It has been a while since I get back on my book blogging mojo. I was thinking if I should post this experience of mine with Mt. Hapunang Banoi in Rodriguez, Rizal, Philippines on my book blog. The other part of my brain keeps on saying no and the other side keeps on saying yes. Guess what side wins?
Anyway, if you know me. I am that Polar Bear who loves to wander and goes to wherever my spontaneity brought me. When 2018 started, the only way I know to get rid of my stress is to go to nature – which brought me to hiking. I went to three different mountains last January, none in February due to my upcoming licensure exam in March and due to my weak health condition. After passing the board exam, I decided to continue conquering mountains. I conquered the 3rd highest mountain in the Philippines, Mt. Pulag, as a registered pharmacist.
After all those experiences, I still yearn for some conquering of mountains. It is so unusual for a Polar Bear to have this kind of motivation. To reach the summit of the mountains in a tropical country which never ever been habited by Polar Bears like me.
Those trekkings turned into hiking that became mountain climbing in Mt. Hapunang Banoi. For those of you who are reading this and not familiar with the Filipino Language. “Hapunang” means Afternoon and “Banoi” is the Tagalog word for Eagle. You could call this mountain as the Afternoon Eagles or Afternoon for the Eagles. This terrain was once believed to be nested by the popular “Pambansang Ibon ng Pilipinas” or the National Bird of the Philippines which is the Eagle but during my hike up in the mountain, I never once see an Eagle. Those could have been myths but regardless of the name of the mountain, it is the hardest mountain to climb in Rizal said by our tour guide.
The outstanding limestone would never betray you. The stunning cinematic view of a forest will make your heart beats fast. The rock formations and the experience along the way is a memory to cherish because nature will make you appreciate them more.
Few things to keep in mind; Don’t forget to remember the golden rule, “Leave No Trace”, Bring 2 – 3L of water when going to a hike, Talk to your physician if you are fit to climb, Don’t forget to bring trail foods like chocolate, Love the nature and appreciate them because it will give you more than you expected and lastly, Be a responsible mountaineer.
If you are planning to visit the Philippines, I would like to suggest you try mountain climbing. It will bring you pain because of the difficulty of the trail or maybe the steep of the mountain ranges or probably the sharp rocks that you will encounter along the way but in the end, at the summit; You will not just find joy but also satisfaction in return.
This is the Royal Polar Bear bringing you closer to nature!
Also, If you are interested to hike Mt. Hapunang Banoi. You may contact Ma. Criztalyn Arevalo at 0929-2200-964. She is our tour guide and it will help her livelihood!