Mt. Baloy-daku: Four Days Cursing the River, Leeches, Ragiwriw, and everything in Between

My choice of words depends on the people I deal with. Since I’m working in a learning institution, you’d expect me to talk formally because, you know, “modeling”. But of course, when pressed with all the deadlines and demanding people, I turn into a Super Saiyan and that’s when all the foul words learned from … More Mt. Baloy-daku: Four Days Cursing the River, Leeches, Ragiwriw, and everything in Between

What if we include “Outdoor Ethics” in the Curriculum?

BMC has waged war amongst outdoorsmen. While the sole purpose of this outdoor course is to establish standardized dos and don’ts guidelines, there are some who find this unnecessary… and expensive. Debates highlight more on the qualified personnel to give the lecture-workshop and the process of assessment to ensure that learning did take place. For … More What if we include “Outdoor Ethics” in the Curriculum?

Mountaineering is Dangerous to your Heart

As early as grade school we were taught about symbolism – from the colors of the flag to the school’s seal then to those crappy literary pieces that we have to analyze and interpret. Eventually, we then learned that behind those beautifully crafted “happy endings” hides a brutal, mind-boggling, and thrilling chapters left untold by … More Mountaineering is Dangerous to your Heart

Christmas Carols with Bai Sibol in the Highlands of Cebu City

While most despise the presence of children caroling on jeepneys, up on the highlands of Cebu City, away from the traffic of the highway, are people who rarely get to hear that ‘We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year’. It’s easy to label those clever kids as part of a syndicate, … More Christmas Carols with Bai Sibol in the Highlands of Cebu City

I don’t LNT

Climate change is only for the books. While it’s ideal to talk about the means and ways on how to solve the seemingly incurable problem with regards to ozone depletion, real talk is, nobody wants to do something about it. It’s easy to enumerate the things that should be done. It’s easy to point fingers … More I don’t LNT

Spartan Trail: Paying forward what the Mountains had taught me

If you were to ask me about the first mountain I have climbed, brace yourself for a long and detailed tale of a gutsy decision and misadventure. It’s difficult to forget a first time – same as first love, first boyfriend, first heartbreak, first… whatever. But more than the memories, it’s the lessons that we … More Spartan Trail: Paying forward what the Mountains had taught me

Nights at Cabintan: 5 Reasons Why You should Stay Outside

I grew up with stories of “engkanto” and “di-ingon nato” used by my parents and elders to force my playmates and I to go home before six in the evening after hours of chasing each other. Years later when those stories became irrelevant, the “dark forces” still terrorized me – this time they have taken … More Nights at Cabintan: 5 Reasons Why You should Stay Outside