Have you ever noticed those flat hilltops that you see each time you look at Mt. Matutum? Well, I’ve conquered those hills, not just one but three. Starting at the hill’s base at the Leyson Farm at Barangay Mabuhay, I braved the rough trek to the hill’s apex in March 29, 2002, a Good Friday.
People who know me would certainly raise an eyebrow because I am not exactly superman. But conquer it, I did. The trek was for thirty minutes but we reached the top after an hour and a half. There were not much trees to block the scorching sun but the cool wind was enough to encourage us to move on. At the apex, the view was a sight to behold. One gets a full view of the GenSan landscape, the majesty of Mt. Matutum and different hills surrounding South Cotabato. But what gave me the goose bumps was the spectacle of the setting sun, whose color changed from deep yellow gold to flaming orange. We decided to forego the planned bonfire as we opted to be environmentally correct and junk the tire burning altogether. Our hope for a restful sleep was thwarted when the strong winds came. My partner and I were in our enclosed tent but just the same, the biting cold was way too much. We were just glad the morning finally came. The trek down Nopol Hills was uneventful but the fact that I conquered it was enough reason to celebrate. Thanks to Martin Leyson and his family for this opportunity. I made a commitment that the next time that I’ll do the trek; I’ll be more physically fit.