Mt. Mabilog | Searching for the Seven Lakes

Mount Mabilog
Mt. Mabilog is situated in the Laguna. This mountain measures 441 MASL and serves as the boundary of the towns of San Pablo and Nagcarlan, Laguna. This mountain lies and surrounded by the legendary lakes, which adds an amazing views from the summit. This mountain is smaller than the Mounts Banahaw and Cristobal, but contains gorgeous background. It’s part of our Batang Hamog Climb for the Independence 2014.


Tourist Spots in Laguna
Preparing ourselves, after getting off the jeepney. This spot serves as the parking area for those people who want to visit Pandin Lake. It's wide and open and just beside the highway. Next part was the pathway going to Lake.  Pathways are constructed by the residents houses.

Tourist Spots in Laguna
We arrived at Pandin Lake at around three forty in the afternoon. From afar, the lake looks like a mirror on the ground that captures a perfect image of the sky. The area is surrounded by trees, coconut and other plants, perfect for relaxation and everything is natural. The ambiance in the area is cool, the air is fresh, and the water is clear; everything is so pristine and clean. We spent few hours and had our lunch break at the same spot. Reminder: Wash rooms are available, accessories and food are also for sale.

Batang Hamog

Mount Mabilog
We left Pandin Lake at around 4:37PM and started trekking. The trail class of Mt. Mabilog got a two over nine rating, so it’s perfect for the people who are looking for a relaxing hiking experience. The first part of the trail is well-established which serves as the trail of the locals and their horses to transport local products.

Mount Mabilog

Mountains in Laguna

Mountains in Laguna
 The summit of Mabilog has a wide area that can accommodate several tents. It also has a perfect view of Mounts Banahaw and Cristobal from afar. The summits of these two giant mountains are hiding by the clouds. The lakes are like mirror with the gorgeous reflection of the sun set. The wind is fresh, cool and relaxing.

Upon reaching Mount Mabilogs’ summit, we took few minutes rest and started pitching our tents while the others were preparing our sumptuous dinner. We camped overnight on the summit and same old routine, with a lot of stories and surprises; literally it was a long night with laughter welcoming our two new found friends from Israel. We talked about everything under and over the sun. We also celebrated Ginger's  birthday at 12 mid night, then continued with our socials. I think it was already 3AM when we stopped the celebration.

Mt. Mabilog
Cows, horses and goats spread in the area, so expect for animal poops. During our overnight stay, I got insect and ant bites on my skin, so insect repellent is advisable. There were dogs visiting the summit, so make sure that your leftover are stored properly.  Remember the “Leave No Trace” attitude.

Mount Mabilog
I slept for only two hours then woke up at around five thirty in the morning. Prepared our breakfast and started descent to Pandin Lake. Had an hour break by the lake. This time we were able to blend with the locals and discover their culture. The proceeded to our next destination -> Bunga Falls.

Waterfalls in Laguna

Bunga Falls
We arrived at Bunga Falls at around twelve thirty in the afternoon. The areas was cool, has fresh air, the rock formations were totally amazing. The area was not crowded. It is surrounded by trees that gives a relaxing feeling. It’s not yet the end of our adventure, when we’re all done fixing ourselves we headed back to Bunga falls parking area and proceeded to our last destination, the famous and old Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery.
 
Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery
From Bunga falls, it was almost an hour travel to Nagcarlan. It was almost sunset and the caretaker was about to close the gate when we arrived but we talked to him if we can still enter. When he said YES, we hurriedly entered the gate, registered and entered the underground cemetery. Museum Policy applies. More photos and its history, click here: Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery. After this, we proceeded to San Pablo, Laguna Stop Light. Waited for bus bound for Manila.