December 15, 2011

Recollection: Mt. Kitanglad

On to the summit of Mt. Kitanglad.
Photo Credit: Brax Aligno

I have climbed Mt. Kitanglad twice when I was in college. It was on February 2005 and February 2007. I am a member of Earth Society of Mountain View College who hosted the event as an annual climb and clean-up drive.

Mt. Kitanglad stands as the 4th highest mountain in the Philippines next only to Mt. Pulag, Mt. Dulang-Dulang, and Mt. Apo. But according to our local guide, who is a native living at the foot of Mt. Kitanglad, and a member of the Mt. Kitanglad Guardian Volunteers (KGV), he said that they see and feel that Mt. Kitanglad is the highest in the Philippines.

According to a local legend, Mt. Kitanglad was named such because once upon a time, there was a great flood that covered the province of Bukidnon and only the summit of Mt. Kitanglad was seen as tall as a “tanglad”.

Mt. Kitanglad hosts a variety of plant and animal species. It is also home to the world famous Philippine Eagle, which makes it a major attraction to mountaineers and birdwatchers. (Consider yourself lucky if you can see a Philippine Eagle at Mt. Kitanglad). Mt. Kitanglad is just one of the mountains which belong to the Mt. Kitanglad Range and Natural Park. It was declared a National Park and a Protected Area many years ago by the Philippine Government.

The usual entrance to Mt. Kitanglad is through the highway junction at Impasug-ong, Bukidnon and can be climbed via two trails, the Intavas and Lupiagan trail.

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