Saturday, September 12, 2009

Mount Victoria (1,726+) in Narra, Palawan


MOUNT VICTORIA
Narra, Palawan
Major jump-off: Sitio Mariwara, Bgry. Princess Urduja, Narra
LLA: 1726 MASL
Days required/ hours to peak : 2-3days / 9-11 hours
Specs: Major Climb, Difficulty 7/9, trail class 2-4 with river crossings
Features: River crossings, tropical and ultramafic forests, rare pitcher plants
Last updated: November 29, 2014

BACKGROUND
In the tradition of Mt. Mantalingajan rises another giant in Palawan, "The Last Frontier of Philippine Mountaineering". Mount Victoria in the municipality of Narra (94 kms. south of Puerto Princesa) is an unexplored and wild destination, with its unbelievable array of flora and fauna just starting to be discovered. Very recently, a "spectacular" rat-eating pitcher plant" was discovered in Mt. Victoria, creating a global sensation for scientists and media alike. It has since been named Nepehenthes attenboroughii and is just one of the species that are beginning to be unravelled in this mountain paradise. Then, of course, the cultural value of this mountain is equally significant, being home to the native Tagbanua tribe.

The terrain of Mt. Victoria is diverse, exciting, and therefore a treat to the intrepid trekker. To start with, a biodiversity of its magnitude can only be nourished by an abundance of water. Hence the numerous waterforms in Mt. Victoria: streams, waterfalls, and even lagoons. You can only imagine the unexplored species lurking in these hidden lakes. For their part, mountaineers have to ford these streams and falls; indeed "80% of the trail involves crossing major and minor rivers".Other destinations waiting to be explored include Atong Peak, and Sultan Peak, and countless other nameless peaks of the Victoria Range.

The trek to the summit of Mt. Victoria is challenging. A mininum of four days is required to do the trek. As mentioned, the trek heavily involves river crossings; and the land trails are mostly steep, and would oftentimes involve bouldering. Yet, just like Mt. Mantalingajan, the rewards are overwhelming. Aside from the biodiversity and the tribes; the summit affords views of South China Sea and Sulu Sea, the neigboring peaks and mountains. This is one climb where you will feel that you have come back to the ancient times. And it will be one adventure of a lifetime!

ITINERARY

Day 0
1300 From San Jose Terminal, take shuttle van to Narra, Palawan
1500 ETA Narra, Palawan. Check in at lodge/inn along national highway
1600 Register with tourism office / police station of Narra, Palawan
1800 Dinner / briefing
Note: One can opt to arrive earlier in Day 0 and visit Estrella Falls.

Day 1
0500 Breakfast
0600 Take tricycle to jump-off point at Sitio Mariwara, Bgry. Princess Urduja
0700 Start trek and crossings of Buhawi River
1200 Lunch at Huling Sapa (i.e. the last river crossing)
1300 Resume trek
1600 Arrival at Mt. Victoria Campsite (water source nearby) / Set up camp
1800 Dinner / socials

Day 2
0500 Wake up call
0600 Start summit assault
0800 Arrival at summit of Mt. Victoria (1726m)
0900 Start descent
1030 Back at High Camp / Break camp
1200 Lunch
1300 Trek down
1600 Arrival at Camp 1 ) / Set up camp
1800 Dinner / socials

Day 3
0600 Wake up call
0700 Breakfast / break camp
0800 Start trek / River crossing
1200 Back at trailhead in Sitio Mariwara. Take trike back to town
1300 ETA Narra, Palawan / Lunch
1400 Take van back to Puerto Princesa
1630 ETA Puerto Princesa

*Note: It is possible to abbreviate Day 2-3 in one long day, making for a two-day climb, but the three day itinerary is more friendly especially because the rivers tend to swell during the afternoon rains.



PRACTICALITIES: MT. VICTORIA
Transportation
Public (1) Van, San Jose Terminal to Narra, Palawan [150 pesos, 2 hours]
(2) Tricycle, rented, Narra poblacion to Sitio Mariwara, Princess Urduja [500 pesos per way, good for 3-4 persons)
Approximately 3-4 hours travel time

Registration
(1) Logbook at the tourism office of Narra and/or barangay hall of Princess Urduja. No registration fees collected as of November 2014.
Kuya Julius is the main guide for hikes in Narra (500 pesos per day)
+63398826987 - Jehson (Tourism Office)
+639099140540- Julius (lead guide)  
Campsites and waypoints
High Camp (around 1400 MASL)
Camp 1 near last river (around 300-400 MASL)
Water sources
Abundant in the river crossing part of the trail and present in campsites 
Cellphone signal
Present and campsite and peak 
River crossings
Buhawi River - 13 river crossings in total. Proceed with caution especially during rainy season 
Roped segments
None
Few
Minimal
Rattan
Few
Hiking notes 
Insect repellant highly recommended due to abidance of insects, including mosquitoes, particularly on the first part of the trail. Guides would advice wearing of slippers during the entire river crossing part but hikers who are not comfortable with slippers should just wear shoes as there are many intervening sections of forest trails.
Sidetrips
From Narra, Estrella Falls is a 20 minutes away by tricycle and can be done on Day 0 or Day 3.
Alternate trails
From the summit the 'Tooth' which is the second summit of Mt. Victoria is accessible with another 2 hours of trekking. The trail, however, is not very established. 
Theoretically possible 
Facilities at jumpoff
(-) Sari-sari stores
(-) Carinderias / paluto
(-) Wash-up / shower places 
Estimated budget (from Puerto Princesa)
1000-1500

MOUNT VICTORIA PICTURES

Perpetually mist-covered, mysterious, and never-before-summitted, 'The Teeth' is one of the yet-unclaimed trophies in Philippine mountaineering. (J. Cervancia, 2009)


Atabay Lake, at 700~800 MASL, is one of the notable waterforms encountered during a climb up Mt. Victoria.

View from the trail-less summit assault, with the mist-covered summit up ahead. The flora are similar to those of Mt. Mantalingajan and Mt. Kinabalu.


Atong Peak - another unexplored but prominent feature of the Victoria range. What flora and fauna lie undiscovered in its slopes?

TRIVIA
The elevation of Mt. Victoria is 1726 MASL. It is the second-highest mountain in Palawan, next only to Mt. Mantalingajan, "The Mountain of God".

Mt. Victoria is the 90th mountain to be entered in the PinoyMountaineer database.

NARRA, PALAWAN WEATHER FORECAST
PinoyMountaineer thanks Jehson Cervancia for the information and pictures in this article and wishes him the best in future explorations within the Narra and Palawan areas.

68 comments:

PinoyApache said...

Thank you for featuring this...

Anonymous said...

hi gids
i just got home this day from mt. victoria i had different experiece from my previous climb. i got another interesting features can be add to the article and got clear pictures from the peak ang its neigboring peaks and mountain ranges.
clarifiaction lang po atong lake ay hindi po madadaan during climb at victoria it is a different climb na pwede dumiritso ng sultan peak atsaka atong peak.
maraming maraming salamat
Godbless
jehson cervancia

dew_drops said...

malaria really scares me, eh. sir jehson di k ba natatamaan nyan?

Anonymous said...

good question para maliwanagan kayo about malaria case sa narra,no hndi yan uso dito hehehe. in mount victoria malaria case is rare. but in mantalingahan malaria is just ordinary hehehe mas maraming namamatay sa simpling sakit lang kaysa sa malaria, believe me. dito sa narra, palawan rare case lang yan... but just to be safe take proper meds pero ako mas takot ako sa water bourne disease like typhoid fever 1st climb ko sa mt victoria pag uwi ko 1 week nagka typhoid ako but its really hard to trace ang source kaya to be safe always bring purification tablet or take meds to prevent typhoid fever. philippines, specailly palawan has advance meds for malaria kaya wag ka matakot, off lang ang katapat nyan wlang ibang source ang malaria kundi sa lamok lang.
thanks

jehson cervancia

Jay Z said...

mukhang maganda itong victoria peak lalo na ung the teeth hhhhmmmm.... masubukan nga hehehe

Anonymous said...

Doc Gids,

Over-the-counter drug ba ang Mefloquine (Lariam S)?

Salamat!

edge said...

Hi there,

I think hahanapan ka ng reseta n2 pag bibili...
Pero pede mo ipakiusap din na wala kc you need to take it in advance for your protection...explain it friendly nlng...

Make sure wala ka allergies sa kung saan...
Matindi rin kc side-effects n2 like;depression, anxiety, paranoia, aggression, nightmares, insomnia, seizures, birth defects,urinary disorders,etc...

Hmmm..nightmares? I wonder na-experience ko to' :)

Ingat po sa pag-inom!

Anonymous said...

..we are inviting every one to climb mt victoria on dec 2009...and im also planning to organize a team to explore the old trail to victoria peak..my father reached the peak way back in 1970 using the old mining trail..the jump off point is in sitio Parangue, Bry Aramaywan, Narra palawan.i'll try to find someone in our place to serve as our guide.this would be a different experience...for those interested pls. contact me(rei tayamora) in this No.09052112203. ofr jehson Cervancia...09293966247.

Anonymous said...

got some new cool pictures of victoria peak and the teeth. and overview from victoria peak from west coast to south coast. look at my friendster just find bojie cervancia

we are planning to organize 1st invityational climb at victoria peak this comming december anyone who are interested, contact the no. above. the succes of this climb would be follow annually as annual climb at victoria peak any comments and suggestions is open


sana lahat ng pinoy na mountaineer ay magkaroon ng annual symphosium para magkakilala tayong lahat at mapakita natin sa isat isa ang mga bundok sa ating mga kanya kanyang lugar ay higit sa lahat magkaisa tayong lahat

dew_drops said...

sir any tentative date on december?

NATS said...

can i joined that exploration trip.. i love explorations as we are doing here in Kalinga.. Nathaniel G. Dalanao 09216023500.. Don't worry hindi ako magiging liabilities.. http://kalingatambayan.multiply.com

Anonymous said...

guys!
this 1st invitational climb @ mt. victoria maybe held before christmas. tentatively dec 19-22 or we extend upto dec 23. comments and suggestions on date of climb is open so we can adjust. this is 1st invitational climb so maybe we limit to 15 persons or maximum of 20 persons. pls confirm lang po until last week of november para maka adjust tayo sa schedule if needed. schedule of climb is flexible varying for the schedule of the participants.
contact no. Jehson cervancia mobile no. 09293966247 or to michi rie tayamora mobile no. 09052112203
join now.....

jehson cervancia

Anonymous said...

hi guys...
the date has been finalized for 1st inviational climb at Mt. Victoria, Dercember 19-22 2009.
join now....
get your slot

thanks

jehson cervancia

Anonymous said...

may slot ba pa sir jehson?
count me in.. Gilson B. Cawis (09212889555)KMS member po..paghahandaan ko po ito talaga.. Thanks! asug asug!!!

Anonymous said...

yup may slot pa ill count you in

Anonymous said...

doc Gidz
narecieve nyo po ba ang e.mail ko about sa invitational climb sa mt. victoria?
thanks.... God bless

jehson cervancia

Anonymous said...

just got home from victoria peak my 3rd succesful climb! this time with the few suakwal mountaineers...

bojie.....

Anonymous said...

huuuuuuuuu!

we conguer the teeth last sunday october 19,2009
hanep! i bojie cervancia and 4 suakwal mountaineers, Mayo,Kim,Jay and val. we did it by traverse climb from victoria peak
hanep! knife edges talaga

bojie cervancia

NATS said...

we should not use the word conquer cause you are not a conqueror... kami sa KMS pwede ba kainin lahat dyan sa gubat?dami na pala nakapunta e kala namin exploration....so be it tara sa sa victoria hehehe..so be it..we will not conquer it pero to explore it not to exploit it..........

Anonymous said...

sorry maraming meaning ang conquer, who told you not to use the word conquer? we conquer the teeth but doesnt mean na conqueror kami.we are all environmentalist na umakyat kaya alam namin at naiintindihan namin ang ginagawa namin. pls understand the word conquer o kaya magbasa ka ng dictionary para mas maintindihan mo.
for your information only few mountaineers palang ang nakaakyat sa victoria peak.

Anonymous said...

hoy nuts wag kang mayabang! sino ka para magasalita ng ganyan?
halika dito papakainin kita ng bato at lupa sa mt. victoria...
yabang mo

Anonymous said...

respect bro, respect. kung wala ka nyan, di ka bagay dito.

NATS said...

we should not use the word conquer cause you are not a conqueror... kami sa KMS pwede ba kainin lahat dyan sa gubat?dami na pala nakapunta e kala namin exploration....so be it tara sa sa victoria hehehe..so be it..we will not conquer it pero to explore it not to exploit it..........

Anonymous said...

this is bojie, wag tayo mag palitan ng mga ganyang salita mag kaisa tayo sa ating layunin na pangalagaan ang ating kalikasan at mag respetohan tayong mga pinoy na mountaineers may kanya kanya tayong pananaw sa mga bagay bagay... isipin natin ang mga ating sinasabi bago natin ito bitawan.
thanks!

Aggie said...

Congratulations to bojie cervancia and the four suakal mountaineers for making it up the TEETH! Making it up the "never before summitted and one of the unclaimed trophies of Philippine mountaineering" is really a feat to be proud of - our hats off to you guys!

/Aggie of One Degree MG

edge said...

pasintabi:
(hoy nuts wag kang mayabang! sino ka para magasalita ng ganyan?
halika dito papakainin kita ng bato at lupa sa mt. victoria...
yabang mo)<---- hindi kaya eto ung sobra yabang heheh cool klng kapatid taga palawan din ninuno ko pero hindi kami ganyan mgsalita.Pakita mo ang humble respect ng mga palawano.Alam ko matatapang tlg palaweno's...

@mamang nats, hindi kmi exploiter nor conqueror,namis-interpret ka sir. They mean to conquer their fear on top of the teeth,that's it!

Akyat lng!

Anonymous said...

KMS?..Kala Mountaineers Sila?..ybng mo mgcomment nats pre-preho kaung kulang s pansin bt d n lng kau mgpost ng mga climb n naakyat nyo n kau p lng nkaka2akyat..newei congrats s grupo n nclimb ung teeth gleng lupet!..

prodigy..LMT

gideon said...

congrats bojie and the suakwal mountaineers for this achievement! i've been corresponding with you both and im thankful for your pioneering efforts in mountaineering there in palawan. hope to climb with you guys soon!

Anonymous said...

nats ikaw na bida.. pero congrats sa mga kaka akyat lang.kina bojie cervancia and 4 suakwal mountaineers, Mayo,Kim,Jay and val. kim and jay , c ken to, punta kmi dyan sa summer.. nats , oo ikaw na tama, ikaw na bida, pero peace lang tayo dito.. and for your info, ang conquer ay nsa robinsons pioneer, 2nd floor. punta ka dun , magaganda products nila.. ibbili pa kita ng bag,you like?

Anonymous said...

pareng bojie pag pasensyahan mo na..hindi lng cguro inabot ng pang unawa nya...my taong ganyan talaga..

Anonymous said...

tama naman. di dpat conquer ang term. ikaw ang mag isip...

Anonymous said...

e tama naman si sir nats. di conquer ang term. kayo nga mag isip...

Anonymous said...

i'm a KMS member too.. and i won't admit na "Kala ko Mountaineer ako".. wala kelangan patunayan para maging mountaineer, kahit sinong gustong umakyat ng bundok at mag-enjoy without exploiting its nature irerespeto natin sila.. i've been to coron at sobrang overwhelmed ako sa likas na ganda ng palawan.. kaya masarap balikan, worth suggesting puntahan.. so sana naman po, wag niyo kami pakainin ng bato at lupa sa victoria.. pasyalan niyo din po kami sa Kalinga, we'll treat you well..

NATS said...

i was just reacting on the word conquer, am not taking it against those who climbed.. Because me too wants to climb the mountain of victoria...and now it was cleared that they r referring na they are conquering their fears...i was just surprised na oa ibang reaction..if that is what they think so be it, little knowledge is dangerous and i pity you edge their is no cure for ignorance and stupidity.

and to those pioneers of mt. victoria congrats hope to see you in the summit too.. and to those who are giving meanings and attacking my group hope to see you too in mt. patukan..

sometimes we misunderstand each others word even in text or the internet..it is just a matter of simple understanding and a little bit of explanation..

NATS said...

sory edge kala ko ikaw nag comment nun si anonimous pala hehehehe... sensya na nadala ako e...

NATS said...

elo edge sensya kala ko kaw yung nag comment sa akin "pakakainin ako bato"na quote mu lang pala..buti na lang review ko ulit..

Anonymous said...

good day

to those committed po na sasama at mga sasama pa sa 1st invitatinal climb sa victoria peak wala po tayong registration fee na babayaran. ang mga fees lang po natin are: guiding fee, porter fee(kong kailangan nyo ng porte tell ahead lang po kayo para mainform natin sila kasi may mga hanapbuhay sila) at conservation fee sa tourism office ng local government.

about po sa pre-climb due to na magkakalayo po tayo, from different places its im possible po na maka pre-climb pa tayo kaya i suggets na dapat ay dec 18 ng before lunch dito na po kayo sa narra,palawan tapos by 1 pm mag meet po tayong lahat para sa briefing including all matters to the climb. yun na po ung pinaka pre-climb natin. free po kayong magbooks ng flights nyo para side trips nyo before or after climb.
and pinaka late na flight po ay 5:30 pm PAL pero alam ko may mas late pa yata 7:00 pm thats Cebu pacific. ang pianka early na dumarating is around 10:00 am thats PAL yung lang po ang alam ko pero may nagsasabi na may mas maaga pa.

please po ang bawat isa ay mag secure nag duyan o hamok kasi masukal talaga limited ung area na mapag latagan ng tent, pero just bring tent kasi baka kailanganin natin.
sa food and other supplies pwede na po na dito na kayo mamili marami kayong mapagpipilian.

this a four day climb, expect na natin na mahirap yung climb prepare lang po tayo.
kaya po dec 19-22 yong date, kasi if ever na mabitin tayo sa day we can adjust until dec 23.

please po mag confirm na po yung mga sasama talaga para ma settle natin ng maaga. para mahaba ang ating preparations


Txt lang po kayo sa 09273120569 or 09293966247 or e.mail lang po kayo sa cjehson@yahoo.com, kung may mga concern po kayo or comments and suggestions.
maraming maraming salamat po...
kita kits po tayo

Jehson cervancia

edge said...

No problem S'Nats,i understand..

Though ang point dito mga Sir (referring to KMS & the 'teeth' explorers) itigil na yang bangayan ng 'conquer' term na yan. Alam na po namin ang mga kakayahan nio sa pag-akyat at lahat naman dito natutuwa sa naabot niong tagumpay.

Kung kau naman po ay walking dictionary,well good for you but it doesnt mean tanga kami sa ganyan.

Wag sana exaggerated sa damdamin,mag-isip muna.
Maging ehemplo po tau sa mga baguhan dito sa akyatan. Ganun kasimple.

Saludo po kami sa inio, and continue more of your endeavor in exploring and featuring mountains of God in Palawan.

Gudluck & Congrats sa aakyat!

Anonymous said...

good day again

one thing pala, may avialable na butane sa NCCC puerto princesa city pwede kayong sumaglit doon sa ground floor po sa hardware section...

Gidz thank you sa site mo kahit magkakalayo tayong mountaineer dito pwede nang makapag communicate.
ayos talaga ang pinoymountaineer.com very useful sa mga mountaineer.
more power to you gidz! thanks

jehson (bojie) Cervancia

Anonymous said...

we should not use the word conquer because you are not a conqueror.. simply of an arrogant person... i pity you NATS.. maangas ka... ngayon babawiin mo..

NATS said...

if that's your understanding anonymous then so be it.......case closed

gideon said...

you're most welcome bojie and i hope to visit mt. victoria too, soon! climbing in palawan is really such an incredible experience.

regarding the word conquer, i think we have our own individual interpretations of the word, let's not impose it on others. if you believe that the term shouldn't be used, then don't use it but don't judge others who use it. finally, i think this debate is actually petty and we must instead focus on what we have in common, like our passion for exploration. i look forward to meeting you guys and climbing the mountains you've explored. pinoymountaineer.com is very very supportive of efforts to explore and document mountains around the philippines for their appreciation and preservation.

Anonymous said...

mga kaibigan patawad

kakakauwi ko lang kaya ngayon lang ako mag asikaso sa invitational climb natin s mt. victoria. walang internet at mahinang-mahina ang signal sa pinggalingan ko. sa mga sasasma po pls po confirm na po kayo this week agahan na lang po natin ang confirmation
maraming salamat po
jehson cervancia

Anonymous said...

hi nats

kamusta? pasensya ka na sa mga conversation ha pro hndo ako yun... kakauwi ko lan kasi kaya ngayon lang ako makaasikaso sa invitational climb sa mt. victoria... confirm ba ang participation nyo?

thanks goodluck

jehson cervancia

Anonymous said...

good day
this the suggested IT for 1st invitational climb at mt. victoria po. sa mga sasama at balak pang sumama baka po my comments kayo.

ITINERARY for 1st Invitational Climb at Mt. Victoria
Day 0 Dec 18
0800 Arrival at Puerto Princesa City via cebu pacific
0830 Drop by NCCC Puerto Princesa city for butane gas if needed
0900 Take Charing bus or Lexus shuttle van to Brgy. Poblacion, Narra, Palawan
1200 ETA Narra, Palawan
1300 Meet contact person or the tourism officer of Narra, Palawan, Briefing and matters for the climb
1500 Buy supplies and things needed for the climb and find vehicle for transportation at jump-off point

Day 1 Dec 19
0400 Breakfast
0500 To jump-off point at Sitio Mariwara, Bgry. Princess Urduja
0600 Start trek
1200 Lunch
1600 Camp base 1. (water source nearby)

Day 2 Dec 20
0500 wake up call
0600 Breakfast
0700 Resume trek
1200 ETA Camp base 2, Lunch (water source nearby)
1300 Assault Peak (optional)
1500 Victoria peak (note: view could not be seen because of fog by this time)
1600 Descent to Camp base 2

Day 3 Dec 21
0500 wake up call / Breakfast
0600 Assault peak (note for clear view peak should be climb in early a.m. )
0800 ETA Victoria peak
1100 Descent to Camp base 2
1200 Lunch
1300 Descent to camp base 1
1400 ETA early camp base 1 (water source nearby)

Day 4 Dec 22
0500 wake up call
0600 breakfast
0700 resume descent
1500 Jump-off point
1600 Back to Brgy. Poblacion
1700 if vehicle of public transpo available to Puerto Princesa city.
Day 5 Dec 23
0700 To Peurto Princesa City and Back to Manila

thanks

Jehson cervancia

Anonymous said...

mga KMS kunwari pa kayo mga berdugo din kayo e http://kalingatambayan.multiply.com/photos/album/43/Thin_Red_Line_Getting_near_enemy_territory

Anonymous said...

waaaaaaaaaaaa... sarap sumama sa Mt. Victoria kaya lang more than 6K na ang round trip ng Cebu Pacific frm Manila - Puerto Princesa & vice versa... ala na bang ibang alternative?... can we take ships instead? ^___^

Anonymous said...

yup there is a Super Ferry for Puerto Princesa.

Also try exploring Zest Air, wala ba silang Puerto flights?

Anonymous said...

"mga KMS kunwari pa kayo mga berdugo din kayo e"

opppsss. as Gid said, can we all stop this petty arguments and focus on what we all love to do, particularly explorations.


When Nats mentioned the word CONQUER, the way I look at it, he merely wanted to emphasize that as environmentalists our mountains (mother nature in general) is our ally, our friend, our playground. So, we don't not really CONQUER it, coz mountains/mother nature is never the ENEMY of a mountaineer. We become conquerors when we are able to conquer something, to even show our power or supremacy over things. But in mountain climbing, we don't do such, right. But, I like the explanation that what we really conquer are our own fears, our own phobia, our self-imposed limiting beliefs (in believing that we can't climb, only to find out, we can in the end).


So as Gid said, we are all right if we only understand where each one is coming from. Let us not veer away from the context of things, lest we really into unnecessary misunderstandings.


In defense to the KMS, I've learned that Kalinga as a place or a culture has never been conquered by any conquistadores/conquerors, so the word alone could be alien to the place and its people. Kalinga has always been a land of the free in that context, where mountains and people co-exist peacefully, mutually supporting each other (if only to exaggerate). So instead of conquering the mountains or even mountain peaks, there is so much emphasis on respecting it. For in itself the mountain (land) is sacred and never an enemy. So much for that digression.


So, be guaranteed that you will be taken cared of by the KMS when you join any of their mountain climbing activities, including their annual invitational climbs.Sayang naman if we pre-judge each other here and fail to climb together merely because of petty misunderstandings. I heard that the KMS guys also come from prominent yet humble and well-respected families in Kalinga, so you are safe in their company.


GOING BACK TO VICTORIA. Ang babait ng mga tao doon. You will wonder that there are so many Ilokanos there. I learned that during the time of Marcos, people from the North were brought there to inhabit the area, just like Mindanao. So when you get to NARRA (parang National Rural Resettlement Area) something like,,, basta hindi ito yung national tree... don't be surprised if you feel like you are in the Ilocandia.

Another thing, ang dami pwedeng sidetrip sa NARRA. you may go to the Bird Sanctuary, may hotspring din. May isla Arena na pawikan sanctuary, etc. May mura rin na lodging house dun. Very accessible rin sa Puerto Princesa, maraming vans.

If you want to side-trip down south, you can reach Rizal or even to Brookspoint. Hehehe... dun ko nalaman na may backdoor to Malaysia... e, pano, mas malapit naman ang mga tao sa tip ng islands sa Malaysia (Balabac) kaysa sa Puerto Princesa, let alone Manila. Pero ngayon meron na rin atang immigration office dun sa Brookspoint? Basta meron din silang magagandang tanawin dun.

So asan ka pa. Join na sa invitational ng Mt. Victoria. Parang ok naman ang IT. At least walang night treks... hehehe....

May simbang gabi rin sa NARRA by then... ang saya ng dawn mass dun... I am certain that your Palawan trip will be an experience of a lifetime.

Peace and cheers to all :-)

Anonymous said...

me promo pa ng 1.7k all in ng dec 16 to puerto princesa, ship via super ferry around that din ang cost.

BPS

NATS said...

elo sir, yes please confirm our participation.

Anonymous said...

these are available flights in palawan
Philipppine airlines/Air Phil
cebu Pacific
Zest air
Sea air

Ship
Super ferry
negros naviagation
Ship Via Iloilo
MB Monte Negro
MB Milagrosa

Bojie

Anonymous said...

thanks sir nats ill count you in

bojie

dew_drops said...

any chance u can move the climb to an earlier date? like dec 15 or something?

Anonymous said...

Ït is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves."
--Sir Edmund Hillary, the first man who stood on top of the world (Mt. Everest) in 1953 with Sherpa Tenzing Norgay.

Anonymous said...

hi dew drops

sorry may mga nagcommit na po na participants baka naka book na po sila going here...
Pasensya... sana u can find ways na makasama

thanks

bojie

rhovee said...

Sa mga sasama po sa invitational climb...

Naka Sale po ang PAL airlines going to Puerto Princesa from Nov 19-25. Travel period from Dec 1-25,Feb and March....Php 1500 po ang roundtrip!

Anonymous said...

thanks sa info Rhovee this will help sa mga participants...

Jehson

Anonymous said...

hi guys

meron pa po na 4 slots na vacant for 1st invitational climb sa mt. victoria. 17 days to go na lang mga kaibigan.

COngrats sa 1st amputee climb. ang galing!

good day


bojie

Anonymous said...

hi..Sir Rei, vacant pa rin po ba ung remaining 4 slots?
salamat..
farisia (PAA)

Anonymous said...

@Farisia

vacant pa ang 4 slots, want to join?

bojie

Anonymous said...

just got home from successful 1st invitational climb at mt. victoria..... grabi ang sAYA namin. ang ganda ng pagkakabuo ng group! march is our nxt climb sa atong lake. if you want to enjoy come and join.... Astig kaming lahat sa group! bojie cervancia(climb organizer) raymon mondero, rommel cruz, francis yap, michi rei tayamora, jaylord reyes, arding madrinan and the first three girls jo steven, farisha jaimon and THE PRINCESS diana jane heredero...... salamt sa aming guides juluis floris,oscar simpoc and portes bruce lee, jun jun and buddy. we enjoy alot....

bojie

Anonymous said...

it was an honor being part o the first organized climb in Mt.Victoria, Palawan. the summit was conquered last Dec.21, 2009 (sorry for the word,haha..may papalag ba?*&%)finally, we got the taste of what the so-called 9/9 difficulty rating and we think the rating was more than what we experienced out there. not to mention the Fars Playground experience, the churvajan and kawalan trails that took all of the excess fat we gained in the previous months before the climb..to sum it up, it was one heck of an experience and the result was worth more than the risk..you should check this mountain or mantalingahan. we will start the preparation for the next organized climb within the range of victoria and probably we'll check the Hidden lake of Victoria known as Atabay/Atong lake. tentative date would be summer of 2009 (March,maybe)..for reservation, email bojie or call/text 09295723469. further, mantalingahan and victoria will also be on the list for the summer.

tnx to the team:bojie,jay,fars,diana,joe,rommel,francis,raymund,julius,oca,bruce,nilo and the 2 other porters..at sa mahiwagang ilaw na paulit-ulit na dumaan sa tent ni francis sa camp 2 in the mid of the nyt.

see yah next tym.

rommel

Anonymous said...

Sir Bojie
sarap naman climbing. san makikita sched for next climb.

totoo ba na may mount tralala sa palawan?

Anonymous said...

hahaha walang mt. tralala sa palawan dec ang nxt invitational climb sa mt. Victoria sama ka ha kung cno ka man hehehe

bojie

Anonymous said...

watch out 1st invitational traverse climb @ sultan peak... tentative schedule December 2010 before Christmas.

Bojie Cervancia

Anonymous said...

waw... ayos gsto ko sumama..

Maldz said...

interested in 1st invitational trav @sultan peak sked on dec 2010 add me at FB: kurkz@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Hi.. anyone mt.victoria sched climb on june 13? Benjie here 09161470805

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