• The Beautiful Secret Spot In Barili, Cebu

    The Beautiful Secret Spot In Barili, Cebu

    Dian had always yearned to set foot on this spot. Every time she passed by the national highway in Barili, she gazed at it, wondering if a surprise was waiting on the other side. Beboy and I had been enthralled by the possibilities of hiking this mountain, as we were making our way to Paradise Valley. Raul, with his go-with-the-flow attitude, knew the universe was brewing something smashing for us that day. And, in a fascinating twist of fate, we found ourselves perched on this spot, astonished by a dramatic sunset and a picture-perfect view of Barili, Cebu’s coastline. On a day full of mesmerizing surprises, I must say it…

  • Mount Lanhan: A Silver Lining Tucked In Sibonga’s Highlands

    Mount Lanhan: A Silver Lining In Sibonga’s Highlands

    They say every cloud has a silver lining. And on an uneventful week scarred by a series of mishaps, Mount Lanhan was my silver lining. Unheralded and likely scenic, Sibonga’s towering sierra was my last hope of kicking off the year on the right foot. In spite of the unfamiliarity and rumored short trail, I was willing to take a chance on this mountain. I had to infuse the optimism that makes things more fascinating and beautiful in my eyes. And, Mount Lanhan might be the hopeful prospect or cure to a seemingly lifeless week. A few months ago, one of my hiking buddies, Beth, forwarded a Facebook post highlighting…

  • Mount Naupa: A Quick Fix For Stress, Boredom And Heartache

    Mount Naupa: A Quick Fix For Stress, Boredom And Heartache

    Cebu practically has a dependable solution to all of life’s common problems. For those who are unhappy with their work and financial situation, Cebu has a multitude of job and business opportunities that may jump-start any stagnant career.  And, whenever you feel overwhelmed by the trappings of modern life, there are mountains in Cebu like Mount Naupa that ease your daily strains by offering a breath of fresh air. Of course, Cebu’s scenic mountains can also be a godsend for those who are trying hard to mend a broken heart. As a matter of fact, I’ve met dozens of people who have moved on from their unfruitful relationships by just…

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    Candongao Peak: Trekking Deep Into Cebu’s Surreal Highlands

    Osmeña Peak has been, for years, the premier destination for people who want to go on a little nature trip in Cebu.  Rising at 1,013 meters above sea level, O’Peak is, after all, the so-called highest mountain on the island, wowing visitors with its cool mountain breeze and awe-inspiring panorama of the countryside.  But, there’s another majestic and pristine trail nearby that may soon give this Cebuano icon a run for its money – the less explored Candongao Peak. Our Candongao Peak adventure A few days ago, I went on a memorable trekking expedition into the wilderness of Badian to see the Candongao ( Kandungaw) Peak in person. And to…