Cawag Pentalogy Day Hike Challenge Accepted!

I have recently joined the Cawag Pentalogy day Hike Challenged that was organized by Live More Adventures. The goal of this challenge is to conquer five mountains in an average of 16 hours. There were total of 23 participants who took the challenge.
Cawag is located in Subic, Zambales Philippines. There are five mountains that mountaineers climb in Cawag, They normally do trilogy (Three)  and Quadrilogy (Four) Trek and the most challenging is Pentalogy(Five). The five mountains were Mt. Balingkilat (MASL 1,100), Mt. Bira Bira (MASL 450, Mt. Naulaw, Mt. Dayungan (MASL 935), and Mt. Cinco Picos (MASL 881) 
Pentalogy is definitely  not for beginners. Trekking for 16 hours is not a joke. It takes a lot of endurance, perseverance and patient in reaching every summit. Each mountains has its own characteristics and has its own challenges.

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Our itenerary is listed below.

Day 0

19:00 meet up.@ KFC shopwise
20:00 ETD cawag zambales

Day 1

01:00 ETA brgy.cawag (registration, secured guides)
01:30 start trek
04:00 1st water source @ kawayanan
06:00 mt.Balingkilat summit
07:00 ETD mt.Bira2x
09:00 mt.Bira2x summit
09:30 ETD mt.Naulaw
10:00 mt.Naulaw summit
10:30 ETD mt.Dayungan
11:30 2nd water source @ dayungan trail
Lunch while.on trail
14:00 mt.Dayunangan summit
14:30 ETD mt.Cinco Picos
16:30 mt.Cinco Picos summit
17:00 ETD jump off
19:00 jump off brgy.cawag
20:00  ETD manila

I did accepted the challenge unfortunate I wasn’t able to complete all five of them. We made it up to the fourth mountain (Mt. Dayungan) but not able to get to the summit. Because of so much exhaustion plus the fact that I am not a veteran mountaineer. Out of the 23 participants only 4 folks conquered all five. Congratulations to these four folks who took the challenge and accomplished it.
Most of us just made it to the  Mt. Dayungan then decided not to Mt. Cinco Pico. I may not conquered these five mountains today but I still consider it as an accomplishment. Not everyone can go  through what we have been through. Pentalogy challenge encouraged me to become more fit and be more active. Then I’m  gonna aim again to once more get to challenge and hopefully will make it by that time.
This truly is an experience of once in a lifetime. I have learned a lot. Not just about hiking but more about myself. I have learned what I’m capable off and I know with the right preparation I can do more.
I also love the people that I’m with they have help me to enjoy this experience. Special thanks to Tito Ayi our sweeper for helping us and keep on pushing us.
Cawag Pentalogy, I will see you again!
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Mt. Bira-Bira (a.k.a. Mt. Nagsasa)


Mt. Bira-Bira (a.k.a. Mt. Nagsasa) is located in Sitio Cawag, San Antonio, Zambales Philippines

It has grassy trails with minimal elevation along the way to the summit. During the day trails are very hot because because it is exposed from the sun. Once you get to the summit you can feel the strong cool wind. From the top you will see the wonderful view of Zambales. It is important to wear proper clothes and sun protection to avoid getting your skin burned.

How to get to Mt. Bira-Bira (a.k.a. Mt. Nagsasa)
  1. Take a bus from Manila to Olongapo. Victory Liner has terminal is Pasay, Cubao and Caloocan.
  2. From Olongapo take a jeep going to Subic Municipal Hall.
  3. Take a a tricycle going to Sitio Cawag.
  4. After toy trek you have different other options where you want to go. To get back to Manila or other destination, just go back to Olongapo where you can take a bus going to your next next destination.


  1. Before going to any trek or hike make sure to research.
  2. Wear proper attire and gears (it doesn’t have to be expensive).
  3. Book your tickets a day before your trip.
  4. bring at least 4 litters of water or more.
  5. Leave no trace principle.
  6. Send your letter of intent to Sitio Cawag officials prior to the climb.
  7. Please your self physically and mentally prior to your climb.
  8. Enjoy !