Snap and Ponder: Sea of Clouds at Osmeña Peak – Appreciate!

Life is indeed amazing; would you want it gone?

This week’s #SnapAndPonder talks about my realizations during our trek to Osmeña Peak where no words could describe how thankful we were for the answered prayer of a lovely weather.

Why do we need to appreciate? Do we have to appreciate?

Appreciation is defined as to recognize the full worth of something or someone. This may be acknowledging someone, something or even one self’s worth.

There is so much to appreciate in this beautiful world. We may not realize it in day-to-day basis but if you pause for a second and listen to what surrounds, you’ll realize. Even the things in life like you are able to wake up in the morning, you are able to successfully go to the office, the safe travels, love of family and friends, and of course the air you breathe in, the water you drink and the life you have. I could not enumerate all because they are that many.

Appreciating someone’s worth could give him/her motivation, smile and a good day. Why? Human nature needs attention, care, and feeling of worthiness. Even how introvert you may be but being recognized always gives a beautiful reaction that you could never forget.
Life is uncertain. People may come and go and chances are limited. Would you wait for that chance to say a simple Thank You when it’s gone? Would you just let that someone go without saying anything of its worth?

Sometimes, people tend to neglect it until it’s gone. For example, your parents raised you up since you were a kid. Children may seem to be shy or “awkward” just to say thank you. Sometimes children get mad at their parents whenever their wants and wishes are not granted. However, when the day arrives and they are gone, all you can do is cry because you were not able to say thank you for all the care and love. It haunts down to our souls and all we can do is remember and live the teachings from them.

What does this have to do with Osmeña Peak?

Mother Earth is a huge being that breathes, cries and eventually dies. Scientifically when the time reaches, heavenly bodies die and Earth is no exception. Face it, Earth’s condition is getting worse. Storms, flood, drought, fiery heat is getting frequent. Abnormal weather condition is always what we experience. Yesterday’s gonna be sunny, today’s gonna show some sea of clouds, tomorrow’s gonna be rainy. We don’t know what might happen, but surely it will reach to its end point.

Seeing the rare Sea of Clouds of Osmeña Peak for the first time makes me appreciate the beauty of nature and how dare we slowly destroy it. We were blessed with a glorious clearing giving us magnificent viewport of nature which I think is rare from the posts and mentions from my friends who’ve been there beforehand. We were lucky to have that and I am so thankful.

I was also happy that locals were maintaining the mountains by planting flowers and fruits to make Osmeña Peak green again. There are also guidelines and reminders for everyone who visit the vicinity to help preserve the grandeur of the environment.

With all these efforts, we can say that people are starting to help the movement to preserve and help. This means people get to APPRECIATE the essence of the clean and green environment and have not waited until the once famous and stunning Osmeña Peak is gone too.

Do you want that? Of course not!

Again, why do we have to appreciate especially nature?

In my opinion, appreciation begins passionately to everything. How would you engage into something, like your hobbies, if you do not appreciate its worth? By appreciating, you tend to be motivated, you tend to take care and love what you cherished.

I think when everyone appreciates, it would be a beautiful harmonious world, isn’t it? If and only if…

Would you appreciate? To whom or to what would you appreciate? Tell me your thoughts in the comment section below.


How to get there?

There are plenty of ways to reach Osmeña Peak. Due to its popularity, agencies and local governments have their own medium for tourists and travelers.

However, the easiest way to reach the marvelous mountains, one may ride a bus from Cebu’s South Bus Terminal and disembark at Poblacion, Dalaguete (town proper). There are numerous motorcycle taxis that are waiting for a ride and you can get one. They can ride you to Mantalongon Market or even at the foot of Mantolongon Ranges, where Osmeña Peak hails.

Another option is to ride a bus at Osaka Terminal, near the University of San Jose Recoletos campus in Carbon, Cebu City. The bus has only one route which is Cebu City to Mantalongon Market and Vice Versa. You can disembark at the Market and ride a motorcycle to the foot of Mantalongon Range which is cheaper.

When you reach the foot, you have to hike for a few meters and to be able to reach the Tourism Office where you have to pay for the Registration Fee. They also inform that there will be a tent fee when you decide to camp. There are also souvenir items like t-shirts and the like.
From the tourism office, it takes only less than 10 minutes to reach the magnificent Osmeña Peak. Tada!


Bus ride from South Bus Terminal – EST P135
Bus ride from Osaka Terminal – EST P100
Motorcycle Taxi from Dalaguete Proper to Mantolongon Market – P75/pax
Dalaguete Proper to Foot of Osmeña Peak – P150/pax
Registration Fee – P30/pax
Tent Fee – P50 per tent

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  • Being appreciative of everything will alter how we understand life in general. We should always appreciate the things from small and big because that’s when our heart started to venture on its own. It is when we appreciate whatever excellent in others is like making it our own equally well since we are part of it. This blog post is such a reminder that we should always have a heart to appreciate to make the world a better place to dwell.

    Osmena Peak has been one of my favorite peaks in Cebu. I have climbed there 6 times already and without appreciating its beauty, I don’t guess I would keep coming back. I hope they still make out its innate state.

    • Wow! Such words to appreciate a post talking about appreciation. I appreciate it much Master Lai! Thank you! You’re the best! Hehe

    • It was just my first time and we were blessed of a beautiful weather. I wanted to go back again this time with a bad weather to appreciate that fogs can be beautiful too in some ways, right? Hehe

    • Ariel

      from dalaguete to foot of osmeña peak is only php 100 not 150.

  • Celebrate Life! Appreciate Nature!
    Great post by the way.
    Makes me re-think things in life too.

  • Salamat bai!

  • Thank you for your passion to care, to write and to share. All are well appreciated and I hope to appreciate Osmeña Peak next year too. 🙂

  • I love people who appreciate little things. Appreciating little things = (equals) better you(self). -Jay

  • Rea

    Appreciating little things in life leads to big things. This truly reminds me of another LSS I have. 🙂

    “But you only need the light when it’s burning low
    Only miss the sun when it starts to snow.
    Only know you love her when you let her go”

    Haha, naka-kanta man sad ta oi. Osmeña Peak is the only mountain I’ve climbed in Cebu. It was breathtaking to be up there. And it’s a super cool backdrop for photo shoots. 🙂

    • Ug nikanta sad ko. Haha! Yea. Simple little things accumulative things hehe. Thanks!

  • I hope that people would appreciate the importance of nature and would be responsible enough not to dispose their candy wrappers anywhere. I have been to Osmena Peak once and there were people who don’t know how to keep their trash properly.

    • That is true Marica! How sad to think that they don’t actually care m, appreciate and respect the mountains.

  • SEA OF CLOUDS. wow. Been to Osmena Peak twice and never have I had the opportunity of seeing the sea of clouds there. Lucky you. haha

    • yeaaaahhh!!! swerte jud kaayo! I was so happy that time 🙂

      • I know the feeling sa ma happy gyud. hahaha

  • I’ll appreciate it if lingawon na ko nimo. Pero joke ra.

    Good things come from appreciation and from there everything is just beautiful in our eyes. When I came to Osmena Peak, right then and there, I realized how beautiful the Earth really was. For some reason, I also felt sad that the kind of scene won’t last long. It saddens me sometimes to appreciate things that don’t last.

    • haha di ko khblo sa itubag sa imung first sentence. hahaha

      lagi. it’s true jud nothing last forever. mao nang dli jud ko mutuo ug forever </3

  • Kat

    Daghan najud kaayo signs nga dapat najud ko muadto sa Osmena Peak. Like, I think ako nalang wala pa kaadto. Haha! Seeing your photos and reading this post makes me really wanna go there like karun na dayun. Haha. It will definitely be a great way to take a breather from all the stress sa akong life. Haayyy.

  • Waaaaaaa! I’ve always wanted to go to Osmeña Peak but everytime I plan to go, it always gets cancelled. 🙁 Hoping to go with you guys someday!

  • I’ve been to Osmena Peak several times, and every climb has always been a different experience. But all the same, reaching the summit and seeing the view makes me appreciate the beauty in this island. I just hope people will do their part to protect Osmena Peal so generations after us will still see the same beauty that we see today.

  • Osmena Peak is really one my top destination to visit before this year will end. Wala pa jud ko kaanha coz mahadlok jud ko mukatkat ug bukid.hahahaha 🙂

    • Osmeña is an easy mountain. You don’t have to worry anything about. Hehe

  • I really do believe a lot of people just need to stop, breathe in and truly appreciate the things that they have in order to get a better hold of themselves and in turn, become more positive internally and outwards making a better world as a whole.

  • Char baki!!! Atik oi. #novelComment

  • Osmena Peak is obviously one of the easiest mountain to trek in Cebu. Been there once. Took photos, too cloudy. Will be coming back again soon. Hahahaha!

  • We are fortunate that we live in a time where we can snap amazing pictures anytime. Can you imagine this place 2 centuries ago? I am sure our ancestors would have been awed with its beauty but they just do not have a way to share it to others. 😉

    • I do! The magnificent raw beauty of Mt. Labalasan would be so overwhelming to watch.

  • I can’t remember if we had the chance to see a sea of clouds in OPeak before. I did notice that we were covered in fog — it was awesome!