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Monday, July 16, 2018

VIDEO FEATURE | Mt Halcon (Cinematic Video)

Mt Halcon aka Sialdang is definitely one of the most esteemed hiking destination in the Philippines. Dubbed as majestic or sometimes "The Mighty Sialdang". A storied mountain that had claimed many lives due to its unpredictable weather, long steep trails and dense forest. Mt Halcon is only open for hikers from January to May. 
This is the first hike where I started to actually vlog as I've never done it before. I would usually just take photos and videos without sharing my voice. This video is also my first attempt at cinematic editing. I've tried to capture as many timelapse as I could, but alas I didn't have much time in the summit. 
The weather during my hike was also very good, we didn't get that drenching rain or hypothermia inducing cold that this mountain is known for. I vowed to climb this mountain again, for more majestic visuals like the famous sea of clouds or the strong currents of Dulangan river. Hiking Mt Halcon will make you introspect why you are doing this, hence it is sometimes referred to as the introductory mountain to serious mountaineering. 

Camera: Francis Balgos 
Video Editing: Francis Balgos 
Camera: GoPro Hero 6, GoPro Hero4 Silver, Nikon D5330 
Stabilizer: FeiyuTech G5 Gimbal 
Editing Software: Sony Vegas Pro 13 
Song: Queen of the skies 
Artist: Nicolai Heidlas 
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Monday, September 26, 2016

Baguio | Old Diplomat Hotel, Shadows and Shades Lurking

BAGUIO | Diplomat Hotel, Shadows And Shades Lurking
Haunted Photographic Haven

Joey, my travel companion just stepped out for a few minutes, says that he feels the place to be a bit confining. Just so for me, I found a good subject standing just outside the door.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Batangas | Sunset Viewing In Mt Naguiling

BATANGAS | Sunset Viewing In Mt Naguiling
Photography Feature Post

The best sunset Photo I took from the campsite of Mt Naguiling.
Mt Naguiling is the highest peak in the Lobo-San Juan Mountain of Batangas at 1,007 MASL. One of the places I’ve hiked and camped to earlier this year 2016. 

Quezon | Retreat At Bangkong Kahoy Valley

QUEZON | Retreat At Bangkong Kahoy Valley
In Photos

Nestled between two mystical mountains Holy Mt Banahaw and The Devil’s Mt Cristobal which are said to have opposing energies like yin yang, this place is referred to as Bangkong Kahoy (Wooden Bench) Valley in Dolores Quezon. 

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Photography | Mt Timbak, Benguet

PHOTOGRAPHY | Mt Timbak, Benguet
Outdoor Portraits

The edge of glory.

I've seen a lot of outdoor portraits to last a lifetime, but if it doesn't give me the feeling of awe and wonder then I think it's not much. There are a lot of commercial portraiture's published daily, those heavily saturated photos with surreal looks, of models wearing sundresses in the outdoor, they are really good in their own sense, but if it not as daring a defying gravity with levitation, jump shots, or of models being shot underwater then they are just as good but without eliciting awe. 

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Romblon | Sibuyan's Mt Guiting Guiting In Photos

ROMBLON | Sibuyan's Mt Guiting Guiting In Photos

It is an aspiration that needed to be realized so that I can say to myself that I have lived. My hiking adventures were just for fun at the beginning; but as I keep progressing in hiking mountains with beautiful landscape views, I also took on challenging mountain hikes in order. 

Friday, July 22, 2016

VLOG | Mt Guiting Guiting Traverse

Mt Guiting Guiting
San Fernando - Magdiwang Traverse

Recently I've been trying to think of ways to present my blog and I've been very busy with climbing mountains for the most part. This blog is supposed to be for travel and photography so I cannot just limit my blog post to hiking adventures. This would be my first blog post using videos I took during my adventures in Sibuyan Island. I am trying to improve on my video editing skills, as an amateur using GoPro and this is my first work. Please watch in HD to better appreciate.

View of Mt Guiting Guiting Saw Tooth Rocks and Knife Edge Trail from Mayo's Peak.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Romblon | Cresta de Gallo

ROMBLON | Cresta de Gallo

So it was that by mid morning on our third day of hiking, we swam in the clear rocky rivers of Magdiwang as a sign that we completed the hike. Not only that, no one from our team showed any sign of physical battering or tiredness. As a reward for a successful climb, we were to spend a night sleeping at the sandy beach of Cresta de Gallo and looking up at the clear skies under the light of a full moon.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Benguet | Serene Lake Tabeo of Kabayan, Benguet

Benguet | Serene Lake Tabeo of Kabayan, Benguet
The Short Rendezvous From A Long Trip

I always tell my friends that people who go places will come to and experience a lot of things; learn, become enlightened, become more appreciative of people, and will eventually realize the value of life and how short it is to be wasted with meaningless endeavors.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Bataan | Mt Natib, My First Trek In Bataan Province

BATAAN | Mt Natib, My First Trek In Bataan Province
Highest Peak In Bataan National Park

Beyond the gate of the DENR viewdeck is this beautiful but daunting view of Mt Natib.

It’s the time the year when I’m busy or try to get into hiking mountains more often. I did this climb six months ago in Bataan National Park; Mt Natib is known as the highest peak in the Natib Caldera System. A potentially active volcano with elevation of 1253 MASL, Mt Natib is higher and is much more challenging than my usual volcano favorites Mt Arayat and Mt Makiling climbs. I had a few misgivings regarding this climb, first is that Mt Natib is one of those mountains known to have Limatik (Mountain Leech) infestations and second is that I’m joining a strange group.