Mount Mabaho in Santiago

Mount Mabaho Panlabaw Santiago Agusan del NorteMount Mabaho is famous not just because it is the second highest peak in the region but also because it is one of the K2 mountains in Mindanao. K2 means it is a mountain in Asia that is difficult to climb. This mountain lies in the eastern part of Santiago. The major part of the mountain’s hilltop consists of large wet stone rising to 80-90 degree angle and are almost impossible to climb without using “climbing gears”. The mountain, also known as “Panlabaw”, has a height of 1,823 meters. According to legend, the peak of the mountain has not yet reached by anyone other than one indigenous person called “Gamhanan”. This mountain is an ideal destination for the “experienced mountaineers” and “technical climbers”.

Halsema Mountain Highway in Benguet

Halsema HighwayThe Halsema Mountain Highway is 96 kilometers in length and starts from La Trinidad in Benguet province, cutting across deep mountain peaks and gorges. Formerly called the “Mountain Trail”, this magnificent road leads to the wonderland of the Cordillera, to hidden villages, wonderful rice terraces, quaint native life style which discovers unique customs and folkways, rhythmic dances and its children of nature. This cloud-kissed highway helped bring about changes in the highlands. Formerly a trail traversed by American prospectors on horse-pulled wagons, this road had paved the development of commerce and trade; rich mines have been tapped; food production and cottage industries Continue reading

Mount Apo Natural Park

Mount ApoThe 64,053.00 hectares Mount Apo Natural Park is dominated by the highest mountain in the Philippine archipelago, the majestic Mt. Apo, a volcanic mountain rising to 3,143.6 meters above sea level. Mt Apo hosts five (5) distinct forest formations, from lowland forest to low montane forest, high montane forest and finally to summit or scrub forest. In addition to variations in its topography, interactions of other factors, such as, climate, soil, geology, slope and drainage have allowed for the development of a wide diversity in plant community types and associations in the region. Continue reading