Mt. Gulugod Baboy Peak
I climbed this mountain twice already, the first one being the birthday climb of a friend of a friend. It was the first time I met most of the other climbers (about 10 of us) in the group, but they we're a bunch of cool and funny people that is was a great experience.
The second climb,though there were only 4 of us, was more memorable because I was with my beloved sis (it was her first climb) and my special someone (first time climber. The fourth person was my house help, it was my treat for her (though despite the difficulty, I'm sure she enjoyed herself especially with the swim after).
In English, Gulugod Baboy directly translates to "Pig Spine". I assume it is so called perhaps because of its contour that looks like the spine of a pig from a distance. It has a spectacular 360 degree view of Anilao, Batangas Pier, Maricaban Island, Mt. Maculot, even Mindoro, Mt. Lobo and Mt. Manabo.
There are several jump off points for this climb but we choose the shortest, albeit the steepest one - Bagalangit. It took almost 2 hours to reach the peak (including a short stop for the halo-halo) and only about 50 mins (for the group, my previous record was 30mins) going down.
What's special about this mountain (aside from accessibility and the fact that it's a very short climb) was the opportunity to go swimming in the beach or do snorkeling in the nearby Sombrero Island right after descent.
Then, there's also that "halo-halo." I'm not sure whether because we we're just tired, but for me, it was simply one of the best all over the country. And for 2o pesos, its a steal! It is rightly situated half way thru the climb, so whether it's going up or down, remember to taste that halo-halo.
I strongly recommend this climb to everyone, even first timers. The difficulty of going up is surely compensated with the magnificent view on top, the cool weather at night, and of course - the superb halo-halo.
I will be posting the itinerary of this trip soon. (Edit: Itinerary is posted here.)
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