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Kalbong Bundok (Mt. Pulag)

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History

Standing ferociously at 2922 meters above sea level, Mt. Pulag (Kalbong Bundok) is Luzon’s highest peak. It was declared a National Park through the Presidential Proclamation No. 57 in the year 1987. This ‘premier’ national park is home to some of Luzon’s ethnic tribes including the Ibaloi, Kalanguya, Kankana-ey, and Ibanag. For them, this mountain is a sacred place thus dubbing it as the “playground of the gods.” One of its main attraction site includes the Kabayan Mummy Burial Caves, where the Ibaloi tribes mummified and buried their dead house caverns in the mountain. This burial cave has been declared as a Philippine National Cultural Treasure under the Presidential Decree No. 432.

Things to do

Stargazing is best done in the closest place to heaven on earth (literally) in the island of Luzon. People get to see the galaxy with their own naked eye. A snapshot of this scene will surely be a memory worth keeping for ages. After a chilling night, visitors hike to the summit at 3 in the morning and wait for the sunrise at the summit with the sea of clouds as foreground.

Nearby places

After two to three days of no less than satisfying hike, one can opt to explore the city of Baguio; for a coffee stop, a quick museum visit, or to spend some time shopping local products.

User Comments

One of the hardest and most refreshing mountains in the Philippines. Dito mo mararanasan yung salitang "Kailangan mo muna mag hirap, para makuha ang nilaga" You know pag nasa taas kana, doon mo makikita yung kagandahan ng mundo binigay ng Diyos. Kailangan mo lang 'tong alagaan at wag pabayaan - Pauline Pitalbo

Photo by Maui Sanvictores.

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