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Ivory Beach Resort Calatagan: Relaxing Beach Escapade [UPDATED 2019]

Ivory Beach Resort in Calatagan is one of the serene places to go to in Batangas. You may not always catch the high tide but still, this beach resort is good for those who want to escape the hustle and bustle of the busy city.

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Can you wake me up when September ends?

Can’t believe it’s already the end of September. As cliche as this may seem, time really passes by so fast and we really have to make the most out of it.

That’s why I pushed with my Calatagan getaway! Fortunately, my best friend is from this peaceful and beach blessed town.

Lately, the sea and the mountains are calling me.

I have been longing for quiet times where I would just write my thoughts and places in the past months and glad I took a leap of faith in this area. I conquered two mountains already, Mt. Maynoba and Mt. Ulap.

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And now, I am conquering beaches!

Not the populated ones though, but the peaceful and laid back beaches like Ivory Beach Resort in Calatagan, Batangas. 

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Along Calatagan beach resorts (Manuel Uy Resort, Stilts Calatagan Resort, Burot Beach, and Playa, Calatagan) lies Ivory Beach Resort in Calatagan, Batangas.

This peaceful and Talisay-blessed resort is perfect for those who want to spend the rest of the night in a tent or just to stay hours to enjoy the serenity of the vast beach space.

If you really want to have that peaceful stay with a few other beachgoers, we suggest that you try Ivory Beach Coast Calatagan.


How to Get to Ivory Beach Resort from Calatagan Bayan

From Calatagan Bayan, it will approximately take you less than 30 minutes to this hidden beach resort via tricycle.

Tricycle Fare to Ivory Resort: PHP 100/pax

Bus Fare to Calatagan: PHP 160/pax

Van Fare to Calatagan: PHP 180/pax

It’s a bit far from Calatagan Bayan so please, wag na nating baratin sila Kuya driver. 🙂


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The Ivory Beach Calatagan Resort

Angelic (my best friend) and I arrived at the beach at 1:00 in the afternoon already as we prepared some food and also went to the grocery to grab some snacks and drinks.

Being a beach lover, what I appreciate more about the place is its exclusivity. 

I can actually compare this beach to the virgin beaches in my hometown, Masbate.

Also, although there are a number of pitched tents in the area, still, the feeling of peace and stillness of the place is there.

Or maybe because I was just too focused on how lovely the ocean is. Even if low tide siya. Hehe.

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Ang peaceful. Ang ganda. Gusto ko din ‘tong time na ‘to na parang uulan sya.


The water was not high when we arrived. Sad because we weren’t able to fully enjoy the beach.

But, we enjoyed cooking/roasting or should I say ‘toasting’ hotdogs. Haha! We had a very lovely chef by the way. Love how she made our hotdogs so yummy!

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Going back to the beach, I also love that this resort is blessed with trees that bring shade to the beachgoers. It also has tables and some areas have hammocks as well. Not sure though if it was brought by the guests as well.

Ivory Beach Resort Entrance Fee: PHP 100

Tent Pitch: 500


Read Also: Animasola Island Rock Formation | Island Hopping in Burias, Masbate

Who doesn’t love pictures?

Angelic and I are fond of taking each other’s photos (even if sometimes we get pissed at each other. Haha.)

Because the heavy rain is about to start (sad part because we had to leave), we quickly went to the beach and took photos although the water is really low.

After a couple of shots, the rain already started to pour. 

Looking for Calatagan beach resorts? Check this list.


Although we stayed for just two hours because it started to rain, my heart was still filled with so much happiness.

It has actually been my greatest joy ever since to be in the beach while raining.

All the more when I am already swimming! Huhu! That’s why it was hard for me to leave earlier. I wish I could still see the rain over this vast beach as it gives me the feeling of peace and joy each time I see the calm waters and the pouring rain combined.

I wish I can stay but I can’t.

But still, I left the beach with a happy heart, thanking God for another prayer fulfilled – to be with nature again and to experience the rain at the beach.

Special thanks to Concepcion Family!

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Mt. Ulap, Itogon, Benguet (Ultimate Dayhike & Budget Guide) – [UPDATED 2019]

Mt. Ulap Dayhike | Detailed itinerary

If you are a close friend of mine, I guess you would know how much I love Mt. Ulap in Itogon Benguet that whenever someone is asking me what’s the best mountain to climb, the answer is an instant ‘MT. ULAP’ with a big smile on my face, reminiscing my magical, foggy, and cold hikes.

I have been to this mountain twice already (see blog here) and it still feels like my first time! Maybe because of the cold weather, New Zealand feels, the pine trees, or maybe because she heard my prayers during my first hike. Haha!

Weird but I feel like I have a deeper ‘connection’ to this mountain that I can’t explain and understand. Yes, you can call me a weirdo! Haha.

Really glad that I went out of my comfort zone and decided to climb mountains (because I wanna try something new because, hello heartbreak! LOL!) last May 2017 in Mt. Maynoba! My bucket list is rejoicing!

Anyway, if you are looking for a chill hike, cold weather, beautiful green mountain ranges, and rolling hills, YOU.NEED.TO.SEE. Mt. Ulap


If you are up to a challenge, definitely Mt. Ulap dayhike is for you. Here are some details of Mt. Ulap together with the itinerary and things to expect so you can prepare for your climb.

    Itogon, Benguet
    Entry point:
     Brgy. Ampucao, Itogon
    Exit point: Brgy. Sta. Fe, Itogon
    LLA: 16.2904 N, 120.6312 E, 1846 MASL (Mt. Ulap)
    Days required / Hours to summit: 1 day / 2-3 hours
    Specs: Difficulty 3/9, Trail class 1-3,
    Features: Grassland and pine ridges, scenic views of the Cordilleras, burial caves
    Source: Pinoy Mountaineer

Mt. Ulap Summit

My mountaineer friend organized a Mt. Ulap dayhike since he also wants his friends to witness the beauty of this mountain. Fortunately, I got slots for me and my friend, Arlyn!

We are 15 in the group and since we divided the expenses, we only paid P860 each. 

Mt. Ulap Dayhike Expenses and Rates

Below are the inclusions for our 860 pesos DIY hike to Mt. Ulap.

Inclusions for P860 
– Rented Van Service 18 seater (Roundtrip)
– Environmental Fee
– Trail Head Registration Fee
– Local Guide Fee

Here’s also a breakdown of Mt. Ulap rates from our Tour Guide, Edu Losnong, if you are planning to do Mt. Ulap dayhike

Registration Fee
– 18-59 yrs old: P100
– 13-17 yrs old: P20
– Student with vaild ID: P50
– 12 yrs old and below: FREE
– Senior Citizen: FREE

Guide Fee
– Mt. Ulap Dayhike: P600
– Camping: P1000
*1 guide to 7 pax

Camping Fee
– P800 (Good for 10 pax)

Porter Fee
– One way: P500
– Two way: P800

Parking fee
– Mt. Ulap Dayhike: P50
– Mt. Ulap Camping: P70

You can also message Kuya Edu directly if you have questions. Please let him know that he’s highly recommended. 😉

Things to Bring

  • Head lamp/flash light
  • Trail water (2-3L)
  • Trail food
  • Packed lunch
  • Extra set of clothes
  • First aid kit
  • Toiletries
  • Sun/rain protection
  • Jacket
  • Plastic bag for your garbage 🙂
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Mt. Ulap DIY Itinerary


09:00PM – McDonald’s Greenfields District / Edsa Central (Beside Teleperformance) 

Since this is a Friday (Dec 23, 2017), Arlyn and I met at around 7PM at Greenfields. We ate dinner, talked and laughed about so many things, and bought snacks.

10:00PM – Departure from McDonald’s going to Ampucao, Itogon Benguet via rented van 

We waited until 10PM until we were complete. Since the other participants are from Zambales, they agreed to be picked up in Tarlac.

02:00AM – Arrival Sison, Pangasinan breakfast at Leeza’s restaurant, secure and buy food. 

I really don’t wanna go down and eat because I am so sleepy. I think I was not able to sleep in the van. Haha! But then, since Arlyn wanted to go and check the place, I accompanied her and ate breakfast. Leeza’s Restaurant is big but some employees were masungit na. Maybe because they’re tired and sleepy already.

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03:30AM – Arrival at Brgy. Ampucao | Registration | Secure Guides

And then, we finally arrived at Brgy. Ampucao! 🙂

It’s so cold! I know though that we will be having clear skies because there’s no fog in this area because comparing to my first hike, the place is full of fog, like 50% visibility only. I also love the vibe then! But this is a totally different experience.

We registered, bought tungkod (which I left somewhere afterwards), prepared our bags, and food. Don’t forget to use the comfort room! You don’t want to pee along the way, right? Hehe. I think they are getting 5 pesos per wiwi.

After some reminders from Drew and Kuya Edu, we said a little prayer and started our journey!

04:00AM – Start Trek (witness sunrise along the trail) 

The trek started with a long walk to the first ascend. Even though it’s cemented, the slope is still high and we were breathing heavily already. Haha!

For me, this spot is the very start of the hike. The wind was already starting to blow really hard and cold. Love it!

We had a couple of rests and photos. I also love how the sun starts to say hello to us.

This is my favorite trail — the trail to Amabanao Paoay! You will get to experience the rolling hills, how the sun kisses the mountains and all the pine trees. I love how the wind kisses my face as well..

Everything is really perfect that I just want to go back.

Super ganda nito sa personal. Can I just go back? Huhu.

Mr. Sunshine’s peaking already!

Dito ko narealize na matchy matchy ang cap ko at jacket ba ‘to. Haha.

Medyo nakakatakot ‘to. Konting push pa ng hangin, sa baba na ako pupulutin. Haha!

Wag na wag kakalimutang mag picture dito. Nakakatanggap, promise! Haha!

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07:00AM – Arrival Ambanao Paoay Peak 1

Contrary to the itinerary, I think we arrived at Ambanao Paoay Peak a little later then 5:30AM. I think Arlyn and I arrived at the peak at around 7AM since we are at the tail of the group, savoring every peaceful scene.

Love all the trees and trail along our way to Ambanao! One of my faves!

On our way to the 2nd peak, we got lots of New Zealand feels. Good thing we’re really at the tail of the group because the sweeper (Kuya Edu) is with us! Arlyn and I got lots of photos together as well because of Kuya Edu!

Yey! We’re here!

With our Kuya Edu.. Edu-Wow!

Wild berries!

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08:00AM – Arrival Gungal Rock Peak 2 | Rest | Photo ops

Because of the picturesque views and spots along the way, and we really love taking photos, we arrived at the Gungal Rock at around 8:00AM.

Mt. Ulap Gungal Rock

Mt. Ulap, Itogon, Benguet

09:30AM Arrival Mt. Ulap Summit Peak 3 | Full Rest

Mt. Ulap 3rd Peak

After around 9:30AM, we reached Mt. Ulap’s 3rd peak and got a really great view!

Mt. Ulap

Mt. Ulap

09:58AM | Start Descent to Brgy. Sta Fe

If there’s one thing I learned from my Mt. Ulap climb, it is we are sometimes too focused on the trail that we often forgot to stop, look around and appreciate the beauty of the trees, the cold wind, the flowers and the mountain. We always rant how tired we are already that we just want the climb to end.

Just like in life, oftentimes, we are too focused on the difficulties, of how hard our every day life is, of how we struggle so much with our work and with our relationships that we forgot how blessed we are still.

Anyway, it’s getting emotional already! Haha! Going back to the descent, there was one time when we stopped for over 15 minutes because we were waiting for some in the group. We sat on a big rock and just talked about life and how God made such wonderful trees, beautiful flowers, and perfectly made mountains.

Definitely God loves us so much that He created all these for us to enjoy and of course, to take care of.

12:30PM | Arrival at Sta. Fe Jump off, wash up, tidy up then travel to Baguio

At around 12:30PM, we already arrived at Sta. Fe. Arlyn and I together with Ate guide were the very first to arrive at the place! We quickly looked for our van to get our things, rested for a while and took a very cold bath afterward. Grabe, parang may yelo ang tubig nila! Haha! Very cold but very refreshing.

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1:30PM | Arrival Baguio City lunch at Goodtaste, City Tour, Buy pasalubong

After everyone’s ready already, off we wento Baguio for our sidetrip! Yey!

Of course, just like our first Mt. Ulap, we also ate at the Good Taste. If you’ll be going to Baguio never leave without eating out at Good Taste! Mabubusog kayo ng sobra without really spending much!

After lunch, we dropped by at the Burnham Park. While everyone’s busy buying pasalubongs and all, Arlyn and I opted to stroll around the park, bought strawberry taho and seated on the grass of their grandstand.

Burnham Park

05:30PM | Departure from Baguio, travel back to Manila

I love how this climb went and ended. Taho in my hand, green grass everywhere, a friend who is ready to listen with how cruel I am.. Haha! Love you, Arlyn!

Honestly one of the best climbs to date!

Burnham Park | Baguio after Mt. Ulpa day hike

11:00PM | Arrival back to Manila

This may be my second climb to Mt. Ulap but still, this mountain never fails to fascinate me.

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If you are looking for cheap hotels, inns, or lodges in Baguio, please refer to this blog list as we listed the cheapest hotel stays in Baguio City.

But see below some list of Baguio hotels:


Mt. Ulap will always be my forever love! I will never get tired of going back to this mountain. I promise myself that the 3rd time I’ll be going back here, I will bring a tent and stay overnight under the sky full of stars, cook Sinigang na Baboy (yes, I will!), and witness the sunrise.

Excited to go back! Will you come with me? Tara!

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Bataan Travel Guide: What To Do, Where to Eat, Where to Stay & Sample Itinerary

Traveling to Bataan was one of my best breathers after so many things on my plate for the past months.

It was actually just my second time to set foot in Bataan. First was a company outing which was like seven years ago and we just took a day out to Camayan Sands Hotel! So, when I got an invitation to explore the beauty of Bataan, I immediately said yes!

Of course, who wouldn’t want to explore the place known for the infamous Death March? After all, I feel like I have been so connected to the past after my Corregidor trip last March 2019.

Looking back and actually knowing more about the history, of what really happened, made me feel so connected and proud to be a Filipino.

Dalagang Pilipina, yeah! Hihi.

Hey, our ancestors fought so hard for this country to have what we have right now – freedom from the oppressors!

So despite all other things to be done during the weekend, I stand firm to my decision of saying yes to Bataan.

And yes, my Bataan escapade didn’t disappoint!

Lovely people, rich history, and delicious food – all these here in BATAAN. Shall we now travel to Bataan? 🙂


Before we get to the tourist spots to explore in Bataan, let me walk you through how to get to Bataan if you are coming from Manila.

  • By public transportation
    • From Manila, there are several bus companies that you can hop in going to Bataan. You may take Genesis, Bataan Transit, Sinulog and Victory Liner.
    • If you are taking a bus from Cubao or Avenida, the fare is around 200 pesos and the travel time is around 3 hours.
    • If you are going to Pilar, Orion, Limay, Cabcaben, and Mariveles, and not Balanga, take the Mariveles bus and not the Balanga so you can avoid long travel time.
    • See below table for the destinations and what bus’ signboard to hop in.
Signboard  Destination


Balanga Highway
Alongside the highway
City of Balanga

Orani – Balanga
Town Proper via National Road
City of Balanga 

Notes: Table above is from the Bataan Tourism Website

  • By private transportation
    • You can take either the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) or Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX). If you are coming from Manila, the toll fee is P157.00. The exit of NLEX is in San Fernando and straight ahead going to the peninsula of Bataan.
  • By sea
    • Yes! You read that right. You can go to Bataan via 1Bataan Integrated Transport System’s ferry boat!
    • Fare: P450 per way per head if booked online. P799 per way per head if walk-in.
    • Office Address: Sitio wain, Brgy. Biaan Mariveles, Bataan, 2105 Philippines
    • Mobile No.: 09176294766 (Globe) and 09088886849 (Smart)
    • Facebook Page:
    • See schedule below for Orion and Mariveles trips.

Check Bataan Resorts and Hotels HERE!


If you are looking for Bataan tourist spots, we placed everything for you in this travel guide! Check this out!

A. Visit Bataan’s Historical Places

There are a number of historical places in Bataan that you can explore. If you wanna know more about the World War II, Bataan is definitely a good start to know more about the past war.

1. Bataan Tourism Center

  • Location: Balanga, Bataan
  • Rate: FREE

Before I get to what’s inside Bataan Tourism Center, let me talk about the people working under the Tourism of Bataan.

Bataan is just so blessed to have loyal, bubbly, and hospitable people who ensure Bataan Province is always out there, available to the tourists and locals to explore.

Inside Bataan Tourism Center. Love their lobby!

Kudos to Sir , Sir Alan, and Ms. Paula for making sure that we enjoy our Bataan trip!

Anyway, going back, we highly encourage you to drop by the Bataan Tourism Center, the first and only one-stop-shop tourism center in the Philippines, before roaming around Bataan. They can definitely assist you more in maximizing your stay in the peninsula.

From L-R: Jon Espina(, Allan Gokongwei (, Ms. Paula Gayeta, Bataan Tourism Staff, Armela Patalud (, Sir Alan Balbuena and Sir Vandolph Manabat, Bataan Tourism Staff

You can also buy your pasalubong here as they have a souvenir shop inside the center.

2. Dambana ng Kagitingan (Shrine of Valor) – Mt. Samat

  • Location: Mt. Samat, Pilar, Bataan
  • Entrance Fee: PHP 20.00

The Shrine of Valor (Dambana ng Kagitingan) was built in memory of the heroic deeds of the Filipinos and Americans who fought hard and died for our country.

Dambana ng Kagitingan was built by the late President Marcos in April 1966.

Four years after, in 1970, Marcos opened the shrine to the public for them to also pay tribute to our fellow Filipinos and Americans.

At first, when I heard that we will be going to Mt. Samat, I thought we will really be climbing up the mountain! Haha! Good thing I realized that we were not informed to bring climbing gears. Turned out that we will go on top of Mt. Samat riding our van!

It was a surprise for me to see that there is actually a cemented going up the mountain! And, when we got to the top, I saw a few buildings and a lot of cars! Apparently, there was a Bisita Iglesia going on.

Learning that the cross atop of Mt. Samat was like 28 high, I thought, ‘How much was this made?’. And when I knew that there is actually an elevator built inside the cross (like really! There is!), I was astonished!

After a couple of minutes, we went up the cross.

I was never really afraid of heights. But when I was on top, I could feel that my feet are trembling.  ng ! 

But after a while, after all picture taking, I talked to my feet to stop shaking. Char! It was cold up there. At first I thought that they also have an aircon or something because it was really cold and windy.

From there, we saw the whole Bataan peninsula.

After a couple of shots, we went down alighting the small elevator. No need to worry if you fear the call of Mother Nature as this cross was built with a protection from lightning and earthquakes!

I have always heard about Bataan when we were roaming around Corregidor.

3. Bataan World War II Museum – Balanga

  • Location: Balanga Elementary School, Bataan
  • Rate: PHP 30.00

I was so curious and shocked when I learned that the area that used to be the place of horrendous killings is now actually an elementary school.

Remembering what our tour guide said, this used to be the place of when the Japanese people would kill Filipinos and Americans for even just a petty crime. Even babies were killed! They would usually throw the baby up in the air and stab them using their sword. I can’t bear to think about it!

Like, really?! Why! Haha! Buti hindi ako nag-school doon.Joke lang. Hihi.

Located at the Balanga Elementary School in Balanga City, the museum is a private initiative of HAS Club of Balanga Foundation.

After a short tour of the old buildings inside the school, we went straight to the Bataan World War II Museum and were welcomed by the staff of the center.

Afterward, we registered and watched a video of what happened during World War II in Bataan, the Death March and how the Bataan peninsula was surrendered to the Japanese invaders.

Still, with a heavy heart, we went around the first floor and saw the things that were used during the war. It was just so nice to see the very things that were used during the war. I can still remember the dog tags, helmets, plates, their , and many other things that symbolizes of our ancestors. 

While going up the second floor of the building, Sir Alan was explaining that this level was a collection of memorabilia by Mrs. Luz Banzon Magsaysay, the former First Lady from Balanga, donated by various individuals.

I can still picture in my mind the photo of the dead baby after it was killed by a Japanese using a sword. Remember the one I mentioned above about the Japanese throwing the baby up in the air? Yes, this was one of the many babies who died in the war and was not given the chance to see the world in bright colors.

4. Surrender Site Monument

  • Location: Balanga Elementary School, Bataan
  • Rate: FREE

Still inside the Balanga Elementary School, the Surrender Site Monument is just a few steps away from the Bataan World War II Museum.

In this area, this life-sized monument was built as a reminder of where Major General Edward P. King signed the instrument of surrender on April 9, 1942.

5. Zero KM Death March Markers

  • Location: Mariveles, Bataan
  • Rate: FREE

Wondering where the Death March started? In the shores of Mariveles, Bataan.

The reason why it was in Mariveles is that, during that time, they are waiting for the command of General Douglas McArthur who was in Corregidor. And because Mariveles was just a 15-minute ride going to and fro, the soldiers decided to wait in the shores of Mariveles.

However, because of the fall of Bataan, this marked the start of the infamous Death March of the American and Filipino soliders in 1942.

Other similar markers can also be found along the route to their final destination, Camp in Capas, Tarlac.

6. Philippine-Japan Friendship Tower

  • Location: Bagac, Bataan
  • Rate: FREE

After what happened during the World War II, Rissho Kosei Kai (RKK) of Japan in 1975, initiated the building of the Philippine-Japan Friendship Tower. This was established together with the Bataan Christian Youth Civic Circle (BCYCC) which symbolizes forgiveness, hope and restoration of relationships of both countries and brotherhood.

7. Bataan Technology Park

  • Location: Morong, Bataan
  • Rate: FREE

This 365 hectare area was the was the former site of the United Nations Philippines Refugee Processing Center.

After the fall of Saigon, this park became the home to the refugees from the neighboring countries (Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia) before they migrate to the United States, Australia, and Europe.

Bataan Technology Park houses the monuments that depicts friendship and culture of the three nations such as Angkor Wat, Khmer, Vietnamese Temple and the likes.

8. Plaza Mayor de Ciudad de Balanga

Plaza Mayor de Ciudad de Balanga is located in the heart of Balanga, Bataan. You will see the Plaza Hotel here, Balanga’s City Hall, and the Balanga Cathedral across the plaza.

The Plaza Hotel in Balanga City is an old architectural icon in the heart of Balanga, Bataan. The hotel’s facade will surely take you to the Spanish era with it’s unique and stunning features.

9. Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar

Located in Bagac, Bataan, Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar is a home to 17 restored old houses in this Spanish-inspired village.

Although the ambiance of the resort is a bit reserved and old, each villa is still equipped with modern amenities for their guests’ comfort. Located near the beach, their guests can enjoy swimming at the beach or watch the sunset by the shore with their family and friends.

Considered one of the best hotel and resorts in Bataan, Las Casa will surely give you an unforgettable experience that you will always want to go back to.

Photo credits: Agoda

B. Enjoy Nature in Bataan

Bataan is so much blessed, not just with culture and history, but with nature as well. You can do beaches and falls hopping here, climb different mountains and ridges, and many more! From beaches to mountains, everything you love are all here may you be a beach bum, or an adventure seeker mountaineer.

Below are just some of the eco-tourism spots that you can visit on your next gala in Bataan.

1. Pawikan Conservation Center – Morong

2. Balanga City Wetland and Nature Park – Tortugas, Balanga

3. Lumutan Falls – Bagac

4. Dunsulan Falls – Pilar

5. Tarak Ridge – Mariveles

6. Mt. Natib – Orani

C. Unleash the adventurous you with Bataan’s Sports and Adventure Activities

1. Mountain Bike Trails

Last March 31, 2019, we covered the Padyakan Festival in Pilar, Bataan. It was the 14th year of the festival and is held in line with the Araw ng Kagitingan commemoration.

Padyakan Festival, in particular, was a fun and exciting event to behold. From kids to , everyone is welcomed here. 

2. Mt. Samat Zipline

Surprisingly, Mt. Samat has indeed a zipline! But when we visited the last time, it is under maintenance. Sayang! But will definitely go back Mt. Samat and try their zipline since I learned that this is actually the longest in Central Luzon that offers a length of breathtaking experience.

Ugh. I miss ziplines!

3. Tree Hopping Adventure

Located at Dunsulan Park, Brgy. Diwa, Pilar, this Tree Hopping Adventure will thrill your bones to the max! Imagine going from one tree to another with just ropes to hold on to and pieces of small slabs to step in! But if you are a thrill-seeker like me, this should definitely be on your bucket list!


Ranging from budget inns, to mid-range and luxury hotels and resorts, Bataan all has these for all sorts of travelers.

Below are just some of the many hotels, resorts and villas in Bataan that you can check out when you visit the province.

1. Casa Veles Hotel

  • Location: Freeport Area of Bataan, Mariveles, Bataan
  • Room Rate Range: PHP 2,800 to PHP 3,000
  • Inclusions: Breakfast for two and (strong) WIFI

Casa Veles Hotel is a 21-room hotel in the heart of Bataan and is one of the first hotels inside the Freeport Area of Bataan’s commercial area.

So if you are looking for a place to stay after a very long day, I suggest you check-in at Casa Veles Hotel. Not only that it will give you a fresh welcome upon entrance to your room, but also, every corner of the hotel will give you that relaxing ambiance. Like asking you to just stay inside the room and tuck yourself inside the bed’s soft mattress.

With a very quiet ambiance, clean limited hotel rooms will surely make you feel home away from home. The industrial interior design will always be pleasing to the eyes.

2. Romalaine Inn

  • Location: Mariveles, Bataan
  • Room Rate Range: PHP 2,800 to PHP 3,000
  • Inclusions: Breakfast for two

If you are looking for a place to stay for the night, or to just put your bags for a very long day in Bataan, I recommend Romalaine Inn in Mariveles, Bataan.

What I noticed during our stay in Romalaine was they are more focused on events. They have a number of places catering to events. Even their pool has two stages for pool parties.

3. Juness Beach Resort

  • Location: Cabildo, Nagbalayong, Bataan, Bataan
  • Room Rate Range: PHP 1,700 to PHP 2,000
Book Juness Beach Resort HERE

Juness Beach Resort is located at Cabildo, Nagbalayong, Bataan, Bataan. This resort should be on top of your list if you’ll go swimming in Bataan. With its convenient location, you can go to many different tourist spots in Bataan.

4. Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar Hotel

  • Location: Brgy Ibaba, Bagac, Bataan, Bataan
  • Room Rate Starts: PHP 8,000
Book Las Casas HERE

Located in Bagac, Bataan, Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar is aome to 17 restored old houses in this Spanish-inspired village.

Although the ambiance of the resort is a bit reserved and old, each villa is still equipped with modern amenities for their guests’ comfort. Located near the beach, their guests can enjoy swimming at the beach or watch the sunset by the shore with their family and friends.


Listed here are just some of the many restaurants and cafes good for family and friends!

1. Cafe Industriya

  • Location: Lot A Commercial Area 8th Avenue AFABMariveles, Bataan
  • Price Range: P150 to P225

Cafe Industriya is the in-house coffee shop slash restaurant of Casa Veles Hotel Bataan. If you want to chill after a long day of exploring Bataan or if you are looking for a place to work, Cafe Industriya should be on your list!

The cafe has a very strong wifi connection, clean and green interior, with a very soothing acoustic music. I was actually saying to my blogger friends that if this cafe is near my place, it would probably be my new fave coffee shop.

2. Romalaine Cafe

  • Location: Mariveles, Bataan

If you want a budget-friendly restaurant, I would suggest Romalaine Cafe. Above all that we have eaten at , what I loved the most was their Pancit Bihon Guisado. Being so tired and hungry from a long day, the is a life saver.

3. TriHouse Restaurant

  • Location: Balanga, Bataan

Restaurant is a fairly new restaurant in the town of Balanga. Upon entrance, you will already see their staff, welcoming you with their warmest smiles.

Glad that we had our lunch at this restaurant before our full afternoon itinerary to pump us throughout the day. After settling in, we were served a big of seafood!

Was happy as well that their Owner/Manager was very hands-on to their customers. I can see her smiling to their customers and even asking them how was their food.


If you wanna explore the historical Bataan, here’s a sample Bataan chill itinerary for two days. Let us know in the comment sections if you have questions!

Day 1
Travel from Trinoma to Balanga, BataanTravel Time 2 to 3 hours
Visit Bataan Tourism Center
Travel to Brgy. Diwa, Pilar for Mt. Samat
Explore Mt. Samat
Go back to Balanga
Lunch at TriHouse Restaurant Balanga Bataan
Visit Plaza Mayor de Ciudad de Balanga and Balanga Church
Explore the past at Bataan World War II and
Surrender Site Monument
Merienda at Romalaine in Mariveles, Bataan
Check-in at Casa Veles Hotel Bataan
Day 2
Breakfast at Casa Veles Hotel’s cafe, Cafe Industriya
Visit Sisiman Lighthouse
Check the Zero KM Death March Markers
Lunch at Cafe Industriya
Travel to Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar
Explore Las Casas
Travel back to Manila

Overall, I had so much fun exploring Bataan. Knowing more about our past, how the Death March started.. I like that I can connect what I learned in my Corregidor trip to my visit to Bataan.

If there is an opportunity to go back and explore more about what Bataan has to offer, I would definitely be back.


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Animasola Island Rock Formation | Island Hopping in Burias, Masbate

There are a lot of islands and islets in Burias, Masbate. And the most unforgettable for me is the Animasola Island Rock Formation.


Burias Island is one of the three major islands of Masbate province in the Philippines. The other two major islands are Ticao Island and Masbate Island. The Island has two municipalities, Claveria and San Pascual. -Wikipedia

Photo by: Benjie Garcia


Animasola Island Rock Formation – Burias, Masbate

Animasola Island features breathtaking rock formations together with its crystal clear and sparkling waters. This picturesque gem will make you fall in love with nature and Masbate all over again.

It was last 2016 when I had the chance to visit the three main islands of Masbate. Even though I was born and raised in Mainland Masbate, I wasn’t given a chance to travel to the other two islands, until I was given the task of my former company to accompany the winner of our Juanderlust contest, Dave Agbayani.

Yes, I know. Very fortunate and grateful indeed!

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Photo by: Lovey Marquez

One of the many islands we went to during the trip is the Animasola Island Rock Formation.

We marvel at the beautifully created rock formations for around 30 minutes. It was 12 noon that time and the sun was shining so bright! Kuya boatman said the intense heat, aside from it’s noontime is because the rocks are absorbing the heat.

Photo by: Lovey Marquez

After we checked the place, ate lunch, we then took the chance to swim! I can say that it was not really a good swim for me because of the rocks all over the place but I love that the water is crystal clear and with little to no trash at all.

I hope the Masbate government would continue to take care of this beauty.

Photo by: Jonas Roque

Check here for the list of Masbate Accommodation

How to get to Animasola Island Burias

There are actually many ways in getting to Animasola Island in Burias depending on where will your starting point would be.

  • Masbate Island – If you are coming from Masbate proper, you can check the schedule of the boat going to San Pascual, Burias. Travel time is 8 to 9 hours. Once you arrived in San Pascual, there are boats that you can rent going to Animasola. If you’re traveling solo, you can look for groups and ask if you can chip in going to Animasola and other islands.
  • Manila to Naga – There are regular flights to Naga via Cebu Pacific and PAL. Alternatively, you can ride the 8 hour bus. Most of the buses are in Cubao Terminal.
  • Naga to San Pascual – Once you’re already in Naga, go to the town of Pasacao. Pasacao is a 30-minute jeep ride from their own terminal in Naga City. This town is the  jumpoff point to San Pascual. Three boats depart daily in their port and travel time is three hours at most.
    • Schedule:
      •  7AM
      • 10AM
      • 2PM
  • San Pascual to Animasola –  Once you arrived in San Pascual, there are boats that you can rent going to Animasola. If you’re traveling solo, you can look for groups and ask if you can chip in going to Animasola and other islands.

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5 Things to Do at Azure Resort and Residences, Paranaque (with your Mama)

If you have been following my instagram or Facebook Profile, it is not a secret that I love my Mama so much.

Maybe because I am the only daughter and I don’t have a Father anymore and we’re stuck with each other? Haha! Joke, Ma. Labshu. It is because she is a Mother, Father, Sister, provider, and a friend rolled into one.

Anyway, part of my faith goals for this year is to establish a closer and deeper relationship with my Mama. In the past years, I hate to admit this, but I just realized now that I was not really paying so much attention to her.

I also can’t think of times that we stayed in a hotel for a staycation with just the two of us because it’s either we are together with my ex-boyfriend or cousin.

But last month, I was so excited to share that one of my goals na ma-solo siya in a staycation ay natupad! Huhu!


How did we book our beach view room?

We booked Siglo Suites at the Azure Urban Resort at with the original price of PHP 2,800.00 for the weekend rate.

But since I have 1,350 accumulated reward points from (you can get this from your past hotel bookings!), and PHP 632.80 discount code, we only paid PHP 811.20 for a one-bedroom – beach view overnight staycation inclusive of amenities.

Yes, only for PHP 811.20!

Siglo Suites at the Azure Resort and Residences has around 160 rooms ranging from Family room, one-bedroom with the option of city or beach view. I highly recommend Siglo Suites if you’ll book a room in Azure.

Book now HERE!

Here are some of the things to do at the Azure Urban Resort and Residences with your Mama

  1. Enjoy the wave pool with her (and some kiddos!)
    The wave pool is activated every after 30 minutes so after minutes of waiting (I think it is really more than 30 minutes), Mama and I went to the left most part in the middle of the pool because the waves are much higher there. And there were a lot of people! From kids to teenagers, to grandfathers.. But we really didn’t mind! We just went there and Mama doesn’t want to get off my hand. Haha.I felt like a three-year old getting her protection from her Mama.

    Waiting for the wavessss!

    Sabi nya di naman siya mag i-enjoy… Haha!

    Picture, Pia. Yung pahiga naman!

  2. Pictorial by the ‘man-made’ beach
    Since we arrived late in the afternoon already, we weren’t have so much time to visit the man-made beach on our first day.And on our second day, after some papilit effect because she doesn’t want to wear shorts, she finally said yes to swimming! Yey! I know she really doesn’t want to wear shorts and I was just so happy because she step out of her comfort zone. Hooray!And yes, she enjoyed the beach so much! I was just her photographer most of the time. Haha!

    Yes, teaching her pa-cute styles! Haha!


  3. Pamper her with face masks
    I bought some face masks days before our staycation so we can also pamper our face before we sleep. Yee! Didn’t want to post the photos with our face masks because we looked like ghosts. Haha!

    She’s learning how to do the finger heart here.

    Face masksss! <3

  4. Coffee, donuts (!!) and selfies by the bed
    We also had our convo night with a cup of coffee! :)One thing I always (want to) do whenever I have staycations is to sip a cup of coffee while I’m having my quiet time or reading a good book. But a good coffee with Mama is still the best, kahit na minsan nag iinisan. Haha!

    Coffee time!

    ..and Krispy Kreme donuts!



    Sorry for my face! Haha!

  5. Shop in the nearby mall
    So glad that the Azure Resort and Residences is just a kilometer (I think) away from SM Bicutan! We roamed around the mall, ate out, bought some groceries for breakfast and checked out some nice dresses. Hehe!

BONUS: Enjoy the room and roam around the resort!

At first, I felt how tired she was from our very looooong trip to the resort. She even said that she wants to go home nalang because our Grab driver took 30 minutes before he said that he can’t fetch us. Long story short, we booked another grab/uber from Ayala and prayed deeply to keep calm and just smile. Haha!

Anyway, we really had so much fun in this resort! Thanking God for the gift of time and rest! I also hope you’ll take that initiative and plan for a staycation with your Mama.

Go now and make plans with your Mama. I know she’ll definitely enjoy this place!

Book your staycation HERE!

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Mt. Ulap: Traversing Heaven on Earth

Mt. Ulap, known for its beautiful ridges of grassland, endless skies, and pine trees, has captured my heart deeply.

Although I know God will still bring me to more beautiful mountains, this one in particular stays in my heart for more than I could remember.

Maybe because I am particularly fond of pine trees, cool breeze and green ridges, I guess? I don’t know. But there is really something in Mt. Ulap that keeps me wanting back to him.


  • Itogon, Benguet
  • Entry point: Brgy. Ampucao, Itogon
  • Exit point: Brgy. Sta. Fe, Itogon
  • LLA: 16.2904 N, 120.6312 E, 1846 MASL (Mt. Ulap)
  • Days required / Hours to summit: 1 day / 2-3 hours
  • Specs: Difficulty 3/9, Trail class 1-3,
  • Features: Grassland and pine ridges, scenic views of the Cordilleras, burial caves

Mt. Ulap Day Hike

Drew Rivera, the team lead of my first hike at Mt. Maynoba, informed me that he has a new event in Mt. Ulap in Benguet which really got me excited! I asked some of my friends and luckily, Michael Ranola and Erica Poyauan (together with her friend Lady and cousin Marlon) joined me in this trip.

After almost 5 hours travel time from Manila to Benguet, our team started the hike with reminders from our team lead and local tour guide Edu Losnong and also a prayer for everyone’s safety.

At around 4AM, we started the trek and I cannot contain my happiness! That feeling of, ‘Yes, yes! Ang saya saya mag lakad ng madilim pa. Tapos malamig, tapos, tapos. Haha!’ Okay, overacting. But yes, I was really excited. Haha!

Very dramatic.

Love this spot. Huhu.

We saw rocks along the way and of course, photo ops in the dark!


The Team!

Glad that they’re with me in this trip! <3

We are the tres marias! <3

Long-legged girls! <3

I was just so happy that my friend Erica was with me because she also loves taking pictures. Glad that our local guide is an expert photographer as well! I so love this team!

Ambanao Paoay

Ambanao Paoay, as our local guide said, means vast ridges of grassland and endless skies of blue.

I don’t know if I should be sad because we don’t have clearing that day because I really love how foggy the place is.

Ambanao Paoay with the Team

Here are some of the photos from Erica on our way to Gungal Rock.

Gungal Rock Peak

After a couple of hours, we reached Mt. Ulap’s Gungal Rock.

Some of them went up to for the photo ops but I just feel like I’m gonna roll there anytime since I don’t have my eyeglasses with me so, I just took some of their photos.

After some picture taking, we moved forward and took our lunch alongside Gungal Rock and we saw how ‘buwis buhay’ those photo ops are!

But aside from our hearts racing for the other hikers taking photos on the rock, I am more fascinated with all the greens around me. It’s like God was saying that, ‘I know what you love. And here it is. This is my precious gift to you today.’ He is the sweetest!

Before we reached the summit we encountered a number of assaults. Nakakapagod but those gave us opportunities to take photos as a group.

The Summit

The Descent

Mt. Ulap Dayhike Itinerary and Expenses


  • 09:00PM – McDonald’s Panay Ave.
  • 10:00PM – Departure from McDonald’s going to Ampucao, Itogon Benguet via rented van

Day 1 – MONDAY 

  • 02:00AM – Arrival Sison, Pangasinan breakfast at Leeza’s restaurant, secure and buy food.
  • 03:30AM – Arrival at Brgy. Ampucao | Registration | Secure Guides
  • 04:00AM – Start Trek (witness sunrise along the trail)
  • 05:30AM – Arrival Ambanao Paoay Peak 1
  • 06:45AM – Arrival Gungal Rock Peak 2 | Rest | Photo ops
  • 08:30AM – Arrival Mt. Ulap Summit Peak 3 | Full Rest
  • 09:00AM – Start Descent to Brgy. Sta Fe
  • 10:30AM – Arrival at Sta. Fe Jump off, wash up, tidy up then travel to Baguio
  • 11:30AM – Arrival Baguio City lunch at Goodtaste, City Tour, Buy pasalubong
  • 05:00PM – Departure from Baguio, travel back to Manila
  • 10:00PM – Arrival back to Manila (Uwian na)
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My First Hike: Mt. Maynoba + 8 Waterfalls in Tanay, Rizal

Read my very first hike experience with Mt. Maynoba in Tanay, Rizal. The journey with new-found friends here in this mountain makes this trip memorable.

The Story

It was April this year, when I just feel like I wanted to do something that I’ve never done before. I know that I badly needed a breathe of fresh air other than my usual routine.

And that’s when I started looking for hiking events on Facebook. It was May when I stumbled on a post about Cayabu-Maynoba day hike by Drew Rivera.

Because it was my first time, and was really hesitant to go on a joiners group event, I checked his account first (yes, background check! Haha!), chatted him, and then the rest is history! We’re still friends (?) until now (after a couple of inisan). HAHA! You can really earn friends up in the mountains.

Moving forward, while searching about the climb’s details, I found this from Pinoy Mountaineer that I honestly don’t fully understand but will list it here anyway. Haha!


From: Pinoy Mountaineer
Tanay, Rizal

Trailhead: Brgy. Cayabu, Tanay, Rizal
LLA: 14°36′22.4′′N, 121°25′18.6′′ E, 728 MASL (+470m)
Days required / Hours to summit: 1 day / 2-3 hours
Specs: Minor hike, Difficulty 3/9 (Summit); 4/9 (Loop hike), Trail class 1-4
Features: Sea of clouds, scenic views of the Sierra Madre, waterfalls


The Meet Up

The team gathered at Mcdo MRT Cubao. As far as I can remember, we are required to be there at around 1:00 o’clock in the morning. Hours before the hike, I tried sleeping but to now avail. Maybe I was so excited or brokenhearted. I don’t know. Either of the two. Haha!

Anyway, I can still remember how excited and nervous I was while commuting my way to Mcdo. Excited because it was my first time, but nervous at the same time since I don’t even know the people I’m going to be with! Not even sure if the leader is a scam (joke lang, Drew!). Haha!

But glad that everything turned out well. Really well.

The Climb

If my memory serves me well, we left Cubao at around 2:00 AM and arrived at Tanay, Rizal at 3:30AM.

We started climbing after a short introduction and a couple of reminders from our leader at around 4:00 AM.

I was honestly (subconsciously) not paying attention to him kasi masakit ang heart ko noon. Grabe talaga. Haha. Documenting every little thing because I don’t wanna miss a thing. Haha!

And then the climb started.

I was so excited! It’s like in my head, I’m saying, I’m walking, I’m walking. We’re walking! Haha!

I honestly didn’t expect that the assaults were many. I thought it would just be chill because I have had a couple of mini hikes before. I don’t know. What I can just remember now is that there are a lot of assaults but I was happy that I finished strong. Charot!

While in the trail, I started talking to some jjoiners in the group.

I first met Kate. I just find her very pretty and strong. I feel like she is a long time mountaineer already because of how she handled herself during those assaults. Ang bilis nya!


The Summit

And then, we reached the peak of Maynuba at around 5:30AM because we took the shortcut and didn’t go to Cayabu. Sayang but it’s still fine. What’s more important was I finished strong! Huhu! And then, I realized na bababa pa pala kami. Haha.

The view was breathtaking. I saw the green mountain ranges, the trees, the river on the right side of the mountain.. I love how Mr. Sun slowly peaks it’s head on us while we were excitedly waiting for him.

I’ve never experienced something so real in a long time. I am just in awe of how God made these beautiful and breathtaking mountains, skies.. everything makes me wanna shout how God’s love is perfect and all for us.


The new found friends

While waiting for the sunrise and the sea of clouds (that we didn’t get to experience unfortunately) we had the opportunity to take each other’s photos, share each others’ trail food.. And that’s when the laughter and friendship started.

I met a number of people that I hope I would still see again in my next hikes or even here in Manila.

True enough, we really find new friendships in the mountains.


The Descent

We actually had a number of stops because who doesn’t love photos? Haha!

What’s more exciting with this climb was we passed by 8 waterfalls! Bad timing though because.. I can’t. I mean I shouldn’t swim. Because, monthly period. Oh, well.

After having lunch in one of the waterfalls, a couple of photos again and kwentuhan, we reached the base at around 2PM.

I have some boo-boos in this climb. I forgot to bring my towel, my personal kit, but more than what I forgot, I gained some things for a lifetime. New friends, new experiences, that new found love for the mountains, and that feeling of being in awe with God’s creation.


I just realized now that God really doesn’t want you to be stuck in a situation of pain, of sorrow, and of darkness. When you feel like everything is not going to the way you want it to be, God has His own ways of still providing you with joy and comfort — as for me, this time, it’s through His mountains, through His nature.

It’s as if He is telling me that after all the problems, struggles and questioning, I will reach the summit. I will still reach the summit no matter what because He is with me. I just needed to fight the battles, endure the pain, change the way you see things, because everything will fall into it’s rightful places — in God’s perfect time. But what’s more important? I am not doing this alone now, I am doing it with Him.

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7 Activities and Attractions at Zoocobia, Pampanga

Zoocobia Pampanga is a fun zoo theme park by the Zoomanity Group that boasts a variety of interesting and enjoyable activities and attractions including the first gravity car ride in the Philippines called the Zooc Ride.

Zooc Ride is suitable for all ages and will surely give you a thrilling experience. Other attractions also include the Maze, Zoocology Museum, The Barn, Giant Slides and Birds of Paradise, a close encounter with different colorful birds nestled in the tree’s branches.

Situated at the luscious paradise in the middle of Clark Freeport ZoneZoocobia offers the best nature and animal experience for families, barkada day tour, and other organizational and educational trips.

Welcome to Zoocobia! 🙂

Here are some of the attractions that you will see and experience when you visit Zoocobia at Clark Freeport Zone:


1. Bird Thrill

And yes, we were indeed thrilled of these cute and colorful birds! We had a very close encounter with these lovely birds, though they didn’t land on one of my palms to eat seeds. Guess they don’t want sweaty palms! Haha!

2. Birds of Paradise

I am honestly not a fan of birds perched on my hand or shoulder. I just feel like they would bite me with just one bad move! But then, I conquered my fear with this pretty and cute bird! You will find more birds here like the Philippines Eagle and many more.

3. Garden Maze

Zoocobia’s Garden Maze is not your usual maze! While checking how to get out of the maze, you will get to see different animal topiaries! Go through the labyrinth and find yourself out of it!

4. Philippines Pride

Philippines Pride will showcase you the best of the best — our Philippines’ Bests! One of my favorite animals here is the Bear Cat Civet! I was so lucky because I had a very close encounter with this pretty ball of fur.

5. The Barn

This one big barn is full of baby farm animals like goats, sheeps, pot bellied pigs, and many more! Experience bottle feeding to your delight! We also fed horses, camels, goats to name a few.

6. Zooc Ride

This gravity car ride is indeed one among the best rides I’ve ever had in my life! Experience the thrill of riding your own car with the help of gravity. This is a 400 meter track with three curves which will serve as your way to super thrilling ride!

7. Animal and Bone Museum

This museum boasts of numerous animal bones all with description and history. Though my favorite here is the ostrich egg which is equivalent to 2 dozen chicken eggs and takes 60-80 minutes to boil. Interesting!

Zoocobia Day Tour Packages

For your hotel needs, you may book at and get big discounts! Zoocobia Fan Park is indeed perfect for family adventure, educational tour, and the likes.

For more information, you may follow and visit them on their social media accounts:

BOOK ONLINE: TravelBook X Zoocobia





Contact No.: 0922 717 2402

Disclaimer:  Thanks Zoomanity Group for inviting us over to experience 
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