First up is a very popular beginner hike just a few hours from Metro Manila. Mt. Batulao in Batangas gives hikers extremely scenic trails of rolling slopes and green grasslands. Several “mini-peaks” are passed through before finally reaching the summit, which takes roughly four hours to arrive at. Though perfect for beginners, the hike presents a decent challenge and is not at all boring. For hikers in it for the stunning views and wanting to take their time, there are campsites along the trail to relax and spend the night.