Foreign Students study English in the Philippines because of its quality education, but for some students, learning and discovering the culture, the beauty and the rich history of the place makes their English journey more prosperous. So now! Here are some of the amazing mountains that everyone can try! The photos you will see are from the students of Pines International Academy who enjoyed every step of knowing English with their International Friends as they conquer the heights of the mountainous City! known as Baguio City!
Great! Now do something out of your comfort zone? try something new or something challenging; I will recommend these places as you experience a worthwhile feeling of appreciating nature.
- Mount Kalugong
(Japenese Students Enjoying the gloomy hike )The mountain was named Kalugong because of its rock formations on top of the mountain. “kalugong” is an Ilocano word that if translated in English “Cap”, locals believe that the mountain looks like a collection of caps. There are people living in Kalugong to preserve the cleanliness of the place and the small Nipa Huts representing the different tribes of the Cordilleran’s. Kalugong has a picnic ground suitable for families and friends; you can also have overnight with bonfire in the place with corresponding payment. But the challenging part of the mountain is the rock formation part; you need to be brave enough for you to see the astounding view of La Trinidad, Benguet. To know more about Mount Kalugong Clicke here to read the full students adventure Japanese and Koreans Conquer Mount Kalugong.
- Mount Ulap
A Fun way to practice spoken English is to meet new friends and accept the wonderful challenges to see a splendid scenery. If you want a more difficult and challenging mountain, Mount Ulap is best for you. It has a wide scope of mountainous views. It will take 4 to 5 hours to finish the trail and the result of your sweat and muscle pain is the beautiful scenery of the place. You can take jeepney from Baguio to Ampucao for about 40 minutes, head to the Barangay Hall of Ampucao for registration and you can now start your trek.
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- Mount Santo Tomas
These PIA students agreed to visit ” Cafe in the Sky”located in Santo Tomas or as the Foreign English students call “Mickey Mouse Mountain”. The cool and fresh breeze gives an amazing relaxation and a sigh of relief, it is a great break for students from their busy schedule as University students.
The famous tourist spot where people can visit by car is Santo Tomas; if you prefer hiking then you can follow a trail to reach the top of the mountain. You can see a 360 view of Baguio City on Top. It is also commonly known as “Radar” for locals because of the satellite located on top. But, unfortunately, the place is currently close because of some cleanliness issue that was made by tourists. So if you will be visiting any mountains near or in Baguio City, you should always keep cleanliness in mind.
- Mount Yangbew/Jumbo
(Photo courtesy of Janet Mondata)This mountain is located at La Trinidad Benguet. It will only take less than 40 minutes to ride a Tomay jeepney from Baguio City to La Trinidad. You can just tell the driver to drop you off at Tawang Barangay. You can walk going to Tawang Elementary school and start your climbing experience. As you reach the top of the mountain, you can see the clouds surging through the mountains. The best time to hike is 6:00 am to 7:00 am for you to see the sun rise and 5:00pm to 6:00 pm for sun set view.
- Mount Pulag
(Photo by Angeli Pascua)The highest mountain in Luzon, You will be seeing the sea of clouds and you will also experience the cold weather. Mount Pulag is not recommended for beginner hikers, because of its difficulty, you first need to have a health certificate in order for you to take the trail. Well, you can choose a trail when you are at the registration area. You need to have 3 layers of clothes for your protection and of course sleeping bag and tent. After hours of trek you can take a rest at on top of the mountain and wait for the right time to see the beautiful sea of clouds.
—By Huller Dorothy Mondata
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