I am more of a North kind of guy, having lived in Quezon City for my entire life. I rarely go to the South (save for a few outings), which is why when Ford offered me to go on an adventure in the South with their Ranger Pickup truck, I was more than game for it.
The trip started by taking the so-called Tänaybürgring–famous for its twistys and windy roads exploring the Sierra Madre mountain range. Instead of taking the usual SLEX for traveling to the South, we took this adventurous route to visit Masungi Georeserve in Baras, Rizal.
We had our late lunch at the nearby Silayan Restaurant, which offered a perfect mountainside view of Laguna de Bay, the Sierra Madre mountain range, and part of Masungi’s vast limestone formations. The menu comprises of mostly farm-to-table ingredients, with colorful edible flowers as the standout ingredient.
After that sumptuous lunch, we went for a long 5-hour drive, which involved visiting various cities and towns in Cavite, Laguna, Quezon, and Batangas, before we arrived at Acuaverde resort, where we had dinner and stayed overnight to get a good night’s sleep.
From Acuaverde Resort, we went off-roading via the Laiya-Malabrigo road, which tested my skills in off-road driving. Considered as a dangerous road, the dirt road provided a nice ocean view while connecting the two municipalities.
Check out the video of our journey via Laiya-Malabrigo road (special thanks to Sir John for taking videos for me):
After a good 2 hour off-road trip, we reached Malabrigo lighthouse, also known as Faro de Punta de Malabrigo. The century-old lighthouse is one of the few surviving Spanish-era lighthouses around the Philippines. It is still active up to this day and is outfitted with modern tech such as LED lights to assist in maritime traffic.
From Malabrigo, we went on a windy road trip towards our final stop: St. Martin de Porres Children’s Home in San Pablo, Laguna, where we interacted with the kids over lunch and played with them through games.
We also helped out in gift giving to the beneficiaries after a short program.
Overall, it was a well-spent two days with the kids and with our blogger and media friends, while trying out the capabilities of the Ford Ranger. Until the next adventure!