Monthly Archives: September 2010

25th MFPI Midyear President’s Meeting and Climb

25th MFPI Midyear President’s Meeting and Climb
Tiwi, Albay
Oct 27 – 31, 2010

General Schedule and Activities

October 27 Wednesday:
– Arrival and Registration of Participants
– Distribution of ID upon registration
– Opening Ceremony (hosted dinner)

October 28 Thursday
– Start trek to Taqui Ridge (1st batch)
– Bike trail
– Waterfalls day hike
– Tropical first aid c/o MFPI
– Pre-climb: Taqui Ridge 30 pax maximum
– Birding c/o Prof. jerry
– Photo exhibit

October 29 Friday
– Start trek to Taqui ridge (2nd batch)
– Water activities
Skim boarding
Corangon shoal
– Round-table-discussion climate change
– Bird watching
– Base camp games
– Arrival of Taqui Ridge Trekkers 1st batch

October 30 Saturday
– Mini adventure race
Only registered participants can join
– Local Mountain Guide training
– Birding
– Tropical first aid
– President’s meeting
– Race awarding
– Hosted dinner
– Concert /fellowship

October 31 Sunday
– Departure of Participants
– Side trip to MT. MAYON.

NAG Park:
– Is the base camp
– With stalls for souvenir items
Like local delicacies
Native products
– With bathroom with water and electricity
– Limited outlet for cell phone charging


From Cubao Bus Station in front of Ali Mall you can find a lot of buses going to Bicol. You have a lot of choices to ride going to Tiwi.

Amihan Bus Line – with direct trip to Tiwi leaving at 4:30 PM, ETA 5:00 AM, followed by hourly interval going to Tabaco, Legazpi and Naga.

Cagsawa Bus Line- with 29 seaters plus CR on board.
– Business class without CR
– Last destination is Tabaco City from Tabaco another 15 kilometers trip by jeep going to Tiwi
If in case one bus is full of participants you can ask the driver to proceed to Tiwi.
– Leaving 6:00 PM to Tabaco, ETA 7:00 AM.
– Followed by hourly interval until 9:00 PM going to Tabaco, Legazpi and Naga

Penafrancia Tours
– business class without CR
– 29 seaters plus CR on board
– Last destination Legazpi City only
– leaving at 6:00 PM, ETA 7:00 AM
– followed by hourly interval until 9:00 PM going to Legazpi and Naga

Raymond Bus Line – Air-conditioned bus going to Tabaco City only
– Leaving the terminal at an hourly interval until 9:00 PM.

RSL bus line – 29 seaters plus CR.
– Business class without CR
– Three trips going to Tabaco and Catanduanes

There is an Ordinary Buses you can choose from if you are in tight budget.
– RUJ Diaz
– St. Jude

All these buses are going directly to Tiwi. These buses are with wide seat and leg compartment.


Air con –    29 seaters Php. 1,000.00
Business Class Php. 800.00

Ordinary     –   Php. 350.00

From Pasay:
Take Philtranco bus and you can find a lot of ordinary buses as well.

From NAIA: Airfare is depending on the promo.
Cebu Pacific flight 9:00AM, 1:00 PM
Philippine Airlines Flight 6:00 AM, 5:00 PM
Zest Air FLIGHT 10:00 AM

Surigao Chartered Adventure 2010

On September 17-20, 2010; 3 LOGSAC regular members and 2 guest members have joined the Chartered Adventure at Bislig, Surigao del Sur. The event was dubbed “Kalingawan sa Aylan” which featured prime tourism destinations in Surigao called Hagonoy Island, Tinuy-an Falls and Enchanted River. Participating the event were members of the Mountaineering Federation of Southern Mindanao (MFSM) and Mountaineering Federation of the Philippines, Inc. (MFPI).

With me, Jonas, Papong, Dockie and Dancel were some of the delegates from Sta. Cruz municipality. Also joining from Sta. Cruz are members from AMECC group.

First stop was Hagonoy Island. This is a private atoll of Vice Mayor Conrad Cejoco surrounded with a fine white sand and pristine blue waters. It is a 30-minute ride from Mangagoy, the commercial center of Bislig City. While we were enjoying the sights, we were served with sumptuous lunch of fresh seafoods such as squid, crabs, fishes and shrimps. The island also was location of several outdoor games like beach volleyball, kayaking, fressbie, among others. On the evening of the first day was an offering of unlimited dancing the beat of reggae music.

On the second day, we headed our way to Tinuy-an Falls, a captivating waterfall located at the heart of Barangay Borboanan. This waterfall, according to some local folks, serves as Bislig’s window to the world, considering the many tourist arrivals it has generated from domestic and foreign places. There was also a side trip to Hinatuan town during the second day, where an enchanted river was introduced to us. Enchanted river is a blue-colored lagoon, its depth unfathomed until today and has been an abode of assorted fish species.

The officers of MFSM and MFPI ferried back to Hagonoy Island on the third day, while the other participants were sent back home. As part of the MFSM officials, I joined the meeting of the two mountaineering federations. There were a lot of resolutions made up, all relating to policies for the good of the mountaineering community in the Philippines.

We were homeward bound on the fourth day, but before home sweet home, we were treated with a very luxurious dinner by the Department of Tourism XI at Marina Tuna Restaurant, the best tuna restaurant in region XI. It was supposed to be a dinner meeting and farewell party of Ma’am Sonia Garcia, the previous director of DOT who retired from active duty. However, she failed to join the dinner because of more pressing commitment.

Marina Tuna Restaurant served as the breakaway point for MFSM and MFPI delegates. We left the place with numerous smirks on our respective faces.