Part 2: Historical Mt. Manunggal

Mt. Manunggal, Balamban, Cebu

So after our trek at Mt. Mauyog, we camped out in Mt. Manunggal. Mt. Mauyog and Mt. Manunggal are both in Balamban, Cebu.

We rode a habal-habal from Brgy. Sunog (Mt. Mauyog jump off) to the chapel in Mt. Manunggal for P50. When we arrived there, it’s foggy and a bit creepy. It looks like forests in horror films.

Anyway, the chapel is the jump off to the campsite in Mt. Manunggal. This place is historical because this was where the plane of the Late-President of the Philippines’, Ramon Magsaysay, plane crashed. Along with the trail is seen the engine of the said aircraft.

So we had a small trek from the chapel to the campsite.

After a 15-minute walk, we arrived at the campsite. The campsite is slightly developed because it has large restrooms and water source. It is maintained by locals.

The sunset in the campsite is eye-pleasing.

So there we had our camp, setup our tents, prepared our food, drink some liquor and slept at (I’m not sure because we were drunk lol) and it is really foggy.

We woke up around 6:30 am and prepared our breakfast and then prepared ourselves for the trek to Mt. Manunggal’s peak.

Around 8:30 am, we left our bags to the local’s home and started the trek. The trail is a bit muddy because it drizzled a bit in the morning.

I can say that the trail is harder than Mt. Mauyog and Mt. Kapayas. It’s rocky, muddy, full of cliffs and climbs. It’s challenging and that’s what we wanted! It took around 45 minutes to reach the peak from the campsite.

Upon reaching the peak, out of exhaustion, I was amazed by the view that laid on my eyes. The rock  formations are awesome, the cliff is scary though. The tiresome trek was paid off by the achievement on reaching the peak. So we enjoyed ourselves, took photos, sang out loud and feel like kids.
After an hour, it’s getting hot and we have to go. We descended from the peak and we were exhausted. Amidst the trail, we found a lone mountaineer and said that he was lost but were able to get back to the right track by our loud voices (remember we were singing out loud) lol.

Anyway, we arrived back to the campsite around 10 and good thing the locals are very hospitable, they let us wash in their house. In return, we gave pennies but were refused but we insisted and gave can goods instead.

We went back to the chapel and good thing we found habal-habal drivers waiting for campers.

Summary of Expenses:

Habal2x – 50 each/one way

Summary of Itinerary

5 PM – arrived at the chapel

5 PM – 5:15 PM – trek to campsite

5:15 PM – onwards – camping 😄
6:30 AM – Wake up

6:30 AM – 8:30 AM – breakfast, prepared for trek

8:30 AM – 9:15 AM – trek to the peak

9:15 AM – 10 AM – stayed at the peak

10 AM – 11 AM – trekked back to the campsite and chapel

11 AM – 11:30AM – rode habal2x to highway

11:30 AM – went home

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