By Flornisa Marie M. Gitgano
Photos by Arni Aclao
WHO would have thought that carabao grazing grounds up in the mountains would become a nature resort with relaxing amenities?
Coal Mountain Resort in Barangay Linut-od, Argao is the perfect place to visit if you want to relax away from the busy streets and stressful work in the city.
This is also a good option for travelers who want to try an affordable adventure close to nature, without the frills but with all the fun.
Coal Mountain Resort is about 23 kilometers from Argao town proper and 468 meters above seal level. Argao itself is some 65 kilometers from Cebu City.
Green mountains, some of which are part of Dalaguete town, surround the resort. To get there, one can use the resort’s coaster and two vans.
The area was used to be the grazing ground of carabaos owned by Guillermo Gomez Carminero Sr. and Liboria Sardido Caminero.
Guillermo and Liboria had six children: Rep. Wilfredo Caminero and his siblings Pacinta, Rogelio, Atty. Nestor, Guillermo Jr. and Argao Vice Mayor Dr. Stanley.
If you plan to go there, here are eight things you should know about about Coal Mountain Resort:
In 2005, the resort was constructed to serve as the Camineros’ rest house (more or less a hut), according to mining Engr. Jon Louie Caminero. It was then expanded to accommodate the increasing number of the family members.
After four to five years, Louie, son of Guillermo Jr., said the family decided to develop the rest house into a resort after they learned that some of their friends and guests who visited the area find it relaxing.
The resort was called Coal Mountain Resort to honor the residents who practice good coal mining in Argao.
When the area was developed, they started with the demonstration tunnel, about 70 feet below the ground and 475 feet long. The underground tunnel is now part of the resort’s tour offerings.
The resort features a heart-shaped pool (for adults) and a kidney-shaped pool (for children). Carabao sculptures and large concrete mushrooms to provide shade for guests surround the pool.
Currently, the resort now has a Kawasan diving pool, a hanging bridge, cable car, zipline, conference hall, multi-purpose covered court, resto bar and room accommodations.
Children four to 10 years old only need to pay P10 for entrance fee and P25 if they want to use the swimming pool, while those 13 and older will be charged P20 for the entrance fee and P50 to use the pool.
They offer 20 percent discount to students and senior citizens by just showing a valid identification card.
If you’re interested to visit the place and try a different adventure, contact 032-514-8577 or 09189656081, or email them at email@example.com.