We drove towards the hills from Dalaguete to visit Mantalongon, the vegetable basket of Cebu. The stunning Osmena Peak Trail start off point is along the same road.
We turned off the air-conditioning and rolled down our windows as we drove along the winding roads lined with unusual fauna. The breeze started becoming cooler as we ascended. It reminded me of Benguet and jaw dropping cliffs of Kalinga. Some call it the summer capital of Cebu. I begged to stop from time to time to take it all in. It is serenely captivating.
Mantalongon is one of the 33 barangays of Dalaguete. It is a vegetable trading and wholesale destination. The public market holds massive stocks of gigantic baskets filled with inexpensive fresh produce. Locals head here to shop especially during Sunday morning markets.
We drove further towards the private farms that filled every nook and cranny. We watched farmers tirelessly work on their plots. It's amazing to see corns planted following the mountain slope.
|Great use of space|
|Onions, pechay, corn, bananas, sugar cane, carrots, sayote, eggplants, cabbage and etc.|
|This photo was taken at 10AM.|
|Roads are smooth but there were parts towards the end that were under repair .|
|Private lands farmed individually.|
They used to cross these hills riding this tiny cable car. According to Manong Captain looking after this area, it doesn't work anymore. The cable is hanging low and is dangerous.
I heard rumors of a scenic cable car -veggie tramline project on the back burner. This would be brilliant, if ever. Just imagine, riding a cable car with all these green! It would make you go "Ohm..."
It would also help preserve the roads much longer. A great way to travel too, both for tourists and baskets of vegetables. Fingers crossed, I hope they do get this project up to speed.
|Old cable car|
|This is where the old cable car point is|
|The sea view towards the other side, Badian /Allegria|
|The view of the sea facing Bohol side from the hills of Dalaguete|
|Our rental car from Cebu Easy Rental.|
|Captivating landscape and amazing use of space!|
|Unusual looking trees that we find beautiful|
How to get there?
Dalaguete is 2.5 hours drive southbound from Cebu City.
We took a rental car for a week from Cebu Easy Rental which cost us approx. Php 9000. It was much easier traveling in a car with an infant.
Cheaper Mode of Transport:
You can also travel by bus at Cebu South Terminal for about 2 and a half hours going south towards Santander, Dalaguete or Oslob.Ceres bus is a popular bus line traveling this route.
Ask your bus driver to stop at Dalaguete junction. The road on the right ascends to Bgy. Mantalongon for another 30 minutes via a habal-habal for approximately Php 250-350.
Registration at the Bgy. Mantalongon Hall is required if you're planning to hike the Osmena Trail. There are local trekking guides available that can assist you and your group.
We would recommend to hike early in the morning.
Guess what? We haven't done the trail yet.
We backed out from pursuing the trail for three reasons; we have a toddler with us, I was prohibited by my dental surgeon to exert physical effort after my implant, and it was a crazy hot day. We made the mistake of arriving at 10AM. Anyway, it's another reason to return.
Are you fond of Sunday morning vegetable markets?
Anyone interested in vegetable farming?
Love & light,