Mount Malindig

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Mount Malindig
Malindigsun2.jpg
Sunset over Mt. Malindig
Elevation 1,157 m (3,796 ft)
Prominence 1,157 m (3,796 ft)
Location
Mount Malindig is located in Philippines
Mount Malindig
Mount Malindig
Location of Mount Malindig in the Philippines
Location Marinduque, Philippines
Coordinates 13°14′30″N 122°00′45″E / 13.24167°N 122.01250°E / 13.24167; 122.01250Coordinates: 13°14′30″N 122°00′45″E / 13.24167°N 122.01250°E / 13.24167; 122.01250
Geology
Type Stratovolcano
Age of rock Unknown
Last eruption Unknown
Climbing
Easiest route Hike

Mount Malindig (also known as Mount Malindik and Mount Marlangga) is a large potentially active stratovolcano on the island of Marinduque in the Philippines. The name Marinduque itself may have been derived from "Marindik" or "Malindik". The tale told by the people of Buenavista, the town that sits at the foot of Malindig, is that during the Spanish times, a Spanish soldier got lost. He came upon a girl sitting down sorting rice. He asked her what was the name of this place. She replied in Tagalog "matindig" (translation: "Let me stand up") so she could get a better view of the area. The Spaniard mistook the girl and thought the mountain was called "Matindig", and unable to ennunciate Tagalog, he called it "Malindig".[citation needed]

Malindig is considered a potentially active volcano, in part because of the solfataric springs of Malbog. Its unique location, at the heart of Southern Tagalog, creates a panorama that encompasses Mindoro, Verde Island, and Southern Luzon all the way to Bicol and Burias Island. There is a military radio outpost at 900MASL.[1]

The mountain is the largest on the Island of Marinduque and the most popular climb and hike on the island for mountaineers and alike, known for its unique environmental biodiversity. It is the home of different species of wild orchids and other endemic wildlife. Due to its height above 1,000 meters above sea level, by law it has been identified as a protected area. The dormant volcano has three peaks, the Trek and climb to the peak is rated as easy to moderate. After passing the Radio Station base on the mountain, it has been known to be a mossy and closed canopy forest trek with regular foggy surroundings. It is also used by the Buenavista townfolks as a cattle grazing area.[2]

During the American Period of rule over the Philippine Islands, Mount Malindig was named "Mount Marlanga" by the Americans. The name was later changed back to its original name of "Mount Malindig".

Aerial view of southern part of Marinduque with Mt. Malindig visible bottom right

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