Mt. Gulugod Baboy is a popular level 1 climb as UP Mountaineering would call it and is located in the heart of Anilao, Batangas. It is also becoming popular as what people call a night trek spot where you climb the mountain at night with only headlamps and the one in front of you as your guide. These social climbs are becoming popular and what is good about Mt. Gulugod baboy is that you can reward yourself afterwards with a nice swim in the beach resorts of Anilao 🙂 This was my first climb and it was an awesome mountain climbing experience organized by the premier Mountain Climbing organization in the Philippines, UP Mountaineering which produced Romi Garduce, and the premier Jaycee organization in the Philippines, Manila Jaycees!
This is my personal account of the Mt. Gulugod Experience Climb.
Mt. Gulugod Baboy climb was my first mountain climbing experience. I underestimated it and my shots were uninspired. I’m a virgin climber and the experience was almost orgasmic when you reached the top. This was my own little version of Mt. Everest climb and will all the hype surrounding Mountain Climbing in the Philippines, this is the next sports fad after billiards, and badminton.
I’ve blogged about Romi Garduce’s climb for almost a year now, and I was struck by one of the comments of my blog readers that I should climb mountains first to have credibility in writing about mountain climbing. It made sense and ever since I’ve been looking for an opportunity to do so. What would you have if you have the best mountaineering organization in the Phils. — UP Mountaineering as your guide and the best Jaycee chapter in the Phils. — Manila Jaycees as your companions in the climb? an Awesome Mt. Gulugod Baboy Climb!!
I must admit that I underestimated the climb. I was not excited because I thought it was easy and I thought there was nothing to do on top of the mountain other than to drink all night long. It was raining the day before, so I thought this was not the best time to have a photo shoot. I did not prepare for it. I literally drag my feet and was thinking twice about pushing through with it or just offer an excuse not to go. I’ll tell you how unprepared I was…
I’ve been traveling every weekend recently and I can’t wait to tell you the story about this Mt. Gulugud Baboy adventure. I’ll be on blog leave over the long 3 days holiday and I do hope that I get to catch up on my blog stories when I get back.
Golden Sunset is a very nice place for the family and they have the best Philippines Cultural Show that I have ever seen! Food, Drinks, and Pets are not allowed inside the resort so you have to be contented with eating at the Filipino Fishpond Restaurant or at Cucina de Oro (which serves international cuisine pasta, pizza, etc.). I like the Fishpond restaurant a lot better than the Cucina de Oro (they need to have a better cook). Although the restaurants are not something to rave about in this place. My son, Aidan really enjoyed with the fun swimming pools, playground, kids room, and the butterfly sanctuary. My wife, Rache also enjoyed the massage at the Serendipity Spa for P500 🙂 For me, I enjoyed the cultural show and taking photos of the surroundings and the golden sunset. So everyone is happy 🙂
I was actually skeptical when I first visited golden sunset because of the cheesy marketing gimmicks and later on, I found out that the resort does not have an actual beach front. But still we decided to stay for 3 days/ 2 nights during the holy week to rest and re-charge since this is “allegedly” the best resort (so far) in Calatagan. After our stay, I should say that we really had fun specially because the place caters to families with lots of things to do for the kids. Despite the hot weather, there is a gush of winds passing through the resort which makes the summer heat bearable and it is not that humid. Golden Sunset officially opened to the public just this January 2006 and there was a soft opening during the Ms. Earth pageant last October 2004. Ricky Reyes (commonly called Mader in the resort) proudly designed the entire place and I’m glad to see him during the Holy Week in his resort. The resort is very busy and it would be difficult to get a reservations during the summer weekends in this resort. I’ll give you a virtual tour anyway of the resort which is similar to an Island Cove setup but in a much cooler ambiance at night plus a great view of Calatagan’s famous golden sunset.
Golden Sunset is one of the hottest resorts in Batangas now! Thanks to Mader Ricky Reyes (people in the resort calls him Mader) for opening their suppose-to-be family vacation resort to the public. The resort is located in the heart of Calatagan, Batangas — 3 hours away from Manila via Tagaytay which is the half way point. I say that it’s hot because it just fully opened this January (soft opening last Oct during Ms. Earth Pageant) and all the weekends were fully booked and overflowing with tents on its open grounds! If you call the reservation office, nobody would answer you because a lot of people are inquiring about this place and they cannot handle the volume anymore. I actually had to drop by as a walk-in and risk that I will be rejected but fortunately I was able to get a standard room for 3 days and 2 nights. I’ll be creating a trilogy series on Golden Sunset to give you the overall experience, what to do and what to expect of the Golden Sunset Resort.
I also got a lot of frequently asked questions in my blog about Golden Sunset because there was really lack of honest-to-goodness article about this place. This is a well-marketed place so expect only the good reviews in the internet and good photos at their official website. Although, for the first time, I hope to provide you with what a Golden Sunset Resort experience is all about. In this first post, I’ll tackle the frequently asked questions about Golden Sunset.
Right in front of Playa Calatagan beach is this golden sunset. It is soo beautiful just to watch this. This post is just all about the sunset shots I made and I suggest that you gotta watch this when you decide to visit this place. For those of you who are in the office and I do hope these shots would de-stress you and make you more excited to visit the Philippines awesome beaches. Enjoy the sunset shots! summer is here, finally 🙂
Ah, life is indeed a beach. With a beautiful beach such as Playa Calatagan — I do hope that it can bring it’s vision alive of bringing the Boracay spirit in Calatagan, 3 hours away from Manila. Landco already learned their lessons with the Punta Fuego and Terrazas seaside communities where it gets boring as you stay longer since it is private and there is only so much you could do. What’s great about the Playa Calatagan vision, is that there is a private resort for the seaside community but also there is a public commercial area envisioned to be the Boracay Party Place of Batangas 🙂 As mentioned in my earlier post, I’m glad the Palacios family decided to develop their beach and it has huge huge potential. They are just building the clubhouse now and selling phase 1 (out of 4 phases to be developed) which only started last november to priveleged guests.
This is actually an exclusive (naks 🙂 and I want to share this opportunity to my readers — specially if you are a beach person or you are a balikbayan looking for an investment or a beach home. Take note that I refrained from using retirement house since the vision is that the community would be younger and more vibrant 🙂 I think this is a lot better than the Anvaya Seaside community in Subic. Let me tell you why.
Temporary Pavilion @ Playa Calatagan, Batangas (Playa is spanish for beach)
Before I leave for a blog vacation for the entire March, I would like to share with you a beach discovery 3 hours away from Manila! I can’t imagine that there is a beach as beautiful as this just within travel distance and previously Calatagan, Batangas is not known to have this kind of beach. The beach is even better than the Laiya, San Juan Beaches and the Nasugbu beaches. There are three criteria for me for a great beach resort: (a) the beach sand is white fine sand, (b) the water is so calm that children could swim in it, (c) a beautiful sunset right in front of the beach! Playa Calatagan meets those three criteria except for the beach having a brownish tint but its finer than most of the beaches in Batangas 🙂
It is still in its natural virgin state and it was owned by Mayor Palacios Family (that is why it remained private all these years!) I’m glad that Palacios and Landco Corporation join in partnership to create this as a seaside residential estate. This is Landco’s 3rd seaside real estate community after Punta Fuego and Terrazas de Punta Fuego. It is still in its pre-selling of P6,000/ sqm and you can still buy as small as 250 sqm. I’ve always wondered in buying Punta Fuego when it was just selling at P4,500/sq (5 years ago) which is now 4x that amount. What’s great about this seaside resort is that you just buy a lot with no club membership fees anymore and there will be both a private country club and a public space. The vision for the public area is to bring Boracay’s vitality and party atmosphere only 3 hours away from Manila. I do hope that the beauty of this place is maintained as they develop the community and the commercial area.
I’m posting an entire series on this beach discovery to share with you the beauty of this place. You’ll hear a lot more about this place, as they begin to market it in May 2006. I’m soo convince of the beauty of this place, that I bought a Lot on my first trip to this beautiful beach in Calatagan, Batangas.