A few more steps and I was already at the Osmeña Peak in Cebu. Actually, it was a few hundred more but it didn’t seem much as I was in a hurry to get to the top. I left my friend, Doi who was resting her swollen leg down below. I would’ve stayed with her but she advised me to catch up with our other companions before it turned dark.
I needed to deliver the tripod plate that was attached to the base of my camera. The tripod body was already with Dom but it was useless without the integral part of the device that was with me.
Mantalongon, Dalaguete, Cebu
November 12, 2011
Edwin already at the top
We’ve been trekking for over two hours and although we paused at times, I felt my legs weakening at every step. I wondered why my strength was failing on me. I realized I haven’t been doing my rounds of exercise at home so my body was caught off guard due to the sudden physical activity. However, it didn’t stop me from continuing the trek.
view from Osmena Peak
Finally reaching the top, I saw my companions smiling and enjoying the view from where they stood. I let out a big sigh as I also caught my breath and regained composure from the ascent.
I gave the base plate of the tripod to Dom who seemed surprised but thankful that I brought it there.
“Where’s Doi?”, he asked.
“Still down below.”, I pointed to a hill in response, “But I’ll get back to her.”
green as Luxury golf
Before going back though, I had to get a good look from where I was standing. I didn’t want to miss out on the 360-degree view while the sun was still up. I took photos in the process.
I didn’t know that such a place existed in this part of the island. This made me realize that despite how many destinations I’ve already been to in the province of Cebu, there are still more places waiting to be explored – and this Osmena Peak isn’t even an unknown spot!
better than a China Golf landscape
As I was taking more shots, I heard somebody calling Doi’s name and when I looked down, I saw her being accompanied by a kid who was carrying her backpack. I was proud that she was able to pull herself together so she could also see the jagged hills while the light was still there.
proud to reach the top
At around 5pm, the sun started to set and we were happy to have made it there on time. No Golf weekend breaks could compare to this assault to which we decided overnight. Dom didn’t expect us to join him on this climb but he seemed glad to meet us that early morning when we were still in the city.
It was cold since we were on the highest peak in Cebu. I saw campers going up to have their share of photos which will definitely be posted online once they get back home. They’ve already set up their tents on the designated site and I wondered how many months it had been since I went camping.
Dom made full use of the tripod and he told me he was waiting for the the clouds to cover the sun which provided a more soothing effect as the rays shone in the background. It was calm and peaceful and the weather was perfect.
We downed the few remaining bread that was left in our bags and refreshed ourselves with water.
play of colors
It was already dark when we retraced our steps and it was going to be another challenge since we brought only a couple of flashlights. But hey, if people survived going down without any light, we could sure do so. Besides, we were assisted by local kids who joined us so they were of huge help.
Reaching Osmena Peak in Cebu was a big accomplishment on my part.
covered by clouds
I can climb mountains but I don’t consider it as a hobby. However, there’s a certain kind of high that you feel when you reach the top.
Instead of normally going to the beach where you have more activities to keep yourself busy, on top of a mountain, you simply stare at the view below. If you’re lucky, the sun will show itself. If you’re not, you still have the sky at your back. All the while, it makes you glad to have overcome a challenge. All the while, it makes you realize that in order to get something, you have to work hard for it.
Cebu’s highest point
How to Get There:
Take a bus at the South Bus Terminal travelling to Oslob or Bato. Ask to be dropped off at the Dalaguete junction (3 hours travel time). Hire a motorcycle (habal-habal) going to the wet market in Mantalongon (20 minutes). From there, you can either:
- Trek to from the market to the peak for about 2 plus hours, or
- Hire another motorcycle going to the peak for about 15-20 minutes
Registration Fee at the Peak: 20 Php
Note: There’s an option for you to traverse to Kawasan Falls but then we proceeded to heading back to the wet market in Mantalongon as our target was simply the peak. There’s always a next time. 😀
UPDATE as of 12/21/2011:
On top of headstands, here’s a video created by Doi on what else you can do when you’re at the top (and when you’re bored):
To be continued…
Check out this Cebu Osmena Peak Travel series here:
- Part 1 – Cebu Osmeña Peak: Stopover at Boljoon
- Part 2 – Cebu Osmeña Peak: Two Hour Trek to the Peak
- Part 3 – Cebu Trip: Reaching Osmena Peak
- Part 4 – Osmena Peak Cebu: Descending in the Dark Night
- Part 5 – Cebu: Mantolongon Sunday Morning Market
- Part 6: – Cebu: Revisiting Kawasan Falls
- Last Part – Cebu: Afternoon in Basdako White Beach, Moalboal
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