BATANGAS — Anilao is often associated with diving activities because of its diverse marine life. However for hiking enthusiast, the town is the starting point of trekking the hills that traverse Calumpan Peninsula of Mabini, Batangas.
Rising at 525masl, Gulugod-Baboy is rated as Minor Climb by PinoyMountaineer with 2/9 difficulty and a trail class of 1-2. Given the rate, the only challenging part of the trail is the first cemented half of it. As a hiker myself, I find it challenging to walk on paved trail than dirt although its mostly shaded with trees so you don’t need to worry about heat exhaustion.
My partner Jersey and I opted for night trek to avoid the hassle of tropical heat, however the tourism officer required us to hire our guide to assist our ascend. Fortunately we’ve met the group of Bryan who agreed on trekking with us (and share the cost of guide fee). So we began our trek as a group of five than two.
In some parts of the trail, the houses will serve as resting areas where locals would gladly welcome you. It also serve as your marker on how far you’ve already trekked. The campsite is marked as two houses away from the last section of the cemented road.
The hills of Gulugod-Baboy is an open grassland where gust of cool winds coming from the coast blew the area. And it’s advisable that you avoid using dome-type tents as it easily breaks in this kind of weather condition, like what happen to Bryan’s. Bring your jacket and pants for you to comfortably handle the cold evening.
Also, it would be helpful to bring a mat or groundsheet under your tent as the campsite is littered with stones and deep-rooted branches.
The next day, the entire campsite is still blanketed with thick fog with gusting winds so Jersey and I decided to have a mug of hot chocolate before assaulting the summit and hoping that the fog would ease and provide us a good clearing.
Unfortunately by 6 o’clock the condition remained the same but it draws a new beautiful scenery that we fondly enjoy.
After enjoying the scenery and our time in Gulugod-Baboy, we descend and went straight to Philpan Dive Resort for the much needed shower.
The heat is already picking up as early as 11 in the morning that day so we head to our next destination–Historic town of Taal and had a tour around the area with our friend and also ViajeroMNL contributor, Mike.
Pictures from Taal
How to get there?
Board a bus bound to Batangas Pier/Batangas Grand Terminal from Cubao or Pasay, then alight at the Grand Terminal. Board a jeepney bound to Mabini then alight at the Crossing, where you can take hire a tricycle that will take you straight to the registration area/jumpoff.
1230 ETD JAC Liner (Cubao Terminal)
1500 ETA Batangas Grand Terminal / lunch
1630 ETD Mabini bound jeepney
1715 ETA Crossing
1730 ETA Jumpoff / register
1745 Start trek
1800 ETA last section of cemented road
1830 ETA Campsite (Gulugod Baboy) / pitch tent
1845 Prepare dinner / cleanup
2000 Stargazing / Socials
2200 Lights out
0530 Wakeup call
0600 Assault summit
0610 ETA summit / picture-picture / sunrise viewing
0630 Trek back to campsite
0640 Breakfast / clean up
0800 Break camp / prepare for descend
0830 Start descend
0945 ETA jumpoff / wash up at Philpan Resort
1030 ETD jumpoff
1045 ETA Crossing (Board Grand Terminal bound jeepney)
1100 ETD Crossing to Bauan
1145 ETA Bauan / Depart for Taal (Board Lemery bound jeepney)
1245 ETA Historic town of Taal / Minor Basilica of St. Martin of Tours / Tour nearby attractions / Lunch at
1600 ETD Lemery DLTB bus terminal
1700 ETA Manila
1130 ETA Grand Terminal
1450 ETA Manila
Expenses (for two person):
Cubao-Batangas Grand Terminal: Php157 (vv. Php314)
Grand Terminal – Mabini: Php35 (vv. Php70)
Crossing – Jumpoff: Php40 (vv. Php80)
Registration fee: Php35
Washup fee (Philpan Resort): Php20
Guide (not required during daytime): Php500
Taal-Lemery Bus Terminal: Php50
TOTAL: Php 719.00 ($14)
ViajeroMNL (Viajero Manila) is a lifestyle blog site that features different pop culture, travel, and food destinations in the Philippines. This article was written by Gillian Gacuma.