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Is it possible to have summer weather in July? The answer is yes!

Concepcion is located in the northern part of Iloilo between the municipalities of Sara and Ajuy.

To reach Bolobadiangan, Concepcion, either rent a van from the airport (P1800-P2500) or take the bus. Go to the Boracay/North Panay Bus Terminal in Tagbak, Jaro (known as Tagbak terminal). HPQ Trans is the only bus routing Concepcion (P120 one-way ride – currently for 2011). The trip will take 2-3 hrs.

Sandbar Island Beach Resort is 30 minutes away from the mainland. I contacted and arrange with kuya sanny (09068197516) for the whole trip (round trip boat service, accommodation, island hopping). You can borrow cookware and utensils from the resort. They also offer to cook for your group for a minimal fee.

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Tip: Sandbar Island doesn’t offer the conveniences found in other modern resorts. Energy are gathered thru solar panels and stored in batteries. This is used for lighting in cottages. Buy all the necessary provisions before going to the resort.  Fresh fish can be bought from the mainland or from neighboring islands. Sometimes, fishermen will drop by early in the morning, offering you to buy their prized catch.

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After lunch, we hop to kuya sanny’s boat and proceed with the island hopping O_o

Agho Island – entrance is P200 per group

Pan de azucar island

giant clam conservatory site at the sandbar island beach resort.

On day 2, we enjoyed and relaxed on the natural and unadulterated waters of concepcion

It was time for us to leave, and we hope that we come back some day…

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Tip: Upon return to Tagbak terminal, you may proceed to SM Iloilo (take a “Leganes” jeep P10 fare). SM City Iloilo has its own Traveler’s Lounge with a wide variety of services: bus, ferry, airline and hotel booking services, baggage deposit (P30 per compartment). It has also a CR and showers for travelers as well.

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@ Iloilo airport prior to departure for manila O_o

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We joined the FREEDOM CLIMB for 2011.

The climb started late around 2pm and the weather was perfect!

Videos during our climb O_o

see you again on our next climb TAKAS!

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Manabu Peak
Sto. Tomas, Batangas
Jump-off point: Sulok, Brgy. Sta Cruz, Sto. Tomas

It’s just two hours to climb, and the peak area is like a beautiful garden. The highest point is marked with a white cross. Grass, as if trimmed by a lawnmower, covers the summit area, and there are flowering plants and shrubs – with blossoms of yellow, red, and pink. During summer months, wild berries called ‘sampinit’ grow on the trails near the peak. They are edible and sweet, like mini-strawberries. This image of an elegant park is exactly the image of Manabu Peak, probably the easiest, most accessible mountain from Manila. Add the beautiful views of the Malipunyo mountain range, as well as Mt. Maculot and Mt. Makiling.

The name Manabu is said to be abbreviated from ‘Mataas na Bundok’. It is one of the three major peaks of the Malipunyo range (the other two are the Malipunyo summit and Susong Dalaga peak). Probably because of its geography, it’s usually cloudy in Manabu, lending an almost nostalgic air. Although Sto. Tomas is a peripheral town of Batangas, the dialect used among the locals in Manabu is distinctly Batangueno. It adds a local flavor to the Manabu experience, much like the homemade kapeng barako which Mang Pirying, owner of the hut midway through the trail, would offer the hikers.

Because of its easy access, short trail, and very beautiful environs, Manabu Peak is a great introduction to hiking for beginners. Even then, veteran hikers rank this mountain as one their favorite ‘fun climb’ destinations.

source:  http://www.pinoymountaineer.com

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brb this june 12!

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I missed trekking…

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This was my 2nd climb @ mt. maculot and accomplished what I came for. I never reached the peak on my 1st attempt. I was afraid then to assault the rockies (“bangin” sa kaliwa’t kanan eh hehehe ^_^) but in time we do have to face our fears.

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