Mt. Tagapo as seen from BinangonanThe province of Laguna boasts the largest lake in the Philippines, Laguna de Bay. At the center of this lake is the largest lake island called Talim Island.
The hilly island is within the boundaries of Rizal, under the jurisdiction of two municipalities. The western side is part of Binangonan, while the eastern section is part of Cardona.
Talim Island is volcanic in origin and forms the southwest rim of Laguna Caldera. On this island lies Mt. Tagapo, also called Mt. Susong Dalaga. From the towns of Laguna, you can readily spot the peak of Mt. Tagapo, which indeed has the form of a young woman’s breast.
To get to Mt. Tagapo, we rode a Binangonan-bound jeepney at the EDSA-Crossing terminal. Arriving at the Binangonan port at 8:45 a.m., we hopped on a pump boat which would take us to Brgy. Janosa via Laguna de Bay. The boat left the dock at 9:30 a.m. and touched down at the jump-off point (Brgy. Janosa dock) at 11 a.m. Here we met Archie, our guide.
At the Mt. Tagapo base camp, we paid the registration fee and signed the logbook. Then, off we went.
We took a breather beside the famous mango tree at 11:45 a.m. At another large tree around noon, we consumed our packed lunch and took photos of great nature views.
With the peak already visible from afar, we rested at the campsite area at 1 p.m. Here you could see a breathtaking view of the tall grass surrounding the mountain being “pushed” by strong winds. Such a sight to see!
employees, family members and friends attended the HR Council-Lopez Lifelong Wellness Walk the Talk (WTT) held at Makiling Botanic Gardens (MBG) within the University of the Philippines Los Baños campus on April 22. MBG was built in September 1965 to support professional instruction and research related to forestry and plant sciences. It serves the needs of ecotourism as well as the educational and recreational needs of the general public. It is part of the Mt. Makiling Forest Reserve (MMFR), which is an ASEAN Heritage Park.
Sponsored by Energy Development Corporation (EDC), Lopez Holdings Corporation and OML Center, the WTT began with EDC’s JP Tiglao delivering the invocation. Jun Dumlao of EDC led the recitation of the Lopez Credo and Values, while OML Center executive director Marianne Quebral welcomed the participants to the event. Dr. Rogelio Andrada, head of MBG and deputy director of Makiling Center for Mountain Ecosystem or MCME, offered an introduction of MBG and MMFR. This was followed by a report on different ecotourism sites courtesy of ABS-CBN
Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation Inc.’s Pirkko Alcantara. First Balfour’s Anchel Cruz discussed the usage of ecobricks, plastic bottles that are filled with nonbiological waste to create reusable building blocks. The birthday celebrants for the month of April were then recognized. Serving as the day’s emcee was OML Center’s Marianna Vargas. To warm up the participants, Trini Trinidad of the Rockwell Club took them through a stretching and exercise routine. Before tackling the four-kilometer trail, everyone listened
to the safety briefing given by August Villalon from the EDC Emergency Preparedness Disaster Response Unit. Since the WTT also fell on Earth Day 2017, OML Center put together some activities organized around climate change information and disaster response and resilience building; these were conducted at the main activity area and along the route of the WTT. These activities aimed to inform and educate participants about addressing climate change in their own little way. The theme of this year’s Earth Day is Environmental and Climate Change Literacy.
Give Mom a break
A breakfast break, that is. Mom’s in for a treat as Dad and the kids collab on a super breakfast in bed for the queen of the house. Will it be waffles, pancakes or toast? Dark Chocolate Waffles Ingredients: 2 c all-purpose flour; 1/2 c unsweetened cocoa powder; 1/4 c (packed) brown sugar; 2 tsp baking powder; 1 tsp baking soda; 1 tsp kosher salt; 3 large eggs, separated; 2 c buttermilk; 1/2 c olive oil; 1 tsp vanilla extract; 6 oz bittersweet chocolate (at least 70% cacao), finely chopped; nonstick vegetable oil spray; and unsalted butter and warm pure maple syrup (for serving) Procedure: 1. Preheat oven to 250 °F. Whisk flour, cocoa powder, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the center and add
egg yolks, buttermilk, oil and vanilla. Blend with a fork and then gradually incorporate dry ingredients, mixing just until combined. 2. Using an electric mixer on mediumhigh speed, beat egg whites in a small bowl until soft peaks form. Working in two batches, fold egg whites into batter just until combined. Fold in chocolate. 3. Heat a waffle iron until very hot; lightly coat with nonstick spray. Working in batches, cook waffles until cooked through. Transfer to a wire rack set inside a baking sheet, cover loosely with foil and keep warm in oven until ready to serve. 4. Serve waffles with butter and syrup. (Batter with egg whites can be made four hours ahead. Cover and chill.) Bacon Egg-In-A-Heart Ingredients: 4 slices bacon; 2 slices
bread; 2 tbsp butter; 2 eggs; kosher salt; freshly ground black pepper; and 1 tbsp chopped parsley Procedure: 1. Preheat oven to 400 ⁰F. 2. Cut each strip of bacon into five-inch pieces then fold in half lengthwise. Take two folded strips and shape them into a heart. Place on a baking sheet and bake until crispy, about 12-15 minutes. Place each crispy bacon heart over the bread and cut out a heart shape from the bread. 3. Melt butter in a large ovenproof skil
Text and photos by Gerbs de Castro
let over medium heat. Add the bread and toast until golden on one side. Flip the bread and add bacon hearts to the center of each piece of bread. Crack eggs into the centers of the bacon hearts. Sprinkle eggs with salt and pepper. Transfer skillet to oven and cook until egg whites are set, about five minutes. Blueberry-Flax Buttermilk Pancakes Ingredients: 1 1/2 c all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled); 1/4 c ground flaxseed; 2 tbsp sugar; 1 1/4 tsp baking powder; 1/4 tsp baking soda; 1/4 tsp fine salt; 1 1/2 c buttermilk; 1 large egg, lightly beaten; 1 tbsp unsalted butter, melted, plus more for skillet and serving; and 1 c fresh or frozen blueberries Procedure: 1. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, flaxseed, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add buttermilk, egg and butter and whisk until just moistened (batter should have some lumps; do not over
After the brief break, we started the assault on the peak amidst the tall grassy trail, wherein if you look back, you could also view nature in all its splendor.
Reaching the summit at 1:30 p.m., 395 meters above sea level, there is a 360-degree view allowing you to see other mountains such as Mt. Sembrano and Mt. Makiling, as well as Laguna de Bay.
Back at the jump-off area at 3:30 p.m., we refreshed ourselves at the house of the guide and ate various forms of street food being peddled.
Pump boats arrive at the dock at certain times only, and we departed around 5:30 p.m. Mt. Tagapo is just one of the easy-level mountains which is not that popular; even Talim Island is such an underrated place. All I can say is that Mt. Tagapo is a very good mountain to trek. (Excerpted from http:// larga-bista.blogspot.com)