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Alegria: Where Mt. Lanaya Towers the Town

Mt. Lanaya, Alegria, Cebu

Mt. Lanaya, Alegria, Cebu

Bridging the Gap between Mountaineers


There is a relatively small population of outdoor enthusiasts, mountain climbers, outdoor lovers in Cebu, yet how unlikely it is for them to be too diverse, too disintegrated. Perhaps because they define their pursuit differently. They, or should I say, we—have varied definitions of mountain climbing. Difference always makes us unique but it is not the reason of our disintegration—it is the lack of respect, the lack of camaraderie.

The unity of the cocos, of the horizon, of the mountaineers

For some, Mt. Lanaya was the toughest climb they ever experienced.  Others thought it was a matter of strategy. Always be two steps ahead of your current. Know yourself first before knowing the fluctuating nature of mountains. Once you know your strengths and weaknesses, it becomes easier to interact with them.

Trust. Easier said than done.

Trust, for a person who seldom gives it, finds it hard to use a rope handed by a fellow mountaineer, a stranger. As much as possible, I eschew using ropes.  Thus, I find alternative ways in assaulting the mountain without the utility of ropes. Challenging, yes, but doable.

Rusty and Lanaya’s Cap. Rusty was one of the guides employed during the climb. Mt. Lanaya’s peak looks like a cap.

Trust your shoes, your feet, your body, your mind, your comrades and the mountain, and make sure they won’t betray you. But then, again, easier said than done.  But with no other ways,  do it. They mean no harm.

Reward yourself with the view.

Once you’re on the top, do not forget to look sideways or backward. It is one of the rewards of the mountain, of nature.

The Sun. It is blinding on the top.

Of course, a reward like this after hours of ascend is always, always, always welcome.

Because your presence is best documented with a picture. 😉

For those who participated, thanks to all of us for enduring the climb. The fun we had outweighed the little drawbacks we experienced.

Those Who Bear Their Names

We survived.

Others went straight back to the city, others decided to stay longer in Alegria. We had some spare time, so we learned there is a hot spring and falls in the neighboring town of Malabuyoc, so off we went. One of the mountaineers knew someone who could lend his cottage for a night. For free.  So right after mountain climbing, beachineering presented itself.

The Dead and the Blue Sky

Others went drinking, I went swimming. I was surprised with Alegria’s rich marine life. I spotted colorful fish and huge corals! Too bad I don’t have an underwater camera.

Yes, Alegria, you fascinate me.

ALTERNATIVE GUIDE TO ALEGRIA (written by fellow EWIT, Sir Shimi)

Entry point: Poblacion Alegria (Highway)/Brgy. Legaspi (foot)
Exit point: Brgy. Lumpan

Entry point: poblacion Alegria (highway)/Brgy. Legaspi (foot)
Exit point: Brgy. Lumpan

(From Cebu City)
Day 1
0400 Gather at South Bus Terminal, Cebu City
0500 off to Alegria
0900 arrival at Alegria, breakfast, food/water gathering
1000 start trek via Legaspi trail
1200 lunch @ trail
1700 arrival at summit area
1800 arrival at base camp, pitch tent
1900 dinner & socials
Day 2
0500 wakeup call, breakfast
0630 optional or return ascent to Kalo-kalo Peak
0800 break camp, off to Brgy. Lumpan
0900 Lumpan junction, ride habal2x to Alegria proper

1000 Alegria, lunch, beachineering, side trips, etc.LLA: 9°42’N, 123°21’E (inexact), 720 MASL

Days required/Hours to summit: 1-2 days; 4-5 hours
Specs: Minor, Exploration, Difficulty 6/9, Trail class 2-3

Jona of Backpacking with a Book

Hi there, I’m Jona! I’m in my early 30s and is currently based in Ha Noi, Vietnam.I primarily write poetry and short stories in Cebuano and lengthy travel essays in English. Blogging has become an outlet to think out loud. I live the life I set for myself. I try to live an unapologetic life. For collaborations, projects, and other things, please email me at Find me somewhere else!

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  2. pinoyapache says:

    Nicely written. How I wished a big chunk of outdoors people document their events in a blog. Both mediums – pictures and words. There are so few of us and lots of photographers. Haha… Keep on writing about your interest, promote Cebu and reunite our country with this medium. Godspeed!

  3. ZETS CEBU says:

    So nice .. very nice.. Congratulations Ms. Jo

  4. […] Xi Shack and had a candle-lit dinner. The last leg of our trip was Alegria. It is the home of the arrogant Mt. Lanaya, the diving board of Tañon Strait for outdoor enthusiasts. […]

  5. nelson RN says:

    What an adventure! Thanks for sharing the story with us! The place is fascinating!

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