Climbing Mt. Mauyog & Camping in Mt. Manunggal, Balamban, Cebu


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The birthday boy on top of Mauyog!

It was maybe 2 years ago when I made a list of mountains to be conquered locally within Cebu. That time, I’ve had more outside of Cebu climbs than within. To increase and explore Cebu more, along with Kapayas, Mauyog and Manunggal were on that list. But as time flew like my other lists, they were forgotten.

When NCR Trekkers decided to climb Mt. Mauyog last July 25-26, I was very excited. I remembered the list. Unfortunately, luck wasn’t on my side. I’ve been on an on/off sickness for the month of July and August. The decision to let go of exciting activities was so hard but I had to. What made it more sadder was one of my closest manghud-from-another-mama was celebrating her birthday on that trek. I wanted to be there. But everyone was strongly against it. I just had to let go.

My hibernation was killing me but I felt that resting was the only option I had. The day after my birthday despite not feeling too well still, on the invite of a close friend, I decided that I had to break free. That climb really helped me to get back on track. To make up for the times lost due to sickness, I planned to catch up with what I missed.

Catching up was hard. I’ve been into a lot of organizing but planning a trek just had that added stress. I had BRB before and now that they have mellowed, NCR Trekkers adopted me. Sadly, they’ve been there already. I would have continued loathing and dumped Mauyog totally if it wasn’t for Liz. The husband is always supportive in everything but when it comes to us trekking alone together, it’s a no-no. He had his reasons and though I don’t completely understood them, I supported it.

Lately, I don’t fancy over planning that much anymore so as long as I have the basic, I’m good. But the husband kept on bugging me to check this and that. As usual, his negativity and backup-up thoughts annoyed me that I almost cracked and abandon the plan. Good thing I didn’t pursue it. I wouldn’t have known how beautiful Mauyog is. 🙂

3 Happy Pigs!!!
3 Happy Pigs!!!

Mauyog – Manunggal via Sunog Trail

September 05-06, 2015

Expense:
120/pax V-Hire Ayala to Cantipla
150/motor Cantipla to Awayan (2 motor/3 pax = 100/pax)
500/group Guide (Robinson 0907 928 3940) Awayan-Mauyog-Manunggal (500/3= 167/pax)
120/pax V-Hire Manunggal Corner to Ayala
Total: 507/pax

Itinerary:
Day 1
9:30 ETD Cantipla via V-hire
11:00 ETA Awayan
12:00 Lunch on clearing before Sunog Gym
13:00 Mauyog foot, left backpack
13:40 Mauyog Assault
15:00 ETD Manunggal via road
16:40 Manunggal
17:00 Setup Camp
19:30 Lights Off

Day 2
05:00 Prepare Breakfast
07:30 Break Camp
* 749 steps to Memorial Bldg
08:30 ETD Manunggal
10:30 ETD Van to Ayala
11:30 ETA Ayala

Meals:
Day 1 Lunch Packed
Day 1 Dinner Cream of Mushroom Soup, Pre-cooked Chicken heated on top of rice
Day 2 Breakfast Soup leftover, Fried leftover rice, Curry noodles & Spam
Day 2 Lunch is back in the City @ Rico’s Lechon

Despite being an hour and a half late, keeping Liz fuming while waiting in Ayala terminal, we were able to reached Manunggal before sunset. Started our trek at Awayan where we met our guide, Robinson. He is a 4th year HS student of Tabunan Integrated school who sidelines guiding on the weekends. We started crossing on a river and in order not to wet our shoes, we had to take them off before crossing since there was no bridge or stones to hop into. We were lucky because we were able to say hello to Robinson’s parents and younger brother as well.

The Robinson's Family with the Sr. & Jr, the Mom & the youngest brother who was too shy for the camera!
The Robinson’s Family with the Sr. & Jr, the Mom & the youngest brother who was too shy for the camera!
The 3 eager trekkers posing with their shoes getting ready to start the ball rolling!!!
The 3 eager trekkers posing with their shoes getting ready to start the ball rolling!!!
Kuya Iping, our habal2x driver chats that this river separates Cebu City & Balamban. Right now, we were still in the Cebu City side - Awayan. The other side is Sunog which is already part of Magsaysay, Balamban.
Kuya Iping, our habal2x driver chats that this river separates Cebu City & Balamban. Right now, we were still in the Cebu City side – Awayan. The other side is Sunog which is already part of Magsaysay, Balamban.

After an hour of walking, we decided to have lunch at a clearing, an hour away from Sunog gym. The trail was mostly uphills where you will see locals’ houses every now and then. When you reached Sunog gym, you will then follow the road to the foot of Mauyog.

I think this has to be Liz signature pose...oblation! Feel the air!!!
I think this has to be Liz signature pose…oblation! Feel the air!!!
Photo ops just before the clearing where we had lunch!
Photo ops just before the clearing where we had lunch!
Migo's lunch time seat!
Migo’s lunch time seat!
On the way up after lunch.
On the way up after lunch with the view of the Mango tree where we ate our baon!
Yay! Water source! Bin refilling our bottles!
Yay! Water source! Bin refilling our bottles!
Finally time to rest...10 minutes away from Sunog gym!
Finally time to rest…10 minutes away from Sunog gym!
Roof of the gym and the house with the store where Migo & I eagerly shared a bottle of Mirinda to quench our thirst. Yay! This marks the next part of our trail, following the road to the foot of Mauyog.
Roof of the gym and the house with the store where Migo & I eagerly shared a bottle of Mirinda to quench our thirst. Yay! This marks the next part of our trail, following the road to the foot of Mauyog.

We left our backpack at the store and proceeded to climb the peak of Mauyog. Just like every assault, it was mostly uphills and since it was raining in the morning, it was very slippery. We were extra careful in each strides.

Up, up they go as I struggled to breath in between my strides! Ah! Uphill just sucked!
Up, up they go as I struggled to breath in between my strides! Ah! Uphill just sucked!
The winding road!
The winding road!
Hello Mauyog!
Hello Mauyog!
The husband taking a pose with Mauyog when we arrived at the foot.
The husband taking a pose with Mauyog when we arrived at the foot.
Finally it was time to part with our pack! Yay!
Finally it was time to part with our pack! Yay! Liz & I’s pack stayed together while the husband was placed on the other chair.

Before we reached the peak, we pass through a clearing. Robinson said other trekkers camp there. It looks cramped but maybe if the grasses were cut, it would look better. We stayed for some time to harvest guavas. A lot of guava trees grow in the clearing. Most of them are bearing fruit. I have this thing for wild guavas and so is Liz. We climbed a tree while the husband stayed on the ground. He was not a fan.

Robinson posing under the guava trees!
Robinson posing under the guava trees!
Halfway there!!!
Halfway there!!! The husband chilling while Liz & I are busy with the guavas.

After a while Robinson said it might be good to just get more guavas on the way down so we proceeded to the peak. Liz kept talking she would ate her guavas at the peak. I planned to as well but as usual, the view got me so excited. All I could do was marvel and take pictures of the beauty of Mauyog. It was just amazing. Feeling so proud that we all did it. 🙂

Happy kids on top of Mauyog!
Happy kids on top of Mauyog!
Migo & Miga poe!
Lovers in Mauyog!
The very cool formation of the peak!
The very cool formation of the peak!
And but of course...me!
And but of course…me!

Going up and down the peak from the clearing was quite tolerable except for that part where we had to climbed up and down a rock. The rock was wet and slippery. Robinson tied rope for us to hold and supported us. Going up was easier than going down.

We stayed in the peak for a while. On the trail, the sun has always been shy but it shone brightly while we were on top giving us a fogless view of the beauty down below. After the rope part, Liz asked Robinson if we could go ahead to the guava clearing. On the thought of guavas, I bolted my way downwards. Haha!

While we were getting more guavas, the drizzle started. I commented just how lucky we were for not getting this on top. We all decided it was time to go. I obliged since I already have a pocket full of guavas too. 😀

Migo & Lizzy while waiting for their turn to go up!
Migo & Lizzy while waiting for their turn to go up!
Robinson setting up the rope!
Robinson setting up the rope!

When we reached the foot, Mauyog was already covered in fog. We took our group picture and proceeded to resume trekking after buying some stuffs at the store.

We left the foot of Mauyog at 3 PM walking through patches of cemented and uncemented road with alternating up and down. The uphills were hard. Robinson kept on offering to carry my backpack. I might have looked very pitiful but I wasn’t that spent really or maybe it was my pride that kept me from giving it to him. Haha! After almost 2 hours of walking, we finally arrived at Manunggal. By 5 PM, we setup camp and bid goodbye to Robinson.

Our goodbye pose to the already foggy Mauyog!
Our goodbye pose to the already foggy Mauyog!

We were the only campers in Manunggal. After settling down, we prepared dinner. By 7:30, we decided it was time to rest. The husband didn’t have games with him. I wasn’t expecting we’d reached the camp that early as well so I didn’t thought of it. We called it a night, my earliest lights off so far. Haha! At 9 PM, I was awakened by voices. Another group has arrived. It was a restful night. By 5 AM, I was up and energetic. Weeee! We were ready to eat our improved breakfast menu with fried rice, spam, soup & noodles by 6:30 AM.

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Hello Manunggal!

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Setting up camp!
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All set and ready!

The camp in Manunggal was beside the memorial monument. You will need to walk a foot path downwards from the new memorial hall. Yesterday, while going downwards to the camp, the husband asked if I counted the steps. I told him we would count it on the way up. It was quite a fun exercise. We’ve managed to go up in 20 minutes and surprisingly I didn’t quite feel the uphill strain.

We left Manunggal at 8:30 AM via the executive road and walked leisurely while stopping to some guava trees on the road. There were so many guava trees that Liz had a plastic for her harvest. By 10:30 AM, we were out in Transcentral hiway. Luckily, we were able to ride a van almost immediately. Lunch was at Rico’s lechon. Our yummiest lunch after the trek ever!!!! Weeeeee!

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Group pic before leaving Manunggal camp!
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The long and winding road to Transcentral hiway!
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Liz posing for the view with her plastic of guavas!
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More guava trees along the road.
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Coke stop. Still an hour away from the hiway!
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And then finally…were out in the open!
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The V-Hire passed by right after this pose!
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Because the 4th pig wasn’t able to join us, our lunch menu was jeopardized. It’s alright, we had a much better feast. 😀
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The adventurers!!!

Till the next mountain!!! Yayyyyy!

Apo Day 4: Playing with Kidapawan River


 

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The beauty of the smoking lake greeted us the next day. It would have been fun to have played with it longer but the schedule won’t allow it. Compared to the previous climbs, Apo’s last day trail was the most rigorous. Left the camp around 7 AM, an eternal descent followed.

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And just because we were in a haste, I would forget to have our team picture taken? NEVER. It’s a MORTAL SIN to do so. 😀
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Yip. We were way, way behind just because of that TEAM PICTURE above. Haha!

 

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Stops along the way…

 

It was a clear day but the guides kept reminding us how erratic the weather these days. We need to hurry or else be stranded in rain. The thought of crossing 6 rivers pressured me to hasten each stride. And each countable stop, I kept on asking how far do we have to go. Downhills were a friend but that time, I thought otherwise.

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From L-R, T-B: A doufie with the boyfie. Boyfie and our guide, Ronnie. With the century tree. Pong and me.
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Some views of the trail. The ladder looks really scary from above but it actually feels safe.

It was a almost a race. The stops were minimal and short. The group was divided into teams again with the guide leading the pack. Before reaching Mainit Spring, one of our companion got cramps. And just when I’m about to say my words of wisdom, I tripped and slipped on the rock. It was painful. I feared that I too would have cramps. It could have been a first if I did.

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Mainit Spring stop. The guide boasted of a hot and sour water and being “me”, I just had to try and decide for myself. It really was hot but not that sour. I actually love the taste, makes me think of “Pocari sweat”. I drank a lot and got reprimanded by the boyfie saying it might not be good for my acidic tummy knowing it’s sulfuric. 😛
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Finally…the RIVER! This is our 3rd crossing I think. Didn’t have the chance to take a picture with the previous since we are on a rush. Luckily this time, they are having a hard time on the bridge. Haha!
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More river pics!

After 7 hours of walking, we finally reached the last river crossing at around 2 PM. We were famished. The others were already eating when we arrived. Since it was the last stop before the ride, we settled matters with our new friends who have been very helpful throughout the entire journey – our guides.

Before the climb, our estimated budget was 450/day/porter but the actual was Php400/day/porter. It was our first climb with porter and we were a bit generous and happy, so every team decided to settle with 500/day/porter. And to make it easier for the boyfie and his friend, we gave Php 700 each for us three to our porter, Ronnie.

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The last river crossing!
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Lunch Time!!!
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Bye Bye Apo! Bye Bye Kidapawan!

And finally it was goodbye, Apo. I was restless on the ride to Davao City. My body was aching but I felt that something was missing. I later realized that the anticipation and excitement of the climb that occupied me since the start of 2014 was making me restless. When it was gone, I felt lost and goal-less. 😛

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From L-R, T-B: The sign before going out of Lake Venado. Century Tree. Mountain View. Almaciga Tree.

And that’s it. Apo has become a history. I kinda feel a bit of inadequacy on this last post. I wanted to write and tell you more but words are not my friend today. 😐 Oh well, next time perhaps.

We don’t have a schedule yet but Dulang2x might be next on the list. Yay! And while waiting for that new adventure, I’ll re-visit and update you with my Pulag and PamTarZam (Pampanga, Tarlac, Zambales) travels. Stay with me. 🙂

Apo Series:
Prologue
Apo Day 1: Overnight At Tinikaran Camp
Apo Day 2: Sunrise and Sunset in 2 Different Peaks
Apo Day 3: Lake Venado’s Grandeur
Apo Day 4: Playing with Kidapawan River -> You are here.

Prenup Photo Shoot on the Philippines Highest Mountain


To be promised forever on top of Apo crossed my mind but didn’t linger.  There’s so much to do in the peak and proposing is not on the list. But sans engagement, it didn’t stop the boyfie and I to enjoy a free prenup session. Yay! Here are some of my favorites!!!

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Now it’s not only the mountain that we look forward to conquer…Credits to the photographer Dea! Visit her blog to see more of her photos. Yay!

A Novice’s Journey to A 6K Feet Mountain


At about 6, 243 ft above sea level, conquering Mount Cuernos de Negros (Talinis Peak) was no easy feat for a neophyte mountaineer.  But what push me to pursue such a venture? The reasons were forgotten…what remains is a sweet triumph of being able to endure an almost 18 hours walk in the rain, the one day extension at the mountains and more hardships that (maybe) every mountaineer has to experience.

Mt Talinis

It was supposed 2 be just a 2 days and 1 night adventure. But in the mountains, time is always an enemy. On the way down at 4 hours away from the end of the trail, the sun was preparing to set, forcing us on a night trek. It was our first major climb and most were not prepared of the dangers of night trekking so when the guide suggest we set up camp, we agreed. The issues and concerns came after.

How do we survive another night? The foods were running out. What would we ate for dinner and breakfast the next day? Our families expects us to be home on a Sunday night, wouldn’t they panic if we’re not home as scheduled? More and more issues came…and then resolved. 

From that setback, we’ve learned how important it is to always have an extra. In the mountains, often assumed that the worst will happen. It is not being pessimistic. It is just a way to survive.

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At the unexpected extension camp. Oh yeah, we were still in high spirits despite the setback. Be a PESSIMIST…but don’t let it control everything…a little OPTIMISM is always healthy!

This climb was an initiation to the mountaineering world. It was a first major climb so I didn’t know what to expect.  Didn’t want to be caught of guard so here are things I did to prepare myself. It might be worth a read if you are interested to be part of this world. 🙂

  1. READ what you are going into. There’s a whole world of information in WWW. You can’t just jumped into the water without knowing how deep it is right? Well, maybe you can if you know how to swim. But even so, knowing how to swim wouldn’t save you from the sharks that lurk in the water. Haha!

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  1. PREPARE. If you read things about mountaineering, there are suggestion on what to do to prepare. Follow it. Be physically and mentally prepared. Schedule jogging sessions. Enroll in the gym. Do the yoga. Do everything that will make your body fit for the strenuous activity.exercise

  2. ANTICIPATE. Get excited. Get into the mood. Being excited at something radiates a good aura in you. The more you think that doing a climb is FUN, it will really be FUN. Think of the things you will see when you reached the top. Think of the views of the trail. Think of how nice it is to be with friends.

And aside from the 3 above…no matter what happens on the trail, accept it as part of the adventure. Also, don’t bring TOO MUCH stuffs. Bring only the once that you will need. No more lipsticks for me…and powder…and mirror. Haha! Even seemingly weightless things may weigh more than you think when you are going uphill.

So now…let me tell you the story with the collages I have of the climb…

Start of the climb
Start of the climb
Up...up and away!
Up…up and away!
Cramp stop. One of our friend got cramps.
Cramp stop. One of our friend got cramps.
The victim!
The victim!
View stop...and cramp stop laters.
View stop…and cramp stop laters.
Water source. Wish I didn't bring too much water.
Water source. Wish I didn’t bring too much water.
Lunch stop @ Lake Yagumyum.
Lunch stop @ Lake Yagumyum.
On the way to the camp site at Lake Nailig..
On the way to the camp site at Lake Nailig..
Porn stop?! See the de-formed tree...
Porn stop?! See the de-formed tree…
Another stop!
Another stop!
Just before the 80 degree descent...
Just before the 80 degree descent…
The 80 degree trail...SCARY!
The 80 degree trail…SCARY!
Setting up our first night camp!
Setting up our first night camp!
The yummy dinner! WOW!
The yummy dinner! WOW!
Climbmates and tentmates!
Climbmates and tentmates!
Breaking up camp to prepare for the summit.
Breaking up camp to prepare for the summit.
The SUMMIT.
The SUMMIT.
Bye bye Lake Nailig. We didn't have the chance to have our group picture taken at the summit because it was too small.
Bye bye Lake Nailig. We didn’t have the chance to have our group picture taken at the summit because it was too small.
River before the leech infested trail...
River before the leech infested trail…
The sulfuric river! Smelled AWFUL.
The sulfuric river! Smelled AWFUL.
The ranch. Our extended campsite.
The ranch. Our extended campsite.
The reward for extending one night...haha! A dip at the  twin falls. Not bad!
The reward for extending one night…haha! A dip at the twin falls. Not bad!
The day after! Getting ready for the real "leech" attack.
The day after! Getting ready for the real “leech” attack.
Taking a bath on the trail down...
Taking a bath on the trail down…
The CONQUERORS!
The CONQUERORS!

Please stay with me on my adventures towards conquering as many mountains as I can. Let me know your thoughts on the comments below. 🙂

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