Destination: Mount Makiling Forest Reserve (finally!)

It’s not something I’m proud of. I’ve spent four nearly 15 years in Los Baños and I haven’t really been to the Mount Makiling Forest Reserve (MMFR), one of the eight ASEAN heritage parks in the country. (I did go to Makiling Botanic Gardens last year to attend a colleague’s wedding. Does that count?)


I needed to accompany a production class at MMFR for their location shoot. I’m glad I did. It was fun. A friend invited to me to join their hike before but it was during the period of on-and-off sore throat and fever. I didn’t think I could keep up with them in that state of health. This time, I’m more confident that I’ll manage the hike/trek thanks to the regular Zalpen shots 🙂

A wire fence enclosed the area around the mudspring to keep the visitors safe. We met four groups of weekend hikers during our taping at site. The last group we met in the tail were cyclists and carried their bikes during their trek to seed the mudspring.


The picnic benches at the Makiling Rainforest Park provide a shaded rest area. I get to wander in the area while the students are busy with their production 🙂
The students had to do several takes so I definitely had a lot of time to enjoy the park 😀
Our students hard at work. Flatrocks was the last key location for the day’s shoot 😀

It was almost 1pm when I got back to the apartment. Reached the daily goal of 10,000 steps at around 11am (so I guess that’s similar to one jog session?).

It’s nice to see the students dealing with the challenges of a location shoot. The group gathered 35gb worth of video footage and photographs at the forest reserve. Really looking forward to seeing their output 🙂



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