Friday, May 25, 2012

Mt. Cabuyao


The BACKPACKERS in front of the enormous radar on top of Mt. Cabuyao

After our thrilling ride along the dirt path of Mt. Sto Tomas, we headed to its lower twin peak: Mt. Cabuyao. If the former's summit is represented by a tower, Mt. Cabuyao's is marked by two huge radars. They look like discs on top of a mountain when you happen to notice it from Baguio City. These radars are said to be a project of the Americans during their occupation of the Philippines. They used it to detect all aerial vehicles approaching our country. Quite impressive. Unfortunately, these are no longer working and are just being guarded by some locals and soldiers. (Guarding the radars from what? That we did not find out. Maybe from those who might attempt to smuggle its heavy metals?) Despite the inactivity, these colossal structures became a benchmark of the mountain over the years. And our group had the privilege of having a face to face encounter with the radars.

The green vegetation at Mt. Cabuyao
Lost In Love attempted to enter the military gate but was immediately halted by some of the soldiers inside. We then expressed that we just wanted to visit the radar. They asked our driver to move Lost In Love out of the premises of the military base and gave us permission to enter. A local approached us who asked us for a 5Php entrance fee, hmmmm... I haven't read or heard anything about a fee being imposed at Mt. Cabuyao. Anyway, we paid him and we finally entered the summit-slash-military base of Mt. Cabuyao. We learned that there is a cave that can be explored in the area. They said some human remains still lie inside that cave. I would have been ecstatic to go on a spelunking trip in Benguet but since it was not part of our itinerary, we did not head towards the cave. Instead, we went up the hill to see the radar and marvel at the view that Mt. Cabuyao offers. There was not any major difference from the view from Mt. Cabuyao summit and at the summit of the much higher Mt. Sto. Tomas. As a matter of fact, the latter was more breathtaking for it offered us the view of the western side where South China Sea was visible. But the rare chance of having a close encounter with a once powerful radar was  something to be considered worthwhile.

Marion Paulo - our one and only guest
during our Benguet adventure

It is worthy to note that we actually used up the minimal registration fee that was collected earlier for we were given a chance to use the comfort room of the shack just outside the military base. The comfort room although for public use, was clean and had cool and refreshing water. But there was only one restroom so the others had to pile up in a queue. While some waited for their turn to use the comfort room, the others prepared and ate breakfast. It was the perfect time to get to know our four inductees and our guest, Marion Datu. After staying at Mt. Cabuyao's summit for at least thirty minutes, we rode Lost In Love again and prepared for a long ride from Tuba, Benguet to Bokod, Benguet.


April and Chons
Ivan at the summit of Mt. Cabuyao
Jovy and the radar behind her
Weng, Chons and Clue just outside the military gate

"...we rode Lost In Love again and prepared for a long ride from Tuba, Benguet to Bokod, Benguet."

How to ride with style around the Cordilleras? TRY JEEPNEY TOPLOADING!

Many of us had a very exhilarating and exciting ride on top of Lost In Love on our way to the towns of Bokod and Kabayan in Benguet. ^.^



Next stop: 

The THIRD HIGHEST MOUNTAIN in our country, 

the HIGHEST in Luzon


but before the main article, the exciting ROAD TO MT. PULAG post is next

***Special credits to Tin, Liz, Clue, Des and Frank for the pictures

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