Welcome back guyths to another blogpost on my FBF series *clap clap* 😄😄😄
The Ilocos Adventure just ended last Friday and so another begins. It’ll be about our trip to Atimonan’s Pinagbanderahan. Situated in the lush greens of the zig-zagged Bitukang Manok. This trip of ours was done last December of 2012 *oops!*, a really long time ago 😜.
Initially, my family and I spent Christmas in Atimonan that time. My dad was invited by a good friend to come over. We stayed up until Sunday Morning service. After which we headed back home and passed by the Atimonan Zig Zag Trail Park.
At first, we thought it was just a restful stopover with souvenirs shops for travellers. Then we saw a sign that leads up to the top of the mountain on which they call the Pinagbanderahan. Seeing this as our first, my family and I went to inquire and hired a tour guide. We were told that it would be a 2km hike and some spots are not yet fixed. The trail was going under some renovations that time.
A historic site built in 1939, that was once used as a cavalry detachment. This mountain standing 1,200ft above sea level, once hoisted the American and Japanese flag. Then in 1946, the Philippine flag was at last hoisted which earned its name, “Pinagbanderahan”. (Source: Lakbay Buhay)
Ate Monang & History of Atimonan’s name
It took us hours before we even reached the summit. Some trails were well cemented and some are plainly death defying. I could vividly remember that I had to hug a skinny tree tight in fear of falling off the crevice. 😨😱😵
Hiking could truly take the life of me. Not to mention that we weren’t in full hiking attire too. Ugh. Nevertheless, adventures like these are what makes our lives more exciting!
The stairs kinda reminded me China’s stairs going up the steepy mountains. Cool but scary cool. 😲
To reach the top was the most happiest thing ever. But to go down was another nerve-racking, muscle-tearing event. Not that there were injuries. Just death-defying stunts from non-hikers like us. Lelz. 😁😁😁
Overall, this post is a short stint of our trip. But I do hope to come back and see the renovations completed. 😊😎
Merci beaucoup et á bientôt!