One word to describe this place: STUNNING. Every time I go to a new place, I always put my expectations down. Yes, I do some research and I can see all these beautiful photos but trust me, once you experience it yourself, the result is just so different. Mt. Gulugod Baboy in Anilao, Batangas is what I can call “pure beauty”. Rolling hills plus a scenic view of Batangas with the West Philippine Sea in the background touching the skies, it will just leave you in awe. And for only Php 600, what more can I ask for? So here it is: a complete Travel and Budget Guide to the famed Mt. Gulugod Baboy of 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
Escape From Manila
The easiest and cheapest way to get to Batangas is through a bus from Taft-Buendia. If you’re coming from the north (just like I am), you can ride the LRT line 1 and drop off at Gil Puyat station. From there just walk towards the bus terminal. We rode the DLTB Co. bus (they have free wi-fi!). Bus fare is Php 157 / 125 (student). Drop off at the Grand Terminal.
From the Grand Terminal, ride a jeep and drop off at Mabini. Fare is Php 35. Then ride a tricycle to the barangay. Just tell the driver you’re going to Mt. Gulugod Baboy or Philpan Dive. Fare is Php 40/head.
Portraits on the Mountain
Entrance Fee to Philpan Dive Resort – Php 60Tricycle to Mabini- Php 40 / head