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Reaching the Peak of Mt. Guiting-Guiting

The Mountain: Major Climb, Difficulty 9/9, Trail Class 5 with rock climbing/scrambling; (Rating based from the Pinoy Mountaineer site)

Height : 2,111 MASL LLA :12°24’58.74’’N, 122°34’07.58’’E (based from our own reading)
Jump-off: Brgy. Tampayan, Magdiwang, Sibuyan Island, Province of Romblon

The Gang :
Expedition Leader : Jay Z Jorge TL Technical Adviser : Rhovee Dadis Scribe : Me
Milmar Taylor : Trail Master and Trail Head Manny Rosales : Sweeper
Day 0 : May 7, 2009 (Thursday) – The Arduous Waiting at the Batangas Pier
We arrived at the pier at 11:50 AM to secure tickets for a 5:00PM trip of the Montenegro Shipping Lines bound for Romblon, Romblon. But,due to the strength of typhoon Emong which was all the way up in the Northern part of the country, no vessels were allowed to leave and we had no choice but to wait at the pier. 
We finally left at 2:00AM of May 8. During the 14-hour waiting period, we were able to talk to a lot of different people who were traveling to Mindoro and o…

God's Message

Sharing something I received in my inbox: You say: "It's impossible." God says: All things are possible. (Mark 10:27)And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.You say: "I'm too tired." God says: I will give you rest. (Matthew 1:28)Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.You say: "Nobody really loves me." God says: I love you. (John 3:16 & John 13:34)For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.You say: "I can't go on." God says: My grace is sufficient. (II Corinthians 12:9 & Psalms 91:15)And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.He shall call upon me, and I will…

Back from Mt. Guiting-Guiting

May 10, 2009
Our group of 5 successfully made it to the summit of Mt. Guiting-Guiting, one of the Philippine's toughest mountains. It was a victory that we want to share with our loved ones who prayed for us as we faced the unforgiving terrain of this wonderful mountain. I'm still gathering some pictures but I will defintely tell more stories of what we went through.
For now, here's some of the pictures from our summit assault : (thanks to Jayz for the pictures! You can also view the rest of the pictures from Jayz's site :
Now I'm off to work and I'm kinda nervous about the emails I've missed. I'm sure my inbox has reached its limit by now.

Why I am Now a Pacquiao Fan

Before 6:00AM this morning, I received a text from a friend of mine saying that she had just arrived in Manila and that she’ll see me in about 90 minutes so we can catch the Pacquiao-Hatton match in Ascend – advertised as the premier high-energy dance club, restaurant and cocktail lounge in the Fort. I’ve never been there and had no intention of going there since I’m more into roughing it up in the great outdoors but she had 5 free tickets for the match and we were going to meet several of her other footballer guy friends from Dumaguete. The tickets were priced at 600 pesos each with free breakfast buffet and a drink. It was hard to say no – especially since my mind was still devoid of its usual dosage of caffeine.

I wasn’t a Pacquiao fan when I walked inside the dark rooms of Ascend. I have nothing against him really. In fact, I’m quite fond of him because of the humility he exhibits in his interviews. I’m just not into boxing. I’d rather box than watch someone else do it.
Around 10am,…

G2 on My Mind

Mt. Guiting-Guiting (G2) in the province of Romblon is one of the toughest mountains to climb in the entire Philippines. At least, that's what I've read from Wikipedia and every where in the internet. Our group of five was supposed to climb it this weekend but due to tropical depression Crising, we decided to abort this trip and move it for next week. Our contact in Romblon has also forbidden us to proceed with the plan. Naturally, everyone in the group felt disappointed. As for me, I felt the energy sucked out of me when I found out about the tropical depression and that we had to delay - when I can practically see Romblon looming in front of me, but I have consoled myself with the fact that I have prayed for this and if it's not going to be this weekend, then so be it. God has better plans, and you know what, He has a sense of humor too. The typhoon's name is Crising - sounds a lot like my name, and it entered in the Mindoro area which is next to Romblon. I checked …