Mount Halcon

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Mount Halcon
Mount Halcon.jpg
Elevation 2,586 m (8,484 ft)
Prominence 2,586 m (8,484 ft)
Listing Ultra
Mount Halcon is located in Philippines
Mount Halcon
Mount Halcon
Location Oriental Mindoro, Philippines
Range Mindoro mountain range
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 or Monte Halcón is a mountain located in the island of Mindoro in the Philippines. Its height of 2,586 m (8,482 ft) makes it the 18th highest peak in the Philippines.[1] Its slopes have earned it the title to be the most difficult mountain to climb in the country.

Mt. Halcon is home to the indigenous Alangan Mangyans.[2] Its thick vegetation contains much flora and fauna, including the critically endangered Mindoro bleeding-heart which is endemic in the area,[3] and the stick insect Conlephasma enigma, which was first described in 2012.[4]

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.[5] Another search in 1977 was called off due to Miyazawa contracting malaria.[6] In 1980, Miyazawa found Nakahara's hut, and the natives talked to him extensively about the foreigner.[7] However, Miyazawa 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. ^ Alangan Mangyan. National Commission on Indigenous Peoples. [2]. Accessed on 2011-09-15.
  3. ^ Mount Halcon. Birdlife International. [3]. Accessed on 2011-09-15.
  4. ^ Wakler, Matt (2012-09-04). "'Mystery' stick insect discovered". BBC. Retrieved 2012-09-04. 
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ Mainichi Shimbun, Mainichi News Compilation 1977, p. 900
  7. ^ "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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