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 21, 2012

Cebu Yearbook 2012: Knowing Cebu through Its Mountains

It started with a call from Kristin Lerin, the travel editor of Sunstar’s Live. She asked if I was willing to write about the mountains of Cebu for Sunstar Yearbook 2012. Of course, I giddily yes-sed.
March 14, 2012

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.
September 19, 2011

Osmeña Peak: The Erratic

Transits are as important as arrivals and departures or perhaps more important even enlightening. Departures are the packings of life, arrivals the unpacking; while transits are the search for it. In trekking, thoughts, realizations often occur in the gaps between A and B, between hills, between two beings. Osmeña Peak is point A and Kawasan Falls point B; between them are the cicadas singing. Osmeña Peak, Cebu’s roof, is perhaps the moodiest mountains on the island. A minute change of weather greatly affects her. A simple drizzle can cause zero visibility. The rolling erratic peaks disappear and reappear in a […]