Mount Apo is a large solfataric, potentially active stratovolcano in the island of Mindanao, Philippines. With an elevation of 2,954 metres (9,692 ft) above sea level, it is the highest mountain in the Philippine Archipelago and is located between Davao City and Davao del Sur province in Region XI and Cotabato province in Region XII. The peak overlooks Davao City 45 kilometres (28 mi) to the north ...
east, Digos City 25 kilometres (16 mi) to the southeast, and Kidapawan City 20 kilometres (12 mi) to the west.
Mount Apo Natural Park News
Almost a year after it recovered following a 100-hectare forest fire, Mt. Apo remains one of the hardest climbs to conquer among the steep mountains of Mindanao island.
Dubbed the "grandfather of Philippine mountains" by trekkers, Mt. Apo is not only the highest mountain in the country, but is also home to the largest eagle in the world--the Philippine Eagle or monkey-eating eagle, as well as a wide variety of flora and fauna.
To reach the summit, trekkers can use either of the two main routes from different sides of the mountain: the Kidapawan trail in Cotabato, and the Kapatagan trail ...
Trekking activities to Mt. Apo via Sta. Cruz trail in Davao Del Sur are fully booked until April 2018 but it will be closed during Holy Week from March 25 to 31, Sta. Cruz Tourism officer Julius Paner said.
Paner said they received several reservations for the summer season as Sta. Cruz is the most preferred trail because of the added adventure offered by the boulders on the way to the peak.
Aside from Sta. Cruz, Kidapawan City and Magpet town in North Cotabato also opened a year after a massive fire destroyed the peak of Mt. Apo on March 26, 2016, a Black Saturday. As a result, an "ind ...
"Lumad" is a Visayan term meaning "native" or "indigenous," a word adopted by some ethnic groups to distinguish themselves from Mindanaoans who are Moro or Christian.
Indigenous peoples in Mindanao had been awarded certificate of ancestral domain title (CADT) by the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP). A CADT determines and defines the boundaries of ancestral domain and ancestral lands of a community or a tribe.
The 1987 Constitution and Republic Act No. 8371 (the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act of 1997) recognize that indigenous Filipinos own ancestral lands on which their fa ...
Mighty standing 2954masl, Mt. Apo earned the title of being the highest amongst all landforms across the Philippine archipelago. At least thats what our teachers taught us, but aside from this fact, how well do we know the grandfather of the Philippine mountains? What are the secrets long-kept by the locals and only made known to those who choose to follow the scrambling path to its peak?
Come January 15, Pag-asa which means "hope" in Tagalog will turn 26 years old. The male Philippine eagle is the first of its species to be bred and hatched in captivity. It was the result of a long and tedious work of the Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF) in Malagos at Calinan District to save this very rare bird found only in the Philippines.
"Pag-asa connotes hope for the continued survival of the Philippine eagle, hope that it people get together for the cause of the bird, it shall not be doomed to die," explains Dennis Joseph I. Salvador, the PEF executive director.
For a year, the s ...
Gomanan, where the metal tools are forged.
The Gomanan or forge is central to the culture and traditions of the Bagobo-Tagabawa. From this forge, where blacksmiths make their farm tools and weapons, the Bagobo Tagabawa of Mt. Apo carved their living as farmers, forest harvesters, and hunters.
"In all, a Gomanan is more than just an instrument, it represents a way of life and cosmology that is unique to the Bagobo-Tagabawa of Mt. Apo," reads the Culture-based Conservation Publication 03 of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, the Sinab'badan kag Tugal'lan Ka Sibulan, Cemex, and ...