When you hear of the place Mindanao, you can’t help but think about wars and killings which it is infamous for. The negative news shown by the media has instilled fear in international and local visitors alike, which make them not want to go anywhere near the islands anymore. What the rest of the world doesn’t know is that Mindanao is a piece of heaven on earth, and this is because of its diversity, people’s hospitality, and its nature’s beauty. War happens in Mindanao, but it happens everywhere else, too.
If you want to be a little more adventurous, why don’t you explore Mindanao’s breathtaking mountains where the view tells you the opposite of what you regularly see on T.V? You might realize that Mindanao isn’t that dangerous after all so get those medical certificates ready and pack your things because we’re travelling to the top of the world.
Mt. Apo (Davao)
Mt. Apo is the tallest mountain in the country, rising as high as 2,956 meters above sea level and towers over Southern Mindanao, almost covering the Davao del Sur and North Cotabato.
The diversity of its scenery is what makes it famous not just for being the highest, but also for being outrageously beautiful in all angles. It’s quite a long and tiring hike; definitely not for the weak, but once you’re up there, seeing what it’s like to be almost at the top of the world is priceless.
Mt. Hibok-Hibok (Camiguin)
Mt. Hibok-Hibok is another gem found in a small island in Mindanao. Not to scare you, but Camiguin, where the active volcano is located, is among the seven volcanoes in the island.
The trip to the top takes about 3-4 hours. Among its natural attractions are the hot springs, the view of Bohol, Surigao and Siquijor from the top and of course, the crater.
The volcano is not showing signs of activity as of the moment so it is certainly safe to visit it now.
Mt. Puting Bato (Samal)
Climbers can’t help but fall in love in the beauty of Mt. Puting Bato, where overlooking 5 provinces is just a normal sight. It is 1,755 feet above sea level and is easy to climb. If you want to exercise before climbing up higher mountains, trekking to Mt. Puting Bato is a great deal. Plus, the scenery is a grand bonus!
Mt. Dulang-Dulang (Bukidnon)
Mt. Dulang-Dulang is second to Mt. Apo as the highest mountain in the Philippines. Its height is 2,938 above sea level. Similar to Mt. Apo, the mountain holds dearly sacred to the locals, explaining the morning rituals before every climb.
The forest feels mystical but picturesque, nevertheless. And if you’re lucky enough, you’ll get a chance to witness a beautiful sea of clouds while on the mountaintop.
Mt. Kalatungan (Pangantucan)
This mountain is the 5th highest in the Philippines so the trails aren’t easy at all. But like all journeys, this one is for keeps. While you’re at the peak, you’ll be one with the clouds. The journey, the view and the whole experience is worth going through all over again.