DIY Mt. Pulag Hike

WHERE: Benguet, Cordilleras, Philippines (10 hours drive from Manila: 6 hrs by bus, 3 hrs by commuter van, and 1 hr by motorcycle; plus 4-5 hours on foot to the summit).

WHY: Most spectacular sunrise, expansive sea of clouds, and 3rd highest peak in the Philippines (highest in Luzon).

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