Mt. Talamitam, Batangas
Mt. Talamitam is a 600 m high extinct volcano only 2 hrs trek from the National Highway at Sitio Bayabasan, Brgy. Aga, Nasugbu. It boasts of a 360 degree view of western Batangas and the highlands of Cavite. It's a fairly easy trek but the final assault can be difficult for the inexperienced. First stage of the trek passes through a barangay road down to the Talamitam/Kaybanban footbridge, crossing a stream that will become Tumalim River downstream. Next is a long climb through dense undergrowth, then a relatively flat agricultural land and a meadow (beware of crazy cows!). The last assault is pretty steep, among high 'talahib' grass and you can barely see where you came from and the summit will just be a big surprise when you think the trail still goes up forever. There are two clearings for camp sites when you get to the summit. When you go down, turn right at the footbridge for a couple hundred meters exploration of the cascades going down to Layong Bilog.
- Hiking and Walking
- Mountain Climbing
museum at bsu arasof
...want a glimpse of historic nasugbu...in a room...bsu arasof campus host a unique museum...old receipts, old things old coins...old fresses, old fresses... open during school days...
...take care of the things...the old owners may be watching
At Barangay Aga, just 15 minutes trek off the main highway from Manila, is one of the hidden treasures of Nasugbu. A small stream passes through slippery jagged rocks for a couple of hundred meters and several small cascades ending in a small deep round pool where you can have a swim or even dare a 20 ft high dive. A natural grotto overlooks the pond. If you want to be like Gollum, this is the place for you! Very few people know about it (even the trekkers to nearby Mt. Talamitam don't seem to be aware) and how to get there, so there's no garbage to be seen anywhere, only natural litter. It's a fairly easy trek for experienced trekkers but hell for beginners especially when you try to get back home using another [shorter but steep] trail. On my first trip I slipped on boulders twice and ruined my camera. Barefoot is the best way to get around, on and around the rocks.
- Hiking and Walking
- Jungle and Rain Forest
Getting To Barangay Balaytique
We took a short 30 minutes tricycle ride from Nasugbu to Balaytique.
The vehicle had to climb a mountain ridge and from that vantage point, we soaked in the beauty of what Philippines has to offer - wide expanse of sea on the right, and padi fields on the left. The camera in my head captured so many lovely images.
The roads were in pretty good condition and as we headed up the mountain, the weather also became cooler. I didn't expect that as I thought it was not that much higher from ground level. But I guess it was.
Barangay Balaytigue: Fishing Village
My friends and I arrived at a fishing village in Balaytique. When we arrived, the weather turned gloomy. We started to mingle with the children with what little time we had. But we had to take shelter when the rain started to pour. Zinc roofs were good enough to keep us dry.
Once the rain has eased, we continued with our intended mission - to feed the poor and hungry of the village with warm food.