Goodbye 2013.


Thank God for motorcycling, I am able to reach places I’ve only dreamed about and explore the beauty of our country. My last hurrah for 2013: The highest point in the Philippine Highway system in Atok, Benguet. It was quite fulfilling to travel this far and enjoy the breathtaking views. We are all blessed, happy new year! Live Free

Panagbenga 2013 – “Session Road in Bloom”

Experience Session Road at its busiest time of the year.

Showcasing different regional products on display, as well as thousands and thousands of people converging at Baguio City’s famous Session Road. This is “Session Road in Bloom.”

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The Extreme Northern Loop – August 11, 2012

I’ve been missing out on all the riding action lately. Busy with a lot of stuff…and busy planning my next ride.

So here it is The Extended Northern Luzon Loop: Manila – Bulacan – Pampanga – Tarlac – Pangasinan – La Union – Ilocos Sur – Abra – Ilocos Norte – Apayao – Cagayan – Isabela – Quirino – Nueva Vizcaya – Benguet (via Aritao) – Nueva Vizcaya – Nueva Ecija – Bulacan – Manila.

My very own 15 province tour. I plan on visiting mostly museums in this trip, and capture pictures of memorabilia hundreds of years old.

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Up North: Maharlika & Halsema: Kalinga-Ifugao-Mt.Province-Benguet. 1141 km. Solo Ride

What better road to break in your new bike, than the one up in the mountains so I decided to tour the Cordilleras, and traverse the very beautiful Maharlika and the scenic Halsema highway. When I did my Solo North Loop last year, it was a different experience altogether, so this time, to make it different, I wanted to visit the beautiful provinces, at the middle of the map, Kalinga Province in particular.

I didn’t know what to expect, which made it even more interesting for me.

Some pictures.

From Manila up to San Jose, Nueva Ecija, it was quite a boring 3 hour ride. Had my breakfast in Cabanatuan then proceeded straight to San Jose. After San Jose, that’s when the experience starts. Beautiful mountains both on your sides.

Just outside San Jose.

Region 2 tower in Nueva Vizcaya. Monument to give tribute to our Chinese comrades in WWII

Had my first gas stop in Solano, Nueva Vizcaya (after 304 kms).

A sample of one of the road accidents I encountered… this one’s just after Solano.


Reached Santiago, Isabela at about 4 PM so that gives me 2 hours before sundown. I wanted to reach Tabuk, Kalinga with the sun still up because I actually do not know how is it travelling there at night, with all the stories that we hear in the news about that province. Was on full throttle for almost two hours when I reached the town of Quezon in Isabela, a couple of kilometers before the left turn going up to Tabuk.

There were alternating police and military checkpoints every 5 kilometers going to Tabuk. I’m not surprised why.

While I was travelling in pitch black (headlights on of course, I know) there were a lot of animals on the road. It was hard to drive like this, add the fact that you are going up in zigzags. This was probably the only city I’ve been to which had a lot free roaming animals on the main highway – cats, dogs, pigs, chickens, cows, goats, etc. Dmax gave me the warning not to hit any animals on the road, or else…

Upon arrival, one would see a big white Carabao in the middle of the road, signalling your arrival in Tabuk, Kalinga.

Immediately asked for directions from a tricycle driver on how to get to Davidson Hotel. I did not make any reservations, so thank God there were vacancies. 1100 Php per night.

Took a bath then proceeded to their Coffee Shop/Restaurant to chill out and rest.

They are selling Musang Coffee in this place.

This is what I had for my late dinner. Ilocanong Pinakbet with rice. The hotel staff were kind enough to give me a complimentary extra rice, on the house. They said the viand was good for 4, and true enough, I was not able to finish it all, inspite of my hunger for the past 6 hours.

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700 km October 2010 Baguio via Nueva Ecija Solo-Tandem Ride

Sharing pics from my most recent ride – Metro Manila to Baguio City via Nueva Ecija
Left Paranaque at 1 pm and took the SJDM – Norzagaray – Nueva Ecija route… mas mahaba pala to ng sobra sobra… lakas ng ulan sa North so had a lot of stopovers. Lesson Learned: Take McArthur instead.

Came from the night shift so antok na ako pagdating sa Nueva Ecija. Reached Shell Sison at 11 pm na dahil sa malakas na ulan… decided to sleep it out instead sa gas station of taking the risk of having an accident at Kennon Road. Left for Baguio at 5 AM and touched down around 6:30 am after having breakfast sa Kennon.


Inabot ng ulan sa Nueva Ecija…


Road Courtesy


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