Osmeña Peak is known to be the highest point of elevation in the island of Cebu. It is around 1000 meters above sea level. It is located in the southern part of the Cebu province, specifically Mantalongon, Dalaguete. Mantalongon is dubbed as the “Summer Capital of Cebu” or the “little Baguio” because of its climate. It is probably the coldest part of Cebu. Mantalongon is also a major player in trading vegetables, crops, and flowers, in the island. I also observed that there are several plants and trees in the vicinity that we could not find in the big city, or in the lower land. It is indeed a nice place to visit.
How To Get There: From Cebu City, you can take either an aircon bus or a non-aircon bus. I suggest that you take the bigger buses (Ceres Bus) because they are safer. Take any Ceres liner going to Dalaguete or Bato-Oslob. Tell the steward to drop you off the corner going to Mantalongon, and take a single motorcycle ride going to Mantalongon. It would cost you 50php per person. If you opt for a cheaper ride, you can actually ride non-aircon buses going straight to Mantalongon, but it their schedules are very unpredictable. You can find them somewhere near carbon market. It would be an hour-and-a-half hike or two in going up to the peak. Yeah, it is quite tiring for first timers but I am sure that once you are already up there, it is really worth the trek. Just make sure that you have a guide in going up there. If you do not know of someone, you can just ask someone from there to guide you. It is better to choose the local kids because they do not demand something, just a little coin or some food will do.
Breakdown of fare: Bus – 105 + Motorcycle – 50 = 155 x2 = 310 Php/pax Two way.
Prepping for the Trek: This is the busy marketplace of Brgy Mantalongon, Dalaguete, Cebu.
Mantalongon’s Simple living.. 🙂
Warm welcome amidst the cold climate
Make sure you have to fill your stomachs first before going up because you might faint. Faint not because of the tiring trek, but because of the breathtaking scenery. 🙂
Here are some of scenes you can find while trekking: The Grotto
Pine Trees are everywhere!
A Calvary Hill
Green, green, and green with fresh air.
Cabbage, pechay, and other vegetables.
Are we there yet?
The Peak, at last! Hurray!
Going up was a tiring trek but you will enjoy each other’s company along the way. You will also meet friendly people and unusual plants, trees, and other stuffs. Just always remember the golden rule: “Take nothing but pictures, kill nothing but time, and leave nothing but footprints.” Once up there, you will forget everything including your tired body. Up there, you will see a different perspective; you will see things better; you can think clearer; and you can feel your creator telling you “behold, my creation!” I might have missed a Sunday gathering that day but it was a wonderful encounter with my creator. The breathtaking view up there is indeed an evidence of God’s authority as the creator. Now I know why Moses loved to spend a lot of time going up to the mountain.
Here are some images I took while on top:
Meet the IntelliKatKat! hahah
Me and my girlfriend have bee to different places but this one is special. We have to endure a long walk first before satisfying our eyes. For you guys out there, you should try to visit Osmeña Peak! Challenge yourself and start conquering mountains!
Choose Philippines, Choose Osmeña Peak!