The majestic Mt Mayon looms ahead. Dramatically lit on the side as the afternoon sun illuminates its almost perfect cone shape. I revved-up my all terrain vehicle’s engine as we excitedly approach the final stretch of the Mayon Black Lava Trail. It’s my second time in a month to take on this trail. Fortunately second time around, we got better weather to enjoy the amazing views along the trail. But that’s not to say the rain isn’t good. It actually offers a different exhilarating experience altogether.
Bulacan continues to unfold as we continue our Lakbay Norte 7 trip from Malolos Historic Town Center. Riding up about one and a half hour north, we reached the banks of the snaking Angat River also knows as the Bulacan River for the San Rafael River Adventure (SRRA). This lush resort by the river resort has a tranquil laid back atmosphere with facilities. The breeze was cool and comforting, the surrounding still and quiet. Yet those who want some adrenaline rush can choose a slew of activities the resort offers.
I think there was a time in Philippine tourism when we had a “Zipline Craze”. After a few successful ziplines in Davao, Bukidnon and my favorite, Lake Sebu, suddenly, a lot of province I had visited to wants to add a zipline as their attraction. In my head I was screaming “Not another zipline!” as a tourism officer enthusiastically shares their plan on site. In Pangasinan, there’s Balungao Hilltop Adventure view that claims to have the longest zipline in the country at 1.4km long. Honestly, it’s the first time I’ve heard of the municipality of Balungao. If not for Lakbay Norte 5, this would remain out of my radar. And guess what? We get to try their zipline and more.
I think the Filipinos are getting more adventurous these days and have a growing number of adrenalin junkies. The sudden emergence of numerous zip lines all over the country can attest to this. If a place is capable of installing one, no matter how short or low it is, they’ll put up one just to satisfy and attract people for that whiff adrenaline rush. I’ve been through several good zip lines but they are found in the Visayas and Mindanao. And with this Lakbay Norte 2, I was pleased to find a new adventure destination in La Union that offers another scenic zip line and more.
Time to rough it up.
One of the new activities in Boracay Island is driving those new All Terrain Vehicles up and across the island. It’s really fun especially when you are passing through really rough and dusty roads. More fun if you are racing with the other guys and trying to overtake them as well. I heard you can even take this up to Mt. Luho, the highest peak in the island.
But, I have to say that this is a risky activity and the operators of this ATV should pay more attention to safety. They didn’t provide helmets, elbow or knee support or even have side mirrors on their vehicles. One of our staff had a minor accident here since the unit’s battery suddenly died and she flew off hurting her left arm. She had to be bandaged and splinted Didn’t even know this until after the activity when she informed us.
And a word of warning on Boracay. Try not to get hurt or have any injuries. Their Hospital is a Morgue! They don’t have medicines, they don’t have cottons, they didn’t even have cold compress, they didn’t even have a decent splint! Geez, She has to buy her own medicines and stuff. And the staff were busy watching cable before attending to her.
I must admit that this island is a great place but they should also focus their concerns on this. We were able to converse with Charlie Uy of Patio Pacific Resort, who formed their private rescue group in Boracay called RATSS. He said that when people have serious accidents there, they usually fly them Iloilo or go ahead to Manila, because they know, Boracay’s Hospital is truly incompetent!