Monday, March 1, 2010

FREEDOM TRAIL II: Ultimate Freedom

THE FREEDOM TRAIL is a route that start in Katipunan Street in Tisa and ends at Mount Babag. Both places are historical. Katipunan is named after the independence movement of 1896 which fought against the Spanish colonizers and Mt. Babag is a site of many battles by different generations of Filipino resistance against the Spaniards, the Americans and the Japanese. 

This trail is created and designed for use during the so-called Freedom Climb that coincided with Philippine Independence Day. It is over fifteen kilometers long and passes over many rolling terrain, a forest reserve, ridges, cleaves, small hillside farms and a handful of river crossings.

Actually, two attempts have been made to complete the trail to Napo by Kompas Lakaw Mountaineers with Boy Toledo and Ernie Salomon and both failed. A breakthrough did fell on June 7, 2009 where I led the exploration team. The trail was officially used on June 13, 2009 and the Cebu Mountaineering Society, led by Boy T and Ernie, did the honors of the first club to walk in full length this trail.

On September 13, 2009, Boy T, Ernie and me retraced the Freedom Trail again and below are the images I took:

Photos taken by a Nokia 3650

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john said...

Hi there i used to live in riva ridge subdv. and i never knew there was a trail head there. How long does the freedom trail hike take? where does the trail end? How would u classify the hike difficulty?

PinoyApache said...

From Tisa to Mt. Babag, it is about 15 kilometers long and it will take about 6-8 hours to reach the campsite. Mt. Babag is the highest peak of Cebu City. It is the one with those many steel towers and 752 meters above sea level.