Mount Pulag (Pulog) is the 3rd highest mountain in the Philippines. It is Luzon's highest peak at 2,922 meters above sea level.
The mountain hosts 528 documented plant species. It is the natural habitat of the endemic Dwarf Bamboo, and the Benguet pine which dominates the areas of Luzon tropical pine forests found on the mountainside.
Among its native wildlife are 3 ...
3 bird species and several threatened mammals such as the Philippine Deer, Giant Bushy-Tailed Cloud Rat and the Long-Haired Fruit Bat. Mount Pulag is the only place that hosts the 4 Cloud Rat species.
It has one of the most diverse biodiversity of the Philippines, with the newly found (since 1896) 185 grams Dwarf cloud rat, Carpomys melanurus, a rare breed (endemic to the Cordillera) and the Koch pitta bird among its endangered denizens.
On February 24, 1964, a large part of the mountain was designated as a National Park with Proclamation No. 56. This act aims to preserve the environment around the mountain due to threats from increased development such as conversion to agricultural lands, timber production, hunting, and increased tourism.
The Ibaloi people of Benguet mummify their dead and house in caverns in the mountain. The Kabayan mummy burial caves, one of the main attraction of the site, is considered as Philippine National cultural treasures under Presidential Decree No. 432.
There has been trouble in the paradise of Ibaloi lore. Large parts of Pulag's mossy forest where the dwarf cloud rat was found last year had been logged over in the 1960s, and only a few large trees remain standing today.
Mount Pulag National Park News
Mount Pulag is Luzons highest peak at 2,926 metres above sea level. The borders between the provinces of Benguet, Ifugao, and Nueva Vizcaya meet at the mountain's peak. Wikipedia
The people in Kabayan, Benguet led by indigenous leaders and elders are set to perform rituals to appease the spirits at Mount Pulag after a fire destroyed about 5.9 hectares of grasslands there last month.
Clarita Prudencio, Benguet tourism officer, said the revered Mount Pulag is considered the playground of the gods guarded by spirits called "tinmongao."
It is sacred ground to the indigenous peoples here. The Ibalois of Benguet believe the souls of their departed loved ones go to this sanctuary.
"With the fire, the sacred grounds have been desecrated and the spirits in Mount Pulag ...
Elders of Kabayan want to appease spirits in the playground of the gods. Kabayan folk are seeking to administer appropriate rituals to appease the spirits of the sacred mountain following the torching of the 5.9 hectares of grasslands of Mount Pulag last month.
Provincial Tourism officer Clarita Prudencio said Mount Pulag, which is considered as the playground of the gods has been desecrated.
"In the belief of the Ibaloy, once they passed away, their soul goes to Mount Pulag. A desecration of our cultural beliefs has been made because we consider the mountain sacred and playground of the ...
The next time mountain hikers are allowed back to Mt. Pulag, they must bring along fire extinguishers to set up camp at Luzons highest peak, an environment official said here.
Pulag trekkers may be barred from climbing toward the summit for at least six months or until July, to allow the mountain to heal following a Jan. 20 fire started by hikers, said Ralph Pablo, Cordillera regional director of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
The hikers were cooking rice using a butane stove when it exploded, prompting a member of the group to hurl the stove toward the grass ...
The summit of Mt. Pulag, the highest peak in Luzon at 2,926 meters (9,600 feet) above sea level, is still off limits to hikers and trekkers, the provincial environment office said on Monday.
Teber Dionisio of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) office in Benguet, who is also the newly installed park superintendent, told the Philippine News Agency in a telephone interview that the Akiki Trail going to the summit is still closed to the public.
However, the park supervisor said hikers can visit the mountain as long as they pass through either the Ambangeg Trail or Bab ...
Benguet's highest mountain peak will be off-limits to hikers every Friday, Saturday and Sunday starting this January until May 2018.
The Mount Pulag National Park Protected Area Office posted this in its online page, as trekkers and hikers have already filled the slot during the weekends in a span of five months.
But hikers and trekkers can still be accommodated in the national park from Monday to Thursday provided they schedule in advance. This came even with the continued plea from the local government of Kabayan to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to regulate ...