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Thursday, 17 August 2017

All-new Pizza Hut Flagship Store at SM Mall of Asia Opens

By On August 17, 2017

Pizza Hut on Tuesday, August 15, unveiled its all-new flagship store at SM Mall of Asia with a fast casual dining concept and additional services.

The celebration was graced by the top executives of Philippine Pizza Inc. and SM Prime Holdings, some media friends, and the reigning Bb. Pilipinas, led by Bb. Pilipinas Universe Rachel Peters, Pizza Hut’s Brand Ambassador.


Bb. Pilipinas Winners and Philippine Pizza Inc. Top Executives posing for a "Pizza Slicing Ceremony"

Now open to serve your favorite pizza, the 385 square meter redesigned store is the biggest in the Philippines with 175 seating capacity, wider dining space, show kitchen, merchandise corner, and new set of menu.

Philippine Pizza Inc. Chief Operating Officer Mr. Phil Reed talks about Pizza Hut's modest beginning and where it is heading

Fifty nine years ago, Pizza Hut started as a small pizza restaurant in Wichita, Kansas put up by two enterprising college students Frank and Dan Carney. The two siblings borrowed 600USD from their mother and used such meager amount to sell pizza in their hometown.   

To date, Pizza Hut is the world’s largest and most popular pizza chain with more than 15, 600 restaurants in 90 countries. 

Philippine Pizza Inc. Chief Marketing Officer Mr. Lorent Adrias talks about Pizza Hut SM Mall of Asia's dining concept 

Pizza Huts popularity is also apparent in the Philippines. Pizza lovers can enjoy its Dine-in Restaurants, Delivery Units, and Express Counters all in Metro Manila and surrounding provinces as well as in Visayas and Mindanao.   

Philippine Pizza Inc. Chief Marketing Officer Mr. Lorent Adrias interacting with some bloggers

For almost six decades, Pizza Hut has retained its popularity by keeping up with the times while staying true to its battle cry—great pizza for all! 

"At Pizza Hut, pizza lovers are guaranteed not only of the best-tasting pizza, pasta, and chicken wings, but also of excellent customer-oriented service and that feeling of being in your own happy place with friends and family." 

Pizza Hut SM Mal of Asia management performing their powerful cheer

What can we expect from Pizza Hut SM Mall of Asia?


The newly renovated Pizza Hut store in SM Mall of Asia switched from a formal dining concept to a rather fast casual that is easy to access and to avail of. 

"What we are offering in our new flagship store at SM Mall of Asia is a more immediate and less tedious dining concept," says Lorent Adrias, Chief Marketing Officer of Philippine Pizza Inc. "The move to renovate and make the store in SM Mall of Asia bigger, better, and a venue to experience the total pizza experience is also made possible by Pizza Hut's strong partnership with SM Prime Holdings, Inc., SM Mall's subsidiary," adds Adrias. 

1. More spacious dining space



2. Show Kitchen



3. Tastier pasta, pizza, and chicken to love



4. Coffee and Dessert bar



5. Excellent customer-oriented service from its lovely staff



6. Merchandise Corner




Flashing my Pizza Hutstuff: CAP AND SLING BAG...

Another thing you can expect from Pizza Hut SM Mall of Asia is frequency of a beauty queen. So if you are a fan of the reigning Bb. Pilipinas Universe Ms. Rachel Peters, chances are you gonna bump into her at Pizza Hut SM Mall of Asia. Why? Because: 1. It is near her place. 2. She is a Pizza Hut super fan!  

Enjoy your pizza moment with family and friends at Pizza Hut SM Mall of Asia located at Level 1 Main Mall Entrance. For more information you can follow them at their website


What do you think about Pizza Hut? Have you dined at their flagship store in SM Mall of Asia? Do you like Pizza Chains? Let me know your thoughts below! 

Monday, 14 August 2017

Find Your HappyNest and the Modern Day Heroes Promo

By On August 14, 2017

Zoomanity Group launches its newest slogan - Find Your HappyNest - and runs an awesome promo to celebrate the National Heroes Day in the Philippines on Monday, August 28, 2017. The promo will run from August 15, 2017 to August 30, 2017 and will entitle modern day heroes to avail any ticket of Zoomanity theme parks and GET another ticket for free!


Celebrate National Heroes Day with Zoomanity


The heroes we commemorate are the men and women in the past whose acts of courage enabled our country to grow as a nation. Whilst National Heroes Day celebrates both known and unknown heroes, a National Heroes Committee was set up in 1995 to recommend those who should be counted as ‘National Heroes’. Following certain criteria, they found a select group of people, who should be honored for their deeds, namely: Jose Rizal, Andres Bonifacio, Emilio Aguinaldo, Apolinario Mabini, Marcelo H. del Pilar, Sultan Dipatuan Kudarat, Juan Luna, Melchora Aquino and Gabriela Silang. 

This month, celebrate with us and avail #ModernDayHeroes Buy1 Take1 promo on any of our part tickets. Zoomanity Group is composed of different theme parks and Restaurants in the Philippines like Zoobic Safari, Zoocobia, Zoocolate Thrills, Paradizoo, Residence Inn, Misono Japanese Restaurant, Jinsei, Nanten, Midori and Yakitori Daitokyo. 


Zoomanity Group is the leading company in theme park industry under the Yupangco Group of Companies. Envisioning world class, innovative and enjoyable facilities from Northern to Southern Philippines by providing the best tourist destination and nature educational experiences with the facilities that is uniquely design to provide enjoyment to visitors of all ages.

For more information: www.zoomanity.com.ph and www.tagmedia.asia / 02 9170213 (Tag Media Office), 09166299381.

Press Release by Tag Media

Cabalen Group of Companies Celebrates its 31st Anniversary

By On August 14, 2017

Cabalen Group of Companies on their 31st Anniversary brings you the most exciting prizes with their Eat, Repeat, Win and Travel Raffle Promo! A trip to Asia’s dream destinations –Hongkong and Disneyland, Bali, Indonesia and Hanoi, Vietnam – awaits the three (3) lucky winners this year! Plus staycation packages to Bataan, Zambales and Tanay, Rizal will be given away. 


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How to join the raffle? 

The collaboration of all the restaurants – Cabalen Eat All U Can, Eat All U Want, Soi Restaurant, Mangan Restaurant, Eat Pinoy, BKK Express and Cerveseria – will surely satisfy your food cravings with their wide array of food highlights and exciting gadgets and international trips.

A minimum spend of P1,499 at any of these restaurants entitles you to one (1) raffle card for the Grand Draw. Upon completing your Grand Draw Entry you also get a bonus P350 worth of Gift Certificate valid to all Cabalen Group of Restaurants!

Aside from the international trips and calming staycations, you also get a chance to win weekly prizes all throughout the month of August. Yes! You can win gadgets, various passes and gift certificates every week!

Tickle your taste buds with the country’s best Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao favorites – La Paz Batchoy, Gatang Tambakol, Sinigang na Lechon Ilocos, Pancit Habhab and Sizzling Chicken by Cabalen Eat All U Can, Eat All U Want.  Experience Authentic Thai dishes with a local twist with Soi Restaurant’s Thai Grilled Salted Fish (Pla Pao), Thai Mixed Vegetables (Pad Phak), Thai Fried Pork Belly (Mu Krob), Thai Chicken in Basil (Pad Kaprow Gai), Thai Spicy Ground Pork (Mu Pad Kaprow), Thai Spicy Ground Pork Chicken (Kai Pad Kaprow), and Thai Grilled Chicken Leg (Gai Yang); Feast on Mangan Restaurant’s Perfect Fry & Grill Duo, Prito Paborito and Inihaw Fiesta;  Indulge on Cerveseria’s mouthwatering Artisan Meals Cochinillo and Paella Cerveseria; Of course the On-the-Go Thai favorite BKK Express offers their full Big Kombo Kraze with P10 OFF and Eat Pinoy’s delectable Quilain Babi and Pesang Dalag.





Get the ultimate food experience only with Cabalen Group of Restaurants – Cabalen Eat All U Can, Eat All U Want, Soi Restaurant, Mangan Restaurant, Eat Pinoy, BKK Express and Cerveseria and win amazing trips and staycations from Air You Go Travels,  Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar, Ten Cents to Heaven Leisure Camp and Inflatable Island. That’s not all; get exciting prizes every week from Upside Down Museum, Myphone, Western Appliances and Star City.

Hurry! Join their Eat, Repeat, Win & Travel Raffle promo now!  For more details, see posters and prints or visit their official Facebook pages. Promo runs from August 1, until August 31, 2017. Per DTI-FETB Permit No. 10653 Series of 2017. 



Satisfy your Filipino cravings from Cabalen in any of its accessible branches: Alabang Town Center 809-6698 | Glorietta 2 893-9884 | Harbor Point Ayala Mall, Subic Bay Freeport Zone (045) 499-0245 | Market! Market! 728-2930 | Robinsons Place Ilocos 09392387995 | Robinsons Place Manila 536-7987 | Robinsons Starmills, San Fernando, Pampanga (045) 875-2064 | SM City Bacolod  (034) 436-5922 | SM City Bacoor (046) 484-9434 | SM City Baliwag (02)911-1584 | SM City Cabanatuan 0949-7740221 / 0977-6020222 | SM City Cebu (032) 238-5840 | SM City Clark (045) 499-0245 | SM City Dasmariñas  (02) 911-1584 | SM City Davao (02) 911-1584 I SM City Fairview 374-0843 | SM City Iloilo 0922-338-1091 I SM City Lipa (043) 756-2360 | SM City Manila 225-4580 I  SM Megamall 633-1761 | SM Mall of Asia 556-4874 |  SM City North Edsa 294-7970 | SM City Pampanga (045) 435-5511 | SM City San Jose Del Monte 0995– 1270517 & 0943-4863043 | SM City San Lazaro 244-9932 | SM Seaside Cebu (032) 254-9097 | SM City Southmall 0910-098-9652 I SM Trece Martires (046) 437–2941 | Trinoma Mall 901-3602 | West Ave., Quezon City 372-3515| Marquee Mall, Pampanga 911-1584: and Cabalen San Bruno, USA - 495 San Mateo Avenue, San Bruno, CA 94066.

For your Thai favorites, visit Soi at any of the following: Alabang Town Center 551-0819 I Glorietta 553-0001 I Robinsons Place Manila 523-1189 I SM Mall of Asia GF, North Arcade 0922 – 8352708/ 0932 - 8904136 I SM Megamall 361-2420 I SM Seaside Cebu (032) 273-1456 | SM Manila- 252-2287|

For On-The-Go Thai food, visit BKK Express at the Uptown Mall, Food Hall 805-1328
and for Classic Filipino Comfort Food, go to Eat Pinoy at Food on Four, SM Aura 553-2717


Press Release by Cabalen Group of Companies


Thursday, 10 August 2017

Mr. Navuth: Awesome Siem Reap Guide and Tuk-tuk Driver

By On August 10, 2017

Our three-day temple visit in Siem Reap with Mr. Navuth Ou was arranged by one of my four travel companions, Larc (of Cozy Living PH), during a time when we were trying so hard to cram three countries into a 9-day itinerary. The Facebook referrals/ reviews really came in handy that he found Mr. Pen Soktear and his cousin, Mr. Navuth. None of us was exactly sure about what we wanted to do in Siem Reap (of course aside from visiting Angkor Wat) when we kept in touch with Mr. Navuth that day but his accommodating aura (on Facebook) and acceptable command of English resulted in a structured 3-DAY itinerary and later on, fun touring days in Cambodia.

Mr. NAVUTH OU feeling cozy in his red tuk-tuk

About Mr. Navuth Ou


Evidently, Mr. Navuth is among the experienced Tuk-tuk drivers in Cambodia. He knows the where, when, and how of the Angkor Temples that we were able to catch the perfect sunrise and sunset, enjoy taking photos and walk around the temples without being jammed into an overwhelming number of visitors.

By the way, Mr. Navuth is celebrating his birthday today. Aside from a kind greeting, I also want to point out his good qualities as a tuk-tuk driver/ guide in case he is unaware — he converses English adequately that his knowledge of Khmer history made us appreciate each temple that we visited; he is approachable, friendly and is willing to answer all our inquisition; he photographs well; he is generous enough to let us consume more than 3 bottles of cold drinking water in hot days — all these plus his comfortable, rain equipped tuk-tuk complemented an amazingly memorable time!

Mr. Navuth and my lovely PROFESSIONAL HMUA friend Charm Suerte

Mr. Navuth's good qualities:


...he converses English adequately that his knowledge of Khmer history made us appreciate each temple that we visited; he is approachable, friendly and is willing to answer all our inquisition; he photographs well; he is generous enough to let us consume more than 3 bottles of cold drinking water in hot days...



3 DAY ITINERARY


The itinerary we had for our 3-day trip is here. Just in case you wonder. Click the link to read on. And if I were to compare our trip to the hotel itinerary, ours is really cheaper. You can see here. This is our quotation from the awesome hotel we stayed in. Speaking of our hotel, I would recommend you to stay there especially if you want a budget accommodation. I mean you get MORE than what you pay for. From staff hospitality to food to facilities, definitely a must experience! Read my post about King Boutique Hotel HERE.

Contact Mr. Navuth for your Siem Reap Tour


Going back to Mr. Navuth,our awesome driver, here is his Fb page and I believe this is his website. If you are looking for a reliable, safe, funny, accommodating, friendly and informative, experienced TUK-TUK driver for your Siem Reap/ Phnom Penh Tour, check out his sites! And if you want a detailed review about Mr. Navuth, read Chesca the Critique’s post here.


I highly recommend Mr. Navuth (and his cousin Mr. Pen Soktear) as Siem Reap/ Phnom Penh Tuk-tuk Drivers and Guides and definitely would engage in their services if ever I find myself in Cambodia again!  


P.S. Mr. Navuth, Happy Birthday! I hope your books are coming along well and plenty!

Friday, 4 August 2017

Celebrating Freedom in the Peaks of Mt. Ulap

By On August 04, 2017


If you think you're bad at being happy, you probably are. And if you think hiking a mountain can invoke that happiness you desire, it probably could. 

You see, the great Greek philosopher Thucydides understood it very well. Having the courage to take on challenges (like a mountain traverse) is liberating, and this freedom leads to happiness. 

Well, I'm NOT saying hiking is the ONLY way to happiness. But you bet it leads the way. It helps you realize two important truths — you are capable and you are very lucky to be in this world. 



Mt. Ulap Day Hike

In this year's Independence Day, I decided to traverse Mt. Ulap via Ampucao - Sta. Fe trail with Professional Mountaineer Drew Rivera and the "Kalayaan Team". The hike level of this mountain is said to be 3 - that is ideal for first timers and beginner hikers. While the hike level is pretty low, the benefits of hiking Mt. Ulap could go over 10. 


Most people prefer to hike Mt. Ulap in summer but in case you wonder how it's like in June or in a rainy season just read through.





Relevant information you must know to decide on or prepare for Mt. Ulap Day Hike: 

TRAIL NAME:  Ampucao - Sta. Fe
HIKE DATE: June 12, 2017
MEETING POINT: McDonalds, Quezon Avenue MRT Station, Quezon City
MEETING TIME: June 11, 2017 9:00PM
RETURN to Manila: June 12, 2017 9:00PM (approx)
HIKE LEAD:  Drew Rivera
HIKE GUIDE: Edu Losnong
HIKE LEVEL: Level 3  (First time hikers, beginners, some kids, most teens, dogs)
HIKE DISTANCE: 9 km
HIKE DURATION: 4-8 hours
POINTS OF ATTRACTION: Gungal Rock, pine ridges, mountain range, grassland ridges, Camp site
HIKE FEE: Php 1200

The Meet Up (a.k.a. settling of payments) 


I arrived at the meet up point with my cousin on time. MRT ride was a smarter choice for us than Uber since we came from EDSA Shaw. These days, traffic jam in Metro Manila can make you lose your wit.

At McDonalds, I met Kalayaan team: Drew, our team leader; Ms. Pia of Travelbook; Kamille, a balikbayan traveler from Winnipeg; Agave, a sweet girl from Bulacan (if I remember correctly); Mike, Pia's friend; Lady, my friend; Marlon Kim, my cousin; Aze and her hubby; Carl the emo heartthrob; Eman the engineer; Eman's friends from Cabuyao or (Marawi?). I enumerated everyone because after the hike, I felt close to them and managed to keep in touch on Facebook.

Before we got on the van, the team settled the remaining payment for the hike fee. For arranged events like this, it is normal to make a P500 down payment via BPI bank transfer/ BDO deposit or Cebuana Luilliher (IDK the correct spelling). Rest is settled on the day of meet up.

“How many times have you climbed mountains?” Some fellow hikers asked.

I wanted to say 7 but I knew Mt. Tomamu in Hokkaido doesn't count since I didn’t literally hike my way to its summit. We took a gondola to get to it same with Mt. Gozaisho in Mie and Wakakusayama Summit in Nara.

In the Philippines, I've trekked some mountains mostly from my hometown. I'm grateful to be among those provinciated kids who were immersed in outdoor activities like hiking during childhood. This year, I trekked Mt. Balungao and hiked to Diket Falls in eastern Pangasinan.

While I don’t consider myself a professional mountaineer, I am prepared for long hours of hike. Thanks to my lunges and hill climb workout, I could count on my leg muscles any time.

Getting Ready to Hike


Our hike lasted for 7.5 hours. I checked it through photo logs. I am sure half of this was dedicated to photography.

AT 11:00 PM


So after the meet up at McDonald's Quezon Ave, we headed straight to the north and arrived at our first stop over at around 11 o'clock - Leeza's Restaurant at Sison, Pangasinan. Here we took our midnight snacks/ late dinner. You can buy: Arroz Caldo for P40; Boiled Peanuts for P20 per order; Boiled Egg for P15; Instant Noodles for less than P50; Rice meals for less than P100.

FIRST STOP OVER: Leeza's Restaurant at Sison, Pangasinan

At this restaurant, I was able to charge my phone from the outlet near our table. Travelers can buy pasalubong here as well as some travel necessities such as hat, scarf, sun glasses ALTHOUGH I recommend you do your last minute shopping at Ampucao Barangay Hall. Raincoats/ Ponchos are sold for P200 pesos there, gloves or beanies for P100, walking stick for P100.

AT 3:00 AM 


We arrived at Ampucao Barangay Hall at around 3 AM. If you ask if we were able to have a good night sleep, I'm telling you NO. For pressed schedule like this, sacrificing sleep is expected. At the very least you can take short naps.

Protip: Bring a neck pillow to make your nap as comfortable as possible.

Inside Ampucao Barangay Hall, there are makeshift stalls where travelers can buy hike necessities I mentioned earlier, coffee, snacks, and some souvenirs. There are toilets too.

Before we started hiking, we cleaned up, registered, met our hike guide, had the hike orientation led by our team lead, and PRAYED! Read about hike etiquette here.

At 4:00 AM


The hike to Mt. Ulap officially began at 4 in the morning. We walked outside. It was drizzling, cold, and totally dark. I proved it is important to bring flash light!

From left to right: (1) Team lead Drew and Hike Guide Edu WOW (2) Me and Lady's head lamp (3) Me in a trash bag LOL and my friend Lady 

Hike Through the Changing Hues


There are at least six interesting points in Mt. Ulap.  Each point is uniquely attractive and is sure to make hikers' time on the trail more amusing rather than tiring. 


BARANGAY HALL – PHILEX ROAD

Truth be told, I didn't bring any flashlight or raincoat with me even if they were on the 'to-bring list. If you can imagine an early morning ascent on a rainy day without these things seems like a bad idea. Luckily, my friend let me use her head lamp. And I got some large trash bags......

The walk along the Philex road could be eerie when you're alone. But no need to worry because there are always a number of hikers taking on Mt. Ulap.

The first challenge is the uphill climb on a steep concrete cement. If you survive trudging this path, you'd be fine with the succeeding slopes.

The trail could be very muddy and slippery but you can always find a way to prevent your feet from being soaked in mud.

After 25 minutes of hike, we arrived at the Ampucao - Sta. fe signage. During this time, I felt the need to take off the trash bag... LOL I felt hot and also the sky was beginning to light up LOL Hikers might see my odd OOTD.

GARBAGE BAG FREE LOL

AMBANAO PAOAY 1788 MASL

From the trail head to this first peak took a few hours. I refer to this as a trek to the woods. It reminded me of the movie Twilight because of the tall Pine trees and thick fog. In some parts, the fog was subtle, we were able to take awesome photos!

Posing to the camera for a bit
weird photo but I like my hat here
It's hazy like this
Team Kalayaan at AMBANAW PAWAY Peak
The Girl with the Muji Hat at Ambanaw Paway Peak

GUNGAL 1814 MASL

The trail to Gungal Peak included grassy cliff paths. It is still foggy and slippery, therefore hikers are strongly advised to practice caution especially when tempted to take selfies or live video. A slight misstep to the left could be detrimental.


Some parts made it seem like we were in a jungle adventure... We were surrounded with vines and bushes. Ferns are every where. I saw varieties of wild flowers and Pitcher plants... and I tasted some wild berries!

Into the jungle...

Pitcher plant or not???

Just goofin' around...

So some of us didn't know about this Korean heart thing...

I'm just busy picking something to fill my tummy...

Approximately 3 hours of hike led us to Gungal’s Peak.

Hello Hello from Gungal Peak!

At 7:26 AM we had to reapply sunscreen!!!!!!

when sun screen is life. . .


GUNGAL ROCK

The Gungal Rock is an interesting point of attraction in Mt. Ulap. Though I must say, it is very dangerous posing in this overhang.

Took the photo on the left somewhere online... My picture is on the right.. Well... you can tell... it was really cloudy... x_x
We took our lunch around this area. I loved how the view made my heart skip a beat: in front of me was a stunning view of the mountain and a bit to my right, people posing on the Gungal Rock. For the latter part, I almost screamed and felt out of breath. It was something I wouldn't wanna watch while eating Adobo and rice.  

HIKE TO THE SUMMIT 

I realized, even if you don't force yourself to be friends with fellow hikers on the trail, friendship could build up naturally. It could be due to the shared laughs and stories along the way or acts of kindness such offering snacks or help whenever needed. That being said, I felt I have become close to the members of our team.

Glad was able to make new friends from our hike

The trail from Gungal peak to Mt. Ulap summit made me more interested because of (more) wild berries LOL and lovely flowers.

Another interesting sight were the cows munching on the verdant mountain grass...

I can't exactly remember how long it took before we got to the summit. Maybe 20 or 30 minutes?

Team Kalayaan at Mt. Ulap summit

AT MT. ULAP SUMMIT 1846 MASL

At the summit, everybody seemed to have been rejuvenated. I don't wonder why. The view from the summit is energizing. It wouldn't fail to make anyone feel alive more than ever.

Jump shots at Mt. Ulap 

Another reason I see is that sense of fulfillment. The fact that you were able to overcome challenging trails fuels you to take on more.

For me, there are two things things that make me ecstatic about reaching the summit : One is being face to face with clouds, another is the realization of how little I am.

The Girl with the Muji Hat at Mt. Ulap summit

A huge pack of clouds in front of you is a rare beauty to behold. Perhaps the best place to contemplate or reflect on your life is at this humbling place - faced with enormous cluster of clouds, swept by the cold mountain breeze - where time seems to slow down a bit and everything you see moves you in a positive way.

I'm feeling the earth...

A pleasant reminder of how small we are could be grasped at the summit of any mountain. You see the vast view of land masses and the endless sky, and you realize what a tiny place you occupy compared to what you see. And I believe it's enough reason to keep you grounded and grateful.


Descent to Sta. Fe 


At 10:22 AM, we began traversing down to Sta. Fe Ridge. The trail here is paved with wooden steps and railings.


The descent was filled with pressure exerted to our heels. It was equally challenging especially when the sun was finally up and shining. On the positive side, the natural light worked miracles in our photos. LOL

The trek down from the summit provided more photo opportunities with beautiful landscapes in the form of green hills. Though I think the wind could be inexorably strong on the top of these hills. I will never recommend bringing an umbrella.

The hills are alive... with... the... sound.. of.. our laughter!

PONG-OL BURIAL CAVES

Among the points of attractions in Mt. Ulap is the Pongol Burial Cave. I didn't dare take pictures, but the site that we saw had bones apparent of a human. The indigenous people of Benguet still practice this traditional burial rite.

Half-way through our descent, we stopped over some makeshift stalls to buy souvenirs like t-shirts and ref magnets, also coconut juice as refreshment.





STA. FE RIDGE

The trek down was faster (or so it seemed to me). We arrived at Sta. Fe Ridge at 11:38 AM. This was according to the selfie log on my iPhone.

There were hanging bridges we needed to cross. Towards the very last, I stopped by another makeshift stall and bought limes. This local lime was P50 a pack (10 pieces) but I realized the cost was the same as the ones sold in Baguio City market. The local lime is called DUKUS by the way.

The Girl with the Muji Hat on a hanging bridge

The hike ended with a cold shower at local toilets in Sta. Fe. Hikers can freshen up in these makeshift bathrooms for a fee of P20. It is important to note that these toilets are crude but effective. Hikers must bring his or her own toiletries and towel.


Hiking Tips


It feels good to get lost in the right direction they say and I agree, especially if you are well-equipped! So before you get lost in the beauty of Mt. Ulap, here are some tips for you:

1. Prepare yourself before the hike. Make sure that you have enough exercise so your body will not be in shock when you do something strenuous.
2. Secure your gadgets with plastics. In case it rains, they will be protected.
3. You can bring a rain coat or prefer to buy from the shops in the registration hall. For a pair it will cost Php 200.
4. Bring snacks to load you up during your hike. Best would be chocolates, nuts, fruits like pineapple or apples or turnips.
5. Water is a necessity. Bring at least 1 liter. In my case I brought 2 liters plus 3 bottles of Gatorade. I only consumed 2 bottles of Gatorade. I consumed all the water.
6. Bring trash bag for your trash.
7. If you are a first-time hiker, you can use a walking stick as a support for some slippery and steep areas. Walking sticks are sold at Ampucao Barangay Hall for P100.
8. Take lots of pictures but be careful in some accident prone areas like edge of a cliff or an overhang.
9. Always follow your guide's instructions.
10. Practice courtesy and discipline. Enjoy the hike responsibly.


Parting Words


Traversing Mt. Ulap in Itogon, Benguet reveals a spectacular mix of trails. The contrast between one track after another makes it a fairly interesting hiking destination. Its summit gives a majestic view of the Cordilleras mountain range – as lovely as the personality of the Ifugaos and as vast as the hospitality of the Filipino people in general.

Hiking this humbling mountain may be physically demanding for beginners or first-time hikers but the experience along the way and the view at the Peaks and the summit make it all worthwhile. Hiking Mt. Ulap in the rainy month of June is worthwhile!

I can say that this is the most enjoyable climb I've had so far. I recommend you try it! A day hike to Mt. Ulap in any season sounds like a good plan!



Ever hiked during rainy season? What is your best climb so far? Have you tried traversing Mt. Ulap? If you haven’t, would you love to take on Mt. Ulap in Benguet? Let me know your thoughts in the comment section below!

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