text | Carla Ocampo and Lester Valle
photography | Carla Ocampo, Wing Larase and Lester Valle
“Ay, Maculot… Paboritong bundok.”
- Axel Pinpin, Pilipinong makata
ELEVATION | DIFFICULTY: Maculot Rockies: ~ 706 meters above sea level (MASL); Maculot Summit: ~ 830 meters above sea level (MASL) | Class 1
COORDINATES: 13°55’14.44″N 121° 2’30.95″E
Not too many people would realize that the view from Mt. Maculot— one of Batangas‘ most celebrated mountains— is world-class beauty.
With its oft-mentioned toothed Rockies gifting hikers with an unobstructed vista of the Taal Lake and Volcano (a geologic wonder, cited in books the world over), the perspective that Maculot offers is a hundred times better— and fresher— than that of tourist-frequented, infrastructure-defaced, smog-invaded Tagaytay City in the neighboring province of Cavite (although the lure of Tagaytay is an altogether different story). Read the rest of this entry »