42 responses to “On Chasing Crater and New Friends: Conquering Mount Pinatubo with the Pinoy Travel Bloggers”

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    WOW! congrats on conquering Mt. Pinatubo… without the skyway pa! cool! ^_^

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    saya nitong byahe kasi ang saya ng mga kasamang bagets at ikaw isa dun. hahaha… ramdam pa rin yung alala.

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    Nice traveling with you Mich. More travels to come.Anyways, but for the five of us it's a race that time. Kaya pag nakikita naming naabutan mo na kami binibilisan namin! Hehehe! =)

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    @ Pinoy Adventurista,Thanks! Thanks! Ang sarap ulitin! Pero gusto ko na makadaan dun sa mga aeta.

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    @ Dong Ho,Tomo! Ang saya-saya! Ang daming may dalang camera… hehe sorry mabagal ako maglakad.

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    @ Maxtermind,Hoping for more travel with you guys!Ui, nasa top 5 din ako nung una ah. Kaya lang napagod na ako eh. Dami ko kasing nakain eh.Wahahaha! Oo nga, ang hirap nyo habulin. Tumatakbo nga kayo, natatawa ako kay Robx. Meron pang “Ayan na xa, ayan na xa!”

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    Sobrang saya ng trip na to! Ang ganda ng lugar at ang daming new found friends hehe! It was nice meeting you here Mich! Till next trip πŸ˜€

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    Nakaka-inggit naman ito! Sana makasama ako sa next Pinatubo trek ng PTB πŸ˜€

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    Anonymous

    We went there yesterday, March 24, 2012. Hiking started at about 6:30 am. It was sunny then, the skies are clear, and the sun was hot. rode th 4×4 to the start of the trekking are for about 1.5 hours. From there, we walked the sandy and rocky terran till the first stopover for about 2 hours. We stopped there for a while and used the restroom. And then we went trekking again, although the area is a little different this time, there are no more sands, there are trees, plants, little rivers, etc. We reached the peak at 12pm. We didn't go swimming there, just went down and stayed at the crater beach and sat there, ate our lunch and took pictures… at about 1:30pm, the clouds got dark.. and it rained…. that's when it happened… the scariest moment of my life!!Hindi gaano kalakas ang ulan. Normal na ulan lang, wala ngang hangin, pero umakyat na kami from the crater beach pataas sa may steps kung saan may mga 3 sheds to take shelter na rin from the rain. Pero dahil almost lahat ng tao from the beach have already occupied yung three sheds, we have decided to go back to the first stop over area. But it's different this time. Sobrang madulas na ang mga bato, yung mga maliliit na rivers got wider and deeper. Kahit normal rain lang naman. after 30 minutes, we reached the first stopover area and used the restroom ulit. Hindi parin tumitigil yung ulan sa mga oras na yun, pero nung medyo humina na, napagdesisyunan na namin na bumaba na, we didn't want to get stranded there. Pagbaba namin, theres this supposedly small na river nung umakyat kami, pero nung pababa na… Sobrang laki at lakas na, the running water is not even clear anymore. FLASHFLOOD is staring me right in the face. A little confused, scared, and just because we didn't want to get stranded there, people started crossing the river with so much difficulty. Even yung mga tour guide namin lost his left footwear!! After crossing, nakita namin na pabalik na yung mga nauna samin, they told us to go back to the sheds because it is impossible to continue. So yeah, we crossed the “river of death” again. We took shelter and stayed there. Freezing, and wet, we waited for an hour and a half before deciding to continue trekking back to the base of the mountain. Iba na yung itsura ng daanan pabalik, maraming parts ng bundok ang gumuho, sobrang mabato yung daanan, at sobrang dami din ng mabibilis flashfloods na tinawid namin. Rumaragasang putik everywhere you turn, and we endured that for 2 hours. Scared the sh*t out of me πŸ™ .Para sa mga nagbabalak na pumunta dun, just pray na sana hindi umulan, sobrang nakakatakot ma experience ang naexperience ko at ng mga tao na umakyat ng Pinatubo nung araw na yun. Hindi mo talaga masasabi na accurate and mga weather forecast.

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    Congrats! It must have been fun going up Mt. Pinatubo with a big group. Mabuti at cooperative ang weather.Miss N ofhttp://nortehanon.com

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    ang saya talaga nang trip natin sa Pinatubo and hongonda nya talaga! lol it was also nice walking with you on our way to the crater mich! tayo na ang mga mababagal maglakad! hahaha. hope to travel with you again in the future mich πŸ˜€

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    p.s. hongdami kong exposure! weeeeeeee

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    wahahaha!ikaw na ang madaming exposure doi! :Poo nga, tayong 3 nila ada ang nagmomoment maglakad paakyat, hehe.. buti na lang ang bait ni Papa Dom, sinasabayan tayo πŸ˜›

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    Anonymous

    @ Drew,Nice meeting you too! πŸ˜€ Okay na okay nga ang trip na to! Meron kang mga headstand pictures sa akin… hehe

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    Anonymous

    @ Kat,Ako sin, sana isama pa nila ako sa susunod na trip. πŸ˜€

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    Anonymous

    @ Miss N,It was really a blessing na ang okay ng weather nun… Nung una makulimlim, pero umaraw din, Saktong sakto lang ang ilaw for picture taking and a safe trek.

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    Anonymous

    @ Sir/Maam,Thanks for sharing the experience that you had last March 24. It will be a lesson and a guide for everyone. Its great to know na nakauwi kayong lahat ng ligtas at walang nangyaring masama.Nasagot ng kwento mo yung mga tanong ko kung bakit ang laki daw ng pinagbago ng daan sa Pinatubo. I kept on wondering kung paano naiba at gumalaw yung mga bato. Sabi kasi nung guide nagkakaroon lang ng erosion kapag gabi. Naisip ko kasi paano kung may erosion tapos may mga taong naglalakad dun. Ganito pala yun. Maraming salamat for sharing.

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    Ang ganda ng photos mo Mich! <3

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    Anonymous

    We also went to Mt. Pinatubo last March 24, 2012. It was an adventure of a lifetime talaga kasi life mo yong nakataya.We went down at around past 12pm at medyo umaambon na, pero nung nasa may sheds na kami, mega ulan na. Pero we waited a bit na tumila yong ulan kasi sabi ng guides, normal lang daw yon. At nung ambon-ambon uli, niresume namin yong pagbaba, grabe, nung nasa may bato2 na kami, anlakas ng ulan, yong small streams, naging rumaragasang lahar na yata. Tapos may portion dun na yong gilid ng bundok, naglalandslide na. Our guides twice told us to stop sa medyo gitna kasi delikado na e. Basang-basa kami. Nagtatalo nga mga guides kung ano gagawin at yong mga guides namin except sa isa, decided to climb the mountain para pumunta dun sa skyway kasi yong susunod na trail, may nakita na kaming nagbabagsakan na bato at yong gilid ng bundok, landslides na, yong streams, lahar flow na. Naisip ko, pag minalas kami at mabagsakan ng bato or buhangin, wala na, katapusan nanamin. So we opted for the skyway. And what an experience it was. Instant mountain climbing, sa may maliit na waterfalls ang daan, I never looked down, kasi baka maloka ako. And I'm praying na walang maloosen na rocks kasi kawawa naman ang nasa baba. The good thing about the skyway e, may daan talaga siya, kasi yon yata yong daanan ng sasakyan dati before nasira ng Ondoy. The worst thing about it is yong climb up the mountain, thrice yon sa gilid ng bundok and the way down. Bangin ang tinurong daan nung Aeta boy na kinuha namin na guide na daan pababa. Nawala ang takot ko sa heights sa experience na yon. One miss, slide ka pababa ng bundok at kasama mo yong nasa harapan mo. When we saw the jeeps waiting for us sa baba, it was both a relief and agony kasi antaas ng pababa. The good thing and I'm thankful e lahat kami, 24 lahat yata if I'm not mistaken, safe na nakababa ng bundok. Pati yong mga naunang foreigners na nagsitakbuhan nung anlakas ng ulan e ok lahat sila. Sabi ng guides na kasama namin, second time pa lang daw na ginawa/ nangyari yon, yong ginamit nila skyway. First time nung Ondoy, 2nd time samin. So I was thinking, ano yon, swerte pa ba namin, hahaha.But anyway, it was such an adventure, one that my hubby and friends will not forget. Best and worst adventure we have, so far. We have the chance to try both trails, the oldway and the skyway, oh, isama na rin yong waterfall-way at bangin-way. My advice, be ready if it will rain. Have a sturdy footwear kasi baka maanod ang tsinelas like our guide, both tsinelas tinangay ng lahar. Don't forget to bring raincoat na extra large, payong too but I find the raincoat more practical kasi liliparin ng hangin ang payong. Put your things like cp/wallet/mp3/camera sa resealable plastic para hindi mabasa. Pag dala mo pamalit mo na clothes, ilagay mo rin sa plastic. Kung pwede waterproof na bag dalhin mo, marami sa kasama ko, basa to the bones ang bags nila. Buti may dala ako raincoat! at resealable plastics. Prepare for the worst. Mt. Pinatubo is both beautiful and dangerous. I would recommend going there pero you have to be prepared.

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    Anonymous

    Maraming-maraming salamat for sharing your march 24 Pinatubo Experience. Nakakatakot nga talaga yun. Salamat at lahat kayonh 24 na umakyat, pti na rin yung mga foreigners ay safe. Sobrang makakatulong to sa lahat para sa karagdagang pag-iingat, pati na rin yung mga dapat dalin at gawin.

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    Anonymous

    Thank you Miss Backpacker! :)hehehe yung iba grab ko lang sayo hehe

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    Anonymous

    to AnonymousApr 3, 2012 09:20 PM , I was the one who posted on Mar 25, 2012 01:59 AM. Grabe! Yung group nyo pala yung nakita namin na pababa ng bundok, almost sabay yata tayo na nakarating dun sa area ng mga 4×4. One more thing, may 7 tao pala na na stranded dun sa bundok that time. Mga 9-10pm na sila nakabalik dun sa assembly area sa may Tourism. Imagine inabutan sila ng gabi dun sa bundok na walang kuryente.. Hay, nakakatakot talaga.

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    my dream destination πŸ™‚ Hopefully this 2012. the place is just wow. ganda lng!!! Ang saya ng mga bloggers. sana mka join kami minsan πŸ™‚

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    @ wander shugah,yes, super ganda lang ng place na to! weee! buti nakapunta na ako, kasama ko pa mga bloggers; saya-saya! πŸ˜€

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    Anonymous

    Magkano ang rental sa 4×4 vehicle per group of 5? πŸ™‚

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    @ Anonymous,Hindi ko po talaga alam yung exact price kasi kasama na dun sa package na inavail namin yung 4×4. Si Robi of http://www.thetravelingdork.com at Sir Dom of http://www.escapeislands.com yung nag-organize ng Pinatubo trip namin.

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    kuleeeeeet! at may timer talaga ang trek anoh? ehhehe..

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    Anonymous

    @ Whacky Adventures,at syempre dun kame sa 'Senior Citizens' :p hehe

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    Nice to meet you Mich! Woot woot! Worth it talaga yung trip na to palo na I flew all the way from Davao. Mount Pinatubo's so beauuuuutiful. Pero hindi mo akalain na two decades ago, pumutok to nang bonging bongga, killing thousands of life, affecting the lives of millions.AND ANG MAHAL NAMAN NG FAKE NA HEADWARE! 180-240 pesos ang orig na headware! :)) And natawa ako sa scarf-scarfan. HAHAHA ANG CUTE

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    @ RM Bulseco,Nice to meet you din. :)Oo nga sobrang ganda, nakaka-speechless.Kakaiba yung feeling pag nakita knowing na very destructive yung ginawa nya 2 decades ago… but now… whooo! unbelievable.180-240 lang??? bakit tuwing tumitingin ako, nasa almost 500 pesos???

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    Anonymous

    hi po nice article, maybe we can invite u to do some travel around our province bulacan, by the way im marlo vistan of gmoc (gat. malolenyo outdoor group) tnx mam ,, looking forward to have you in one of our adventures,,, more powers

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    Anonymous

    @ Marlo,Hi sir! Thanks for the invite! :)I've sent you an email na. Thanks πŸ™‚

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    Anonymous

    Hi is it recommendable to use ordinary shirt only and not a North Face backpack? Hehehe.

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    Anonymous

    Hehehe twas just a joke. :pWell, my pink Jansport have gone so may places already πŸ™‚

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    Anonymous

    How about the shirt? Any advice on what to wear? Thank you.

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    Anonymous

    Light clothes, preferably dri-fit.For footwear, much better if you are going to wear trekking shoes instead of sandals. Most of us suffered from blisters because we were wearing trekking sandals.

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    Anonymous

    What brand of trekking shoes?

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    Anonymous

    Any brand po as long as its reliable and comfy…

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    love reading your blog wow nakakainggit naman kau guys super nag eenjoy talaga kau. hmmm as in ang dami nyo namang moment na hindi magagawa ng iba. keep travelling po.

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    Ang gaganda ng photos mo. Na-excite tuloy ako. Pangarap ko makapunta sa Mt Pinatubo, sana maganda panahon by July.

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    @Katherine,Salamat po! πŸ˜‰ have a safe trip!

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    wow, that really looks like such an amazing get-away!! i'm so happy you got to go. have a lovely time with your frnds and good luck with your to-do lists!

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