Monday, May 19, 2008

Central Luzon

Anawangin Cove: Zambales / 464m
Mt. Arayat via Arayat: Pampanga / 1008m
Mt. Arayat Traverse: Pampanga /1030m
Mt. Balingkilat: Zambales / 1100m
Mt. Balingkilat/Traverse to Anawangin Cove: Zambales / 1100m
Mt. Cinco Picos: Zambales / 881m
Mt. Cinco Picos/Traverse to Silanguin Cove: Zambales/ 881m

Mt. Damas: Tarlac / 685m
Mt. Manalmon: Bulacan / 196m
Mt. Natib: Bataan / 1287m
Mt. Pinatubo: Tarlac + Zambales / 960m
Mt. Samat: Bataan / 553m
Mt. Tapulao: Zambales / 2037m
Mt. Tapulao/Tarlac-Zambales Traverse / 2037m
Nagsasa Cove via Mt. Nagsasa / 450m
Pantingan Peak: Bataan / 1300+m
Tarak Ridge: Bataan / 1130m

A land of ricefields and vast plains, Central Luzon has only a few mountains but it has been literally shaped by mountain activity. In 1991, Mt. Pinatubo erupted, dramatically altering the environment. The once towering Pinatubo lost over 300 meters of elevation; and the plains were covered with volcanic ash. Economic and social implications aside, this eruption has created a beautiful outdoor destination - the very crater of Pinatubo, now considered to be the most beautiful trekking destination in Central Luzon. An emerging beach destination, which also has a trek, is Anawangin Cove in Zambales, and its white beach is likewise due to the eruption. Meanwhile, linked mythologically with Pinatubo is Mt. Arayat, a solitary figure rising in the plains as one passes by the North Luzon Expressway - the main highway to the north. The rest of the mountains in Central Luzon are actually in the western provinces of Zambales and Bataan, where, geologically, the meeting of two tectonic plates have given rise to mountains.

The distinctive flavor of these west mountains is its relative barrenness, not like the dense jungles of other mountains. Also, many are rocky, such as Tarak Ridge, a beautiful viewpoint overlooking Manila Bay; and Mt. Tapulao, which, aside from being the highest mountain in the region, is also a great source of chromite ore. Other notables include Mt. Natib in Bataan and Mt. Cinco Picos, overlooking Subic. Finally, we have Mt. Manalmon in Bulacan - the closest to Manila - which lies in the historic site of Biak-na-Bato, which figured prominently in the Philippine revolution in the 1890s.
PinoyMountaineer needs to cover the Pantingan Peak and other destinations in Mt. Mariveles including the waterfalls. Speaking of waterfalls, Bataan is reported to have several nice ones as well. However, in the province of Zambales, there has been great interest in mountain climbing and from 2008-2009 we have featured new treks such as groundbreaking traverses of Mt. Tapulao, Balingkilat, and Cinco Picos.

Bataan Outdoor Club
Bulacan Mountaineering Club, Inc.
Dong-in Outdoor Society (Bataan)
Tarlac Mountaineering Club
Yabag Mountaineers (Zambales)

MikeB's site has detailed information on the mountains of Zambales and other hiking destinations.


dana iskra said...

question lang po, bakit po nawala yung anawangin page? under construction po ba? .. just wondering kase we're planning to go there next week, meron po bang updates?
thanks! said...

Is there any mountaineering Club in Subic or Olongapo? Peace!

gideon said...

i think the yabag mountaineers are somewhat based in the subic area..

Anonymous said...

sir gid,

im bj member of LYMOC (lyceum mountaineer's) im planning to climb mt. natib this coming year and so far all the info on the natib page is indefinite.. your site's info thus far have been very accurate and very reliable but just can't get a solid info re- natib's situation.. any info is highly appreciated..

thanks and more power,

Anonymous said...

sir gid,

good day. i'm jak of TIMOG HILAGA mountaineering club. we're planning to climb mt.pantingan, january next year. Do you have any updates on Mt. Pantingan? Itinerary maybe...thank you so much.

more power.

Anonymous said...

kindly include picodeloro at cavite, mt. tarac at mariveles and mt. daguldol at batangas from your lists of recommended mountains...its equally amazing like others.........genefer

ivan jfinex said...

they're not in central luzon.
check the Region IV section.
All of those mountains you mentioned are there :)

Ivan Laurence said...

sir Gid,
Mt. Balagbag from Norzagaray - San Jose del Monte Bulacan is also popular hiking destination in Central Luzon..
Hope you can post an IT and info about this mountain.

Anonymous said...

mga sir, bout sa Arayat kamusta naman ang mga Nice People Around dun, marami pa ba sila?

Anonymous said...

Good day! What is the latest info regarding the 2 missing girl in Mt.Pundaquit last August 2009

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

sir gid papost po ng IT ng mt balagba.kung meron po kau..tnx po

Anonymous said...

yes sir gid, IT ng mt. balagbag, mt. oriod at mt. maranat sa bulacan ata lahat yun. baka may mga iba dyan na nakapunta na share nyo naman IT nyo mga sir. apir


Anonymous said...

Good day sir Gid,

My question lang ako regarding Pagtingan Peak of Mt. Mariveles, is there any security issue in climbing said? that's why this site needs to cover their details?thanks.


Jeser Javier of SFM

Anonymous said...

any developments about subic mountains yet?

Anonymous said...

sir meron pa bang ibang pwedeng akyatin somewhere here sa south?

jensen said...

good p.m. taga angeles city po ako. kung meron man makakabasa ng message kong ito na taga pampanga nais kong sumali o sumama sa inyong grupo. maraming salamat.

Anonymous said...

taga angeles po ako.nais ko po sana sumali sa inyong grupo.kung meron man taga pampanga na open pang tumangap ng myembro nais ko po sanang sumali sa inyo

Don Tisoy said...

Ako din sa Pampanga na nakatira ngaun, matagal nako nag sesearch ng mountaineering group dito kaso parang wala. If ever man meron mkbasa na member ng mountaineering group in Pampanga. I would like to join.

Don Tisoy said...

Wala atang mountaineering group ang Pampanga. Pwede tayo mag organize.

denese cabanag said...

Hello sir, baka pwede pong mag join sa next akyat nyo, o kaya may aakyatin kayo ?First timer here. thanks =)

Anonymous said...

Sa mga taga pampanga, why dont we just create our own mountaineering club? Ako sa south pa umaakyat kasi wala akong makasama dto sa norte.

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