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Hiking Mt. Pinatubo

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Our mountaineering adventure today takes us to one of the most famous (and destructive) volcanoes in the Philippines - Mt. Pinatubo . Located in the provinces of Tarlac, Pampanga, and Zambales, Mt. Pinatubo is actually a volcano that once stood at about 1,745 meters above sea level. However, its powerful 1991 eruption reduced it to almost half its size. In now stands 960 meters above sea level. Speaking of Mt. Pinatubo's historical 1991 eruption, Here are some trivia about it. Prior to the 1991 eruption, the last recorded eruption of the volcano happened some 500+ years ago. Ash from the eruption is said to have reached as far north as Russia. Ash from the eruption damaged several airborne planes. Ash from the eruption also caused massive casualties and damages to the nearby provinces when it got mixed with rain from the monsoon season. This deadly mixture is known as lahar . Speaking of lahar , it buried several towns around the volcano. It is said that the lahar c

Malinta Tunnel (Night Lateral Tour)

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Available only to those who will remain overnight in the island of Corregidor, the Malinta Tunnel Night Lateral Tour allows visitors to see and enter the laterals which is off-limits to the day tour visitors. The tour usually starts at around 6/7 PM. Visitors who availed the Night Lateral Tour will assemble in the lobby of the Corregidor Hotel and will be picked up by a tramvia (a replica of the trams used during the Colonia Era.) Each tramvia is manned by its operator and a tour guide. The tramvia will then bring the visitors to the East Entrance of the tunnel for the start of the tour. Read on. This is how my adventure went... It's so dark it freaks me out, thanks God we had flashlights. At the mouth of the tunnel, the guide briefed us regarding the safety precautions. Then he ushered us inside the tunnel where we were required to wear the provided safety hats. We then walked towards and entered the second lateral on the right side of the tunnel. We then walke

Landmarks of Quezon Province

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All found in the province of Quezon and mostly along the Pan-Philippine Highway, these man-made landmarks of Quezon province surely makes your trip to or through the province an exciting I-Spy game.  Landmarks of Quezon Province So what are you waiting for? Try to look for these landmarks on your next travel to Quezon province: Quezon Province Welcome Arch 1. Welcome to Quezon Arch - This landmark is located at the boundary of San Pablo City, Laguna, and Tiaong, Quezon. This arch is the very first of the man-made landmarks that you'd see when entering the province by way of the Pan-Philippine Highway. Walang Tamad sa Quezon Statue 2. Walang Tamad sa Quezon Statue -This landmark is located in Sariaya, more specifically at the left side of the Pan-Philippine Highway if you're coming from Laguna and vice versa if you're from Albay. This statue serves as an icon and reminder to everyone that laziness is not encouraged in the province. Ate Monang Statue 3. A

Cavite Adventure: Corregidor Island

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Our adventure today takes us 48 kilometers west of kilometer 0 in Manila. Corregidor Island is a strategically located island at the mouth of Manila Bay. Its name came from the Spanish word corregir which means to correct. The Spanish require all ships to stop and have their documents checked and corrected in this island, much like what the Bureau of Customs does today. Corregidor was garrisoned by the Spanish and later by the American forces. Corregidor Island as seen from a distance The tadpole-shaped island of Corregidor is popularly called "the Rock" by the American and Filipinos who defended it during the Second World War. The island became the last defensive position of the American and Filipino defenders after Bataan fell into Japanese hands during World War II. After 27 days of valiantly defending the island, the sick and hungry defenders finally surrendered on May 6, 1942. The island was retaken by the Americans two years later, but the once proud is

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