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0600 MEET UP AT BALIWAG TRANSIT (CUBAO)

0630 DEPART for SAN MIGUEL BULACAN (P114)

0830 ARRIVE at BRGY. KAMIAS bus stop

0845 Take TRIKE to JUMP-OFF (P200 per trike)

0930 Arrived at JUMP-OFF

0945 REGISTER and hire GUIDES (P300 per guide)

1000 Start trek

1130 Arrive at summit and take pictures

1230 Traverse going to the river

1300 Arrive at river and take lunch

1415 Trek to jump-off

1445 Arrive at jump-off and proceed to caving (P30 per person)

1700 Return to Jump-off

1715 Swim at the river

1800 Wash-up

1900 Take trike and depart to bus stop (P200 per trike)

1945 Arrive at bus stop and take bus going to Cubao (P114)

2200 Arrive at Cubao



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Manabu Peak
Sto. Tomas, Batangas
Jump-off point: Sulok, Brgy. Sta Cruz, Sto. Tomas

It’s just two hours to climb, and the peak area is like a beautiful garden. The highest point is marked with a white cross. Grass, as if trimmed by a lawnmower, covers the summit area, and there are flowering plants and shrubs – with blossoms of yellow, red, and pink. During summer months, wild berries called ‘sampinit’ grow on the trails near the peak. They are edible and sweet, like mini-strawberries. This image of an elegant park is exactly the image of Manabu Peak, probably the easiest, most accessible mountain from Manila. Add the beautiful views of the Malipunyo mountain range, as well as Mt. Maculot and Mt. Makiling.

The name Manabu is said to be abbreviated from ‘Mataas na Bundok’. It is one of the three major peaks of the Malipunyo range (the other two are the Malipunyo summit and Susong Dalaga peak). Probably because of its geography, it’s usually cloudy in Manabu, lending an almost nostalgic air. Although Sto. Tomas is a peripheral town of Batangas, the dialect used among the locals in Manabu is distinctly Batangueno. It adds a local flavor to the Manabu experience, much like the homemade kapeng barako which Mang Pirying, owner of the hut midway through the trail, would offer the hikers.

Because of its easy access, short trail, and very beautiful environs, Manabu Peak is a great introduction to hiking for beginners. Even then, veteran hikers rank this mountain as one their favorite ‘fun climb’ destinations.

source:  http://www.pinoymountaineer.com

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