Treating myself with a view of the Kitanglad mountain ranges, impressive pine trees and vast mowed grass, I am at Del Monte Golf Club– I am somehow disappointed because I wasn’t able to visit Dahilayan Nature Park, not that I’m dying to try the longest zipline in the Philippines, but because there is no public transportation going there from Camp Phillips. There are available multi-cab (Php1,300) and habal-habal (Php300) (motorcycle) but poor me, I cannot afford it at that time or will not pay that amount just to see the raved nature park. Maybe they think that everyone who wants to fly like Superman have a car/van service.
I tried my best to still visit the place as I am 15 kilometers close to it already. I waited for about an hour, making the thumbs up sign, hoping I can hitch a ride but to no avail. Frustrating as habal-habals continue to tout me of offers, I resolved not to give in. I would love to run that distance but I’m too tired for the non-stop adventures I just did the past days. So, a bit frustrated, just a little bit, because I did’t see Dahilayan. I’m not planning to ride its zipline anyway so I need a back-up plan.
Unlike Marky of NomadicExperiences, I wasn’t able to ride the longest zipline. Marky says “bleehhh.”
It’s okay, I will not die if I didn’t see it.
As far as I know there are hundreds of zipzones scattered around the archipelago and counting. As if we are a nation addicted to zipline rides or are we trying to make another world record- “The most ziplines in the country.” Hmmmmm….
Anyway, I hope that whoever is in-charge of tourism development of the Philippines would look into this. It’s actually a pain in the ass to visit CDO, Baguio, Iligan, Bukidnon, Corregidor, Danao, Subic and even Catanduanes offering all the same stuff- ZIPLINE, ZIPLINE, and more ZIPLINES. Btw, there is a plan to put up a zipline in Mantigue Island, Camigiun. Is there anything else? Haaaaayyyy naku!
Last time I checked, we have lots to offer to visitors, we have 7,107 islands ready to be explored offering a wide array of adventure. How about a leisurely mountain trek at Dahilayan? Or at least provide a regular public transportation going there. 🙂
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NORTHERN MINDANAO ESCAPADE. This post is part of a series born out of my adventures in Region X last January 19-25, 2011. I also challenged myself to live within Php500 or less/day budget (food, transportation, accommodation, etc.) as I am preparing for my “The Cheapest 100 Days of Backpacking around the Philippines.”
CDO- The Ride of my Year / Divisoria & Night Market
Iligan City- Ma.Cristina Falls: A Dream Fulfilled / Tinago Falls: The Best Waterfalls So Far