This mountain is called Gulugod Baboy or ‘pig spine’ in english, 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 in higher altitude, then this mountain is your perfect start. Located in Anilao, Mabini, Batangas, so just 2-3 hours travel from Manila.
The Trail | The trail of this mountain is friendly for those people starting their career in mountaineering. From the jump off, at PhilPan Resort, it’s an ascending walk on an uphill road in 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 so friendly and everything seems to be good but during wet season, the trail has a thick and sticky mud, making hiker shoes to double its weight. Also, since these trails are the passage way of the horses and carabaos in transporting their goods, expect something messy.
The Summit | 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. 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.
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.
Sombrero Island | After enjoying the beauty of nature above, our next destination was the small island, looks like a baseball cap from the summit of Gulugod Baboy – the Sombrero Island. 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!