Mount Makiling, south of Metro Manila, is regarded as the mother of mountains in the Philippines. They often say that its biological diversity exceeds that of the US and Canada when combined. It was named after a diwata (deity?) whom everyone refers to as Mariang Makiling.
When traversing from Sto Tomas, Batangas to Los Baños, Laguna, the trail gives a sample of what you normally experience when hiking mountains. Steep assaults, a bit of rock climbing and bouldering, rappelling, slippery and muddy trailing, extended walk and even the presence of limatik (leech) may be experienced.