Lake Venado (North Cotabato)

The Mystical Lake

Nestled in a plateau within the the Mt. Apo National Park, a mystical lake silently mirrors the grandness of the country’s highest peak. Lying at an impressive 2,194 meters above sea level, Lake Venado is the second highest lake in the country. According to local beliefs, the lake is enchanted and protected by nature spirits.

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Gigantes Islands, Carles, Iloilo


Also known as Islas de Gigantes (island of giants), the Gigantes Islands is a remote group of islands found on the northern tip of Iloilo province, off the coast of the towns of Carles and Estancia. The group consist of about ten islands with the two largest known as Gigantes Norte (North Gigantes) and Gigantes SurRead more

Kwebang Lampas (Pagbilao, Quezon)


Kwebang Lampas is a popular name used to refer to a piece of beach cove found in brgy. Isla Polo, Pagbilao, Quezon, around 5-6 hours travel from Manila. This beach cove known by many names such as “Island Grande Beach” and “Puting Buhangin beach” was once a private property but is now open to the public.

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Mt. Kalisungan (Calauan, Laguna)


Mt. Kalisungan is a minor mountain in Laguna. As with the other Southern Tagalog mountains that receives ample rainfall, the main attraction of the mountain is its lush trails highlighted by fruit bearing trees and grasslands near the summit.

As narrated by Gideon Lasco of, “verdant fields surround the slopes of Kalisungan. There are coconut … Read more

Mt. Napulak, Igbaras, Iloilo


Mt. Napulak is a prominent peak in the municipality of Igbaras, a quiet town one hour land travel away from Iloilo City. It is considered one of the most famous hiking destination in Panay Island. the mountain is known for the rounded rock perched atop its summit, with some giving it a nickname of “nipple” mountain.

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Mt. Malipunyo (Santo Tomas, Batangas)

Location: Santo Tomas, Batangas
Duration: 1D / 4 hours hike to summit / 10-12 hours hiking (traverse)
Challenge level: Moderate (Level 4/9)
Activities: Hiking, camping
Attractions: Forested trail, summit views
Budget: P700-1,000
When to visit: All year round

Malipunyo Range, also called Malarayat is a mountain range in the Southern Tagalog landscape located in Laguna and Batangas. … Read more

Mt. Hapunang Banoy (Rodriguez, Rizal, 517+ MASL)

Location: Brgy. Wawa, Rodriguez, Rizal
Duration: 1 day / 2-4 hours hike to summit
Challenge level: Moderate (Level 4/9)
Activities: Hiking
Attractions: Limestone formations, scenic summit views, Wawa river and dam
Budget: P700-1,000
When to visit: All year round

Part of the Sierra Madre mountain range, Mt. Hapunang Banoy is one of the Rizal mountains (the … Read more

Tarak Ridge (Mariveles, Bataan, 1,130+ MASL)

Location: Alas-asin, Mariveles, Bataan
Duration: 1 day / 4-6 hours hike to ridge
Challenge level: Moderate / Level 4/9
Activities: Hiking
Attractions: Tropical forest, scenic views at the ridge
Budget: P800 – 1,000
When to visit: All year round

Tarak Ridge can be found on the west face of Mt. Mariveles, a dormant volcano located in the … Read more