LIFE IN CEBU: MOUNTAINS

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Aside from the beautiful beaches you see all over Instagram, Cebu is way more than that. This island is also blessed with lots of mountains perfect for those who want to hike, trek, or camp. Many of these mountains have already had a trail so it won't be that difficult for beginners to reach the peak, if not tour guides are available. I am grateful that I also ventured out hiking after visiting so many beaches on the beautiful island of Cebu.

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In this blog, I will showcase to you some of the mountains I was able to visit in my years here in Cebu. Please take note that these hikes were pre-pandemic and pre-Odette. Not quite sure if the scenery or the mountains have the same view because it might have been devastated by the super typhoon. Without further ado, ladies and gentlemen, the Mountains.

MT. NAUPA

When I decided to do hiking, I typed in my Google search bar "Mountains in Cebu for Beginners". Several articles mentioned Mt.Naupa. At that time I was already living in Talisay and it was close by. On my first attempt, the habal-habal (motorcycle for rent) driver got lost and brought me into a different church which was supposed to be the starting point of the hike. Thankfully, we still managed to reach the right place. At first, I decided not to get a guide but I ended up lost in the first few minutes of the hike. Good thing, a kid followed me and told me that it wasn't the right trail. I then asked him to guide me. I must say, that it was actually an easy trail and hike. Ian, my tour guide was really helpful in taking my photos. I was totally amazed when we reached the top of the mountain. Of all the mountains I visited, Mt. Naupa is the only one that I kept coming back to. I brought friends, my cousin and my girlfriend here.
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My first time in Mt. Naupa.

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The time that I went with my boss, his kid and co-worker/friend.

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With my friend Karl. Biked all the way to the start point of the hike.

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Our second date in Mt. Naupa.

MT. MANUGGAL

I have posted a blog about this mountain, but honestly, I can't get enough of the beauty of this place. The view, the rock formation, the greenery, and the journey going to this amazing mountain are something I want to experience again. I only went to Mt.Manunggal once with my girlfriend but I highly recommend it to friends. During our visit, we took a van from Ayala Center Cebu, went down by the corner of the street where habal-habal will wait for passengers going to Mt.Manunggal. Not sure if the road going to the mountain is concrete now but when we went it was very muddy because of the rain. We had a hard time going back to the city because we didn't realize that we need to go to the van terminal to get a ride but we decided to wait by the roadside and we were able to hitch to a vehicle going to the city. All the trouble was so worth it, I mean, look at that mountain.
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CASINO PEAK

Before my girlfriend and I started dating, I always imagine going on adventures with her. So when we finally got together, when we have day-offs together, we always plan to go somewhere. This hike to Kandunggaw was decided last minute because we woke up late that day and we were both not sure if we should just stay in bed and go somewhere. But we ended up hiking. We were both unfamiliar with the place but thanks to the internet, strangers, and bus drivers, we made it to the mountain. The mountain has vegetation around its trail and it was a bit tricky. Overall, it was a wonderful experience and I have shared this beautiful memory with her which made it extra special.
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OSMEÑA PEAK

By far the most popular mountain you can find here in Cebu. If you are from Cebu, chances are you heard or you have been to this place. If you are not from Cebu, you should definitely visit this place. I went here once with my friend, Ar-ar. We did a mini-tour on the south side of Cebu and we decided to go here. Funny story, we let a French guy who was solo-traveling here in Cebu hitch with us. We had a stop-over and we noticed he was waiting for a bus and asked him where was he bound and coincidentally, he was going to Osmeña Peak as well. He was very useful because Ar-ar and I were able to have a photo together. Hahahaha. We watched the sunset at the peak and enjoyed the view of (insert islands to see). The vegetation around the area was also beautiful to see. There were a lot of hikers that day but we still managed to find a spot for ourselves.
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So far, these are the mountains that I have been to here in Cebu. I still have to plan to visit more in the future. Hope to achieve that this year. Do you want to join? Leave me a comment then. That's it for now Hivers. See you in the last part of my Life in Cebu which will be Waterfalls!

 

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If you zoom in, you will see me.
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Such a freeing moment.

 


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Stunning peaks and Beautiful shots. The island of Cebu is so amazing with everything it has to offer :)

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Thank you @trangbaby. I just hope that the typhoon didn't damage any of them. Hope you can visit soon. Hope the restrictions will be over too.

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Ma-proud jud ku sa Cebu ba bahala'g aku na lang wala nakasaka sa mga mountains, hehe. Nice shots, @asasiklause.

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Thanks Miss April. Dghan kaaung mabuhat dri Cebu jd. Dli mn jd ko Cebuano pro ako na lng gclaim na cebuano ko. Ahahahaha

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Lagi, nu? Ma-u jud na akung gusto puhun, ang mulaag balik around Cebu. Welcome ra jud ka to consider yourself a Cebuano, especially kay dugay na pud ka diri. Kusug bya mi mang-adopt, hehehehehe.

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Cge go. Pa.adopt ko pleaseee hahaha
Time to explore Cebu na jd Miss April!

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wow , is really indeed beautiful. i noticed that you're very fit as well my friend 👍👍😁😁

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During that time, I was fit. I'm not sure right now. Haahahah. Thanks for the compliments.

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Mingaw nakog trek!. Pero ka sweet jud sa photos uie 😍

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Salamat nmn po. Ako gimingaw na jd ug laag in general. Huhuhuhu. Summer outing na ba?

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Yes its time! hahaha. Ako sad kalaagon na kaayu. 😁

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Manglaag na jd ta ani. Hopefully pra ra kaau nangaguba ang mga bukid tungod sa bagyo

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Wowww. the scenery and the pictures you took are really cool

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Thank you so much! The scenery is really beautiful. So much nature and greenery. Some of the photos I took were actually self-timer. Hehehehehehe

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Sana all sweet sa photos 😊😁

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Hahahahhaha Ayawg saba ma'am. Kanus.a pa mn jd mu.open ang borders ui pra kami na ld mg.sana all nmo

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Hahaha ayyy ako na e open bi. Hahah

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Border OPEN!

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Hahaha mangita tag witch para e open ang border lol

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Yay! Let me know so I can join too. 😊 To more adventures this year💕

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Hive goes Hiking na ba this? Hahahahaa. Cge2. Tapok mga laagan!

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Ka so sweet oi! ❤️🥰
Kanindot SA mga nalaagan. Unsa na Kaha hitsura Ron after Odette.

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Mao sd akong g.wonder. Maayo unta wla ra kaau nadamage. Kay sayang kaau. Wla ra jd nang.unsa ang bukid huhuhuhu

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Morag affected gud ang mountains tungod sa Odette. But, surely it will recover pud.

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Lagi ui. Hope that nature will heal itself.

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Yes. Nature will heal itself. 🙏🙏

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Howzir?! :) some great views there.

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Thank you. So much beauty here in Cebu. I just hope Odette didnt damaged it much.

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Absolutely breathtaking places! If I did not have a fear of heights, I probably would have loved to see this every day. This must be so calming and relaxing for you guys to hike and watch the beauty of nature from a very high place! Wish I could overcome my fears soon.

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Fear of heights is something I don't have. But I know some who does. Its difficult to overcome it, i think. It is very relaxing to breathe such fresh air and seeing so much beauty almost around you.

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caaan't wait to visit Cebu someday 🥺

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You must. So much things to do ang many places to visit! You will surely have a great time here

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The mountain view is simply amazing!! 10 years back, I used to go for hiking and trekking. Now I don't think I have the necessary stamina 😅😅

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Hahhahaha. Maybe just try those not so tricky hiking spots. Thank you four kind words and for dropping by.

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The mountains are beautiful and amazing places. Your photography is awesome too! Have a wonderful time.

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Thank you so much for the kind words. Glad you appreciated the beauty if the mountains. 🤗🤗🤗. You too have a wonderful time.

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Different places but same vibes and calmness <33 DENR and DOT should hire you guys, haha, you showcase Ph more than them, lol

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Hahahahaaha. DENR and DOT beke nemen. Hahahaha. Thanks for the kind comments Joselle

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You're welcomeee po! You guys deserve it 💕

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As a Cebuano, haven't visited any of those beautiful mountains because strict ang parents lol hahaha. Hoping to be able to go on my first trek ever this year!! Thanks for sharing this Ayuk!!!

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Wow. Sana all strict ang parents. Ahahhaahha. Soon, manifest na maka outdoor adventure nka

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OSMEÑA PEAK is awesome!! I might go visit there in the future. Good share my friend.

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Thank you so much for dropping by. Osmeña Peak is a must visit in Cebu. The view from the peak is spectacular and the trail is not that difficult too.

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you are welcome! yes I will visit there someday :D thank you so much for sharing this my friend.

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Asa! I love this (and hopefully... !LUV this 😂).

I love climbing and mountains and hiking and exploring and travelling, haha, so they're all great reasons to love this post. But you know what else I love? I love that, through Hive, I'm meeting people like yourself who show me things about their/your country that I didn't know and couldn't have imagined. I vaguely had an idea that maybe one day I'd go to The Philippines. But now I'm more convinced that ever that (post pandemic, and with some time for you all to recover from Odette) that I definitely should come to PH!!

Hope you're doing well, brother. I'm going to take it that with a post this length, with this many photos, that you at least have better internet and probably power/electricity again?

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Thank you so much for your comment @consciouscat. Comments like this motivates me to create more content that showcase the beauty of my country. Im glad that somehow I persuaded you to visit my country soon.

So far, in the area where I live, electricity, water and internet are back but the internet can be spotty sometimes.

Thank you so much for always leaving meaningful comments on my posts. Take care always!🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

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Comments like this motivates me to create more content that showcase the beauty of my country.

Yes, please 😊

So far, in the area where I live, electricity, water and internet are back

Pleased to read this 🙌

Thank you so much for always leaving meaningful comments on my posts.

You are so welcome 🧡

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