Osmeña Peak is situated at the mountains of Mantalongon, Dalaguete Cebu. It is the highest peak of Cebu Province. Trekkers and nature-enthusiasts love to climb here – a playground I may say. And since Mantalongon is known as Cebu’s Basket Capital then at the peak, cold atmosphere would chill you to the bones especially during nightfall. If it would not rain, then the fog will surely cover the place together with the darkness – jacket and flashlight/headlamp are some of the things you need to have during the night of socials. I could still remember my first time there , it was a freezing cold night. Wearing no jacket was tolerable during the socials since “alcohol” helped me but during my sleep, jacket was all I need.
The “Ala Bohol” Hills of Osmena Peak
Prepare your eyes on the breathtaking green scenery that surrounds from where you stand. Witness and be amazed with “Ala Bohol’ hills mushroomed the place. How these ‘mini” mountains differ from that of Bohol? These are all green and slightly pointed atop. It’s like a deformed version of the Chocolate Hills. If the weather is good and Mr. Sunshine is widely-smiling, then a perfect landscape view would surely attract your eyes, so prepare your hi-tech cameras you have with you. Be mesmerized by the blue-sky that reflects on the calm and crystal clear oceans. Enjoy playing with the clouds as it vividly gives you different shapes and symbols. Sense the unlimited and free fresh air that city-life couldn’t give.
My first climb was with my #LAPUK friends and some of PUNDOK Trekkers. Our entry point was at Mantalongon Public Market – this is where we had our last buy. Then we traversed to Kawasan (this post is merely for Osmeña Peak only).
And my latest visit was with my best climb group, “KUYAMAW”. We labelled the gathering as our grand EB since it took us months to climb again together . The weather on that time was no good. There was even a storm signal raised on that day but it didn’t stop us. We braved it – Rain or Rain, to OPEAK (Osmena Peak) We Go!We started the trek around 7PM. The rain accompanied us almost the whole night.. From pitching our tents to preparing our food, the rain was pouring hard. We still survived. The the bad weather was never a hindrance, it even added the fun to our so called, Grand EB. A night of good food, hard liquors and jaw-locking LAUGHTERS. This climb, we had a different trail – OPEAK traversed to LAMBUG Beach.
So when shall I come back? That would be very soon, with the other good friends of mine. #loserboys, you all ready?
How to get here:
*Take a bus(ceres) ride at South Bus Terminal (bound for Dumaguete) – 100php
*From Dalaguete Proper, take a habal-habal ride to Mantalongon Market – 50php (100php if alone)
*Take a bus ride at Gas Station near Carbon Public Market (also near at USJR) – 100php
-this would take you directly to the Mantalongon Public Market.
From the market, you can then ask the locals to guide you to the peak.