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.
Summer Capital of 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 in Salay, Misamis Oriental
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 ,sight-seeing and discover places they have never been.
This scenic view boasts pride among the village and almost all around Misamis Oriental and the entire Mindanao island because of its towering pine trees and calming cold weather far away from the city and it is fit for camping trips, outdoor picnics and adventure. It is only about 2 hours from the city of Cagayan De Oro. However, due to the pandemic the said place is currently operating for the public and accepting a maximum of 50 % of its usual guest following the IATF and DOH standard protocol..
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’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.
Some things that might help
This things might be helpful before your trip to the place called " little Baguio".
1.If you own a vehicle, be sure to check it for some trouble. There are some part of the road going there where curves and danger is at risk to first time goers.
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.
Some Rules to follow
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 very important rules to follow are the following. They may be written in mother tongue language but its explanation are easily understood by all.
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
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?
Things You Cherish
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.
"If you are prepared, you shall not fear".
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