Hiking Mount Maculot| Perfect for Family Bonding.

Mount Maculot, a major tourist attraction from our province Batangas, in the town of Cuenca. It’s popular among mountain climbers and campers. The trail can be hiked by first-time climbers as it is an easy trail. It is not far from Manila, more famous during holy week.

Elevation: Mount Maculot, 947 m (3,107 ft); The Rockies 700 m (2,300 ft)

If you’re from Batangas, you know that there’s a folklore that continue to tell children that if they don’t brush their hair with fine-toothed comb before sleeping, the kuto (head louse) will fly them to Mt. Maculot where a giant louse lives. The name Maculot derived from the Tagalog word kulot, meaning kinky/curly. It is said that curly-haired Aetas once lived in this mountain.

How To Get There

The morning after Easter Sunday, we (Me together with my father and little sister) decided to hike the Mount Pinatubo for the first time. It was a 45-minute drive from Balayan to Cuenca by motorbike. If your coming from Manila, you can take any Lemery bound bus can take you to Cuenca which is the jump-off town for Mt. Maculot. Travel time is approximately 2 hours.

From the town proper, we started walking however, you can take a tricycle, and ask the driver to drop you off at the “Mountaineer’s Store”. The driver will automatically dropped you at the Barangay outpost where you need to pay P10.00 per head for the registration. When you plan to traverse Mt. Maculot to Grotto, it is important that you seek advise with the Barangay officials.

Make sure you bring enough water, always remind yourself to keep on drinking, because dehydration is a constant threat especially if you’re climbing around noon like we did. It took as almost an hour after we reached the campsite.

The ROCKIES! Honestly, I was surprised with the summit experience of Maculot. Perhaps, because it was “easier” compared to Mount Pinatubo, that I didn’t think it will be awesome on top. I was wrong. I think the photos say everything. By the way, that is Taal lake in the background.

Climbing Mt. Maculot-Rockies is just one of the many activities you can take pleasure in our Beautiful Batangas.

Family Bonding. If you’re looking for an activity that your whole family can bond together and spend special moments together where everyone can feel close, you may find it here in Mount Maculot. It’s nice to show and share the fun of traveling with the people you love especially with your family. It’s definitely more fun if you let them experience things you’re passionate about doing. Our family life is an important part of our life.

Families change over time, so it’s important that we have the skills to …

Standing Steel


Right in the heart of Manila, the Basilica Minore de San Sebastián commonly known as San Sebastian Church, the first and only all-steel church or basilica in Asia inaugurated on August 15, 1891. The 121-year-old church is located in the district of Quiapo, at Plaza del Cármen, at the eastern end of Claro M. Recto Avenue, west of Legarda Street and surrounded by old buildings and houses.

From LRT 2, inside the train, as it runs by, you simply can’t ignore it’s charm from a vantage.

Obviously, San Sebastian Church has a significantly unique style from other Roman Catholic Churches around Metro Manila, or in the Philippines. The Neo-Gothic Style for the church was done in 1883. The church was prefabricated in Belgium. It was shipped backed to the Philippines in six ships. It is said to weigh close to 50,000 tons. The church’s stained-glass windows were done in France.

 

GUSTAVE EIFFEL’S CONTRIBUTION

 

Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, best known for his world famous Eiffel Tower, built in 1889 in Paris, France and and the steel structure within the Statue of Liberty in 1886, did the metal works for the first all-iron church in the world, the first iron edifice in Asia and the second in the world after Eiffle Tower.

Not known to many, not even apparently to the Recollect fathers who are its caretakers that the church was the handiwork of the famous builder. It was confirmed by Mr. Ambeth Ocampo, a historian. Eiffel had not designed the whole building but did design its metal structure, If you take a walk inside you can see Eiffel’s signature design.

 

Don Genaro Palacios, the Director of Public Works for the Spanish Insular government, the architect who recommended a new church be built of steel. The original wood building was burned down in 1651 and the following brick structures were destroyed by fires and earthquakes in 1859, 1863, and 1800. Within the church’s apple-green and white façade, flanked by massive spires, San Sebastian’s interior is faux-finished to simulate jasper and marble. Iconography painted by the Academy of Lorenzo Rocha, adorn its walls.

 

ENDANGERED TREASURE

In 1973, the San Sebastián Church is a declared National Historical Landmark per Presidential Decree No. 260. However, due to it’s location, the sea breeze from Manila Bay conveyed and rusting away San Sebastian Church, a major threat to its structural integrity. It was included in the Watch List of World Monuments Fund in 1998 and 2010 World’s Most Endangered Sites.

In May 2010, in New York, a fundraising event for the project and for the establishment of Bakás Pilipinas. In July 2011, the project received a $96,000 award from the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation of the U.S. Department of …

Manila Ocean Park |Where Our Happy Feet Took Us

Earth Day — Our happy feet took us to Manila Ocean Park, a marine-themed park in the country located behind the Quirino Grandstand at Rizal Park in Manila. An Oceanarium that’s home to 10,000 marine life species indigenous to the Philippines and Southeast Asia. Its 25 meter long, 220° curved walkway tunnel provides a stunning underwater view of these amazing sea creatures.

 

However, I don’t believe that it’s the first marine park in the Philippines, whereas Ocean Adventure at Ilanin Bay in Subic is Southeast Asia’s only open-water marine park was first established in 2002.

Anyway, It’s my second time here in Manila Ocean Park. This time though, we got to try something new they had to offer.

 

After four years since the first time I visited the Park from it’s opening in March 2008, a lot has changed. The place got bigger with more enriching attractions. The park now has a marine-themed mall, hotel, restaurant, outdoor pools and hottest nightlife spots will soon join the park’s line-up of impressive attractions. This is the reason why there are more and more people go here every single day.

The Coolest Summer Destination within the City

 

What even more exciting was meeting the Penguins! The Trails to Antarctica, Penguin Exhibit and Snow Village are the latest attractions. The Penguin Exhibit is not to be missed, especially by kids (or kids-at-heart like us! XD). The Humboldt penguins are found in — no, not Antarctica, but in west coast of South America, from Peru to Chile. If you’re a fan of Happy Feet movie, you’ll surely gonna love it here!

 

We escaped from the 35°C summer heat of Manila into this freezing Christmas-ish Snow Village. We played in the snow like kids do. I got too excited and I’ve tried to make snow balls with my bare hands, I forgot that I’m not wearing gloves, so my hands got numb! ( hehehe XD)

Earth Day has been a lot more meaning to us after meeting these thousands of marine creatures. Seeing them, reminds us all to take care mother earth. We must raise awareness and be part of dealing with organic living, conservation and environmental advocacy. For parents, if you’re planning to bring your kids here, educate your children about Earth Day. Present this place as a fun information about protecting the environment.

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