Friday, March 29, 2013

Sapangdaku - Pamutan - Bonbon, Cebu trekking with ACE

When I was young, I always remember myself keeping an aquarium with ornamental plants or fish in them. I think everyone in our own childhood had a share of this kind of memory. Back in college I started to keep some Betta fish as pets but when I learned about ACE or the Aquatic Cebu Enthusiast (group of ornamental fish & plants hobbyist) I started to keep freshwater ornamental plants instead. There wasn't much of a difference between growing plants in aquarium and growing plants in pots or plots though you have to maintain artificial environment like the substrate, oxygen and the amount of natural/fake light you expose them to.



My wife Ivane.
 
Me and my wife.


Aquatic Cebu Enthusiast.

Ornamental freshwater plants for aquariums.


Mr. Esquerion Prieto, one of the founder of ACE happen to have a farm of aquatic ornamental plants in the remote Pamutan Cebu mountainside. Yes, you read it right, in the mountain, actually in a make-up pond of fresh spring water with a highland temperature just about right for those kinds of plants. Going to the farm at the same time planting some Mahogany seedlings were our main reasons we went trekking there. Though the walk was exhausting, I still enjoyed all the view going to our destination. The lush greens of Sapangdaku was just amazing. Seeing huge worms, different breeds of birds and some farm lands added my excitement to kept on going and finishing the entire adventure.




Puto cooked by sir Esquerion's relatives.
Fresh coconuts for refreshments.
When we reached the farm of ornamental plants, the host prepared for us sweet and cool refreshments of coconut juice with the help of their farm-keeper. After our lunch and some stem pickings, we went down to the river to hunt freshwater shrimps for our aquariums too and we concluded our trip under the infamous Bonbon waterfalls, though its not that stunning it still was a nice inclusion from our mountain/river trekking.

Bonbon falls
I learned a lot from that group, and I owe them all the experience and the little knowledge I have about keeping plants in an aquarium.  

I hope that wasn't my last trekking experience because my wandering soul still shouts for more!


12 comments:

  1. how sweet the photo hihi =) love the pictures its been a long time since I've been in a trek and totally missing it xx

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  2. nice photo with your sweet. Oh I love those floras.

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  3. Great post about this place. There seems to be a lot to do in Cebu. Will keep this on my things to do list when I go to Cebu.

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  4. The place looks like a nice place to trek appreciate nature and see the falls and its beauty.

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  5. where exactly this place are? it's quite amazing did you take those shots alone?

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    1. our trek route was Sapangdaku to Pamutan to Bonbon Cebu... remote area of Cebu... Yes.. I took those photos.. :D.. thanks.

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  6. Oh my!! That's a very beautiful place! How I wish I live there! I would love to see aquatic plants on soil! :)

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    1. I just love my place... Cebu is so diverse, but I'm pretty sure your place too have hidden wonders.. :D

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  7. I super like those putos... look so YUMMYlicious and the very refreshing buko juice. It's nice to hibernate in that place.

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  8. Glad to know that you and your wife have the same hobby. We love the outdoors too.

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