Wawa Dam barangay San Rafael Montalban Rizal - My cheapest nature trip
Renante MinaThursday, February 27, 2014 20 comments

     I’m hunting a cheap travel outside Metro Manila that will not exceed 500.00; fortunately I saw the photos of Doc Gelo on Fb because it’s related to nature, I was awestruck with his photography. I asked him where to find that place fortunately he responded to all my questions. He gave me an ideas and tips what will I expect in that place.

     I read some other articles and I found out many articles came out, about the history, Dam (also known as Montalban Dam) is a gravity dam constructed over the Marikina River in the municipality of Rodriguez in Rizal province, Philippines.The slightly arched dam is situated in the 360-metre (1,180 ft) high Montalban Gorge or Wawa Gorge, a water gap in the Sierra Madre Mountains, east of Manila. It was built in 1909 during the American colonial era to provide the water needs for Metro Manila. It used to be the only source of water for Manila until Angat Dam was built and Wawa was abandoned

     About the Philippine mythology Bernardo Carpio is a legendary figure in who is said to be the caused of earthquakes. There are numerous versions of this tale. Some versions say Bernardo Carpio is a giant, as supported by the enormous footsteps he has reputedly left behind in the mountains of Montalban. 

     Creepy story Wawa Dam it has a grim history. The locals believe that its nangunguha, it summarily takes a human life. Its victims were usually first born males. Survivors claimed that a strong force was pulling them down while swimming even on shallow parts of the river. A local television documentary named the supernatural force as Pandora, a river fairy who has been raped by a mortal and has sought revenge by drowning her unsuspecting victims. 

     When I invited my buddies I didn’t mention to them where our destination is, I only gave a clue I said to them “it is a nature park” and “follow up pa konsensiya effect wala ba kayong tiwala sa akin surprise ko ito sa inyo mura pa siguradong magagandahan kayo” the reason why I didn't mention to them was because what if they read the creepy story and they will decline my invitation hahaha but because of my “pakonsensiya effect” fortunately they joined with me and they don’t have any idea where we going. Isang malaking surprise sakanila to.

HHWW - Holding Hands While Walking... hahahaha

     When we arrived at the jump-off of Wawa Dam after we passed the arch, I noticed a twin mountain. We just walked and followed the paved road until we reached an intersection we were hesitant what the right way to the Dam, but in our instinct said we follow the crowd of the tourists so we did.

     The mesmerizing sight of nature and the gorge amazed me, and I agree to my buddies as they said Wawa Dam have similarity the tourist attractions in Daraitan it features huge white rock formations, the river and the cave.

Wawa Dam, man made waterfall


Hole inside the tunnel

Ruin building

Looking at the mountain


Walking at the bamboo bridge closer look to Wawa Dam

     Because we want to have a closer look at the Dam we trekked into the white rocks and used the bamboo bridge we stayed there for almost 10minutes to have a pictures, when we went back at the narrow path we were surprised because a local was asking a fee because we used his bamboo bridge, we thought only the cottage have a fee but you have to pay even the bridge. 


     The bad thing was there’s no signage that will inform the other tourist that using the bamboo bridge have a fee, and before that they didn’t approach our group that we need to pay if we will go there use their bamboo bridge, I think that was the hilarious strategy I encountered so far that they will not inform you and then they will surprise you after you use it you don’t have any choice but to pay it. hahaha.

Bouldering going Pamitian Cave

     When we decide to go home we noticed a group of tourists descending from other mountain. We asked the other locals how to get there fortunately they taught our group the right way. The kids offered us a tour but we were not interested we didn’t even bother to ask how much their tour fee and the kids are only in elementary level baka kasalanan pa namin kung madisgrasya sila. 

View deck

Pamitinan Cave

     In the foothills of the Sierra Madre mountain range lies the Pamitinan cave. It is located in the San Rafael barangay (near Rodriguez, Rizal) in the Philippines. It is also near the Wawa Dam. The cave was formerly known as the Cave of Bernardo Carpio. Its former name was derived from Bernardo Carpio, a figure in Philippine mythology who was rebuked by the gods because of his insolence. Legend states that he was chained forever in the Montalban gorge, cursed to keep two mountains from colliding with each other.

     On April 12, 1895, Andres Bonifacio along with eight other katipuneros declared the Philippines independence from the Spanish empire inside of this cave. The walls still bear inscriptions of "Viva la Independencia Filipinas" from the time of the Philippine Revolution. On June 21, 1996, Pamitinan cave was declared a historic site by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines. During World War II, Japanese soldiers occupied the cave and used it as a camp.

     When we were there at Multi Purpose Hall waiting for a trike I asked a local the name of the two mountains and also if those mountains can be climb as he said yes there also guides in the area for the mountaineers and spelunkers, and then he showed to me his ID because he is the right person to be contact because he is the one who arrange guides for the adventurers his Name Joni M. De Los Santos contact number: 09295497211. When you are at the arch facing the two mountains at the right side is the Mt Binikayan and the left side the Pamitian Cave.

Source of Info's: WikipediaNHCP, Wikimapia

How to get there:

  • Ride a FX at Cubao going to Montalban, their terminal near the stairs of MRT Cubao station, if you are facing the Farmers Plaza at the left side of the mall near the Jollibee.  Fare is 50.00.
  • At Montalban ride a jeep going to Wawa Dam. Fare is 8.00.

No Entrance fee required.
If you use their bamboo bridge the fee is 10.00 back and fort.
You can rent cottage for 150.00 for the whole day.
There are mini store and carinderia near the Dam.


Byaheng Jologs said...

its just happened that we really trust you Unyol...buti na lang we did not get dissappointed on what we saw in this place...hahaha...peace bro! thanks and more adventure with you...

Renante Mina said...

hahaha salamat naman :-) buti nalang diba sobrant tipid tingin tingin lang sa malapit marami pang mas maganda


Pede ba mgswimming sa river o dun sa may falls fallsan

Renante Mina said...

both sir :) kaso dami daw nalulunog hehehe ewan ko ang daming kwentong kababalaghan jan...

Angel Caronongan said...

ang ganda naman! hindi ba nakakatakot dun sa may mga bamboo hut?

Renante Mina said...

hindi naman kung mbasag yung dam yun ang delikado wahahaha di nman malakas yung flow ng tubig galing taas...

Rizza said...

maganda pala dito! pang quick weekend getaway!

Renante Mina said...

yes tama ka ma'am :)

Anonymous said...

Nice photos. Mabisita nga minsan yan.

Renante Mina said...

go ma'am mura lang nman pagpunta dito hehehe

rod ladores said...

sir renante,

how about pauwi,,, my fx dn po b n pa cubao or going edsa,,?

tska safe prn po sa wawa dam at paligid neto nga mga 5 or 6pm? salamt

Renante Mina said...

safe naman po kc may mga community doon sa paligid regarding sa fx sa mismong montalban parin ata may sakayan pero sa wawa dam ay wala ata.

raben luigi said...

pwede po ba pumasok dun sa kweba ?

Renante Mina said...

kailangan po ng guide sir for safety narin kc may tubig sa loob ng cave at may proper gears na ipapahiram sa inyo.. try niyo ung nakalagay na contact person siya magseset para sa guides niyo... salamat

diannenicor basa said...

pwede po bang malaman ang notable events ng wawa ?

Leonard Manalili said...

Can i get your contact no. Mr. Renante.....Thank you

Carla said...

Pued kya mag prenup d2?

Anonymous said...

I visited the place in 2012, and will be coming back this time with a group of friends on Saturday.The first time, it was just be and my boyfriend. While we were there, February 11, 2017, a young man drowned. From a distance we watched as locals tried to find him. When his body was found, there was suddenly a very strong wind, so strong it blew away our stuff, including my heavy sneakers. I am not a fan of the paranormal, but I swear this is true.

It's my boyfriend's friends who are coming with us on our second trip, and I am really quite insistent in telling people not to go to the deep parts of the water without a floater. If the water is chest-deep I call that deep. It's a very nice place to visit, but sadly there have been tragedies. Everyone must be very careful. There should be no daredevils diving or swimming in the deep parts.

When we were there, we also saw a couple having their prenup pictorial in this place.

One problem here is that there are no rest rooms.

Jerry Carbonell said...

may bayad po ba ang entrance??

Yhel Gordora said...

Magkano po ba ang entrance jan?