Mt. Gulugud Baboy+Caban Cove| Anilao, Batangas

Summit and side trip to beach? Sounds very cool, right?

Yes, a great scenic summit view is good enough but having a beach after a tiring hike and rainy night in the summit is better, and it will best if you have the good company with you.

Just to break the “ Rizal Series 2015” as my goal, I wanted to have a different perspective after the continuous hikes in the province of Rizal. A different perspective for me is trail which is not rocky, a mountain with side trip of beach instead of falls this time. Gulugod Baboy come into place, adventure is adventure if no good plans…just go along with the flow and just be prepared of events that are unexpected ( but of course exercise extra care esp this rainy season).

Being an outdoor enthusiast I usually post my get away in Facebook hoping that I won’t be going out alone to lessen expenses. So did I meet this goal? Yes, I was able to have 8 in total to join me on this overnight quest.

Background: (from PinoyMountaineer)

Gulugud Baboy: Anilao, Mabini, Batangas Philippines

Jump off Point: Philpan Dive, Resort, Anilao

Days Required/Hours 2 -3 hours

525 MASL

Specs: Mnor Climb, Difficulty 2/9

Features: Scenic View of Batangas Bay and Balayan Bay ( Sunset/Sunrise/Foggy Dawn)

Gulugod-Baboy is the general term that describes the hills that traverse Calumpan Peninsula in Mabini, Batangas. Located in Southern Batangas, the peninsula is more known for the diving resorts of Anilao – the birthplace of Philippine scuba diving. Since dive enthusiasts are also enthusiasts for anything ‘outdoor’, they began exploring the hills, and soon, Gulugod Baboy became a hiking destination on its right, although today it remains a popular sidetrip to a diving escapade to Anilao, or to the nearby Sombrero or Maricaban islands.

Actual Itinerary:

Day 1:

07:00 am – Assembly at Mcdo Buendia/Taft, Pasay City

08:00 am – take a bus bound to Calabarzon and get off at Batangas Grand Terminal.

(Buses operating this bound are Jam Liner, DLTB, Ceres, Alps all in Buendia and Cubao Terminal)

09:45 am – Arrival at Batangas Grand Terminal ( SLEX > STAR > Grand Terminal)

10:00 am – take a jeep going to Mabini ( after 45 minutes jeepney ride, additional 20 minutes Trike ride but our jeepney driver agreed to take us directly to Philpan Dive as jump off for 100 pesos, so we add 40 pesos to regular Jeep + Trike)

11:00 am – Coordination with Brgy Official for Boat on Sunday, food.

12:00 nn – Lunch and rest

2:30 pm – Start Trek

4:30 pm – Arrived at the campsite ( just 3 minutes to summit)

5:00 pm – explore, sunset, photo ops.

6:00 pm – Set up camp/ Dinner

7:00 pm – Socials

9:00 pm – light off

Day 2:

05:00 am – wake up call/Breakfast

06:00 am – summit for sunrise

07:00 am – Break Camp

07:25 am – Descend

08:10 am – Arriavl PhilPan Resort

09:15 am – Boat Ride to Caban Cave

10:00 am – Arrival Caban cave

11:00 am – Lunch (Cooked Lunch from Brgy )

01:00 pm – Back to Philpan main island

02:00 pm – Arrival Philpan/ Wash Up

03:00 pm – Depart Anilao

04:15 pm – Arrival Batangas Grand Terminal

04:30 pm – Depart Batangas Terminal

06:30 pm – Arrival Buendia

Home sweet Home

Breakdown of Expense:

Bus two way P314.00

Jeep two way 200.00

Grocery/Food/Drinks 280.00 ( Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch)

Boat Rental 350.00 (2800 for Caban Cove)

Registration in Anilao 35.00

Wash up Fee 25.00

Entrance in Caban Cove 100.00 ( Rent a cottage for 800 but you can negotiate for our group we only pay 800 for cottage and entrance of 8)

There are no published rate yet displayed…so just be careful.. There was even an entrance to ride the banka coz that is the only way passage to shore via Philpan Resort for 60 pesos each! I never take that bite..I asked Bangkero to use public access and yes there is public access to shore.

Total P1,304.00

 There are several island to visit in Tingloy island, that includes the famous Sumbrero island, Masasa Beach and Caban Cave island. But this season “ Habagat” is not advisable because of the high waves, rough seas and bumby boat ride. Caban cave has clear waters and some rock formation for diving, the shore has small sea shells and not so much of sand… But it is good place for swimming..

The bankero told us it is safer if we just visit Caban cave – but honestly still not safe because of the high waves measuring around 3 meters up yes – indeed my worst boat ride. I thought my Palaui is worst boat bumpy ride but this one was so scary, I almost died of fear… until our boat machine starting to blew smoke, signifying over heat and struggling in making its way to sail the rough and wavy sea… Everyone was screaming bec you can feel the unstable boat, until I told bangkero to just drop us near the shore and will just take trike.. but I trust him so he continues until we almost reach the shore…The current was so strong and our life vest is not reliable….I think it has been used for long long years… Whou!! That was terrible!!

This was really an adventure! We never had sunset because of the bad weather, no sunrise bec of the foggy mountain, we never had star gazing bec of the rainy night…wow! And due to rains we even had 5 pax on my tent to spend over night! How was that? Flexibility, Acrobatic, and all techniques in bending your body and squeezing just to fit in..we need to do it!

Well – it was a good quest for nature! Thank you to, Val, Robbie, Christian, Jayvee and Company! Until next time!!



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