First, for some good news: Mt. Bulusan, in Sorsogon, is now open to hikers! This was confirmed to us by our friends from Bicol. The opening comes after PHIVOLCS lifted its Alert Level status in April 2012. We will be posting Mt. Bulusan itinerary very soon in PinoyMountaineer, and I am also personally planning a hike very soon up this volcano, one of the mountains in Bicol that I haven’t climbed yet.
On the other hand, Mt. Halcon will likely be opened by March 2013 according to our friends from the Sialdang Mountaineers. Currently, the local stakeholders are now planning the system of guides, permits, etc which will hopefully be in operation once Mt. Halcon opens. I am also hearing that when Halcon does reopen, hiking will be seasonal; there will only be designated “climbing seasons” for the mountain, and off-season hiking will not be allowed. We will be posting more details as soon as we get hold of them!