WEEKEND ADVENTURE | Rock Climbing at Cantabaco

Rock climbing in cantabacoLast year, I was invited by a friend on their weekend adventure—Rock Climbing. Who in their right mind, would turn down an invitation like this? Definitely not me.

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Climb Itinerary | Mt. Madja-as

Mt. Madjaas, Culasi, Antique
Major jumpoff: Brgy. Alojipan, Culasi
Elevation: 2177m
Days required to summit: 3-4 days
Specs: Major climb, Difficulty 8/9, Trail class 1-4
Features: Open slopes, Mossy forest, Waterfalls, Highest Point

DAY 0 (April 4, Wednesday)

1700H – Assembly at Pier 4 (Trans Asia Terminal)
1800H – ETD Cebu City

DAY 1 (April 5, MaundayThursday)
0700H – ETA Iloilo City
0730H – ETD Iloilo City Van/Bus Terminal
1030H – ETA Culasi, Antique (Last Minute Shopping and Buy Food for Lunch)
1100H – Drop by Culasi Municipal Hall and Secure Permit from Mayor’s Office (Login at PNP Station)
1130H – ETD Culasi Town Proper (Via Habal-habal)
1200H – ETA Brgy. Alojipan Jumpoff (Lunch and Meet Up with Guides and Barangay Officials and Gear Check)
1300H – Start Trek to Hangud Tubi Campsite
1900H – ETA Hangud Tubi Campsite (Dinner)
2100H – Socials
2130H – Lights Off!

DAY 2 (April 6, Good Friday)
0400H – Wake Up Call! (Prepare Breakfast and Packed Lunch)
0500H – Breakfast
0600H – Break Camp and Water Refill
0630H – Start Trek to Boundary Campsite
1230H – ETA Boundary Campsite (Lunch and Rest)
1400H – Start Ascend to Summit
1500H – ETA Mt. Madjaas Summit (Explore and Take Pictures)
1600H – Start Descend Back to Boundary Campsite
1700H – ETA Boundary Campsite (Prepare Dinner)
1800H – Dinner, Socials and Mountain Juice
2000H – Lights Off!

DAY 3 (April 7, Black Saturday)
0400H – Wake Up Call! (Prepare Breakfast and Packed Lunch)
0500H – Breakfast
0600H – Break Camp and Water Refill
0630H – Start Descend Back to Hangud Tubi Campsite
1200H – Lunch, Rest and Water Refill
1300H – Start Descend Back to Brgy. Alojipan Jumpoff
1900H – ETA Brgy. Alojipan Jumpoff
1930H – ETD Brgy. Alojipan (Via Habal-habal)
2000H – ETA Culasi Town Proper and Logout (PNP Station)

Options

  • Spend the night at the town plaza and travel back to Iloilo City the following morning
  •  Spend the night at Malalison Island which is 15-minute boatride away from the plaza (Depends on pumpboat availability) and travel back back to Iloilo City afternoon the following day
  •  Ride a bus going to Caticlan and spend the rest of the trip in Boracay (Estimated travel time is 1 hour)

Expenses
Boat Fare (Trans Asia Economy Accomodation) – PhP 810.00 (One Way)
Bus/Van Fare – PhP 200.00 (One Way)
Habal-habal Fare – PhP 150.00/head (One Way)
Guide Fee – PhP 350.00/guide/day (2 Guides)
Entry/Permit Fee – PhP 150.00/head/day
Barangay Fee – PhP 20.00/head

Contact Person
Mr. John John Sumanting (Tourism Officer) – (036) 277-8077/09163245068

Adonis (Guide) – 09286878128

Check out my other adventures in Antique:
* Mt. Madja-as | Holy Week Climb
Culasi, Antique | Mt. Madja-as Climb Video

Olango Island | Biking Trip

Olango Island is located east of Mactan island, and lies between Bohol Strait (South) and Camotes Sea (North). The island houses the Olango Island Wildlife Sanctuary, which has become a major tourist attraction as it is one of the seven best-known flyways in the world for migratory birds. Recently, Olango island has also been a great destination for weekend biking trip.

It’s always been my dream to go on a biking trip with my friends. But I have this issue with traffic and cars. Yah! I’m scared of biking on the road with cars. It even took me a few months to overcome my fear. When my friends invited me on a biking trip last weekend, I was hesitant.  Everyone was in our meeting place just waiting for me. It was a last minute decision. I could have change my mind and just stay at home, but I chose to face my fears. Next thing I knew, I’m riding my bike.

Departure time was supposed to be 6AM. But since I was late, we leave for Olango island around 10AM. It was nerve wracking at first, but I kind of pick up my phase and manage to ride comfortably on my bike.  We arrived in Lapu-lapu around 12PM, with a couple of stop over along the way to buy food for lunch.

It was one of the best decisions I made. I enjoy the ride so much that I almost didn’t feel tired. The best thing about this trip is that, I get over my fear of biking on a highway. I even manage to cross a busy intersection. Wew!


We ride a motor boat from a pump-boat pier, just beside Portofino Beach Resort, to Olango Island. It was almost 1PM when we arrived in Santa Rosa Wharf. We decided to eat our lunch in the Wildlife Sanctuary, which is a 15-minute bike ride from Santa Rosa. As we ride our way to the Bird Sanctuary, we come across this awesome place. We all agree that this place (picture above) is a great spot for a pre-nuptial photo shoot.

We had an hour and a half exploring the Bird Sanctuary. While doing our own exploration of the place, we come across this bird. I don’t know what they call this or what breed of this bird belong to, but I’m pretty sure this is my first time to see its kind.

After a couple of hours riding around Olango Island, we decided to head home and call it a day. It was a great experience and an activity that must be done again.

Olango Island Biking Trip (suggested) Itinerary:
0700 Assembly time at Jollibee Panagdait (near Sykes bldg.)
0800 ETD for Lapu-lapu
1100 ETA Pier (beside Portofino Beach Resort)
1130 ETD for Sta Rosa (Olango Island)
1230 ETA in Sta Rosa, proceed to Bird Sanctuary
1300 ETA in Bird Sanctuary/Lunch
1400 Free Time
1600 ETD for Lapu-lapu
1630 ETA Lapu-lapu, proceed to Cebu City
1830 ETA Cebu City
Estimated Expenses: 
Pumpboat Fare (Lapu-lapu-Olango) -P20 bnf
Lunch ———————————— P50
Wildlife Sanctuary Entrance Fee —– P20
                                        TOTAL:  P90

Osmeña Peak | An Overnight Camp

Osmeña Peak is known to be the highest peak in Cebu, located in Mantalungon, Dalaguete. This mountain is the most favorite peak for most climbers in Cebu. It has a great campsite and a magnificent view. Unlike any other mountains in Cebu, Osmeña Peak has a jagged edge hills which makes it unique. Weather in the area can be unpredictable at times, that is why it is best to hike or camp during summer. You can still access it anytime you want, just remember to prepare before heading out there especially during rainy season.
Well, just last month a friend of mine came back home from Australia. We went to Osmeña Peak for an overnight camp. It was July and just the beginning of rainy season. We got ourselves prepared for the heavy rain and  strong winds. Fortunately, lucky for us the weather that night was great. There wasn’t even one drop of rain and a warm sunrise woke us up in our comfortable sleep the next day.
HOW TO GET THERE:
You can reach Mantalungon by mini-bus. There is a Terminal for Mantalungon mini-bus in Caltex gasoline station just near carbon market and USJR.  It’s a 2-3 hours travel from Cebu City proper to Mantalungon, a municipality in Dalaguete which will be your jump-off point for the hike.  You’ll know when your already in Mantalungon when your welcome with a large banner “Welcome to Mantalungon” on the road.
Just ahead, you’ll find Mantalungon’s public market. From there you can start your hike up to Osmeña Peak.
Osmeña Peak [backtrack] Itinerary
DAY 1
0700 Assembly time @ Caltex near USJR/carbon market
0800 ETD Mantalungon
1200 ETA Mantalungon, Lunch, Last minute shopping
1400 Start trekking to Osmeña Peak, Load water
1600 ETA Osmeña Peak
1700 Picture taking, pitch tent, prepare dinner
1800 Dinner, SOCIALS
1900 MAOY mode
2100 Lights off
DAY 2
0500 Wake-up call
0600 Sight seeing, picture2x
0700 Prepare breakfast & pack lunch; Breakfast;
0800 Start trekking back to Mantalungon
1000 ETA Mantalungon; ETD Dalaguete Proper/Cebu City
1300 ETA Cebu City
***Possible sidetrip in Obong Spring
Osmeña Peak Traverse Kawasan Itinerary

DAY 1
0700 Assembly time @ Caltex near USJR/carbon market
0800 ETD Mantalungon
1200 ETA Mantalungon, Lunch, Last minute shopping
1400 Start trekking to Osmeña Peak, Load water
1600 ETA Osmeña Peak
1700 Picture taking, pitch tent, prepare dinner
1800 Dinner, SOCIALS
1900 MAOY mode
2100 Lights off

DAY 2 TRAVERSE
0500 Wake-up call
0600 Sight seeing, picture2x
0700 Prepare breakfast & pack lunch; Breakfast; Load water
0800 Start trekking to Kawasan
1200 Lunch on trail
1400 ETA Kawasan
1700 ETD City/ SIDETRIP to MOALBOAL

DAY 3 MOALBOAL (optional)
1300 ETD cebu city
1600 Home Sweet Home ^_^

Estimated Expenses per Person: P350
Cebu to Mantalungon – P100 [one way]
Badian to Cebu City  – P150 [one way]
Miscellaneous [food, drinks, etc.]- P100