Mt. Tabayoc In Ballay, Kabayan, Benguet

Mt. Tabayoc is a mountain located in barangay Ballay in the town of Kabayan in the province of Benguet. It’s the second highest mountain in Luzon and the fifth highest mountain in the Philippines. It’s a popular destination for hikers, mountaineers, and adventurers. The mountain is very near other natural attractions in Kabayan such as the four Mystical Lakes (Tabeyo, Latep-Ngapos, Incolos, Ambulalakao), Mt. Timbak, Tinongshol Burial Caves (sometimes spelled as Tinongchol), and the Opdas Burial Cave.

Characteristics of the Mountain
Mt. Tabayoc is mostly covered by a thick mossy forest from the base to the summit. Unlike other high-altitude mountain peaks in Benguet wherein the summits are barren and grassy, the summit of Mt. Tabayoc is thickly forested. The vegetation is so thick it’s easy to get lost if you don’t have a trained guide with you. There’s only one trail to the summit which starts from Lake Tabeyo in Ballay which is also the jump-off point for trekkers. Mt. Tabayoc has two peaks. You know you’ve reached the first peak when the trail momentarily slopes down then goes up again. An artificial view deck has been built on the second peak to allow trekkers to view the surrounding mountains and the hills and valleys below.

How to Get to Mt. Tabayoc (Transportation)
There are two main routes on how to reach Ballay, Kabayan where Mt. Tabayoc is located. You can either pass through Bokod or through Halsema Highway via Atok. The only public transportation going to Ballay, Kabayan from Baguio City is via bus. The bus station is located at the Dangwa Station behind the Baguio Center Mall. The bus leaves at 10:00 am. The commute from Baguio City to Ballay, Kabayan can take between three to five hours. Where the bus stops in Ballay, you still have to hike to Lake Tabeyo where the ranger station is located. This is where you register as a hiker and pay for the corresponding fees.
How Long is the Hike Up Mt. Tabayoc?
It can take 1 to 5 hours depending on your pace. Advanced and experienced trekkers can easily reach the summit in under an hour. The trail isn’t that long but it’s more difficult to climb because of its steep incline and the fact that you have to go through thick vegetation entangled with tree trunks, roots, and vines. The trek up can be arduous. That said, hikers are advised to bring ample amounts of water and trail snacks. There are no water sources on the mountain. So every person should bring at least a liter of water with him/her.

Is Camping Allowed in Mt. Tabayoc?
No. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources prohibits camping on the mountain. The only designated camping site is the shores of Lake Tabeyo which is located at the base of the mountain. Mt. Tabayoc is still part of the protected Pulag Forest Reservation. People are only allowed to camp and build fires on designated areas.

Are there inns, hotels, lodges, or transient homes in Mt. Tabayoc?
Two lodges are currently being built just several meters away from Lake Tabeyo. Once finished, the buildings can accommodate dozens of people in a single night.

How To Fix The "Missing Logo" Error Notification On Facebook Instant Articles

If you sign up with Facebook's Instant Articles program, you will likely meet various obstacles during the process. This is especially true if you are not that familiar with programming languages and other coding-related issues. I signed up with Instant Articles a few days ago and it was all going well until I came to the "Submit for Review" section of the initial setup. A "missing logo" error message and notification keeps appearing which prevented me from submitting the five articles I just created.

Basically, the error message is as follows: "Missing logo. All articles must include a logo, which you can upload in the Style Editor." Needless to say, I went to the Style Editor section and created a new style. I uploaded a logo which is a picture that I've used in my website for several years. However, after uploading and saving the logo in the new style I just created, the "missing logo" error still appears on my configuration page.

Obviously, creating a new style and uploading a logo is merely the first step in fixing the error. What you need to do is go back to the "default" style and upload the same logo. Save it, wait for a few moments, refresh, and check if the error message has disappeared. This worked for me so I hope that it will work for you as well.

Once the "missing logo" error notification on Instant Articles has disappeared, you can now submit the initial articles you created for review. You will receive the following notification after submitting your articles: "Your review is currently pending. Article reviews are usually completed within 1-3 business days."
Always keep in mind that you won't be able to start publishing Instant Articles if your initial output hasn't been reviewed and approved. With that said, it's highly recommended that you see to it that the initial articles you submit follow all the rules and formats as put forth by Facebook. And of course, don't forget to connect your website with your page.

To summarize things, you have to upload a logo for the new style that you created as well as for the default style. This will fix the "missing logo" problem. It worked for me so I'm hoping that it will work for you as well.

Writing Contests In The Philippines 2017

The 67th Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards
This is without a doubt the most influential writing competition in the Philippines. Writers who win a Palanca not only receives huge cash prizes, they'll also get the recognition they deserve for their works. The Palanca Awards has served as a springboard for a lot of successful Filipino writers. Winners of the prestigious competition include Alfred Yuson, Cirilo Bautista, Gregorio Brillantes, Jose Dalisay, and Jesus Peralta.

Prizes are as follows:
Prizes for winning entries range from 9,000 to 50,000.

Deadline of submissions: April 30

For more information: http://www.palancaawards.com.ph/Testing3/

The 1st Lampara Young Adult Story Writing Contest
Sponsored by the Lampara Publishing House, the goal of this contest is to find interesting stories that are suitable for young adults (those within the age range of 12 to 18). It's open for all writers at any age as long as they are Filipino citizens. Submissions must be original, never been published, offers a moral lesson, and contain between 40,000 to 50,000 words. There is no specific theme. You are free to decide on what theme or genre you want to write about. You can also submit as many entries as you deem necessary.

Prizes are as follows:
First: 35,000
Second: 20,000
Third: 15,000

Deadline of submission: July 14

For more information: http://www.lamparabooks.com.ph/news-manager/2017/19/the-1st-lampara-young-adult-story-writing-contest/

Writing Contests in the Philippines 2017

Video Of A Woman In Glasgow Trying To Resuscitate A Pigeon Via Mouth-To-Mouth CPR

A 16-second video of an unidentified woman trying to resuscitate a seemingly dead pigeon in Glasgow, Scotland went viral online on April 19, 2017. The short clip was uploaded on Twitter by a user named Charlotte (@Charlismyname). Charlotte posted the video with the following caption: "Meanwhile in Glasgow. #pigeonCPR". The dark and comical clip was shared and liked thousands of times. In the video, the woman can be seen sticking the bird's beak into her mouth and breathing into it. She also attempted doing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) by pressing and releasing her fingers into the pigeon's chest.

Watch the video here. [The video is hosted on Twitter. You can still watch it even if you don't have an account with the social media site.]

Unfortunately, the bird is already dead. Its neck flopped when the woman tried to steady the bird on her palms. The neck-flopping along with the bird's legs that have straightened and devoid of movement are signs that the pigeon was already dead. Props to the woman though for trying to give the bird a second chance at life.

Is CPR for birds like pigeons effective?
A quick search on Google for bird CPR resuscitation brings out hundreds of relevant results. Well, that tells you something. Pigeon CPR is not as absurd as you might think. Pet owners have been doing it albeit with varying results. An article from Audubon magazine states that CPR is an important option you have if you want to save an ailing or injured bird.

According to the piece, the first thing you should do is open the bird's beak to see if there's any obstruction. Try to find a pulse then proceed. You have to be extra careful in giving the bird CPR because the bones and organs in the bird's chest area are sensitive.

In a nutshell, performing CPR on a bird can be a life-saver. Just make sure you do it right or you end up crushing your beloved pet's internal organs and bones.

Comments about the video from Reddit:
- Bird hearts beat pretty fast, I don't think she has the right compression rhythm for bird CPR at all. And don't even get me started on bird law.
- With breaths that long I bet she popped the lungs. 
- This pigeon is no more. It has ceased to be. It's expired and gone to meet its maker. This is a late pigeon. It's a stiff. Bereft of life, it rests in peace. If you hadn't nailed it to the perch, it would be pushing up the daisies. It's rung down the curtain and joined the choir invisible. This is an ex-pigeon.

Leomarick Trans Bus Accident In Capintalan, Carranglan, Nueva Ecija

The Leomarick Trans bus accident occurred on April 18, 2017 (Tuesday) in barangay Capintalan, municipality of Carranglan, province of Nueva Ecija. At least twenty-six (26) passengers died and around twenty (20) others were injured. The bus originated from the province of Isabela and was on its way to Candon City in the province of Ilocos Sur when it fell off a steep cliff (an 80-foot ravine) around eleven (11:00) in the morning.

Injured passengers were rushed to hospitals in Bambang, Aritao, and Bayombong in Nueva Vizcaya and San Jose City and Cabanatuan City in Nueva Ecija. These hospitals include Veterans Regional Hospital and Nueva Vizcaya Provincial Hospital.

Due to the incident, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board or LTFRB announced that they will issue a 30-day suspension order against the operators of the bus as police investigation of the accident continues.

Cause of the accident
According to news reports, the accident was caused by malfunctioning brakes.

Overloading issue
Mary Abad, the sitting Mayor of Carranglan told ABS-CBN in an interview that the bus was carrying sixty (60) passengers which is way beyond its forty-five (45) capacity.
Screengrab from an aerial view of the accident site by ABS-CBN News
List of names of the victims: (updates coming soon)
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