Monday, September 25, 2017

Mt. Bikay (337+ MASL) and Buntot Palos Falls (Laguna)

By the catch basin of Buntot Palos Falls

Buntot Palos Falls, located deep into the forests of the rugged Sierra Madre mountain range in the town of Pangil, Laguna is one of the several majestic waterfalls of the province. Also known as "Hidden Falls" it is in really, hidden away from civilization, requiring about two to three hours of hike into the rocky and mud pit-riddled trails and cutting into the slopes of Mt. Bikay. All the effort though is well rewarded with the sights and sounds of a grand cascade of falling water from a rocky precipice into a rugged collection of huge rocks and a wide and deep catch basin, perfect for swimming and of course, snapping photos.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Mt. Humarap (Tatlong Krus) and Matabungka Falls (Laguna, 310+ MASL)

At the summit of Mt. Humarap with the Three Crosses of Paete in the background

The town of Paete on the northeastern shores of the Laguna de Bay is known to be the home of some of the most highly skilled wood carving craftsmen and artisans. Shops offering a menagerie of these wonderful wooden and papier-mâché products line the streets of the town. Accessible from Manila either via Tanay in Rizal or Sta. Cruz in Laguna, the town is about 3-4 hours away from the Metro. Being at the foothills of the Sierra Madre, the town lies in the shadow of Mt. Humarap, with the three crosses at the summit overlooking the entire town down below.