"Stop saying bad things will happen. It will only make things worst. Have faith!"
-Kristina Therese Lim
Dalaguete is known to be the Summer Capital of Cebu. It's like a mini Baguio but in Dalaguete, they grow different kinds of vegetables. Dalaguete is the Vegetable Basket of Cebu. The vegetables you see in the markets of Cebu mostly came from Mantalongon, Dalaguete. Farming is the main livelihood of most people. Their farms are almost found everywhere on top of the mountains and even on the side roads. The city is not that urbanized as Cebu which makes this place a good place for a get away from the pollution. The highest peak of Cebu known as Osmeña Peak is located in Mantalongon, Dalaguete. This is one of the most visited place in Dalaguete. From the peak, it is possible to trek to Kawasan Falls, Barili for 6hrs. It's nice to breathe in some good old fresh air on top of the mountain to clear off your lungs and...of course cleanse your soul(reflect about life).
South bus Terminal(Cebu City) to Dalaguete Town center: Get a bus that is labelled Oslob/Bato. The ticket costs P110, depending on what bus you are riding (airconditioned or not) and the travel time is 3hrs. Tell the bus-ticketer to drop you off in Dalaguete Crossing/Junction. You ride the same bus on the same road that you once dropped on heading back to Cebu City but the travel time will be more than 3hrs due to traffic.
Dalaguete to Osmeña Peak: There will be plenty of motorycle drivers waiting for you on the junction. Hire one to take you to the foot of the mountain which takes 30min to reach there. That should cost you P100 per person and another P100 waiting fee if you want the driver to wait for you once you come back from the peak of the mountain. Oh? They'll wait as long as you want to with that fix rate according to our driver who took us there. And yes, you must pay another P100 to the driver to take you back to the town from the foot of the mountain.
To Obong Spring: Motorcycle fee is P20.
Since the weather was bad and it was definitely raining before we got to the place, the trails from the bottom of the mountain was really muddy that Daryl was having difficulties climbing up because he was wearing topsider shoes. Walking barefoot was possible but he had an infection on his feet that he decided to go back to the bottom no matter how hard we tried to help him so that he could join us. Me and Tina had to go on without him. It was like in the movies were one should just leave to give way for the others. Yeah, pretty dramatic as I was rooting for all of us to reach to the peak. You know #SquadGoals.
It was almost 4:00pm and we had to come back home because we had to finish our project. Yes, I know we really have a weird sense of planning and that we could have enjoyed our trip after the project and we could have had fun staying longer but I tend to look at the bright side. We enjoyed our weekend very much and we all felt like we weren't left behind the fun while our classmates were in their prom. We get to climb mountains with zero visibility! That is some kind of experience right there! We managed to visit and see many places within one day. From the words "Have faith," I have learned to look at the brighter side of bad situations. There's always light in gloomy skies.
*P80/person- Bus ride from Cebu City to Carcar City
*P45/person- Bus ride from Carcar City to Dalaguete Crossing/Junction
*P100/person- Motorcycle ride from Dalaguete junction to the foot of the mountain- Osmeña Peak
*P100- Waiting fee for the motorcycle driver
*P100- One tour guide
*P100/person- Motorcycle ride from the foot of the mountain to Dalaguete junction.
*P20/person- motorcycle ride from the junction to Obong Spring
*P5/person- Obong Spring Entrance Fee
*P110/person- From Dalaguete main road to Cebu City
Optional Expenses at Obong Spring:
*P5/person- The use of comfort rooms
*P10-15- The use of floaters
*P150-200- Renting a Cottage
*P100- Renting a table
*Make sure you know what place you're going to so that you could ask people around who will know exactly what you're talking about.
*Know the weather of the day before travelling
*Hire a tour guide to take pictures of you, with that, you could help them earn a living
*Bring water and food around with you because stores could be hard to find sometimes
*Wear suitable shoewears that you could climb with
*Pay your tour guides and drivers after they have fully served you
*If you're a student, bring your school ID to avail the bus discount.
*Throw your garbage somewhere that is appropriate