Mt. Gulugod Baboy and the Sombrero Island

Mount Gulugod Baboy
Mount Gulugod Baboy is situated in Anilao, Mabini, Batangas, 2-3 hours travel from Manila. The name Gulugod Baboy, pig spine english, was given because of its slopes and shapes, similar to pig spine. If you’re starting to explore the  richness of the Philippines that can be found on higher altitude, then this mountain is  your perfect start. 

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The Trail |  The trail of Mount Gulugod Baboy is perfect for those people starting their career in mountaineering.  From the jump off, at PhilPan Resort, it’s an  ascending walk on an uphill road, by the village.  Then, walking on a well-established trail up to the  summit, passing by the residents fences. The  terrain has a combination of shrubs, cogon grass,  hardwood and fruit bearing trees and vegetables,  cultivated by the locals. During dry season, the trail  is friendly but  during wet season, the terrain has a thick and sticky  mud. Also, since these trails are the passage way of the horses and carabaos for transporting their goods, expect something messy.

Mt. Gulugod Baboy

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Mount Gulugod Baboy Summit
The Summit | On the summit,  there’s 360 degrees view of the province and the  nearby towns. Need to Consider | The wide camp  site and the summit serve as the greener pasture  for cattle’s, horses and goats; it is recommended to  take care of your stuff before sleeping. Another  thing, there are dogs strolling every night, trying to  steal something from you, so make sure that your  food and garbage are hidden.

Mt. Gulugod Baboy Summit
Mount Gulugod Baboy has  a super wide, as in wayyddd camp site. According  to the residents, these wide grasslands are owned  by private individuals and some of these people  might be collecting fees from the hikers, aside from  the registrations fees at the jump off.

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Mount Gulugod Baboy

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Sombrero Island Beaches in Batangas
Sombrero Island | After enjoying the nature's beauty above, our next destination was the small  island. Its name Sombrero was derived from its shape that looks like a baseball cap. We chartered a motorized boat at  PhilPan Resort to the islet. Travel time – 15 to 20 minutes. In this islet, there’s a narrow white sand beach with colorful sea creatures. Need to Consider | The water current is really strong, especially if it’s high tide, so please take care!

How to Get Here | At Jam Liner Terminal – Kamuning, we rode in a bus bound for Batangas, and alighted in Batangas Grand Terminal. Rented a jeepney to PhilPan resort in Ligaya, Mabini, Batangas.