Wildflowers and Other Things on Mt. Guiting-Guiting

Sibuyan Island is said to have the world’s densest forest. Mt. Guiting-Guiting, which takes up one-third of its land area, is home to an amazing collection of endemic flora and fauna that would make any self-respecting biologist wet his pants.

I was only able to capture in photos a minuscule part of G2’s rich biodiversity as most of the time, I was too busy trying not to slip on the muddy trail, sustain a cranial fracture or fall off a cliff. I saw dwarf trees, leafy mosses, beautiful butterflies, multi-colored snails and an adventurous civet cat that tried to steal our adobo. I heard birds singing, cicadas chirping, frogs croaking and an entire orchestra of forest sounds. It was an awe-inspiring display of beauty that only nature can create and only time can perfect.


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14 thoughts on “Wildflowers and Other Things on Mt. Guiting-Guiting

    1. Tintin Post author

      Sadly, hindi ko rin po ma-identify ang mga yan. The first photo is a pitcher plant pero di ko rin alam anong species. Photos 4 and 5 are ferns and the red flower on the tree is probably an orchid. That’s as far as my flora knowledge goes. 🙂

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  1. Bernard

    Very big thanks Tintin for exploring sibuyan island, i grow up there (Tampayan) but i just experienced recently climbing in mt. Giuting2 & it was hard getting up but awesome when ur on top specially seeing those wild orchids

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    1. Tintin Post author

      Thanks Bernard! Sibuyan is such a beautiful and peaceful place. I’d love to go back and maybe stay longer to explore the island. Yeah, G2 is a tough climb but totally worth it. Congrats on your climb!

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  2. Lorenzo Bautista

    d pics & ur account make me wana go there with my camera, except that ur mention of cliffs, muds, & potential cranial crack intimidated me completely! 🙂

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    1. Tintin Post author

      Hi Kuya! Glad you dropped by my online hideout. Unfortunately, Guiting-Guiting can be unforgiving and inaccessible so it’s tough to explore particularly for those who don’t have mountaineering experience. But the rest of Sibuyan Island is so beautiful, I’m sure you’d still have a blast exploring the island. I also want to go back and discover more of Sibuyan. The place is amazing and the people are so warm, respectful and friendly. We had such a memorable experience in our short stay there.

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