The Bathala Caves, located at Santa Cruz, Marinduque, is a complex network of seven caves however only four of which have so far been explored. One of the biggest is called "Simbahan." "Kay Coke" cave, on the other hand, is occasionally guarded by pythons. The third cave has an underground river and the fourth one houses human bones believed to be the remains of World War II soldiers.
> Kuwebang Simbahan, or Church Cave, is the largest of the group and owes its name to its church-like interior with stalactites and stalagmites that resemble an altar and a church bell. In the same complex, the Python Cave is occasionally guarded by rock pythons, which are normally dangerous, aggressive snakes but are said to have never harmed anyone inside the caves.
Bathala Caves Kuwebang Simbahan or Church Cave News
Marinduque is an island province in the Philippines just south of mainland Luzon. Shaped like a heart, its shoreline is viewed as the geographical center of the country. Known for its colorful Moriones Festival held every Holy Week of the year, it seems unattractive to visit once the festivities are done.
When it's not Holy Week and you're compelled to explore Marinduque, here are a few exciting ways to enjoy the visit while you're getting lost in your own genial travel:
1. Enjoy The RORO Vessel Ride
In my attempt to upend preconceived notions, I tackled the 4-hour Jacliner bus ride las ...
I am not a fan of caves... it's dark, crawling with creatures and is not safe for equipment. But there is something about caves that I find mysterious and exciting and whenever someone ask me to go caving, more often than not, I would say YES!
Bathala Caves located in Sta. Cruz, Marinduque is the town's biggest draw. It is composed of dozens of caves that are said to be the playground of Gods. There are about ten caves that have names but locals said there are at least dozens more in the area that are yet to be explored. I was there at the area a bit late in the afternoon so I got to explor ...
Marinduque has everything that nature can provide, according to the founder of a seven-year-old volunteer youth organization which is encouraging travelers to make the heart-shaped island part of their summer agenda.
The attributes are many: Mossy forests with endemic butterflies and insects, a majestic peak, waist-deep subterranean river within a cave guarded by pythons and 20-foot drop falls inside the cave.
"The province is a big classroom for environmental science teachers, students and enthusiasts," says Dr. Carlos Andam, cofounder of Marinduque Youth Volunteers Corps (MYVC).
The following article was printed under the Marinduque Travel Guide dated August 17,2010(www.localphilippines.com).It is a good summary of what to do and see in Marinduque. The article is very informative specially for first timers to the Island.
"A heart-shaped island in the Southern Tagalog Region is a certified tourism magnet come the Lenten Season. The province has been making waves in the travel sector behind a colorful event (odd for some) called the Moriones Festival. Aside from this religious occasion, the island is known as an alternative destination to Boracay and Palawan, as it i ...
A move to fully maximize Marinduque as an environment-friendly major tourist destination in Luzon is being pushed by local officials in Luzon.
Ilocos Rep. Bong Bong Marcos, who recently visited the province, is spear-heading the move.
"Marinduque is known worldwide for its colorful Moriones Festival and that's good; but it has so much more to offer in terms of world class attractions and facilities that we must and will capitalize on to boost tourism, spur economic activities and uplift the quality of lives of Marinduqueños," said Marcos.
He noted that the island-province is environm ...
Marinduque is an island province of the Philippines in the region of Luzon. Its capital is Boac. Marinduque lies between Tayabas Bay to the north and Sibuyan Sea to the south. It is located south and west of Quezon, east of Mindoro and north of Romblon.
The island is surrounded by clean, clear, warm tropical water with good marine life for snorkeling and diving. The Tres Reyes Islands (also known as the Three-Kings) is especially a great place for snorkeling, it's pure white sand is protected by the massive cliff faces and rock caves, and is very much isolated from anything.
You can hi ...