Remembering Mt. Manunggal & Magsaysay

Well, for some, Mt. Manunggal is something new to their ears – Mt. What? Where’s that? For some piece of history, Mt. Manunggal, a rather unknown place became a landmark because of a tragedy. Perhaps, among a handful of fast Philippines Presidents who were genuinely ‘loved’ by the masa (common folks), President Ramon Magsaysay‘s supposedly messianic leadership ended abruptly when his plane crashed on the mountain. There were different stories on how the plane crashed – and I did managed to talk to some folks who swore they saw a thing engulfed in flames and bumped on the mountain’s rocky facade just below the summit.

Foggy Mt Manunngal from FOTOpages.comMt. Manunggal, claimed to be Cebu’s highest peak, is located in central Cebu and is part of Balamban, a municipality along the central-western side of Cebu province. When you’re on top (but I haven’t been to it’s summit – a tower of sharp rocks which can be reached only by experienced rock climbers). Rock climbing was still not that popular in the early 90’s when I climbed the mountain (perhaps, a dozen of times).During those days, going to Tabunan, a town where the trail going up the mountain can be found, took about 4-6 hours, and we go there using a military 6×6 truck – as it is the only mode of transport that can pass by narrow roads with deep ravines on the side. There was no highway going there during that time. I heard a new transcentral highway is already built going to Balamban today.

( To be continued…)


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  1. […] Remembering Mt. Manunggal & Magsaysay – Part 2 This is a long post, so I decided to break this post into two series. Hope you get to read the first part. This is part 2 of the on Remembering Mt. Manunggal and Magsaysay. […]

  2. Is there anything we can do about this annual Mt. Manunggal gathering. I think this kind of activities should be discourage coz instead of helping save the mountains we are campaigning to have impact in it!

  3. Yeah, I think you’re right. I heard that people can now go up Mt. Manunggal using a transport like motorbikes. If true, that’s very unfortunate. Before, we use the Tabunan trail in going up – making sure we follow the age-old mountaineering code – Don’t leave anything on top – bring back all your trash and don’t leave other marks.

  4. is the controversy of the crash of the plane of Magsaysay true?
    is there any sabotage that happened?
    where can i get the appropriate reference for it..
    i need it for my history subject.

    hoping for your reply.

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