Mt. Mabilog Sidetrip Bunga Falls and Underground Cemetery
Renante MinaTuesday, April 30, 2013 16 comments

     This mountain Mt. Mabilog was actually on my list this year 2013 and I planned to climb Mt. Mabilog before the holy week but there's no one I can invite because everyone was busy with their work. After my holy week climb, My friend Arman messaged me that he want to climb again for him to unwind from his busy work. He sacrificed his work for 1 day because he has a work on weekend. As always he requested to me to climb Mt. Batulao because when we went there we encountered the typhoon, he also want to see the magnificent 360 views of Mt. Batulao. I replied to him “saka na ayaw ko magsawa doon, sasamahan ko din kayo next time” hahahaha. Sige hanap ka ng puwede akyatin and again the responsibility they gave was for me to research what's the best mountain that is near in Metro Manila, so I recommended Mt. Mabilog because of its trail specification and also a short hike so that we will have a time to our side-trip near in that mountain and everyone agreed.

     A day before the climb Arman texted me that the two girls cannot come because of conflict to their jobs and it nearly cause to cancellation, but we decided to pursue our plan but our main concern was the expenses it would be much better if they will come so it can lessen our expenses. Before the climb we always remind our close friend Gab not to be late to our meet up, because we know him to be always tardy and that's one habit we don’t like about him, but he promised us he will not do it again, Filipino time talaga Hahaha.

     Our meet-up was at JAC Liner Kamias Quezon City going to  Lucena bound I didn’t expect to see him not late, he was serious with what he promised to us hahaha nahiya na siguro because he was always late sometimes it would even past 1hour or almost 2hours pang asar lang hahaha. Every 30 minutes the time interval of every bus so we need to catch the 3:30AM trip because the 3AM bus already departed.


     We arrived in San Pablo Maharlika highway at 5:30AM and we rode a trike going to 7eleven (convenient store) plaza our fare 10 pesos each, near the 7eleven there’s a jeep with a signboard going to Ilog we informed the driver that our destination was Sto. Angel.

     Luckily there are locals in that area because there are lots of forks and the local gave us instruction the local said “just follow the galvanized wall” just straight ahead. 

Bamboo raft

     We reached the Lake Pandin and ma’am Tina welcomed us she was our contact and arranged for our guide. We registered and paid our guide fee and then she mumbled to me “you can give any amount for donation after your climb” hmmm ah okay no problem hahaha, but I know that there is no registration fee required because in that area is private property.

Hut it will use as setting of Ibong Adarna according to our guide

     We started our trekked at 7:15AM so that we have enough time to our side-trip. The trail was not too steep, applicable for beginners but it has a lot of confusing trail I don’t know if the other the same path luckily we have guide. We rest for a while on the trail and the locals offered us a buko(coconut fruit), our guide said we are already near the peak we were excited because and it's early we have a lot of time to have a side-trip.

Peak of Mt. Mabilog

     At the peak you can see the magnificent view, 2 lakes of the 7 lakes of Laguna the Lake Pandin and Lake Yambo which you can pass if you will use the Sto. Angel trail and the mountains of Quezon the Mt. Cristobal known as Devil’s mountain and the Mt. Banahaw known as Holy mountain, what I heard from others there's a footprint of Jesus on the stone and the water at the Mt. Banahaw was miraculous. Exactly 9:00AM we descent and I started asking to our guide,

Conversation to our guide during our trek:
Me: Paano pagpunta sa Bunga falls?
Guide: Hindi ko po alam.
Me:  Bakit Mt. Mabilog tawag sa bundok?
Guide: Hindi ko po rin alam eh.
Me: ano yung malapit na puwede pasyalan malapit dito?
Guide: hindi ko rin alam eh ,di ko kasi kabisado.
Me: (napapa-isip) ah kaya pala

We saw other locals on the trail:
Me: Ano po iyong puwede pasyalan malapit dito?
Locals: Doon sa “Parang”
Me: “Parang” ano po yon? Parang (familiar narinig ko na hindi ko lang maalala saan part
        na iyon)
Locals: (Itinuro) iyon oh iyong may cross,
Me: Ahh iyon pala sa Tayak hill wala masakyan doon eh, Paano papunta sa Bunga Falls?                 
       (makulit ako eh hehehe..)
Locals: Diyan sa taas may daan wala naman ligaw medyo malayo lang diyan.
Guide: Hindi ko alam diyan eh.
Me: (Inis na inis na ako…) saan po malapit na daan?
Locals: Doon sa may Lake Yambo sakay kayo doon pero bihira masakyan.

Nagtext kami sa kontak namin:
Me: Paano papunta sa Bunga falls?
Kontak: Baba nalang kayo sa Lake Yambo para mas malapit.
Me: Ah cge po.
Locals: Ano Sabi?
ME: Sa Lake Yambo nalang.
Locals: (Itinuro sa guide ang daan) diyan kaliwa lang kayo diyan
Guide: Oo alam ko na.

Hahaha sa wakas alam niya na 

Habang naglalakad papunta sa Lake Yambo
Guide: Saglit lang po ha tsek ko lang dito kung yong daan na malapit
Kami: (natatawa nalang kami)
Guide: Mas malapit kasi dito

(Kahit malapit kung hindi ka sigurado parang sinugal mo naman oras namin, para mapalapit)

Where we exit at Sitio Yambo

     We reached the Sitio under Sulsuguin Laguna where we exit, our guide asked  the locals where to find trike in that area. For 15 minutes of waiting, I thought the trike that we ride was a public transport we asked how much his charge fee but he said “kahit magkano bahala na kayo” hahaha buti nalang we were luckily he have time to bring us in Bunga Falls.

Lake Yambo

Sidetrip: Bunga Falls

Survivor Philippines ang peg

     At the Bunga Falls we paid 5.00 for our entrance fee. It was a perfect place for those who want to unwind and to see the awesome water falls but my only disappointment it was too crowded, the ear deafening loud sounds of videoke I think there were 2 or more, they sang at the same time just like there was a concert. I considered that maybe because it was summer time they need to refreshment from a very hot weather. But the Falls it has unique charm of almost identical, descending side by side. Named after the Bunga (betel nut) palms that used to grow on the area.


Twin water falls of Bunga Falls

Superman jump

 Our friend Gab we convinced him to jump

nice Gab...
Nakakatakot daw hehehehe

Sidetrip: Underground Cemetery


     Our next destination was the underground cemetery at Nagcarlan barangay hall, we ride a trike, our fare was 14pesos each.

     The Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery Historical Landmark is a fine example of Spanish colonial architecture. Built by the Franciscan Friar Vicente Velloc in 1845, its octagonal grounds are enclosed by a wall decorated with wrought-iron grills and stonework meant to look like drapery.
     An arched gate leads to the chapel built into the cemetery's inner wall. Wings radiate from the sides of the chapel, forming an arc where the aboveground niches are found.
    Under the chapel, two flights down, is the crypt.  This underground section of the cemetery played an important role in our history.  Throughout the Revolution of 1896 and the Filipino-American War, our fighting patriots used the crypt as a secret hideout, gathering here to plan their moves or to seek shelter.  Similarly, it became a safehouse for guerillas during the World War II.
     The Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery Historical Landmark is located in Nagcarlan a mountainside town of Laguna. The landmark is open for public viewing from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from Tuesday to Saturday. For inquiries please contact the NHI central office at telephone number +63 2 5249952. source: National Historical Commission of the Philippines

Door of the chapel

Field of the Underground Cemetery

Outside of the Underground Cemetery

No fee required

Grave inside the Underground Cemetery



How to get there: Mt. Mabilog
  • Ride a bus going to Lucena bound inform the driver/kondoktor drop you in San Pablo
         JAC Liner    -   Terminal:    Kamias Quezon City and Buendia Avenue Pasay City
         JAM Transit -   Terminal:    Kamias Quezon City and Buendia Avenue Pasay City
  • At the San Pablo Maharlika highway (stoplight) ride a trike inform the driver drop you in 7eleven plaza.
  • Beside of 7eleven there are jeeps standby in that area with a signboard “ILOG” inform to the driver drop you in Sto. Angel going to Lake Pandin.

Landmarks to Barangay Sto Angel

Please don't confuse to this signboard instead use this as landmark

 -When you see these landmarks, walk for less than 30minutes going to Lake Pandin (registration area)

135.00 - Kamuning to San Pablo
  10.00 - Maharlika highway stoplight to 7eleven plaza (trike)
  12.00 - 7eleven plaza to Sto. Angel (jeep)
300.00 - Guide fee
120.00 - trike rent to Bunga Falls
    5.00 - Bunga falls entrance
  14.00 - Bunga falls to Underground Cemetery (trike)
  25.00 - Underground Cemetery to San Pablo (jeep)

Note  I can't recommend our side-trip because the public transport is not accessible, you can do if you have a private car.


joanne said...

Eto pala yun sinasabi mo sa post ko.. Nun nagpunta kami sa Bunga Falls, crowded din at tama ka, ang ingay ng videoke, hahaha..

Yun bahay nun friend ko e walking distance lang from Underground Cemetery so nakapunta na kami dun last year..

Hindi ko naman alam na may pwede pa lang akyatin na bundok dun.. kakabulol ang Mt. Mabilog, haha.. Mukhang confused yun tour guide nyo e, hahaha

akosiplaysafe said...

Wahaha! Dami ko tawa sa post mo Manong Unyol. Ang kulit lang. Nice pics and stories.. Parang lalo ko tuloy gustong akyatin ito. Hopefully sa May 12. :)
Thanks po sa post na ito.

Pondering Paodaolei said...

You missed the yummy eatery there! :-P

Manong Unyol said...

kaya pla may friend ka pla jan hehehe... kakabulol ba bigkasin ang mt. mabilog parand d nman may bakal ka kc sa ngipin hehehe :p

Manong Unyol said...

hahahaha yan po ang totoong kwento sir hehehe kaya nakaka asar na matatawa ka nlang :)

Manong Unyol said...

oo nga eh ngayon ko lang nalaman noong nabanggit mo sa akin, pero ok lang hehehe

albert thebackpacker said...

Ang ganda ng underground cemetery..

Manong Unyol said...

ah oo sir maganda nga siya sayang yung simbahan d nmin napuntahan...

Francis Balgos said...

Na akyat ko to last weekend. Nawala kmi sa ascent at descent, pero masaya pa din, especially ng camp kmi sa summit. Me aleng nagdadasal sa summit paharap sa mt banahaw at cristobal. Sea of clouds naman sa umaga.

Manong Unyol said...

wow ang swerte nyo naman sa sea of clouds ang creepy nman nung nagdadasal sa harap ng dalawang bundok..

Anonymous said...

Sir may contact numbers po b kau sa mga guides?..we're planning to this on the 17th eh..tnx po..godbless

Manong Unyol said...

09079952983 siya po taga pamahala ng guides at yung registration pero wala po kayong babayaran sa registration... goodluck sa climb :-)

Rizza said...

Ganda ng falls! :) Sana this year may mapuntahan ako kahit isang falls. hehe

Neca Reyes said...

Wow Sir! Mag-side trip din ako sa Saturday sa Underground Cemetery before going to Lake Pandin. :)

Nowmirakel Hizon said...

Super funny ng conversation with the guide ... may ibang guide po ba bukod sa kanya? hehe :D ang dami kong tawa .. still I want to go there ..

windy air said...

sir tanongl ang po kung kayang magbike sa mt. mabilog at bunga falls o maraming parts na buhat ng bike? salamat po.