Mount Halcon

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Mount Halcon
Mount Halcon.jpg
Highest point
Elevation 2,586 m (8,484 ft)
Prominence 2,586 m (8,484 ft)
Listing Ultra
Coordinates 13°15′00″N 120°59′00″E / 13.25000°N 120.98333°E / 13.25000; 120.98333Coordinates: 13°15′00″N 120°59′00″E / 13.25000°N 120.98333°E / 13.25000; 120.98333
Mount Halcon is located in Philippines
Mount Halcon
Mount Halcon
Location within the Philippines
Location Mindoro
Country Philippines
Province Oriental Mindoro
Municipality Baco
Parent range Mindoro mountain range

Mount Halcon or Monte Halcón is a mountain located in the island of Mindoro in the Philippines. Its height of 2,586 metres (8,484 ft) makes it the 18th highest peak in the Philippines.[1] Its steep slopes have earned it the reputation of being the most difficult mountain to climb in the country. The first documented ascent was made in 1906 by botanist Elmer Drew Merrill and a party of forestry and military personnel.[2]

Mt. Halcon is home to the indigenous Alangan Mangyans.[3] Its thick vegetation contains much flora and fauna, including the critically endangered Mindoro bleeding-heart which is endemic in the area,[4] and the stick insect Conlephasma enigma, which was first described in 2012.[5]

The mountain was also the location of a possible World War II Japanese holdout. Isao Miyazawa found evidence that his comrade Captain Fumio Nakahara was living there in 1957.[6] Another search in 1977 was called off due to Miyazawa contracting malaria.[7] In 1980, Miyazawa found Nakahara's hut, and the natives talked to him extensively about the foreigner.[8] However, Nakahara himself has never been spotted.

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  1. ^ The highest mountains in the Philippines. Pinoy Mountaineer – Your Guide to Hiking in the country. 2008-02-02. [1]. Retrieved 2011-09-15.
  2. ^ Hay, Ida (1998). "E. D. Merrill, From Maine to Manila" (PDF). Arnoldia. 58 (1): 11–19. 
  3. ^ Alangan Mangyan. National Commission on Indigenous Peoples. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-02-13. Retrieved 2011-09-15. . Accessed on 2011-09-15.
  4. ^ Mount Halcon. Birdlife International. [2]. Accessed on 2011-09-15.
  5. ^ Wakler, Matt (2012-09-04). "'Mystery' stick insect discovered". BBC. Retrieved 2012-09-04. 
  6. ^ 宮沢, 功 (1957). "連載 サラリーマン男のロマン ミンドロ島戦友捜索奮戦記". 実業之日本. Jitsugyo no Nihon Sha. 83 (6): 102–105. 
  7. ^ Mainichi Shimbun, Mainichi News Compilation 1977, p. 900
  8. ^ "Still fighting, 35 years after V-J day," Finger Lakes Times. April 10, 1980, p1

^ "The Last Last Soldier?," TIME, January 13, 1975 ^ "Still fighting, 35 years after V-J day," Finger Lakes Times. April 10, 1980, p1

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