As what some of our friends say, “Many responded, but a few committed.” This was the reason why I didn’t really felt the excitement the night before our trek to Mt. Pinagbanderahan (Gulugod Baboy). It was planned a month before the said date thinking that many will be able to prepare and join us. Yes! There were fifteen people on the go…. But our number went down as the day of the trek was approaching. Two days before it, I received a confirmation that only 4 of us would be going. Well, at least, I got enough sleep since I was not really thinking about the activity. Aside from worrying that our number would be a “boring crowd”, I was also concerned about what are we going to face on our way. I mean, I planned this adventure with just the internet as my reference. Nobody from the group climbed the mountain before, we didn’t get a tour guide and my companion might be disappointed with the outcome the plan consider our count as well… I just pretended to be excited when we met at McDonald’s in LRT-Gil Puyat at around 4AM.
And so the start of our adventure… We rode a JAC Liner Bus bound for Batangas Port, which departed at around 5AM. I couldn’t take a travel nap since I should be alert of the places we passed by. It will be a hassle if we drop off at the wrong point. After 2 hours, we arrived at Batangas City Public Terminal. We then looked for the jeepney which would bring us to Anilao Port. Luckily, Batangueños around the place were so accommodating, passengers and drivers alike. They helped us find a good bargain to bring us directly to Philpan Beach (where the jump off to Gulugod Baboy is).
The driver of the jeepney we rode in seemed to be suffering from LBM (as what the long forgotten TV AD tells its viewers). He maintains a speed not typical for a narrow busy highway. His brakes isn’t smooth either. Unfortunately, the vehicle bump into an approaching tricycle… You might wonder what happened next, huh? Well, what I thought on that moment was the incident taking our most precious time. So, “evil-ish” as it may seemed, I didn’t mind seeing the trike’s passenger with her bleeding shin. On a good note, there are still people around who helped her.. After shouting for help.. Hmmff!.. *pathetic bystanders. I immediately got our refunded fare from the collector and looked for another jeepney to bring us to our destination.
We arrived at Philpan Beach Resort at around 9AM already. The day was scorching hot. On the contrary, my mood already changed from anxious to excited after seeing beach views and cliffs along the way. I even got more excited when we were already treading up. The view’s getting nicer, so as the horizon of the West Philippine Sea growing wider. We’re slowly getting a bird’s eye view of Anilao, Batangas.
… Since we didn’t hire a guide we got lost on our way up, twice. But, as what locals say, all trails in Gulugod Baboy will lead you to the peak. We reached the campsite of Mt. Pinagbanderahan after 2 hours of trekking.
Being at the campsite was simply amazing. The graduation of colors from green to blue makes you feel cool despite of an open canopy (just a little shade to protect you against the heat of the sun). The sea breeze likewise makes you spread your arms wide open… and let it just kiss you for quite awhile. That time, climbers who came ahead of us were already on their way down. Only the four of us would be spending two hours at the peak… so the place was “exclusively” ours.
We decided to eat our lunch before reaching the topmost part of the mountain. When we were eating, I remembered one Korean movie with a setting almost similar to the peak of Mt. Pinagbanderahan… The stroke of the wind on the grass was like a scene taken from “My Sassy Girl”. I then looked for a tree singly standing on the slope. I found many trees but not as similar as that of the movie. I could have burried a time capsule if there is that single tree on the grass-field… Maybe I was late and it was already struck by a lightning… (“,) (you who have seen the movie knew what I’m talking about, do you?)
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5:00-7:00 Pasay (JAC Liner)- Batangas City Public Terminal -[120.00]
7:00-8:30 Batangas City Public Terminal (jeep)- Philpan Beach Resort [125.00]
8:00-9:00 Registration @ Philpan Beach [20.00]
9:00-11:00 Trek to Summit (Pinagbanderahan Peak)
11:00-13:00 (Explore the Peak, 360 view of Batangas)
13:00-15:00 Descent to Philpan Beach Resort
15:00-17:00 Beach Exploration (Philpan Entrance-60.00 Cottage 300.00/4heads)
17:00-18:30 Back to Batangas City Public Terminal (100.00)
19:00-22:00 Grand Terminal to Manila [100.00]
My expenses, others:
1.5L Coke- 60.00
Phone Charging- 20.00