Cloud-capped Mount Apo on a bright sunny day from Catalina Gardens at Shrine Hills.

Mt. Apo is a large solfataric potentially active stratovolcano on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines. It is the highest mountain in the country and overlooks Davao City-40km northeast, where I live, Digos City-25km southeast, and Kidapawan City-20km west. Its name means "master" or "grandfather".

Mt. Apo is flat topped, with three peaks, and is capped by a 500 m wide volcanic crater containing a small crater lake. It is a source of geothermal energy, but the date of its most recent eruption is unknown, and none are verified in historical times. (Knock on wood, my prayers for this mountain to stay calm and unruffled until the day I die.)

Mount Apo is one of the most popular climbing destinations in the Philippines, and the summit is easy to reach. The first recorded climb was on October 10, 1880 by a party led by Don Joaquin Rajal.


  1. wow, what a beautiful, beautiful sight! can you imagine waking up to this view everyday.

    I just hope it remain calm as well.

  2. Wonderful photo! I hope it stays inactive forever! We can do with less disasters, man-made or natural.

  3. Beautiful view and interesting details about Mt. Apo. I like the translation of its name.

  4. Dinah, Thanks for taking time to comment, yes! my prayers ... sana walang activity and bulkang ito!

    Hilda, Yes! I really can't image what to do if this disaster will happen.

    Glenn, Sabi mo eh! galingan natin! hahaha!

    Arvin, Sana magawi ka sa Davao one of these days!

    Afv, Indeed, simply breathtaking!

    Lindy, thanks for dropping by, The master of all mountains in our country. see you again.