabataang pinoy ang imbes na mag-aral ng mabuti o di kaya’y gumawa ng isang bagay na mainam, ay nagpapaka-addict sa kung anu-anong mga computer games o ‘di kaya nama’y smartphone games. Napakaraming mga kabataang Pinoy ngayon ang mas pinipiling mag-bisyo kaysa matuto.

Ilan na nga bang kabataang Pinoy ang nakakaisip na pagbutihin ang pag-aaral para makagawa ng isang magandang bagay para sa ikakaganda ng buhay ng kanyang pamilya at bayan? Ilan na nga bang kabataang Pinoy ang nagbabasa ng ‘book’ para madagdagan ang kanyang kaalaman imbes na magpaka ‘famous’ sa ‘facebook’? Ilan na nga bang kabataang Pinoy ang nagiging magaling para mapagaling ang kapwa at hindi dahil gusto lang pumunta sa ibang bansa?

Sa mga kagaya kong kabataang Pinoy, ano nga ba ang halaga ng ating mga kabalbalang ginagawa? May mga natitira pa bang handang tumayo sa kinaruruonan at maging magandang halimbawa sa kapwa kabataan? May mga natitira pa bang handang maging ‘buhay na bayani’ sa bansang Pilipinas sa pamamagitan ng pagiging masunuring anak na may takot sa Diyos? May mga natitira pa bang hindi lang ang sarili ang iniisip kundi pati rin ang kapakanan ng mas nakakarami? May mga natitira pa bang hindi nasira ang buhay dahil sa bisyo – sigarilyo, alak, at druga? May natitira pa bang handang tumayo at maniwala na baling araw gaganda rin ang buhay sa Pilipinas, hindi dahil nagsi-puntang ibang bansa ang mga magagaling kundi dahil nagsi-tayuan ang mga kabataang Pinoy at nagsabing, “Tama na ang pananahimik, ang hindi pangingi-alam, ang pagsasawalang-bahala, at ang pagiging tanga”?

Naniniwala pa rin ako na ang mga kabataan ang pag-asa ng bayan. Pa-isa-isa man kaming natatauhan, pero pag lahat na tayo nagsama-sama at tayo mismo ang maging pagbabago na ating hinihiling sa ating bayan, pasa-saan ba’t magbabago nga ito.

Naniniwala pa rin ako na ang mga turo ng mga nakakatanda ang siyang gabay sa aming mga kabataan para maging mas maayos na henerasyon. Kaya sana, sa mga nakakatanda, tayo ay maging tamang ihemplo sa aming mga kabataan.

Sa mga nakakatanda, sana po maging tamang gabay kayo sa aming mga nakakabata para po matupad naming ang sabi ni Rizal na kami ang pag-asa ng bayan.

Sa mga kagaya kong kabataan, sana gawin natin lahat ng makakaya natin hindi lang para mag-enjoy kundi para maging halimbawa sa isa’t-isa. Sana tayo ay maging tunay ngang pag-asa at hindi dahlia ng pagdurusa at pagluluksa ng ating inang bayan.

Ngayong, nalalapit na eleksyon, ako po’y nananawagan sa lahat ng Pilipino na sana bago po natin sulatan an gating mga balota ay alalahanin natin an gating mga anak at magiging anak. Sana alalahanin natin kung ano bang kinabukasan ang gusto natin para sa kanila. Sana hindi tayo maging makasarili at isiping dibale’t pagdating ng panahon ay wala naman na tayo.


One of the most convenient ways to shop, these days, is to shop online since it won’t be talking so much of our time and effort, unlike actually visiting a brick-and-mortar store. Aside from the hassle-free experience in shopping online, you get to have faster options in comparing both the quality and price of the products you buy because you get to see the feedback and comments regarding the said products online.

I’m a movie buff but I hate watching movies in a small laptop screen because I like to see the details of the scenes as well as feel like I’m in a cinema in my own home.

As a couch potato, at times, I know that the quality of the sound is as important as the video. Also, I like listening to music and I like it loud where I can hear all the bass and drums vibrating.

Capturing pictures is one of my hobbies because I don’t want to let go of the memories from the moments that I can’t loop backwards and having a camera that knows what I want is a plus.

I don’t want to just shoot people and stay out of the picture but I also want to be on the photo so having a good pair for my camera would be awesome.

There are also moments that we don’t see coming and that we are unprepared to capture the moment so carrying with you a phone that you can’t just use for your personal communications but also for shooting moments would help.

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An elderly couple retired to a country-side in a small isolated cottage overlooking some rugged and rocky heath land.
One morning the woman saw from her window a young man dressed in working clothes walking on the heath, about a hundred miles away. He was carrying a spade and a small case, and he disappeared from view behind a corpse of trees.
The woman thought no more about it but around the same time the next day, she saw the man again, carrying his spade and a small case. And again he disappeared behind the corpse.
The woman mentioned this to her husband, who said he is probably a farmer or a gamekeeper setting traps or performing some country practice that would be perfectly normal and so not to worry.
However, after several more sightings of the young man with the spade over the next two weeks, the woman persuaded her husband to take a stroll – early, before the man tended to arrive – to the corpse of trees to investigate what he was doing.
There they found a surprisingly long and deep trench, rough and uneven to one end and becomes much neater and tidier towards the other end.
“How strange,” the old lady said, “why dig a trench here and in such difficult rocky ground?” and her husband agreed.
Just then the young man appeared – earlier than his usual time.
“You’re early,” said the old woman, making light of their obvious curiosity. “We wondered what you were doing and we also wondered what’s in the case.”
“I’m digging a trench,” said the man, who continued realizing a bigger explanation was appropriate. “I’m actually learning how to dig a trench because the job I’m being interviewed for later today says that experience is essential, so I’m getting the experience. And the case, it’s my lunch in it.”
He got the job.

Sometimes people fail to get the opportunity being laid in front of them because they lack the technical aspect of the knowledge they already have. In employment, you lose the job because you’re not interested enough to get the background needed for it. If you apply for a job, you should know what’s that you’re applying for.
On the other hand, if we see suspicious people don’t assume something’s wrong with them right away. Listen to them. Let them say what’s in it that they are going to say.
Lastly, everyone deserves an explanation.


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