After our successful ‘beginners’ trek’ to Mt. Manunggal, Gian and I decided to see if we could make it to Osmeña Peak in Baranggay Mantalongon in Dalaguete. At more than a thousand feet above sea level, Osmeña Peak is the highest peak in Cebu. And for that reason alone, (but trust me, there are a thousand more reasons) the peak is considered one of the ‘must-visits’ in the province. Named after the famous Osmeña clan of Cebu, Osmeña Peak is part of the Mantolongon mountain ranges which, according to many observers, resemble Bohol’s Chocolate Hills.
There are two ways to get to Mantalongon. First, you can get on a bus to Dalaguete (at the South Bus Terminal), and then hire a ‘habal-habal’ that would take you to Mantalongon Proper. Or, you can try the mini-bus (with cramped seating and a huge chance of sitting next to a crate of live chicken) that would take you directly to Mantalongon. Luckily, Randy said that he’d like to take his dog Gaudi with him. And to be able to do that, he said that he’s taking his van. Woohoo! Hehehe.
Sunset at the top. The best ever!
We left the city at around 11 am. By lunch time we were already in Carcar City.
We stopped by the public market for lunch.
Starting the trip right. Lechon!!!
We left the market at around 1 pm. By 2 pm, we were already in Argao. We made a quick stop for a little tour.
And of course, we stopped by Alex Kafe for some Torta and Sikwate! Awesome!
By 3:30, we were already on our way to Baranggay Mantalongon in Dalaguete.
We reached Baranggay Mantalongon an hour later.
The Mantalongon Public Market. Hikers buy most of the things that they need at the peak here.
Getting ready for the big trek.
Bulad or dried fish!
They said it’s cold at the peak. So, this was the only solution that the guys could think of. Hahaha.
We’re ready to go!
Hey! Don’t leave us!
Friendly kids we saw playing by the road. They all said ‘Maayong hapon!” when we walked by. Nice!
Cabbage farm. Wow!
Just keep walking.
Gorgeous view of the valley.
Awesome rock formation.
A farmer on his way to the market with his goods.
Harry trying his hand, este, head at veggie carting. LOL.
An hour later. Are we there yet?
Cute local kid.
Local kid playing with his top.
Wow. I have a strong feeling I’m going to be very tired when I reach the top. LOL.
The start of our ascent. Nice.
You know what’s good about being the designated photographer? You get to pretend that you’re taking pictures if you can no longer keep up with your friends’ pace. Hahaha.
Sun flower. Hehehe.
I can see the sign!
Woohoo! We made it!
Harry and Gaudi resting while waiting for the others.
After paying 20 pesos (each) and registering, we were on our way to our camp site!
Lovely lovely sight!
Awesome! I can see the island of Negros!
View of the ‘chocolate hills-like’ peaks.
Countdown to sunset!
Harry enjoying the view.
Campsites just below the peak.
Sunset at 5:45. Woohoo!
Gorgeous looking mountains. Wow!
There’s the island of Badian.
Setting up our tents before it gets totally dark. Hehe.
Tents ready! Woohoo!
Now, it’s time to cook our supper.
Reheating the lechon from lunch. Hahaha. Sosyal!
Long neck! Hahaha.
Fog crept in at around 10 pm. It was so thick that we could barely see the other tents. When we woke up at around 5:30, the thick fog was still there.
There’s the morning sun. Awesome sight, isn’t it?
View of the campsite at around 6:00 am.
At around 7:00 am, the fog was still there. Love it!
Other hikers and their tents. Nice.
Gaudi enjoying the cold weather.
Breakfast! Scrambled eggs!
After eating, it was time to clear our campsite. Hehehe.
No more tents. Haha.
And of course, there’s the usual ‘photo shoots.’ LOL.
I’m going to miss this place.
Thanks to Gian for taking us here.
Good bye Osmeña Peak. The other campers on their way to Badian.
Wow. Badian is still around 4 hours away. Cool!
On our way home, we dropped by Obong Spring in Dalaguete.
Then, we went to the public beach just right beside it. John doing his thing. LOL.
And we checked out the ruins of the watchtower just a few meters away. LOL. Harry as Spiderman.
And of course, we dropped by Alex Kafe again for lunch. Yum!
Roman and Harry reviewing our photos. Hehe.
A trip that begins and ends with food is always awesome. Aal izz well!
Additional photos by Roman
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