Mt. Matutum, one of the highest mountains in Mindanao, is a must try for more seasoned climbers. "Amyak Maleh Matutum!" means Climb and plant Matutum! a requirement to all trekkers.
Matutum is an active volcano, approximately 5.7 kilometres (3.5 mi) from Acmonan, Tupi, South Cotabato, Philippines.
Matutum is located in the province of South Cotabato, on the island of Mindanao, in the south of the Philippines, at geographical coordinates 6°22'N, 125°06.5'E. Its parent range is Hamiguitan Mountain Range.
It is 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) north of Polomolok, and about 30 kilometres (19 mi) north-northwest of General Santos City.
It has 2 hot springs, called Acmonan and Linan, 5.7 kilometres (3.5 mi) west-southwest of the volcano.
Adjacent volcanic edifices are Landayao, Tampad, and Albulhek, which are all west of the volcano, and Magolo to the north.
There is a well-preserved 320-metre (1,050 ft) wide crater at the volcano's summit. The crater is breached by three gorges and has a 120-metre (390 ft) deep, densely forested floor.
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Covering four municipalities, Mt. Matutum is a major watershed that supplies 25% of the water requirement of the SOCCSKSARGEN area. It is also home to various rare endemic birds and mammals, but destructive and unsustainable human activities, along socio-political influences are placing a heavy strain on the natural resources of the Mt. Matutum Protected Landscape.
It is believed to be one of the nesting areas of the critically endangered national bird, the Philippine eagle (Pithecophaga jeffryi)
Matutum is home yo some rare endemic birds, like the Mindanao Lorikeet (Trichoglossus johnstoniae), Mindanao Bleeding-heart (Gallicolumba criniger), and the Mindanao Broadbill (Eurylaimus steerii), to name a few.
Endemic subspecies of Snowy-browned Flycatcher (Ficedula hyperythra matutumensis). as well as mammals known only from Mount Matutum may already be in grave danger of extinction if current levels of forest lost and destruction continue.