September 17, 2011
Backpacking with a Book

Mt. Mauyog: The Less-Trodden

Mountains remind one of humans. Some mountains enjoy the spotlight, just like humans do, and consequently suffer from it. Lumped refuse in campsites and widening trails are two of these side effects. Unknown to most, just an hour walk from and northeast of historical Mt. Manunggal is the more challenging Mt. Mauyog. From the mountain foot, the peak looks like a gigantic coral—misplaced, lost. Most mountains have grassy peaks, yet this mountain has lumping rocks. Moss inhabits the rocks, which changes color depending on the season: mossy green when wet and reddish orange when dry, they look surreal from afar. […]
August 30, 2011
Backpacking with a Book

Mt. Manunggal: The Historical

How it is to be a mountain reputed for its historical relevance? Ramon Magsaysay’s presidential plane, Mt. Pinatubo, lost its way in a stormy night and crashed into Cebu’s second highest located in Balamban. The president’s life was not spared. His death made a mountain out of Manunggal. Rows of Silence Mt. Manunggal lacks the gruelling trail, which seasoned mountaineers favor, nor does it have a rewarding view, which most see as the culmination after hours of ascent. The parching heat is the most palpable enemy. With all of  these perceived shortcomings, why is it one of the most visited […]