Following a spine injury in 2015, Angel Locsin initially thought she could no longer reprise her role as Darna. Yet despite of the initial diagnosis, Angel did not give up: She took a much-deserved rest and underwent the necessary medical procedures and rehab for several months in order to bring herself back to health. Aquatherapy, treadmill exercises, light weight exercises—name it, she's done it. Angel was more than determined to come back stronger.
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Several checkups and two successful operations later, Angel is back to being fit and fab, and made the most of her holidays by doing one of the things she loves the most: Mountain climbing. She was able to conquer not just one, but five mountains in a span of three weeks: Mt. Cayabu, Mt. Maculot, Mt. Ulap, Mt. Pamitinan, and Mt. Batolusong!
1. Angel in Mt. Cayabu (December 18, 2016). Part of the Cayabu-Maynola loop, this mountain offers a view of the sea of clouds as well as of the Sierra Madre mountain range.
How to get there: Take a jeep to Antipolo City (Cogeo gate 2), then a jeep to Batangasan junction, and finally a tricycle to Brgy. Cayabu.
2. Angel in Mt. Maculot (December 28, 2016). Having an igloo-like shape, Mt. Maculot is a major landmark for travelers and locals for the Rockies: A rocky formation that gives climbers a scenic view of Taal lake.
How to get there: Board a bus bound for Lemery, Batangas, and get off at Cuenca Poblacion.
3. Angel in Mt. Ulap (December 31, 2016). With an eco-trail full of pine trees, this mountain boasts of burial caves, and a scenic view of Mt. Sto. Tomas and Baguio City.
How to get there: Board a bus to Baguio City, then take a jeep to Brgy. Ampucao.
4. Angel in Mt. Pamintinan (January 3, 2017). Said to be one of the two mountains separated by mythical folk hero Bernardo Carpio (the other being Mt. Binacayan), this place is known for Pamitinan Cave, where Andres Bonifacio proclaimed one of the first declarations of independence.
How to get there: Take a van to Rodriguez, Rizal, then take a trike/jeep to Brgy. Wawa.
5. Angel in Mt. Batolusong (January 5, 2017). Comprised of mostly grassland slopes, this mountain is located at the southern tailend of the Sierra Madre mountain range.
How to get there: Take a jeep to Antipolo City (Cogeo gate 2), then a jeep to Brgy. Sampaloc, and finally a habal-habal ride to Brgy. San Andres.
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Accompanied by fellow mountain climbing enthusiasts Bubbles Paraiso, Paolo Paraiso, Yassi Pressman, and Bela Padilla, Angel dealt with every trail and obstacle with much determination, regardless of the weather and trail condition—like when they had to deal with rainy weather during their hike to Mt. Cayabu, and when she had to climb like a lizard during their hike to Mt. Batolusong—thankfully, the majestic view on top of a mountain rewards her at the end of every climb.
Angel's group during their hike to Mt. Maculot.
Proof of Angel's love for adventure? She does not mind if she gets soaked in mud!
Aside from her love for hiking and mountain climbing, Angel’s consecutive trips with her friends are also testament to her love for nature, even pointing out concerns about vandalism during her hike to Mt. Pico de Loro last August 28, 2016, her first hike last year, post-rehab.
Doing multiple climbs in a span of less than a month may not be that easy, but Angel’s latest feat confirms that she is feeling better, and that she can do the normal things she used to be very capable of pre-injury. “I can feel that this year is going to be one big adventure,” she said in her post.
Considering Angel was stricken with a spine injury last year, she's still totally got it.
This shot could pass as a scene in "Darna," don't you think?
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Photographs from Instagram.com/therealangellocsin. Mountain information from www.pinoymountaineer.com.