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.
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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.

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    "The DENR is appealing for everyone to be mindful of their surroundings by managing their wastes, conserving water resources, and being respectful of local cultures and community practices," Environment Secretary Gina Lopez said.

    Nature trippers are particularly reminded to be careful of activities such as smoking and cooking within vegetated areas during the dry season to prevent forest fires.

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    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

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