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Mt. Apo

Davao, Philippines

Mount Apo, majestically towering over the vast expanse of the southern tip of Mindanao island, and bordering over the mountainous edges of Davao City, provides a breathtaking view of various volcanic formations, craggy rockscapes, and the rich virgin forest lands of Davao City, Davao del Sur and North Cotabato. It is a flat-topped mountain with three peaks, and is capped by a 500-meter wide (1,600 feet) volcanic crater containing a small crater lake. Its base covers about 72,796 hectares of mountain ranges that extend from Davao City, Davao del Sur, Northern Cotabato, Bukidnon, and Agusan del Sur, to Misamis Oriental. Its peak overlooks Davao City 40 kilometers (25 miles) to the northeast, Digos City 25 kilometers (16 miles) to the southeast, and Kidapawan City 20 kilometers (12 miles) to the west.

Mount Apo’s several attractions include waterfalls, rapids lakes, geysers, sulphur areas, primeval trees, endangered plants, and animal species, and a steaming blue lake. "Baboy damo", or wild boar, and mountain deer are occasionally seen in the area. Moreover, there are also rubber plantations from which rubber is extracted for export, rubber being one of the country's top export earners.


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