Mount Pulag: Wandering in the Playground of the Gods

Dubbed as the Playground of the Gods, Mt. Pulag, the third highest mountain in the Philippines (Mt. Dulang-Dulang is a few meters higher) and the highest in Luzon is undoubtedly the most prominent mountain in the country. Despite its easy-trail via Ambangeg, it will take you eight-hour hike to summit and back compare to the other trails where it will take you days to finish its traverse. Climbing Mount Pulag has been in demand these days. Almost everyone, from beginners to veteran mountaineers wants to climb Mount Pulag. Who wouldn’t want to visit Mount Pulag? It’s a worthy-destination you should include in your bucketlist. Here are top five reasons why you should climb the “playground of the gods” and why you should do it now!

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1. Experience the majestic view. Once you reach the first summit, the only thing you’d want to do is to bring out your camera and take photos of the captivating view at the summit. Anywhere on top of the mountain is majestic and you will definitely fall in love with every view.

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2. Everything is rich in nature. Everything Mount Pulag offers is purely nature. It is a home of the nation’s rare and endangered species of flora and fauna. It is the natural habitat of the endemic Dwarf Bamboo and the Benguet pine which dominates the areas of Luzon tropical pine forests found on the mountainsides.

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3. Chase the beautiful sunrise. One of the best reasons why Mount Pulag is one of the best destinations is because of its magical sunrise that you get to witness on its peak. Baguio Hotel

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4. Be amaze of the clean environment. Mount Pulag offers you an opportunity to appreciate the goodness of the land. Because of its clean environment, the beauty of the mountain cannot be taken for granted. The park is well-maintained by the DENR and the locals. That is why it’s called the “playground of the gods”.

5. Dream above the “sea of clouds”. Mount Pulag is prominent for its “sea of clouds” that you can view at the summit. It is like heaven on Earth when you reach the peaks of the mountain. The view is just surreal. It is one of my main reasons why I want to climb Mount Pulag. And I just got lucky to witness the sea of clouds because of a perfect clearing at the top.

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Another bucketlist unlocked this year. It has been my dream to climb Mount Pulag. I was lucky enough that have traveled in the best time where the weather is good and there is clearing, good enough to witness the sea of clouds. It was an experience I will never forget, but surely will do more.

Feed Goals: 5 Instagram Accounts That Will Inspire You to Get a Follow-Worthy IG Account

Everybody’s into Instagram. From celebrities to foodies, to travelers, to photographers, or to any ordinary individual who are into social media has if not one, more than an IG account. Instagram’s sole purpose is to view and post photos you have randomly snapped at least daily be it the food you’re about to eat at the restaurant, a photograph you captured during your trip or a sunset you witnessed by a chance when you passed by Manila Bay. Instagram is basically telling your stories through snaps.

But there is more to having an IG account. Being an active user and posting worthy photos on your feed means attracting followers and users to like your posts. Over time, people using this application have worked hard to achieve a follow-worthy account. Because Instagram is about pleasing your followers, and fulfilling your followers’ expectations means keeping a good Instagram account. Need inspirations? Check out the list below who are worthy of the hashtag #feedgoals.

  1. A$AP Rocky – IG account: @asaprocky

I am not into hip-hop thingy but this guy’s got a dope IG account. The artwork you see in his feed is just follow-worthy. Rocky hired a digital artist named Gallardo to design and layout his IG feed with a different perspective. It depicts a series of photo collage. Most of Rocky’s images are juxtaposed against his clothes and/or logos of names. It is more of a digital mural and it just rocks!

  1. Beautiful Destinations – IG account: @beautifuldestinations

If you love traveling and photography, follow Beautiful Destinations. They posts beautiful pictures of different destinations around the world. Though they have their own photographers and videographers, they feature photos from other users who are willing to share their captured travel destinations.

  1. James Reid – IG account: @jaye.wolf

Well, yeah James Reid is one of my favorite instagrammer. In his IG account, James showcases his artistry side. From the snaps he took with girlfriend Nadine Lustre, to his travels with siblings and best buddies, hottie James Reid surely makes his feed a follow-worthy not just to his fans but also to users who are into photography and loves the works of arts. James’ IG is definitely #feedgoals!

  1. Mark Essex Javillonar – IG account: @mark_essex

Another Filipino IG user that is worth following is Mark Essex Javillonar, a pre-med student from Manila. Mark’s feed contains photos of his adventures and love for nature, and not to mention his love and expertise in photography (that makes me so jealous).

  1. Emily Wang – IG account: @emwng

If you want to have a clean-theme Instagram feed, check out writer and content creator from Los Angeles, California Emily Wang for inspiration.

Basically, the main key to achieve a follow-worthy Instagram feed is to be aesthetic. Think of a theme how you want your feed to look like. To keep your feed flow naturally, you have to use similar filters for your photos to have a consistent approach. Use apps like VSCO Cam to modify your photos (if necessary). It’s always fun to play with your account until you get to decide what your feed should look like.

Hey, don’t forget to check-out my IG Accounts (I have two BTW) and I’ve been experimenting my feed. @belleofjune for my travels and adventures and @jhayann.santos for my personal collage of photos I took spontaneously.