Tuesday, January 10, 2012

mantalongon cebu

 
all the while i thought Cebu was dependent on the nearby provinces in terms of crops as it has achieved big time in the manufacturing and tourism sectors. but Mantalongon has revealed so much thus it was a big surprise for me to found the side of Cebu that i never knew. 
if Baguio is the summer capital the Philippines, Cebu considers the municipality of Dalaguete particularly the mountain range of Mantalongon as their own summer capital. a spot that covers Cebu's highest peak and holds Cebu's coolest breeze.
 
but as one would expect a summer capital to have many options for an overnight stay, this town holds a few. as the most preferred stay here would be to camp over Osmena peak. in our case, we were offered the option to stay overnight in a barangay hall. yes in a barangay hall.
 
Mantalongon is different from the typical towns in the Philippines, its central area is composed of a small playground, the bus terminal, the public market, the covered court while the barangay hall and the church is located far from it.
 
a morning walk on a weekend gives one the chance to experience up close Mantalongon's market day. the town's covered court is converted into a large vegetable market. here vegetables are sold by baskets. large, packed and heavy. 
 
 
despite a tiring day that comes out of hard work on a busy market day, i believe i found one of the best reasons that kept the locals motivated to work. the genuine smile of the little ones.
Profile:
Barangay: Mantalongon
Altitude: 900MASL
Municipality: Dalaguete
Province: Cebu
Region: Central Visayas
Island: Cebu

Location: 
Distance from Cebu: 90km
GPS Location: 
9' 50'' 9 N
123' 26'' 8 E

How to get there:
By commuting:
[1] From Cebu City, take a bus to Dalaguete from the Cebu South Terminal or buses that is bound to Boljoon and Oslob which will also pass by Dalaguete. (2.5hours due to some stopover)
[2] From Dalaguete, look for the crossing where motorbikes or locally known as habal-habal that will bring you to the small humble town of Mantalongon.
By car or private vehicle:
[1] Go directly to Mantalongon via the Cebu South road and take a right turn from the Dalaguete crossing to Mantalongon market (2.5hours).
[2] You can park your vehicle somewhere around town.

eskapo recommends:
1. if in case you plan to stay overnight in Mantalongon, you can approach the barangay hall which offers an overnight sleepover room for a minimal fee.

33 comments:

Photo Cache said...

did you climb here too? is this part of your trek?

lakwatserong tatay said...

wow...ang ganda siguro ng lugar...nagtrek din kayo rito...

Tara said...

i've been to dalaguete way back 1995ish and i remember our host brought us to an elevation, it could be this place where there were so much things happenings just like the street sabong. oh, i miss these kinds of trips.

Traveling Hawk said...

it's so nice to see such vivid places, full of people...nice portrets, dong ho!

Meikah said...

I don't know if this is the place that my grandfather would often mention. But I clearly remember (I can still even hear he says the word - lol) that he would talk about this place often. :)I haven't been there, though. Hope to visit Cebu and see the places of my grandfather soon.

Rizalenio said...

You introduced a lot of new places to me here in our country that was so foreign to me via your site. Thanks a lot, Idol.

Parang nagcrave ako sa ginisang sayote. :)

dong ho said...

>photocache, it's the gateway before the trek.

>lakwatsero, ito yung gateway sa trek to osmena peak. reachable by motorbike, jeepney or bus.

>tara, i envy you for having the chance to see this town in 1995. i would for sure love the place even more.

>traveling hawk, my kind of place.

>meikah, it's just so good to find out that you're the second person to comment about mantalongon years back.

>rizalenio, it was just a coincidence that this was the gateway to osmena peak. great find.

gillboard said...

can't wait to see the sights in this trip. :)

soloflightEd said...

ayos na ayos yung market! galing talaga ng mga profile shots mo Dom! You have these cool aura that makes it easy for people to say yes when you ask them to take their pictures!

Pinoy Adventurista said...

ang galing nung picture ng batang lalaki... great smile!

it's the first time i've heard about Mantalongon... hope maka visit din ako dyan at ma-try matulog sa batangay hall... ^_^

Chyng said...

=)
pag wala pang mukha/feature sa google, yun ang pupuntahan mo. now you have placed mantalongon in google search.

CNA Training Online said...

Ngayon ko lang narinig tong Mantalongon ah.. mukhang magandang puntahan. Nung nasa visayas ako noon ang napuntahan ko lang ay negros oriental at occidental.. mukhang nagka interes akong pumunta.. galing .. ganda ng mga pics..

lakbay philippines said...

at natulog sa brgy hall! galeng! :)

we did research in mantalongon last year about their rudimentary system of market. found out farmers only get a few pesos of the heavy vegetables they carry of about at least 80kgs. over tens of kilometers. downhill. hay, i still have my notes of the market setup. probably i should have told you guys about it when we went there. si eds man gud, cge'g pangita'g folder.

dong ho said...

>gillboard, next stop is already on our way down to badian.

>ed, hahaha... salamat. ganda ng market na yon. dami pa tuloy di naisama dito sa post.

>mervs, sana nga madaan mo rin itong bahagi ng cebu.

>chyng, hahaha... this time focusing on the people kasi kakatuwa makita yung dami ng tao sa lugar.

>CNA, thanks! really hoping that you can visit this part of cebu. a bit isolated but it's worth it.

>lakbay, sana nga kung mahaba haba lang pa talaga yung oras natin dun. kakalungkot din maisip na di naman talaga sila ang kumikita ng malaki. hahaha... yang folder na yan di ko malilimutan.

Eki said...

Thanks for telling me it was Super Mario, Dong Ho.

These pictures are remarkable. You captured the spirit of the place and the people very well.

Borneo Falcon said...

This reminds me of the small towns in my place.

SandyCarlson said...

These faces are striking!

Elal Jane L. Lasola said...

Your post reminds me of rural life which I have experienced during summer in a province (Bayawan) of my mom in Negros. Kaya napabasa ako tuloy sa Dalaguete na place, sounds like sa Dumaguete. Hehe Cool potrait shots! :)

asiong32 said...

wow, parang baguio nga. marami rin silang sayote! i love the pics dom!

joan | the backpack chronicles said...

great captures!! at yung ngiti ng bata = PRICELESS!!

Reena said...

ang lalaki naman nung mga sayote! great pics!

Raft3r said...

wow
ok to ah
sakto
im heading to cebu for work
sana may time para magliwaliw
hehe

docgelo said...

ang husay ng kuha sa sayote!
isa akong taga-hanga, dom! haha! :D

lakwatsera de primera said...

great work Dom, I learned about a new place again :)

Christian | Lakad Pilipinas said...

excellent documentary Dong!

Bengbeng said...

The people shots are so natural and great. Thanks for sharing on this place.

Raft3r said...

happy chinese new year, dong
greet mo naman malibay
bday nya
hehe
thanks

makati office space said...

This will be my nonliterary when I go backpack trekking in Cebu this year. My trip will be based on urban and rural trekking.

Ramon Austin said...

Thank you for promoting tourism in the Philippines. Actually, aside from the beautiful tourist spots, why don't you try starting your business in the country? There are so many office spaces that are all for rent.

Anonymous said...

Been there many times.. mantalongon is the foot of osmena peak and osmena peak is very famous to most of the mountaineering group here in cebu. (Especially for the newbies). It's an easy 2 hours trek. When u reach on top u will see the east and west coast of cebu and the what we called the chocolate hills of cebu.. (the mountain peaks look like hersheys kisses chocolate) there is a campsite just few steps from the peak or u can camp at Manong Ezars backyard which is close to the water source. This is one of the best mountains we've climb, where farmville comes to life, it's the coolest place in cebu, and the gateway to kawasan falls (we traverse to kawasan for 6 hours, a day trek we most love to do).

Anonymous said...

Been there many times.. mantalongon is the foot of osmena peak and osmena peak is very famous to most of the mountaineering group here in cebu. (Especially for the newbies). It's an easy 2 hours trek. When u reach on top u will see the east and west coast of cebu and the what we called the chocolate hills of cebu.. (the mountain peaks look like hersheys kisses chocolate) there is a campsite just few steps from the peak or u can camp at Manong Ezars backyard which is close to the water source. This is one of the best mountains we've climb, where farmville comes to life, it's the coolest place in cebu, and the gateway to kawasan falls (we traverse to kawasan for 6 hours, a day trek we most love to do).

Anonymous said...

Been there many times.. mantalongon is the foot of osmena peak and osmena peak is very famous to most of the mountaineering group here in cebu. (Especially for the newbies). It's an easy 2 hours trek. When u reach on top u will see the east and west coast of cebu and the what we called the chocolate hills of cebu.. (the mountain peaks look like hersheys kisses chocolate) there is a campsite just few steps from the peak or u can camp at Manong Ezars backyard which is close to the water source. This is one of the best mountains we've climb, where farmville comes to life, it's the coolest place in cebu, and the gateway to kawasan falls (we traverse to kawasan for 6 hours, a day trek we most love to do).

Anonymous said...

Been there many times.. mantalongon is the foot of osmena peak and osmena peak is very famous to most of the mountaineering group here in cebu. (Especially for the newbies). It's an easy 2 hours trek. When u reach on top u will see the east and west coast of cebu and the what we called the chocolate hills of cebu.. (the mountain peaks look like hersheys kisses chocolate) there is a campsite just few steps from the peak or u can camp at Manong Ezars backyard which is close to the water source. This is one of the best mountains we've climb, where farmville comes to life, it's the coolest place in cebu, and the gateway to kawasan falls (we traverse to kawasan for 6 hours, a day trek we most love to do).

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