As you have seen in my previous post, my first mountain climbing experience happened only last year at Mt. Maculot, Cuenca, Batangas. Indeed, it was unforgettable and worth reminiscing! This year marked my second climb and this time it’s in Mt. Pico de Loro situated in the province of Cavite, the Historical Capital of the Philippines and was the cradle of the Philippine Revolution, a renouncement of the Spanish colonial control for over 300 years, culminating with the declaration of independence on June 12, 1898 in Kawit, Cavite.
I first heard about Mt. Pico de Loro in the movie El Presidente, a 2012 biopic film based on the life of General Emilio Aguinaldo, the first president of the Philippine Republic.The film stars Jeorge “ER” Ejercito Estregan in the title role, with Nora Aunor, Christopher de Leon, Cristine Reyes and Cesar Montano who played Andres Bonifacio. Gen. Aguinaldo wanted to exile the brothers Andres and Procopio Bonifacio to Pico de Loro after they were found guilty of establishing their own revolutionary government.
Apart from its historical background, Mt. Pico de Loro is also known as the “Parrot’s Beak”. It is one of the most popular destinations for beginners and seasoned mountaineers and is the highest point in Cavite with 664 meters above sea level (MASL). From its’ summit, one can see the wide plains of Cavite and the South China Sea. One thing that made me more interested about this climb was its statuesque rock peak. Double rappel ropes were needed in order to ascend and descend the rock peak. One false move and you’ll plummet to your death!
Here are our thrilling photos:
Mountaineers on the go!
The famous Parrot Beak!
On top of the world!
The Controversial South China Sea.
Every accomplishment starts with a decision to try.
The summit. Race for Life!