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Mt. Balagbag in Rodriguez, Rizal

The term “Mother Mountain” for mountaineers mean the first mountain that you’ve ever climbed and for me that is Mt. Balagbag in Rizal. This was also my very first trail run. My friends dragged me to Mt. Balagbag so I could prepare for my then upcoming 21km (13.1 miles) run.

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A view of Mt. Balagbag from it’s peak, the “Helipad”

Mt. Balagbag, known as the “Sleeping Giant”, towering at a height of 770 Meters Above Sea Level, lies within Sierra Madre Mountain Ranges, particularly in area of San Isidro Montalban Rizal. It is considered an easy trail (4/10).

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Mt. Pico de Loro in Maragondon, Cavite

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MT. PICO DE LORO (Day Hike)
Maragondon, Cavite and Nasugbu, Batangas
Jump-off point: DENR Station, Magnetic Hill, Ternate, Cavite

Mt. Pico de Loro is a popular destination for mountaineers, both by experts and newbies because of its lush green forest and challenging rock climbs to the top of it’s monolith a.k.a. ‘Parrot’s Beak’. It is part of the small mountain range known as Mt. Palay-Palay, aptly located in Ternate, Cavite and the boundaries of Nasugbu, Batangas. It is considered the highest mountain of the province of Cavite with an elevation of 664 meters above sea level (MASL), and a diffculty level of 3/9 which makes it an easy climb (since you may reach the camp site in 3-4 hours depending on your pace). Once you reach the top, you’ll have a 360-degree view of Manila Bay, Corregidor, far mountains of Nasugbu, the Limbones Cove and the rest of the West Philippine Sea.

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Mt. Batulao in Nasugbu, Batangas

***NOTE: Picture-heavy post. You’ve been warned!

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MOUNT BATULAO (2-DAY HIKE)
Nasugbu, Batangas
Jump-off point: Evercrest Golf Course, NasugbuJump-off point: Evercrest Golf Course, Nasugbu

Mt. Batulao is truly an appealing destination, referred to by some mountaineers as the ‘Mini Pulag’ because of its broad grassland and the spectacular view of the peaks while ascending and descending. The landscapes are quite remarkable and the scenery at the peak is breathtaking!

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Mt. Gulugod-Baboy in Anilao, Batangas

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MT. GULUGOD-BABOY (DAY HIKE)
Anilao, Batangas
Jump-off Point: Philpan Dive Resort, Anilao, Mabini

Rain or shine, Mt. Gulugod-Baboy offers breathtaking views, especially from its peak. It is located in Anilao, Mabini in the province of Batangas. The mountain got its name from the contours of the peaks which resembles a pig’s back.

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Mt. Talamitam in Nasugbu, Batangas

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MT. TALAMITAM (Day Hike)
Nasugbu, Batangas
Jump-off point: Sitio Bayabasan, Brgy. Aga, Nasugbu

Mount Talamitan is located in Nasugbu, Batangas and is considered to be the ‘younger sister’ of Mt. Batulao, partly due to the close proximity between the two mountains, and because both can be hiked in tandem in a single itinerary, as a ‘twin dayhike’. Before, there was an abundance of Talamitam trees on the mountain, hence its name. Now, the mountain is surprisingly bare and missing its once lush trees. Despite the sudden baldness of the mountain, it does not stop climbers from visiting. Mt. Talamitam boasts a quick hike of just about two hours, a challenging 60-degree trail to its peak and a view of Batulao, Tagaytay, Taal Lake and its neighboring towns.

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