From Mt. Lubog to Mt. Haponang Banoi

Mt. Haponang Banoi
Mt. Haponang Banoy or Banoi is situated beside Mt. Pamitinan and separated by Wawa Dam from Mt. Binacayan. This mountain is now famous to mountaineering world because it is surrounded by luscious green trees, making the area looks so relaxing and the wind is cool, clean and fresh. Plus, the exhilarating terrains added an adventure to hikers.

Mountains in Rizal
Our plan was really to hike Mt. Haponang Banoy, but our guide misunderstood us. He was thinking that we’re hiking Mt. Lubog, so by his lead, we trekked an ascending trail surrounded by shrubs, grass, flowering plants and fruit bearing trees. All of us presumed that it’s Mt. Haponang Banoy’s trail that we were trekking, but we’re wrong! While on the trail, we met and talked to a few locals and they brought to our attention that we were on the wrong way. So, we cleared this concern to our guide and he agreed that yes! We’re on the wrong way. But instead of going back, we proceeded trekking to discover the hidden wealth of Mt. Lubog.

Tourist Spots in Rizal

Mt. Lubog

Batang Hamog
Instead of feeling upset, we accepted the fact that there are reasons why it happened. It was a circuit adventure and the whole journey was amazing. It was a cool trek because the majority of the area is covered with fruit bearing trees. There were plenty of ripe mangoes, duhat, coconuts, bananas, and many more, by the trail. Flowering plants like orchids, cadena de amor, yellow bells hanging on the trees, santan on the trail, and the others. The terrain has a combination of uphill and downhill. The trails are well established, but complicated because it also serves as the locals passageway to their farmlands.

Our Mt. Lubog circuit lasted for almost 6 hours, had our socials and spent over night at our friends’ house, near DENR. The next day, it’s time to complete the original plan, trekking Mt. Haponang Banoy. In the morning, we went to the market, near Wawa Dam, to buy something for our breakfast and trail foods.

Mt. Binacayan
We started trekking at around 7AM. The trail is simple to moderate type, but only up to the fork trail to Mt. Pamitinan. From the fork trail to the summit is moderate to hard type. Majority of the trail is like relationship, the trail is complicated. Trail marks are not always visible, so your feelings and observations are needed. Hopping on and off the lime stones and sharp boulders is needed, which makes the trail more difficult for the hikers. There are parts where rock scrambling is needed. Photos below will describe everything.

Mt. Haponang Banoy
Hopping on and off the boulders was the remarkable experience on Mt. Haponang Banoy

Gorgeous shape of Wawa River.

Independence Day

Freedom Climb

Bb. Pilipinas 2017
The last three photos were captured on one of the boulders near the summit. We were holding the Philippine flag on top of this boulderbecause this event was part of our annual Climb for the Independence. The wind controls the position of the flag, so it might be improper and might violate the law, but holding the Philippine flag on top was an honor.

How to Get Here | Beside Jollibee Farmers, in Cubao, you can ride in an FX to Eastwood. In Eastwood, ride in a tricycle to Wawa Dam. Reminder: Entrance and Guide fees are to be collected at the DENR.

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