Mountains and Volcanoes
Summer Destination: The 3 Peaks of Mantalongon
Belle Piccio | Mar 30, 2016
If Luzon has the chilly mountains of Baguio, the Queen City of the South has the peaks of Mantalongon.
Mantalongon is called as such because of its cold temperature ranging from 18 to 25 degree Celsius especially between the months of November to January. It is long-hailed as the “Little Baguio of the South” in Cebu and is officially recognized by the Provincial Board as the “Summer Capital of Cebu” since 2006. Because of its cold temperature which is cooler than the usual breeze, the main livelihood of the community is farming different kinds of vegetables.
Boasting its high-value vegetables, the municipality is also dubbed as the “Vegetable Basket of Cebu”. It is one of the major vegetable suppliers of the towns of Cebu Province. It delivers daily tons of vegetables to Carbon Market. Carbon Market is the biggest public market in Cebu.
Mantalongon is bounded by Ablayan in the North, Tabon and Langkas in the South, Dumalan and Obo in the East, and the Badian Municipality in the West. It is Cebu Province’s premier eco-tourism destination.
Mantalongon is a hinterland with scenic mountains. According to their town’s legend, Mantalongon is derived from two native words. These words are “manta” meaning big, and “talongon” which means tree. The tree is the only one of its kind that grew tall and proud where it is prominently visible at any angle of the vicinity. Thus, travellers and local tribesmen made it their reference point. They also take shelter under the tree whenever tired from their travels.
It is believed that during the late 19th century, death and decay have overtaken the centuries old tree. Because of the loss, natives felt that it’s irreplaceable and named the whole area bounded by the unadulterated hills, Mantalongon.
The 3 Peaks of Mantalongon
1) Osmeña Peak
Osmeña Peak is the highest peak in Cebu. From Mantalungon, the peak is about 1 hour and 30 minutes hike.
2) Mercado’s Peak
Mercado’s Peak is just near Osmeña Peak. It offers a spectacular view of Mantalongon at the top of the mountain.
3) Bandera Peak
Bandera Peak is for those who would like to bring their entire family. Along the trail, you’ll discover the inner secrets, learn the legends and find historical sites of the mountain.
One popular legend is the story of the "Tres Marias" who are know as the 3 sisters that guard the forest.
If you wish to visit Mantalongon, Dalaguete, you can visit Dalaguete’s Tourism Office at the 2nd Floor of the Municipal Hall in Osmeña Avenue, Poblacion, Dalaguete, Cebu 6022. Contact their tourism office at (032)484-8261/484-8500 or 484-8500/484-8718 local 210 or send an email to [email protected]
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How to Get There
From Manila, you can fly to Cebu (estimated cost of Php3,000++, round trip, 45 minutes). And from the Cebu Airport, you will need to hire a cab to go to the city proper or to your destination (bus terminal). Ask to be dropped at the South Bus Terminal where you can ride a bus that passes Dalaguete or hire a van. Dalaguete is around 2 hours and 30 minutes ride from Cebu City. If you opt for small/mini-buses, you can find their terminal near the gasoline station at the Carbon Market area.
If driving a private vehicle, from Cebu, pass through the South Cebu National Highway to Carcar going southeast to the town of Dalaguete. When in Dalaguete, you’ll find a junction at your right side just after the bridge which will lead to the mountains. It is preferred that you’ll drive a 4x4 or tall vehicles.
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