14 March 2006

The conquest of Mt. Maculot

Mt. Maculot in Cuenca, Batangas as described in the Internet, is a favorite spot among mountaineers because it is a relatively easy climb (classified as Level 1) and the view of Taal Lake is amazing. When you'd like to go on a trek but don't have much time for it, Mt. Maculot is the way to go. As Phil said in his post about his trek to the Mayon volcano, "climb your mountains while you still can". I have just recently discovered the joy of being in the great outdoors, and I wish that when Jo-Lo will be older to go on camping trips, my wife and I will still be physically able to do so.

My camping friends and I, along with Tol Pare Harry went to Mt. Maculot for a break last weekend. We discovered soon that Level 1 does not necessarily mean "easy" for everyone. We got lost twice, and we took breaks whenever we can as we tried to catch our breath. But as we sat on the Rockies with the Taal Lake spread out before us with the wind on our face, it was all worth it.

The simple comic below is a narrative of this unforgettable adventure. Simply click on a page to enlarge.

Here are a couple more photos on the view from the Rockies.

The above comic was done using Comic Life, a Mac application.


  1. sir nick! wata biyutipul pictures are dr! as in! ang galing pa ng pagkagawa mo ng comic strip! si harry ay "d man"! mwehehehe!

  2. sir,
    may talent ka pala sa comic book layout and lettering. gusto mo ng sideline as manga letterer?

  3. There are few things I like better in this world than to be sitting on a mountain top watching over the world.

  4. Awesome views! Great job on the comic strip.

  5. Thanks dessagirl!

    Ahehehe meowok, yung mac gumawa lahat nyan eh. Drag and drop sya. Nice no?

    Oh yes Ed. It was an ecstatic feeling.

    Salamat niceheart!

  6. galeeng! lalo lang yata akong hinihila ng mga paa ko nito na umuwi na ...

    sarap talaga ng mga gimmick ah :D

  7. ang galing naman ng idea of a comics in a blog!

    it's da life!

  8. Wow! Impressive naman ng views pati ng comic strip. Mahirap bang gawin ang komiks? Nakakaaliw!

  9. galing naman! ang ganda ganda ganda!

    gusto ko na tuloy umalis na ng office at mag trekking ngayon na ngayon na.

    minsan nga hu-huntingin kita at magtatanong tungkol sa mga trips na ganyan. budget, rides, routes... hehehe.

  10. lupet ng comic story mo... gusto ko tuloy matuto gumawa nyan, hehehe.

    pareho lang pala tayo ng narasan sa makulot, 2x na naligaw, hahaha.

    tama ka minor climb pero mahirap, ako hingal kalabaw dyan, pero dyan ko rin lagi dinadala mga friends ko na gusto makaranas mag climb.. pababa madali lang pwedeng takbuhin...

  11. Sorry its been so long since I blogged Wat. I finally finished the last of my final term papers, so YIPEEEE!

    Wat, I loved your cartoon fomat. What application program did you use to make it? That is so cool I'm tickled pink!

    After reading THIS post, I've definitely placed this mountain on things to TRY... Notice emphasis on "TRY?" And hey, thanks for the plug of my Mayon Post. I appreciate that and I'm flattered.

    I'm finishing up an article about a recent trip I made to Puerto Galera... I had a little adventure there that you might find interesting.

  12. Anonymous3:58 pm

    Wow! Narating mo na rin pala ang Mt. Makulot! hehe! ang bahay namin don nasa paanan lang ng bundok, malapit lang sa brgy hall :)

    Ayuz! nahilig ka na rin pala sa outdoors!

    Ang sarap talaga don sa rockies, ano? :) Kagagaling lang ng club namin dyan last month. next sked namin sa Gulugod Baboy. Yippee!

  13. Neneng! Relaxing sya kahit na mahirap yung pag-akyat. Pramis.

    Owen! Ayos ba? :-)

    Abaniko, actually madali lang sa Mac

    Jessie! talaga, mahilig ka rin mag-trekking?

    Cruise, ayos sa Makulot. Talaga, twice rin kayo naligaw? Grabe, siguro dati iisa lang ang path. Ngayon kasi tatlo-tatlo ang split ng path. Buti na lang may tumutulong sa directions.

    Phil, I read your Puerto Galera post and it is indeed a fascinating place the way you described it. I will definitely include it in my list of places to go to.

    Apol! Baka magkita pa tayo one time sa bundok!

  14. Cute ng comix pre..
    di na tuloy ako pwede gumawa ng ganun baka sabihin mo gaya gaya ako hehehehe.

  15. Wahhhh, paano ako walang Mac? Galing naman ng comic strip na iyan, i want to do it, too. Hay, naku paano kaya sa PC iyan?

    Sarap naman ng mga adventure mo, sana matry din namin iyan.

  16. Anonymous4:33 pm

    nice post. i love the comic strips too. hehehe. wala nga lang akong mac. anyway, try mt. manalmon in bulacan. it is also an easy hike which can be done in a day but the view is very nice. (www.atmc.ws)

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  19. Anonymous1:23 pm

    hi,i have been seaching about Mt Makulot becoz my officemates and I plan to climb this coming April 28. The thing is it was 5 yrs ago since i last saw Mt Makulot. Would it be ok to ask info from you like how to get there,meron pa din bang tindahan sa tuktuk ng mountain na pwede kaming magpaluto and is campfire allowed? If its ok pls do email me at january_a@mailcity.com...cool blog and cute baby by the way :)

  20. Hi Jan. Thanks for the compliments. Yes, there is a store at the top of the mountain. Convenient, no? However, I can not give a detailed description of how to get there. Do try waypoints.ph, they must have a travel itinerary there. thanks again.

  21. Anonymous6:23 pm

    nice comic strip indeed. thanks!

  22. maria1:33 am

    wow! thanks for sharing! enjoyed reading your comic strip. (bitin!) climbing this soon and i can't wait. i understand the breaks. hehehe.


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