Mount Makiling

Santo Tomas, Laguna

Mount Makiling, or Mount Maquiling, is a dormant volcano in Laguna province on the island of Luzon, Philippines. The mountain rises to an elevation of 1,090 m (3,580 ft) above mean sea level and is the highest feature of the Laguna Volcanic Field.

The volcano has no recorded historic eruption but volcanism is still evident through geothermal features like mud spring and hot springs ...

. South of the mountain is the Makiling-Banahaw Geothermal Plant. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) classify the volcano as potentially active.

Mount Makiling is a state-owned forest reserve administered by the University of the Philippines, Los Baños. Prior its transfer to the university, the mountain was the first national park of the Philippines. Mount Makiling National Park was established in 1933. However, it was decommissioned as a national park in 1963 when it was transferred to the University for use in forestry education and information. Now known as Mount Makiling Forest Reserve, it was declared an ASEAN Heritage Park in 2013.

Mt. Makiling is a popular hiking destination. The two major trails begin at the UPLB College of Forestry and Brgy. San Miguel, Sto. Tomas, Batangas. The UPLB trail is more commonly used, taking 4??"5 hours to reach the summit (Peak 2).

The second trail, known as Maktrav, starts in Sto. Tomas. This route is more difficult and requires 6??"7 hours to reach the summit. Both trails are generally established and safe, although throughout the years there have been occasional reports of fatal accidents and injuries, especially on the Sto. Tomas side. Climbers also frequently encounter leeches along the way.

Mount Makiling Forest Reserve National Park News

  • Discovering A Unique Museum At The Slopes Of Mt Makiling

    Discovering A Unique Museum At The Slopes Of Mt Makiling

    Tourist and visitors who have explored the hidden wonders of Laguna, especially the hot and cold springs in various towns nestled on the slopes of Mt. Makiling, fell short of discovering something different from the customary and natural museums that the province has to offer.

    For a two-hour journey from Manila, the Laguna towns of Bay and Calauan and their boundaries into Sto. Tomas, Batangas, now offer a great deal for travelers and adventurers even for free - more than just spending time in their relaxing getaways and vacation escapades.

    Next to the mystical and dormant volcano Mt. Ma ...

  • Toyota Adopts A Forest

    Toyota Adopts A Forest

    Toyota Motor Philippines chose to adopt a forest and to educate forest visitors on the value and beauty of nature.

    The Adopt-A-Forest program started in August, 2012 at the Makiling Botanical Gardens in Los Banos, Laguna, where TMP adopted a 10-hectare forest and a 3-hectare lot where it nurtured a Palm Forest Garden.

    Only on its eighth year, the program has achieved the ambitious aim to create a collaboration that supports sustainable management.

    Within a 10-hectare adopted forest, efforts to cultivate appreciation for the environment has led to conservation; and spreading education ...

  • Isuzus Forest Nurturing Program

    Isuzus Forest Nurturing Program

    Since 2001, Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) celebrated its anniversary with a Corporate Social Responsibility program to help protect the environment.

    In 2010, IPC focused its CSR initiative on reforestation, adopting a 13-hectare forest inside the Mt. Makiling Forest Reserve (MMFR) in Los Banos, Laguna.

    During its first year with this project, IPC planted more than 300 trees composed of 13 species. To encourage people to walk around, IPC constructed a 1.3-kilometer walkway for visitors and forest rangers.

    Every year since then, IPC, through its Isuzu Suppliers Association, would ...

  • Smart, Asean Biodiversity Center Pilot App-based Monitoring System

    An application is now available that could be used in monitoring and recording biodiversity information. Uploaded in smartphones, it is aimed that the data gathered would help improve analysis of ecological information.

    PLDT wireless unit Smart Communications Inc. and the Asean Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) have signed an agreement to deploy an environmental monitoring system in Asean Heritage Parks (AHPs).

    Called as Biosentinel, the pioneering monitoring system is an intelligent and user-friendly solution that can monitor and analyze ecological information. It will be piloted in the Phi ...

  • 6 Na Agila Pinakawalan Sa Makiling Forest Reserve

    6 Na Agila Pinakawalan Sa Makiling Forest Reserve

    Malayang nakalipad sa natural nilang tahanan ang 6 na serpent eagle matapos pakawalan sa Makiling Forest Reserve, Lunes.

    Ayon sa Department of Environment and Natural Resources, ang 6 na agila ay ilan lamang sa mga nailigtas ng ahensya. "These animals are lucky kasi yung ibang kasama niyan hindi na nakasurvive pagdating sa amin dahil sa gunshot wounds, 'yung iba galing sa illegal trade," saad ni Glenn Maguad, beterinaryo ng DENR.

    Ayon sa mga opisyal ng DENR, sa Makiling pinakawalan ang mga agila dahil sa maayos na kalagayan ng gubat at bundok.

    "Sa buong ASEAN (Association of Southeast ...

  • Leave Only Footprints

    Leave Only Footprints

    Let?s face it. Planet earth is deteriorating, and there?s no one else to blame but us. It?s something we?ve inherited from the people before us, and if left without action, something we?ll pass over to the next generation. But pointing fingers will not do anything?what we need, according to WWF-Philippines president and CEO Joel Palma, is awareness and collective action. Which is why to further extend the reach of their calls, WWF-Philippines has created a Millennial branch of its organization?WWF-Philippines? first and only National Youth Council. This is a green-driven team of eight young ad ...