Wednesday, February 22, 2012

1.) Mount Apo – Davao/North Cotabato

Mount Apo, which offers a panoramic view, is one of the most visited places in the Philippines. Mount Apo is the highest mountain in the Philippines. It is located between the provinces of Davao and North Cotabato. This mountain, which is considered a dormant volcano, has an elevation of 2,956 meters. It is home to the world’s largest eagle – the Philippine Eagle, the country’s national bird. The ‘king of fruits’ – Durian, is abundant in the area. Mount Apo, which is capped by a 500 meter wide crater, is home to more than 270 bird species most of which are endemic.

2.) Mount Dulang-Dulang – Bukidnon

The second highest peak in the Philippines is also located in Mindanao, particularly in Kitanglad Range, Bukidnon. Bukidnon is notable for its vast pineapple plantations which are among the largest in the world. Mount Dulang-Dulang has an elevation of 2,938 meters, only 18 meters short to Mount Apo. It is home to flying lemurs, monkeys, wild boars, squirrels and other animals endemic to the area. Filipino mountaineers nicknamed the mountain ‘D2’.

3.) Mount Pulag – Benguet

With an elevation of 2,922 Meters, Mount Pulag, which is located in Cordillera Range, Benguet and part of Cordillera Autonomous Region, is the 3rd highest point in the Philippines. Mount Apo and Mount Dulang-Dulang are only 34 meters and 16 meters higher, respectively. It is home to the Dwarf Bamboo and 4 cloud rat species which can only be found within the area.

4.) Mount Kitanglad – Bukidnon

At 2,842 meters, Mount Kitanglad in Kitanglad Range, Bukidnon, is the 4th highest mountain in the beautiful archipelago of the Philippines. Mount Dulang-Dulang, the 2nd highest point in the country, is also located on the same range. This mountain, declared an ASEAN Heritage Park in 2009, is a dormant volcano.

5.) Mount Tabayoc – Benguet

Mount Tabayoc is located in Cordillera Range, a mountain range in Northern Luzon. This mountain has an elevation of 2,842 meters making it the 5th highest peak in the Philippines. The province of Benguet is known to some of the country’s most spectacular and popular caves making the province one of the most visited.

6.) Mount Kalatungan – Bukidnon

The 6th highest mountain in the Philippines is Mount Kalatunagan in Kalatungan Range located in Southern Philippines particularly in the province of Bukidnon in Mindanao. This area is typhoon free that is why two of the world’s largest pineapple producing company put up plantations in the area. This mountain is potentially an active volcano.

7.) Mount Ragang – Lanao del Sur

Mount Ragang is a high mountain located in Piapayungan Range Lanao del Sur. This province also contains the Philippine largest waterfall – Maria Cristina Falls, a major source of electricity in the area. Mount Ragang has an elevation of 2,815 meters; only 9 meters shy to the 6th highest mountain in the country. This mountain, which is an active volcano, is also known as Mount Piapayungan and Blue Mountain.

8.) Mount Maagnaw – Bukidnon

Kitanglad Range in Bukidnon contains 3 of the 10 highest mountains in the Philippines, Mount Dulang-Dulang – the 2nd, Mount Kitanglad – the 4th, and Mount Maagnaw – the 8th highest in the Philippines. It has an elevation of 2,742 meters. The province of Bukidnon is one of the most fertile lands in the country making the place conducive to farming.

9.) Mount Singakalsa – Benguet

Mount Singakalsa which is also known as Mount Timbak is another high mountain located in the Cordillera Range, Bengut. With an elevation of 2,717 meters, it is the 9th highest point in the Philippines. Baguio City, the summer capital of the Philippines, is located in the province of Benguet. It is the country’s most popular tourist destination because of its cool climate and breathtaking sceneries.

10.) Mount Amuyao – Benguet

Cordillera Range in Northern Luzon contains 4 of the 10 highest points in the country namely; Mount Pulag – the 3rd highest, Mount Tabayoc – ranked 5th, Mount Singakalsa – ranked number 9 and Mount Amuyao which is the 10th highest in the Philippines with an elevation 2,689. Even the 11th highest mountain, Mount Panootan, is also located in the Cordillera Range.

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