Mt. Cleopatra’s Needle

Mt. Cleopatra’s Needle is said to be some sort of mystical mountain in Puerto Princesa, the capital city of Palawan. It was so named because of that “obelisk-like” outcrop on its peak that always gets lucky to be kissed by the clouds.

My good friend Jonah Van Beijnen, who has been working for the protection of Mt. Cleopatra’s Needle, was excited to see it from so many thousand feet for the first time with me, Dempto (Philippine Daily Inquirer correspondent), JD (radio reporter), and another guy (a photographer too), when we flew over northern Palawan last Holy Thursday.

Members of the Suakwal Mountaineers, who have scaled Mt. Cleopatra’s Needle said its “environment is extensively covered with forests and full of wildlife. At the summit, if the skies are clear, one will be offered a view of Honda Bay and Sulu Sea (East) as well as South China Sea (West); and of course, a panorama of the city proper (SE).”

I want that. Soon!

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