Matabungkay, a town situated along the idyllic coastal town of Lian in Batangas, is a popular area for water sports such as swimming, diving, boating and snorkeling. It has a 2 kilometre stretch of good beach and sand. According to my parents, back in the 90’s it was THE place to be for family and company outings, weekend getaways with friends, and group excursions during its heyday.
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MT. TALAMITAM (Day Hike)
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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MT. PICO DE LORO (Day Hike)
Maragondon, Cavite and Nasugbu, Batangas
Jump-off point: DENR Station, Magnetic Hill, Ternate, Cavite
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***NOTE: Picture-heavy post. You’ve been warned!
MOUNT BATULAO (2-DAY HIKE)
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 (DAY HIKE)
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.
It has a range of minor peaks (525 meters above sea level) with difficulty level of 2/9. Anilao is more famous for its dive spots but the nearby hills are also a popular hiking destination that’s easy enough to be tackled by newbie climbers.
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