The Mystical Mountain of Maria Makiling


Mt. Makiling is a popular hiking destination. The two major trails begin at the UPLB College of Forestry and Brgy. San Miguel, Sto. Tomas, Batangas. The UPLB trail is more commonly used, taking 4–5 hours to reach the summit (Peak 2). However, this trail is closed as of October 2007 due to trail damage wrought by Typhoon Xangsane on September 2006. The other trail from Sto. Tomas passes by other peaks, is more difficult, and requires 6–7 hours to reach the summit. Both trails are generally established and safe, although throughout the years there have been occasional reports of fatal accidents and injuries, especially on the Sto. Tomas side” (

Special Concerns

“During the rainy season, Mt. Makiling is infested with limatik, especially between 600-1000 MASL. Be careful also with the plants and trees, some of them, such as the poison ivy varieties, have pruritic (itch-causing) substances, or thorns. There are reported sightings of snakes but these have become rare nowadays. There are no water sources beyond the Nursery, it is advisable to bring at 2 liters up. Trails can get very slippery on the final 200 meters. But there are station signs from 1-30 (yellow metal cards) — if you do not see one for 30 minutes, review your tracks. Cellphone signal, for its part, is ample in the mountain. Sun cover is so complete there’s no need to wear sunblock. Rain protection is more important, since sudden showers are common in Mt. Makiling” (


Whatever the stories say, there are only three things I remember about Mt. Makiling when I conquered it: astounding views, the pitcher plants and the threat of limatik (blood leeches) inhabiting the “offal” of the mountain. The latter may have prevented me from savoring the place literally but it was not enough to kill the agog spirit of adventurer in me.

No wonder the mountain is probably the most preserved in the country because of this mighty army of limatik.

– Mt. Makiling is my sixth subdued mountain (03 August 2010).

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13 Comments Add yours

  1. ramoncito17 says:

    I have always been fascinated with Mt. Makiling. But have to say I could not see the silhouette of the “diwata” when passing by the Mountain on a few trips going to Batangas. Liked your take on it and your encounter with the limatik on the mountain. Thanks for the pictures you posted as well.


    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      Limatiks are the mighty monsters of the place, ironically. Lookin’ on the bright side, I am really happy that those creatures are there … to guard the forest. Got only a few pictures because our “take fives” were as limited as the oils in the the Middle East now.


  2. silentpal says:

    What part of Mt. Makiling did you summited? we took a day hike at Makiling Traverse near UP Los Banos and I get in touch with limatik experience and it is really all fun getting rid of them ahaha. love you post.


    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      The highest peak. We did a MACTRAV so so we’d passed the highest point.


      It rained during the time we reached the LIMATIK ZONE. That explains why I only had a limited photo. Further, the we were consumed by getting out of the said zone that taking pictures became completely a NO priority but running and limatik check from time to time.


  3. cobbies69 says:

    you got some really great pictures…;)


    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      Salamat (thank you), Cobbie!


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  5. freeclimbers says:

    you did the Sto Tomas trail here right?


      1. freeclimbers says:

        i heard it is harder than Los Banos’ but offer better features. Hoping to do it some other time. Nice post anyway


  6. Good Day Ma’am and Sir marami po bang rope segment paakyat at pababa ?


    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      Hi, John. Konting-konti lang ang “rope segment”. Actually wala nga yata eh. Enjoy ka sa akyat niyo and ingat.


  7. zaido says:



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