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Mount Binaratan - The Silent Mountain of Kalinga


Mount Binaratan, also known as the silent mountain, can be found near the Tanudan River, between the boundary of Mountain Province and Kalinga.

by Jhaypee Guia on May 29, 2012

Overview

Mount Binaratan, also known as the silent mountain, can be found near the Tanudan River, between the boundary of Mountain Province and Kalinga. The summit offers a breathtaking view of the province. The environment is very calm and peaceful, and it is comprised of dense, mossy jungles. You can spot different kinds of fauna like wild boars, deer, and blood leeches, locally called "limatik". Mount Binaratan has an elevation of 1,800 meters.

Activities

  • Trekking
  • Camping
  • Photoshoot
  • Swimming

Folklore

According to the myth, Mount Binaratan is the hunting ground of Kabunyan – God of Kalinga. There is a short story on why Mt. Binaratan is said to be a "silent mountain". Once upon a time, the God of Kalinga visited the mountain. While he was hunting, the birds were so noisy. He couldn't hear anything aside from the noise. The god got irritated so he commanded the birds to keep silent. However, he forgot to tell the birds to sing again after he was done hunting. This is the reason why the ambiance of the mountain is very quiet until now.

Trivia

The mountain also has a part in the Philippine history. It was the entry point of General Aguinaldo during his retreat to Kalinga when he tried to escape from the American forces.

How to get there

By land: From Manila, you can reach Kalinga by riding a bus in Dangwa and Victory Liner going to Tabuk City. From there, ride a jeepney to Dacalan, which is the jump-off point to Mount Binaratan.

By air: If you want a faster trip, travel by plane from Manila going to Tuguegarao. When you get there, public vehicles like jeeps are available in the area going to Tabuk City. Then, ride another jeep going to Dacalan.

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