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Date of trip: June 19, 2017 (Laguna Day)

Mt. Mabilog is a recommended hike even for starting mountain climbing enthusiasts, as it only stands about 428 MASL. Although it serves as a boundary between Nagcarlan and San Pablo City, the more commonly jump-off point going to its peak would be the latter, particularly through Barangay Sto. Angel. Locating this barangay is relatively easy since it is a common tourist destination in the city, as it is home to Pandin Lake, one of the seven crater lakes of San Pablo City (READ: Pandin Lake in San Pablo City, Laguna and Yambu Lake in Nagcarlan, Laguna: A Matching Beauty).

Before the start of the trek, visitors should register to the local Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management Council (FARMC), whose station is located in Pandin Lake. A member of the organization will also serve as guide of the visitors to the summit. Once you’re done with the registration and got your group a guide, you’re all set for the trek.

The trail is covered with medium to thick vegetation cover, providing shade to its visitors. Aside from protecting its visitors from the heat of the sun, it also increases the overall aesthetic value of the area. Relative to its neighboring mountains such as Mt. Makiling, Mt. Mabilog is considered to be lower. However, visitors should not underestimate the trek to its summit. Although the trek is short, around 50 percent of the trail is steep.

Our group reached the summit after two hours of trek. The summit of Mt. Mabilog has a lot of relatively flat areas, where visitors could rest while enjoying the fresh air, and the scenic views of the lakes, especially the twin lakes: Pandin and Yambu. Aside from the lakes, visitors could also enjoy the sight of different mountains in the area such as Mt. Kalisungan (READ: Mt. Kalisungan in Calauan, Laguna: A Hometown’s Treasure), and Mt. Makiling.

After spending some time at the summit to rest and take photos, we opted to descend. We had our lunch at one of the bamboo rafts in Pandin Lake. Since we finished our lunch early, we opted to also visit Bunga Twin Falls in Nagcarlan, which is less than an hour away from Pandin Lake via public transportation.

Bunga Twin Falls is a popular tourist destination in Nagcarlan. It is near Yambu Lake (i.e. this lake is being shared by Nagcarlan and San Pablo City, but the large percentage of the lake is within the political boundaries of the former). This destination is highly accessible from the town proper due to the availability of tricycles, and the good condition of the road. A visit to this tourist destination is recommended after a tiresome trek to Mt. Mabilog since the visitors could enjoy its cold waters and scenic view.

With the possibility of the occurrence of a strong rain, our group opted to travel back home. Although our trip was short, it was without a doubt a memorable one, as it is filled with laughter and wonderful memories.

When we left, we took nothing but pictures, we left nothing but memories.

Additional notes:

  • Currently, the visitors are required to get a guide from the organization.
  • It is important that you register before the start of the trek, for security purposes.
  • Always adhere to the garbage in, garbage out principle. Pls help protect our environment.
  • From Nagcarlan, the visitors may opt to travel back to San Pablo City by riding a jeepney, or ride a van going to Calamba City (or anywhere from Masapang, Victoria to Calamba City via National Road).
  • From Bunga Twin Falls, you need to take a 20 minute-walk upto the barangay road to get a tricycle.

 

Acknowledgements:

I would like to send my sincerest gratitude to the people who were with me during this trip.

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My ever curious Mt. Mabilog trekking buddies
Travel Guide (Los Baños , Laguna)
Route Mode of Transportation Estimated Travel Time
Los Baños (Oilvarez Plaza) to San Pablo City Jeepney (San Pablo City bound) 1.5 hour
San Pablo City to Barangay Sto Angel (Pandin Lake Jump Off point along the national road) Jeepney (Liliw or Ilog Bound) 25 minutes
Jump off point to Pandin Lake Foot 20 minutes
Pandin Lake to Mt. Mabilog Summit Foot 2 hours
Mt. Mabilog Summit to Pandin Lake Foot 45 minutes
Pandin Lake to the jump off point Foot 20 minutes
San Pablo City to Nagcarlan town proper Jeepney (Liliw Bound) 20 minutes
Nagcarlan town proper to Bunga Falls Tricycle 20 minutes

 

Travel Guide (Cubao)
Route Mode of Transportation Estimated Travel Time
Cubao to San Pablo City (7/11) Bus (Lucena City bound) 2.5 hours
7/11 (along the bus stop going to Lucena) to San Pablo City Proper Tricycle 15 minutes
San Pablo City to Barangay Sto Angel (Pandin Lake Jump Off point along the national road) Jeepney (Liliw or Ilog Bound) 25 minutes
Jump off point to Pandin Lake Foot 20 minutes
Pandin Lake to Mt. Mabilog Summit Foot 2 hours
Mt. Mabilog Summit to Pandin Lake Foot 45 minutes
Pandin Lake to the jump off point Foot 20 minutes
San Pablo City to Nagcarlan town proper Jeepney (Liliw Bound) 20 minutes
Nagcarlan town proper to Bunga Falls Tricycle 20 minutes

 

Estimated Budget (in Pesos)  
Transportation (one-way from Los Baños)  
Los Baños (Oilvarez Plaza) to San Pablo City 35
San Pablo City to Barangay Sto Angel (Pandin Lake Jump Off point along the national road) 15
San Pablo City to Nagcarlan town proper 15
Nagcarlan town proper to Bunga Falls 25
Transportation (one-way from Cubao/ Buendia)
 Cubao/ Buendia to San Pablo City (7/11)  135/127
7/11 (along the bus stop going to Lucena) to San Pablo City Proper  20
   
Transportation (one-way from Nagcarlan)  
Nagcarlan to Calamba City 80
   
Guide 350
   
Pandin Lake  
 Bamboo raft ride in Pandin Lake 180
Food package in Pandin Lake 200
Use of comfort rooms in Pandin Lake 5
   
Bunga Falls
Dressing area 5
Cottage 250
Life vest 70
Floater 40
Parking fee 15

 

Here are some photos during our Mt. Mabilog dayhike:

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start of our trek, after registration
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the bamboo rafts from afar
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the view of Pandin Lake along the trail
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start of ascend
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thick vegetation cover along the trail
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grasslands as tall as my tall friend
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taking photos of different floral species
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tibig fruits, with the Yambu Lake
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group photo at the summit, with Yambu Lake as backdrop
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an epic jump shot
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resting and posting
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going back to the registration area
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more photos of bamboo rafts

 

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view of friends swimming near the Binga Twin Falls
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some of the many cottages near the twin falls
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on top of the waterfalls
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Bunga Twin Falls
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