Cebu’s Highest Peak: Osmena Peak, Mantalungon, Dalaguete, Cebu.


There are few more pleasurable ways of discovering the Province of Cebu by not just personally seeing the Oldest City in the Philippines and sauntering around the  Queen City of the South. But also finding out the reason behind the recent recognition given by Google Zeitgeist as the fastest rising local travel destination in the Philippines. One of the few more enjoyable ways of exploring Cebu Province is backpacking to the highest peak in Cebu, Nestled deep in the heart of Mantalungon Cebu are the bunch of green jagged peaks and rolling hills of Osmena peak.

Osmena Peak
Osmena peak was made in honor of the famous political clan in Cebu. The summit has a wild stretch of cluster rugged hills, accessible to everyone, more frenetic than any other mightier and highest peak in Cebu. It delivers a cracking track going up, down and around the mountain. It is sited in the Municipality of Dalaguete in the province of Cebu. The park receives approximately 1,000 meters above sea level that offers 360- degree view of shorelines, the island of Badian, and a glimpse of Bohol and Negros.

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Mantalungon is famous as the summer capital of Cebu because of its good climate all year round. Farming is the primary origin of income in the said village and you will notice the wide plantation of growing flowers, vegetables and other high-value crops while trekking up to the summit. Because of the vast vegetable farm in the area, Mantalungon gain its fame as a “Vegetable Basket” of Cebu.

Since Dalaguete is about 85 kilometers from Cebu City and about (3 hours of travel time). I got a bus from the South Bus Terminal bound for Oslob and dropped off at Dalaguete junction. There were motorcycle (Habal-Habal) Going straight to the foot of the peak. It is then the easier route, and would only take 20-30 minutes of trek going to the summit.

I was with friends during this visit, namely: Ram, Patrick and Marjhon.  Today is my third time to climb the pinnacle. The final scene I had before was blended with fogs and undulating form of the terrain of the peak. A strong urge of dissatisfaction made me resolve to go back this time with a fully loaded of hope, hoping to meet my expectation for the 3rd  time. During my first and second visit was then beautiful, but I desire to see and experience the magnificent sunset view when the sun starts setting down the slopes of Negros.

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Getting to the peak has been never a route finding problems, it may have a remote hill path, but the scenic view along the way and the splendid valleys will mollify your jaded body and will fill your utmost desire to commune with nature. A moderately graded hiking tours where you can soak up the beautiful scenery against the background of spectacular mountains and not to mention the cool breeze as it slowly kissing your surface. The average traverse is likely to take 20-30 minutes from the foot of Osmena Peak.

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The pinnacle has a long scree slope on their flanks. It bears a very rough semi black igneous rocks which provide a superb grip for mountaineers and non-mountaineers like me. The summit has bare rock, jagged in outline, and with steep cliffs and deep cut corries and gullies. A lot of travelers who compare the peak as it almost similar in physique to the Chocolate Hills of Bohol. But Osmena peak is thinner, sharper-pointed and rocky unlike the Chocolate Hills that looks like giant mole hills or some say, a cone-shaped Hills.

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It was really cold since we were at the summit. The magnificent panoramic position of multiple jagged hills will surely bring you somewhere. It’s like you’re working with the cast of Game of thrones because of the live setting. My friend Marjhon told me about how could this amazing view subsist in this field. I am just grinning and said, “This is Nature’s expression of beauty, mystery, romance and passion”. Indeed God’s masterpieces is always beyond compare.

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It was nearly dark and I saw numerous campers who set up their tents in the designated area. I wonder how it feels like to do camping at this situation. Considering “Next Time”, camping might adhere.

How to Get to Osmena Peak

Take a bus at the South Bus Terminal bound to Oslob or Bato. Ask the driver to drop you off at Dalaguete junction. Travel time is about 3 hours, (The fare is not more than PHP 200 with Aircon Bus).  The crossing is populated with bakeries and motorcycles (habal-habal). From there, rent a motorcycle (habal-habal). Usually the fare going directly to the nearest jump off spot at the foot of the Mantalongon ranges is PHP 200 per person. Travel time is 30-45 minutes.
You can also hire a motorcycle from the crossing of Dalaguete going to Mantalungon market and from there you can either trek from the market going to the peak of the Osmena peak for roughly 2 hours.

Osmena Peak is a private property, hence you have to pay a registration fee for only PHP 20 per individual.
If you are a first timer, you can request for a guide going to the tiptop at the registration area.

While we made our way downward, our motorcycle driver told us that there is an option if we want to traverse Osmena peak down to kawasan falls in Brgy. Matutinao, Badian, Cebu. But he advised us, that we have to take a guide for some of the locals are not really familiar with the trail that leads to the falls. “Perhaps next time we will consider this”. Thanking the Manong driver for the data.

Affordable Itinerary: Badian Island, Pescador Island and Mantayupan Falls Escapade.


An atmosphere worth more than five thousand words to describe. Just like how you dream about needing a tropical vacation. You’re in your own little world, away from all the pollution and hassles of the City. A perfect get-away from people who wants to reflect and would love to commune with nature or even for those who want to just slack up, get in touch with their inner self or just spend quality time with loved ones, then join us as we take you to one of the must-see hidden paradise of the South.

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Allowing myself and having a chance to enjoy in harmony and indulge in natures bounty is always a thrill. Basking in the naturally healing clean open air and sticking close to the sea is always fun, even if I can’t swim that well and I’m not really fond of the beach. The white tongue of powdery sand whisking on my feet, turquoise water, the perfect  firmament above, and the gentle  air that slowly kissing my skin, and that for me is a paradise and the closest formula to happiness.

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A well known Island in Southern part of Cebu that can be achieved by a few minutes boat ride from the mainland of Cebu. Most people will choose the alternative route from the Southern Bus Terminal and get off at Badian Town. The actual turn off is a couple kilometers from the town but there are no waiting habal-habal drivers on the corner.

Badian Island  is located on the southwest coast of Cebu and commonly known for delivering an array of interesting water activities, best diving site, crystal clear blue water, provides a perfect hideaway, and has infinite ways of celebrating its nature to satisfy every longing and desires of every traveler. A bunch of skeptical thought generated upon planning this travel, not because it was off the beaten path, but this Island is noted for being expensive, conceivably because of the prominent world class hotel and resort situated in the Island, the well-known Badian Island Wellness and Resort. And since the biggest let down for me and my friends was the sky soar high price then we had the other way of exploring the Island.

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We rented a Jeepney (a common public transportation in the Philippines) from Barili going to the port of Badian Island. But before heading off to the Island, we make certain that we have a fully loaded cartoon of grocery items so we won’t starve to death.
Note: The Island has no Convenience store, far from civilization and don’t hold enough water supply.

A well favored adventure indeed. We were able to travel to this Island knowing that it is really expensive. But because I was with my circle of friends whose fond of traveling with less expenses then we were able to match the ideal expenses as expected. One of our friends who has a contact person from the Island were able to organize this adventure, from accommodation down to Island hopping.

We were able to reached the Island an hour before 12:00pm, we had our lunch and some repose. About 2:00pm, we went straight to Pescador Island which is commonly known for having the best place for diving and has an array of underwater species such as corals, fishes, and its like an underwater garden. The Island is also granting the best site for dolphin watching. But since, the best time to see the adorable dolphins is during the morning, me and my friends missed it.

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The house front area is just beautiful, the untouched white sand beach is just so perfect, the stunning colors of the sky when the sun slowly goes below the horizon is beyond compare. My friends were astonished, grinning from ear to ear, taking perfect selfies, trying to create some perfect jump shots under the lovely colors of the sky at the vast beauty of the sea and the perfect white powdery sand kissing their feet.

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The night is coming, the cloying sound of evening species has been just about the house, neighbors are quite far, an aberrant evening for us, it was peaceful, serene and a perfect evening to rest our jaded body.

Lambug Beach, Badian, Cebu.
On our second day, we got to another secluded beach front gateway to the South. The unspoiled Lambug Beach in Badian Cebu. The beach holds a long stretch of white dust like sand, crystal clear blue water, clear firmament above, and swimming in an uncrowded beach is like owning the whole beach. It is good to rest along the beach shoreline while listening to the wind blows and the calmness of the sea. The place is still under development, no high end Resort in the area, but it has many rentable cottages to rent on the shoreline. But so far the only resort that stands out in that location is the grandest Grandeur Beach Resort.

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Tilapia Fishing Village and Restaurant
Only few meters before Barili’s famous Mantayupan Falls, we dropped off to this roaring name of Tilapia Fishing Village and Restaurant to order some food. The place offers dinning, pond fishing, swimming pool, cottages, horse back riding, cottages and overnight accommodations. The place also provides an array of Tilapia menu’s that will certainly meet your craving.

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Mantayupan Falls, Barili, Cebu.
Our next destination is the dual-tiered Mantayupan falls nestled at the foot of Barili’s sprawling mountains and peacefully situated in the lush scenery green forest. The first tier is 14 meters high tiered waterfalls, splitting together and formed three layers which looks like they’re being disunited. The second level is the 98 meters high cascading falls that create a thundering roar as it plunges from its summit to its wide catchment basin. It is alleged to be the tallest waterfalls in the Province of Cebu. The second tier provides the atmosphere with a cooling mist, bluish green water, divulging its stunning natural beauty to every traveler, showing its unspoiled environment and deserves a visit even for a short period of time.

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Boloc-Boloc Springs
Aside from Mantayupan Falls, a comforting Boloc-black spring slowly spreading its name to every traveler due to its clear water and soothing ambiance. It has two swimming pools containing fresh water and smothered with green trees on both sides. But what got to every traveler and tourist to visit this place is the Mineral Hot Spring. It has Sulfuric water-fed swimming pool that can cure skin ailments and a sound remedy for your tiring body.

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This 2 days successful itinerary is impossible without the help of Emily and Michelle. I would wish to thank you both for every effort that you have exerted. Wielding your influence really saved thousands of money in exploring Badian Island.

If you desire to arrange a group travel just like what we did. You can email me your target date and other details at tuahlaiarielsamangka@gmail.com or you can freely contact this mobile number : +939273636821 (Globe) or +93331562536

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