Sunday, October 12, 2008

We decided to skip the technical trails last weekend and go on a "tour" of Norzagaray in Bulacan. We headed to Ipo and Angat Dam, some 46 km from our house.

From the rotonda in Norzagaray its uphill all the way to Barangay San Mateo where Ipo Dam is located. On the way there we made a side to Pinagrealan Cave.

Pinagrealan Cave

According to www.bulacan.gov.ph:

This cave is a subterranean network of caverns extending more than a kilometer deep. The Katipunero Revolutionaries during the war against Spain used it as a camp in 1896 and again during the Filipino-American War in 1898 as hideout of General Emilio Aguinaldo (the First President of the Philippines). It was also used as a sanctuary by the Japanese Imperial Army when the Philippines was liberated by American Forces.


We we got to Ipo Dam we found out that they don't let visitors in unless you have some permit from the Manila Water Authority. We did not let ourselves be daunted by a minor "glitch" in our plans. We decided to head further up mountain to Angat dam. A storekeeper told us there is a quaint spot called Bitbit on the way to Angat dam

On the way there we passed by a place called "Hilltop". Its considered to be the "Baguio of Bulacan". From there you get to see Ipo Dam with the Sierra Madre mountain range as backdrop.

Ipo dam as seen from Hilltop

Its downhill all the way from Hilltop to the San Lorenzo bridge. From the bridge one can see a beautiful clean and emerald green river below.

Bridge going to Angat dam

with the Sierra Madre as background

The scenery that greets one in Bitbit is enough to rejuvinate the tired muscles.

Mandatory photo op


Bitbit scenery

Cool down

We took a quick dip in the cool and clear waters while some picknickers nearby enjoy their BBQs. Unfornately that day we were not able to bring any food with us (we normally bring packed lunch). So before our mouths begin to water, we decided to head back up to San Mateo to look for some grub.
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