Atimonan

Conquering Pinagbanderahan in Atimonan, Quezon

My typical Saturday would be just staying all day at home lying flat and sleeping. But it was not until one Saturday, while online in FB, I saw this feeds about Pinagbanderahan. I was amazed by the view, seems like they were up somewhere, you could almost see and touch the clouds. I immediately pinged my friends and wondered if we could spice up our weekend a bit. And was not disappointed at all. The next morning, we were as excited as hell. We met at SM Lucena and got off at around 9:30am.We paid 65PHP for the van transfer. You will know when you are approaching Pinagbanderahan if you kind of feel dizzy because of the zigzagy roads. That’s the Bitukang Manok (Chicken Intestine) We reached the registration site at around 10:20Am. You have to fill up some of your information, for monitoring of number of visitors. Hey, there is no registration fee but you have the mandatory guide which costs 300PHP.

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The stairs leading to the summit. It is a bit narrow so better be take extra caution.

If I am not mistaken, the guide can accommodate a maximum of 10 hikers. So if you are a group of 11, you will have to pay 600. Well you can negotiate. But again, it is nice to have guide especially if the guide are knowledgeable of the place  and really polite and cool. Lucky us, we had a cool guide. It was my first time to hike and I thought I was pretty good at it! hahaha. The trail was not that hard at all. But as you go near the summit you will sweat a lot. The trail becomes steeper. But good news, they built  cemented stairs and these made the climb easier. The reason why that place is called Pinagbanderahan is that during the American occupation / Philippine revolution, flags were hoisted in the summit. American used the place to see possible attacks from the Japanese. Pinagbanderahan’s root word is bandera which means flag in English.

Finally after almost an hour of trekking, we reached the summit. The summit is roughly 1200 feet above sea level. We got there at around lunch. We were a bit hungry so we had a quick bite. Not being defensive, but we took our garbage with us. We have to be responsible. It is important not to shit on your own backyard or any backyard at all. hahahha The view was really nice. You can see the limestone in the other side. I pegged it as the limestone in the Caramoan. It was so beautiful. On the other side, you can see the sea facing Pagbilao Quezon.

By the way, if you fancy spelunking there are also caves in here. We tried discovering what is inside. Yeah full of stalactites and stalagmites and bats as well. It was a two hour activity. I find it a bit dangerous because if you made the wrong steps you will fall and the least thing you will have is a broken limb. After that, I realize it was not my cup of tea.

My friend Ace, seems to ponder things in his life! hahahaha. You really can't help but marvel at this beautiful work of nature! It can give you clear thoughts as well!
My friend Ace, seems to ponder things in his life! hahahaha. You really can’t help but marvel at this beautiful work of nature! It can give you clear thoughts as well!

It was indeed a nice climb. It is something that I would definitely do again especially with friends. Considering that the place is just nearby. I heard it is even better to be at the summit before the sun rise. I could imagine how cool would that be!

I wonder if that point can be hiked as well. In real encounter it is definitely a marvel!
I wonder if that point can be hiked as well. In real encounter it is definitely a marvel!

You really have to try this especially if you are from Quezon. As what they say, wag maging dayuhan sa sariling bayan. Yeah! Nicely put!

Aside from selfies for profile picture you can take pictures for cover photos as well! Joan really loves this view!
Aside from selfies for profile picture you can take pictures for cover photos as well! Joan really loves this view!

Here is a quick vid of our pinagbanderahan trip!

pinagbanderahan climb from Ghatz Bautista on Vimeo.

Some details that you might need to know:

  • 300PHP – payment for your guide (you can add tip if you want)
  • The price of food like chips in the registration site is a bit pricey.
  • Need to have water while hiking to freshen up if you got thirsty
  • A nice camera (of course cellphone’s) is a must if you need a mandatory selfies. By all means, have your gadget fully charged. You don’t want to miss capturing the moment.
  • It is important to give heads up to the driver to drop you off in Pinagbanderahan.
  • Enjoy each moment!

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