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Cloud-watching, trekking and more adventures at Canso X | Balamban, Cebu

By on February 16, 2014

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Not many of my friends know this, that I really enjoy watching clouds go by. I could do that all day long and for no apparent reason as well. I sometimes wished that this was a scientific fascination or some meditation technique that I stumbled upon. But my friends, there is none. I just like to stare at these fluffy creatures, lazily and gracefully gliding across the clear, blue sky.

At Canso X in Balamban, I could say that my unexplainable desire for cloud watching was satisfactorily met. They were all there providing a wonderful contrast to the lush green mountains of Balamban, the dark blue hues of the Taรฑon Strait and the faint gray of Negros island in the far west.

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Some of Canso X's facilities.

Some of Canso X’s facilities.

Canso X by the way, is AboitizLand’s 12-hectare mountain adventure park. Its name is taken from the first five letters of Cansomoroy, the barangay where it is located, while the ‘X’ stands for extreme. The first of its kind in Cebu, it offers adventures such as mountain biking, trekking and canyoneering among many others. There is also a camping area for those who would opt to stay longer after all those grueling activities.

“I could definitely get used to this view,” I thought to myself. But before I could even fashion a compelling argument to convince my manager that we transfer our cubicles here, Raffy, the eco-park’s ranger, thankfully interrupted my reverie when he informed us that the morning hike was about to start.

He then led us to a small stream down the sprawling property. I say ‘sprawling’ because Canso X is a very small part of the total land area the industry leader AboitizLand has not yet developed. It is indeed an exciting prospect, especially in this part of the province, since these are also the guys behind The Persimmon and other successful real estate developments in Cebu City.

canso x - trek

The clear stream was a wonderful surprise especially for those who would immediately associate Cebu with images of white sand beaches and most recently, whalesharks. Cebu also has mountains and even a top-notch natural rock climbing spot, which I only knew of when I chanced upon the happy couple behind later in the afternoon.

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Canso X - river trek

Gian: There’s an even bigger adventure beyond that bend.

I wished we had enough time that day as I’d like to trek all the way to the cave and the waterfall shown in the AVP earlier. Getting there would involve jumping into deeper portions upstream and negotiating boulders in between. Activities like these or the outdoors in general, provide an adrenaline rush which I already missed during the past few years. Should the opportunity to participate in that longer river trek present itself, I’ll be among the first who would immediately sign up.

canso x - view

By the time we headed back, there were already mountain bikers strutting their stuff along the various ramps and obstacles. Canso X, I learned, hosted a mountain biking competition last year. The event attracted serious riders all over the Philippines and even as far as Singapore.

By this time too, the clouds have already lumped together into a massive fluff. It’s that kind of cloud formation where you are not sure if it brings rain or not so I did not mind going back to the real world much sooner than planned.

At the back of my head, I know I could still see clouds from my workplace. But the view at Canso X is something I would never see even at the top floor of our office building.

Here’s to hoping I could return there someday despite the long drive along the scenic Cebu Transcentral Highway. The longer river trek is on my list but if it is not yet available, I will be content with just watching clouds go by at Canso X.
Information (driving directions, commuting options, fees and contact details) will be posted here soon. You may also inquire through the AboitizLand website and hotline (+63 32 411-1600).

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    February 17, 2014

    Nicely written. As always.

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      brennan mercado

      February 17, 2014

      Thanks mustachio! I was looking for a peg and decided to go with what I really love – doing nothing este cloud watching. ๐Ÿ™‚

      May I also acknowledge Lakbay Diva ( for taking the front page photo.

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    February 17, 2014

    It was nice meeting you! We were actually sitting beside each other on the same van going to Canso X, and it was just on the way home that we talked. You might think we are snobs, but that was actually our first time out with fellow bloggers. hehe. Thanks to Mustachio for the invite. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Yes, we're looking forward for their river trekking and caving. Wish we could do it together with you guys. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      brennan mercado

      February 18, 2014

      Although I've already known some of the bloggers last weekend, It was my first blogger event. For what it's worth, for me, you didn't come across as snubs at all. ๐Ÿ™‚

      I missed the MagTV feature. I hope they'll upload it in YouTube soon…

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    Lakbay Diva

    February 20, 2014

    ha! lami bitaw ilazy lazy pod ngadto sa canso x. pero kung naa koi bike ato na time, i would have definitely tried the country bike trail.

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      brennan mercado

      February 20, 2014

      Hi Lakbay Diva! Welcome to Baktin Corporation! ๐Ÿ™‚
      i thought so as well. murag malingaw gyud ka sa trail dadto.

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    Christian Vincent Literatus

    February 24, 2014

    Ikaw ra gyud nag effort siguro ug sulat sa Canso X hehee… I don't know about the others I only a photonlog hehee… Sa granbd opening na ta mag tarong sulat hehee…

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      brennan mercado

      February 24, 2014

      Hi Christian, welcome sa Baktin Corporation!
      Thank you for the kind words. Pero kita man tanan ga effort oi. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    the broken halo

    March 3, 2014

    "I wandered lonely as a cloud"… heard about that poem? I don't know how to start my story… this is long over due… anyways, nicely done… nice meeting you too..

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      brennan mercado

      March 3, 2014

      Hi Chai. Welcome to Baktin Corporation! ๐Ÿ™‚
      I just googled the poem after reading your comment. We are looking forward to your Canso-X entry soon! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Arlet Villanueva

    April 2, 2014

    I really wanted to visit this area, but it was too late when I found out about the place. Sayang.

    I understand how you feel about just watching the clouds go by. It is a relaxing activity for me as well. And at times, I end up making stories about the shapes of the clothes. HAHAHA weird, weird thing to do.


Brennan Mercado
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Brennan is an electronics engineer by profession. From time to time, he gets to travel beyond his office cubicle, try new restaurants or catch up with his terribly long list of unread books. He likes museums, spicy food and talking with habal-habal drivers. For now, he's still deciding on whether to play Pokรฉmon GO or not.

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