Cavite has always been one of the go-to places for hikers from Metro Manila, the other one being Rizal. From our house in Maragondon, two mountains can be easily reached: Mt. Pico de Loro and Mt. Marami. You can check the travel guide for Mt. Pico de Loro here.
TIPS BEFORE YOU GO
- If you don’t have packed lunch or baon of any sort, you may buy from Naic when you get off of the bus. Jollibee and McDo are right across of each other.
- Bring lots of water as there is only one water source and it’s situated near the summit. But there are also vendors selling cold water, buko, and halo-halo for a relatively higher price.
- Bring a cap and arm sleeves because it can get really hot in some parts.
- Even though its difficulty level is 3/9, I wouldn’t recommend it to beginners for a day hike. We came across some hikers who were really close to crying.
The jump-off to Mt. Marami is at Brgy. Ramirez, Magallanes, Cavite. From our house, it only took us around 30 minutes (plus 30 more because we got lost the first time). We were there at around 12pm and had to pay P20 per head for the registration and P1000 for the guide (overnight rate).
We started at around 1 in the afternoon. Because of the rain the previous days, the trail was still muddy and dotted with cow dung every three steps or so. With a difficulty level of 3/9, I didn’t expect it to be that hard but the long continuous uphill segments made it so. Plus, we were carrying lots of water, tents, and food.
It was already past 5 when we decided to set up camp less than hour away from the summit. We had dinner early because there wasn’t anything to do, really. Too bad we didn’t have alcohol.
At 6am the next morning, we continued to the summit and reached it after 30 minutes. We were greeted by the panoramic view of Maragondon, accompanied by strong winds. We could see Mt. Pico de Loro and other mountains from Batangas (which I couldn’t recognize).
Going to the Silyang Bato requires utmost care. The base is separated by a ditch so we had to jump across.
We went back to our camp site by 8am and had breakfast: coffee, egg, century tuna, and some bread. Shortly after, we fixed our things and collapsed the tents and started our descent.
At around lunch time, we were already back at the baranggay hall. 🙂
HOW TO GET THERE
- By private vehicle
- You can search for ‘Brgy. Ramirez, Magallanes’ in Waze or Gmaps.
- By commute
- From HK Sun Plaza, ride a bus going to Naic/Ternate (P60, 1.5hrs). Get off at Mcdonald’s, Naic or BDO.
- Ride a tricycle to Naic Terminal (P10, 5 mins).
- Take jeepney to Magallanes (P35, 1 hr).
- Take a tricycle to Brgy. Ramirez Barangay Hall (P30, 20 mins).
|Roundtrip Fare from HK Sun Plaza||P250|
|Guide (for 6 persons)||P167|