Mt Gulugod baboy is located in Anilao Batangas. It is 525 meters above sea level and at it’s peak, you can see, from east to west: Janao Bay, Maricaban Strait which bears Sombrero and Maricaban Islands, a distant, faint blue Mindoro, Verde Island (SW) and Batangas Bay. The cityand port of Batangas is visible on the west, following a farther Mt. Daguldul. To the north is Mt. Maculot, and even Mt. Batulao and the Tagaytay highlands.
This is my 6th day hike and I can say this is the easiest so far. It’s the first day of June, summer has ended and the rainy season is approaching yet we are lucky to have a fair weather considering that it was gloomy in the past few days. I always hike with my officemates/friends, we used to be four in the group but now we are six and there are others who want to join us. Assembly time was at 4:30 am at Teletech Roxas, we left at exactly 4:50 am. We had a stopover at Petron in Alabang at 5:30 and had our breakfast and bought some stuffs. We’re back in the road at 6am. It was a long travel and not only once that we needed to stop and ask for directions, luckily people on the road were nice and willing to help.
We arrived at brgy. Ligaya, the jump-off point and registration area at around 8:40, we had our car parked at the nearby parking area for free. We had our pictures taken and completed our registration and at exactly 9am we started trekking. We hit the ground running, it was easy at first, we were trekking a rough road passable by some vehicles. Though it was a smooth climb, it was really energy draining because of the upward way and scorching heat of the sun so we needed to stop and took a rest for a while.
We then resumed our hike and had some constant stopover when we feel exhausted. We arrived at around 11:30 am at the famous tree near the summit. The view was breath-taking, it was really surreal. I always fall in love with the scenery; it’s always a new feeling to every mountain I climb. It was just amazing. We took pictures, had our lunch and took a rest. Lying down under a tree with this beautiful view in your eyes and the freshness of air, these are just priceless. It was really a beautiful God’s creation.
We spent more time relaxing then we headed to the summit at 12:40pm. It was about 5-10 minutes’ walk. The view is truly fantastic, you can see MT. Maculot from afar. The sea, the clouds, the sky, trees, it was a mixture of beautiful colours dominating by green and blue (trees as green, sky and sea as blue). Of course we had our pictures taken and some perfect jump shots.
We trekked down at past 1pm, before reaching the jump off point, we had a halo-halo for 25 pesos. It’s very appetizing at an affordable price, they say it’s better than Chowking’s and I do agree. We arrived at past 2pm at the jump off point and we decided to hit the beach at Phil Pan’s diving resort. Entrance fee is 60 pesos and we rented snorkelling gear at 150/3hrs and a life vest at the same price. It was an overall amazing experience I would say.