Sa Mount Romelo - Siniloan, Laguna

   Based on Pinoy Mountaineer, Mount Romelo has an elevation of less than 300 meters above sea level, with a difficulty level of 2/9 and is classified as a minor climb. It is one of the popular mountains to climb near Manila for beginners. But the main attraction that this place offers are the waterfalls that can be found around the forest of Siniloan.

   According to some write-ups that I've read over the internet, the trails are mostly muddy during rainy season and dusty during the sunny days. On the day of our trip, it was signal number 1 in the provinces of Quezon and Laguna according to the weather forecast. So we expected a wet and muddy climb and brought our raincoats and rain-covers for our luggage. But we did not anticipate a hot and sweaty trip from Manila.

Sa Bakas River Resort - Norzagaray, Bulacan

   Everybody has a smile on their faces as we prepare to leave Pinagrealan Cave. We can still feel the adrenalin and excitement of spelunking in that historical cave and the "Gray Cave". So to end our Norzagaray Adventure, we made our way to Bakas River Resort.

   Located in Barangay Matictic, Bakas River Resort is actually part of the Angat River. It is called Bakas, which means "footprint", because of the rock formations along its riverbank which resembles the footprint of a famous mythical character named Bernardo Carpio.

   Just less than three hours away from Manila, Norzagaray can be reach through a bus bound to Tungko. Ask the conductor to drop you off at Jollibee Tungko. Then from there, ride a jeepney going to Bigte Market. You can ride a tricycle going to Bakas River Resort from the market.


Sa Pinagrealan Cave - Norzagaray, Bulacan

   The next stop of our Norzagaray adventure is a cave which is rich in history, Pinagrealan Cave. This historical cave served as an infirmary during the time of war. Today, it is one of the popular tourist destination in Norzagaray, Bulacan. It is a favorite side-trip for those who visit the Lioness Head and Rhino Rock formations.

   After we had our spelunking at the "Gray Cave", we ate our lunch at Kenneth's (our local guide) house. Then we head on straight to Pinagrealan Cave to rediscover its wonders.