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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Mt. Ulap: Ampucao - Sta. Fe Ridge Traverse

What and how to prepare for Mt. Ulap Traverse hike x Rizza Salas

         Mt. Ulap - the "mini Mt. Ugo", is one of the popular mountain situated in Itogon, Benguet. The trail opened to the public last October 2015, and has quickly gained numerous of hikers and trail runners.

Mt. Ulap Eco-Trail
Jump Off: Brgy. Ampucao, Itogon, Benguet
Exit Point: Brgy. Sta. Fe, Itogon, Benguet
Days required / Hours to summit: 1 day / 2-4 hours
Specs: Difficulty 3/9, Trail Class: 1-3
Features: Grassland and pine ridges, scenic views of the Cordilleras, burial caves
Elevation: 3 Peaks: Ambanao Paoay 1788 MASL, Gungal 1814 MASL and Mt. Ulap 1846 MASL

Rizza Salas x DIY Budget Itinerary Mt Ulap 2016

Who's excited to bring their squad and brave that famous Mt. Ulap's Gungal Rock? Itinerary, budget breakdown and the things to expect before hiking the said mountain...

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Be A Prison at Caffe Piansa

         Jail-inspired concept you'll oddly want to visit.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Pinto Art Museum: Collection of Souls

Pinto Art Museum | Rizza Salas

          Not only music does make us feel something. I too have always believed that an art is a collection of soul.

Pinto Art Museum is a 1.3 hectare property composed of six buildings, showcasing beautiful art of individuals from all walks of life.

The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, from 0900 to 1800.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Light Up Your Day With Kandle Cafe

Its warm Brooklyn style ambiance and satisfying menu will no doubt make you love this cafe. Kandle Cafe is located at 113 Mother Ignacia Avenue, South Triangle, Tomas Morato, Quezon City.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Two-day Jomalig Island Trip

Jomalig Island, Quezon, Philippines x Rizza Salas 2016

There is more than meets the eye. Jomalig island is not just about its prominent creamy golden sand, or pink sunsets.

Touring Jomalig for 2 days and 1 night may be quick, and truly "bitin", but that doesn't mean we didn't enjoy our short stay. It is always up to us how we spend our time, yes?

Here's a video of our trip:

How to make the most of your two day stay in Jomalig?

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Jomalig Island: One More Day In Paradise

Rizza Salas travel 2016 Jomalig Island

          Why you should visit Jomalig Island? 
Jomalig Island is the smallest and farthest island in Quezon, its name came from the word "Humalik" meaning kisses, and later became Jomalig.

Rizza Salas x Jomalig Island, Salibungot, Quezon

Not only its famed creamy golden sand is a target to all tourists and travelers, but also its pristine natural beauty that features agoho pine trees, clear turquoise colored water and lovely locals, the "Jomaligins". (SEE MORE)

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Lola Cafe + Bar

A hidden homey cafe in Tomas Morato.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Mt. Batolusong Traverse to Kay-Ibon Falls

An astonishing Sea of Clouds just an hour or two from the Metro. 

Major jumpoff: Brgy. San Andres, Tanay, Rizal
LLA: 645 MASL / 780 MASL
Days required / Hours to destination: 1 day /1.5h (Mapatag); 3-4 (Susong Dalaga Peak)
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 3/9, Trail class 1-3
Features: Grassland slopes, views of Laguna, Rizal, and Quezon

DIY Climb to Mt. Batolusong Traverse to Kay-Ibon Falls

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Birthday Climb at the Pig's Spine (Mt. Gulugod Baboy) + Fortalez Island

(c) Rizza Salas x Gulugod Baboy side trip to Fortalez / Oscar Island

               To leave you stunned. Towering at 525 MASL, you can purely enjoy Mt. Gulugod Baboy's vibrant scenery of rolling hills, the 360-degree scenic view of Batangas with the West Philippine Sea and dramatic view of the sky in the background.

Gulugod Baboy, means pig's spine, because of the contours of the hills. “Gulod”, however, means hill; “pig’s hill” can also depict the pastoral scene of the mountain. The mountain has three peaks, the first is 470+ MASL "Gulugod Baboy", the second is 485+ MASL "Gitna", and the third which is the highest peak at 525+ MASL "Mt. Pinagbanderahan" (or as what the mountaineers referred to as the real Gulugod Baboy).

Jump-off point: Philpan Dive Resort, Anilao, Mabini
LLA: 13°42’55″N; 120°53’43″E; 525 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: Half-day / 1-2 hours
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 2/9, Trail class 1-2
Features: Scenic views of Batangas Bay and Balayan Bay

Monday, March 14, 2016

Mt. Pinatubo: Chaos and beauty intertwined

(c) Rizza Salas Travels

          The violent eruption of Pinatubo last June 12, 1991 has not only caused nightmares or chaos, but also beauty.

Mount Pinatubo, Philippines
Major jump-off: Brgy. Sta. Juliana, Capas, Tarlac
LLA: 15°8’35″N, 120°20’54″E, 960 MASL
Days required / Hours to crater: 1 day, 45 min to 1 hour 4×4 + 2 hrs hike
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 2/9, Trail class 1

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Surviving Mt. Pulag (My First Climb / Summit)

Rizza Salas first summit / climb x Mt. Pulag mountaineer
 You will never be crowned if you always back down.

Rizza Salas x Mt. Pulag

          Mt. Pulag is known as Luzon’s highest peak and the country’s third, towering at 2,922 meters above sea level (MASL). The locals believe it's a resting place and playground of their gods but also a place where they bury their dead. 

Major jump-off: Ambangeg Ranger Station, Bokod, Benguet
LLA: 16°34’58?N 120°53’15?E, 2922 MASL (#3)
Days required / Hours to summit: 4-5 hours / 1-2 days
Specs: Major Climb | Difficulty 3/9 | Trail class 1-2
Trail system: Grand Cordillera Trail, Section 3
Features: Sea of Clouds | Dwarf Bamboo Slopes | Mossy Oak Forest

          Mt. Pulag was my first major climb, not to mention my first mountain to summit. Can you imagine the thrill I've experienced and the enchanting chills I felt the moment I conquered its summit? It was beyond magnificent.