When ‘THANK YOU’ is not enough

“A little deed done very well is better than a mighty plan kept on paper, undone.”

Our hearts were overwhelmed and filled with joy for the overflowing support of our friends, co-biyaheros and strangers who showed their support for our recent #BN1stOutreachProgram

I would like to extend my genuine THANK YOU on behalf of BN Admins.

Thank you for the generosity of your hearts. Not just monetary and through donation of goods but also for sharing your precious time with us and the students of St. Francis Learning Center.

To all the joiners, thank you for making this event happen. This is another milestone in our lives that will never be forgotten. We have found new sets of friends with you and a new family. Our time together was very short but it never changed the fact that we were aable to make the most out of it.

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Travel Guide : Isla De Potipot

If you are looking for clear turquoise water and white sandy shores of sugary sands and rough coral stones Potipot island is another place you have to check out. The island is not too crowded with an exception of summer time. The island is very accessible and affordable. This is a nice place to relax and get some serenity.

HOW TO GET TO POTIPOT ISLAND?
Commute 
  1. Take a bus (Victory Liner) going to Sta. Cruz.  Alight in Uacon, town of Candelaria just in front of Petron Station.
  2. Ride a tricycle to the port. Just tell the trike driver you are going to Potipot Island.
  3. Once at the port, hire a boat to take you to Potipot Island

 

Private
  • Drive to NLEX continuing to Rizal Hwy in Subic Bay Freeport Zone.
  • Take the exit toward Olongapo City from NLEX.
  • Follow Olongapo – Bugallon Rd and Zambales – Pangasinan Rd to Uacon in Candelaria.
  • Once in Uacon, ask the locals for further direction to the port or better yet secure a contact person who can assist you when you’re there.

 

WHAT TO DO IN THE ISLAND?

 

  • Photo Ops.
  • Swimming
  • Sunset Viewing if you plan to go fo an overnight
  • Star Gazing when the night comes
  • Beach Volleyball.(bring your own volleyball)
  • Snorkel
  • Ride boat
  • Kayaking

WHERE TO STAY?
There are no hotel in the Island but there are cottages and none aircon rooms (kubo) where you can stay. If you prefer to go camping you can also pinch your own tent. Kubo rates is from Php 1500 to Php 2500 good for 5 to 10 persons and 10 to 20 persons.
If you are looking for a more comfortable accommodation there are resort near the island where you can check in. Please do you research before you there.
Here are some suggestions Potipot Gateway ResortIsla Vista Beach Resort and Sunbloom Resort

WHERE TO EAT?
No restaurants in the Island. There are mini store where you can buy basic stuff. You can either bring your own food and cook there or have your meals in the resorts where you stayed. Kitchen and grilling area is available.OTHER REMINDERS

  • The island has water source and has decent rest rooms and shower area.
  • Electricity is only available during the night but you may charge your phones and gadgets in one of the stores in the island.
  • The 2-way boat rental fee is around  P400  and is good for 5-6 people.
  • Reservation is not necessary but is an advantage especially in high season.
  • Please be considerate of other visitors. Don’t be too loud especially in the wee hours.
  • Please practice LNT

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Visiting Makatira Island once again!

I had the chance to comeback in Makatira Island also known as Hermana menor. I missed its white sand and clear waters. When LIVE MORE ADVENTURES AND TOURS had this event I did not hesitate to join. This also served as our reunion for some of my fellow CAWAG PENTA co-participants. There were total 20 of us who went there including the driver.

It was just two weeks have since I was there. It has been two weeks since I  posted a blog entry, shared photos is FB and IG but the Island gained its popularity right away. I saw immediately other organizers created events going to Makatira Island. Some even offered cheaper tour cost but I prefer to join live more for the fact that I am 100% that it is going to be a fun trip. They have never disappointment me. Our trip is alway full of fun and laughter. Some may be strangers from each other for a short while but once you enter the van everyone will surely become friends.

I was surprise when we arrive is the island as I saw the crowd. It has doubled in numbers since the last time we were there. Good thing that we still have our old place were we used to stay. It is the part of the island were there were no other people at all. It made everyone feel that we had the island by ourselves. It was nice to see old face and meeting new friends.

After our day tour we even had a short bonding time with some of the locals who live by the shore. I forgot their names. But there were very hospitable they allowed us to use their restroom  so we can wash up and change clothes. they even cooked Calamares and Fish lumpia for us and it became our instant merienda. It was so good! the squid is fresh and flavorful.

It may take a while before I will come back there but I will surely do!

If you want to know how to go to this beautiful island, just click on this previous post “HOW TO GET TO MAKATIRA ISLAND (HERMANA MENOR)?”

***Photos without watermarks were grabbed from the participants of this tour.***

Meeting the Sister Islands: Hermana Menor and Hermana Mayor

Hermana Menor

Zambales is popular with each beaches. However I am sure that a lot of people like me wants to enjoy the serenity of place far from the crowd without traveling too far.

Here is another place where you can enjoy your me time or even with your friends. It’s called Hermana Menor and Hermana Mayor. This sister islands literally mean Younger and Elder sister. They are not as famous as Subic, Anawangin, Nagsasa, Capones, Magalawa, and Potipot. However you will surely enjoy its raw beauty and crystal clear water.

Though Live more Adventures and Tours I was able to visit the smaller island called Hermana Menor. It is also called Makatira Island by the locals.It is a 30 mins boat ride from the port.

When we landed, “Wow!” was the very first word that came out of my out. It has a long creamy white shore surrounded by crystal clear water.  For those who love sand bars, you will surely enjoy it’s long creamy sand bar.

We were not able to visit the bigger island called Hermana Mayor because it is now privately owned by the Toda family.

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Travel Guide : How to commute going to Hermana Menor and Hermana Mayor Island Zambales

  1. Take a Victory Liner bus bound for Sta Cruz Zambales. Fare is from P450-490 and travel time is from 5-6 hours. Tell the driver  drop you off at the Petron Station in Brgy. Lipay, Sta. Cruz. Terminal is located in Sampaloc, Caloocan and Pasay.  Note that there’s no direct Sta. Cruz bound bus in Cubao terminal. (Check out their trip schedules)
  2. From Brgy Lipa’s Petron station, ride a tricycle going to the port. Fare is PhP 10 per person and the ride will take 3-5 minutes.
  3. From the port, rent a boat to take you to Hermana Menor and/or Hermana Mayor. Travel time is from  30-40 minutes.  Boat fee is from PhP 1,300-1,500 (two way) with a maximum capacity of  5-6 pax.
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Photo by Chi_Aguanta
Notes :
  • There’s a mini-market just across the gas station. You can buy fish, meat, vegetables and fruits that you can cook in the island just in case you did not bring cooked food.
  • Make sure to bring your drinking water.
  • Water is avalable but for rinsing only. 
  • Hemana Menor entrance fee is Php 100.00 per head
  • Four picnic cottages. You can rent a cottage good for 15-20 persons for PhP 1000. Three cottages good for 8-10 persons can be rented for PhP 500 each cottage. There’s also a Victorian-inspired dining set available.
  • Separate basic rest rooms for men and women is available
  • No store in the island so make sure to bring your basic needs before heading to the island.
  • Camping overnight is not allowed.
  • Leave No Trace Princile

Cawag Pentalogy Day Hike Challenge Accepted!

I have recently joined the Cawag Pentalogy day Hike Challenged that was organized by Live More Adventures. The goal of this challenge is to conquer five mountains in an average of 16 hours. There were total of 23 participants who took the challenge.
Cawag is located in Subic, Zambales Philippines. There are five mountains that mountaineers climb in Cawag, They normally do trilogy (Three)  and Quadrilogy (Four) Trek and the most challenging is Pentalogy(Five). The five mountains were Mt. Balingkilat (MASL 1,100), Mt. Bira Bira (MASL 450, Mt. Naulaw, Mt. Dayungan (MASL 935), and Mt. Cinco Picos (MASL 881) 
Pentalogy is definitely  not for beginners. Trekking for 16 hours is not a joke. It takes a lot of endurance, perseverance and patient in reaching every summit. Each mountains has its own characteristics and has its own challenges.

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Our itenerary is listed below.

Day 0

19:00 meet up.@ KFC shopwise
20:00 ETD cawag zambales

Day 1

01:00 ETA brgy.cawag (registration, secured guides)
01:30 start trek
04:00 1st water source @ kawayanan
06:00 mt.Balingkilat summit
07:00 ETD mt.Bira2x
09:00 mt.Bira2x summit
09:30 ETD mt.Naulaw
10:00 mt.Naulaw summit
10:30 ETD mt.Dayungan
11:30 2nd water source @ dayungan trail
Lunch while.on trail
14:00 mt.Dayunangan summit
14:30 ETD mt.Cinco Picos
16:30 mt.Cinco Picos summit
17:00 ETD jump off
19:00 jump off brgy.cawag
20:00  ETD manila

I did accepted the challenge unfortunate I wasn’t able to complete all five of them. We made it up to the fourth mountain (Mt. Dayungan) but not able to get to the summit. Because of so much exhaustion plus the fact that I am not a veteran mountaineer. Out of the 23 participants only 4 folks conquered all five. Congratulations to these four folks who took the challenge and accomplished it.
Most of us just made it to the  Mt. Dayungan then decided not to Mt. Cinco Pico. I may not conquered these five mountains today but I still consider it as an accomplishment. Not everyone can go  through what we have been through. Pentalogy challenge encouraged me to become more fit and be more active. Then I’m  gonna aim again to once more get to challenge and hopefully will make it by that time.
This truly is an experience of once in a lifetime. I have learned a lot. Not just about hiking but more about myself. I have learned what I’m capable off and I know with the right preparation I can do more.
I also love the people that I’m with they have help me to enjoy this experience. Special thanks to Tito Ayi our sweeper for helping us and keep on pushing us.
Cawag Pentalogy, I will see you again!
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Mt. Balingkilat, the “Mountain of Thunder”


Mt. Balingkilat, literally the “Mountain of Thunder” an 1100 MASL and one of the highest peaks in the Zambales Coastal Mountains and Coves area. An emerging hiking hotspot within San Antonio and Subic towns. 



Balingkilat is rocky, grassy, and windy. There is little tree cover. There are steep parts in the final legs of the trail which give additional challenge to the hikers. But all your hard word will all worth it once you get to the top. The views ais totally  refreshing. you will see the Subic Bay coastline and the neighboring mountains such as Mt. Cinco Picos.

How to get to Mt. balingkinitan

  1. Take a bus from Manila to Olongapo. Victory Liner has terminal is Pasay, Cubao and Caloocan.
  2. From Olongapo take a jeep going to Subic Municipal Hall.
  3. Take a a tricycle going to Sitio Cawag.
  4. After toy trek you have different other options where you want to go. To get back to Manila or other destination, just go back to Olongapo where you can take a bus going to your next next destination.

REMINDER

  1. Before going to any trek or hike make sure to research.
  2. Wear proper attire and gears (it doesn’t have to be expensive).
  3. Book your tickets a day before your trip.
  4. bring at least 4 litters of water or more.
  5. Leave no trace principle.
  6. Send your letter of intent to Sitio Cawag officials prior to the climb.
  7. Please your self physically and mentally prior to your climb.
  8. Enjoy !

Mt. Bira-Bira (a.k.a. Mt. Nagsasa)

 

Mt. Bira-Bira (a.k.a. Mt. Nagsasa) is located in Sitio Cawag, San Antonio, Zambales Philippines

It has grassy trails with minimal elevation along the way to the summit. During the day trails are very hot because because it is exposed from the sun. Once you get to the summit you can feel the strong cool wind. From the top you will see the wonderful view of Zambales. It is important to wear proper clothes and sun protection to avoid getting your skin burned.


How to get to Mt. Bira-Bira (a.k.a. Mt. Nagsasa)
  1. Take a bus from Manila to Olongapo. Victory Liner has terminal is Pasay, Cubao and Caloocan.
  2. From Olongapo take a jeep going to Subic Municipal Hall.
  3. Take a a tricycle going to Sitio Cawag.
  4. After toy trek you have different other options where you want to go. To get back to Manila or other destination, just go back to Olongapo where you can take a bus going to your next next destination.


REMINDER

  1. Before going to any trek or hike make sure to research.
  2. Wear proper attire and gears (it doesn’t have to be expensive).
  3. Book your tickets a day before your trip.
  4. bring at least 4 litters of water or more.
  5. Leave no trace principle.
  6. Send your letter of intent to Sitio Cawag officials prior to the climb.
  7. Please your self physically and mentally prior to your climb.
  8. Enjoy !