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Common Sense

Same-sex marriage is marriage. I can understand some people’s need for distinction, but I personally do not see the need to call it anything other than marriage. It isn’t about sex. It’s about being legally bound to live respectable lives together and abundantly partake in all its benefits as provided for by the law. It should not […]

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Fringe MLA: Spoken Word

To put it simply, “Fringe Manila” is a festival that celebrates culture and the arts. Its aim is “to showcase fresh, daring, and groundbreaking material highlighting the unique point of view of emerging and established artists from the Philippines and internationally, across all genres including, but not limited to, theater, poetry, music, dance and the […]

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Sagada 2.0

For my 25th birthday, I decided to head back to one of the few places I totally fell in love with. I first visited Sagada in 2012, and I have wanted to visit it again since then. Thankfully, I was finally able to do so partly due to the Pope’s 5-day visit in the Philippines […]

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2014 in Review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 12,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many […]

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The Talomo-Apo FKT Challenge

“All set. In 30 minutes, larga na.” It was near midnight last Saturday when Pat sent us this message. He was about to run the length of the Talomo-Apo trail and set the fastest known time (FKT) or what he also likes to call FaRT or Fastest Recorded Time. A little over 13 hours later, […]

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The Talomo-Apo Megatraverse

“Megatraverse.” When you put it that way it sounds like this grand endeavor only those in the ranks of great kings and fearless warriors would ever accomplish. It is not. But is is a worthy adventure, nonetheless. The Talomo-Apo traverse – or “megatraverse,” as some would call it – takes hikers brave enough to take on […]

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There and Back Again

Just this February, I was able to hike up Mt. Apo, the Philippines’ tallest mountain. It was an unforgettable experience and one of the best I’ve had in relation to mountaineering. (You can read about the hike here.) For a month, I’ve been tuning up myself for yet another go at climbing Mt. Apo. This […]

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At last, a blog.

Originally posted on Never Nothing Going On:
I’ve always loved to write. I’ve always had so much to say but not once did I ever think of starting a blog. I just knew that it would be tedious. (And I never liked tedious. :P) Now, however, I feel like there’s reason for me to finally do…

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Cinemalaya X

Cinemalaya 2014 is just around the corner. Starting this Saturday (Aug. 2), moviegoers and film enthusiasts will once again flock to the Cultural Center of the Philippines (and some Ayala Cinemas) to catch some of this year’s best in the Philippine film industry. The Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival is both a competition and a […]

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People ask, I “answer”

In this post, I will try to answer some “queries” that land people on my blog. These queries are search terms people type in good old Google or other web search engines which direct them to my blog. Most of the search terms are related to Philippine mountains – why am I not surprised? Mostly, […]

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Greatest Hits… So Far

We are already halfway through 2014. I started writing this post in January. It was supposed to list ten of my favorite hikes from the previous year. A lot of things happened since then and sadly, I never got to really finish my post. The Daily Post’s writing challenge this week asks us to “shake […]

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“Thank you!”

It’s the 1st of July and my blog’s 3 months now! And to commemorate three months of blogging, I am taking a look back on 3 of my favorite posts. First, there’s FAQ, in which I try to answer the perpetual question every mountaineer must have been asked at one point: “Why climb mountains?” Next is a […]

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Surf’s Up

So I finally tried surfing. One of the items on my 30 before 30 list is to learn how to surf – it did not say learn how to surf well. So I think I got that covered. 😉 There’s a quote that tells us that the best surfer is the one having the most […]

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Ballin’ Baller

There’s always room for more adventure! Two fun-filled days, that’s what we got from our recent Baler trip. We hiked up a mountain, we bathed in a river, we camped beside a pool, we got drunk, we surfed, we rappelled down a waterfall, and we went inside a 600-year-old tree. Not convinced yet? Maybe some […]

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Another Dream Come True

I am in the airport waiting to board a plane that would take me to Cagayan de Oro. Once there, we would climb Mts. Dulang-Dulang and Kitanglad. Mt. Dulang-Dulang, at 9,649 feet, is the Philippines’ second tallest mountain, while Mt. Kitanglad’s height of 9,511 feet puts it at 4th place. These two mountains are part of the Kitanglad Mountain […]

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Mission Accomplished!

Two lists serve as the main reason why I started this blog. The first one is a list of thirty things I wish to do or accomplish before I turn thirty. The other, which is actually a sub-list of the first, lists ten of my goals as a starting mountaineer. Though I am far from […]

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Share Your World

The lovely Cee Neuner of Cee’s Photography has had this thing going on for quite some time now but this is my first time to actually write something about it. Here goes…   If you could go back and visit any time period, what time would you travel to and why? → It would be amazing to […]

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At Last, an Adventure!

“I’m a person of the mountains and the open paddocks and the big empty sky, that’s me, and I knew if I spent too long away from all that I’d die; I don’t know what of, I just knew I’d die.” ― John Marsden, A Killing Frost   Finally, after a 9-week hiatus from hiking, I’ll be […]

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Those who can, do…

I studied and trained to be a teacher. There is something about teaching that is so noble and so fulfilling. When I first walked into a classroom filled with young minds teeming with potential, I was scared. I was to teach four different classes for our practicum – our last year in college. For one […]

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Pick-me-up

What is the one word or phrase that immediately cheers you up when you hear it? “Buti na lang may climb bukas!” In English, it translates to “it’s a good thing there’s going to be a climb tomorrow.” This is my perfect pick-me-up. Every commune with the mountains is an experience that makes my heart […]

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In Sixes

A six-word story? A story? In six words? Let’s see… Eyes met. Lips touched. Time froze.   Was that good enough? Let me give it another try…  Holding hands, they faced the world.   This is quite fun. Third one…  Their love, like time, was fleeting.   I’m just getting in the mood. Here’s another […]

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FAQ

  On the summit of Mt. Apo, the Philippines’ highest peak “Why do you climb mountains?” I guess it is an age-old question and one that I am often asked as well. People (non-hikers, mostly) almost always seem fascinated by the fact that there are those like me who go to great lengths just to reach a mountaintop. And […]

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Abstraction

abstraction, n. Love is one kind of abstraction. And then there are those nights when I sleep alone, when I curl into a pillow that isn’t you, when I hear the tiptoe sounds that aren’t yours. It’s not as if I can conjure you up completely. I must embrace the idea of you instead. ― David Levithan, The […]

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A Journey to the Top

A journey to the top of the world Philippines… At 9,692 feet, Mt. Apo stands tall above all other Philippine mountains. Along with 11 other hikers, I climbed Mt. Apo last February 11-13. It was a Valentine event of sorts and the mountain was my date. It was glorious. Our Mt. Apo climb… The team: Different landmarks […]

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Taking the Monster Jeep to Mt. Pulag

Going to Mt. Pulag, the highest mountain in Luzon and the third highest in the Philippines, often requires travelers to take what has become known to mountaineers as the “monster jeepney.” These monsters of a vehicle go around the Cordillera region and are aptly named for their engines and tires that can withstand long hours of […]

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Third Eye (A Repost)

Allow me to post here on my blog one of my favorite articles from the now defunct Peyups.Com. The article is written in Filipino, so to those who are non-Filipino speakers, please bear with me. And for those who understand Filipino, enjoy! Third Eye   Sigurado raw na mararamdaman mo kapag may multong malapit sa […]

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Another Fifty

Here’s another try at a fifty:   Scared and sweating, she felt her way around the dark room. Something was there with her.            She could hear it breathing; she could tell it was not human. Something grabbed her.            Something rough and scaly and wet. She […]

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Penguins Up Close

On March 12 of 2012, my friends Mika, Maica, and I went to Manila Ocean Park.  There, I had my first “up close and personal moment” with penguins. (It was my second visit, but there weren’t any penguins yet on my first one.) We didn’t actually plan to go there that day; we went to […]

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Writing Challenge – Fifty

Another blogging challenge! I’m really loving how The Daily Post keeps giving us challenges that are sure to inspire creativity and imagination. This time, I am writing a “fifty.” (My first!) This is my take on a new writing challenge hosted by blogger and awesome storyteller Vincent Mars of Boy with a Hat. His blog is wickedly […]

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Davao Wild Water Adventure

In 2011, some friends and I traveled  around Davao City. On our third day there, we took on the challenge of white water rafting. It was a blast! There were a lot of rapids that made the ride more thrilling and more fun. Also, it was so fun when our boat capsized. I wish we could have […]

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