All posts tagged: Cebu

mount hambubuyog

Labor Day at Mt. Hambubuyog

My friends and I were looking forward to May 1 because it’s a holiday (Labor Day) here in the Philippines, which means we have no work and that we get to spend it for leisure! It fell on a Friday, so we took the chance to schedule another trip to Southern Cebu since it was a long weekend. We went to Ginatilan and Samboan (around 4 hours away from Cebu City), and our theme was chasing mountain[s] and waterfalls. :P Our first stop was Mt. Hambubuyog, a mountain that stands at 770 meters above sea level and is located in the town of Ginatilan. We rode on a motorcycle from the town proper to Inambakan Falls (PHP30/head) where we took a short dip before trekking (it was also the jump-off point). The entrance fee went down from PHP30/head to PHP10/head (we were there last June 2013). Note: Most of the photos in this post are from Mumu and my friend Angel.

bantayan island

Beating the Summer Heat in Bantayan Island

The first two times I was in Bantayan Island, they were for Gawad Kalinga activities. This third time, it’s for a barkada getaway. Mumu and I (with another friend) were in Camiguin during the Holy Week, and one of our personal activities was beach camping. We told my college barkada — D’ Hacienderas — about it, and they were game to do the same in Bantayan! Getting to Bantayan Island It took us just a little over 2 hours to get to Hagnaya from Consolacion (my hometown) early in the morning in our friend’s car. It would usually take longer on a bus because of the stopovers (and the traffic if you travel during rush hours), and the fare is just less than PHP200/head. Because we’re going for camping, we bought food for cooking in Bogo (city adjacent to Hagnaya, San Remigio). The ticket for the barge from Hagnaya to Bantayan Island only costs PHP170/head, and travel is around 1 hour. From the port, we rode a motorela to Sugar Beach, which cost us PHP15/head (which …

mount kan-irag (sirao peak)

Mt. Kan-irag (Sirao Peak)

So I’ve noticed on social media (this was before I deleted my accounts) that everybody’s into trekking nowadays. Or at least the people on my then-Facebook friends list (hihi). Ever since our trek to Mt. Pulag, Mumu and I have decided that we should continue this active lifestyle so that all those expensive trekking things will be put to good use. During the first full weekend of March, we went trekking to Mt. Kan-irag AKA Sirao Peak or Pedro Calungsod Peak, which stands approximately at 700 meters above sea level and is actually just within Cebu City. You can reach the peak via an easy trail, starting from Ayala Heights in Busay. I believe the hike can be done in around 30 minutes. But because we were not there for an easy adventure, we took the more difficult trail.