Today, the family, together with some uncles and cousins, went up on motorbikes to a mountain baranggay in Dalaguete, Cebu called Mantalongon. Mantalongon is probably around 90 kilometers from Cebu City and one way to get there is to drive through an awesome dirt road which traces the steep slopes of the Dalaguitnon mountains.
Mantalongon is known as the Vegetable Basket of Cebu because a big chunk of the fresh produce which arrives in Cebu are from this baranggay.
Mantalongon is the Vegetable Basket of Cebu
The road to Mantalongon is so dusty that by the end of your trip, your black pants would have turned gray and the area around your eyes not covered by your glasses would have produced an ugly mix of sweat and dust.
Yes, the trip was long and rocky but everything was all worth it when you’re moving at the back of the amazingly beautiful mountains of Dalaguete.
The Mountains of Dalaguete
The long and winding (and very dusty) road
It’s amazing how they cut through these rocks to make roads.
After almost an hour of bumps and wiggles, we saw the first sign of clean, paved roads.
About ten meters later, we saw the arch officially welcoming us to Mantalongon!
But ten meters later, the road went back to ‘normal’. LOL
Amazing forests of Mantalongon. Those trees are awesome.
We paused for a little while to see how everyone is doing. Dusty fingers. LOL
Yes, the dust is so thick you could write a journal.
‘Grey’ pants. LOL
On our way back.
I can’t imagine vehicles actually moving 50 kph on both directions on this small road. LOL
We stopped by what locals called ‘cable car’. It was actually just a steel basket used to transport goods such as fresh produce to the other side of the mountain.
The goods go to those two white pillars on the other mountain.
Scary ride down.
Yep. They had to cut through this hard rock. Amazing!
– Road to Mantalongon / Forest
– White road home
– White road / Mountains of Dalaguete