April 3, 2012
Budlaan Falls, Cebu City

Cebu City | Kan-irag Falls–Mt. Kan-irag Itinerary

I’ve received several inquiries on how to go to Kan-irag | Kabang Budlaan | Kainsing Falls (I know right, even the locals have varied names for the waterfall.  The community before and after the main falls have different names for it. Although I was initially reluctant in providing instructives, perhaps it is for the greater good. Or not. Because personally, my trips do not have itineraries at all. I could say that we did not really follow the itineraries below. But this guide might work for those who have not been to these places. Or better yet, approach a local community […]
March 14, 2012
Backpacking with a Book

Reclaiming Memories: From the Leaping Kan-irag Falls to Mt. Kan-irag

Kan-irag Falls | Budlaan, Talamban, Cebu City, Philippines “Nangatol na akong tiil, Jon. Una lang ta nila na?” “Err. But I already forgot the trail, Ton,” I admitted. My last trek from Kan-irag Falls to Mt. Kan-irag was last August. The trail was vague in my memory. But the idea of trekking with trails half-remembered appealed to me. I said yes.
June 6, 2011
Backpacking with a Book

The City from Mt. Kan-irag

The rivers and rocks, the seas and the continents, have been changed in all their parts; but the laws which direct those changes, and the rules to which they are subject, have remained invariably the same.―Samuel Playfair Mt. Kan-irag makes the city a distant reality. It towers the eastern side of Transcentral Highway, which shortens the distance between Cebu City and the ship-building town of Balamban in midwest Cebu. From the highway, the mountain’s gentle slope might disillusion the uninitiated that it only takes a few breath to reach its peak, Pedro Calungsod. Distance can make any mountain either domineering […]
June 7, 2010
Backpacking with a Book

Stories in Budlaan River

CEBU, Philippines – There is a rousing resonance in every river. Its stories are woven in its water, line after line or current after current, and spoken out through its punitive, rough flow. It is guided with a simple yet poignant philosophy: the faster the current is, the more stories it desires to share. The almost stagnant and slow flowing water, however, is also full of stories, yet silenced and stilled. And it is those who are gifted with the art of ardent observation that can hear and listen to them. With the guidance of EWIT, a mountaineering group based […]