New Balance RUN ON Race

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Ricky and I were out of Running for quite a while now. We already missed out running. I persuaded him to join on a running event to start over. Nowadays, its very challenging for us to be consistent in training but at least we’re trying to adjust every now and then through doing short run and some workouts. We decided to join New Balance RUN ON Race for a comeback this year. It happened on May 28, 2017 in U.P. Diliman Grounds.

Please see registration details below.

Registration Fee:

Individual – P500
Team of 4 – P1800
* Run On Manila 2017 is for ages 16 and up only.
* Challenge yourself and go 1KM further on race day to earn a reward!
Your race pack comes with:
– Your race slot
– Official race tee
– Race bib
– Loot bag
– Finisher medal (for the first 500 to finish the race!)
– Finisher token (for the first 100 to finish the optional + 1km)
– Access to the after-run party at the race village. Enjoy performances by local artists!
– Access to post-event food and drinks!

Race Shirt:

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Registration Venues:

  1. Online Registration – http://register.nbrunon.ph/
    Race Kit Pickup: (Starting May 18-26)
    – New Balance Alabang Town Center
    – New Balance Bonifacio High Street
    – New Balance Glorietta
    – New Balance Robinsons Place Manila
    – New Balance Trinoma
    – New Balance SM Aura Premier
    – Planet Sports Shop: U.P. Town Center

The race started at 3pm in which I don’t think a good start for us. The heat of the sun was very painful on our skin and it put so much effort while running compared to running in the morning. It was really difficult to breathe as well.

Since, this race was a 5-kilometer run, it took me 41 minutes with so much walking to finish the race. I used to get this distance in 35 minutes with training. Participants had the privileges to take the additional 1km as a challenge of their speed. To those who took it got their finisher token provided that they were included in the first 100 finishers. The first 500 finishers would get finishers medal. I was not really confident if I could make it to be part of 500 finishers due to so much exhaustion and walking.

Fortunately, I made it. I got my finisher’s medal. Thank God. I’m overwhelmed on how I started and the outcome of it.

Congratulations to all finishers and its good to see some running friends that we met on the road.

                                           With Mamie Pamie and Ricky

Tambobong Beach in Dasol Pangasinan

April 15-16, 2017

My parents asked us to join them for a short vacation. They thought of visiting our cousins in Mayantoc, Tarlac and to also celebrate Easter with them. It’s a 3-hour travel by bus from Quezon City. My brother and I decided to accompany them. I also invited Ricky (my S.O) to join us on our trip. So we were five when we went to our destination.

Since, it was a Black Saturday that moment, we were challenged by getting bus going to Tarlac. Almost everyone was going to their province for a vacation. After 30 minutes we finally got the right bus route. We were fortunate enough to have our seats.

We arrived in Mayantoc by approximately 1pm of the same day. We were welcomed by our cousins, Ate Lala, Ate Khang and Kuya Joel. We got a chance to see Kuya Eric as well.

We were all excited to see them after a long time of not meeting them. We were talking a lot of stuffs, asking them how everyone’s doing.

Sometimes, I am thinking of how my cousins were now successful on their burger business in Tarlac. I am praying also that I could find and establish my own business soon.

We told Kuya Joel that we were interested to visit Monasteryo de Tarlac to celebrate Easter. So we were on our way then to Monasteryo de Tarlac until Kuya Joel decided to go to Dasol Beach in Pangasinan and thought of visiting Our Lady of Manaoag Church afterwards instead of visiting Monasterio de Tarlac.

We had no choice but to agree, anyways, we could only visit them once in a blue moon why not accept the challenge. The challenge was, we didn’t bring our clothes with us. We left it at their house because we never expected of us going to the beach.

We went to the market in Aguilar and purchased swimming attire or at least shorts because we got nothing but the clothes we were wearing that time.

It took us 4 hours when we arrived at Tambobong Beach Resort in Dasol Pangasinan.

We were all excited and at the same time we were all exhausted and starving. It was night already when we reached our destination. We prepared our dinner and took a rest.

We woke up 5am to witness the stunning sunrise of Dasol.

Of course, we took our best photos. As we watched the sunrise we were eating our breakfast at the seaside.

Dasol Beach in Pangasinan is located in western part of the province. Tambobong Beach is actually situated several kilometers away from the town proper of Dasol, at the northeastern end of Dasol Bay. What’s interesting about Tambobong’s white sand beach is that it fronts a fishing village along its entire length. Dozens of colorful boats used for fishing. They also used it for island hopping offered to the tourists for their additional income. Somehow, the locals have kept the white sand beach and its waters relatively clean something you won’t see in most beaches elsewhere.

It is clean enough that visitors swim in the waters offshore. What saddened me too, most visitors don’t mind their garbage. Trashes were everywhere. Very good thing, locals always kept their beach clean by collecting those trashes. We should always observe LNT (Leave no Trace) also in beaches.

Sunrise in Dasol was really stunning.

It colored the sky and it made everybody’s mood very soothing and relaxing.

The sea was very calm. I really enjoyed it so much. I am not very good in swimming but I was happy because I am not expecting that I would be visiting one of the best beaches. It has fine white sand and it has clear water.

My father and 3 kiddos that joined us were curious observing marine life including starfish, jellyfish, sea cucumbers, tiny crabs and some crawling creatures we couldn’t identify.

We didn’t witness sunset but I believed that Dasol Beach has an excellent location for sunset views.

I am glad that Tambobong beach is getting the attention they deserved.

There were some constructions being built in the community that could be use as a tourists’ accommodations. In the near future, it would be developed and more tourists would visit the place.

There were a lot of different kinds of trees surrounding the area like mango, cashew, etc. We even tried to get one.

You could easily reached the fruit.

As we headed back to Mayantoc, we noticed that much of the route to Tambobong from the national highway has been concreted, part of a major effort by the country’s Department of Tourism to develop the area’s tourism.

Hopefully, on our next visit we’re able to do island hopping and we’re more ready.

We visited first Our Lady of Manaoag Church before going back to Mayantoc.

We got a chance to see the station of the Holy Cross, they called it the Rosary Garden.

We even touched Mama Mary’s blessed dress.

We prayed for a good health and to shower us with more blessings after we lit candles.

I really couldn’t get over of the famous Tupig. Dina’s Special Tupig is one of the best.

If you just came from a vacation in Pangasinan, you’re in luck as the best tasting tupig in Tarlac is along Romulo Highway in Camiling. They still use the clay oven or kugon, use multiple layers of banana leaves so the tupig doesn’t burn, and use a generous serving of ingredients such as coconut milk, glutinous rice flour, young coconut meat and sweetener (usually sugar or molasses). What gives Tupig its distinct flavor is the banana wrapper and the way it’s cooked: grilled over charcoal and best on clay.

We headed back to Manila after we arrived in Mayantoc, Tarlac. We were very thankful to our cousins – Kuya Joel, Ate Lala, ate Khang and Kuya Eric with their three kiddos for the wonderful short vacation. We enjoyed it so much. See you next time! (*__*)

Photo credits: Rick dela Paz, Dennis Bacarisas

Mt. Cayabu (420m) & Mt. Maynoba (728m) + 8 Waterfalls with Pililla Windmills Sidetrip

March 5, 2017

We thought of climbing this mountain and finalized the planning stage. I considered this event as my early birthday climb. We then invited some common friends and colleagues to join us.

We all met at McDonalds Cubao beside Kia Theater.

We arrived very early on a Sunday morning, roughly by 3:30am of March 5, 2017 at Mar-ning’s Farm.

The way going to the town of San Antonio was very rough. We passed by the jump-off area of Mt. Batolusong, the Brgy Hall of Cayabu and Cayabu Elementary School.

We registered our names and secured guides.

We were introduced to our guides. They initiated brief orientation about the activity and informed us of the rules that needed to follow.

They even offered prayer for our safe ascend. Glad we met these guides.

                                                                   Moises, Cesar, Michael & Bing

They were very helpful, cheerful and we learned so many things from them about their town and the mountain.

We started our trek by 3:57am. We were overwhelmed by the assault of this mountain. It was not a walk in the park type of trek. It was not easy. It had a knee-trembling uphill climb in most part of the trail. The trail was newly-made and I could say that Maynoba circuit had very organized trail compared to other Rizal trails.

We reached Mt. Cayabu in approximately one hour. Our guide said, Cayabu derived from a person’s name who made this trail. His name was Ka Ambo. When he passed away, locals called the peak as Mt. Cayabu. It happened like 2 or 3 years ago as per Moises (guide). He also added that March 12, 2017 would be the 2nd anniversary of the mountain from the day they started opening the mountain to the public.

It was still dark when we arrived at the summit.

I was really amazed by the group that I belong. These people had a very good stamina. I was stunned by their speed. I didn’t even hear any complain from most of them. I presumed that they enjoyed the hike. I even enjoyed it so much.

After the mandatory picture at the Cayabu peak, we immediately headed to Mt. Maynoba to at least witness the sea of clouds.

Along our way, we were looking at the sky to check if it’s clear hoping that we would be able to watch the famous sea of clouds. But the wind was very noticeable. Apparently, we didn’t achieve it.

The sun was starting to welcome us.

We visibly saw things around us. We took picture every time there’s a chance and a good view for Instagram.

We reached Camp 1 and took group picture.

As we headed to Mt. Maynoba summit, the trail was somehow steep and muddy due to the fact that it rained the day before our day hike. Grasses were a little bit sharp and even taller than us.

I loved how this mountain was created by our Father. Grassland, plants and small fresh flowers were lovely.

We even saw big ants, bigger that the usual ants in the city. I loved this huge Balete Tree (if I’m correct) and the bamboo trees.

You would appreciate the view of Rizal mountains too like Mt. Pamitinan, Mt. Binacayan, Mt. Irid and Mt. Tukduang Banoi.

At last, we were able to overcome the challenge.

At Mt. Maynoba peak.

Brownie with his paracord necklace.

We then finished not just one mountain, its two, Mt. Cayabu and Mt. Maynoba twin day hike.

We started to chase waterfalls of Cayabu and let ourselves relax. They were 8 fabulous waterfalls.

                                                                             Natatagong Paraiso Falls

                                                                      Katmon Falls 

                                                                                                   Gintuan Falls 

                                                                                             Gugulong na Bato Falls 

                                                                                              Lantay Falls 

                                                                                                Pantay Falls 

                                                                                         Mangganiso Falls 

                                                                                      Maynoba Falls 

Between each of the waterfalls, you would encounter a trail wherein you needed to do rapelling.

We were a little bit tired, here’s one of our take 5’s.

We started to descend. The trail going down for me was somehow beginner-friendly.

We were back at the jump off by 11:50am. The monkey was congratulating us.

I talked to a guide named Bing after we washed up and gave her my used items but these things were still in good condition. I told her to give these stuffs to children and other guides as well.

We then headed to Pililla Windmills in Pililla Rizal at 2:30pm. I am under the impression that it was somehow near from our area. I was totally wrong. It was approximately 21km from Cayabu Elementary School. We spent one hour to get there.

We saw the Windmill viewpoint. We’re glad to see all windmills. They were huge and of course we took our mandatory picture.

I gave them bagtag as a souvenir.

I shared these stuffs that can still be used by the locals.

We then went home.

deetrailove notes:

  • Private Transportation

From Cubao (Araneta), take Aurora Blvd. East Bound and continue straight to Marcos Highway. You will pass by Sta. Lucia Grand Mall, Masinag, and Cogeo. After Cogeo, you will enter the Upper Marikina Basin Protected Landscape and pass by the zigzag road.

You will also pass by Palo Alto and Garden Cottages. Then, a few meters from Kilometer Post 51, take note of the Welcome Arch of Barangay San Andres which is on the other side of the left side of the road (or if you have been to Mount Batolusong, it is actually the same road). Locals call it as Batangasan or Batangas.

Follow the road that will lead you to Brgy. San Andres. The road is a mix of concrete to rough. After Brgy. San Andres comes Brgy. Sto. Niño. Once you see forking in the road, take the left side. A few more meters and you will reach Brgy. Cayabu. Go pass the Cayabu Elementary School and the Cayabu Barangay Hall until you reach Mar-ning’s Farm and Resort which is the jump off area.

  • Public Transportation

From Cubao, ride an FX (or a jeepney) to Cogeo Gate 2 Antipolo (Php 35). Once in Cogeo, locate the jeepney terminal and ride a jeepney going to Sampaloc/Tanay. Inform the driver to drop you off at Batangasan/Batangas. (1 hour travel time). Several tricycle and habal-habal can take you to Mar-ning’s Farm and Resort in Barangay Cayabu. (30 minutes travel time). You can ask the habal-habal/tricycle driver to fetch you in the afternoon at Mar-ning’s and will bring you back to Batangasan. Wait for a jeepney bound for Cogeo Gate 2. It is said that jeepneys usually pass by Batangas until 7pm. Once in Cogeo, ride your way to Cubao via FX or jeepney. (Pinoymountaineer)

  • The guide fee is priced at P500/5 pax for a day hike and P1,250/5 pax for an overnight hike.
  • The registration fee is at P20.00 for a regular hike and P40.00 for a traverse.
  • Wash up fee is P20
  • Actual Itinerary

01:00am Meet and greet at Farmer’s Cubao
01:30am ETD at Cubao
03:00am ETA at Brgy Cayabu, Tanay Rizal Breakfast; Secure guides & Registration
04:00am Start trek to Mt. Cayabu
05:00am Arrival at Mt. Cayabu summit/Rest/Photo Ops
05:30am Start trek to Mt. Maynoba
07:00am Stopover to Peak
08:30am Arrival at Mt. Maynoba summit
09:00am Start descent/To 8 Wonder falls/ swimming
10:00am 8 Wonder falls
11:50nn Arrived at the jump off area
12:00nn Lunch/wash up/Shower/Swim
02:30pm Pililla Windmills
05:00pm ETD going to Cubao

Thank you so much to the following people who joined and helped us conquer these mountain peaks.

  • Ralph
  • Sheina
  • Riya
  • Erickson
  • Meneleous
  • Joseph
  • Jo Aldrin
  • Sherry
  • Hayner
  • Lalainne
  • Roni
  • Marc
  • Arra
  • Oliver
  • Jhun Mark
  • Kristinne
  • Paul
  • Tin
  • Red

Photos credit to the owners.

7-11 Run Year 2017

February 5, 2017

It was my first time joining 7-11 Run series. I was already hearing positive feedback for this event. This year, I decided to join and register. I encouraged my S.O. to register the buddy run, 10km-run.

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Please see registration details and categories below for additional info:

Skyway, Filinvest City Alabang

500m|3K|5K|10K|16K|21K|42K

Registration Fees:

42K – P1500
21K – P1000
16K – P800
10K – P700
10K Buddy – P1000
5K – P600
3K – P500
500m – P400

Registration Venue:

  1. Online Via – http://run711.com

Go to REGISTER tab – Choose your Wave – Enter you Registration Details – Click “I have a promo code” tab – Enter the 7-Connect Reference Number – Choose what store you want to pick up the race kit – After the registration, you will be receiving an email containing your Registration details and race kit claiming date – Race kit claiming will be in the store nominated by the customer upon registration

Singlet Design:

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Race Routes:

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I was very excited aside from the fact that joining this 7-11 race this year was my first time and running the Skyway was also my first time.

We arrived at the venue 45-minute early. 

Rick and I decided to visit some of the booths available. We were thinking that we might get something out prior to the race. We didn’t make a mistake. We got refreshments already and took pictures at Del Monte photo booth. I was really overwhelmed and almost forgot that we would still be running 10 km. So we hurriedly went to the baggage area and left our things. We immediately headed to the starting line because it was our turn already.

I had a great feeling while running on the Skyway. I am not sure if the air that I breathed was fresh. 

But it was better than the air in MOA. Skyway had a long stretch of downhill and uphill. My lungs were really challenged and of course my legs as well. There were so many runners joined. 

Probably they heard the positive feedback too and some maybe were used to be part of this event previously. It was really nice seeing some friends too.

We finished the 10km run by one hour and 12 minutes. This was according to our GPS watch, unofficial.

We immediately went to the baggage area and got our bags. Then we fell in line to the race kit claiming area. Again, both areas had too many people. We took time getting our stuffs and finisher’s kit. However, Rick & I were not affected at all. We were too happy for the loots that we got. They were really a lot.

Thank you to all the sponsors of the 7-11 race event and to 7-11 people behind. 

Aside from the fact that we enjoyed running this race, we ultimately enjoyed as well the stuffs that they gave us.

Congratulations to all finishers and podium finishers. 

‘Til next year.

Photo credits: 7-11 Run Series, The Owners, Rick dela Paz

 

 

Santa Ana, Cagayan: Palaui Island Paradise

March 24 – 25, 2016

Palaui Island is one of the places that listed on my bucket lists. This is the Cagayan’s northeastern island that instantly bounded from an unusual destination to one of the Luzon’s most desired tourist spots.

It is characterized by scenic cove, dramatic rock cliffs, precious meadows and perfect mangroves.

This island was recognized by CNN as one of the Top world’s best beaches. It was also the location of the 2013 Survivor US reality show.

Lagunzad Trail

There are two ways to explore Palaui Island: first and easiest would be by boat which would take you to most attractions in a shorter period, second, by hiking into Palaui’s dense jungle to vast clearings, and traversing beaches to assaulting for peaks, via Lagunzad Trail.

Due to the considerably bad weather condition, we took the trail instead of taking it by boat. Coastguards did not allow everybody to go by boat. Rick and I were glad because this is our advantage and we love trails.

Taking this two-hour route gives hikers a closer look into the island’s wide range of flora and wildlife.

Cape Engaño Lighthouse

Cape Engaño Lighthouse also known as Faro de Cabo Engaño, stands on top of a 90-meter cliff guiding sea vessels passing by the raging waters of the northeastern coast for over a hundred years.

The breathtaking view of rolling green hills and jaw-dropping sea cliffs surrounded by the vast blue ocean what really attracted me and made me visit this island.

It serves as the guiding light from the Pacific to the extreme northeast point of Luzon, and the channel between the Babuyan Islands and the mainland.

Among the lighthouses found in the north coast of Luzon, it is the easternmost among light.

 

Costa Carina Beach Front Resort

We stayed overnight at Costa Carina Beach Front Resort for the next day’s activities.

The resort is not a white sand beach but I believe that this is a very good place for sunset viewing though we did not witness that.

Costa Carina offers basic comforts such as small rooms with fan/aircon and bathroom. They also have small bar, gift shop and coffee shop.

Siwangag Cove

We descent from the lighthouse to Cape Engaño Beach, from a flight of stairs to the white-sanded shores. We spent a few minutes there before going to another attraction in the island.

Baratubut Falls

Palaui has another well-known waterfall, Baratubut Falls, accessible via Leonardo Trail to Cape Engaño. We took a dip to freshen up and to cool down in this mountain water shower through huge rocks that approximately measured 10-15 feet high.

Anguib Cove

It is located in Santa Ana Cagayan which is the northernmost town of the province. Anguib beach has become the pride of the town.

It has blue, clear water that touches the fine, white sand near its shore. Being in a cove, the waters are calm and display stillness as the waves are mild, making the place safe for swimming. It reminded me of the Calaguas Island in Camarines Norte. Its waters are so clean and prestine. The scenery was more than incredible.

Crocodile Island

Crocodile Island is also known as Manidad Island. It was named such obviously because of how it looks like a crocodile with its head above the water.

Crocodile Island was actually a rock that formed the reptile’s head.

Punta Verde

The long stretch of Punta Verde serves as the main entry point of Palaui Island’s hiking and camping visitors. Travelers are required to register on a marine detachment unit based within the island.

People lived there were selling souvenirs like keychain, necklace, etc. We bought keychain made in seashells.

GETTING TO SANTA ANA, CAGAYAN FROM MANILA

By Passenger Bus

  • Take a Florida bus bound for Aparri or Santa Ana Cagayan
  • You may also take a Victory Liner bus to Tuguegarao then take a shuttle van going to Santa Ana, Cagayan

By Plane

  • Fly to Tuguegarao. We got incredibly low promo fare flights from Cebu Pacific: http://www.cebupacificair.com
  • Just outside the Tuguegarao Airport, take a tricycle going to the terminal for the shuttle vans going to Santa Ana, Cagayan
  • Shuttle vans are only up to 5:00 pm. If you past 5:00 pm, you may spend the night in Tuguegarao and leave the next day.
  • The last trip of vans going to Sta. Ana from Tuguegarao is 5:30 PM
  • The last trip of vans going to Tuguegarao from Sta. Ana is 1:00 PM

Social media Event Pages

  • We joined our trip thru GalaPH event on Facebook. We took van provided by the organizers.

Peñablanca, Cagayan: Magnificent Callao Cave

March 24 – 25, 2016

Callao Cave is one of the limestone caves located in the municipality of Peñablanca, Cagayan province.

It is located in the Barangays of Magdalo and Quibal in Peñablanca about 24 km northeast of Tuguegarao City, the capital of Cagayan.

We started our caving with a short orientation by knowing the background of the Callao Cave and how to maintain and preserve the cave.

Before reaching this cave, we climbed 184 concrete steps.

The cave consisted of seven chambers but because of earthquakes in 1980’s as per Wikipedia, it was cut off to two chambers. As we entered, we were welcomed by the first chamber. It is a cathedral-like room has been turned into chapel by the locals.

A rock formation served as the altar of the chapel lit by a stream of light coming from a rooftop opening.

After we prayed at the chapel, we headed to the next chamber. It was indeed magnificent.

The light that was coming out from the rooftop opening was superb and really breath-taking.

As we headed to our next activity, we took our short meal with the Cagayan’s Batil Patong.