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Cebu Highlands Trail Segment 1B: Mt. Samboryo to Lutopan

DENR Reforestration Project

There is nothing ordinary. The simplest lifeforms, the most humble homes, the most basic communities—they all have something special. But you need to have an open mind, a keen willingness to learn, a humble heart, and a ready sense of acceptance to experience their unique salience. When hiking the CHT, you need these qualities to truly take into heart the uniqueness of Cebu’s highlands. If you walk CHT for Instagram photos or bragging rights, you won’t be able to experience the trail’s essence.

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Cebu Highlands Trail Segment 1B: Tugop to Mt. Samboryo

Cebu Highlands Trail Segment 1B

We love trekking. It’s not just about exhilarating adventures, stunning landscapes, and great camaraderie. When we trek in wild places that are serenaded by rustling leaves and the cries of birds, the world suddenly makes sense. Everything becomes clear. Questions are answered. Trekking the Cebu Highlands Trail in Cebu, Philippines gives each of us a chance to truly commune with ourselves.

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Cebu Highlands Trail Segment 1A: Mt. Tongkay to Tugop

Cebu Highlands Trail

It is really a pleasant surprise to discover something new. Yes, there’s always something new even in a place where you’ve been living all your life. That is the beauty of hiking the Cebu Highlands Trail. By penetrating deep into the mountainous regions and rural highlands of tropical Cebu, Philippines, we uncover more secrets and wonders that make us realize how little we know about our home island. And that makes us even more proud to be Cebuanos!

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Cebu Highlands Trail Segment 1A: Mt. Manunggal to Mt. Tongkay

Cebu Highlands Trail

One of our fondest wishes is to accomplish a long-distance hike. We frequently imagine ourselves walking the Pacific Crest Trail or the Appalachian Trail. Alas, while everything is possible, this will be a long shot for us given the enormous expense and logistics required of such an adventure. But that grand dream doesn’t have to be shelved. With the establishment of the Cebu Highlands Trail, we now have a beautiful long-distance trail right in our home island of Cebu, Philippines!

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Canigao Island: A Great Place to Start This Year’s Summer Fun

Beach in Canigao Island

The sun is shining bright! Summer is finally here! And what better way to enjoy this hot, sunny season than to bask in the sun, swim in clear waters, and breathe the salty breeze in one of the innumerable white-sand beaches and many pristine tropical islands in the Philippines! If you’re having a hard time choosing which of our tropical paradises to set foot to, we recommend Canigao Island in Matalom, Leyte, Philippines. That is just what we did!

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Digyo Island: A Sandy Pocket of Paradise

Digyo Island

One of the nicest things about traveling is that when you least expect it, there’s always a silver lining that shines through the clouds. That has happened to us before in Roxas City where we were stranded prior to our epic Mt. Guiting-guiting climb. During this pre-summer trip, it happened again, albeit in a different way! What followed a disappointing Cuatro Islas island hopping tour was an amazingly fun overnight stay in Digyo Island thanks to a great company of friends.

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Cuatro Islas: A Disappointing Island Hopping Adventure

Cuatro Islas

The Philippines is an archipelago of more than 7,000 unique islands. More than 7,000 cool adventures! Trekking, snorkeling, scuba diving, free diving—you name it, and each island is most likely to have one of these activities. That’s why we always look forward to every island hopping adventure in our list. Alas, that excitement didn’t happen in our latest sojourn in Cuatro Islas in Inopacan, Leyte, Philippines.

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