The Philippines tourism industry has been consistently increasing by the year and the number of Travel Agency and Tour Operator has dramatically increased, but a large number of these agencies or operators are not registered and some are just freelancer organizing trips.
Hints to look out for before you book a tour
1. Deceiving Advertising
You call them and they will tell you that the slots for that price is already full, they will then offer higher rates, a good marketing strategy right? or just plain deceiving?
2. Their website or facebook page has very poor reviews or has no reviews at all.
Check out their website and/or facebook page and look for reviews, reviews are important, it reflects on how they service their clients, some have no reviews at all, it's either their not confident of the quality of their services or they removed it because of so many bad reviews. One good example is 888, they were bashed by so many people they removed the review section of their facebook page.
Poor reviews = Poor service
No reviews = Hiding or is not confident of their services.
How to Get to Buscalan Village in Tinglayan, Kalinga
Manila as your starting Point, the village can be reached from either Tabuk in Kalinga or Bontoc in the Mountain Province.
Via Tabuk Victory Liner offers daily trips to Tabuk in their Kamias and Sampaloc Terminal. It's a 10 to 11 hours ride. The fare is around Php780-Php820 fro more information please check out this link, Victory Liner. In Tabuk you have to ride a jeep or bus going to Bontoc or Tinglayan across Saint William’s Cathedral. The ride takes around three hours and fare is around P150. Your destination is Bugnay, from there you can ride a habal-habal going to Buscalan turning point. I would not advise that you wait for the jeep from Bontoc that pass through Bugnay at around 2:30-4:30PM. Estimated time of arrival in Busclan turning point via habal-habal is at around 8:30-9:00AM, from Buscalan Turning point it is about one to one and half hour of trek. Estimated Time of Arrival in Buscalan Village 11:00AM
Nestled in the heart of the Mountain Provinces is a small town gifted with beautiful natural resources and rich cultural heritage.
1. Experience Spelunking in Sumaguing Cave, another option would be doing a cave connection, Cave connection, your entry point will be Lumiang Cave and will exit in Sumaguing Cave.
Mt. Manabu is one of the three major peaks of the Malipunyo Mountain Range [Malipunyo Summit and Susong Dalaga Summit]
Manabu has two trails, one known as the Grotto, a longer trail that pass through to the Grotto [toinks] and will lead you directly to the Summit [760 MASL] that is marked by a white cross[Takes around 3 hours].The other trail which leads to Mang Pirying's coffee place which is easier than the other trail [Takes around 2 hours]. Manabu is a good climb for day hikes and fun climbs.
It was in 2007 when I first went to Sagada, I can no longer remember why and how I knew about Sagada, but I can still remember the excitement I felt when I was planning the trip, I guess my love and interest in nature that grew because of many hiking trips with friends led me in finding the heart of the Mountain Province called Sagada.
Me hugging the Bell, no fence around the Bell back then.
At the edge, the Famous "Dila" in Rockies, Mt. Maculot 
My Love for nature all started when a friend invited me to do a hike, my very first hike was in Mt. Maculot in Cuenca, Batangas way back in 2000. Mt. Maculot is known to be the beginners Mountain here in Luzon.The mountain is about 947 m or 3,107 ft tall, but most climbers would not scale this height and would only climb up to the campsite and visit the Rockies. In Rockies you will find a great view of Taal Lake. and Taal Volcano.
About the Author
Ven Baclig is a blog noob that loves nature and would like to travel and explore the Philippines and beyond, He also owns and operate JAB Travel Ventours and would like to share his experiences with you. If you'd like to connect with him, head on over the Contact Us page and/or click on the links below, Thanks!!!
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