By Jalene B.D.S.
Sto. Tomas, Batangas
Jump-off point: Sulok, Brgy. Sta Cruz, Sto. Tomas
LLA: 13.9777°, 121.2413°, 760 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: 1 day / 1–2 hours
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 2/9, Trail class 1–2.
Features: Woodlands, meadowy peak, views of Batangas mountains
My friends and I joined an organized invitational climb to Mt. Manabu. We started our trek at 9:30 am. There’s three little thoughts I wanted to impart to you if you had the chance to climb this mountain. Of course, “Leave No Trace” is a given.
1. Sometimes we have to buy things (we think we might not need) to help others for their living
On our way up, we saw people selling a handful of chayote. I bought some when we came back — thinking, aside from we can eat it, at least we can help them on our own little way. An appreciation for their hard work.
2. You won’t get lost, just follow the trail.
There’s only one trail at Mt. Manabu. After we passed Station 3, I got separated from the group. I kind of hesitated to move forward since I saw no one around. But I don’t wanted to waste time standing and waiting for a group to pass by so I move forward since there’s only one trail I can see and I saw my group mates taking a rest. Just like in life, we all have our goals. So create a vision board, that’ll serve as your guide, stick to it until you reach your goal/s. And for that case, my goal is to reach the summit before 1 pm because I’m quite hungry already. We reach the summit at 11:30 am and we ate our packed lunch at 12 noon.
3. Coffee Alamid is the Philippines Civet Coffee from “wild civet” cat’s poops.
At first I thought it’s from their pet cats because that’s what they called it. I didn’t even took a sip of that coffee. After doing quite a few research, I kind of regret not being able to try that coffee. I think it’s special and exotic — civet cats only feasts on the best berries of coffee trees and its enzymes removes all of its acidity which then improves the flavour. Eventually, it undergoes an intricate process making it a world-famous brew of coffee.
EXPLORING MT. MANABU