MINDANAO TRAVELS (Mt. KULAGO of Bukidnon) 🌼

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Bukidnon has a lot of ridges.And one of the famous ridge is Mt.Kulago. The term β€œKulagu” Kulago is from the Higaonon native word which means "Hummingbird". That's why most people who visit the place call it the hummingbird ridge. Mt.Kulago is approximately 913 meters tall above sea level. It is located at Impasug-ong, Bukidnon. One of the Province of Mindanao.

Mt.Kulago is an open ridge. Hiking to Mt. kulago has different entry ways. You can hike it for 3 hours for professional hikers, 5 or 6 for those who just started hiking. It depends which entry you will start. For us, we have a total of 6 hours hike since we are beginners. The history of the ridge is quite complicated since many people claimed it as theirs. There's a hearsay that there's a fight between groups way back then. To reach the starting point for the hike. You have to go by motorbike for about 20 minutes ride. Or you can also choose to start the hike where most hikers started their journey. As we took the motorbike we pay for 150 pesos each person to skip the first hiking site point. And to have less walk for a total of over an hour.

There's also a registration fee of 500 pesos for every hiker. 800 pesos for the guide. And 1000 pesos for 15 kilos weight for the porter. Since it's pandemic, we choose to hike alone. You can always join and meet people for the group hikes. It will still be the same price but me and my friend decided to just do it and booked our hike alone. Safety first 😹 Maybe we'll do a group hike one day when all these pandemic thingy is over πŸ™πŸΌ

So we start our journey going to a village where you can take a rest and start the ridge hike when you are ready.

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We passed the Tagoloan river which is a very tricky one. We have to use a bamboo boat to reach the other side. I was very happy and excited about the bamboo boat. Never been into this thing in my entire life. Our guide and our porter help us to cross the other side of the riverπŸ™‚

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Our amazing porter helping taking the bamboo boat from the other side. He's really an amazing kid. Carrying bags for hikers is his part time job as the moment. When pandemic started. He was in Manila that time. But, since there's a lot of restrictions he couldn't find work so he decided to come back at his village.

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This Kuya here is our guide. Being a tour guide is also his part time job. He's a college student taking up Agriculture in one of the prominent Agriculture school in Mindanao.

The thing that I love with this hike experience is that as hikers we were able to provide jobs to people and at the same time learning their culture and sharing life stories.

As we reached the resting point kids welcome us with warmest gestures, giggles and smiles. We put our hammock and relax and talk to the kids and watch them play. They even ask if we have some chocolate with us. The lesson I learned while visiting hiking places or remote area is to bring something that you can share to the local or kids that they never tried on their daily lives. Having chocolate is not an everyday situation.

Life is so simple ☺️

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You might wondering why I always take pictures of my feet in my blogs. I just love it. My best friend said it's my signature photo. So, don't mind if I will upload more foot photos. πŸ˜‚ this is just the way I do selfie in my own way.

So, we started the hike around 1 o'clock in the afternoon. The sun was really strong that time and since it is an open ridge there's no way to escape for some shade. But, we don't have a choice. Or else we'll not be able to see the sunset. And we'll arrive late.

Some of the views around the area while hiking.

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Where in the middle of our hike when some rain drops falling. I guess it's a big refreshing help and we're lucky because it was not so windy. So, we witnessed some beautiful rainbows over the ridges.

Bukidnon is just a heaven on earth 🌍

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We saw this lemon in the wild. But, the porter told us that it was where his Lolo (Grandpa) lives before. So, probably his plant growing among the wilderness.

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And I think early morning hike is the best hike compared to our afternoon one.
But, who will never get tired of these beautiful view? (This is actually my first hike 😹) But, I almost nailed it. Almost πŸ˜‚

The aim of hiking around 1 o'clock in the afternoon is to be able to see the sunset. But, since the weather is not cooperating. We just decided to slow down have a lot of small breaks in between soaking under the tiny raindrops.

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Started to get foggy as we almost reach our destination...

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Our first glimpse! We finally arrived 😊 After 5 hours of sweats and tears 😬 What a relief πŸ˜‡

Then we start setting up our tent for the night. And make some food for our dinner. The funny thing is we never had food with us. Because we thought we could buy some food at the village where we had our rest before the hike. Our guide and porter was kind enough to share theirs. That's why instead of paying 800 for the guide and 1000 pesos for the porter. We just add 200 and make it 1000 and 1200 for the kindness they shown to us.

The night menu hosted by our chef tour guide was a taro leaves dish. I never had this before. First, I was very skeptical and scared. Like how could you eat the leaves? So, I told them. I'm good, I have chocolates with me. This is enough. We'll, I can't say I don't want to eat those.But, my friend convinced me to try it. My friend just started becoming vegan months ago. So, she was really into it.

But, I was hungry. So finally I tried it. It was really good actually. He put some soy sauce, vinegar, onions, garlic and salt. A very easy dish but super delicious.

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The heavy rain comes. So, we all stayed at the tour guides tent. We had some coffee and chocolates and muffins that we all shared. We talked about everything in life.

Our guide said it's gonna be full moon tonight. So, it will be nice and hoping the rain will stop.

After two hours the rain stops and the moon showed up.

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It was extremely cold during the night, very windy. Sleeping under the moonlight was quite difficult. It was too bright πŸ˜‚ I really don't have a good sleep and I started to have a runny nose and starts coughing a bit. I'm glad I had my medicines with me and I took couple of Vitamin C. I'm afraid that if my runny noise will continue and a cough will develop. Perhaps I will be quarantined at my village when I'm back.

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The beautiful moon at dawn β˜€οΈ

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The beauty of the morning mist β˜€οΈ

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The warm brewed coffee from the locals and the tour guides bamboo coffee cup. Enjoying the fresh morning view from Mt. Kulago πŸ˜‡

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Me and Mt.Kulago 😬🌍

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Actually, you are not allowed to go further from where I'm standing. They have very strict rules to be followed. That nobody can go beyond or even climb the peak. I guess for some reasons to preserve the place.

After a few talks and coffee we decided to leave. It only took us three hours to go down. The fresh morning sun was really a good sign for a beautiful weather ahead.

Me and friend decided to treat our guide and porter to have breakfast with us. So, you could actually ask someone in the village to prepare breakfast for you. We payed a thousand peso for a native chicken and rice with unlimited coffee for us. Treating them for breakfast was not enough for the care and genuine thoughts they showed to us during our hike.

They were like NO. We're good. But we insist.

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This is the taro leaves I was talking about that we had during our dinner.

And today this girl here is selling some to my friend for 20 pesos.

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The food is quite a lot for the four of us. So, we call the kids to eat with us. They are so cute. That they us ask if they could join us as in the river. Because we're talking about taking a short swim before we'll back in Cagayan.

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So, they followed us around and joined swimming with us. It was really a memorable one. Coz we have been playing in the river with those kids.

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We feel very blessed with these kids. They give us so much joy. They entertained us so well.

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Happy me surounded with the best nature, Basking under the sun, Enjoying the fresh water flow from the river.

Life is pretty good! 😻

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To more Mindanao trips 😘



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wow.. nindota sa mga bukid dinha oi, feels like naa sa lain country ba.. maka Sana all na lng jud ko kutob ani..

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Laag mo sa imong wife sa Mindanao puhon. Daghan gyud kaayo mga nice places labina SA Bukidnon. Amazing kaayo πŸ₯°

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Take me thereee 🌸

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Yes for sure @anggreklestari πŸ₯°πŸ˜—

When PANDEMIC is over! πŸ™πŸΌπŸ€ but, first you need to come and explore Cebu first πŸ˜—πŸ₯°πŸ€— Thank you! untitled.gif

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Lovely place and fantastic photos!!

!discovery 30
!PIZZA

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Such a amazing hike adventure and camping experience you have got. I can very clearly imagine how you enjoyed with hard effort. Love your photo clicks.

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Hello there @madushanka Hope you are doing well πŸ€—Thank you for dropping by. I really I appreciate it. Amazing indeed. Too many story to tell with amazing people and unforgettable experienced.

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OMg! what a beaut! stunning mother nature oi, wish one day maka hike din ako. haha
thank you for sharing @itsmiessyonpeakd ❀️❀️❀️

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Bisaya na si Gerel! Hahahaaa. Yes, puhon! Puhon. Laag sako SA Guian SA inyoha. Mamista KO! Hahahhaa.

Thank you @gerel . good luck ugma! πŸ₯°untitled.gif

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unta daghan kapang ika pa sigarbu sa Mindanao mam nga nailhan lang sa uban nga gubot ug kuyaw.

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@psychkrhoz hahaha! Hala uyyyy... Lab it sigarbu gayud. Bitaw, Salamat kaayo! (Gubot SA wa Ka adto) hahaaha.. bitaw, naa gyud mga places nga dili pwede adtuan. Di man gud tanan kuyaw. Taking extra precautions lang.

Salamat @psychkrhoz 😊

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Beautiful Mountain view ❣️
The greenery was so much eye catching..I can't stop myself to visit here, reallyπŸ™‚
Providing local kids a chocolate was appreciable work ❣️,you had won the heart of kids✌️

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Hahaa @anmolsingh3006 you should. Do you have mountains or ridges in India too?

Yes, Chocolate is life! I will think about from time to time to bring any chocolates with me if ever visiting remote places. A piece of tiny chocolate will create small happiness πŸ₯°πŸ™πŸΌπŸ€

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Unluckily I have not any mountain area in my city but if we go to other sides there are many mountains to visit😊
Yeah you had got very much blessings of small kids.. keep it up buddy❣️
Good morning..have a nice day 😊

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That feet tho, ah nevermind oi ky gi.ilad rkas friend nmo na signature. hahaha

I've been in Mindanao naman and I could tell grbe ka nindot ilang bukid. Wa palang nauso ang android phone sa miadto lo way back 2010.hehehe

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Well, well! Been taking photo SA akong tiil since the beginning of everything. Hahaha tsaaaarrr. Super gyud Ka nindot! Murag naas lain nasod. Hahahaa

Lagi uyyy.. taga ASA gani imong Madder bato?! SA Mindanao?

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Taga Balingasag sya, murag 5 towns before makaabot sa cagayan. Kalimot kos mga names diha of numbers, dogy dogy naman pd lgi.

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That's 20 minutes away from my hometown. Nice na Baya kaayo ang Balingasag Ron. Murag ma city Nana sya puhon. Daghan Nas mga buildings and even Jollibee naa napod. Paspas kaayo ang progress! Dira na mi GA adto sahay Kay naa Naman gud Gaisano dili na Maka adtog Cagayan gyud.

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Maoba? Taga asa dy ka?

Pero taga bukid man akong mama, name sa tribe sa iyang papa "magahat", mangaog tawo daw ilang kaliwat sauna og mostly bukid sila dapit.

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Oh no! Hahahaaa. Basta I'm somewhere there. Hahaha in between the sea and the mountains hahahha. Taga bukid ko pero Kay mga 8 minutes to 10 via motor or car. Inana kalayo SA highway amoa Ra..

Pag sure dira? Hahahha naa siguro kaliwat ug abat imong Mama ba Kay mangaog tawo. Hahaha Dili na kaayo KO familiar SA bukid SA Balingasag Kay hadlok mana dira dapita daghan engkwentro SA NPA agud medyo restricted ang uban bukid diha. I didn't know naa pay tribo tribo SA Balingasag. Kay mostly SA Bukidnon Raman ang naay tribes. As n ba!

Bitaw wala pa diay kauli imong Mama dadto a? Basta uyyyy. Tsada na kaayo didto. Naa napod other colleges aside sa St.Rita daghan na gyud kaayo improvement.

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Abat ba oi, murag salida. hahaha

Wa naman ang tribes ron pero naa gihapon ang "Datu" og ig.agaw naho usa didto.

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WOWWWW! Camping at the mountain! I am someone who has never camp before in my entire life πŸ˜… Such a amazing experience! And also your blog was amazing too. Thanks for your inspiration πŸ˜€

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What a experience you and your friend had on that hike. You are so brave trying all these things, not only the hike but the taro leaves. Mr. Kulago looks awesome. I like the green moss covering it.

It must have got warmer during the day to go swimming. Nice the children enjoyed going along with you. πŸ’–

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My college bestie who's from Mindanao told me that Bukidnon is a must-visit place when in Mindanao. Now I'd never doubt her suggestion. Bukidnon is a BEAUTY~!!!😍✨

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Visit puhon Miss @jongcl 😻😻😻😻

Super beauty indeed 😻

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kuyuga nya ko sa imong sunod nga pag visit adtooooo please😘

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