Speckles n Spectrum

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Mt. Isarog, Southern Luzon's highest forested peak, is a stratovolcano which is 1, 966 meters above sea level and located in Camarines Sur, Philippines. The mountain spreads out within Naga City and six municipalities namely Tinambac, Calabanga, Tigaon, Pili, Goa and Ocampo. (see Mt. Isarog National Park)


Mt. Isarog National Park actually caters for adventure junkie, environmentalist or just anybody who wants to enjoy the environment with luscious forest, wild life, beautiful scenery of natural falls and springs.

Mt. Isarog is actually a favorite destination of mountain hikers and trekkers or environmental folks for it has both the offering for thrill seekers and science studies for the different floras and faunas that can be found within the mountain.

My friends and I during high school frequented the Malabsay Falls which is very accessible since it's only  a few minutes jeepney ride from downtown Naga City and about an hour walk to reach the falls. I've been there quite so many times even during my college days just for the mere fun of hiking.

The last time I went there has been a long time ago and the last time I went mountain hiking was December of 2008 in Tarlac for my previous company's outreach program that's why when Ateneo Eagles, Inc. an environmental organization decided to have a Nature Trip & Clean-up Drive and chose Consocep I was actually hesitant at first.

Consocep is a barangay in the town of Tigaon, Camarines Sur hence the name Consocep Mountain Resort. I've been there quite a few times too and I must say it's always been a difficult hike for me compare to Malabsay, Nabuntulan and other falls. There's actually a pavement but what makes it difficult for me I guess is its steepness. But then I always come back and give it a go because of the waterfalls.

If you want to visit Consocep Falls from Manila  you can go by bus or by plane. Bus will take you 8 hours so I assumed you'll prefer to fly, right? You can book a flight to Pili Airport (the nearest one) or via Legazpi City Airport and that will only take less than an hour, more specifically 45-minutes for the former. From either of the two you need to have your own vehicle or rent a jeepney, van or taxi to get you to Consocep and fetch you right back.

This is the drop-off and pick-up point.
The Entrance Fee is only PHP 15.00 per person.
The hike is composed of minutes of walking up and down of these narrow almost 2000 steps.

Kawa-Kawa Falls is the easiest to reach. Most of the hike was downhill that you'll be adoring it soon enough without breaking a sweat. 

Kawa-Kawa is derived from kawali or wok because of its shape.
This is also the best spot to conduct group activities 
and picnics for the whole group or even families with little kids. 




It is just sad that with all the good things nature is giving us some people just don't care about caring back and doing more harm than good to the environment. We found all these trash all over the place despite the fact that there are available sacks just around the corner that serve as garbage bags or trash cans. 








After the group activity and lunch we head on to the next falls and we passed by this stone marking along with the tree house...


Climb at your own risk: The tree house is still fine but you have to decide 
whether you can handle going up  unstable stairs with missing steps. 


Bulalacao Falls: Bulalacao means shooting star. 
The falls was called "bulalacao" because of  the great impact and rapid fall of its water.


After swimming for a while off we go to the 3rd falls... Tumaguiti Falls is actually my favorite among the three because of the amazing view composed of trees, leaves and beautiful rock formation.


Tumaguiti or taguiti is the bicol term for drizzle 
and truly the water coming from the  falls are like droplets of rain.
We went back quarter to 4:00 in the afternoon just right on time for our service
and this is my last view from outside the Consocep Mountain Resort.

There are actually a lot of things Camarines Sur or Bicol in general has to offer not just wakeboarding or CWC (Camarines Sur Watersports Complex.) I know I sounded like a travel ad there but well I'm just saying the truth and if you're a nature lover I'm pretty sure Mt. Isarog won't fail you.

Btw since I lack exercise for quite sometime now the hike had hurt my legs so bad that I wasn't able to walk perfectly again for about 4 days but it was worth it. I'm definitely going back whenever there's a chance and I know I badly needed to stretch out these limbs hehe

When was the last time you went into a nature trip or just stop for a while and smell the roses? (cheesy) I just meant to ask when was the last time you took the time to appreciate nature?

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Consocep Mountain Resort
Mount Isarog, Tigaon, Camarines Sur
Tel (c/o Provincial Tourism Office) (054)4773172
Cellular (0919)4227009

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hi Kristina
This is Stephen
I have follow you.
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Thanks. Your wordpress blog is no longer available so I just followed your blog about fashion twas cool. 

Been there when I was a 1st year highschool at AdeNU.:)

oi atenista ka din pala. I think every ateneans been there even just for once hindi pwede atang hindi eh hehe

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Aloha from Hawaii!!! New follower here via the blog hop.... Wow.... What gorgeous pics!  Hope you're having an amazing week!!! :) - http://www.OliviaBlueMusic.com/

Hey thanks for dropping by. I love your gorgeous blue highlights and you're such one talented person. Good luck on the EP and followed your blog too =)

http://olahmomma.com said... Friday, July 29, 2011 12:39:00 am  

Oh, I miss those beautiful nature trekking in the Philippines.  Would definitely come back to experience it once more!

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Wow.  How serene and beautiful.  It almost does not look real.  What an amazing trip!

You've been here? Wow that's cool is there in anyway you're Filipino or just a traveler? 

Regarding your site as much as I wanted to join I guess that's just for mommies isn't it? Hehe I may look like a mummy but I'm still pretty much single and haven't bore any child so I'll be saving your invite and join in when I'm one. If the invite is still up when that time comes =)

Yes it was indeed =)

Hi!

I'm Kamille Mercado, a layout artist for the Batangas Post, a free monthly newsletter meant to promote tourism in Southern Luzon and we'd like to use your picture of the Bulalacao Falls in one of our articles about the falls of Batangas in this month's issue. Hope we can get your approval.

Thanks!
Kamille

Hi Kamille, your offer sounds great. Can you please email me @ kristinabiog18(dot)gmail(dot)com to discuss the details about your offer. Thanks.

Good place for trekking but it necessary to follow in group having advantage to your trip.

woosh!! grabi, magayunon tlga ang Mt. Isarog, especially the consocep...it is my first time na nkarating ako dun, at OMG! ang ganda tlga....plano pa nmin bumalik dun after final exam ;-)

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