Adventure is not outside man; it is within.
Indeed, to seek adventure is an innate thing to some, whether young or may be those who are young at heart. That said, me and my friends decided to visit this infamous mountain in the Island of Tingloy, Batangas, the Mt. Mag-Asawang Bato (600+ masl) and sidetrip overnight camping at Masasa Beach.
Considering that this is the second time I camped at Masasa Beach (i think it was early March 2016 was the first) see the full story here, it always feels like the first time, especially when you’re with new friends creating better and wonderful memories.
Yes. As what I have mentioned in the Title, going here will only costs you less than P600.00 or USD13. The ride going to the Island will took around 3-4 hrs coming from Metro Manila.
So here’s our itinerary for the overnight camping and dayhike:
0600 ETD Buendia Terminal (Bus going to Grand Terminal)
0800 ETA Grand Terminal (Jeepney going to Anilao Port)
0900 Anilao Port (boat going to Tingloy Island)
1100 Tingloy Port (Tingloy, Batangas); Ride a tricycle going to Masasa Beach
1130 Walk to Harvest Field going to the Beach shore
1200 Pitch Tent/Prepare lunch at Masasa Beach
0100 Start preparing for the dayhike. Ask the locals for guide (re: Mt. Mag-Asawang Bato)
0130 Ride tricycle going to Jump-off/preferred walking
0145 Jump-off (Start Trek)
0230 Head to Summit (Mt. Mag-Asawang Bato)/Photo-ops
0330 Start Descent
0430 Jump-off. Ride back to Masasa Beach
0445 Relax/Preparation for Dinner/Socials
0530 Stroll at the Beach/Breakfast
0700 Pack-up of Tents/Camping items/Tidying-Up
0830 Ride going to Tingloy Port
0900 Boat ride going to Anilao Port
1045 Ride a Jeep going to Grand Terminal (Bus going to Manila)
1100 ETA Grand Terminal (ride buses going to Manila)
0100 Arrived at Buendia Bus Terminal/MNL
HOW MUCH WILL BE THE COST-
The computation that I will be stating here was only based on our experience. The buses in Buendia (including JAM/GoldStar) going to Grand Terminal will cost P157.00/pax and P125.00 for student (bring your ID, for reference), the ride will take 2 hours and additional 30 mins. if delayed. Further, for the jeepney ride going to Anilao Port, the travel time will be 45 mins. to 1 hour rough road ride (Just tell the barkers that you are going to Anilao Port) and it cost P37.00/person. Since we are camping at the beach, we have decided to buy our foods at the Anilao Market, the price will be much cheaper compared to the ones in the Island. At the Port, the passengers need to register their names on the list handed by the Boat Chief for the Coastguard and for safety purposes (to avoid overloading). Then, they will give you a stab and remind you to keep it because they will get it ones you’re inside the boat to get your fare which cost P65.00/person. The ride will took an hour of peaceful water ride from the port. At the Tingloy Port, there will be a lot tricycle waiting for guests going to Masasa and it will cost P40.00/for 4 persons. The tricycle are available anytime at the port, just ask the locals for it.
As what I have mentioned before in my post about Masasa Beach, I have a friend who is living in the Island, that is why we have no problem with regard to the place that we are going to eat, put our things and even to wash up. My friend has also offered his friend’s service to help us to get to the trail going to Mt. Mag-Asawang Bato. Since there is no formal registration nor jump-off place for hikers that wanted to trek the mountain, friend of friends is a very helpful thing for us, there we met our generously helpful guide “Marco” together with my friend’s brother. “Kuya” (referring to my friend’s older brother) told us about where the name “Tingloy” came from. He told us that it came from “Tinghoy”, a plant which is very prominent in their town and can be used as a flower ornament and garden landscaping.
Before heading directly to the trail, we geared up ourselves with good food and proper clothing. Marinel, my friend served us with a sumptuous meal.
I can say that the trail going to the summit was not as prominent like that of other trails, unless you are with a local there will be no problem. I’ve noticed that there were a lot of splitting roads which might take you to different direction. I can’t even remember the left and right that we went through but the view on top is spectacular. You’ll see the island of Puerto Galera, Gulugod Baboy, Occidental Mindoro and a lot more, just within Tingloy!
We have trekked the mountain up to the grassland maybe around 1-2 hrs. with a lot of rest and photo-ops.
Finally! We have reached the summit. We have seen two giant boulder rocks facing each other creating a family pose. That’s where I think the locals got the idea of the name, Mag-Asawa! (Couple* husband and wife), just by that formation.
My friends even went up to the peak, they told me that they have seen the whole Island, even the campsite of the beach. Though they’ve warned by our guides that be cautious because the wind are a bit intense and they might tip-off and fall.
I’ve got a couple of good shots though.
And a lot more…
After a lot of takes in the summit, we have decided to rest at the grassland. The ambiance here is so refreshing, i don’t want to even go down because of it. This is where the hikers usually camp out.
Going down was easy but as what I am keep on telling to my friends, always be careful because the small rocks along the trail might get you slip-off and worst might get you in a serious injury. The trail that time was dry, I believed it would be very challenging when it gets wet, because it might become so muddy and dangerous. Also, I’ve noticed that there are a lot of tower of ants there, just only be careful not to step on it. HAHA You’ll might get into trouble!
Back in Marinel’s house, her kuya picked us some fresh young coconut (“buko”) on their backyard for refreshment.
Then we head to Masasa Beach to camp-out. There is no registration fee or whatsoever in the beach. There are houses in the place where guests might want to take a bath or use the comfort room. There are also nearby stores to get what you might be needing (whether food or liquors) but-
the only thing i want to take note of and remind of other visitors/hikers/campers: PLEASE REFRAIN FROM THROWING YOUR GARBAGE IN THE OCEAN. BRING WITH YOU YOUR GARBAGE IN YOUR PLASTIC BAGS. Don’t messed up our free beaches. Maintain its beauty. Please be a responsible person.
Though there are no signs of rain when we camp, it is around 11 or 12 in the evening when it started raining. We have our tents soaking wet and our things dripping the next morning.
But the view is always spectacular. A white sand beach indeed.
After we have packed our tents and fixed our things, we tidied up at Marinel’s house and eat my favorite food of all time in Batangas, the infamous:“Batangas LOMI” (A noodle cuisine with chicken liver and chicharon) for only P50.00 which is already a big serving.
So far, this is one of the best beach camping and hiking that I’ve experienced. HAHAHAHA #TeamBulate
- Visitors/Guests should be aware of the schedule of the boat going from and to Tingloy Island, because just like before, they have schedules for it. The first boat ride from Tingloy would be around 9:00am that’s why make sure that you’ll be able to ride that because renting a boat might cost much.
- Please be a responsible guest/campers, don’t leave your garbage just anywhere. Kindly throw it in proper place. You might want to get back in the place clean and safe for others. Be mindful of them too!
- Just be courteous with the locals (they are a great help if you’re being lost or you have something you want)
- Electricity in the place is juggling, sometimes they have lights in the morning, sometimes they don’t have.
- Since electricity is also difficult to stabilize, signal in the area is also a lit bit aloof in some parts. Just enjoy each other’s company. Let the worries of the cities stays where they are. Just Enjoy the place and make happy moments!
Tingloy Island is a small town, hopefully, a nice schedule of boat ride will be of great help.
Wanna ask me if I want to go back to Tingloy? My answer is YES! Definitely coming back for the mountain, beach, food and the good people in there!
Hope this blog helps!