Man may survive 3 weeks without food, and only 3 days without water. People residing and working near the Valley Fault System within portions of Metro Manila and nearby provinces: Bulacan, Rizal, Laguna and Cavite have been made aware through information campaigns and earthquake drills both by the government and the private sectors that the big earthquake may happen at anytime at present as the interval of the Valley Fault System movement was observed to be every 400 ± 50 years. The last major earthquake due to the Valley Fault System was in 1658. The Valley Fault System atlas in Greater Metro Manila can be downloaded here. Grab bags or emergency bags  are most recommended to be available at strategic locations at home and at the work place. The grab bag is recommended to contain at least the following:

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Why not consider putting a LifeStraw as well in your grab bag?

For LifeStraw order inquiries (within the Philippines), send a message HERE.

LifeStraw is a product originally innovated to help make potable water more available in developing countries. From 1995 to 2001, the appearance of the LifeStraw has also improved.

Lifestraw is a lightweight straw with filters, thus can convert up to 1,000 liters of contaminated water (bacterial) into potable water. LifeStraw can only filter bacteria (including E. coli) and 99.9% of waterborne protozoa, but not chemicals, heavy metals, salt and viruses.

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LifeStraw can reduce cloudiness of water.

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LifeStraw can deliver potable-turned contaminated water into one’s mouth in 6 steps shown in the picture below.

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Click here for more information about LifeStraw.

LifeStraw is recommended for people who loves hiking with a light pack when water is available along the trail or at the campsite, and for those who have sensitive stomach and cannot just take in water coming from somewhere. You may inquire and get your own Lifestraw by sending a message here.


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From the movie Wild starring Reese Witherspoon, and based on Cheryl Strayed’s 2012 memoir at the Pacific Crest Trail (4,265 Km; From Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon and Washington), Cheryl (Witherspoon)  consumed her water to the last drop because there was a water tank nearby according to the PCT guide map she had with her. She was so thirsty before she finally found the water tank, which turned out to be empty and dry. She was very thirsty then and desperate when she noticed a small water source with stagnant, murky water. I think almost anyone, if not all, who would be in the same situation, somewhat between life and death, in a hot open field would take at least a sip. Good thing she had a water purification tablet. She  dissolved the tablet with the murky water she pumped into her Nalgene bottle, and had to wait for 30 looong minutes of bacteria-killing process before she could finally drink the water. The water still looked dirty though. Had she brought a LifeStraw with her, she could have safely sipped water immediately and directly from the water source.


On the 11th of November 2014, we were 6, including the local guide, trudging the trail going to Marami Campsite 1 for four hours around noontime.

Mt. Palay-Palay Trail
11/15/14: Mt. Palay-Palay; photo taken by a local guide

Trekking at Mt. Palay-Palay, in Maragondon, Cavite on days when the temperature is relatively hot can be energy draining. It may require a hiker extra amount of water than he usually consumes. We were lucky that the sky was cloudy. There was no intense heat from the sun that could have made the long hike more difficult.

We kept on asking our guide if there was a water source. The first one that we passed by was this:

This is a what? A water source??
This is a what? A water source??

I thought he must be kidding! But according to him, some climbers get water from there. Well, maybe from the water flowing on the rocks and not on the pool itself. If I just had a LifeStraw that time, I would have taken a sip. Good news was, there was a water source several more meters ahead. There was a stream at the back of a hut where we met another group having their lunch and taking rest at the same time.

Inquire now on how to get your own LifeStraw (within the Philippines). Send a message HERE.


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