Despite the heavy downpour this morning, we had an appointment at the top of a mountain on the outskirts of Cebu City, just 12 minutes drive from the Capitol. I had climbed this mountain before, about 3 months ago, climbing about 1.5-2.0 kilometers in distance and up to roughly 350 meters (1,000 feet) in height. I thought I would die at the time, worse than a stairmaster in a hot gym, but actually, I managed to do the climb in about 1 hour using really narrow trails and a walking stick. This time, thank goodness, there is a new road under construction that climbs all the way to the peak. If you are from Cebu, can you guess where this photo up top is taken from? Another clue, in this second photo taken from the Marco Polo Hotel, is the same mountain from a distance… and I am standing from the highest peak of the range….
The view of the City of Cebu, the island of Mactan, and the distant islands and mainland of Bohol is superb! Breathtaking during the day, brilliant during the night. This is the site of a new residential development and I am standing on what will be the future clubhouse of the village. What is also spectacular is the view to the BACK of the mountain, a verdant stretch of watershed forests and mango trees that are protected from future development. These are where the famous Guadalupe mangoes of Cebu come from. In the months ahead, as the development gets further along, many folks in Cebu should take a ride up to the top if only to get a birds eye view of the city, it is utterly spectacular!