Tuesday, January 8, 2013

MOUNT PULONG BATO IN ZAMBOANGA CITY


This place is close to my heart and many see this as the landmark in Zamboanga City. But, there are also many who has taken for granted that this huge monolith is here in our city.


Here is what I got from Wikipedia about Mount  Pulong Bato!

Mount Pulong Bato


Mount Pulong Bato is a monolith located in Zamboanga City at the Zamboanga Peninsula, the western tip of the island of Mindanao in the Philippines. The mountain is situated in the Upper Abong-Abong Park, inBarangay Pasonanca, only a few kilometers away from the city's downtown section.

Geology

Pulong Bato became infamous because when the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology(PHIVOLCS) confirmed the mountain is a volcano which is unknown to most people. What is unusual about the mountain is, unlike the other mountains surrounding the city, only Mt. Pulong Bato is made from solid rock.[3]
According to PHIVOLCS, the volcano is an Intrusion type of volcano meaning it was formed within earth's crust. Magma was pushed from the beneath the earth surface but did not come out through an eruption like a typical volcano (Extrusion). The magma eventually solidified while it is still enclosed by softer rocks, which was later exposed by erosion or weathering, a process that could take thousands of years.

Holy Week observance

The mountain is near the premises of the famous Abong-Abong Park, where both domestic and foreign catholic devotees pilgrimage annually during Holy Week to observe the holiday and meditate.[3]

References

1.  ^ "Zamboanga City Map". Mapcarta. Retrieved on 2011-08-23.
2.  ^ Malpas, J. and Fletcher, C.J.N. "Aspects of the tectonic evolution of China", p.308. Geological Society of London, 2004.
3.  ^ a b Feliciano, Jun (2005-01-07). "City has extinct volcano". Zamboanga Sunstar.

Interestingly, our Zamboanga City has an extinct volcano! This better not erupt, with all the unusual phenomena all over the world!!!

By the way, here is Promding Chamimay's link to her back of the Pulong Bato trek!!!  http://www.promdingchamimay.com/2012/06/back-of-pulong-bato-trek.html

25 comments:

  1. Whenever I see mountains, I feel something inside I can't explain. It's like I feel so thrilled and happy at the same time. Like what I have said in your other blog, those photos really calm my heart and mind.

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  2. I was born and raised in ZC but had never bother reading the history about Mt. Pulong Bato. We usually visit the Cruz Mayor during lenten season before.

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  3. Beautiful scenery, I like most the view with the flowers...

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  4. Interesting! We also have a supposedly extinct (sana, not dormant lang) volcano here in Baguio (Mt. Sto Tomas)

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  5. Ang ganda! I hope to visit this someday. Places in Mindanao need more exposure!

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  6. i learned something new from this post.. :) will the volcano erupt again? its very interesting..

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  7. Interesting fact about Pulong Bato. Reading about the magma that was pushed from beneath the earth but didn't explode seems scary. Feels like it will explode anytime. lol

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  8. i love my earth science class during my college years and your post made me review again about this volcano and the like.

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  9. Very nice! I'd love to spend a day in a place like this... looks very peaceful and quiet.

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  10. you have a good blog, it feature how beautiful your place, Zamboanga is.. I wish I could visit the place in the future..

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  11. God has definitely done a good job with Zamboanga. It's very rich and lush with nature. :-)

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  12. Cool! I'm glad to see that your mountains still have lush vegetation. I hope it will be maintained and remain untouched. :)

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  13. Lovely greenery in your area. Hope it remains protected and the same in time to come.

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  14. woww....so beautiful. i wish i could visit zamboanga soon.

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  15. I wish to see Zamboanga someday since I have 2 friends who live there. I miss the durian treats I got from there. Yum.

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  16. I've never been to Zamboanga but from the pictures, the place looks so fascinating!

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  17. that is a solid rock pala, i thought that is a hill
    i learned something here

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  18. Let's just hope those who declared the volcano as extinct are 100 % hehehe...we don't like that kind of surprise from mother nature

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  19. woops! I mean 100% SURE. (forgot that one word hehehe)

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  20. I thought at first it's Chocolate Hills hehehe! Looking at the pictures, I noticed that coconut tree talaga in the Philippines are everywhere.

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  21. I do hope the volcano really is extinct. But like what you said, with the phenomenon that's happening all over the world, anything could happen. Your blogs are bringing us all closer to Zamboanga City. It's a beautiful city which I hope to be able to visit soon.

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  22. never been to Zamboanga sis and when i saw the pics i want to visit the place soon..I love it

    Visiting from CE - Happy Sunday

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  23. It is so pretty and lush. I hope it remains that way. It's scary what happened during Pablo. Strong winds can uproot trees in the mountains.

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  24. We need more trees in our country and seeing your photos make me happy that God's creations are preserved.

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  25. The photo is really lovely. I love the mountain having spots of pink on it because of the trees.

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