If you’ve been following my adventures, you will know this isn’t my first mountain as I have trekked 10 or so mountains? (I lost count as I truly don’t bother counting).

Being at the top of the mountain surely is a great achievement; we all have different reasons for climbing the mountains which mind you would normally take 3-4 hours one way. Most of my friends who love climbing are broken-hearted or single; well I am not. For me, it is my own way of “destressing”; to feel pain and glory at the same time. Masochist? Hahaha! I get that a lot from friends. I don’t wanna be governed by boundaries or d*mn limitations, the harder it gets (dangerous climb) the more I crave to get to the top.

Let's do this! 🙂

Mt. Gulugod Baboy also known as Mt. Pinagbanderahan is located in Southern Batangas. Typically known as the birthplace of Philippines when it comes to scuba diving, that is Anilao, Batangas. Anyone who loves outdoor has to explore this place where you have a wide array of activities from scuba diving, island hopping to climbing mountains! You can even indulge in good foods such as lomi and kapeng barako! What more can you ask for? Plus the accessibility to Manila? An hour drive! You can thank me later 🙂


Anilao, Mabini, Batangas
Jump-off point: Philpan Dive Resort, Anilao, Mabini
LLA: 13°42’55″N; 120°53’43″E; 525 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: Half-day / 1-2 hours
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 2/9, Trail class 1-2
Features: Scenic views of Batangas Bay and Balayan Bay

The famous tree near the summit of Mt. Gulugod-Baboy


  • Trekking
  • Camp!
  • Swimming / Diving (Side trip)
  • Beach bum
  • Feast at the beach
  • Own the Island
What I love about this hike? It was just friends having fun and chilling with one another


The trail to the summit is a private property, you will walk through their homes, you’ll get to see their chickens, dogs and you can help them by purchasing their homemade ice candy, halo-halo, etc.  Observe proper courtesy please.


Mt. Gulugod Baboy is 1 hour less away from Manila plus 1-1.5 hours trek to the summit.

We made it! ( almost there! LOL)


Well, it is a mountain so of course you will stay on the campsite. But this is not required as the hike is advisable for a day trip. You can also consider spending the night in the nearby island. We spent our day swimming in Fortalez Island. Our original plan back then is to spend the night at Masasa Island but the weather didn’t permit us. We might end up stuck in the island (and if we stick with our plan, it really would be our fate).


If staying in Anilao, Batangas or in Manila


Off to Fortalez Island!


0430H – Departure from Manila

0730H – Arrival at Philpan Dive Resort Anilao

0745H – Arrival at Registration Area

0800H  – Start Trek

0930H  – Summit; Photo Ops

1000H  – Start Descent

1100H – Jump Off; Go to public market and buy supplies for lunch

1130H – Boat ride to Fortalez Island

1200H – Arrival at Fortalez Island; prepare lunch; Swimming

1630H – Boat ride to Philpan Dive Resort

1700H – Van ride to Manila





I met Philip in one of the arranged tours that I joined. He was also a joiner in that event. We became friends after the trip and he invited me for his own events. He is arranging private and for joiner events for either hike or beach travels at very low cost. Seriously, I’m not sure if he’s earning from it or just enjoying the company of new friends. Recommended service 5/5

Own the Island! 🙂


  • Bring at least 1 L of water per person
  • Bring sunblock.
  • Wear long sleeves, arm band whichever is comfy
  • Cellphone signal is available in most of the area
  • Food and drink is available along the trail from the private homes
  • Observe proper courtesy when passing by the homes
  • Clean as you go! Don’t leave your trashes
  • Ideal climb for beginners; mountain for everyone



Bus Fare MNL to Batangas RT – Php 320.00

PUJ to Philpan RT – Php 70.00

Registration fee – Php 30

Guide Fee – Php 500 (not required)

Fortalez Island Boat Ride RT- Php 2,500 group of 15 persons (optional)

Island’s Entrance Fee – Php 100.00 (optional)

TOTAL – PHP 420.00 per person

Yey! I survived my first Christmas hike with new-found friends 🙂 I am indebted to my friend Philip for arranging the tour and making the climb just like a walk in the park with good friends. Oh I have to thank him as well for his choice of side trip in Fortalez Island, it has been a thrilling beach experience. I still couldn’t restrain myself from laughing out loud whenever I watch our videos. 🙂


I’ve been to a lot of mountains and beaches but it still baffles me how each time I am blown away by the beauty of God’s creation. In all honesty, Lalalats tagline “every layer has its own story” is beyond doubt still the perfect tag for every traveler; every sun burn, scraped knees, allergies and body pain after each trip is unique and has their own stories to share with everyone.