DAY 1Oct 21 2017
Sto. Tomas, Batangas
Jump-off point: Sulok, Brgy. Sta Cruz, Sto. Tomas
LLA: 13.9777°, 121.2413°, 760 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: 1 day / 1-2 hours
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 2/9, Trail class 1-2
Features: Woodlands, meadowy peak, views of Batangas mountains
After 5 months of hiatus i've decided to jump into the bandwagon of hiking again and a minor fun climb with good old friends/office mates is a good way to jumpstart it.
Meet up was supposed to be at 9am at the office but due to some unforseen events, the van that was supposed to take us to and from Batangas cant make it. Mel, the head of the PuntaMalayo Mountaineers, had to find another van to accomodate us and lucky for us someone took the offer and by 12 noon were on our way. Itinerary got messed up but that's the beauty of sponteinity. 😁
3 hours of drive with a few stops along the way to buy some groceries we finally arrived at the jump off. We fixed our stuff, divide the supplies amongst us, had a few talks for reminders, prayed, and off we go for an afternoon trek.
After an hour climb, we arrived at Station 5 where Tatay Tino's kapehan is situated. He is offering unlimited Civet Coffee for everyone.
Civet Coffee/Alamid Coffee/Kape Luwak -- Made from the civet cat’s droppings, its beans is considered to be (one of) the most expensive coffee in the world whose price can reach up to $80 a cup. (ctto)
After coffee, we continied our trek and by 5:45 PM we arrived at the campsite. It was already dark by then and it was cold, fog covered most of the area.
After everyone finished setting up their tents, Mel and Migs started working on our food for dinner. We created a tent like shelter to serve as the cooking, dining, and socials area.
Since i went on this hike with no sleep, i turned in early and skipped the drinking sesh.
Lights out by 10.
DAY 2Oct 22 2017
We woke up by 4 AM the following day. Brewed Coffee and breakfast served. By 6 AM we started to break camp.
After packing our stuff, we started our 30 mins trek to summit.
Summit -- the highest point is marked with a white cross. It is one of the three major peaks of the Malipunyo range (the other two are the Malipunyo summit and Susong Dalaga peak). Here you can see the beautiful views of the Malipunyo mountain range, as well as Mts. Maculot and Makiling -- unfortunately it's foggy so it's not visible.
By 7:30 AM we started our trek down.
On our way down, we passed by Tatay Tino's kapehan to buy coffee and buko. After 1 1/2 hours of trekking and chikahan and tawanan we're back at the jump off.
By 11:30 AM we started our travel back to Manila with a stop over at Liam's Lomi house.
After 3 years of climbing, finally i reached Manabu Peak. One of the easiest climb near Manila and i'd probably take the kids here should they decide to join me (i hope). 😊😊😊
Till the next adventure!! 😘😘😘
Liam's Lomi House
🤗 **Climb organized by PuntaMalayo Mountaineers**
📸**Some pictures grabbed from Mel, Dar, and Jhuztine. Thanks!**