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

  • Let The Sacred Mountain Heal Itself

    Some portions of Mount Banahaw are now open to tourists and pilgrims this Holy Week, an official of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said.

    According to Salud Pangan, protected area superintendent of the Mount Banahaw-San Cristobal Protected Landscape (MBSCPL), a limited-access policy has been allowed in lower portions of Mount Banahaw, which, she said, is on its way to full recovery.

    These are pilgrim sites in Barangay Santa Lucia and Pinagbuhayan in Dolores, Quezon, and the Tanaw Highlands in Barangay Tala, Rizal town, Laguna

    Other areas frequented by pilgri ...

  • Women Farmers Nurture New Trees For Mt Banahaw

    Through Haribon's ROAD to 2020 movement, the association takes part in the rehabilitation of more than 42 hectares of depleted forest lands in San Pablo City, Laguna. Nestled between the provinces of Laguna and Quezon, the protected site covering almost 11,000 hectares is home to more than 300 species of trees and 90 species of birds, with some classified as endangered or rare.

    On a typical day, the women members of the San Cristobal Farmers Association are seen working in agricultural farms in order to support their families' basic needs such as food, shelter, clothing and education. Amids ...

  • UCPB Joins Haribon Reforestation Effort

    The United Coconut Planters' Bank (UCPB) has partnered with Haribon Foundation to donate seedlings that will be planted at two protected areas in Nagcarlan, Laguna, the conservation group announced.

    UCPB President and CEO Higinio O. Macadaeg Jr. signed the Bank's commitment to support the Foundation's Road to 2020 program, an initiative to restore the country's rainforests using native tree species.

    Mr. Macadaeg said the partnership with Haribon reaffirms the bank's pro-environment advocacy. He shared with Haribon representatives that aside from providing financing to ventures in the ren ...

  • Mount Tagapo Rizal 438-Masl

    Located in the heart of Laguna de Bay, Mt. Tagapo, or Bundok ng Susong Dalaga as locally referred to, is the highest point of Talim Island. Being volcanic in origin, the peak forms part of the southwestern rim of the Laguna Caldera, an ancient massive volcano whose eruptions created the central lobe of the present-day Laguna Lake. Under the jurisdiction of the towns of Binangonan and Cardona in Rizal province, Talim Island is easily accessible from Manila via several jeep and UV express vans that ply the route from Shaw Boulevard and Cubao to Binangonan and then through a ferry ride via the la ...

  • 48 Hours Quezon Food And Culture Trip

    With an area of 870,660 hectares, including islands dotting the Pacific Ocean, Quezon province offers visual and gustatory delights to visitors. A two-day stay, mostly in the central towns and cities, is enough to sample the best of its attractions.

    Right after a welcome arch along the Maharlika Highway in Barangay Lalig in Tiaong town, a three-hour trip southeast of Metro Manila, is Villa Escudero, a coconut plantation resort. Its Labasin waterfalls restaurant is a perfect spot to enjoy native food "kamayan" style, spread on bamboo tables as gushing waters tickle your bare feet. (Footwear ...

  • Rainy Season Is Tree Planting Season

    It's rainy season once more. Who would've thought that weather like this can also mean an outdoor activity that helps our country's remaining forests?

    Drizzly atmosphere it may be, but for foresters, this condition is favorable for tree planting. Rain provides good opportunity for seedlings to flourish. Newly planted seedlings fare best when exposed to moderate temperature and rainfall, for they require time to root and adapt before the onset of intense heat and dryness of summer.

    To welcome the rainy days, Haribon Foundation together with 74 participants composed of the organization's m ...