Angelo Bibar, DENR Office Bacolod – 0917.301.1410, email: angelobibar[at]gmail.com
Jigz Santiago, Canlaon City Tourism Office* – 0921.560.6022 or 0907.7039.828
*Jigz can help you arrange the climb for the Mapot-Mananawin trail. If you’re taking the Wasay or Guintubdan trails, just contact Sir Angelo Bibar directly.
How to process the climb permit:
1. Get in touch with the contact persons and ask them to email you the pertinent documents which include the booking form, mountaineer information sheet and waiver.
2. The team leader should fill out the booking form and email it to the DENR office in Bacolod at least a few weeks before the climb. The Protected Area Management Board only allows one expedition group per trail per day so better book your dates early. One group should only have a maximum of 10 participants.
3. Each climber must fill out the mountaineer information sheet and have the individual waiver notarized. (Pain in the neck, I know. This was also my first time to get the services of a notary public just to go on a climb.) Send these documents via courier (no, you can’t scan and email them) at least one week before the climb to this address:
The Protected Area Superintendent
DENR- Office of the PASu, Mt. Kanla-on Natural Park
Bacolod Liaison Office, c/o DENR-PENRO Compound
Antonio Abad Santos corner Porras St., Brgy. 39,
Bacolod City 6100, Philippines
4. On the day before your climb, go to the DENR office. Pay the permit fee and get your permit. Don’t forget to ask for an OFFICIAL RECEIPT upon paying the fee.
How to get to Canlaon: There are direct flights from Manila to Bacolod City, the provincial capital of Negros Occidental. From Bacolod, there are buses going to Canlaon City. Travel time is approximately three hours.
Expenses (as of December 2012):
Permit fee – P300/pax (P200 for students, P500 for foreigners)
Guide fee* – P700/day
Porter fee – P500/day
Overnight lodging (Canlaon City) – P100/pax
*For a group of five people and below, one guide is required. For 6-7 people, you have to get one guide and one porter. For 8-10 people, two guides are required.
Bacolod to Canlaon (bus) – P105/pax
Canlaon City proper to Sitio Mapot [multicab or habal-habal (motorcycle)] – P100/pax
Sitio Mananawin to city proper – P100/pax
Mapot-Mananawin Traverse Itinerary:
This was basically how our climb went (we were a team of eight plus two guides and one porter). Take out Day Three and you’ll have a good two-day climb itinerary.
1000H ETA Bacolod City, get permit at DENR office
1200H ETD Bacolod
1500H ETA Canlaon City, buy supplies*
1800H ETA Sitio Mapot
*Tip: If you’re using butane fuel, buy it in Bacolod since it’s cheaper there. You can buy your food supplies in Canlaon but make sure to get there early since stores start closing by nightfall.
0800H Start trek
0930H Forested trail
1430H ETA Makawiwili Peak
1530H ETA PMS Lagoon
1730H ETA Pagatpat campsite
–bad weather, tambay sa campsite—
0930H Start trek
1100H ETA saddle camp
1120H ETA summit
1200H Start descent
1630H ETA Sitio Mananawin, ride back to city
1800H ETA Canlaon City proper
Where to eat in Canlaon: Joring’s Café! They have good food, great tsokolate and the owners were the nicest people.