The unassuming comeliness of the MARAWIR PEAK as it’s selfishly standing in a valley. 


My day has just begun and I yelled to the dying September sun as it glistens off the moisture of a perfect morning dew. My day was marked with excitement as I was saying hello to my wanderlust soul. In the midst of the growling wind accompanied by king sun while disseminating its light, I couldn’t fathom the warbling sound of another adventure waiting to be explored.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My radar has to reach the dignified but inviting height of Marawir Peak, located at Sitio Marawir,  Brgy. Salumping, Esperanza, Sultan Kudarat. Peacefully standing at the altitude of approximately 577 feet from its base, but technically it’s 2,654 feet above sea level. It is said to be a quick destination of local mountaineers as it extends a natural deterrent view of obstacles completely as you climb to its peak.

 



While Marawir Peak is resting on his throne, I and Michael from Tourism Office of Esperanza was busy buying a trail food from the local market of Esperanza. A local food that delivers a wholesome meal to give us strength to finish the trek as I’m still considering myself as a greenhorn mountaineer.

The adventure begins with a jouncy ride when the motorcycle starting to ascend and traverse to a dense forest and mountain range of Esperanza. I couldn’t believe as I once thought, Marawir Peak is only located in the visible mountain I saw from afar, but it was quietly situated at the back of the mountain as it stands all alone in the middle of the valley and surrounded by mountain ranges. We bear to stop several times not because we got tired, but the machine of our motorcycle needs to rest to avoid problems along the way. Then we suddenly stop on a cold stream of water to rest and drink as well, Michael told me that locals and those drivers who cross on this mountain usually stop here to drink and even consider a bath sometimes.

 

As we keep on our journey, the stunning and captivating comeliness of Marawir Peak was slowly revealed to us, Michael pointed it from afar while saying, we still have a long way to make for us to be able to reach the foot of the Peak. While enjoying the beautiful landscape and seeing different crops along the way, from afar, I simply can’t imagine how could I able to reach the Peak of Marawir since it seems to be so stiff going to its peak and requires a stiff trek as well. Then the defining moment came, we have reached its foot and I just can’t wait to go up. Since we arrived around 12PM, we decided to have our lunch first to fill our famished stomach before climbing to the peak so we could obtain the enough strength needed for the entire climb.

 

Photo Credit: Michael John Genilla


At the foot of
Marawir Peak, I met Datu Asog Apang who belong to Manobo tribe. He used  to be a tour guide going to the peak, but he was sick during our visit and then he appointed his son to accompany us going to the Peak. It was excessively hot during our climb, the clinging heat of the sun touches our surface will never stop us from climbing. We passed through the cornfields and started going up to the peak. There were tall perennial grass that covers nearly the whole mountain, there has no tree at all, so the sun sending light directly to our surface. The steep trail leading to the summit should have enough reason to never continue, but I couldn’t just halt the exciting moment and regret in the end. We continue on our trek and have survived the stiff trail until I have finally traipse my two little itchy feet at the top.

Photo Credit: Michael John Genilla


As I have got to the top of Marawir Peak, I have appreciated how the Peak stands all alone while he is surrounded by beautiful mountains. We stayed there about 20 minutes and take some photos and decided to descend down. On our way down, I find it even more difficult than climbing up, I have toppled down many times like a moppet who fell down and fix up and gets its balance back. I have survived the challenge and reach to the base of Marawir Peak while the limpid grin is painted on my face. 

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Photo Credit: Michael John Genilla

 

At the foot of Marawir Peak, I spoke with locals and interact with them. I was trying to get their attention by learning some Manobo words. I saw Datu Asog Apang doing something, so I asked him what he was doing, he told me that he is pounding the unhusked rice to produce a grain of rice and cook it for their dinner. I even tried doing it myself. Then another old woman whom I saw carrying a traditional basket made from stiff fibers on his brow with a traditional rope. I asked her if we can have pictures then she told me it’s all right, and even told me to tell my friends that Manobo are still existed.

 

It melted my heart knowing that she’s proud of her clan. After a short bonding with the community of Manobo I have to bid goodbye, I have watched their precious smile while waving my hand to them while hearing them saying do come back next time. They’re simply so sweet that It penetrated my inner being. Their precious smile had inspired me a pile and  filled me with happiness as I’m bringing it wherever I go. 

There is so much to discover in Esperanza, Sultan Kudarat and wish that I have leisure time  during my sojourn to enjoy more of Esperanza. I will surely go back and certainly be sharing more travel stories next time.

 

NOTE: Kindly check some of the related travel articles about Esperanza, Sultan Kudarat and its tourist destinations below. 

 

SPECIAL THANKS

I am so grateful to have met the Head of Esperanza Tourism Office, Mr. Renato Sambrano for facilitating my 2 day visit in Esperanza, Sultan Kudarat. I as well would love to thank Michael John Genilla for bringing me to all the stunning destinations of Esperanza. To our motorcycle driver who brought me safe to my destinations and brought me back so safe in Esperanza town proper, thank you so much. To my local guide, thank you so much for letting me experience the hidden Gem of your place and for giving me a chance to share another travel story.


HOW TO GET THERE 

From General Santos City: 

Major Airlines are flying to General Santos City almost every day. From General Santos City International Airport, ride a van going to SM for only PHP150 fare. As you reach SM, ride a tricycle going to Bulaong Terminal and  fare is PHP10. From General Santos City’s Bulaong Terminal, ride a nonstop bus (Yellow Bus Line), bound to Marbel (Koronadal City). The travel time is around 1 hour and PHP75 fare. AtKoronadal City Yellow Bus Terminal, there is a direct trip going to Esperanza, Sultan Kudarat. The travel time is around 1 hour andPHP 70-80 fare. Ask the Bus conductor to drop you off at Esperanza, Municipal Hall and look for Sir Renato Sambrano at the Tourism Office to help you facilitate your trips. He’ll be giving you a list of tourist destinations that you wish to explore that match the number of days you wish to explore their place. You can contact Sir Renato through these numbers. Landline No. (064) 202- 6375 or Mobile Number: +63 916-324-5520 


FROM COTABATO CITY

Cotabato City is closer in Esperanza, Sultan Kudarat, comparing the distance from General Santos City. From Cotabato City Airport ride a cab going to Husky Terminal. From there, look for a husky bus bound to Tacurong City and ask the Bus conductor to drop you off atEsperanza, Municipal Hall and look for Sir Renato Sambrano at the Tourism Office to help you facilitate your trips. He’ll be giving you a list of tourist destinations that you wish to explore that match the  number of days you wish to explore their place. You can contact Sir Renato through these numbers. Landline No. (064) 202- 6375 or Mobile Number: +63 916-324-5520 


TRAVEL TIPS

  • There is an ATM machine in Esperanza, Town Proper if you wish to withdraw some funds.
  • Major mobile networks have signal in the town proper, but not in the mountainous area where Marawir Peak is located. 
  • Leave as early as you can, you’ll be passing around 3 checkpoints as you go into the mountain range of Esperanza since you have to pass through the private properties along the way.
  • Secure your gate pass from the Tourism Office of Esperanza, Sultan Kudarat. 
  • Please buy food and drinking water from the town proper for your lunch and snacks.
  • Bear in mind that you have to reach the 3rd checkpoint on your way back to the town proper before 4PM or you’ll have to remain overnight in Panigan. 
  • Always be kind with local people there and you can constantly ask them for anything if you wish to know them. 
  • You’ll be crossing different wooden bridge on the way, make sure to get down if you feel like you’re not comfortable enough while riding a motorcycle when you cross the wooden bridge. 
  • Wear your comfortable travel outfit, so you’ll feel comfortable along the way.
  • The roads going to Marawir Peak is really sludgy when it rains and rocky as well. 
  • Always be responsible with your garbages and never leave any garbage anywhere. 
  • Please, just enjoy what nature has to offer and always take good care of them. 


 


ESTIMATED AMOUNT OF MONEY TO PREPARE AND POSSIBLE EXPENSES. 

FOOD (Lunch and Snacks) – PHP300

TRANSPO (Motorcycle good for 3 Persons) – PHP1500

TRAVEL GUIDE – PHP200

TOTAL – PHP 2000

NOTE: PRICES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE. 


NOTE: This blog post is part of my 10 day solo backpacking in SOCCSKSARGEN. You can as well check some of my travel journey and stories during my 10 days backpacking with the link below. 

 

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59 thoughts on “The unassuming comeliness of the MARAWIR PEAK as it’s selfishly standing in a valley. 

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  4. Marawir Peak is interesting. I love your travel articles. It brings me to places that ive never been, even in books! I was dreaming before of doing a solo backpacking. There must be something about travelling into unusual places alone that i wanted to experience..

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    • Hello Mommy Queen Elizabeth,
      Thank you so much for dropping by.
      Please do solo backpacking when you get the chance and it’ll surely alter how you see the world we are living in. I’ll be happy as well to read your travel experience on your solo backpacking soon. Have a great day!

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  5. Omg Lai! I admire your courage, visiting the outskirts of Mindanao. I’m from Dapitan, zamboanga del norte but never have I imagined myself visiting Sultan Kudarat alone. Haha! See you soon by the way, and congratulations sa nomination! Well-deserved! 🙂

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  7. Super beautiful day to climb. Yes, it is hot, but that is all part of going up to the peak. Imagine all the untouched beauty of nature. Imagine that the small tribe of Manobo still exist. Oh no, we don’t have that in urban areas. I can imagine what it feels like to go down the trail and yes, it is harder going down than going up. I experienced that before and no one told me, so when I found out, it was scary as in my case, I was coming off a peak with no protection from both sides and falling down could potentially be … I cringe whenever I think about that. LOL.

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    • Hello Sir Robert
      I couldn’t envisage how you look like if you get the chance to climb again at your present situation now and fall off the ground ( just kidding Sir Robert ). I’m glad you’ve experienced this kind of climb as well. Thank you so much Sir.

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  8. Oh, it my first time to hear about Marawir Peak. The view based on your photos were simply amazing. I don’t know If I can include this in my travel trips for next year. I would want to visit Sultan Kudarat, i am just hesitant if the peace and order situation is perfect for travellers. Well, I hope I can find a travel buddy for this place 🙂

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    • Hello Jojo Vito,
      Regarding with the peace and order of the place, Sultan Kudarat Province is really safe. People there are very kind and friendly towards visitors. There are so much to see and explore in Sultan Kudarat. I’m already planning to go back next year.

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  9. The peak does look small and peaceful but it incredibly stands out. Love the view from the top. One of the best things about hiking is not just reaching the summit but also learning about the community preserving it and immersing with the locals. Glad to hear you had a great time! 😀

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  10. Marawir Peak seems so beautiful and I love the pics you took. The story you were telling was so moving it was just overwhelming! And I love how you’re talking about this little village!

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  11. These ranges look similar to Osmeña peak here in Cebu but there’s so much activities in where you are. That must be really exhausting but fun. I wish I had more time to hike.

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  12. The peak looks amazing! And I love your shot that made the peak looks small. Haha. The place reminded me of the mountain hikes in Batanes. I’ve never been to Esperanza and honestly, it is the first time I have heard of it. Travelling to Esperanza seems like a great adventure for a city girl like me, and it is really affordable too~

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    • Hello Ma.Me. Mi. Mommy,
      Thank you for your kind remarks.
      I trust you can give yourself a chance to climb in the future, you’ll surely appreciate the beauty of climbing. I hope my info is enough help for other travelers as well.
      Have a great day ahead!

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  13. Great writing! Makes me want to start planning on visiting the place 🙂 The photos looks great too. This article will be beneficial for anyone who plans to fo. Thanks for sharing!

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  14. It’s beautiful! Your photos helped us appreciate the majesty of this mountain. You were blessed to have received a lot of help from the locals. Interacting with the locals is one of the perks of travelling.

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