This is not mine but from Balamban Councilor Dave Karamihan (for the uninitiated, Balamban is a town in Cebu province, Philippines and encompasses Mt. Manunggal, the peak where then president Ramon Magsaysay’s plane crashed decades ago). I am printing this here for everybody’s info. Here it is:
I am inviting everybody this March 14-15 for the 52nd “Paghandum ni Magsaysay Annual Adventure Trek” in Mt. Manunggal, Balamban, Cebu. This is in commemoration of the death of “The Guy”, President Ramon Magsaysay, whose plane crashed in Mt. Manunggal in 1957.
There is a properly laid out campsite near the crash site and monument. We have comfort room facilities for men and women— not the portalet types, but real shower areas and toilet seats with running water— for the weekend warrior, non-hardcore, non-pit-digging, casual mountaineer kuno.
There are food stalls (barbekyuhan) where you can buy your lunch, dinner, pulutan and breakfast. Or you can bring your own provisions and have them cook it for your for free, este for a fee.
You can stay for the day to get your dose of greenery and or history. Or stay overnight and party with fellow campers for the San Miguel Beer-sponsored concert. Yours truly will be the emcee so if you or your group want to be acknowledged, I’ll be mighty proud to do so. Just bring your tents, sleeping bags, jackets and windbreakers- –plural ha as temperatures can be as “warm” as 25C or as cool as 10C.
Campsite is accessible from two areas, from Barangay Tabunan in Cebu City where you trek uphill for about 2-4 hours or via the Magsaysay access road where you trek down for 10-15 minutes depending on the weather. Take your pick. The access road is accessible even for cars. We have ample parking spaces. Just be prepared to walk if you come in late in the afternoon or early evening.
We have also a pickup point in JY square at about 6 am-7 am where three dumptrucks, yes, dumptrucks, will be picking up campers for Mt. Manunggal. They can either dump, er, drop you off at Barangay Tabunan or the Magsaysay Access Road. Don’t worry, our dumptrucks were never used to haul garbage, at least as far as I know. (Hehehe)
Security is not a problem. We have different levels of security, from batuta-wielding tanods to Humvee-riding Scout Rangers from the 78th infantry Battalion. We have standby medical personnel with ambulance just in case.
This event has been ongoing for the past 15 years so you can be assured that all precautions have been put in place security-wise, safety-wise, comfort-wise and entertainment-wise.
We also have different sporting events like the “2nd Paghandum ni Magsaysay(PNM) On the Spot Painting Contest,” “4th PNM Adventure (Climbathon) Race” all on March 14; “6th PNM Mountain Bike Challenge” on March 15.