28th of August 2018

Checked the following:

  • Trek/Hike/Climb
  • Lunch Out
  • Walks / Long Walks
  • Jog:Walk / Run:Walk
  • Trip Outside Manila

This day was different in a good good way. But it’s not yet the best.

Not much words nor conversation – but the meaning is there.

Things not used to doing – has hope of being.

A warm day.

A very promising one.


I would have ranted over a lot of things…but!

I choose to highlight the best things in this life.

This is my choice. No matter what happens. No matter how many undesirable things happen. No matter what comes.

Take for example our guide last August 27 in our Traverse Hike @ Mt. Maculot. He is Mang Jose. Yes, parang si Daimos din. Pwedeng arkilahin!

He is almost the same age as I am. He is amazed at how I was able to keep up with him. But this post is not about me. It’s about what’s best in that hike.

Mang Jose has been a trail guide for 4 years now. He is one of the veteran guide in Cuenca, Batangas. He lost his cellphone and so, sad to say, no contact number from him.

He holds a wooden trekking pole and is very patient about his job. He has provisions in a back pack and a radio on his side. He is also one of the few ready for snake bites along the trail – he has an antidote with him.

He knows the route well and is very much knowledgeable of the place.

I think he is the best guide of them all. :)Why? Simply because he is Mang Jose.


Upcoming Trips

I already have a confirmed trip to Mt. Batolusong. ๐Ÿ™‚ This will be on July 24, 2016. Looking it up, I found out that it’s some place I could go on my own. Hahahahaha…

Actually, it’s some place I have been passing by all along whenever I train-to-run in Tanay, via Sampaloc Road. Toinks.

Anyways, the excitement is the same.

I will be going there and will be returning on my own! lol.

Another two (2), which is not confirmed yet but is already an agreed trip, is a Dingalan, Aurora Trip on the 7th of August…then, a 20-hour Hike-Trek-Climb in Bataan. Both are already in the plans, and communicated to the organizer but no final go yet.


Happy to go back to the mountains!

Walking the Trails

Just last Sunday, I finished a race. All by God’s grace. The race is organized by the New Era Race Team. The Beautiful Horizon Trail Run – a 30-kilometer race route out and back from Talipusngo, Maragondon, Cavite. Anyways, the route is very scenic. The event started at 4:00am and joiners were given 10 hours to complete the course. A very generous time! I am the sweeper for this event and I did just that – err, somehow! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

I have a GPS record of the route. 3-GPS records as follows:

  1. 1st 13.5kms
  2. 2nd 8kms
  3. 3rd 9kms

However, since the route is new to me and I carried only 2 bottles for drinking, I had to decide during the race if I would – and if I could really wait for the last runner. I have 11 runners behind me in the last 9-kms of the race. I believe all are still moving (no matter how slow)ย but at least 8 is far behind. It’s too hot and the sun is unforgiving. If I rested too much – I risk getting cramps and enduring so much thirst, not to mention the hunger. I did carry nothing butย 2 bottles in my hydration bag pack. No GU. No anything. No candies nor chocolates. I guess I had to make a judgement call.

Allow me to show you first the GPS details. As follows:


(see the map elevation details)


(see that tooth-like gray figure?) ๐Ÿ™‚


Last 9kms descent to Maragondon’s Road.

It was so hot during the last 7-kms of this part and there’s too little shade to hide at. I had about 250ml of warm water in my bottle. Thank God, there’s some marshalls stationed in the last 3-kms. Saved! While I still can run, I guess I will just have to wait for the others. So I stayed on a waiting shed for about an hour. 3 runners passed me. None else. So I walked to the finish line, and reported that there are still runners behind me. 8 to be exact, while I can initially recall 6. hahahaha.

Anyways, all 8 came within the next 40 minutes after I crossed the finish line. 1 though, DNF.

Of course, it was a successful event. 81 of 82 runners finished within 10 hours and 1 DNF due to a valid reason. The race course was properly marked that no one got lost. The route from Sunrise to the ‘desert’ part is really majestic and scenic and beautiful. Sad to say, not much pictures here since batteries almost drained and the heat of the hot sun really affected us.

All thanks to our Almighty God!

See the pictures below for better appreciation of the trail. (That’s me in CM50 white sleeves)





  1. Joseph Gentoleo 3:23:20
  2. Jelson Bestoir 3:37:58
  3. Chrisboy Aragon 3:38:30



  1. Penny Nepomuceno 4:32:52
  2. Ana Maria Mangubat 5:13:38
  3. Jilyan Ampog 5:14:11

CREW SEND-OFF. Before the rest go up their respective stations, and I rest. ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes, that wacky girl is the MC. lol.

On top of the boulder near ‘Silyang Bato’. The sun suddenly hides – and there’s fog all around! lol. (I guess I have to go back here on a sunny day)

Non-consecutive selfie shots going down from the Summit. I was slowly waiting for the 6-runners behind me here.




This will record all runs and all training related activities.

The month will end with a gruelling race. ๐Ÿ™‚


Day 1: 1.4L

  • 200ml Nescafe Creamy Latte. First coffee of the year. Hahahaha.
  • 200ml Le’Dawn Premium 10-in-1 Coffee. First LE’Dawn of the Year! Hahahaha
  • 200ml alkaline water x 3
  • 200ml Nescafe Cappuccino. First Cappucino of the year! hahahaha
  • 200ml Coke

Day 2:

  • 200ml Nescafe Cappuccino. 2nd.
  • 200ml alkaline water X 4
  • 200 ml Nescafe Original 3-in-1. First of the Year!
  • 200ml Gatorade Grapes x 3

Day 3:

  • 200ml Gatorade Grapes x 2
  • 200ml Nescafe Original 3-in-1. 2nd.
  • 200ml alkaline water X 5
  • 200ml Le’Dawn Premium 10-in-1 Coffee. 2nd.

Day 4:

  • 650ml Gatorade Blue
  • 200ml water x 2

Day 5:

  • 200ml Nescafe Original 3-in-1. 3rd.
  • 200ml Choco Filipino
  • 200ml Nescafe Cappuccino. 3rd.
  • 200ml Le’Daen Premium 10-in-1 Coffee
  • 200ml alkaline water x 3

Day 6:

  • 200ml Nescafe Original 3-in-1. 4th.
  • 600ml Mine Shine Milk Tea
  • 250ml Barista’s Best Ice Cold Matcha Green Tea

Day 7:

  • 200ml Kopiko Kopiccino. 1st of the Year! hahahaha
  • 355ml C500 Lemon Drink

Day 8:

  • 200ml Nescafe Original 3-in-1. 5th.
  • 600ml alkaline water / /
  • 300ml Iced Tea
  • 200ml Choco Filipino
  • 500ml Pocari Sweat

Day 9: 1.58L

  • 190ml Nescafe Movlatte
  • 200ml water x 3
  • 190ml water
  • 200ml Kopiko Kopiccino. 2nd.
  • 200ml Extra Joss
  • 200ml Kopiko Kopiccino. 3rd.

Day 10:

Day 11: 1.73L

  • 250ml brewed coffee
  • 355ml water
  • 250ml hot chocolate
  • 355ml mt. dew
  • 320ml mogumogu grapes
  • 200ml alkaline water

Day 12: 1.43L

  • 100ml water
  • 320ml alkaline water
  • 200ml kopiko kopiccino
  • 200ml nescafe orig 3in1 x 2
  • 160ml alkaline water
  • 250ml alkaline water

Day 13:

  • 200ml brewed coffee
  • 320ml alkaline water
  • 320ml alkaline water
  • 200ml water

Day 14:

  • 200ml Nescafe Original 3-in-1
  • 200ml Le’Dawn Premium 10-in-1 Coffee
  • 320ml Alkaline Water x 2
  • 200ml Kopiko Kopiccino
  • 200ML ICE COLD water x 3

Day 15:

  • 200ml Kopiko Double Cups
  • 200ml Coke x 2
  • 200ml Kopiko Kopiccino
  • 320ml alkaline water

Day 18: 136.8 lbs as of 6:07pm

  • 200ml Kopiko Kopiccino
  • 160ml Mogu Mogu Grapes

Day 19:


  • 200ml Kopiko Kopiccino
  • 200ml Nescafe Brown
  • 200ml Cafe Filipino
  • 320ml alkaline water

Day 20:

  • 200ml water
  • 200ml RC Cola
  • 200ml Kopiko Black 3-in-1
  • 160ml alkaline water
  • 200ml extra joss
  • 200ml Kopiko Black 3-in-1
  • 320ml alkaline water
  • 300ml water

Day 21:

  • 200ml Nescafe Original 3-in-1
  • 200ml Nescafe Original 3-in-1
  • 320ml alkaline water X 2

dAY 22: 61.1KGS

  • 200ml Nescafe Original 3-in-1
  • 200ml Kopiko Kopiccino
  • 320ml alkaline water

Day 25:

  • 600ml MineShine Milk Tea
  • 300ml Iced Tea
  • 300ml Mocha Gulaman
  • 200ml Nescafe Original 3-in-1
  • 320ml alkaline water

Day 26:

  • 200ml Nescafe Original 3-in-1
  • 160ml alkaline water
  • 200ml Nescafe Original 3-in-1
  • 160ml alkaline water
  • 200ml Kopiko Kopiccino
  • 320ml alkaline water

Day 27:

  • 200ml Nescafe Original 3-in-1
  • 200ml Kopiko Kopiccino
  • 200ml Nescafe Original 3-in-1
  • 320ml alkaline water X 2

Day 28:

  • 200ml Kopiko Kopiccino
  • 200ml Kopiko Cafe Blanca
  • 320ml alkaline water
  • 200ml Kopiko Kopiccino
  • 320ml alkaline water




Day 1:

  • Big Shawarma by SNC @ P 75.00. First shawarma of the year. Hahahaha. Oh yes, this one is delicious! The spicier, the better!
  • Eng Bee Tin Special Mocha Mochi. First Mochi of the year. 6 yummy pieces! Hahahahaha. My kind of food. Wala kasi akong bagang. Hahahahaha. Joyful day!

Day 2:

  • Bicol Longganisa and Garlic Rice
  • Yochabel’s Ham and Cheese Bread x 3
  • Mini Stop’s Bagnet Toppers. First bagnet toppers of the year! + Cheese Sundae
  • Eng Bee Tin Hopia Ube X 3 PCS. First UBE of the year! Hahahahaha

Day 3:

  • Bicol Longganisa with Rice
  • Mini Stop’s Bagnet Toppers. P 50.00. 2nd. + Cheese Sundae

Day 4:

Day 5:

  • Mini Stop’s Bagnet Toppers. p 50.00. 3rd. + Cheese Sundae

Day 6:

  • 7-11’s Hotta Rice Liempo. P 69.00

Day 7:

  • Pork Chop Rice by the Misis! ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Mini-Stops Gravy Pork Toppers P 50.00 + Cheese Sundae

Day 8:

  • Hainanese Delight Fish Fillet Rice Meal P 179.00
  • Jollibee Choco Sundae ๐Ÿ™‚ Libre ni Mommy!
  • Heart Chocolate X 3

Day 9:

  • 1 Hopia
  • Heart Chocolateย  x 3
  • Fried Bangus + Rice
  • Beef Noodles
  • Smart Aleck Bread P 41.00 (masarap!)
  • Bread Specialist Honey Marble P 40.00
  • Mini Stop’s bagnet toppers. Hindi Mabango. Maputla ang gulay. Amoy sabon. Tsk tsk tsk.

Day 13:

  • Choco Cream Buns P 51.00
  • Mocha Tiger Rolls P 40.00
  • New York Hotdog Rice

Day 14:

  • Lechon Kawali Toppers P 50.00 + Cheesecake Sundae
  • Dinuguan Rice + Kinilaw na Puso ng Saging
  • Bangus Rice

Day 15:

  • Egg Monay P 16.00
  • Egg Roll P 15.00
  • Slice of Manager’s Pizza x 2
  • Slice of Pepperoni Pizza
  • Slice of Angus Beef Pizza
  • Slice of Hawaiian Pizza
  • Egg Roll

Day 18:

  • Mini Stop’s Bagnet Toppers + Cheesecake Sundae

Day 19:

  • Rice Sisig


  • Big Pack Lunch of Rice, Pork in Salted Black Beans and Tofu
  • 2 slices of Mr. Pizza
  • 1 Boston Creme Donut

Day 21:

  • 3+2+2+2 slices of Cheese Loaf
  • 1 Capsule Potencee Forte 500mg
  • 1 Capsule 400 IU Myra-E

Day 22: 61.1

  • 1 small bar of Snickers
  • 1 Tiger Roll by Bread Talk

Day 25:

  • LiemSilog @ Sinangag Express

Day 26:

  • Egg Roll
  • 2 Capsules COSMO Cee
  • New York Hotdog, Egg and Rice
  • 3 x 10 gms ChocNut ๐Ÿ™‚

Day 27:

  • Schublig Rice Lunch
  • Oreo
  • Shublig Rice Dinner
  • 2 Capsules COSMO Cee

Day 28:

  • Tuna Steak Rice
  • Cone Sundae
  • 2 Capsules COSMO Cee + 1
  • Fried Chicken and Rice
  • 3 pancakes




Day 1: Run = 0? Hahahahaha

Day 2: Run = 5.1 kms

Day 3: Run = 10.0 kms

Day 4: Run = 1.2 kms + 5.0 kms

Day 5: Run = 0 kms!

Day 6: Run = 5.0 kms

Day 7: Run = 0 kms!

Day 8: Run = Target = 20.0 kms

Day 9: Run = 21.00 kms!

Day 10: Run = 5.5 kms + 5.0 kms + 5.0 kms

Day 11: 0 kms!

Day 12: Run = 3.0 kms!

Day 13: 0 kms!

Day 14: Run = 3.0 kms!

Day 15: Run = 5.0 kms!

Day 16: 0 kms!

Day 17: Hike @ Mt. Makiling Rainforest Park, Peak 2

Day 18: 2.0 kms!

Day 19:

Day 20:

  • ankle raises – 34 + 30 + 25 + 45
  • 0 kms!

Day 21:

  • Short Circuit
    1. Ups x 50
    2. Side Twist x 25
    3. 0:01:00 MInute Wall Squat
    4. Density Push-Ups #4
    5. 20 Lunges
    6. 30 Mountain Climbers
    7. Side Twists x 30
    8. 0:01:00 Minute Planks
    9. Ups x 100
    10. Side Twists x 50
    11. 0:01:00 Minute Wall Squat
    12. Density Push-Ups #5
    13. 30 Lunges
    14. 40 Mountain Climbers
    15. Side Twists x 60
    16. 0:01:00 Minute Planks
    17. 160ml alkaline water
    18. Ups x 100
    19. Side Twists x 80
    20. 0:01:15 Minute Wall Squat
    21. Density Push-Ups #6
    22. Side Twists x 20
    23. Free-Hand Cross Flyes X20
    24. 40 Lunges
    25. 60 Mountain Climbers
    26. Side Twists #30
    27. 0:01:15 Minute Planks
    28. 160ml alkaline water
    29. 250ml Ensure Chocolate
    30. 200ml alkaline water

Day 22: 134.42 lbs / 61.1 kgs

Day 24:

  • Run = 10kms

Day 25 :

  • Short Circuit
    1. 320ml alkaline water
    2. Side Twists x 40
    3. Ups x 70
    4. Side Lunges x 20
    5. Density Push-Ups #4
    6. Side Bends x 10
    7. 0:01:00 Minute Planks
    8. Side Lunges x 30
    9. Density Push-Ups #4
    10. 0:01:15 Minute Planks
    11. Side Lunges x 40
    12. Density Push-Ups #4
    13. 0:01:20 Minute Planks
    14. 0:02:00 Minutes Hip Rotations
    15. Side Bends x 10
    16. Side Twists x 16
    17. 136.2 lbs (weight after this / 61.90kgs)

Day 26:

Day 27: 61.7 kgs @ 10:29pm or 135.74 lbs.

Day 28: Short Routine/Stretchings

  • Ups x 100 + 100 + 100 + 100
    • Low Lunge Arch xย  6 + 10
    • Lunges x 30
  • Planks x 0:01:15 minutes +0:01:15 minutes + 0:01:30 minutes
    • Side Bends/Stretches x 10 + 10 + 15
    • Side Twists x 40
    • Hip Rotations in 0:02:30 minutes


I am determined and I am still preparing. Everything is by God’s grace.

NOTE: Do not judge people based on how useful they are to you. Instead, look at what’s inside the person.



This event is on December 20, 2015.

This event is a traverse of Mt Marami, Mt Mataas na Gulod, Dos Picos, Mt Palay-Palay and Pico De Loro . It will definitely be a sight to behold. Yes, I agree…it will be beautiful.

Browsing thru the net, I tried to find a route map. A trail map. I found none…but pieces of a part. So I made one. I hope RD JC Igos will look into this and correct me.


From Barangay Talipusngo of Ramirez to Mt. Marami’s Silyang Bato.


From Mt. Marami to Alibangbang Park via Alibangbang Trail via Mataas na Gulod and Dos Picos


From Alibangbang Park to Pico de Loro’s Parrot Beak


From Pico’s Summit to DENR at Governor’s Drive…to the road!


From DENR down to Maragondon’s Town Plaza. ๐Ÿ™‚


via Ternate, follow Governor’s Drive to Maragondon.


From Governor’s Drive, right to the Town Plaza. via Riel? or Balitao?

We’ll soon know.