Underrated but Best islands near Manila

Best islands in the Philippines
Using "near Manila" is really hard to define; can eight to ten hours land travel be considered as near? Well, travel time are just numbers, for sure, you will be rewarded with a remarkable experience and spectacular and world class tourist spots. I listed down these stunningly beautiful islands we visited from January to June 2018 and it's up to you to see and experience how gorgeous they are.

Agnaem Cove | Batang Hamog at 8th

Agnaem Cove
Our group, group, Batang Hamog Mountaineers, is now at 8! The original plan was to celebrate in Talisayin Cove, in Zambales, however, due to inter-tropical convergence zone and a typhoon in Northern Seaboard, the Coast Guard did not allow all small motorized sea vessel to go farther. Instead, we were brought to Agnaem Cove, a secluded area which 10-15 minutes boat ride from Pundaquit.

A More instagram worthy National Museum

National Museum of Natural History
Recently, the National Museum of Natural History just opened with a bang! Opening their doors, cases and glass cabinets to everyone with items that are extremely rare and can only be found here - absolutely for FREE. The National Museum staff and researchers exerted their effort to preserve and keep these items for the next generation. It is my and your wealth! So, what are you waiting for? Tara na sa National Museum of Natural History.

Freedom Surf 2018 held in Liwliwa, Zambales

Liwliwa Zambales
Our group, Batang Hamog Mountaineers, has been participating the annual celebration of the Philippine Independence by creating an activity focusing on #Kalayaan, #Kasarinlan, #Freedom, or #Independence and this year's event was Freedom Surf 2018 held at Home Break Hostel, one of the simple resorts in Liwliwa, Zambales. If you're unfamiliar with this spot, it's normal because prominent surfing spots usually are Siargao, Baler, La Union and many other. Now Liwliwa, in Zambales, is the newest addition to the list.

Apuao Island | The newest discovery in Cam Norte

Apuao Grande Island
For beach lovers, if we're talking about the beauty in Camarines Norte,  Calaguas is on top, correct? Now, I'll bring you to one of the unrated paradise in the entire Bicold region - the Apuao Island - it is one of the small island in Mercedes Group of Islands. This deserted island has a lot to offer, from the cool and crystal clear and emerald waters, wealthy underwater, breathtaking landscape, has tranquility and relaxing ambiance, and of course, the good people. Well, travel time is about 7 to 8 hours from Manila to Mercedes via private van but I was able to see and experience those. Photos below will describe more:

Video Blog: Mt. Tabayoc and its virgin forest

Mt. Tabayoc has the most preserved virgin in the Philippines; the trails  that are covered with mosses, trees and other ornamental plants are the living proof. On the summit there's a 360 degrees view of the Cordillera Mountains, the shape of Mt. Pulag and the spectacular Sea of CloudsFor gorgeous photos and our itinerary, click here: Sirang Lente.
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Mt. Tabayoc and its most preserved virgin forest

Mt. Tabayoc
One of the most prominent mountains in Luzon is Mt. Tabayoc because it is the second highest mountain in Luzon (2842 MASL) and is one of the most preserved virgin forest in the Philippines, with a rich bio-diversity of flora and fauna. Your hiking experience will definitely be rewarded with a breathtaking beauty of sea of clouds, artistic view of the surrounding terraces, a cool weather, a relaxing green ambiance, and a life changing tranquility by the lake. Also, there are a lot of mouth watering at lost cost and fresh harvest vegetables in the area.

VIDEO BLOG: A Drone Shot of Mt. Timbak

This video was taken during our hike on Mt. Timbak. For photos and itinerary, click here: SirangLente.
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Video Blog: Pililla Windfarm

Holy week itinerary: Pasig Church, Cainta Church, Taytay Church, Tanay Church, Pililla Wind Farm, Rock House Restaurant.

Mt. Timbak and the vegetable terraces

Mt. Timbak
I've been hearing from friends that Mt. Timbak and Mt. Tabayoc are just two of the must hiked mountains in the Cordilleras. In terms of altitude, Timbak has 2,717 MASL and garnered an easy trail class - which I think is true. Among the provinces in CAR, Benguet is really a bomb and prominent to tourist, especially hikers, because of its rich forested mountain slopes, hike on relaxing ambiance and a beauty that can only be found in nature, plus a glimpse of the local livelihood.