Climb no. 4 Tarak Ridge of Mt. Mariveles

September 25-26, 2010: marks my fourth climb and my first major mountain according to scale of 4/9 difficulty.

Am a noob and was looking for more climbs because I did really enjoy the previous minor climbs I had, Pico de Loro, Mt. Balagbag and Mt. Batulao.  I was truly infected by the hiker’s itch as they call it, and once you got it- there’s no cure for it.  Climbs will absolutely be followed by more climbs.

On searching facebook, I got to search Julius Estrado who introduced me to Al del Barrio of the Voyagers Adventure club.

All videos courtesy of Angelo Clamor.

The list of participants in this climb are: Ricky Masangcay, Kareen Enriquez, Jeffrey Chua Manuzon, Gerard Philip So Chan, Phil Handang, Jhopay Acuna, Jomel Acuna, Eugene Rosete, Al Del Barrio, Eduardo Santiago Bedural Jr., Yan Salles, Precious Aceveda, Miho Hazama, Gem Cruz-Otico, Shane Kara Dela Cruz, Jec Soriano, Mylene Tolentino Platon, Agnes Robel, Kat Solmayor, Jon Lombs, Emj Babaran, Rodger Ignacio, Daytutos Danger, Bem Bem, Miichaeel Gapann and Lakan Bunyi.

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Anima Christi

Christ icon in Taizé

Christ icon in Taizé (Photo credit: lgambett)

Soul of Christ, sanctify me
Body of Christ, heal me
Blood of Christ, drench me
Water from the side of Christ,
wash me
Passion of Christ, strengthen me

Good Jesus, hear me
In your wounds, shelter me
From turning away, keep me
From the evil one, protect me
At the hour of my death call me
Into your presence lead me,
to praise you with all your saints
forever and ever,


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Manabu Peak Climb with Maktrav and Friends (Climb no. 46)

I’d like to share our climb which was last July 13-14, 2013. My family including our Maktrav climbed Manabu Pk of Malarayat Mountain Ranges in Batangas (Southern Luzon).  We climbed together with our city-neighbour friends Ysmael Domingo and Rayo Ocampo. In fact this video is courtesy of Mr Ysmael Domingo our photographer friend.

This was Wyatt Maktrav’s birthday month climb since he turns 1 year old on July 31st; his 3rd climb too, after Pico de Loro of Mt Palay-palay and Mt. Daguldol.

We are lucky to have our friends around because when we were nearing the camping grounds, the rain was pouring down lightly so our friends- Rayo and Ysmael managed to go ahead of us in order to pitch the tents early which are necessary to shelter Maktrav because we can make a good guess that the rain will pour down harder when we reach the camping grounds.

The light rains “ambon” started to make our path more slippery and Maktrav doesn’t want his head covered by cloth so its making him quite fussy.

Manabu Peak is special for me. I have climbed it several times in different ways: 1st was night trek, the first climb I had with Sha, 2nd was Maculot traverse+Manabu Peak traverse, 3rd was trilogy of Malarayat Range- Malipunyo-Biak-na-bundok-Manabu Peaks traverse. So this time was actually my 4th climb in Manabu Peak, what makes it special is that this time Maktrav is with us.

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English: Stained glass windows at Notre-Dame, ...

English: Stained glass windows at Notre-Dame, Geneva, Switzerland. Top: God the Father; middle: Dove of Holy Spirit in trefoil; lower: Annunciation scene. Français : Vitraux de la basilique Notre-Dame, Genève, Suisse. Deutsch: Fenster in der Liebfrauenbasilika, Genf, Schweiz. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Have mercy on me, God, in your kindness.
In your compassion blot out my offense.
O wash me more and more from my guilt
and cleanse me from my sin.

My offenses truly I know them;
my sin is always before me.
Against you, you alone, have I sinned;
what is evil in your sight, I have done.

That you may be justified when you give sentence
and be without reproach when you judge.
O see, in guilt I was born,
a sinner was I conceived.

Indeed you love truth in the heart;
then in the secret of my hearth teach me wisdom.
O purify me, then I shall be clean;
O wash me, I shall be whiter than snow.

Make me hear rejoicing and gladness,
that the bones you have crushed may thrill.
From my sins turn away your face
and blot out all my guilt.

A pure heart create in me, O God,
put a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me away from your presence;
nor deprive me of your holy spirit.

Give me again the joy of your help;
with a spirit of fervor sustain me,
that I may teach transgressors your ways
and sinners may return to you.

O rescue me, God, my helper,
and my tongue shall ring out your goodness.
O Lord, open my lips
and my mouth shall declare your praise.

For in sacrifice you take no delight,
burnt offering from me you would refuse,
my sacrifice, a contrite spirit.
A humbled, contrite heart you will not spurn.

In your goodness, show favor to Zion;
rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.
Then you will be pleased with lawful sacrifice,
then you will be offered young bulls on your altar.

– Psalm 51

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Prayer Before A Days Work

Direct, we beg you, O Lord,
our actions by your holy inspirations,
and carry them on by your gracious assistance,
that every prayer and work of ours
may begin always with you,
an through you
be happily ended.

– p16, Handbook of Prayers (Charles Belmonte-James Socias)

Handbook of Prayers

Handbook of Prayers

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Be Not Afraid


Be Not Afraid


You shall cross the barren desert, but you shall not die of thirst.
You shall wander far in safety though you do not know the way.
You shall speak your words in foreign lands and all will understand.
You shall see the face of God and live.


Be not afraid.
I go before you always.
Come follow me, and
I will give you rest.


If you pass through raging waters in the sea, you shall not drown.
If you walk amid the burning flames, you shall not be harmed.
If you stand before the pow’r of hell and death is at your side, know that
I am with you through it all.


Blessed are your poor, for the kingdom shall be theirs.
Blest are you that weep and mourn, for one day you shall laugh.
And if wicked men insult and hate you all because of me, blessed, blessed are you!

Utah desert Mist

Utah desert Mist (Photo credit: Loco Steve)

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16 Inspirational Quotes From the Late, Great Steve Jobs

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Gira Con Me (The World Wanders With Me)

The world wanders with me tonight

Little steps I take with you
I follow your heart and I follow the moon
So hidden far away from me
The world wanders with us tonight

Ahhh if only far away from here existed
A place where to discover my heart

To know if it can love you or not

And it will wander and it will wander
This heart of mine along with you
And the earth will wander
My life will wander and yes yes one day it will understand

It’s you who wanders with me tonight
It’s you who wanders far from here
But yes I know that you are my moon
Something you show, something you don’t

There are blue roads in the sky
There are eyes, and the sky is already there
Yes, I think this is the stars
Ahh, if I could stop like this

And it will wander, and it will wander
My heart far from you
And the earth will wander
My life will wander and one day yes, yes it will understand

Heart already far away
Yes you are the moon
If only i could discover it in the sky

And it will wander, and it will wander
Yes it will wander this heart of mine
And the earth will wander, my life will wander
And one day yes it will understand
And one day yes it will understand you

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I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;

A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

A tree that may in summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;

Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.

Joyce Kilmer

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Your Heart Today

Where there is fear I can allay
Where there is pain I can heal
Where there are wounds I can bind
And hunger I can fill

Lord, grant me courage
Lord, grant me strength
Grant me compassion
That I may be Your heart today

Where there is hate I can confront
Where there are yokes I can release
Where there are captives I can free
And anger I can appease (REFRAIN)

When comes the day I dread
To see our broken world
Compel me from my cell grown cold
That Your people I may behold

Where there is fear I can allay
Where there is pain I can heal
Where there are wounds I can bind
And hunger I can fill

And when I’ve done all that I could
Yet there are hearts I cannot move
Lord, give me hope
That I may be Your heart today

Matthew 25:40b
Jesus said: “…whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.”

child begging

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