Sunday - October 14, 2012
Both Mt. Sto. Tomas and Mt. Cabuyao share the same jump-off point at Green Valley Police Station. It is easily accessible either by car or jeepney (jeepney terminal to Green Valley is located near Hotel Veniz). But as for our group, we traveled by taxi (about 20 mins) from our hotel until the jump-off point. It was 6 o'clock in the morning when we arrived, and we commenced with the trek right away.
Following the concrete road, it led us to a trail head with a sign board: "Mt. Sto. Tomas Pilgrimage Site". We followed the ascending trail thinking that it will lead us to the summit right away. But after 20 minutes, we're back on a road.
|Both Mt. Sto. Tomas and Mt. Cabuyao share the same jump-off point and road to their summits|
|the ascending trail na kapag dineretso...|
|...will lead you again to the concrete road to summit|
|Marcos Highway spotted from the road|
|Good morning Baguio City!|
|there were truck coming from the summit. pwedeng pwede maki-hitch kung may masaktohan sa pagbaba.|
|there's the summit already, pero walang ibang daan kundi ang concrete road na mahaba.|
|videoke break. dito ko lang naappreciate yung kantang "Pusong Bato"|
|Reservoir, with Mt. Sto Tomas summit at the background|
|there are also vegetable garden along the road to summit. Also, look at the background, it's Luzon 1-2-3.|
|three highest summits of Luzon, visible from the road of Mt. Cabuyao|
|here comes the radar summit.|
|even closer to the radars...|
|but oops... bawal pumasok sa loob.|
Side Trip to Burial Cave
I thought, after seeing the radars up close, we will start heading down again back to the city. But Emil brought us to an unpopular but very interesting place in Mt. Cabuyao - a burial cave.
|trail to the other side of Mt. Cabuyao. nasa gilid lang ng gate..|
|Baguio City's non functional airport - Loakan Airport. Beside it (not seen in the photo) is the Philippine Military Academy.|
|the trail that resembles Mt. Ugo. Sobrang dami ng pine trees|
|Mt. Ugo is also visible from Mt. Cabuyao|
|the narrow entrance to the burial cave|
|on of the two coffins that we spotted. broken bones inside.|
|matapos ang 10 minuto, nasa labasan na kami.|
We decided to descend Mt. Cabuyao after the burial cave side trip, the time was around 11 am and we still need to check out on our hotel at 2 PM. So again, we took the road on our way down. We wanted to hitch but no truck came for us.
|on our way down, we saw the fog creeping towards the summit.|
Successful dayhike on my 25th mountain.
Our adventure did not end in this mountain, after the morning hike, we visited Hydro Falls in the afternoon.