3 lessons I discovered when I climbed the 3rd highest mountain in the Philippines

When life gets a bit tough, unwind.

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Life sometimes becomes a bumpy road. When things get rough and tough, aside from letting God take over on the situation, we have to help ourselves to remain in good composure and sane. In connection, I felt like I need a sweet escape from it all for a while. I’m glad we have our weekend Benguet trip for our hike to Mt. Pulag, the highest mountain in Luzon and 3rd in the Philippines.

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As for the accurate and latest record, Mt. Pulag is now 2926 masl.

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During the very long hours of walking and trekking, I inconspicuously reflect on the current life I have, the people I deal with, and the decisions I make. My renewed relationship with the mountains made me realize 3 main takeaways about life:

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A tour at the First Vintage Camera Museum in the Philippines

Historical travels and appreciation of old structures seem to be conventional activities nowadays because of the influence also of the social media. I view this trend interesting since it’s benefitting to both parties; people learn to value our rich culture and history, at the same time, it boosts the local tourism sector.

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When you try to visit Taal, Batangas, make sure that a museum is part of your itinerary. There are a lot of ancestrals houses that turned into museums which are open for public visits like Don Leon Apacible House, Marcela Agoncillo House (donations are voluntary), Gregorio Agoncillo Mansion (PHP 70 per head) , and Villa Tortuga (PHP 50 per head/ PHP 250 costume rental). I was able to explore only one due to time constraint. Nevertheless, I find my visit very educating and worthwhile.

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I’ve learned that Galleria Taal is the first and foremost vintage camera museum in the country. The regular entrance fee is PHP 100 per person while a discounted rate of PHP 50 is being offered to students who have their ids.  The entrance fee privileges you to tour the museum with their resident staff who are very knowledgeable about the details and stories of what are waiting you inside. Take note, all of the vintage cameras inside are still working!

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Basilica of St. Martin de Tours: Largest in Asia

The heritage town of Taal may be little compare to others, but it’s totally unbelievable and surprising to know that regardless of its size, it houses the largest catholic church in Asia namely the Basilica of St. Martin de Tours.

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I’ve heard and read so many stories how amazed and astonished people were, after their visits here. Since then, I always hope to get here that’s why I’m so thankful I finally got the chance.

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The church got me so speechless. What you see outside is as majestic and detailed inside. It’s just that I didn’t take a photo of its state of the art and intricate interior as I felt like it’s inappropriate to use a phone and capture everything inside while there was an on-going mass.

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Taal, Batangas: A Heritage Town that is yet to be discovered

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When it comes to cultural and historical spot in the country, it is Vigan that we sought-after. Little did we know, aside from Vigan, Las Casas de Acuzar in Bataan and Pila in Laguna, there’s also a small town in Batangas that can give you the nostalgic feeling of the past. Fortunately, Taal is nearer than Vigan when you’re from Manila and won’t require you very long hours of travel and won’t cost you bucks for the trip.

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More than its historic essence, this place will really capture everyone’s soft-side and will teach how happiness and contentment in life could take place by just the presence of simplicity. ❤

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Baguio City Tour & La Trinidad Visit: Day Two

It’s the second and last day of our short vacation. The weather and ambiance of Baguio made us all want to stay longer but very important errands the next day hindered us to extend out trip. Though we only had a half day spent traveling around, I believe we still made the best out of it and explored the places as much as we could.

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Mine’s View Park

Only a few blocks away from the transient house where we stayed, Mine’s View Park became our first stop for the day.

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The scenic view of the mountains will surely leave you in great awe. We had myriad selfies taken there! I and my man felt instant photographers in pursuing good shots of the mountain. Hahaha!F1.2

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