Mt. Pamitinan: Of Folklore and Freedom

Happy Independence Day, Philippines! Now why am I on Mt. Pamitinan?

For me, one of the best way to commemorate the National Holiday is to climb Mt. Pamitinan, primarily because of its historical significance.

So instead of going to the Aguinaldo Shrine, we chose to scale Mt. Pamitinan, at the foot of which the Katipunan Supremo himself, Andres Bonifacio tore cedulas and cried out “Viva La Independencia Filipinas!” as early as 1985.

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Tale of the Mountains of Montalban

Mt. Pamitinan makes for a good destination for a dayhike because of its proximity to Manila (barely 2 hours) and because of the number of activities that can be done here. Like Mt. Manalmon, one can choose to go spelunking at Pamitinan Cave and the so-called Bat Cave and still have time to scale another mountain of nearly the same height, Mt. Binacayan.

The Montalban Mountains also held Philippine myths. In the photo above, I am beholding a view that spurred folklore of the Herculean (or Chuck Norris-like?) character named Bernardo Carpio who was believed to have been supernaturally trapped between the mountains in attempts of suppressing him.

This supposedly allowed a river to course through and caused earthquakes whenever Carpio attempts to free himself. Interestingly, this is the same site as the West Valley Fault, whose future tremors the Metro now fears.
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Mt. Pamitinan’s Limestone Walls and Cliffs

At only 426 meters above sea level (MASL), Mt. Pamitinan only entails a short hike. The difficulty, however, lies in bouldering and scrambling among jagged limestone exposures that is scattered all over the trail. Wearing gloves is a must, as well as possessing high spirits for some pseudo-rock climbing.

What I love about Mt. Pamitinan is that even for a short climb, it affords of a beautiful view of Rodriguez (formerly Montalban), Rizal. Plus, its beautiful rock formations makes for a photogenic spot, as if emulating that Simba of Lion King shot raising a cub from a cliff.

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Picturesque view of long and winding Wawa river, lush greeneries from neighboring mountains Mt. Binacayan and Mt. Hapunang Banoy, natural land ridges and the Sierra Madre mountain range are also visible from Mt. Pamitinan.

The Solid Rock Peak

Bouldering to the peak of Mt. Pamitinan will be your last push to the top. In scaling the huge rock, one has to do a rope-free rock climbing. It is actually easier than it looks (although that didn’t stop me from chickening out a bit). The 360 view from the rock summit is just eye-popping. I loved the rich green hue of clustered mountains — the greenest I have ever seen!

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On the descent of Mt. Pamitinan, one can opt to make a side trip to Pamitinan Cave. Unfortunately, it was closed upon our arrival. So we made our way to the equally scenic Wawa Dam where weekend warriors go mountain biking and swimming with the family. An enjoyable view is the gigantic smooth, white rocks that peppers Wawa River, reminiscent of Tinipak River.

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Of folklore and freedom. Apart from the beauty the peak and even the foot of the mountain provides, I just love climbs that tell a story. Climb with us at TravelCompassPH.




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    June 22, 2015 at 10:58 AM

    Ang ganda ng kalikasan. Gusto ko rin yan mapuntahan. Sulit naman ang pagod

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    michelle co
    June 19, 2015 at 9:09 AM

    Must have been a great view from up there. Lucky are the few who get to trek.

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    June 19, 2015 at 8:34 AM

    Truth? Nothing, we didn’t do anything nor visit a place to commemorate independence day. We even had an American dinner, since we couldn’t find a Filipino restaurant that wasn’t packed! 🙂 All good, though! Good on you as you were able to pick the best location to represent Independence Day!

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    Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen
    June 19, 2015 at 2:41 AM

    What a cool way to celebrate Independence Day! Another great climb and conquer for you Sam!

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    Patty | MrsC
    June 18, 2015 at 9:57 AM

    I’ve been hearing a lot about that place, and I suppose it’s because it’s so easy to get to from Manila. Great instant nature escape.

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    June 17, 2015 at 10:46 PM

    Wow! Cool! Another successful climb. Want to try climbing too!

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    Channel Marie Imperial
    June 17, 2015 at 9:45 PM

    The view from the top is so picturesque! No wonder mountain climbers would go to great lengths and climb the mountains! Ang galing! Climb pa po kayo ng iba pang mountains! ^_^

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    June 17, 2015 at 7:40 PM

    One of my friends visited the same hiking spot. Now, I am curious if you were on the same adventure. 🙂

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    June 17, 2015 at 6:40 PM

    You picked a great way to celebrate this occasion. The views of the mountains are breath taking and def worth the effort. thanks for sharing

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    June 17, 2015 at 10:51 AM

    So far, there are two of you who have shared your Mt. Pamitinan climb this week. Did you go together? 🙂

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      Samantha C.
      June 17, 2015 at 4:43 PM

      Nope! I only went with my boyfriend. Who is the other one? 🙂

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    Jojo Vito
    June 17, 2015 at 12:19 AM

    with all the beautiful spots in the Philippines, I guess we travel bloggers has not yet covered everything……I get excited with the view and the activity at the Dam 🙂

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      Samantha C.
      June 17, 2015 at 4:42 PM

      I agree. I love how mountain climbing is becoming to be very popular in the country. We have so many of em!

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    June 16, 2015 at 10:28 PM

    I’m hearing a lot of wonderful mountains in our province but because I’m not physically fit, it makes me sad that I think I’ll never get the chance to see these views in person. 🙁

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      Samantha C.
      June 17, 2015 at 4:41 PM

      I don’t think you need to be fit! Maybe you need some preparations, but once you’re there, you really have no choice but to do it. That’s why I love climbing. It makes it harder for me to back out of challenges 🙂

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    June 16, 2015 at 9:24 PM

    extra ordinary way celebrating Independence day! ganda ng view kahit na malapitan akyatan 🙂

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    Franc Ramon
    June 16, 2015 at 9:03 PM

    I’ll tell my running and trekking friends about this. We’ve been high on views of trails and mountains lately.

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    R U S S
    June 16, 2015 at 7:41 PM

    Ang ganda talaga ng Pilipinas! I like the idea of being able to see a new place in the Philippines, much more climb a mountain. I’ll find time to have my own experience of Mt. Pamitinan. I like that it’s a short hike but the view from up there is beautiful!

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      Samantha C.
      June 17, 2015 at 4:40 PM

      Me too. I was really surprised that the hike is short but the view is priceless 🙂

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