Hiking 2014: Mt. Manabu

It was March 29, 2014 when my friends (churchmates) and I started our summer getaway by conquering mountain. Ate Leslie Habla ( our engineer- mountaineer friend 🙂 ) decided to take us on Mt. Manabu. I was so blessed I have been invited as they planned for this adventure.

Mt. Manabu is located in the town of Batangas. It stands at 720 MASL and considered to be a good climb for newbies (in hiking, like me!) because of its relatively light trail. Mt. Manabu derived its name from MAtaas NA BUndok which means “alp” or “high mountain”. There are 8 stations in order to land on top of Mt. Manabu and trekkers have 2 options to reach its peak. One of which is the normal trail wherein you’ll be following the stations numerically. While the other one (which is also the path we choose) is you’ll be taking stations 1 to 4 then take the trail straight to the grotto which is in Station 8.  Please see the map below:

Mt Manabu is located at Brgy. Sta Cruz, Sto Tomas, Batangas

Mt. Manabu is located at Brgy. Sta Cruz, Sto Tomas, Batangas

 

We reached the jump off point of Mt. Manabu around 8AM. We asked for a guide who will lead and direct us. Right after we registered at the barangay, we waste no time and started to trek.

 

Photo before the climb

Photo before the climb

 

The first 4 stations were easy and light.

First station

1st Station

 

2nd Station

Third station with our Kuya Guide

3rd Station with our Kuya Guide

Fourth station

4th Station

 

8th Station

8th Station

 

I liked the trail of Mt. Manabu because of the shade that the forest provided.

In the middle of trekking

In the middle of trekking

 

7th Station (getting ready for the peak!)

7th Station (getting ready for the peak!)

 

The mostly forested trail was a welcome relief from the heat.

As getting nearer to the summit

As getting nearer to the summit

 

After almost 2 1/2 or 3 hours, we finally reached the summit! and YES we survived! We made it! It was located between Station 5 and 6.

Finally!

Finally!

 

Amazing people created by amazing God.

Amazing people created by amazing God.

 

The summit provided a spectacular view of the countryside and other mountains in the area.

Manabu Peak

Manabu Peak

 

“And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky.” So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living and moving thing with which the water teems, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.” – Genesis 1:20‑21 NIV

 

God's wonderful creation!

God’s wonderful creation!

 

We descend Mt. Manabu at 11AM. Going down from Station 5 becomes more complex, steeper and challenging. Some part of the trail have “lubid” installed. These ropes are located on sharp angled and steep trails. We swing to these ropes in order to help them continue on trekking. It was also fun because it added flavor or twist to Mt. Manabu. 🙂

5th Station

5th Station

 

I now appreciate the environment even more. The shades of the trail are very evident. Shades that come from its rich forest. The trail is surrounded by trees and plants. Nature is really being take care off at Mt. Manabu.

What a wonderful creation.

What a wonderful creation.

 

My first mountain experience with Mt. Manabu was definitely a fun climb! Pretty tiring but you always get to see views that just take away all the pain. I just hope fellow trekkers and people around the area maintain the cleanliness of this mountain for future generations. Kudos!

“For through him God created everything in heaven and on earth, the seen and the unseen things, including spiritual powers, lords, rulers, and authorities. God created the whole universe through him and for him. Christ existed before all things, and in union with him all things have their proper place.” – Colossians 1:16-17 NIV

Praise be to God!

 


Photos by: Sarah Jane Ruiz and Ate Leslie Habla

 

Your sweetest Melody, ❤