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Inside GRID Issue 07

ADVENTURE TIME! Whether it’s running wild in the Cordilleras, freediving in the deep in Moalboal, or simply taking your family on a trip, The GRID Guide to Summer Adventures has a few ideas that’ll make this the most memorable summer ever.

ON THE COVER Cordillera Conservation Trust founder JP Alipio photographed by Sonny Thakur

And then you hit the Wall anyway. You’ll slam into that invisible Wall hard, perhaps harder than you’ve ever run into it before. That cool air will suddenly feel like death breathing down your neck. You’ll want to give up.

Sofi, of course, shared none of my concerns. For her, this was an adventure for the ages, on par with the fairytales she loves so much.


SHOOT FIRST with Francisco Guerrero

30 MINS in Mt. Cloud, a charming bookstore in Baguio

WIYB. Ang Pinaka host Rovilson Fernandez reveals that there’s more than just a man-scarf in his bag.

GRID EATS. Siargao’s Gringo Benedicto shares his favorite noodle recipe

GUEST ON GRID. Julia Nebrija goes on an urban adventure on two wheels.

SALUTE THE SUN. Get beach-ready with this fat-busting sequence.

DRIVE BY. Only a long roadtrip can make friends out of complete strangers.


RUNNING HIGH. In the mountains, you either break a leg or grow a conscience.

BABY ON BOARD. Meet the Natolas, who are learning the joys of travelling as a young family.

BENEATH THE SURFACE. Agu Paiso learns to stop breathing.


BACK ON THE CHAIN GANG. We follow fixie riders around the city.

SUNSHINE AND SUMMERTIME. Enjoy the outdoors this season with these bright, summer-ready essentials.

PARTING SHOT. A throwback photograph from a carnival, courtesy of Miguel Nacianceno.



Adventure is a word too often used these days. Every outing, every unknown is an adventure, whether it’s to go to a new restaurant or a new country. (It seems to have gotten an additional meaning, peculiar to Filipinos, too—when someone is inconvenienced, it’s an adventure. For example: “We blew a tire on the road, and had to take a bus, and two tricycle rides—adventure!”)

A quick look at the word’s history tells us that, a long time ago, “adventure” simply meant “something that is about to happen.” But somewhere along the way, it came to mean “risk; or “a dangerous undertaking,” or “a novel or exciting incident,” the meaning it still keeps to this day. There’s a little gem hidden in its etymology, though: a little side note that says that it also had an alternate meaning sometime in the 13th century or thereabouts; it used to mean “a wonder, a miracle; accounts of marvelous things.”

Sometimes I wonder if the word has lost its meaning, because if everything is an adventure, then nothing is. But we’d like to think that there are still adventurers of the old-fashioned kind, the kind who have legitimately earned the right to call themselves adventurers—the ones who really do venture out to court risk and peril, to find wonders and miracles in the world out there, and to bring back their amazing stories.

This issue is full of different kinds of adventure. We sent out our regular contributor (and GRID buddy) Agu Paiso to discover Moalboal underwater, and he found that there was a lot to discover about the sport, about the place, and about himself. This last one was perhaps the most striking adventure of them all for this seasoned sportsman.

We also fell in love with the Natola family’s piece on traveling with children (or, in their case, with one very kulit child that’s the equivalent of three others). They bring with them the honest revelation that travel does change when you have a child, but that those changes can also mean a whole new world of joy and imagination.

There’s also our story on the Cordillera Mountain Marathon, which kicks off on March 22. Running the marathon through the mountains and villages of the Cordillera is itself is an adventure, but what we found is that, more than being about the sport itself, the story is about the people who care deeply about the environment and about the communities in the mountains they run in. The real achievement here isn’t to earn a cheap finishers’ medal— the sport is a quiet but powerful way to get more people involved in the twin causes of environmental protection and of sustainable development.

In the middle of any adventure, there has got to be that moment when you stop and realize that, no matter the hardship or the fear that lies across your path, there is a story on the other side, and that it is about how you’ve transformed into a better person for it.

Editor at Large