“Imagine if trees gave off wifi signals, we would be planting so many trees and we’d probably save the planet too. Too bad they only produce the oxygen we breathe.” ~ unknown
Mount Apo Protected Landscape | 04.07.2016
Aerial photography by chopper during an ongoing forest fire © Jojie Alcantara
Mount Apo, Philippines’ tallest and most majestic stratovolcano, stands proudly at an elevation of 2,954m above sea level. Regarded as the Grandfather of Philippine Mountains (in etymology, although apo means grandchild, it is also a term used in respect for old people), the view at the peak overlooking Davao region is simply breathtaking.
Recognized as the banner site of ecotourism, this mountain is within the Mount Apo National Park range (one of only two ASEAN Natural Heritage Parks in the country) which covers 64,053 hectares of five different lush forest formations protecting a diverse species of animal life and plants, mostly endemic and rare (lauan and almaciga, threatened species of flora, and the endangered Philippine monkey eating eagle, to name a few).
It is home to stunning waterfalls, hot springs, rivers and lakes, the famous of which is the cold Lake Venado. Geothermal plants are situated halfway up, ensconced among giant trees and wild garden parks. Lumad settlers are still peacefully dwelling in the vicinity. The photogenic and distinct white boulders at the peak you see in pictures are caused by sulfuric emissions.
UPDATE: Due to the recent forest fire which started in the Holy Week vacation climb surge, Apo is currently closed for further critical operations. Details will be in my coming blog.