Mt. Gulugod Baboy, or Pigs Spine in English because of its similar formation to that spines of a pig, is a mountain situated in Mabini, Batangas with a Minor Climb specification and difficulty of 2/9. It can be reached by taking the trail in Brgy. Gasang or in Philpan Resort in Brgy. Anilao.
The climb was technically easy, the only thing that is going to stand in your way is the scorching heat of the sun. There are a lot of assault, but it is not that energy-draining. Upon reaching the summit, you can get to choose whether to set a camp near in Pinagbanderahan’s peak or Gulugod Baboy. The space between the two peaks is like a playground and the landscape is seemingly amazing.
How to Get There: Take a bus bound to Batangas, travel time is for two hours. The stop would be in Batangas Terminal and from there you can take a jeepney bound to Mabini. From Mabini, take a tricycle going to Philpan Dive Resort. For convenience, your group can rent the jeepney and you can ask the driver to bring you to the marketplace first to get the things that you need.
500: Assembly at Buendia Bus Terminal.
600: Departure to Batangas
900: Arrival at Batangas Terminal.
1000: Arrival at Philpan Dive Resort in Mabini, Batangas.
1100: Registration and Lunch
1400: Start trek to summit
1600: Arrival at the camp site
600: Wake up call
800: Break camp
900: Trek to the jump-off point
1100: Prep for Sumbrero Island
1200: Departure to Sumbrero Island
1230: Arrival and Lunch
1500: Departure back to Manila
Bus from Buendia to Batangas: 120php
Batangas Terminal to Philpan: 600php (divided by no. of pax)
Philpan to Batangas Terminal: 600php (divided by no. of pax)
Bus from Batangas to Manila: 140php
Registration Fee: 20php
Boat Rental: 2500php (divided by no. of pax)
Sombrero Island Fee: 150php
You can have a lot of choices for your side trip. If you are taking the trail in Brgy. Gasang, you can search for the waterfalls there or any virgin beaches. If you will take the trail in Philpan, you can have a side trip to Sombrero Island and other neighboring islands in Mabini.
After the climb and the beachineering, you can sip a hot bowl of tasty Bulalo in one of the Bulalo shops near the terminal before going back to Manila.
Globert Sapunto: 09215739964 / for the boat rental and guide
Jeepney Driver: 0999429864