Botolan News

  • Pursuing Pinatubo

    A good friend listens to your adventures. A best friend makes them with you.

    Those who want to do a Pinatubo dayhike via Sta. Juliana, Capas, be prepared. Prepared for the adrenaline and exhausting 4x4 vehicle ride, prepare for countless river crossing, and lastly, be prepare to the high cost of fees and everything they sold and offer there. The P 700.00 fees collected in the Botolan area is too high, the cold soda sold in the crater cost was also too much. A 500 ml soda cost P 100.00. Yes, I am serious. Even the shower fee was high compared to the usual P 20.00 they collect from other moun ...

  • Such Is A Beautiful Destruction Mt Pinatubo

    I guess some things are destructive yet beautiful.

    If you happen to ask me, Are you up to a 4×4 experience, I wouldn't think twice and say YES, but after that one hour grueling experience in Mt Pinatubo, I'll just gladly response to you, "No, thanks, been there done that."

    I'm not complaining here, with that view, I'm totally speechless.

    One couldn't ask for more, that 7kms walk in the open and the strong sun hit you by mid day. It's totally worth a hike!

    I'm happy me, because i'm starting 2017 with a BANG!

  • Mount Pinatubo Day Trekking With A Toddler

    The Philippines can be such an intimidating place to travel with kids but fear not — we're here to prove you wrong. In fact, we brought our toddler for a day trek to Mt. Pinatubo in Zambales.

    Although we love to DIY our travels, we, unfortunately, could not because of the expenses. Renting a 4×4 to Mt. Pinatubo costs around ₱3,000 and can carry about 4-5 passengers. Definitely waaaay beyond our budget for this 2-person trip.

    Also read: Taal Volcano: What to Know Before Climbing the World's Shortest Volcano

    Thankfully, my research skills paid off when I found Majestic Mount Pi ...

  • Mount Pinatubo Appetizer

    It was planned long ago, an item on my bucket list. So when all aspects were ready, I took the chance to book. I have my buddy, we have our funds, we set the date. All were prepared strategically (having the meetup place near our office). We were ready, but unfortunately, the tour was not.

    I rarely experience cancelled tours. Weather's a bitch, didn't see that coming. But to put us on the level of excitement where all that's needed is a little more push, we got so frustrated and unaccomplished. It goes well in the beginning. We meet up at McDo, been on the road for 3 hours, greeted by the c ...

  • Snapshot Of Mt Pinatubo

    Towering at 1480 meters above sea level, it is famous for its Plinian/ Ultraplinian eruption on June 15, 1991, historically the second most cataclysmic volcanic eruption of the 20th century. Mt. Pinatubo remains to be one of the most active stratovolcano in the country. Located inside the Cabusilan Mountain Range, it lies near the tripoint of Zambales, Tarlac and Pampanga.

    How To Get There:
    ● Take any Bus that will pass by Dau, Pampanga and alight at the Mabalacat Bus Terminal. Travel time 1-1.5hrs depending on traffic conditions.
    ● Charter a Jeepney that will take you to the ...

  • Mt Pinatubo Adventure

    I am not really into hiking but I think you should visit Mt. Pinatubo at least once in your lifetime. It is part of our history and should not stop by reading and checking photos on internet – you should see for yourself.

    Our group left Nueva Ecija (where we stayed overnight) around 3am and arrived at the tourism office past 5am. We had packed breakfast courtesy of Don Franco's family, we ate first while waiting for our contact. We had it pre-arranged, the package is P1,500 including 4×4 ride, environmental and guide fee.

    But wait there's more, you have to pay another P750.00 entranc ...