Laiban Falls In Tanay Rizal

After a long and tiring trek, we traversed the mountain going to the newly-opened Laiban Falls. It's one of the latest attractions in Tanay Rizal, which is perfect for budget-friendly travelers.

From the summit of the twin mountain, Mt. Tangwa (Mt Lubo) and Mt. Ngusong Kabayo, we passed in a muddy and slipper y trail. The first stop was to the highest waterfalls in the area. It's not advisable to go near to the cascading water because it's too dangerous. The whole area was very slippery.

Mt. Tangwa and Mt. Ngusong Kabayo | A new hiking destination in Rizal

Mt. Tangwa and Mt. Ngusong Kabayo are the newest mountains opened in Rizal. My brother and I decided to have it as a day hike activity primarily because of proximity and I have a work the following day. Its jump-off point is located at Barangay Laiban in the town of Tanay, which is only 2-3 hours away from Metro Manila.

Mt. Tangwa and Mt. Ngusong Kabayo are two of the smaller mountains in Rizal. These are considered as minor hiking destinations, a perfect place for those new in hiking. For seasoned mountaineers, climbing these mountains can be completed in 2 - 2.5 hours, or even 1.5 - 2 hours.

A chill adventure to Daranak Falls

The weather was on our side. It's was a sunny day when we arrived in Tanay Rizal. Going to Daranak Falls was easy. There's no ascending trail and no rocky roads.  It was chill and smooth adventure.

Daranak Falls is a park facilitated by the local government in Tanay. It's 2.5- 3 hours away from Manila via land transportation. The falls is about 5-10 minutes away from the city proper. Jump off point is located at Brgy. Plaza Aldea.

Overnight at Tinipak River and Mt. Daraitan

The crazy friendship was started in Mt. Daraitan and Tinipak River. The weather was on our side the whole time. It was a chill trek and good vibes moments together with the cool peeps. Lots of interesting stories revealed along the trail. Every pose on the rocks, laugh trip, food trip and drinking session were memorable. 

Mt. Daraitan is one of the favorite outdoor destinations in Tanay Rizal. It is located at the boundary of two provinces – Rizal and Quezon. Major jump off is located in  Brgy. Daraitan, Tanay while other jump off is located in Sitio Cablao Brgy. Pagsangahan, General Nakar. It's a minor climb with difficulty of 4 out of 9 and  a trail class of 1 to 3.

Day hike to Mt. Batulao

It was raining cats and dogs when we arrived in Mt. Batulao. We're welcomed with vast grassland and sloping landscapes. It was rough, muddy trails with a combination of ascending and descending hills. We always make sure we're prepared on this situation.

Mt. Batulao lies between Balayan and Nasugbu towns of Batangas. It stands more than 800 meters above sea level and considered as a minor a climb with with 60-70 degrees assault. The jump-off point is located at Evercrest Golf Course (Hillcrest), Nasugbu with 2-4 hours trek going to the peak of the mountain. For a first-timer, you don't need to worry because it's not difficult to reach the summit.

Malasimbo Music & Arts Festival 2017

Last year I was invited by the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) to cover the 6thyear celebration of Malasimbo Music & Arts Festival. This event featured local and international artists like Tom Thum, Reo Brothers, Crwn, Lustbass, Kristian Hernandez, Bad Kiss, Mark Zero, Miro, Brigada, and The Manila Symphony Orchestra. I really enjoyed this festival simply because I love music and arts. I'm so excited to be part of Malasimbo 2017.

The organizers announced this year's Malasimbo Music & Arts Festival will be held on March 10 to 12 in Puerto Galera. The Malasimbo 2017 will feature Jordan Rakei, Tennyson, LEFTO, Similarobjects, Curtismith, and Kristian Hernandez.  Line up of artists including the local performers will be announced soon. 

Aside from the music, expect interactive arts and installations artworks around the venue. One of the arts that stand out in the past festival was called “Dandelions,” a creation of Olivia D’Aboville. This installation art was made out of recycled water bottles and energy saving light sources.

For ticket prices and other information about Malasimbo Music & Arts Festival 2017, visit

Mt. Hapunang Banoi in Rodriguez Rizal | Dayhike

Every time I view the DIY group page, I see a lot of stunning photos. They are really impressive! Most of the shots are "buwis-buhay" pose which captured in the mountain. There's a photo of a mountaineer sitting on a rock that caught my attention. I immediately contacted my friend to tell him that we are going to Mt. Hapunang Banoi in Rizal on Saturday morning. 

Past 3'o'clock in the morning, we started to travel to Rodriguez Rizal. Our early escapade was very smooth. It's advisable to drive early in the morning because there's no traffic. No hustle at all! We arrived at exactly 4:30AM in Barangay Wawa, the jump off point. We saw a lot of climbers / DIYers registering their names  and paying the necessary fees.

Mt. Ulap | Dayhike and Traverse

Mt Ulap is one of the favorite destinations in the province of Benguet. The mountain offers a breath-taking view of the Cordilleras as well the subalpine grassland and pine ridges. 

Most of the outdoor enthusiasts preferred dayhike when hiking Mt Ulap. Mountaineers considered it as a minor climb at 1846 MASL with a difficulty of 3 out 9. Even you are a beginner in hiking/ mountaineering, you can handle the long-hours of walking. From the jump off point, which located in Brgy. Ampucao, Itogon, expect a combination of concrete and rough roads.

Fortune Island | Acropolis of the Philippines

One of the main attractions in Fortune Island is called the Acropolis. It features replica of ancient buildings of great architectural like Parthenon. The island is located about 15 kilometers off the coast of Nasugbu, Batangas which can be reached via 1-hour boat ride.

Fortune Island | (c)  Neon Ibanez

Fortune Island was once a luxury island resort. It measures 27 hectares and filled with Grecian architecture from the famous pillars of Parthenon and structures featuring ancients gods and mythical creatures, imitating Greek Acropolis.

Manjuyod Sandbar | Maldives of the Philippines

Dubbed as Maldives of the Philippines, the Manjuyod Sandbar is now trending on different social networking sites because of its sublime beauty. This glorious tourist spot in Negros Oriental features powdery white sands, clear aquamarine waters and wonderful view of mountains around the sandbar.

Manjuyod Sandbar | (c) Jonathan  aka Phos Graphi

Around the Manjuyod Sandbar, you can find native wooden cottages that look like they're floating on the glimmering clear water, same set up in some resorts in Maldives. Cottages are available on the island for daytrips or overnight stay. You need to contact  Manjuyod Tourism Offic if you want to book cottage.