Weekend Tagaytay Trip

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Just an hour away from our place of residence in Cavite, Tagaytay has become one of our favorite weekend destinations. Despite the thick fog, we enjoyed the view of the Taal Volcano from the Taal Vista Hotel.

View of the Taal Volcano from the Taal Vista Hotel view deck (August 2018)

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Bitbit River and Angat Dam in Bulacan

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In August 2017, I joined a trip to Bitbit River and Angat Dam in Bulacan, organized by Weekend Drive Philippines (WDPh), a community of (as described on their website) road geeks, road trippers, road travelers who share the passion of discovering new places and conquering roads less traveled.

Bitbit River is a popular place among off-road enthusiasts for showcasing and testing a vehicle’s water-wading capability, as in the case of this river-crossing EcoSport (owned by no other than the founder of WDPh)!

Angat Dam supplies 90% of the water requirement of Metro Manila. It is part of the Angat Watershed and Forest Reserve, a protected area.

angat dam

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Atimonan Zigzag Road (EME)

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The old zigzag road that passes through Atimonan National Park is called the Atimonan Zigzag Road or EME (not to be confused with Bitukang Manok zigzag road at the Bicol National Park, between the boundary of Camarines Norte and Camarines Sur). This is my usual route to and from Bicol. It features hairpin turns and steep climbs that buses are no longer allowed to use the road (they use a longer, but safer alternate route). You may also notice at certain sections of the zigzag, the turn is so sharp and the climb too steep that motorists are asked (guided) to take the left lane (lane swapping), to give way to ascending vehicles.

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Traversing Bitukang Manok

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The zigzag road passing through the Bicol National Park that connects Camarines Norte and Camarines Sur is called Bitukang Manok (not to be confused with another zigzag road called EME, in Atimonan, Quezon). This place is only about 20 km from where I grew up in Bicol.

We had fun practicing uphill climb and traversing through the winding roads!

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Passing through Atimonan, Quezon

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Scenic view of the sea while passing through Atimonan, Quezon. This is my usual route to my home province in Bicol. Have you been to this place?

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Pampanga Roadtrip

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On two separate occasions, we’ve visited Pampanga for a meetup that is more of a food trip rather than a road trip—we’ve attended fiesta celebrations in Florida (May 2017) and Lubao (September 2017) with fellow enthusiasts from FESP-QC (Quezon City).

Pampanga

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Bataan-Olongapo-Zambales Roadtrip

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In August 2017, while on my way to Bataan, I decided to take a detour when I learned about a scheduled roadtrip with FESP-BOZ (Bataan-Olongapo-Zambales). Other chapters such as FESP-SOUTHCAVS (South-Cavite) and FESP-QC (Quezon City) also joined the event.

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