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Hiking Mt. Nagpatong

Located in Maragondon in the province of Cavite, Mt. Nagpatong is one of the more than 20 peaks of the mountain range in Maragondon. It got its name from the large rock that once rested on top of a smaller rock on its peak.

Mt. Nagpatong

Mt. Nagpatong Details

Mt. Nagpatong is famously known as one of the two mountains where the Filipino hero Andres Bonifacio and his brother Procopio were reportedly executed -the other mountain was Mt. Buntis. However, the Mt. Nagpatong location became the accepted site after the remains said to be of Andres Bonifacio's (or his brother's) was discovered in its vicinity in 1918. However, some historians refute this claim due to the lack of forensic evidence and also the missing remains of his brother. Despite the controversies, the said remains were still brought to the National Library and Museum the same year and passed off as an authentic historical artifact of Andres Bonifacio. Sadly, the remains were destroyed (some say stolen) during the Battle of Manila in 1945. 

Mt. Nagpatong - Maragondon, Cavite
Another scenic view from the peak of Mt. Nagpatong

The shrine as seen from the "pride rock"

A shrine, complete with a historical marker was erected in 1995. It was later improved and became an eco-tourism park. Going back to the topic about the mountain, Mt. Nagpatong's peak is just a mere 3-minute hike from the shrine. It is an almost effortless hike, minus the part near the clearing on the peak which is a bit steep.

Looking for a passage to get to the top of the mountain

The entrance is near one of the grottoes. Just look for a barbed-wire gate. (It would be a challenge though)

Upon finding the entrance it would then a very straightforward trek

The path near the top

Upon reaching the peak of Mt. Nagpatong, you'd be greeted by shrubs and a pathway leading to an area I dub as the "pride rock". The "pride rock" has a commanding view of the shrine below and also some other peaks of the mountain range. The is nothing much to do on the peak, but just admire the beauty of the mountain's surroundings. However, you'd be disappointed to see a quarry site a few kilometers away from the mountain.
Overall, it is not the trek that would give you the challenge but actually getting to its jump-off point. You have to head first to the municipal hall of Maragondon and coordinate with its tourism officer. He has the key to the (usually) locked gate leading to the shrine. However, the good thing about going to Mt. Nagpatong is the rough road that allows vehicles to bring trekkers up to the shrine. 

The flag on the peak of Mt. Nagpatong

The flag from the peak as seen from below

Why visit Mt. Nagpatong?

Mt. Nagpatog is probably the easiest mountain to hike in Cavite. Aside from that, hikers could also visit the nearby Andres Bonifacio Shrine and Eco-Tourism Park, and Maragondon town.

Mt. Nagpatong details:

Height: 100 m
Major trailhead: Bonifacio Execution Site /Eco-Tourism Park
Climb time: 3 minutes from the park

Getting to Mt. Nagpatong:


From Manila, ride a bus going to the town of Maragondon. Once in the town, coordinate with the tourism officers before heading to the jump-off point. You can rent a trike going there. The trike will also bring you back to the town after your adventure.

Mt. Nagpatong Jump-off point

Mt. Nagpatong Itinerary:

(Including Tour of Maragondon Town)

6:00AM Departure from Manila to Maragondon 
7:30AM Arrival at Maragondon

Maragondon Church 

7:35AM Visit the historic Maragondon Church
7:50AM Register at Municipal Hall. Secure a guide.
8:00AM Ride a trike to the jump-off point -Bonifacio Execution Site/ Eco-Park
9:00AM Arrival at jump-off point/ Start trek
9:10AM Summit, documentation
9:40AM Descent/ documentation of Bonifacio Shrine
10:00AM Head back to town
11:00AM Arrival at the town

Bonifacio Trial House

11:10AM Visit the Bonifacio Trial House
12:00NN Lunch
1:00PM Bus ride home

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Comments

  1. This seems like a perfect track for beginners, who want to enjoy the nature but don't have enough preparation. The view from the top is really nice.

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    1. Yes that's true. This mountain is really easy to hike.

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  2. Wow, I love this post. Wouldn't it be interesting and beneficial if all posts are decent, succinct, and to the point?

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  3. Wow! This is beautiful. I definitely need to hike this if I ever end up traveling to that area.

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    1. Yes please do hike this mountain. It's fairly an easy day trip hike. =)

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  4. This hike surely does seem a pretty one. I love hiking and I will add this to my hiking bucket list.

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    1. Cool! I hope you could join me on my hike Mt. Nagpatong someday. =)

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  5. Looks like a rewarding hike! That table and stools made from the tree stumps are cute. I love all the green!

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  6. This looks like a great tour. I like how you put so much detail into your itinerary.

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  7. Thanks for sharing this! I love that you share your itinerary that makes planning a lot easier

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  8. This seems like a peaceful hike with lots of history inside that church. I would love to explore that church.

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    1. That's true. However this is quite an effortless hike. You'd get to the peak in just 5 -10 minutes.

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  9. This looks very interesting I used to go hiking in Arizona I will have to put this on a to do list but will probably need a trike.

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    1. That sounds amazing Jerry. Looking forward to your visit. :)

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  10. That sounds like a reasonable trek to pursue! Thanks for recommending and giving an in-depth overview of your own experiences there :)

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    1. Thank you for checking out my article about Mt. Nagpatong.

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