Adventure Kwebang Lampas Pagbilao, Quezon.
It is that time of the year again when Philippine birders flock to wetlands to check the presence of our feathered winter visitors. I looked around inside the van and found my fellow volunteers chatting cheerily as we made our way from our respective pick-up locations. Aboard the car were Ronald Altamirano and Bernadette Roxas of Team Energy Foundation Inc. (TEFI) and Harry Miller, Arnel Telesforo, and I of the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines (WBCP). Together with our weapons for "hunting" and counting birds (i.e. spotting scopes, binoculars, and field guides) we went southwards toward Pagbi ...
This mangrove forest is a living proof of a successful rehabilitation effort. Even before World War II, the area was a favorite to poachers who gather the "bakawan" which is a very good material for charcoal. In 1975, the 145 hectare area was declared as Pagbilao Mangrove Experimental Forest by virtue of Bureau of Forest Development (BFD) Administrative Order No. 7 (s. 1975). This declaration provided the necessary protection (and funding) and further poaching was prevented. Now, the diverse ecosystem makes the area a favorite field trip destination mostly of botany and zoology students from p ...
Located in Isla Polo, Pagbilao Quezon which is about 170 km. south of Manila, "Puting Buhangin Beach" (White Sand) has become one of the most popular yet unspoiled beach near Manila. It offers fine grain, white sand and pristine water making it one of the most beautiful beaches that is not yet commercialized. It was high tide with powerful splurges of waves caused by Monsoon Rain when I went to the place, thus I never truly enjoyed my visit - so much for the spoiler.
Another nearby attraction is the "Kwebang Lampas" - a cave which is located in the coastline of the beach. The place is a hid ...
I'm finally back! Sorry, 'coz it took so long to blog about my latest adventure. Its because I just started my first job at Asian Advantages as Jr. Web Developer. Hooray! And yes, because of that I can travel the world one step at a time maybe after 3 months of working. Hahaha.
Back to the topic. Last week, May 21-22, 2016. We decided to experience the hidden gem of Pagbilao, Quezon. When I was 1 year old we used to live there because of the fact that my dad's job was selling and buying island for VV Soliven. And my mom said to me before the trip that Kwebang Lampas was one of the propertie ...
Bahay-Pagi Falls, is another one of Pagbilao's favorite picnic destination. With a relatively small but strong waterfalls. Brave-hearted individuals have fun jumping over the falls and fought their way out of the underwater current.
Why is it called Bahay-Pagi? Pagi is the vernacular for Stingray, So, Bahay-Pagi could mean "Stingray's House". I did not ask any old hermit, but I think anyone can see the answer from the area itself. So I used my camera to capture the stingray.
To get to the top of the falls, you need to swim across the pool and climb a big rock. Items that you do not want ...