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4 Philippine roads to conquer

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Some define a road trip as a leisurely drive through a scenic route. But for the man on top, a road trip is an opportunity to test his driving endurance and navigational skills. Luckily, the Philippines has no shortage of challenging routes to choose from. In this piece, we highlight four drives that will surely challenge your mettle.

NLEX-SCTEX-TPLEX. Expressways aren’t just a boon for provincial commuters—they're a godsend for avid road trippers as well. Fortunately, a northern exploration is made easier by a trio of conveniently connected expressways: NLEX, SCTEX, and TPLEX. Spanning a whopping 105 kilometers, this series of road will take you from the flatlands of Bulacan to the mountainous terrain of La Union. If you want to go the extra mile, you can also take a detour to Baguio, but be sure to take the winding paths of Kennon Road for a more scenic drive.

"MARILAQUE." The MARILAQUE Loop will take you from the bustling city of Marikina, to the Sierra Madre Ranges in Rizal, then to the mountaintops of Laguna, before finally arriving in Infanta, Quezon—a journey of 110 kilometers. Due to the winding roads on this trail, it has become popular among both motorcycle junkies and 4x4 enthusiasts alike.

"Tänaybürgring." The annual Tänaybürgring is officially called the Epic Tanay Matsuri’i and the organizers don’t use the word “epic” lightly. Last year’s route, for example, stretched for some 343 kilometers, which represents a 10 to 12-hour ride. The trail is very technical, requiring you to navigate switchbacks and winding, snake-like roads along the Sierra Mountain range. This trail starts at the Manila-Cavite Expressway (CAVITEX) and ends at Cafe Katerina, a restaurant in the mountains of Tanay, Rizal.

The Luzon Loop. Here’s the big one. As the name suggests, The Luzon Loop is a circuitous grand tour of the northern island’s key regions and cities. The 1200 km (yep, you read that right) route usually starts in Central Luzon, before passing through Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), and the National Capital Region (NCR), before ending at CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, Quezon).

While some might find these road trip routes daunting, others see them as the adventure of a lifetime. Of course, a long journey requires ample endurance and vitality. To help remain on top of your game, take Rogin-E—a multivitamin that has a unique combination of Ginseng for endurance, Royal Jelly for vitality, and Deanol for mental potency. Trust Rogin-E to help keep you in top form in your quest to conquer these roads!

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