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Tags: daranak falls, daranak falls how to get there, daranak falls photos, irresponsible tourism
Categories : Alternative Education, General, Mountains, People, Travel and Adventure, Waterscapes
text | Carla Ocampo
photography | Lester Valle
Daranak Falls in Tanay, Rizal would have been an image straight out of a fairy tale— yip, butterflies flitting around moss-covered rocks… Richly-crowned trees huddling together to frame a lacy triple-cascade waterfall… the interplay of shadow and sunlight as a spray of water envelopes you like pixie dust… hell yeah, the works. If not for the ugly, ugly truth. We’re letting the pictures talk.
How long would it take before Daranak goes the way of Antipolo‘s Hinulugang Taktak, another waterfall within the province of Rizal where the stream banks smell like rotten Chippy-con-Safeguard, and the “cabanas” look a tad too kitschy for comfort? Not too long, we believe, unless the local government springs to action.
At this point, The Kayumanggi Trails Team has seen enough trash around “eco-tourism destinations” (what a misnomer!) to sustain our collective teeth-gnashing for a lifetime. Enough. Read the rest of this entry »
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Tags: backpacking mt. sembrano, backpacking rizal province, irresponsible tourism, leave no trace, mt. sembrano, mt. sembrano how to get there, mt. sembrano photos, mt. sembrano travel guide
Categories : Alternative Education, Mountains, People, Travel and Adventure
text | Carla Ocampo
photography | Carla Ocampo and Lester Valle
LOCATION | TRAILHEAD: Barangay Malaya, Pililla, Rizal Province
ELEVATION | DIFFICULTY: ~ 745 meters above sea level (MASL) | Class 1
COORDINATES: 14°23’7.82″N 121°21’56.55″E
Thank you, Lester, for that lovely title.
And for the sake of our readers from other countries, “Sembraning” is a term of endearment for one of our favorite Class 1 mountains in the island of Luzon, Mount Sembrano. And “praning” is… sigh… Filipino slang for PARANOID. We hate to burst your bubble, but, hiking in the Philippines isn’t 100% smile-worthy. Read the rest of this entry »