Which one? Mt. Pamitinan or Mt. Hapunang Banoi

“Maybe. Just maybe, these mountains have the answers to everything. But like any wise man, they choose to remain silent because they know better than nonsense clamor. So, I look up to them. In awe.

JIL DIAMANTE

Rodriguez, Rizal | Philippines

Maybe. Just maybe, these mountains have the answers to everything. But like any wise man, they choose to remain silent because they know better than nonsense clamor. So, I look up to them. In awe.

Though I know that mountains know everything, I think it can still get lost among distracted eyes. I can vaguely distinguish the two mountains. But it was one of those hikes where I remember the nuances more than the scenic view in the large scheme of things.

I recall tiptoeing on the jagged patch of the mountain, carefully balancing myself lest I fall into those judging rocks of Mt. Hapunang Banoi.

Then I also remember rock climbing towards the summit of Mt. Pamitinan. Skin glistening from the glaring sun. Clearly, the latter was mad. Mad enough to make my eyes squint for a good amount of time on its summit. But like a curious kid, you have to fight the heat and take a peek at the scenic view.

Had we not arrived a little bit late, we would’ve finished the acclaimed three summits. The third being Mt. Binacayan. But no worries, I did climb that mountain here. Far more memorable.

Solidified my love of sunrises.

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