Hanna Sanchez: 25KM Ultra Swim To Save Animals

Donate a Peso per lap or pledge a fixed amount

Hanna Sanchez is probably the first local triathlete who has used her talent in swimming to raise funds and help treat abandoned animals for care and future adoption.
Animals  are near and dear to Hannah’s heart (she herself takes care of more than a dozen stray cats and dogs in her home) as she has been an active supporter of CARA (Compassion and Responsibility for Animals) Welfare Philippines.
Last year, she was able to raise more than P65,000.00 by swimming 13 hours straight (with 1 hour rest break) totaling 22.5kms and donating the proceeds to CARA.

Her feat last year

On August 16, 2014, Hannah will again attempt to duplicate the feat and add more to her time last year by attempting to finish a staggering distance of 25km and raise P100,000 through pledges, all for the sake of animal welfare.
She may be busy in her other aspects of life in work and training but these won’t stop her from giving back in a very personal and hands-on way of helping animals.
Here’s how you can help Hannah and donate to CARA Welfare Philippines:
  1. Enter your pledges through this form: (link, preferrably opens in a new tab)http://form.jotform.me/form/41612207040438?
  2. On August 16, 2014, Hanna will swim for 14 hours straight, 6 AM-8 PM to complete the 25 kilometers; 500 laps on a 50m pool. At the end of the event, CARA will inform the donors and sponsors the lap count through email.
  3. You can donate the pledges through bank deposit, paypal, or drop-off in-kind donations at designated locations.
For Ultra Swim updates, follow us at facebook! (link) http://facebook.com/caraphil
If you wish to donate now, you can send in donations through:
PESO Account #: 3191-0467-05
USD Account #: 3124-0417-66 Swift#bopiphmm
You can send in your donations to secretary@caraphil.org or click here: (link)http://www.caraphil.org/mainsite/get-involved/donate/
Drop off dog food, cat food, and any kind of pet supplies on the following locations:
CARA Clinic: 
2365 Singalong St.,
Malate, Manila
Look for Vimla
Kumon Center
6th flr. Kumon Center, 833 Dominion Bldg, Pasay Rd.,
Makati City
Look for Moreen/Jeng
For inquiries, please email info@caraphil.org

Trail Chronicles #19: Mt. Balagbag Trail Run

“Typhoon Glenda aims for Metro Manila” was the weather forecast early Tuesday morning! And while most classes were already suspended and some private and government offices were set to dismiss their employees to prepare them for the typhoon onslaught, it was ironic to see rays of sunshine over a tinge of clouds hovering above. No rains, no drizzle as yet!

So, what to do? Running buddy Jun and i decided to take our chances, find the nearest trails and before we knew it, we ended up at the foothills of Mt. Balagbag, Baraggay Licao-Licao in San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, a mere 25 minute drive from SM Fairview!

Rising above the Sierra Madre mountains, we slowly inched our way up into the hills and i soon realized that this is a trail runner’s paradise! Though we were walking those steep hills, we compensated it by blazing through on the flat and downhill portions which winded through lush greenery, macadam roads, long-winding mountain paths and hosts of wild birds and flowers.

There is a small, scattered community during our climb where people seem to be friendly to us visiting strangers that we had to stop several times and engage them in small banter.

The trails here are classic mountain trails with acres of lush green forest mountains, ridges and several kilometers of random technical trails with small streams trickling on the sides.

There are a few stores located along the route but don’t expect drinks to be ice cold as the place is devoid of any electrical power. Near the top of Mt. Balagbag is a private property where bikers and hikers usually enter to be at the mountain’s highest peak, the so called “Helipad” where you could have a 360 degree view of the mountain area.

Since this is a private property, a caretaker (who is usually in front of the main gate) will ask you to register in a logbook and charge you an entrance fee of P20.00 per head to enter their steel gate and climb the helipad. But if you’re just going to pass through in front of the property without entering the gate, you shouldn’t pay anything even if the caretaker asks you to. It’s his tiny scam version of a “kotong” cop!

I would like to return on this trail very soon, explore further and extend our run to Mt. Maranat which is another 18 kilometers to the north. A side trip we did at an old abandoned dam with nice waterfalls was another highlight of our run. And like the trails itself, i am left with awe and amazement!

I’m leaving you with the rest of the trails. We’ll be back here pretty soon!

Rock formations along the route

Ani De Leon-Brown to Compete at Challenge Roth Triathlon in Germany

On Sunday July 20th, DATEV Challenge Roth will celebrate 30 years of triathlon in Roth with a field of 5,500 athletes from over 60 nations, including the strongest pro field ever seen on the fast Bavarian course. Supported by over 220,000 spectators, Challenge Roth athletes will once again be a part of the greatest triathlon on earth.

The pro field will feature two world champions, Pete Jacobs and Mirinda Carfrae, both of Australia. They are joined by Luke McKenzie (AUS), James Cunnama (RSA), Eneko Llanos (ESP), defending champion Dirk Bockel (LUX), European champion Ritchie Nicholls (GBR) and top German athletes Timo Bracht and Nils Frommhold.

Among the women, Rachel Joyce (GBR) will once again go head to head with Carfrae, joined by Yvonne van VlerkenCaroline Steffen (SUI) and Michelle Vesterby (DEN) and Rebekah Keat (AUS) forming an absolute world-class field, together with the German top triathletes Anja Beranek (formerly Ippach) and Julia Gajer.

So happy and excited that Triathlete Ani De Leon-Brown will also be among the few Filipinos competing at the DATEV Challenge Roth Triathlon this Sunday. I know she will go all out in her quest to to do a sub- 11 hour finish time and be the first Pinay finisher is this prestigious multi-sports event!

Ani is truly grateful to her friends and sponsors, Unilab among them, who has supported her through these years in her quest to be the best Filipina triathlete! Another Filipina bet, Noelle De Guzman (Kikay Runner) is also competing in this event and our best wishes goes to her, as well!

Viel Glück, ladies!


Filipina Ironwoman to Compete at Challenge Roth Triathlon in Germany

Philippine Ironman record-holder Ani De Leon-Brown aims to be first Filipina finisher (Press Release)

Ironwoman Ani De Leon-Brown will make a bid to be the first Filipina to finish DATEV Challenge Roth—the world’s biggest long-distance triathlon event, in Germany on July 20. Brown joins around 3,500 individual starters and 650 relay teams from over 60 countries.

“I am so excited to join Challenge Roth. This race will be quite historic for me as it has some parallels with my quest in 2008 as the First Filipina to finish in the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii, on the race’s 30th anniversary. It is the 30thyear anniversary of Challenge Roth this year also,” said Brown, who has completed at least 10 Ironman distance races here and abroad.

Ani De Leon-Brown

Prior to the upcoming Challenge Roth, Brown competed at the Ironman Melbourne in March this year, where she set the Philippine Ironman Record with a time of 11:08.

“My record-setting finish at Ironman Melbourne was a great way to mark my 20th year as a triathlete. I am hoping and praying that I will be able to pull off a sub-11 finish at DATEV Challenge Roth. That would really be a feat for me!” said Brown, who is a member of Unilab Active Health Triathlon Team.

From her days as a member of the swim team of the University of the Philippines (UP) to her joining her first Ironman Distance Race in Matabungkay in 2002, Brown has become popular in the local triathlon scene as a coach and athlete. Thus, her bid at DATEV Challenge Roth interests both her supporters as well as fellow triathletes.

“I am thankful for all the encouragement that I am getting from my family, friends and fellow triathletes. My supporters and sponsors have also been very generous. I am blessed and honored to represent our country at DATEV Challenge Roth,” said Brown.

Author with Ani De Leon during the Active Health Sports Clinic last year

Since its first race in September 1984, DATEV Challenge Roth is considered as the “heart of the triathlon” and is expected to attract over 220,000 spectators this year. The competition will start with a 3.8 kilometers swim in the Main-Donau-Canal, followed by a 180 kilometers bike race and a final marathon of 42 kilometers.

Maximum finish time is 15 hours for single starters and 13.45 hours for relay teams. The current world record, which was actually established in Roth, is 7:41:33 by Andreas Raelert in 2011.



My Cavite Dash For The Elderly 21k Trail Run Experience

Running the trails of Silang in Cavite was a culmination of a week of short and wet neighborhood road runs which have become tiring or tedious at its worst.

But when we arrived early yesterday morning in the quaint town of Silang to run the Dash For The Elderly Half-Marathon Trail Run, the traffic and pollution in the city were soon forgotten, being replaced by trails which were almost dry and packed, throwing some of its best routes, scenery, humidity, small town hospitality and fresh air for trail runners! And with only about 150 runners, we had all the trails by ourselves!

The morning started at about 2am when Erwin, Iris and i left Quezon City for Cavite, making a stop-over first at Erwin’s office quarters in Dasmariñas where we had boiled corn on the cob before heading to Silang which was just 10 minutes away. We parked in front of the Silang Municipal Hall and Erwin got our race packets just across the street at the town plaza which would also serve as the starting and finish line areas.

We expected some rain but there was none as the weather somewhat cooperated–a little overcast and comfortable although it was still dark when the gun went off at exactly 5:00am. The first 3 kilometers or so were ran on pavement and saw many runners dashing off, intent maybe to reach the trails the soonest possible time. I had planned just to run the course slow and steady just enough time to take pictures along the trails and complete the cut-off time of about 4 hrs or so.

Past 2 kms in i started to realize that eating boiled corn on the cob was not the best choice for breakfast we had an hour earlier. My acid reflux (acidity) started to act up and i had a hard time breathing as the tightness of my chest became palpable so i had to slow down considerably, taking walk breaks just to ease the pain. I popped-up my usual antacid tab which i always bring during races and although i felt uncomfortable for a while, i was able to ride with the flow and started to feel better at about the half-way mark.

Despite feeling the blahs, i found the scenery invigorating! The trails were mostly double tracks, an obvious reference to the mountain bikers who frequent these routes. The place is basically an agricultural area where different crops are planted including pineapples and other plant varieties. Some parts of the trails were really grassy and wished that they had trimmed it off a bit to reveal those shallow canals located in between the double tracks to warn runners of the dangers in stepping on it. I saw quite a few who stumbled when they stepped on these holes.

Kudos to the aid stations which had plenty of iced water and to the marshals who probably had a hundred ways to say, “good morning”! There were adequate arrow markers along the way although there were points along the course we weren’t too sure where to proceed but were saved by runners coming back and pointing to us the right paths.

Other than that, i thought the race was very well-organized and i thoroughly enjoyed the over-all experience and would definitely recommend this race if it happens again. It was one great event! My hats off to JC Igos (RD) and his Cavite Organizing Team for a job well done!

Here are the photos i took along the course. Hope you enjoy them!


L-R: Erwin (Powergrid), Ka Totoy, Iris, me

Arc to Brgy Munting Ilog

Start of the trails after running about 2.5 kms of concrete

The trails here are mostly double-track, a route where mountain bikers use and explore

Parts rugged and some parts grassy

Part of the grassy trail which should have been trimmed a little to expose the ankle-deep canal in the middle island to warn the runners

2nd leading female, Iris Torculas

The trails were a little soggy but not muddy, just perfect for the tired feet

Part of the 100 plus strong runners coming back from the first turn-around point

Trail princess, Jing Ronquillo always ready for the camera

Gooooo, Jing!

Selfie with EJ, my instant running buddy along the trails

Along a shaded area

I also run when not taking pictures

Pic taken by Jhunbie Serna

One of the uphills

Going into an open field

Great weather yesterday as we had a mostly dry route instead of a wet, muddy trail that we had anticipated

The open field

Reminds me of the Nuvali trails

From the 2nd turn-around point

There were grazing cows along the route

Small pineapple fields were scattered along the route

Entering my favorite part of the route, the Holy trail

It’s the most silent and scenic part of the trail although a short one at that

It’s the closest to a forest-like scenery where a church stands nearby thus its name, the Holy Trail

It took us the longest time just marveling at these spots. More of the trails here…—->

Some of the trails offer good views of plantations

21k done! You have to cross the street first before reaching the finish line a few meters away

With Race Director JC Igos (middle in glasses) and some of the race officials

Hanging out with the USANA ladies

With Jing

2nd Corregidor Marathon: January 17-18, 2015

Corregidor has been described as an “open museum”, where remnants of a battleground like the Mile-long Barracks, Malinta Tunnel, the artillery/batteries, old hospital, a cinema, and many more structures still stands mighty proud that showcases the courage and bravery of the Filipino soldiers. And that’s just part of its attraction.

Sweeping vistas of richly dense forests and the serene ocean surf seem as common as the wild birds that hover around the giant Yakal trees on all parts of the island.

When i ran the First Corregidor Marathon early this year, i knew it won’t be easy, with undulating climbs and long downhills that had your thighs and hamstrings screaming to stop! It’s one difficult route but equally amongst the most scenic. Having run on this island many times in the past, this was the first time a full marathon had been staged here and the experience was both enriching and amazing! Read my reviews here and here.

Right now, preparations are underway for the 2nd staging of the Corregidor Marathon to be held on January 17, 2015 (Saturday) that promises to attract more runners from overseas. Accompanying events will also take place like the 5k Blitz Run on the same date while the Corregidor International Half-Marathon (CIHM) and 10k will be held the following day, January 18, 2015.

Beginning this coming 2015, race participants to both Corregidor Marathon and Corregidor International Half-Marathon will only be paying for the race itself. Team Run Corregidor is giving back to race participants the option to choose their mode of transportation to the island.

The race registration fees will have four schedules:

Distance Advance Registration(Jul 7 – Aug 20) Regular(Aug 21 – Oct 31) Late (Nov 1 – Dec 31) Last-Minute(Jan 1-11, 2015)
42K P2000 (USD 45) P2500 (USD 55) P3000 (USD 65) P3500 (USD 75)
5K P900 (USD 20) P1000 (USD 22) P1250 (USD 28) P1500 (USD 33)
21K P1250 (USD 28) P1500 (USD 33) P1750 (USD 39) P2000 (USD 45)
10K P1000 (USD 22) P1250 (USD 28) P1500 (USD 33) P1750 (USD 39)

Team Soleus

2nd CORREGIDOR MARATHON Day 1, January 17, 2015

42K Full Marathon

Gun Start: 6:00am

NO qualifying time; NO race finish cut-off time

Race Registration inclusions:

  • Finisher’s Medallion (0.5kg, 5-in diameter)
  • CM Dri-fit Race Shirt
  • Race bib w/ RFID timing chip
  • CM Race sling bag
  • Runners’ Briefing (Jan 10 & 11, 2015)
  • CM Post-Race Party
  • CM Digital Finisher’s Certificate
  • P1,000 SOLEUS Gift Voucher

*For race participants attending the Carbo-loading Dinner (Jan. 16, 2015), Carbo Dinner ticket may be availed at P250.00 at the Runners’ Briefing.

Rochelle, Inja and Jun of Team Soleus

5K Blitz

Gun Start: 8:00am

NO qualifying time; NO race finish cut-off time

Race Registration inclusions:

  • 5K Blitz Finisher’s Medal
  • CM Dri-fit Race Shirt
  • Race bib w/ RFID timing chip
  • CM Race sling bag
  • Runners’ Briefing (Jan 10 & 11, 2015)
  • CM Post-Race Party
  • 5K Blitz Digital Finisher’s Certificate
  • P1,000 SOLEUS Gift Voucher

*For race participants attending the Carbo-loading Dinner (Jan. 16, 2015), Carbo Dinner ticket may be availed at P250.00 at the Runners’ Briefing.

5th CORREGIDOR International Half-MARATHONDay 2, Jan 18, 2015

21K Half-Marathon

Gun Start: 8:00am

NO qualifying time; NO race finish cut-off time

Race Registration inclusions:

  • Finisher’s Medallion (3-in diameter)
  • CIHM Dri-fit Race Shirt
  • Race bib w/ RFID timing chip
  • CIHM Race sling bag
  • Runners’ Briefing (Jan 10 & 11, 2015)
  • CIHM Post-Race Victory Party
  • CIHM Digital Finisher’s Certificate
  • P1,000 SOLEUS Gift Voucher

*For race participants attending the Carbo-loading Dinner (Jan. 17, 2015), Carbo Dinner ticket may be availed at P250.00 at the Runners’ Briefing.

Before the start

10K Challenge

Gun Start: 8:15am

NO qualifying time; NO race finish cut-off time

Race Registration inclusions:

  • 10K Challenger Finisher’s Medal
  • Race bib w/ RFID timing chip
  • CIHM Dri-fit Race Shirt
  • CIHM Race sling bag
  • Runners’ Briefing (Jan 10 & 11, 2015)
  • CIHM Post-Race Victory Party
  • 10K Challenge Digital Finisher’s Certificate
  • P1,000 SOLEUS Gift Voucher

*For race participants attending the Carbo-loading Dinner (Jan 17, 2015), Carbo Dinner ticket may be availed at P250.00 on Nov 30 & Dec 1 during the Runners’ Briefing.

Advance Registration Procedures:

1) Pay the corresponding ADVANCE RACE REGISTRATION fee by way of a bank deposit at any BDO branch using the following details:

BDO Checking Account

Account Name: Big Big Big, Inc.

Account Number: 000410417114

*For international participants, as follows are the details when depositing corresponding race registration fee through bank transfer:

BDO (Banco de Oro Unibank, Inc.)

Branch details: 041 Bel-Air

Swift Code: BNORPHMM

Acct details: Checking Account

Account Name: Big Big Big, Inc.

Account Number: 000410417114

2) Send the photo-captured copy of the deposit slip as a direct message/private message to the applicable FB fan page (“Corregidor Marathon” or “Corregidor International Half-Marathon”) indicating your full name and chosen distance category.

3) In 24 hours, an alpha-numeric code reply to your message will be sent to you by the page moderator. This code CAN NOT be shared with another person. This code is needed for the filling up and validation of your on-line registration form.

4) Once you have received your alpha-numeric code, on the applicable FB page, complete your registration for the race by clicking the on-line registration form link.

5) Once race registration is validated, you will receive in 48 hours your race inclusion confirmation via email. On the confirmation email, you will be notified when you may claim your race registration kit. It will coincide with the Runners’ Briefing. The venue will be announced via personal email and blog posts at a later date.

SPECIAL BONUS for CM & CIHM Advance Registrants:

Running the full and half-marathon distances in Corregidor is no easy feat. Serious preparations must be undertaken.

To all advance registrants, Team Run Corregidor is providing a free monthly training on the actual race course, beginning August 13. For more information, visit the FB fan pages of Corregidor Marathon and Corregidor International Half-Marathon.


Sun Cruises as our event partner is generously giving special rates for race participants of both the 2nd Corregidor Marathon and 5th Corregidor International Half-Marathon:

P1300/person EXCLUSIVE to race participants ONLY (inclusive of round-trip ferry, lunch buffet, and entrance fee to the island).

Room accommodations are limited. In consideration of this, Sun Cruises will be offering Camping Tents for rent (P500 flat rate).

Sun Cruises will start accepting ferry and accommodations booking for CM & CIHM participants beginning August 21, 2014.

For booking concerns, please contact Sun Cruises (8am to 5pm – Mon to Fri; 8am to 12nn Sat) at 5275555 loc 4511 and 4512, 0917-5459917, 0917-8084641, 0922-8475418.



Trail Chronicles #18 : The Pimco 2X Test Run Trail Route

It’s been more than two weeks since i had my last run and i’m still reeling from a bad case of acid reflux which would ease off at times only to have those bouts of acidity return back after a few days. I already bypassed two week-end races including the Soleus Nuvali Trail run which i was really looking forward to but the discomfort was too much to bear so i had to skip that one up.

Except for the occasional trips to the gym, running was in my back burner until i received a call last Friday from Manny Santos of Pimco, organizer of the Tanay Trail races to do a familiarization run of the 2X Buddy/Solo 24k trail race (July 20) yesterday, Sunday. I wasn’t to keen on running as yet but if i was to measure my level of physical fitness and see if my acidity has tapered down, then it would be worth the try.

I immediately called running buddy Jun to see if we could go together. “Weather permitting”, he said. I was roused about from the driving rain at 3:30 am yesterday and it was raining so hard i presumed Jun would opt to just doze off in dreamland. Thirty minutes later, phone rang and it was Jun telling he’ll be coming in a few minutes to fetch me.

We arrived in Tanay at about 6:20am with Alvin Balderama, Pimco Race Director waiting for us worried that nobody would show up. Jun and i were the first to arrive and it would be another 15 minutes before the others started arriving.

The 24k and 12k distances for the 2x Buddy/Solo Trail Run this coming July 20 will cover parts (35%) of the Daraitan Trail run held a few months ago and the rest will venture into new trails. And we were in for a very pleasant surprise!

Returning to this place, i was pretty much awed by the landscape of lush greenery along this route, the effect of rainfalls it had over the past few days after near drought that enveloped this area a few months ago. Tanay’s vast scope of winding forests trails and it’s endless scenery of mountains and rivers can simply overwhelm as its popularity as a trail running destination has soared through the years.

I thought these photos of the trails and its surroundings may illustrate what i mean and give you a good glimpse of the 2X Solo/Buddy trail race this coming July 20.

Registration is still open via online. Please follow this link. http://www.pimcosportingevents.net/#!2x-fun-trail-details/c1orc

Without much further ado…the 2X Buddy/Solo Trail route:

Start is in front of Sampaloc Inn, Tanay Rizal. With Marie and Markus


Inching your way down the very slippery falls is no easy task

Marie is the Manggo girl!

Green as it can get. One of the best scenery along the route!

Cordillera Great Traverse 2015: A Homegrown Expedition

A case can be made that if paths or trails could be identified and established to interconnect the six provinces of the Cordillera Autonomous Region (CAR), you would have one of the most scenic trekking/running destinations in Asia or even the world that would be synonymous with the likes of the Appalachian Trail (3,500km, USA), the Great North Walk (250km, Australia), Drakensberg (220km, South Africa) and GR20 (180km Europe).

A possible venue for a multi-day ultra marathon or a Fastest Recorded Time competition? Likely. A trekking/hiking destination for mountaineers all over the world? Most definitely!

This, in short is the gist of the Cordillera Great Traverse 2015 (CGT) — to establish the longest, most scenic and sustainable trekking/hiking/running trail destination in the Philippines by connecting the 6 CAR provinces of Ifugao, Kalinga Apayao, Abra, Benguet and the Mountain Province. This will be achieved through an expedition that will start next April 2015.

There is no need to justify the scenic merits of the Cordillera region. It will be the ultimate venue for the longest trail expedition in the Philippines covering about 400 kms of trails, mountain passes, waterfalls, rice terraces, ancient villages and along the crests and valleys of the Cordillera mountains, unique because of its Asian flavor, cultural heritage, natural diverse beauty and cool climate.

For a better perspective of what CGT 2015 is all about, here’s a primer of what’s in store for the next few months to come:



JOURNEY :    (July- October 2014) –  plotting . research . coordination  

EXPEDITION:  ( November 2014-March 2015) -    mapping . route recon . immersion

TRAVERSE:  (April 2015) – expedition proper


  • CONNECT THE TRAILS.  The traverse shall allow the CGT team to establish the longest and most scenic trekking/hiking trail destination in the Philippines.  This shall be done through research, mapping, immersion with the locals, and actual reconciliation of the trails of each province.
  • EXPLORE  The traverse shall allow the team to learn the culture of each of the ethnic groups who’ve held the mountains as their home for centuries.  The locals shall act as guides to establish the trails and lead them to discover more about the region.
  • PROTECT  The traverse shall be the means to mutually exchange knowledge with the locals on how to protect the mountains.  As the team maps the trails during the traverse, its aim is to be the advocates of protection of the Cordillera Mountains and its beauty.



The idea started with one Facebook post inquiring whether there were connecting trails or natural pathways for the 6 provinces of the Cordillera Administrative Region as the ultimate venue for the longest trail expedition in the Philippines.  This would showcase the diverse natural beauty, cultural heritage and cool climate of the region.

The idea, both being novel and challenging, stoked the interest of almost everyone especially those who are nature lovers and have solid athletic background.

After several exchanges online, the CGT 2015 Team was formed and the first team meeting was held on June 7, 2014.


The CGT 2015 Team consists of National Geographic explorers, adventurers, nature lovers, ultrarunners, environmentalists, mountaineers and fitness enthusiasts.

As of today, the team has a vital core of 43 members.  The CGT Team is currently on its planning stage spearheaded by its team members, contributing not just their solid athletic background but also their talent and skills as professionals in order to move the expedition forward.

The CGT 2015 is in the process of securing appropriate registration with the government agencies and regulatory board.  They aim to partner with NGOs, environmentalists, government agencies, the local communities and volunteers to achieve its goals. 


The Gran Cordillera is the highest and largest mountain range in the Philippines. It is known as the cool highlands of the Philippines, an escape in the North from the sunny weather that covers most of the islands of the Philippines.

But more than that, it has much more to offer.

The region is a home of a varied set of cultures from Benguet’s Kankanaey, the Ifugao and Kalinga and  the Isneg in Apayao.  The ethnic groups are distinct having kept the mountains their home for centuries. Each of the seven major ethno-linguistic groups has its own family of languages and cultures.

Cordillerans view land as the source of life, an integral part of their cultural identity that traces its origins from the land.

In terms of natural resources, it is the richest region in the Philippines. 11% of the total area is agricultural rice fields, orchards, pig farms and pasture lands. 60% of the country’s temperate vegetables are produced in the area. It is the country’s premier mining district. CAR provides ecosystem services to a large portion of Northern Luzon.  It supplies most of Northern Luzon’s irrigation needs.

The headwaters of many of Luzon’s major river systems originates in these mountains and serves as irrigation for the plains that surround the Cordillera Mountain range; Chico River, Agno River, Abra River, Siffu River, Amburayan-Naguilian-Aringgay River System, Ahin River, Abulog-Apayao River system.

The region is a home to the Banaue rice terraces, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the famous hanging coffin and limestone caves of Sagada. Kalinga is known for the Chico River, the longest river that spans 174 kilometers.  The mountain trails runs through farm fields, rolling hills, picturesque vegetable and fruit farms, gorgeous greenery and aquatic medley of streams and rivers.

You can click the link beside here for the Frequently Asked Questions on CGT2015: CGT 2015 FAQs.FINAL.pdf

Follow the CGT 2015 Team on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and website at these links:

To those interested to be part of the recon/expedition, kindly refer to the FAQ link or contact us at:

Email: marketing@cordilleragreattraverse.com
Contact person:
Name: Tin Ferrera
(Thanks to Betty and Kyle Rosario for the Cordillera pictures)