Thursday, August 16, 2018

Annihilation: A Fresh But Imperfect Take On The Alien Invasion Genre

When it comes to movies, the sci-fi (science-fiction) genre sits at a very special place in my heart. If you are going to scoop out my brain and place it under a microscope, you’ll get a million “what ifs” floating around. What if the planet Mars used to be inhabited by sentient beings? What if Earth is but a figment of our imagination? What if you can turn back time to millions of years ago and transplant yourself smack in the middle of the catastrophic event that wiped out the dinosaurs? What if the sun is not an organic thing but is actually a well-oiled machine built by an army of extra-terrestrials from a far-flung galaxy? What if 100 years from now, thousands of metallic monsters arise from the depths of the Pacific Ocean to wreak havoc on us puny humans?

Yes, I know. Sci-fi plots range from the realistic to the totally absurd. But these are the exact attributes that make the genre very interesting and enjoyable. There’s something for everyone. Maybe that’s just the escapist in me talking. Anyway, I like anything remotely related to sci-fi, even the ones that you would consider as bad or what a reviewer for the New York Times once referred to as “sci-fi feces”. Case in point is the action classic Predator starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. That movie is over-the-top, absurd, and plain stupid. But it’s fun and enjoyable to watch. And the premise is actually unique. The film caters to a “what if” scenario. What if merciless warriors from another planet visit Earth with the sole intention of hunting humans for sport? Nice. Now that’s a plot. And who can forget that iconic line: “Back to the chappahhhhh!”

A few days ago, with the monsoon rains making it almost impossible to go out of the house, I took the time to watch Annihilation, one of the most recent sci-fi pictures to hit the big screen this year. I’ve heard a lot of good things about the film so my expectations were higher than normal. The “what if” scenario for Annihilation is this: What if a meteorite crashes on Earth and what if such a meteorite carries “something” that starts transforming Earth’s organisms into mutating monsters?

Based on a book of the same title by James Vandermeer, Annihilation offers a fresh perspective on the alien invasion genre. I haven’t read the book so I don’t have the slightest idea if Vandermeer stayed close to the book with his adaptation. Annihilation is one of those films that I’d like to describe as “almost great”. It’s a great movie but it’s riddled with plot holes and story flaws so I’d have to demote it to the “good” category. Still, it’s one of the best sci-fi films I’ve seen in years.

There are several things to like about Annihilation. First off, it was marketed as a sci-fi horror. I thought they were kidding but after seeing the film, I saw why they placed it under that category. There are scenes in the film that can potentially make viewers squirm. You’ve been warned. There’s one specific scene involving a mutated bear that quickly reminded me of scenes from the Alien movie franchise. I wouldn’t be surprised if director Alex Garland took cues from that series in developing that scene. For those not in the loop, Alex Garland is the same director behind Ex Machina, another great sci-fi film that came out a couple of years ago.

Visually-speaking, Annihilation is a masterpiece. Remember that the plot of this film revolves around mutations happening due to an “alien matter” that arrived on Earth through a meteor crash. Something called “The Shimmer” has developed around the area where the meteor landed. Organisms within The Shimmer started mutating in ways that can be considered as biologically impossible. The mutations don’t seem to make distinctions between flora and fauna. For example, flowers and plants started growing on the antlers of deer. I can already picture biologists watching this film and exclaiming “that’s completely absurd”. But you have to admit, the visuals in this film are unique and they mess with your head. You could see that they invested in artists to get the concepts off the ground.

Another great thing about the film is its pace. It takes its time to unpack the story and build up on the suspense factor. I’ve read other reviews saying that the film is so slow and boring. I understand where these types of reviews are coming from because the film truly starts slow. It only begins picking up the pace at around the halfway mark. Some viewers looked at this as a negative thing, but for me, the slow pace helped in carrying the film to its climax.

As I’ve mentioned earlier, Annihilation has its plot holes and story flaws. There are inconsistencies on the flow of the story. Allow me to unpack a few of these nagging problems. The Shimmer is supposed to be this scary place where professionals including Special Forces soldiers have gone into and never came back. You want me to believe that after these unsuccessful attempts to solve the mystery of The Shimmer, the government’s next decision was to send an all-women team of six people into The Shimmer? That’s like sending in an all-women team to go on a mission to capture or kill Osama Bin laden. I’m not being sexist here lest you get the wrong ideas.

The Shimmer is a dangerous place and whoever enters it should be more than prepared to confront that danger. Some of the women in the team seem like it’s their first time holding a gun. That’s obvious enough when we get ideas of their backgrounds before they head into The Shimmer. Okay, let’s say that the women have the best credentials and that they are the only ones who can possibly solve the mystery of The Shimmer. You would think that the seriousness of the expedition would make the government send in a battalion of capable soldiers to escort them. But they don’t do such a thing.

There was an early scene in the movie wherein the characters wake up inside The Shimmer not having any memory of what happened in the last few days. Somehow, this strange phenomenon got forgotten in the rest of the film. It’s like the incident was so random and it didn’t affect them at all in the next days they were in The Shimmer. The characters seem to remember everything after that. That’s inconsistency.

In a nutshell, Annihilation is a great but flawed sci-fi movie. What I love most about it is that it’s not preachy. At its core, it’s an alien invasion movie but it doesn’t paint the aliens as good guys or bad guys. Hell, the end credits start rolling and we don’t even know what the aliens want. We don’t know if the “thing” that came with the meteor is here to destroy us or help us. Or the crash could just be one of a million random incidents occurring in an endless universe. In a scientific perspective, that’s a good thing. There’s so much we don’t know about the world and the universe. Lucky for us, we have scientists working day and night to help us understand things and how they work.

If I am to score Annihilation, I’d give it 3.5 stars out of 5.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Kalinga Mayor Suspended For Unauthorized Re-appropriation Of Funds

The mayor of the town of Rizal in Kalinga and two other local officials were suspended by the Office of the Ombudsman after they were found guilty of "simple misconduct and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service". The suspension order will be effective for one year.

In the 20-page resolution which was approved on June 26, 2018 by Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales, mayor Marcelo dela Cruz Jr., municipal accountant Rodelia Busacay, and municipal budget officer Delia Jacob were found guilty of the complaints lodged against them by Frank Wad-asen, Rogelio Lawad, Ponz Anthony Orodio, and Robert Echalar.

According to the Ombudsman, dela Cruz Jr., Busacay, and Jacob violated Article 322 and 344 of RA 7160 thus warranting administrative sanctions. However, the decision also stated that there were no elements of corruption in the case.

Article 322 and 344 of RA 7160 are as follows:

Article 322 - "Reversion of Unexpended Balances of Appropriations, Continuing Appropriations. - Unexpended balances of appropriations authorized in the annual appropriations ordinance shall revert to the unappropriated surplus of the general fund at the end of the fiscal year and shall not thereafter be available for the expenditure except by subsequent enactment. However, appropriations for capital outlays shall continue and remain valid until fully spent, reverted or the project is completed. Reversions of continuing appropriations shall not be allowed unless obligations therefor have been fully paid or otherwise settled.

The balances of continuing appropriations shall be reviewed as part of the annual budget preparation and the sanggunian concerned may approve, upon recommendation of the local chief executive, the reversion of funds no longer needed in connection with the activities funded by said continuing appropriations subject to the provisions of this Section."

Article 344 - "Certification, and Approval of, Vouchers. - No money shall be disbursed unless the local budget officer certifies to the existence of appropriation that has been legally made for the purpose, the local accountant has obligated said appropriation, and the local treasurer certifies to the availability of funds for the purpose. Vouchers and payrolls shall be certified to and approved by the head of the department or office who has administrative control of the fund concerned, as to validity, propriety, and legality of the claim involved. Except in cases of disbursements involving regularly recurring administrative expenses such as payrolls for regular or permanent employees, expenses for light, water, telephone and telegraph services, remittances to government creditor agencies such as GSIS, SSS, LDP, DBP, National Printing Office, Procurement Service of the DBM and others, approval of the disbursement voucher by the local chief executive himself shall be required whenever local funds are disbursed.

In cases of special or trust funds, disbursements shall be approved by the administrator of the fund.

In case of temporary absence or incapacity of the department head or chief of office, the officer next-in-rank shall automatically perform his function and he shall be fully responsible therefor."

Additional readings on the case:
1. Kalinga Town Mayor Suspended for 1 Year
2. Kalinga Mayor, 2 Others Suspended Anew

Thursday, August 2, 2018

BENECO Plans On Offering Up To 35Mbps Internet Connections At Only 350 Pesos Per Month

Up to 35Mbps internet connection at only 350 pesos? Sign me up. I'll mark the dotted line right away with no reservations whatsoever. The Benguet Electric Cooperative (BENECO) is one step closer in realizing its plan of offering fast and cheap internet services for its 190,000-strong subscriber base. In a press briefing, officials from the cooperative announced that their project has been approved by the National Electrification Administration (NEA) and by the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT). The project is going to be a collaboration by the three parties.

Of course, there's a long road ahead before we will be able to see this come to fruition. I don't think they will be able to implement the program this year. Besides, they will probably offer the service in batches. But this is a very promising development if you take into account the state of internet services in the country. We have one of the slowest but most expensive internet connection services in Asia.

Projects like this one by BENECO, NEA, and DICT can potentially hit two birds with one stone. First, they are offering much faster and much cheaper internet connections. Two, the project can serve as a warning sign for internet service providers in the country that if they don't get their acts together, their user-base will drastically decline.

For the project, BENECO will be using as leverage their 100-kilometer fiber optic line in Baguio City and Benguet. An additional 80-kilometer fiber optic line will be laid out in the immediate future. This is great news and we can only hope that the project delivers with regards to its lofty promises.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Team Lakay Goes 3 For 3 In One Championship: Reign Of Kings

Three mixed martial artists fighting under the Team Lakay banner brought home the bacon in their respective bouts last night (July 27) at a One Championship event dubbed Reign of Kings. In front of an enthusiastic hometown crowd at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Joshua Pacio, Eduard Folayang, and Kevin Belingon dispatched their opponents with patience and precision. When the dust settled, two of them (Pacio and Folayang) are a step closer to challenging for the belt in their respective divisions. One of them (Belingon) had the glittering One Championship interim bantamweight strap wrapped around his waist. Twas a perfect night for the highland warriors.

Pacio, the first Team Lakay fighter to enter the cage that night, fought like he needed to catch an early bus to get back home. He finished the previously undefeated Pongsiri Mitsatit in the very first round of a scheduled three-rounder. An ill-timed kick by the Thai prospect gave Pacio the opportunity to take the fight to the ground. Pacio worked his way to full mount and unleashed a flurry of ground and pound. Mitsatit made his second mistake in the fight by giving up his back. Pacio saw an opportunity, secured a reverse arm lock, and it was all over.

With three straight wins, Pacio has made it clear that he’s ready to take another crack at Yoshitaka Naito, the Japanese veteran who currently holds the One Championship strawweight belt. Pacio first challenged Naito for the title back in October of 2016. He got submitted in the third round.

Folayang emerged victorious with a unanimous decision win over Aziz Pahrudinov, an undefeated fighter who was making his promotional debut in One Championship. It was a very close fight and each fighter had his moments. It boils down to which particular attack gets more merit. Folayang’s leg kicks or Pahrudinov’s takedowns. In the end, Folayang earned the nods of the judges. This is Folayang’s second win after losing the lightweight belt to Martin Nguyen last year.

In the main event, Belingon finally struck gold when he engaged Martin Nguyen in a technical fight. Belingon breezed through the rounds with ease. He was never put in any danger. He had answers to all of Nguyen’s attacks even in the later rounds when a clearly frustrated Nguyen went desperately for takedowns. Belingon stuffed the takedown attempts and delivered his own brand of violence whenever Nguyen got close enough. Belingon mixed it up with his signature kicks, improved boxing, and a takedown defense that seems to get better every fight.

With the victory, Belingon was crowned as the interim One Championship bantamweight champion. He still has one hurdle to go through before he can be proclaimed as the best in the division. And that’s Bibiano Fernandez. Fernandez has been sidelined due to an injury. Thus explains the interim belt awarded to Belingon. If the two combatants ever face again, it would be a rematch. Belingon first challenged Fernandez for the title back in January of 2016. He was submitted by the Brazilian in the first round.

The Belingon-Nguyen bout was only for the interim bantamweight title. This means, Nguyen still remains as the lightweight and featherweight champion.

Image credit: One Championship
Full One Championship: Reign of Kings results:
1. Kevin Belingon vs. Martin Nguyen – Belingon by unanimous decision
2. Shinya Aoki vs. Shannon Wiratchai – Aoki via technical knockout
3. Renzo Gracie vs. Yuki Kondo – Gracie via submission
4. Eduard Folayang vs. Aziz Pahrudinov – Folayang via unanimous decision
5. Garry Tonon vs. Rahul K. Raju – Tonon by submission
6. Joshua Pacio vs. Pongsiri Mitsatit – Pacio by submission
7. Rene Catalan vs. Stefer Rahardian – Catalan via unanimous decision
8. Xie Bin vs. Sor Sey – Bin via submission

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Mt. Purgatory Overnight Traverse (DIY/KKB) In Bokod, Benguet

Let’s kick off the month of August with a nice and slow climb. And what better way to do that than to hit the long and winding trails of Mt. Purgatory in Bokod, Benguet. This is an invitational DIY/KKB climb so I’ll be screening participants to make sure that we are all in the same boat. There’s only one requirement. Your body should be conditioned in the sense that you can hike for 6 to 8 hours straight without losing your wits. You should make the effort to jog and run in the weeks prior to the climb. I wouldn’t recommend the Mt. Purgatory traverse to first-time hikers.

I say it again, this is an invitational DIY/KKB climb. As much as possible, let’s all try to be independent and self-contained hikers. I’m merely your organizer and coordinator. I handle contacting and negotiating with the driver, talking with the tourism office in Bokod, reserving slots for the event, setting up our itinerary, and deciding where we will camp out for the night. This is where my responsibilities end.

I’m not your guide. I’m not your porter. I’m not your psychologist. I’m not your accountant. I’m not your dating coach. And so on and so forth.

Mt. Purgatory Overnight Traverse in Bokod, Benguet.

We are going there to commune with nature, meet and be amongst like-minded people, and enjoy the trails. Nothing more, nothing less.

If you are interested, you know the drill. Just visit my Facebook page, drop me a message, and I’ll see what I can do. Just search for "The Cordilleran Sun" on Facebook. Or you can email me at Thank you.

See ya at the trails!

Monday, June 25, 2018

How to Get to Barangay Poblacion in Bakun, Benguet

This is a quick guide for tourists, hikers, climbers, or anyone who wants to know how to get to barangay Poblacion in Bakun, Benguet. Poblacion is the tourism center for the town for the simple reason that the barangay serves as the jump-off point for majority of the tourist destinations in the region. It’s also the base camp for hikers climbing the famous Bakun Trio (Mt. Tenglawan, Mt. Lubo, and Mt. Kabunian).

If You Are Commuting
The only public transport vehicle that goes to Poblacion is a single bus that departs from La Trinidad, Benguet between 6:00 and 7:00 in the morning. If I remember correctly, the bus waits for passengers at the parking lot of Kenwayne Commercial in Km. 6, La Trinidad. For those not in the know, La Trinidad is a Benguet town neighbouring Baguio City. By jeep, La Trinidad is just 20 minutes to 1 hour away from the city depending on vehicular traffic.

Anyway, you must be at the Kenwayne Commercial parking lot before 6:00 am to make sure that you have a seat in the bus. I repeat, there’s only one bus that plies the La Trinidad – Poblacion route. Well, there are actually two buses but the other one departs from Poblacion and heads to La Trinidad. Bus seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Fare is around 185 to 200 pesos per passenger. The route follows Halsema Highway until Sinipsip in Buguias, Benguet. From there, the bus takes another road that leads to Poblacion. Travel time from Baguio City/La Trinidad to Poblacion is between 5 to 7 hours.

If You Are Driving Your Own Car
If you have your own car, there are two routes you can follow. The first one is the same as the route of the public bus. From Baguio City, head to La Trinidad, follow Halsema Highway all the way to Sinipsip, Buguias. From there, look for the diversion road that leads to Bakun. It’s easy to spot because there’s a huge sign that says “To Bakun”. Or just ask the locals there. The second route is through Kapangan and Kibungan. This route is a little bit harder to follow because of the many diversions road branches along the way. If you are not familiar with the route, you will have to stop often to ask locals if you are on the right direction towards Bakun.
Layan Rice Fields in Poblacion, Bakun. Photo by Daniel Feliciano/The Cordilleran Sun

The Condition of the Road to Poblacion, Bakun, Benguet
Majority of the road is paved. Whether you are taking the Halsema Highway route or the Kapangan-Kibungan route, the road is cemented and mostly in good condition. Of course, you will encounter patches of rough road every now and then courtesy of ongoing construction and widening projects. The few kilometres going down to Poblacion itself are probably the roughest parts of the road. The road is often narrow and unpaved.

How Many Hours to Poblacion, Bakun?
The bus usually takes between 5 to 7 hours to get there. That’s understandable since it often stops along the way. Private vehicles can get there for as short as 4 hours.

Is There a Bus from Poblacion, Bakun to La Trinidad or Baguio City?
Yes, there’s a bus that departs from Poblacion every morning between 6:00 and 7:00 am. It’s the only bus trip so make sure that you catch it early. The bus stops in the town of La Trinidad. If you are going to Baguio City, you will have to take a jeep or a taxi from La Trinidad to Baguio City.

If you have further questions on how to get to Poblacion, Bakun, Benguet, feel free to ask in the comments section below. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Information for Tourists Planning to Visit Bakun’s Waterfalls, Mountains and Other Tourist Spots

If you are planning to head over to the municipality of Bakun in Benguet to climb its mountains or explore its numerous waterfalls, be aware that there’s a protocol you must follow. First of all, you should inform barangay Poblacion that you are coming. Barangay Poblacion is the town’s tourism center because it serves as base camp for majority of the visitors exploring the town’s tourist destinations. Give them a heads-up days before you travel there. The contact details of the people you should talk to are provided in the document below.

After arrival in Poblacion, it’s mandatory that you register, pay the necessary fees, and secure guides before you depart towards a tourist spot. The fees and rates are detailed in the following document.

Note: This is a document I copied verbatim from files sent to me by the Barangay Tourism Council. If you think there are errors or inconsistencies with it, please direct your inquiries at the Barangay Tourism Council, not to me.
Pattan Falls in Poblacion, Bakun, Benguet. Photo by Daniel Feliciano/The Cordilleran Sun
Barangay Tourism Council (BTC)
Poblacion, Bakun, Benguet

I. Pre-Departure
Visitors are advised to contact the Municipal Tourism Officer or the barangay government of Poblacion/Sinacbat, Bakun, Benguet.

Contact Persons:
Mr. Arthur A. Tolito – 09212113687/09053172616 (Municipal Tourism Officer)
Ms. Nenita A. Budas – 09183523722 (BTC President)
Mr. Peter A. Diclas – 09303625434 (Tour Guide Coordinator for Mt. Kabunian)
Ms. Mylene Toanen – 09098709002 (Tour Guide Coordinator for Mt. Lobo and Nagasa Cave)
Mr. Myrick Losente – 09128083649 (Tour Guide Coordinator for Mt. Tenglawan)

II. Arrival
All hikers visiting the Bakun Trio and other tourist spots should drop by at the Tourist Assistance Center located at the Barangay Hall to register, secure permit, pay necessary fees and be given a briefing. However, hikers going to Mt. Lobo and Nagasa Cave using the Dada route (traverse to Poblacion proper, base camp) are advised to register and pay environment fee at the Dada Multi-Purpose Building. Hikers going to Mt. Tenglawan using the Sinacbat route is likewise to follow same protocol above upon arrival to Poblacion proper.

Registration per person includes paying the fee rates as follows:

Environmental and Registration Fees:
Mt. Tenglawan – 100 per person
Mt. Kabunian – 100 per person
Mt. Gedgedayan – 100 per person
Mt. Lobo – 100 per person
Nagasa Cave – 100 per person
Mt. Lobo and Nagasa Cave – 100 per person
Tekip Falls – 50 per person
Pikaw Falls – 75 per person
Pattan Falls – 75 per person
Sakup Falls – 75 per person
Bagiw River – 50 per person
Mangta Falls – 75 per person

Tour Guide Fees
Hikers are required to engage with a tour guide in a ratio of 1-6 individuals. If you exceed 6 individuals, you will have to pay the guide 100 per excess. But you should not exceed 8 individuals. If you are beyond 8 individuals, you are going to need two guides.

The rates per tourist site are as follows:
1. Poblacion – Mt. Tenglawan - Poblacion: 12 hours, 1300 per guide, 3:00 am the earliest departure
2. Poblacion – Mt. Kabunian - Poblacion: 8 hours, 1000 per guide, 4:00 am the earliest departure
3. Poblacion – Mt. Lobo/Mt. Patullok – Poblacion: 7 hours, 900 per guide
4. Dada – Mt. Lubo/Mt. Patulok – Dada: 6 hours, 600 per guide
5. Dada – Mt. Lubo/Mt. Patullok – Poblacion: 7 hours, 800 per guide
6. Poblacion – Mt. Tenglawan – Poblacion: 12 hours, 1300 per guide
7. Sinacbat – Mt. Tenglawan – Sinacbat: 8 hours, 800 per guide
8. Sinacbat – Mt. Tenglawan – Poblacion: 12 hours, 1300 per guide
9. Poblacion – Nagasa Cave – Poblacion: 8 hours, 600 per guide
10. Dada – Mt. Lobo/Mt. Patullok – Nagasa Cave – Poblacion: 10 hours, 1200 per guide
11. Poblacion - Mangta Falls - Poblacion: 7 hours, 700 per guide
12. Poblacion - Pattan Falls - Poblacion: 6 hours, 600 per guide
13. Poblacion - Mt. Gedgedayan - Poblacion: 8 hours, 1000 per guide

Note: When the duration set for the route exceeds the target number of hours, there is an additional fee of 50 pesos per hour for Mt. Kabunian and Mt. Lubo while 100 pesos per hour for Mt. Tenglawan.

Tekip Falls: 300 per guide. Tour is maximum of three hours. For every excess of one hour, add 50 pesos.
Bagiw River: 250 per guide. Tour is maximum of three hours. For every excess of one hour, add 50 pesos.
Pikaw Falls: 500 per guide. Tour is maximum of five hours. For every excess of one hour, add 50 pesos.
Sakup Falls: 400 per guide. Tour is maximum of five hours. For every excess of one hour, add 50 pesos.
Pattan Falls: 500 per guide. Tour is maximum of six hours. For every excess of one hour, add 50 pesos.
Mt. Kabunian (from barangay Kayapa/Kibungan) to Poblacion: 800 per guide
Poblacion – Mt. Kabunian – Kayapa/Kibungan – 800 per guide

Package 1: Poblacion – Mt. Kabunian plus Pattan Falls. Pass through the Hedcor Inc. conveyance line.: 1000 per guide

Package 2: Tekip Falls, Bagiw River, Pikaw Falls, Sakup Falls, Layaan Rice Terraces, Burial Caves along Sapid, Layaan and Lutaan: 1000 per guide, valid for one day

Package 3: Tekip Falls, Bagiw River, Layaan Rice Terraces and Burial Caves along Sapid, Layan, and Lutaan: 600 per guide, valid for one day

Package 4: Sakup Falls, Pikaw Falls, Bagiw River, Rice Terraces and Burial Caves along Sapid, Layan, and Lutaan: 950 per guide, valid for one day

Package 5: Bagiw River, Rice Terraces and Burial Caves: 250 per guide

Package 6: Mt. Kabunian plus Gawaan Rice Terraces, Beey Kawit Falls, Hanging Bridges, Bagiw River and Burial Caves: 1000 per guide, valid for a day

Package 7: Mt. Kabunian plus Pattan Falls, Gawaan Rice Terraces, Hanging Bridges, Beey Kawit Falls, Bagiw River and Burial Caves: 1200 per guide, valid for one day

Package 8: Mt. Gedgedayan plus Pikaw Falls, Bagiw River, Burial Caves and Rice Terraces along Sapid, Layan, and Lutaan: 1400 per guide, valid for one day

Package 9: Pikaw Falls and Bagiw River: 600 per guide, six hours

Package 10: Mt. Gedgedayan and Pikaw Falls: 1200 per guide, valid for a day

For Overnight in the Tourist Spot:
Mt. Lubo: 1100 per guide
Mt. Kabunian/Mt. Gedgedayan: 1300 per guide
Poblacion – Mt. Tenglawan – Poblacion: 1800 per guide
Poblacion – Mt. Tenglawan – Sinacbat: 1800 per guide
Sinacbat – Mt. Tenglawan – Sinacbat: 1300 per guide
Sinacbat – Mt. Tenglawan – Poblacion: 1800 per guide
Tekip Falls: 750 per guide
Bagiw River: 750 per guide
Pikaw Falls: 800 per guide
Sakup Falls: 800 per guide
Pattan Falls: 1000 per guide

Porter’s Fee:
Same as tour guide fee.

Note: Maximum load is 20 kilograms plus 20 pesos in excess per every one kilogram. Load per porter should not exceed 25 kilograms.

Services Fee/Camping Fee
Inside and or outside the Old Municipal Building/Open Market Building: 80 pesos per person per night for maintenance, water, and electricity.

For Hire Items from the Barangay Government and Tour Guides Association
1. Blanket: 40 per night
2. Mat: 40 per night
3. Pillow: 20 per night
4. Mattress: 40 per night
5. Sleeping bag: 40 per night
6. Earth pad: 40 per night

Note: All the fees will be collected at the tourist assistance center (barangay hall) upon registration.

III. Hiking
Hikers/hiking groups have their own set of rules to follow. However, while inside the Bakun Trio, you are advised to follow these pointers:
1. Hikers must designate strong hikers (especially for big groups) who could act as sweepers to take care of slow hikers.
2. All hikers must always be guided by the mountaineer’s credo: take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but foot prints, and kill nothing but time.
3. For trail junctions where there are no trail signs, advance group members should make temporary directional signs for others to follow.
4. No hikers are allowed to bring with them liquor and dangerous drugs.
5. For smokers, properly put off cigarettes to avoid forest fires.
6. Hikers who camp in the tourist sites must construct their tents at the designated camp site.
7. Fill up water bottles before hiking. In areas where springs are available, the water is potable for people who do not have sensitive stomachs.
8. Respect the indigenous people’s culture. The culture may be different from yours but it is their culture. You are in their cultural ground.
9. Hiking should be fun. It is not a race. Take time to enjoy what nature offers. It is free.
10. Lastly, safety first at all times.