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Mt. Manunggal : "Paghandum Ni Magsaysay"

By Synzmemoir @synzmemoir
Every year, climbers all over Cebu and  from neighboring islands, come together in Mt. Manunggal to celebrate the annual "Paghandum ni Magsaysay". Mt. Manunggal is located in Balamban, Cebu, having a height of 1,003 meters above sea level. Mt. Manunggal happens to be the  3rd  Philippine President's final resting place. An annual event is held to commemorate the death of Pres. Ramon Magsaysay and has been a tradition for quite awhile. 
I first attended this event way back 2007.
 I still don't belong to a mountaineering club at that time. Having been invited by a friend to this event encourage me to join a group of mountianeers.
2008 was my second year. At that moment, I'm already a member of USPM (United Southern People Mountaineers).
That year I was able to climb the peak of Mt. Manunggal. It was a great year, having a fine weather and a chance to see the magnificent view from Manunggal's Peak. 
2009 was a wet Manunggal event. It rained the whole night resulting to slippery and muddy ground.
Luckily, it stopped raining the next day giving us a warm sunshine. :)
By 2010, we were not able to attend the annual activity. I think I was busy at the time. ^_^
This year, exactly March 19-20, we were able to join the Paghandum ni Magsaysay. Like 2009, Manunggal celebration was also a wet and muddy year, even worst. We jammed with the bands who played in the stage, even it was all muddy and raining. None the less, it was a fun event. 
The next day, we head home.
With some sidetrips to a spring pool and a few minute stop at a sweetcorn vendor. Yummy! ^_^

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