Osmeña Peak: Day 1

Saturday, April 04, 2015

Can I just take a minute and lust my eyes with these beautiful sceneries? I don't know what to write anymore because these left me speechless. I am in awe with your wonderful creations, Lord. I am blessed to be alive to witness this. Hmm where do I begin? Perhaps I will just start with a little background about Osmeña Peak. Here's an article from Everything Cebu:
The peak is part of the Mantalungon mountain range, which is unique from other mountain ranges in the Philippines because of its multiple jagged hills grouped together that overlook and stretch as far as the Badian shorelines. The highest of these hills is the Osmeña Peak named in honor of the famous Osmeña clan in Cebu. The visual appearance of the Mantalungon range is almost similar in form to the Chocolate Hills of Bohol but the peaks of the ranges are thinner, sharper-pointed and rocky. Unlike the Chocolate Hills, the peaks of the Mantalungon ranges cluster quite near each other and give the impression of being formed from rocks that have survived through time.
Once you reach the Osmeña Peak, you get a 360-degree view of that includes the southwestern coastline of Cebu, and you even see the province of Negros Oriental. Mantalungon is famous as the summer capital of Cebu because it is 700 to 800 meters above sea level giving it a pleasant climate all year round. The high elevation has made the village an ideal place to grow flowers, vegetables and other high-value crops, which gives Mantalungon the reputation of being the vegetable basket of Cebu. 
Held every year is the Utanon Festival, a celebration of dance and music as thanksgiving for the good harvest of Mantalungon. Utanon is the Cebuano word for vegetables. Many locals and foreign tourists visit the village during summer because of its cool climate.
I will definitely recommend every Cebuanos out there to go here. Even kids can trek here. It was a bittersweet experience for me coming here and I will tackle about it on my succeeding posts because I will be making four separate post. And every post is more like a photo dump. lol

Can every morning be as chill as this?



We couldn't resist taking pictures with the awesome background!

Osmeña Peak itinerary:

6:30 AM   - Meet up at pardo church then on route to Carbon.
7:00 AM - Caltex, Carbon where the minibus is located that will take you straight to Mantalungon, Dalaguete for 100 pesos.
10:30 AM - Mantalungon market. Ride habal-habal to trail head for 50 pesos/person. Kids there will offer to be your tour guide to the camp site. Be aware that they will ask you for money so be firm on how much you will give. 20 pesos would be a good deal for a kid. Or you can always say no to their assistance.
10:35 AM - Trek from trail head to campsite for 5-10 minutes.
11:00 AM - 3:30 PM - Set the tent. Free time.
3:30 PM - Climb the highest peak for 5 minutes. Take pictures. And from there, wait for the sunset.
7:00 PM - Dinner.
8:00 PM - Star gazing. Good thing the weather was fine when we went there so we got to enjoy the sky more. Lots of stars will appear at around 4:00 AM.
Night until 3:00 AM - it was freezing and windy so stay on the tent and please do bring the appropriate attire and things to keep you warm from the cold. My teeth were chattering and my body was shivering from the cold because I haven't bought anything except my jacket. Lesson learned: study the place you are going and do a lot of research before going on a adventure.
Around 2:00 AM - Fog.
5:30 AM - Wake up to wait for the sunrise. Failed to do this though because it was freezing and I didn't sleep well.
7:00 AM - Go home.

Taking pictures inside the tent because it was too hot to go outside. Please do bring sunscreen lotion and lots of water to keep you hydrated. We were 4 groups who spent the night there so it was pretty safe. The kids and the locals were friendly except for the habal-habal drivers because they will insist that 4 people can ride their motorcycle even though the steep roads made it dangerous and they will fight over you. They are after for the payment because it is there only source of income so it was a little understandable. Just keep yourself safe.

Group: me, sweet rose and carla marie.
All pictures are taken with iphone.

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