The Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Sea and Earth Advocates (SEA) Camp recently convened 25 Filipino youth from across the Philippines at the Subic Bay Freeport Zone for a week-long workshop on environmental conservation. YSEALI SEA Camps, organized by Save Philippine Seas (SPS) in partnership with the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines, are leadership and environmental training programs that empower youth to take action on environmental issues in their home communities, across the Philippines, and around the ASEAN region.
During the SEA Camp, participants built their leaders ...
Mount Balingkilat and Nagsasa Cove getaway located in Zambales province.
Mt. Balingkilat "The Mountain of Thunder"
Jumpoff: Sitio Cawag Settlement, Subic Town
LLA: 14.89 N, 120.11 E (est.), 1100 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: 1-2 days / 4-6 hours
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 5/9, Trail class 1-4
Mt. Balingkilat is one of the highest peaks in the Zambales coastal mountain ranges and coves area which stands at an altitude of 3600 ft. above sea level. American naval servicemen who once served in Subic Naval Base used to call it as the "Pointed Peak" but the indigenous people (Aetas) prefer to call it as Mt. Balingkilat which means "Mountain of Thunder".
Since our hike was a planned traverse to Nagsasa Cove, we started the trek at 3am (traverse time is 12 to 13 hours and is usually an overnight hike, we finished it in 11.5 hours as a day hike). The first part of the trail is composed o ...
Pop quiz! What do you get when a jetski and a surfboard got married and had a baby?
That wonderful contraption is what made my weekend so much fun. Jetboards are self-powered boards, made of fiberglass or carbon fiber material. Also known as electronic boards, they are shorter than the shortboards used in surfing. They are also thicker to accommodate the batteries and the engine, an impeller similar to a jet ski, which creates thrust that propels it forward. They are use for surfing even when there is virtually no waves to push the board.
Jutting out front is a semi-flexi ...
Environmentalists confirmed the existence of the ginkgo-toothed beaked whale (Mesoplodon ginkgodens) in Philippine waters.
A report of the Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines (MWWP) and Balyena.org said the discovery brings the number of cetaceans (creatures such as whales and dolphins) occurring in the Philippines to 27.
The Mesoplodon ginkgodens was first found alive in the shallow shores of Sitio Matang-ib, Cawag, Subic, Zambales on April 20 last year.
The gingko-toothed beaked whale, which unfortunately died the next day was misidentified as a Blainville's beaked whale by Oce ...