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On Our Way to the So Called "Little Baguio "


Cynthia wants to share her experience visiting a place for the very first time and think might be helpful to other who wants to do the same.


Where is Little Baguio?

Lets go to Matampa Pines or the so called Little Baguio of Salay, Misamis Oriental.But where is Salay located?Where on this earth it was?

First,I would like to tell you about the legend of this place.

Salay is a town of Misamis Oriental,Philippines. Many legends are told about Salay. But one of the best love legends tells how Salay get its name.

Salilang is a girl who loves nature. She loved to go swimming with the fishes in the river. One day while she was swimming, she suddenly discovered the necklace was missing. Alarmed, she dive and dive to look for it. When some men and women passed by, she requested them to help her. The men dive it with her and the women tried to help by looking around the bank.

They did not notice a group of white men approaching. The strangers asked the busy woman about name of the place. The woman did not understand. They thought that the strangers were asking what they are doing, so they answered they were looking for the necklace “Silay”. The strangers thought they were answered correctly, so they repeated “Salay” because they could not say “Silay”. They listed the name of the place as “SALAY”.They were a group of Spaniards send by the governor to list the names of the different place of Mindanao.

The Barangay and its composition

A barangay is led and governed by its barangay officials. The “barangay officials” is considered as a Local Government Unit (LGU) same as the Provincial and the Municipal Government. It is composed of a Punong Barangay and 7 Barangay Kagawad. They are assigned in different area and each has its assigned committees and responsibilities to function.


Baguio in the Philippines

Baguio, to many, is best known as the "Summer Capital of the Philippines", with its cool climate making this a spot to escape the chaotic scenes in Manila. The city is also home to tropical pine forests, lending the city the nickname "City of Pines".

Our Little Baguio

I would like to tell you of our first trip ever to this beautiful spot around our town which eventually our hopes to be known to all visitors who loves to take adventure and discover places they have never been.

Our trip has been one of the amazing discovery, I should say, because I feel deeply enjoy the beauty of nature which is very overwhelming to our eyes.

Matampa pines or the little Baguio of Salay Misamis Oriental, is situated at approximately 8.8700, 124.8420, in the island of Mindanao. Elevation at these coordinates is estimated at 839.9 meters or 2,755.5 feet above mean sea level.

Lying at 2,755.5 feet above sea level , this barangay has milder temperatures, and is quite temperate than the rest of the barangays in Salay .

The place is best visited during the dry season between February and May, when the northeast monsoon blows through the north.

This is how Matampa Pines started.

It was started last year…a cluster of pine trees in Barangay Matampa is now known as the Little Baguio of Salay, Misamis Oriental. It’s a private property located some 8.4 kilometers from the National Highway. However, the site is currently closed to the public due to the pandemic but will reopen soon.

Here are some info on the tree park:

Entrance fees:
ADULT: P30.00
CHILD: P15.00
Overnight: P100.00 (camping)

Here’s the map. Landmark along the highway is JP Poultry Dressing Plant which is to the left side if you’re coming from Cagayan de Oro. The road is 2-lane concrete and will lead to Barangay Matampa proper. The tree park is right along the road (right side) so you won’t miss it. Distance from the highway is approximately 8.4 kilometers. Travel time from the highway is just 15 minutes.

With the rainy season, expect a foggy tree park during these times.


The Mode of Transportation

In going up to little Baguio you need at least a hiking gear and physical conditioning of the body, because the location is uphill. However, there are lots of vehicles going there. You don't need to worry about. Unlike in the past years, people living in the community must have to walk a kilometer or so because there are dangerous muddy areas for travelers and riders that are life-threatening.

From the government side of view specially with the mandate that every place within the Philippines must have accessible roads for all the people and farmers for them to sell and deliver their goods and services to the public, as well as attracting tourist and visitors.

This things might be helpful before your trip to little Baguio.

1.If you own a vehicle, be sure to check it for some trouble.

2. Backpacks were the comfortable one to carry. Check your packing twice you might forget to pack the most important item.

3. If you think yourself as an outdoor chef, you might include a kitchen pantry that will carry some basic ingredients you'll want to bring.

Important Reminders

This picture show us some very important reminders before we enter into the premises.

Important reminders are set to be followed. Some of the signs will keep us away from harm and danger. Better read the signs before entering.

Some of the signs may include:

1. Don't smoke

2. Don't litter

3. No climbing on trees

4. No peeling off barks

5. Don't cut branches

6. Your basura your responsibility. Your Trash is your responsibility.

7. No open fire and cooking and sugba or making barbeque

8. No drinking of liquors and wine. Make happy memories without drinking.

9. Observe your manners

10.Above all, Respect others privacy

Important Reminders: Signs and Symbols



There are lots of expectations we have in mind to a place we have never been.

One of the big problems with travel expectations is that we often based on fantasy rather than reality. Unless we’re visiting a place we literally know nothing about, we need to construct a mental picture of what we think our journeys will be like. The more specific our expectations are, the more detailed the picture will be.

We have an innate desire to control things. And in much of our lives, we’re able to do this thanks to technology. We can determine what are the do's and don'ts. We can determine what we watch on TV, when we watch it, what we eat, when we get that food, etc. We can determine what kind of transportation are available.

Much as we might wish it were the case, we have little to any say over how a landscape looks, what the food tastes like, or how the locals respond when you say hello.

People talk about good things that they are enjoying because they say fit to their interest. At times, some might utter negative comments about they have experience.

But, what else matter is good and bad memories can be instilled in our minds, so that half of our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life to save.

Are you anticipating that your experiences will look and feel the same what they did in magazines, on Instagram, or in a guide book? How will you respond if your experiences are different? Would you still be interested in going there?

When Things Go Wrong

Don't go on shrugging off this step when planning a trip. Anything can, will and sometimes go wrong. It will cause a lot of inconvenience.

1.In cases like you forget to bring with you your important personal document where security check is needed specially now that we have the pandemic. There are checkpoints who will be checking documents related to health safety and standards.

2. There's typhoon coming

3. There is a terrorist attack

4. You get sick or injured

5. Your things is lost or stolen

What will you do with if and when this things happen along the way?

Take extra careful planning ahead of time. Better planning can be very useful in times when you want to to cherish important memories with you.

Take important things to carry and be prepared.

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2020 Cynthia