Mount Banahaw

Dolores, Quezon

Mount Banahaw-San Cristobal Protected Landscape covers 10,901 hectares of land and contains Mount Banahaw, an active volcano on Luzon in the Philippines considered by many as a "Holy mountain".

The three-peaked volcano complex is located between the provinces of Laguna and Quezon and is the tallest mountain in the Calabarzon region dominating the landscape for miles around.

Banahaw is a traditional pilgrimage site for locals, believed by many as a "Holy mountain", a spiritually-charged location. The mountain and its environs are considered sacred by local residents; the water from its sacred springs are deemed "holy water" for allegedly having beneficial qualities, issuing forth from locations called "puestos" or "holy sites".

These sites are unique natural features composed not only of springs, but also caves, streams and boulders; with names with biblical allusions, and shrines erected in, on or around them.

These locations were allegedly revealed to a man named Agripino Lontoc by the "Santong Boses" or the "Holy Voices", which also gave the names to these places way back during the Spanish Colonial Era. Another one of this mountain is the adjacent Mount Banahaw de Lucban.

Mount Banahaw San Cristobal Protected Landscape News

  • Communities Launch New Movement For Forests

    Communities Launch New Movement For Forests

    Youth, local government, farmers, & environment groups launched a new movement for the country's dwindling forests at the foothills of Mts. Banahaw-San Cristobal in Laguna province last Saturday, July 14, 2018.

    Forests For Life (FFL) Movement aims to bring back biodiversity in the country's rainforests with the help of all sectors and people from all walks of life. The launch comes as excessive rains begin to hit the country, exacerbated by climate change.

    "Bagama't malayo ang San Cristobal sa karagatan, anuman ang gawain natin dito ay may epekto sa ecosystem sa ibaba [Even though San Cr ...

  • Hiking Matters 592: The Trek Up Mt Banahaw De Tayabas

    Hiking Matters 592: The Trek Up Mt Banahaw De Tayabas

    Mt. Banahaw is a complex volcano with a U-shaped crater that faces south; on the West lies Unang Dungaw which is the terminal point of the Dolores Trail , on the North lies Ikatlong Dungaw of the Nagcarlan Trail, while on the East lies the summit of Mt. Banahaw de Tayabas which is not currently connected to the rest of the crater rim, being separated by a 150-meter ravine from Ikatlong Dungaw. I first hiked Unang Dungaw in 2003 (see Hiking matters #59) and have come back in 2011 (see Hiking matters #168); I did Mt. Banahaw via the Nagcarlan side with Sky Biscocho in 2013 (see Hiking matters #3 ...

  • Mt Banahaw De Tayabas

    Mt Banahaw De Tayabas

    By the time I finished work, I only had an hour left to rest, shower and finish packing. Such is hiking life these days as I returned to corporate world after a 7 month break. Always rushing, often lacking sleep for an early hike the next day. It's tiring but I'm very thankful for the energy and wonderful hiking companions.

  • No Permit No Entry To Mt Banahaw

    No Permit No Entry To Mt Banahaw

    People must secure permits to enter Mount Banahaw, a popular Holy Week destination, especially for those who consider the active volcano sacred.

    "Were already requiring people to first get their permits from our office," said Salud Pangan, protected area superintendent of the 10,900-hectare Mt. Banahaw-San Cristobal Protected Landscape (MBSCPL).

    The regulation is among measures adopted by the local government Barangay Kinabuhayan, Dolores town, Quezon province to protect Mt. Banahaw from further environmental decay due to human activities.

    The Mts. Banahaw-San Cristobal Protected Land ...

  • Respect Sacred Mountain DENR Reminds Mt Banahaw Trekkers

    Respect Sacred Mountain DENR Reminds Mt Banahaw Trekkers

    The agency tasked to protect Mt. Banahaw in Quezon province has reiterated its appeal to pilgrims and mountaineering groups to avoid venturing into areas closed off to the public while keeping its forests and prayer spots clean this Lenten season.

    "We can all have a hassle-free Holy Week as long as they will obey basic rules" no trespassing in the prohibited areas and observe proper garbage disposal," said Salud Pangan, park superintendent for Banahaw and San Cristobal of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

    Pilgrims consider Banahaw a "sacred mountain" inhabited b ...

  • Mt Banahaw Climbers Pilgrims Told To Shun Fire-causing Activities

    Mt Banahaw Climbers Pilgrims Told To Shun Fire-causing Activities

    The environment department is reminding people to refrain from undertaking activities that may further trigger a fire in Mt. Banahaw in the wake of the latest incident that broke out this week.

    "People must not cook and throw away cigarette butts there," said Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) senior forest management specialist Joybert Mijares.

    He noted both activities are common human causes of fire in Banahaw.

    Fire can also occur naturally from spontaneous combustion of dry leaves and other litter, he added.

    Mijares, however, said the cause of the fire in Ban ...