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Southern Mindanao Mountains

 

Southern Mindanao possesses the highest mountain in the Philippines, Mt. Apo - which covers North Cotabato and the Davao provinces. This towering presence is a natural sanctuary that is home to the Phiippine Eagle. The major centers are Davao City and General Santos City. Aside from Mt. Apo, another famous destination is Lake Holon - said to the 'cleanest water in the country' in South Cotabato's Mt. Parker. A trip to this mountain would also take you to the scenic town of Lake Sebu, the "summer capital" of the region. Numerous sidetrip possibilities include Samal Island, the beaches in Sarangani province, and countless waterfalls and caves. Mt. Matutum - set in the pineapple plantations of Tupi, South Cotabato - is also a favorite climb.

 

Mt. Apo/Kidapawan-Magpet

Kidapawan City and Magpet, North Cotabato
Entry point: Brgy. Ilomavis, Kidapawan City
Exit point: Brgy. Kisandal, Magpet
LLA: 7°0′30″N, 125°16′33″E, 2,956 MASL (#1)
Days required / Hours to summit: 3 days / 10-11 hours
Specs: Major Climb, Difficulty 7/9, Trail class 3


Mt. Apo/Kapatagan-Kidapawan

Davao del Sur and North Cotabato
Entry point: Brgy. Mainit, Digos
Exit point: Brgy. Ilomavis, Kidapawan City
LLA: 7°0′30″N, 125°16′33″E, 2,956 MASL (#1)
Days required / Hours to summit: 3 days / 10-11 hours
Specs: Major Climb, Difficulty 7/9, Trail class 2-4


Mt. Apo/Sibulan-Kapatagan

Davao del Sur
Entry point: Brgy. Sibulan, Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur
Exit point: Brgy. Kapatagan, Digos, Davao del Sur
LLA: 7°0′30″N, 125°16′33″E, 2,956 MASL (#1)
Days required / Hours to summit: 3-4 days / 14-16 hours
Specs: Major Climb, Difficulty 8/9, Trail class 2-4


Mt. Bongao

Bongao, Tawi-Tawi
Major jump-off: Pasiagan Village, Bongao
LLA: 5.01361°N 119.7422°E, 314 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: Half-day / 2 hours
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 2/9, Trail class 2


Mt. Candalaga

Maragusan, Compostela Valley
Major jumpoff: Marangig Falls, Brgy. New Albay, Maragusan
LLA: 7°21'0"N; 126°4'38"E; 2402 MASL (#29)
Days required / Hours to summit: 3 days / 12-14 hours
Specs: Major climb, Difficulty 8/9, Trail class 1-5
Features: Mossy forest, river crossing, waterfalls


Mt. Hamiguitan

Davao Oriental
Major jump-off: Brgy. La Union, San Isidro, Davao Oriental
LLA: 6.745 N, 126.174 E, 1620 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: 3 days / 11 hours
Specs: Major climb, Difficulty 6/9, Trail class 3 (w/ river crossing)


Mt. Matutum

Tupi, South Cotabato
Major jump-off: Sito Glandang, Brgy. Kablon, Tupi
LLA: 6°22'N, 125°06.5'E, 2293 MASL Days required / hours to summit: 1-2 days / 4-6 hours
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 5/9, Trail class 3


Mt. Parker (Lake Holon)

T'boli, South Cotabato
Jump-off point: T’boli
LLA: 1400 MASL
Days required / Hours to Lake Holon: 1-2 days / 3-4 hours
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 4/9, Trail class 1-3


Mt. Piapayungan: Lanao del Sur / 2817m (#7)


Mt. Puting Bato: Samal Island / 410m


Mt. Talomo

Calinan, Davao del Sur
Major jump off: Purok 6, Sitio Utan, Brgy. Tamayong, calinan
LLA: 2674 masl
Days Required:/Hours to summit: 2-3 days / 9 hours
Specs: Major, Difficulty 7/9 trail class 2-5
Features: Mossy forest


White Peak (Mt. Pandadagsaan)

New Bataan, Compostela Valley
Major Jumpoff: Brgy. Andap, New Bataan
LLA: 2670 MASL (#13)
Days required / Hours to summit: 2-3 days / 8-10 hours
Specs: Major climb, Difficulty 6/9, Trail class 2-5

 


Southern Mindanao - Mt Bongao

Southern Mindanao - Mt Candalaga

 

Southern Mindanao - Mt Hamiguitan

 

Southern Mindanao - Mt Matutum

 

Southern Mindanao - Mt Parker

Southern Mindanao - Mt Talomo


Central Philippine Cuisine

Bicol is noted for its gastronomic appetite for the fiery or chili-hot dishes. Perhaps the most well-known Bicolano dish is the very spicy Bicol express. The region is also the well-known home of natong also known as laing or pinangat (a pork or fish stew in taro leaves).

More details at Central Philippine Cuisine

 


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