Mount Naupa Peak Trek in Naga Cebu
With a staggering height of 584 meters located in the City of Naga, Mount Naupa ranks as the 8th highest mountain in Central Visayas and the 1,106th highest mountain in the Philippines. Naga, being just 10 minutes away from home, made it all better and more interesting.
The grassy man-made trail
After lunch, we assembled with other trekkers at Lourdes Parish in Punta, Labangon. The multicab we hired to Lolo Tinong’s bakery in Tungkop, Minglanilla was full-packed with almost 20 people. From the bakery we hired a 2-person capacity motorcycle, with a combined fare of 100 pesos to Cogon Chapel, the jump-off point.
Stopover nearby bahay kubo restroom
The quarrying we saw halfway-through
The unpaved road was very muddy and wet that my friend Franco and I actually got stuck motionless at one point and needed to get off the motorcycle and walk a few steps ahead. I don’t know if it was just the road or the combined weight of the both of us that caused this embarrassing incident. LOL
Catching our breaths under the mango trees
Accidentally dropped my phone and got this shot
A rare sight just before sunset
Arriving with the others at the chapel, the supply load were then distributed to everyone. Along the way, we stopped to ask the residents of the right direction since there were a few changes to the trail. Halfway through, we saw the quarry. It was saddening since it destroyed the balance of the ecosystem and also the beauty of the view.
Early morning view of our campsite
Pushing forward, we saw the countryside full of trees and livestock and witnessed the simple life of the people living in the mountain barangays. The ascent took us almost an hour just in time to reach the campsite at about five in the afternoon. We climbed a few more steps from the campsite to the highest peak to get the best seats to see the sunset.
Recording a music video at the highest peak
When the obligatory group pictorials were over, I stayed behind to record “Adam Sandler’s – Grow Old With You”. Since the sky was already getting dark, I went back to the campsite to set up my outdoor hotel. We then unloaded our supplies for the night and cooked our dinner cowboy-style.
Follow the leader
We had the socials night after eating where we got to know a little bit of each other. We then played the Categories Game through a bisaya song of which was new to me. Basically, you just have to pick a category and give an example of that category (e.g. Car brands – Toyota). The one who can’t give an answer will sing or dance for everybody. We then had some rhum to fight off the cold while singing popular #hugot songs.
I slept like a baby until dawn when I FELT LIKE SOMEONE OR SOMETHING WAS MOVING OUTSIDE LIKE A LARGE BIRD FLAPPING ITS WINGS. I thought it was a “wakwak”, or “aswang”. Then it dawned on me that I was actually in Naga! The town, old folks warned me about when i was a kid. The town, rumored to be full of these mythical creatures. Though I haven’t seen one in real life, I just know and feel that they exist lurking in the shadows. When the hair-raising noise finally died down, I mustered all the courage to take a quick peek outside my tent. My logical brain reasoned out that it was due to the strong winds hitting other tents and since there was no sign of any creature in the vicinity, it was definitely just a false alarm, or was it really? You be the judge.
I feel like I’m the king of the world
It took awhile for me to see another lady all alone outside since it was still four in the morning. As it turns out, she also had trouble sleeping as well. So I talked to her for awhile and then went back inside my tent to squeeze in a few extra minutes of sleep for energy.
Preparing our sumptuous canned goods dinner
A few hours later, the majority of the group woke up and prepared breakfast with non-stop questions on what transpired last night (who got wasted and other crazy stuffs). Some of us climbed back up to the highest peak to have a glimpse at the sun’s morning rays. After a few group pictures, we went back to the campsite to eat.
Rio de Janeiro pose
Since it was now past nine in the morning, the heat was already unbearable. We decided to take our tents down and pack our bags. We exited through Barangay Lanas and bought ice pops and some refreshments. We then bid goodbye and rode the motorcycle to the highway, then the jeepney back to our separate realities. It was indeed a weekend well spent!
Waking up early was worth it
Discussing last night’s crazy stories
A few days after the event, I tried to gather up all the pictures online. The weird thing was that I can’t seem to pinpoint the girl who I was talking with at dawn in the numerous group photos. Forget about it. Maybe it’s just my poor memory for names and faces.
Your closest friends were once strangers
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