January 12, 2011
Backpacking with a Book

Mt. Pulag: The Laid-back and the Killer

Should human conquer the mountain or should they wish for the mountain to possess them? Sherpas went up and down ten times in some cases, without glory, without claim of ownership, and there were those said it was sacred and shouldn’t be sullied at all.―Kiran Desai, The Inheritance of Loss We opted to linger on Baguio and experienced the Death Road ride, explored Mt. Timbak, visited the centuries-old mummies, so we could not possibly join the other group journeying the killer trail—Akiki, which necessitates longer time. Those who opted to trail Ambangeg were often asked why they chose the relatively […]
January 10, 2011
Mt. Lanaya, Alegria, Cebu

Alegria: Where Mt. Lanaya Towers the Town

MUSING ON CLIMBING There is a relatively small population of outdoor enthusiasts, mountain climbers, outdoor lovers in Cebu, yet how unlikely it is for them to be too diverse, too disintegrated. Perhaps because they define their pursuit differently. They, or should I say, we—have varied definitions of mountain climbing. Difference always makes us unique but it is not the reason of our disintegration—it is the lack of respect, the lack of camaraderie. For some, Mt. Lanaya was the toughest climb they ever experienced.  Others thought it was a matter of strategy. Always be two steps ahead of your current. Know […]
January 7, 2011
Backpacking with a Book

Mt. Timbak and Its People

With a diet mostly composed of fresh vegetables and fruits, it did not come as a surprise that kids in Atok, Benguet are naturally gifted with rosy cheeks, smooth complexion, and healthy eyes. With a great hope, urban or Western diet shall not reach this part of the archipelago since it might alter the pureness of their beauty and health. There was a particular girl around eight who piggy-backed her younger sister. She eyed the camera with repugnance. Perhaps she felt what we did―taking pictures of the community without their permission―is an act of intrusion. Indeed, it is. Perhaps she […]
January 6, 2011
Backpacking with a Book

Burping at Joed’s Lutong Hapon

Familiarizing, knowing one’s neighborhood has a number of advantages. A friend mentioned there is an affordable Japanese restaurant in the neighborhood. We basically live in the same area. “Imagine, sushi for P65.” “Ows?” She wasn’t joking. With other nocturnal creatures mostly composed of artist friends, it became  a regular midnight rendezvous. Then it extended to workmates since there is no better conclusion for our nights than food. I wondered why the owner called it izakaya (drinking bar). People frequent the place not for a drink but for its burp-worthy food with its pocket-friendly prices. LOCATION Juan Luna St., Mabolo, Cebu […]