Marapara Daku Peak
Photo by Dennis S. Ella
The second highest peak of Mount Mandalagan, Marapara Daku Peak is situated to the southeast of Tinagong Dagat, the seasonal lagoon famous to mountaineers around the country. Marapara Daku or Big Marapara is much taller than its namesake which is situated to the north of Tinagong Dagat. Marapara Daku may also be referred to as Pandanon Peak after the name of the river running down southwards from the high slopes close to the summit and running parallel alongside to a prominent ridge touching base in Barangay Pandanon in the town of Murcia in the province of Negros Occidental.
Although there are human settlements in the lower south side of the peak, Marapara Daku is very much an isolated peak. Access to its backcountry sides is so hard that it still possesses a good deal of the remaining virgin forest of the mountain. It is not certain whether it has a trail leading up to its summit and it is very likely that no mountaineer has ever scaled it.
A mountain folklore has it that Almojadon (from Spanish word for cotton), a region of spongy vegetation, is situated in the northern side of the peak. Another legendary place in Marapara Daku is Pulak-pulakan, a gigantic chasm in the middle slopes in the northwestern side.
On record, Dennis Ella spent a couple of futile attempts to scale Marapara Daku from the northwest. His first attempt was in 2010 and the second was in 2011. The farthest point these attempts achieved was mid-way down the backside of the south wall of Tinagong Dagat.
Thanks to Dennis S. Ella for this description.