• Gaas To Toledo: The Hunt For Insta-worthy Landscapes
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    Gaas To Toledo: The Hunt For Insta-worthy Landscapes

    The lush mountains of Gaas and Toledo are a sight that excites the senses. Picture-perfect and tantalizing, these landscapes offer a dose of optimism and an escape from the real world’s crashing depression. Every time I hit the trails of Toledo and Gaas, I always return home with a gallery of Instagrammable snaps. In fact, the pictures of these places in Cebu are a sure-fire bet, when it comes to upping your Instagram game. And, more importantly, it usually craves my wanderlust and sense of adventure. One of my fondest memories of these places in Cebu was the stunning sunset in Mount Tagaytay. With the striking shades of gold and…

  • The Eternal Pursuit Of Wonder In San Fernando, Cebu
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    The Eternal Pursuit Of Wonder In San Fernando, Cebu

    The eternal pursuit of wonder… began on a hill. It began the day when we saw a thick blanket of fog rolling over the mountainside of San Fernando, Cebu. As the crisp cool breeze brushed past me, I could hear Mother Nature herself whispering gently words to my ears. “A chain of adventures is coming”, she said. And, even with the dark grey skies and rain showers, I sensed an extraordinary and eye-opening escapade coming our way. With our happy hormones released and adrenaline running in our veins, we went on a strangely wonderful journey that turned into an endless chase of wonder. More than a year later, we arrived…

  • Campo 4 To Mount Naupa: A Beautifully Chaotic Itinerary
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    Campo 4 To Mount Naupa: A Beautifully Chaotic Itinerary

    I was watching in awe at the finale of a seemingly perfectly-orchestrated symphony. Speechless, I was blown away by a cinematic and splendid sunset in Mount Naupa. The dramatic shades of orange, paired with Naga’s trademark rolling hills, created an awe-inspiring and irresistible showcase of natural beauty. And, as I was soaking up the atmosphere and sunset, a philosophical book quote suddenly flashed into my mind. “Under the whirl and chaos of life lies a strange order”.  As picture-perfect as our ending was, our Campo 4 to Naupa hike itinerary was chaotic.   It was unplanned and full of twists and wrong turns. Heck, I even thought we were just…

  • The Picture-Perfect 8-hour Kandungaw To Lugsangan Peak Traverse
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    The Picture-Perfect 8-hour Kandungaw To Lugsangan Peak Traverse

    The moment I first set foot in Dalaguete, I knew that we are forever intertwined. With its crisp mountain air and picture-perfect scenery, I had a pleasant feeling that this retreat wouldn’t be my last time to visit this breezy refuge. In my book, the mountainous areas of the town like Lugsangan Peak are truly a haven hardwired for nature lovers and introverts like me. A couple of decades later, I found myself again hiking and standing on the summits of this breezy Cebu town. And, unlike my first visit, I was there just for a day, hiking an offbeat trail. With its towering peaks and wealth of natural wonders,…