Mount Sembrano

Pililla, Rizal

Mount Sembrano is a mountain located between Rizal and Laguna of the Calabarzon region in the Philippines. Mt. Sembrano is situated about 60 kilometers east by road from the capital city of Manila. The mountain sits at the helm of Jalajala peninsula along the shore of Laguna de Bay and is surrounded by the lake on three sides. Along with Talim Island, the mountain forms the southeastern rim of the ...

Laguna Caldera.

The mountain is now a popular hiking destination offering a commanding view of Laguna de Bay, Talim Island, and the Tagalog provinces of Rizal and Laguna. Mount Susong Dalaga (Maiden's breast Mountain), a conical hill resembling the female breast which is the highest peak of neighboring Talim Island, is best observed from Mt. Sembrano. Other mountains visible from the summit are Mount Banahaw, Mount Makiling and the Sierra Madre Mountains.

The most common starting point for the climb up the mountain is from the Barangay Hall in Brgy. Malaya in Pililla, Rizal where climbers must register themselves. The hike to the grassy summit which is fully exposed to the sun, takes about three to four hours. Another trail starts from the Laguna side of the mountain in the town of Pakil, but is rarely used.

Mount Sembrano is considered sacred by some people and known for the legend of the miraculous discovery of the icon of Our Lady of Maulawin. One farmer was gathering firewood in the forest on the Jalajala side of the mountain when he heard the voice of a woman while cutting a tree. Inside, he found a simulacrum of Mother Mary imprinted on the trunk. The icon is now enshrined at the Catholic church of Santa Cruz in Laguna. A small chapel is placed on the site where the image was discovered.

Another point along the trail is a big boulder referred to as the Simbahan (Church) where pilgrims leave candles on the huge rock where footprints imprinted on top are supposedly left by the Virgin Mary. Five minutes off the trail is the small Manggahan waterfall, located left of the campsite if you are on your way up. The falls provide water for overnight campers and day trekkers.

Mount Sembrano News

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    Name: Mt. Sembrano
    Jump Off point: Malaya, Pililla, Rizal
    Elevation: 745 MASL
    Difficulty: 3/9
    Features: Grassland, mountains and view of Laguna de Bay

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