Nasugbu, Batangas
Jump-off point: Evercrest Golf Course, Nasugbu
LLA: 14.0408 N 120.8011 E 811 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: 1 day / 2-4 hours
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 4/9, Trail class 3 with 60-70 degrees assault


The cool and arid clime of Mt. Batulao is a pleasant escape from the tropics. The moment you alight from the Crow bus at Evercrest Golf Course – the jumpoff – you will feel the same coolness felt by the visitors of Tagaytay. And this temperature will be with you all the way. Batulao is the only mountain in the region where you can wear jackets at high noon. You have to. There is no tree cover throughout the climb. On sunny days, this paradoxical blending of heat and cold, on dramatic, sometimes steep landscapes, with forceful winds that make the cogon grass dance, forming beautiful waveforms across the slopes, earns for Batulao the distinction of being the most spectacular of the mountains in Batangas.


Even its name draws from a spectacular origin. Every yearend, the sun sets right between Batulao’s two peaks, creating an image of rocks surrounding a disc of red light. In Tagalog, this phenomenon of “Bato sa Ilao” (Illuminated Rocks) became abbreviated to “Batulao”. Although this happens only in the last week of December, Batulao’s charms throughout the year are more than enough to make it among the favored mountaineering destinations. Access to the mountain is easy; just take the Nasugbu-bound buses from EDSA cor. Taft.


The trails are initially rough roads, then transition to paths that are well-maintained, taking you up and down, up and down, at first gently, and then the slopes will be more pronounced later. After around forty minutes of trekking, you will encounter a hut, fondly called ‘Mini Stop’ where buco juice is sold for P20 each. 500 meters beyond this hut is the fork between the two trails to Mt. Batulao’s summit.


During the cool months of December-February, jackets or long-sleeved shirts have a dual purpose in Batulao: they protect you from the chilly morning temperature, and shield you from the sun’s UV rays. Avoid garments that easily stain with dust, for Batulao is arid. During the rainy season, however, Batulao also gets humid, so wear clothes according to your comfort. Also, during rainy days, the portions of the trails could be severely muddy — preparing accordingly. In all seasons, however, long-sleeved clothing is still advised.

For the old trail, some would advice wearing gloves during the final ascent to Batulao’s peak, but it would depend on the hiker’s grip and convenience. For the new trail, gloves are not needed nor recommended.


Boy guides, aged 8-17, wait for mountaineers by the highway; you can secure their services for a range of prices but recommends P300/day. Don’t worry much about the ‘child labor’ aspect as these kids are able to go to school on weekdays; they do the guiding on weekends as their part-time job.


You can save time by taking a tricycle from the highway to the end of the road – about a 20-minute trip that costs P100/tricycle ride. You can also get their cellphone number to fetch you on your way back. At the small village that you will pass by foot or trike, you can buy food and water. A local ice cream is also sold.


At Camp 1, P20 fee is collected; a similar fee is collected at the New Trail campsite. Take note: If you want to two different trails up and down, you must pay P20 on both sides.


There are no immediately accessible water sources throughout the Batulao trail but guides can access further sources, 30 minutes away for you on either trails. For dayhikes, 1.5-2 L water is advised. Cellphone signal is present throughout the climb.

(Thanks for this Article Gideon Lasco)



Sombrero Island, Batangas

Sombrero Island (named because the island looked like a big hat sticking out of the water) is about 15 minute boat ride from Mabini Batangas (My start point going to the island).

Sombrero Island is a small patch of land known only to local fishermen. The changing tides and rainy season make it less known to tourists, but also unsurprisingly more pristine.

The east side of the island, you’ll find the beach but it does not offer much for the snorkeler but the white pristine sand makes the island more attractive. However, on the western side, you’ll find a spectacular coral reef garden. The only problem is that the snorkeler is limited only to about 50ft from the island. The farther you go out the stronger the current. To better enjoy this reef, scuba gear is needed.

Entrance to the island is 200Php cottage rent is 800Php


1st Philippine Summer Youth and Mountaineers’ Adventure Camp (PSYMAC)

Join, Experience, Learn and be the Pride of you group…..Bring Home up to 400,00php cash prizes and specially designed Trophies, Plaques…with freebies…Gift Certificates…and more…

1st Philippine Summer Youth and Mountaineers Adventure Camp (PSYMAC)

April 9-11, 2010

Caramoan (Island), Camarines Sur. Venue of Survivor France, Belgium and Turkey. Where you’ll see White Sand and rock formations comparable to Coron, Palawan


Ready…GO!…a mix event of Survivor, Fear Factor and Amazing Race with a twist. A three day event from undisclosed place in Bicol Region to the Island of Caramoan in Camarines. Composed of Five members per team of any gender.

Survivor…a typical survival challenges from simple to extreme. A team of three members of any gender will compete for three days in the island of Caramoan, Camarines Sur.

Fear Factor…three day event of unexpected challenges of a team with three members of any gender.….

On the first day of the event, experience the Bicolano Fiesta Celebration with sumptuous and unique Bicolano cuisine…Island Camping…and the Filipinoi Native Sports competition among non participants of the highlights events.

Mr. Anthony Pangilinan, Prof. Harvey Kee of Ateneo de Manila, Paolo Bediones, Marc Nelson, Mr. Rovilson, JC Tiuseco, Amanda, Kiko Rustia, Leo Oracion, Romi Garduce, Bert Emata, Pinay Everest Team, Ryan Agoncillo, Jiggy Manicad and a lot more….

Each Event will have four categories….

Company Based Org….organization based and accredited by the company with a common goal.

School Based Org…..organization based and accredited by the school.

Community Org….organization in the community whether sports, services among others with a certain goal.

Open Category….open to any individual with no group/org affiliation as long as they from a team of five or three.

Champions per categories will win 150,000php plus specialized trophies, plaques and freebies. Non winners and all the participants will receive freebies and certificates. Finalist will received gift certificates, plaques and freebies.

To all participants – 1,500php registration fee per head inclusive of a round trip fare from Manila to the Island of Caramoan in Camarines Sur plus uniform, ID, Certificate, and a souvenir shirt and event yearbook.

March 5, 2010

All Official Contestants of the 3 events are required to attend the briefing and trainings either on March 13 or 20, 2010 or both. (Venue to be announced)

Participants and Contestants are required to attend the Final Meeting on March 27, 2010 at 7:00pm. Venue will be at RCBC Plaza Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Ayala cor. Sen. Gil Puyat Avenues, Makati City.

Available at all branches of Tobys, Chris, Sandugo, Conquer, Montanara and 7-11 stores starting February 20, 2010

For more details please contact ANTHONY GO @ 09214725161 // 09157883729 or e-mail :



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