Mount Banoi, Where Eagles Come to Dine

Mount Hapunang Banoi is located in Bgy. Wawa, Rodriguez, Rizal with approximate height of 517 meters above sea level (masl). “Hapunan” which means diner and “Banoi” or eagle in tagalog,  the mountain is said to be a sanctuary of eagles where they come to dine before nightfall. Unfortunately because of continues forest degradation these eagles no longer pass this place. Sadly, as we climbed the summit we heard a loud sound of fuel-run saw obviously cutting down the remaining trees.

The Department of Environmental and National Resources now protecting the area but not strong enough to completely elliminate logging. On the contrary, they do a pretty good job promoting the area to mountain enthusiasts to visit the place which resulting livelihood to the locals.

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Some of the picturesque view points

The trail difficulty according to mountaineers guide is 4/9. Like any other mountains in Rizal, limestone formation is everywhere and while appreciating these rock formations you can have a perfect views of Sierra Madre, Mount Pamitinan among others. There’s also enough shed alo g the way, exactly where and whe  you need it – bamboo sheds, wood trees, vines and at the end of the trail you will be congratulated by mahogany trees as if greeting you with all happiness.

Mandatory “Jump Shot” behind are mount Pamitinan and Binicayan.

Before heading back to Manila, one can have a side trip to Wawa dam to freshen up.

Great wall of limestone rock behind us. First stop to take 5.

Bamboo trail giving shed to mountaineers halfway to the summit.

Our guide kuya Frank eagerly concentrating to capture the best shot worth posting on Facebook and Instagram.

Going to the top of the summit is never easy but it is always worth it.

Freshen up at Wawa Dam, the only thing you would like after a long trek of the day.

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