A blazing and glorious welcome to 2019, dear reader! Are you excited for new trips and adventures? We are! But let’s warm up by rewinding a little bit—our last great adventure in 2018. We explored the wild and scenic northern Cebu by penetrating deeper into the rarely visited highlands during the continuation of our Cebu Highlands Trail Segment 4 hike. If you’re limiting your sojourns in Cebu’s sandy beaches, popular attractions, and glitzy cities, you’re missing out a whole lot of adventures!
For us, 2018 was an incredibly adrenaline-laden year! From mountain peaks that pierce the clouds to coral reefs beneath the blue expanse of the sea, we had such an awesome time! Let’s take you back to the trips, adventures, and accomplishments we had during the Year of the Dog.
The discovery of something new even in our very own home island is mesmerizing. That discovery is often a realization that we should not readily believe in rumors and heresay. We often hear from people that Northern Cebu being dangerous, deforested, or bare. But when we actually went there during our Segment 4 CHT hike, we found an amazing place that is safe, green, lush, and wild!
Locals and visitors alike are quite familiar with the attractions and destinations in the southern part of Cebu. The northern part of Cebu, on the other hand, is a different story. Vast tracts of landscapes remain rugged, wild, and unexplored. A lot of people in the remote, inaccessible highlands have marginal exposure to modernity. Traversing Segment 4 of the Cebu Highlands Trial exposed us to a very different side of Cebu.
When undertaking adventures, we usually think of doing these activities for personal accomplishments. But there are times when we suddenly realize that we are doing these to honor someone. To show respect to people who have done so much for us even though they are usually invisible in our radar. Hiking Segment 3 of the Cebu Highlands Trail is honoring the men and women in uniform. The unfairly castigated law enforcers who are ready to give up their lives to keep us safe.
As of late, our country’s law enforcers—soldiers, policemen, tanods—have taken the brunt of unfair labeling and exposure. Media outlets usually portray them as incompetent, lazy, abusive, and corrupt men without honor. But nothing could be farther from the truth. During our CHT Segment 3 Hike, we witnessed firsthand to their kindness, dedication to safety, duty to protect, and bravery. To us, they are heroes.
As lovers of nature and adventure, we have learned to look at ourselves as being in synergy with the environment—a part of the biosphere. As such, we don’t actively seek recognition, acknowledgment, and approval for what we do. As long as we’re doing activities for fun, fitness, and personal challenge; for the protection of Mother Nature; for helping and inspiring people and organizations, we’re perfectly fine with it.