Worn Across Subic With Wrangler Philippines

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

When I got the invitation to join the Wrangler Philippines team for an adventure trip: Worn Across Subic, I was surprised. I didn't expect to be invited by a fashion brand. But when I heard what the trip was all about, I couldn't resist jumping right in!

Wrangler recently ended a campaign to send 4 people on an all expense paid trip to Subic with a P50,000 shopping spree at Wrangler for the winner and her friends! The lucky ladies who won were: Wilwina Bassig, Kat Ocampo, Joy Aguilar and Krystal Reformado. Fashion blogger Aisa Ipac and I were invited to tag along and we were in for some wild adventures with Wrangler!

Shopping Start

So last June 7,2013 we went on a road trip to Subic. We arrived at the Harbor Point Mall in style aboard the Wranglermobile. We were treated to a shopping spree and I joined the girls as we grabbed some travel-ready outfits.

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I definitely needed a versatile pair of jeans and short shorts as well as a top in beach colors that was wrinkle free and could double as a cover up. Then I found out that they had recently launched this awesome product called Denim Spa jeans. Can you imagine deep moisturizing your legs just by wearing a pair of figure hugging pants? My sun kissed skin definitely needed some of that!

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Pamulaklakin Forest

Our first taste of adventure was pretty intense at the Pamulaklakin Forest (translation: Flowering Forest?). It brought us deep into the jungle to  glimpse the Aeta's indigenous culture as well as Subic Bay's rich flora and fauna. Unlike what the name suggested, this was a forest filled with bamboo, non-existent paths, small rivers and huge 100 year old trees.

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We were lead by our Aeta guide as he hacked his way into the forest to make way for our group. I was amazed by what you can do and learn here. He showed us the different types of trees and other plant species. He showed us how to get drinking water flowing from tree branches, make fire without matches, cook meals by using only bamboo and rice and a lot of other jungle survival techniques used by the tribes.

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Tree Top Adventure

The next day, things were gonna get even more exciting at Subic's Tree Top Adventure! This place is like the Disneyland of ziplines, rappel and free fall!

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We all got more than a day's worth of adrenaline rush for sure! One of my favorites was the Interactive Free Fall Adventure where they pull you up 70 feet off the ground then drop you. I was screaming for dear life, totally unnerved when my scream just stopped in mid-fall! My heart was literally in my throat! What an intense head rush! The only thing that topped that was the Tree Drop Adventure - Rappelling:

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Imagine yourself getting harnessed, on top of the tree, face first, ala Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible. Then the friendly guide smiles at you, chats you up so you relax a little. Then he asks you flirtatiously: "May boyfriend ka na? (Do you have a boyfriend?)" You think about it for a second, but before you can even reply or  scream, he pulls the rope that drops you 60 feet in 2 seconds! No words, ladies and gentlemen, no words.

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Zoobic Safari

And just when the adrenaline rush starts to fade, we head out to Zoobic Safari- home of so many tigers and a lot of other interesting creatures. We went through a huge twenty five-hectare land where we had close encounters with diverse exotic animals roaming and frolicking in their simulated natural habitat. Of course the highlight was meeting a few of the biggest members of the cat family. This is probably the closest thing we have to a real animal jungle safari in the Philippines!

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The highlight was getting into the safari vehicle and entering the tigers' sanctuary. Everyone was laughing nervously as we passed through the gates. Our eyes quickly saw movement at a nearby bush where a bright tiger had been resting. He saw us as soon as we saw him and he cautiously walked towards our ride. Seeing this ferocious hunter up close can really send shivers down your spine.

You see its amazingly-long and sharp tiger-canine teeth and you feel equal amounts of fear and excitement. Our guide bravely extends a handful of chicken meat through a small window that the tiger jumps on and consumes greedily. I was seated behind the guide so I felt and smelled the tiger's breath. Truly a close encounter!

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As soon as the chicken was gone, this 400 pound cat jumped on top of our safari vehicle wanting more. He probably wanted to hitch a ride because he didn't get off until we were very close to the exit.

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Ocean Adventure

Our close encounters with beautiful animals didn't end at the safari. The next day, I got to see one of my favorite animals: the dolphin. And dance with one of them too! We first watched a dolphin and whale show and I couldn't help but feel like a 5 year old and be amazed! I had a deeper respect for the ocean and its magnificent creatures after that. And the best part? Swimming with them of course!

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We all got a chance to touch the dolphins, swim with them, sing with them and interact with them! Touching a dolphin for the first time is such a surreal experience! Its skin felt cool and slippery against my palm. We also got to hug and kiss them and we couldn't help but be amazed by these intelligent mammals.

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Worn Across with Wrangler

I had such a great experience with the Wrangler team, contest winners and of course Aisa all throughout this weekend! Wrangler is the ultimate companion for the open road! After wearing all the Wrangler gear and testing it out, we knew it was part of the whole adventure. I can't wait for them to take the Worn Across campaign across the Philippines and even to more international destinations! 

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If you want to know more about the Worn Across campaign and get updates from Wrangler Philippines, you can find them on Facebook: WranglerPH, Twitter: WranglerPH and Youtube: WranglerPhilippines. You may also check out Aisa Ipac's blog post about Worn Across Subic. Photos are credited to Jose Reyes.

Note: This is a sponsored post for Wrangler Philippines. However, all opinions stated in this article are the author's.

Always adventure-ready,
Sole Sister Lois

Lois has traveled extensively and has called the USA, Germany, Switzerland and the Philippines home in various stages of her life. When she's not having adventures around the globe, she can be found surfing, surfing someone's couch or giving talks, workshops and retreats. She is a certified Passion Test facilitator who believes that people can find what they love and make a living from their passions. She is the co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of wearesolesisters.com.

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  1. This is a great adventure. I hope I could visit here and have it check on my travel lists. I already visited different places such as Boracay, Camotes Island and so much more. I am looking forward to come here.

  2. Glad you liked this adventure! Hope you get to explore a lot more amazing places in the Philippines- we definitely have a lot of those. Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment!


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