It was Friday night and I just got home from a long day at work. I was feeling tired but was looking forward to the weekend. I was lying in bed, browsing through Instagram again and if I remember it right, was badly itching to go hiking again.
I’ve been to Osmeña Peak a few times and it was barely a workout as you reach the summit in 10 minutes, 15 minutes tops. Lol. I wanted something more challenging, so I went looking for the other “peak” in Dalaguete, which I saw or heard of before.
Behold, at the opposite end of the long range of the “Chocolate Hills” of Cebu stands in great might, Lugsangan/Casino Peak!
As I was looking at people’s photos on Instagram, all the more that I wanted to see it for myself. I would have invited my friends here to join me, but knowing girls, it would take a lot and a while to convince them. I was imagining all the excitement and planning would eventually end up in them waking up late and the trip not pushing through.
So I texted the only other person I know who is up for spontaneous trips like this, my little, big brother. As expected, he replied with a “sige teh, alis tayo 4am“. Bilis kausap diba?
So after doing our thorough research on how to reach Casino from Osmeña peak, he picked me up at exactly 4am and off we went on a 2-3hour drive to Dalaguete! It was one of my last roadtrips of 2019 and boy just thinking about it now, makes my heart sink a little.
I was so excited to see what I like calling the “little Baguio” of Dalaguete at the foot of Osmeña Peak just because everyone is wearing layered clothing and bonnets due to the cooler climate. Plus, there is a vegetable marketplace at the entry point of the little town, which to me, feels exactly like Baguio!
We reached the parking area just a little after sunrise and registered at the jump off point. Took a selfie with the lovely ladies manning the entry point, peed and caught our breath. Forgot how steep the climb was to the jump off point. Lol. We opted not to get a guide because we were going for a more adventurous morning and because we were confident enough that the bloggers’ reviews and directions we found online would suffice. Plus, we could always ask the residents around the area for directions.
After having hot noodles for breakfast, we started our trek at the narrow road at the side of this little hut of tatay, whom we also asked for directions.
From the said little sari-sari store of tatay, you could already get a glimpse of Osmeña Peak.
It was no surprise that we got lost eventually! We had to go through what seemed like endless cabbage patches before we reached a little residential area that led to this concrete road. We had to go around this mountain on the background and took us another hour of trekking an almost empty road before we finally reached the little barangay where Casino Peak is situated. It was a very looooong trek, contrary to what we read online. But still, ginusto namin to eh. Lol!
When we reached the entry point, we were greeted by this lovely nanay and her kids who thought that we were vloggers because I was taking videos and was hauling a bag full of my film cameras. We rested for a bit inside the hut where we also registered and had a nice chat with the kind lady. Her husband, later on that day also helped us find a habal-habal driver who took us all the way back to the parking lot.
It was an exhilarating break from our routine and I’m thankful for the chance to do so. We were planning on climbing Mt. Apo this year. Unfortunately, it would probably take a while before we can do that!
Hoping that wherever you are reading this from, you and your loved ones are safe and well!