Within a span of one week, I was able to climb three volcanoes; Mount Hibok-Hibok, Taal Volcano, and the mother of all mountains in the Philippines, Mount Apo. And in between that, I did white-water rafting along Cagayan de Oro River. Prior to that week, our family flew to Albay province, spent a few days at Misibis Bay Resort and views the magnificent Mayon Volcano.


Our trip to Misibis Bay was a very relaxing one as we spent all days just lazing around the pool and doing all water sports the resort has to offer. Included in our 3-day package were all the non-motorized activities. You’ll have to pay extra if you want to enjoy Jet Ski. This 5-star resort is a place to be if you want to get away from your busy and demanding schedule at work. A resort staff is readily available to tour you around the area free using a golf cart. Resort food is excellent!

Before flying back to Manila, we spent 2-days/1-night at Legazpi City proper and tour the City. Seeing Daragang Magayon aka Mayon Volcano without clouds covering her is a sight to behold. One has not to blink or you’ll miss it.


Without any real plan, I flew solo to Cagayan de Oro and headed to Camiguin Island. I was hoping to tour the island, famous for its sunken cemetery and hot springs but I got an itch to climb Mount Hibok-Hibok, an active volcano more popular and famous than the other 6 around the island. While browsing the web, I found a blog with contact information of a guide named Biboy. With his nephew as my porter, the three of us decided to do the Yumbing-Ardent trail traverse spending the night tent-camping at the crater after 4 hours of intense climb. From the summit, it took us 5 hours to reach Ardent Hot Springs. Here where I spent a couple of hours dipped in really hot springs to cure my aching body. With little time to spare after the climb, I skipped touring the island altogether so as not to miss my ferry back to Cagayan de Oro. I spent the rest of my day and night at the hotel resting my aching body while contemplating if I can still do white-water rafting the following morning. And I did!


Upon return to Manila from Cagayan de Oro, my next stop was Taal Volcano the following day. This time I opted to ride the horse to reach the Crater Lake. My legs were too tired still from Mount Hibok-Hibok hike. With a group of friends, we spent the night tent-camping at Tall Yacht Club before taking the boat to the volcano island where the trail down to the lake starts. It was a lot of fun but…   


My intention for my trip to Davao was to just to enjoy hot springs at Lake Agco Resort in Kidapawan City while at the foot of Mount Apo, the highest mountain in the Philippines. I didn’t think I was prepared to climb this mountain let alone had enough time to do it but with my feet itching again for something, I searched the web for someone to give me some ideas about climbing this mother of all mother. I found Larry’s name and the rest is history. With him, Jon-jon and Mark, we spent tent-camping at Mainit Campsite for our first night. It’s about 5 hours away from the next campsite at Lake Venado which is a good 3 hours away from the summit of Mount Apo where we spent the next night. The hike was a challenged for me with a consistent 30 to 75 degrees incline and an 87-degree section requiring a makeshift ladder and a rope. All in all I took us 9 hours to reach the summit and 7 hours to go down using the Kidapawan Trail starting at Lake Agco. I cannot believe I was able to reach the summit of the highest mountain in the Philippines. But there I was.


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