A few months ago, I wrote about the garbage pit that greeted us on the summit of Mt. Kitanglad in Bukidnon. Admittedly, the Philippines’ fourth highest mountain is not exactly the most scenic of places. It hosts the transmitters of ABS-CBN and GMA, the two giant media networks, as well as those of PhilCom, a telecommunications company, and the National Grid Corporation (NGCP), which operates the country’s power transmission. Still, it is a declared protected area under the law so dumping your trash there is supposed to be strictly prohibited. (Ah, but who are we kidding? We are not exactly known for our impeccable implementation of laws, much less for proper waste management.)Continue reading
“Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, Or what’s a heaven for?” You are damn right, Robert Browning. I’m taking that to heart with this list of mountains I want to climb. I’ve only been climbing regularly for a little over a year so most of these peaks are way beyond my current capabilities. Still, I never imagined I could do a D2K traverse or reach the summit of Guiting-Guiting but by some miraculous twist of fate, I did. So I guess it doesn’t hurt to be a tad overambitious. At the very least, it would be fun to see just how far you could go.
Before I get all preachy and self-righteous on the subject (of which I have no right to be), I’m coming clean on something. In all of my three climbs in Bukidnon (Dulang-Dulang, Dulang-Dulang – Kitanglad traverse and Kalatungan), I’ve never attended a pre-climb tribal ritual.
The indigenous tribes in the province require mountaineers to participate in a ritual before commencing a climb. In Lantapan, the jump-off of the D2 climb, the Talaandig tribe conducts it. For the Kalatungan climb, it’s the Manobo in Pangantucan.Continue reading