Caramoan Trip Tips


1. Check with any Caramoan local if  Survivor is currently shooting. If there’s a current Survivor shoot, you won’t be able to go island hopping to nearby spots.

2. Check if island hopping will be a short trip or a long trip. (March 2012 boat prices as per Kuya Ramil – 2500 long trip, 1500 short trip; the boat I think could accommodate 6 passengers). Apart from the boat rent being high, you would sorely miss all those nearby spots, too (relative to no.1 post) . Please use this website as reference to those islands. I do not own that website. (short trip) and (long trip).

3. Ask the inn you would be staying if it’s in the town proper or in Paniman Beach. If you are to stay at inns in the town proper, you have to at least take a 30-min or less trip to Paniman beach, the jump-off point in island hopping. Being able to dip in the nearby beach is an added perk in staying at Paniman Beach.

4. There is a two-hour trip from Naga to Sabang port. Another two-hour boat ride from Sabang Port to Guijalo Port (Caramoan). At Guijalo Port, around 45-min to an hour trip to Paniman Beach. So please make neccassary travel adjustments (inline with your flight schedule).

5. Earliest boat trip from Sabang to Guijalo Port is 7AM, interval of two hours for succeeding trips. Last time we went there, last trip from Sabang to Guijalo is 1PM. From Guijalo Port to Sabang, earliest is 8AM. I forgot what time the last boat trip is from Guijalo Port. So make sure you don’t schedule your flight to Manila earlier than 1PM (assuming you will take all the earliest trips from Caramoan; CamSur’s airport is in Pili, not in Naga).

<Naga (2 hour jeep or FX van trip) — Sabang Port (2 hour boat ride) — Guijalo Port>

6. If you would be travelling in group, I suggest you don’t take any package tour. Caramoan is backpacker friendly so make it a DIY trip!

7. SUN and GLOBE don’t have signal in Caramoan, so bring a SMART sim with you. (March 2012 was the date we’re there, I am not certain if signals for Sun and Globe have already improved)


Note : We stayed at Kuya Ramil’s house (300/pax/night) who happens to own several boats for island hopping. Contact number : 0907-4351962


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Why I love the Philippines and love being a Filipino!!!

“There is no greater nation on earth than our Motherland. No greater people than our own. Serve them with all your heart, with all your might and with all your strength. Son, the ball is now in your hands” – Sen. Benigno Aquino


Our water, our life.

The La Mesa Dam is in danger. With the government awarding land titles to 12,000 families very close to the dam and the site being only 24 meters above the water level, the drinking water supply of 12 Million Metro Manila residents is at risk of being contaminated. A study by UP scientists warned that the housing village can contaminate the water with their garbage, toilet wastes, insecticides, etc. The pollution can reach the water in case of floods and through groundwater pollution. Unsafe drinking water can cause severe diarrhea, dysentery, cholera, typhoid, hepatitis and deadly epidemics.
If the La Mesa Dam water becomes unclean, 12 Million Metro Manila residents will not have access to clean water. But it’s not yet too late. By getting 5 million signatures (actual signatures, text messages or emails), there’s hope that the government can change its mind about building the housing project. If it happens, the recipients of the title will be relocated to another site.

Add your voice to the campaign to preserve the La Mesa Watershed.
Join the signature campaign asking the government

By signing the petition, you are opposing the privatization of the 59- hectare portion of the La Mesa Reservoir, wherein a housing project will be built, thus endangering the integrity of Metro Manila’s water supply. Join various organization in the La Mesa Coalition in asking the government to exhaust all means to find a just solution to the rights of the awardees/ claimants of the 59-hectare land, without prejudicing the rights of 12 million Metro Manila residents to clean water.
You can send your “signature” by texting:

LM PROTECT Name, address and send to 2366 for Globe and Sun Cellular subscribers, 231 for Smart, Talk N Text, Addict Mobile subscribers (only one text per person).
Or you can use any piece of paper, write your name, address and signature and drop it off at any David’s Salon outlets, JRS Express outlets, LBC outlets, Bayad Centers in Metro Manila or fax to Bantay Kalikasan nos. 412-1382, 410-9670.
You can also sign the on-line petition by visiting www.lamesaecopark. com

12 million people in Metro Manila depend on the La Mesa reservoir for water.
Please help keep it safe and clean. God bless you!

Aileen Q. Magparangalan

L2S_MOC Gallery


Anniversary Fun Climb
Mt. Gulugod-Baboy, Mabini-Anilao, Batangas
July 25-26, 2004

Ascending Mt. Gulugod Baboy. Nasiraan ung jeep halfway the trip kaya naglakad kami, so it took almost 40 minutes for us to arrive to the campsite.

More pics…..

Welcome to Teletubbies Land

The Silhouette Group Photo

Before Descending…

Mt. Gulugod-Baboy, Mabini-Anilao, Batangas
July 25-26.

“This was the next (and last) climb I had with L2S_MOC after I resigned
from Link2Support, and my last was almost a year ago, Oct, 2003.
Na-miss ko ung activities, ung pagod, ung struggles habang umaakyat.
But once you’re on top, ang sarap ng feeling, you felt like an ACHIEVER
for having reach the mountain’s peak. It pays all the hardwork and pagod
and all when you see the views from below. Feeling me ang close close mo
sa nature, everything’s so peaceful…calming every nerve endings on your body.
You could really sing ‘I’m on the top of the world….’
Mt. Tarak, Mariveles, Bataan
October 12-13, 2003

The Mystique Falls
Nakita lang namin tong Falls na ito thru our binocam.
I don’t know kung sa kabilang side na ito ng mountain, ang haba kasi ng
mountain na ito but one thing is sure, at the foot of this falls, we
could find the Papaya River, which is situated midway the trek
(the last portion of the Mt. Tarak section were pics taken while we
were in Papaya River). There were also alotta hawks soaring in the sky….
Ang ganda ganda!

The Lucky 13
Boyet – sitting, Ruthie, Aimz, Malen, Sally, Jes (behind Sally),
Chaya(waving his hands at the back), Al, Me (behind Al), Stauss, Billy and Robbie
Mt. Tarak, Mariveles, Bataan
October 12-13, 2003
At the port, Orion, Bataan.
Just a ride from here and presto, nasa jumpsite n kami!
Pero we had to walk an hour (sa ilalim ng sinag ng araw) to arrive sa actual
jumsite….and prepared ourselves for a 6-hour walkathon and climbathon up to the
ridge/actual camp site of Mt. Tarak. Gudlak! 6 am ung call time namin sa
CCP and we have to ride a ferry papunta sa Orion. Thas was atuaclly my
first time to ever ride an actual vehicle/ship (whatever!) in a body of water —-
sa dagat pa…The trip wasn’t actually long – mga 45 mins lang but

I was really very nervous, kasi nga takot akong malunod. I kept on asking

kung pano gamitin ung life vest (hahaha…paranoid!) pero halfway the trip

na-enjoy ko den, I even went to the ferry’s tailend at tiningnan ung seawater –

sarap sa feeling and hindi naman nakakahilo!

The Pro’s
Al, Ruthie, Aimz, Pring (behind Aimz), Malen, me, Sally, Robie, Jes and Boyet
Before leaving. CCP complex.Trekking

apunta na kami sa jumpoff…I told you, naglakad talga kami sa initan for almost an

hour…..First time pa naman ni Al, to!

Pahinga muna sandali!
Kelangan, nakasmile talga ako. a!Pauwe na kami, after spending the night sa itaas ng bundok kung saan

tanaw na tanaw mu ung Corregidor Island. Pero picture taking muna.

Wacky Take One

Wacky Take Two
Pababa na kami, I can’t wait to wallow(tampisaw…ahahaha) na sa Papaya River.

ag-stop over daw kami dun for an hour or two so, 6 hours na naman ito…..
Papaya River

Sarap maligo dun!

\Anlamig ng water at ang linis linis den, parang Taytay Falls sa Majayjay, Laguna.

The Group Pic

Ang saya-saya!
Mt. Maculot, Cuenca, Batangas
September 11-12, 2003

The scenery ….

The Taal Volcano


Ako at si Aimz..Bow…
Paakyat sa Mt. Maculot.

At the Rockies.

Scenic discoveries…
6am call time. Bago mag-breakfast, we went to Rockies first.

Medyo malakas ang hangin pero okay lang, mukha namang masarap akyatin yun

(despite the famous ghost story of “Maricris” – ipagtanong nio n lang sa mga

blue-blooded mountaineer ung story nia, evryone knows that!)!

And hindi kami nagkamali…..ung mga pics sa itaas were taken while we were at Rockies.

Embracing Diversity…(hehehe)
Malen and Robbie (kayo ba?), ako (representing an ethnic tribe from North?),

Rob (wala lang), Pring (masaya? di halata, a), Aimz (yo! parang hiphop, a),

Ruthie (Jemaah Islamiyah – harharhar) and Boyet (D’ Alien).

The Statue Of…Boyet????!!!!!

The tribe’s princesses….

The Silhoutte Shot
Taytay Falls, Majayjay, Laguna
July 26-27, 2003
First ever outdoor activity of L2S_MOC.

When we were on the way sa swimming/camping site, we couldn’t help but exclame

“Wow” and “Great” when we see how clear the water is. As in,

ang linis-linis…very envigorating….When we saw the actual falls,

“My God, heavens…” Gusto ko kaagad maligo, but then, we have to set our tent,

or things pati na ung pagkain namin….And oh….after 10 mis,

lumalangaoy na sila….(ako lubog lubog lang….don’t know how to swim, e!)

And, anlamig ng tubig, ang sarap maligo.
Tabing Ilog…
Sa ilog, ang mundo’y tahimik…….

The Jacuzzi Shot
Ligo Tayo…sarap sarap!

Dos Mestizos

The Breakfast

The Breakfast Club
Jes, Ken, Ruthie, Robbie and me (super short pa ung hair ko ditoh!)

The Bebots
Lasing or Puyat?

Going Home

Sino bang nag-shot nito? Ang tanga-tanga ng timer/digicam at tripod ni Sally!!!!

Link2Support Gallery

***Reminiscin’ the good old times…..


Me and Jahnays….

Jahnays is one of my college friends and I dare say she’s already “tested”, to stick with you thru thick and thin…She was with me when I was facing a very hard situation way back in Link2 (forgot to mention that apart from being a housemate in college, we were officemates and teammates in Link2Support). She never left me and encouraged me by not simply saying that life is hopeless but by her mere presence ( I badly needed support, then) She’s right. Indeed that life is good and definitely not HOPELESS! So here I am now, STRONGER and even HAPPIER….Kudos to ya!

Me and Rochele…at Seattles Best in Eastwood

Florivie, my orig mamush and me,
Miss n kita, TL! of Link2Support
Jan 4, 2005

With the original Montanara babes of Link2Support, Jan 4, 2005 L2S_MOC, the mountaineering body of Link2Support
Malen, Ruthie, me and Aimz



Down to memory lanes ang drama…If I am this depressed or frustrated, masarap mag-reminisce nang mga good times with friends, ung mga good memories mo with them (like the one above that was created by Malen, one of my closest friends in Link2Support – it was actually a draft she created where she put in all the pictures of the Magnificent 9 – the orig membes of L2S_MOC) Names in order of appearance : Sally, Jes, Amy, Ken, Malen, Boyet, Robbie, Ruthie and me – na obvious n naliligo…..(shit..parang production piece)

The background is an actual photo of the Taytay Falls, Majayjay, Laguna taken July 26, 2003. Sarap mag-swimming dun, anlamig ng water sobra…and ung water as in super linis…super linaw…Crystal water talaga!

Ready to go home…One last shot before leaving Taytay Falls.


Pix below showcase my talent…(harharhar)as a (hmmm…yabang!) mountaineer!

Mt. Maculot, Cuenca, Batangas
September 11-12, 2003
(standing Boyet – green jacket, Aimz)
(sitting from left – Ruthie, Malen, ako and Pring)
at The Rockies with L2S_MOC
Mt. Maculot, Cuenca, Batangas (Sep, 2003)

The “Silhouette Shot”
Rockies, Mt. maculot… Kala nio dapit-hapon, noh and the sun is bidding goodbye? Nope, around 6-7am, to! Medyo cloudy lang nun. The scenery is great, overlooking Taal Lake and the volcano itself, ang ganda ganda talga…the view from below is really marvelous….

Mt. Tarak, Mariveles, Bataan
October 12-13, 2003.

The “Babes” of L2S_MOC:
Ruthie, Malen, Al, AImz, me and Sally.

Mt. Tarak, Mariveles, Bataan
October 11-12, 2003 (Birthday ako sa bundok!)
From left to right : Malen, Ruthie, ako, Aimz, Sally and Strauss
We were descending any moment then at nag-pose kami…wala lang!

Mt. Gulugod Baboy, Mabini-Anilao, Batangas
July 25-26, 2004
Anniversary Fun Climb
(One year n ang L2S_MOC….yahoo!)

The scenery….

L2S_MOC : Dette (orange cap), Malen (red scarf on head), Alma (black cap), Grace (sumisilip from behind), Dada (white scarf), Bryan, Peso, Ken, Amiz, Me, Robbie (middle), Es, Ruthie, Strauss (sitting, in blk shirt), Rico and Boyet (noo n lang ang na-capture ng cam).

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