Feb 4, 2010

Manabu Peak

After more than five years I found myself here on top of Manabu Peak last Saturday (Jan.30). It’s been nice to be up there once more to relax and refresh. The trail is well established this time with ‘kubo’ along the trail and a rope for easy trekking. It's just a two-hour climb, 760m above sea level located in Sto. Tomas, Batangas. Here are some of our photos (two photos are courtesy of Sir Ante A.);

Actually the name Manabu came from the words “Mataas na Bundok” (It is one of the three major peaks of the Malipunyo (Malarayat) range), which was odd considering that from the summit there are several peaks that are higher than where you are standing on, even though it is cogitated that the locals who named the mountain lived within the area did not have the proper perspective from which to evaluate the height of the mountain. Because of its easy access, short trail, and greener environs, Manabu Peak is a great introduction to hiking for novice. Even veteran hikers categorize this mountain as one their preferred 'fun climb' destinations.

To be there:
From Manila ride a bus bound to Batangas City (or Lemery) via Lipa Tanauan, at Fiesta Mall you can ride a tricycle to ‘sulok’ or at SM Lipa you can charter a multi-cab. But if you want to get a cheaper deal on transportation going to ‘sulok’, go to Lipa public market and ride a jeep bound to Lumbang (its goes directly to brgy hall for your registration). On private vehicle, take the Star Toll way (CALABARZON) then exit at Balete – Fiesta Mall – Sta Cruz (‘sulok’).

An alternative route – from Manila ride a Lucena bound bus, at Brgy San Pedro (Sto. Tomas) charter a tricycle to Sta Cruz (‘sulok’) for php200.00 (this is good if there are festivals along the barangays at Tanauan City and Malvar going to Lipa City.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for sharing your wonderful pictures.
    Medz and the Philippine Action for Socially Responsible Development.


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