The jump-off point for Tinagong Dagat is at Patag, Silay City.
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They say Mount Mandalagan is a piece of heaven on earth. It is also known as “Tinagong Dagat,” which means “hidden sea,” because when the rainy season comes, the flat terrain becomes a lagoon. On your way to the campsite, lush scenery and a bamboo water system made by locals will greet you. During cold days, the top of the mountain is usually enveloped by an immense body of fog, making you want to wear layers of clothing. The level of difficulty for this trail might be challenging for first-time hikers, so it is advised to get a guide.
How to get to Tinagong Dagat: From North Ceres Terminal, take the Victorias Ceres Bus and get off at Silay-Patag Terminal. Board a Silay-Patag Bus and ask the driver to drop you off at Patag Hospital. Once you arrive at the hospital, proceed to the registration area located at the hospital’s entrance and pay the fees for the tour guide.