Pamitinan Protected Landscape

Rodriguez, Rizal
Area/ Year Established
600 hectares/ 1996
Special Features

It was in this place where the legend of Bernardo Carpio, a Filipino folk hero, comes to life. You can witness the place where he was magically trapped: between the two huge mountain boulders in Montalban that he was preventing from crashing together (nag-uumpugang bato) using his great strength. Whenever, he moves, an earthquake ensues.
This protected area is also the site of Wawa Dam, a- decommissioned dam by a defunct water agency.  
Park Facilities
Trails/pathways, old dam
Allowed Activities
Swimming, picnic, sightseeing, camping
Fees(subject to change without prior notice)
Entrance fee: none
Type I Climate:  Two pronounced seasons, dry from September to April; wet during the rest of the year
Best time to visit
Places to see
§  Wawa Dam
§  Bernardo Carpio’s twin mountain boulders


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The very place where the legend of Bernardo Carpio happened
Majestic rock relief formation

Swimming area 
Pathway along the river banks

Wawa Dam

Pathway passing through a karst/rock formation
rock boulders 

Well-beaten pathway along the cliff

Clear water gushing through the dam

The river is still being used for transport
An Illustration of Bernardo Carpio 

Lake Danao Natural Park

Ormoc City, Leyte
Area/ Year Established
2192 hectares/ ?
Special Features
Natural lake
Park Facilities
Administration building, toilets, view tower, camping area, swimming area, parking area, boat station
Allowed Activities
Swimming, picnic, sightseeing, camping, boating
Fees(subject to change without prior notice)
Entrance fee: P5
Type 2 Climate:  No dry season, with pronounced maximum rain percentage
Best time to visit
Places to see
§  Lake area


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Field Office
View of the Lake

Trees maintained at the park

Picnic area

Park Office

Hinulugang Taktak National Park

Antipolo City, Rizal
Area/ Year Established
1.38 hectares / 1952
Special Features
Hinulugang Taktak National park is located at Taktak Road, Brgy. Dela Paz. The falls is a part of Antipolo's natural and cultural heritage. Proclaimed a National Park on June 15, 1952. Its legendary origin dates back to the 15th century when legend has it that the waterfalls was where the townsfolk threw the large bell that caused undue disturbance whenever it was rung at Angelus. Its sound was so loud that the people could not endure it. They demanded that the local priest get rid of the bell. Thus "Hinulugang Taktak", meaning the place where the bell was dropped. The place has since become a favorite spots for visitors and clients. The park is an alluring view of natural formation. After soul cleansing at the renowned Antipolo's Lady of Peace Shrine, the park offers physical and spiritual cleansing for pilgrims. The energetic sparks of water bubbling and doubling over as it cascades down the cliff guarantees to revive flagging spirits. The waterfalls of Hinulugang Taktak are famed for this energetic lift. Tourists can plan on a full day picnic with the convenience and comforts of cottages, common barbeque pits, clean public toilets and super-sized pools. (Source:

Warning: For health reasons, swimming or bathing is not allowed in the falls area.
Park Facilities
Visitor Center, Protected Area Superintendent (PASu) Office, swimming pools, cottages, toilets, pathways
Allowed Activities
Swimming, picnic, sightseeing, meditation
Fees(subject to change without prior notice)
Entrance fee: P8 (local-adult); P5 (local-children) US$2/person (foreigner)
Type I Climate:  Two pronounced seasons, dry from September to April; wet during the rest of the year
Best time to visit
Places to see
§  Water falls
§  Swimming pool
§  Meditation area


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The famous legendary water falls

Cottages along the river banks

Meditation area
Swimming pool

Mt. Pulag National Park

Buguias and Kabayan in Benguet, Kiangan, in Ifugao and Kayapa in Nueva Vizcaya;
Area/ Year Established
11,550 hectares / 1987
Special Features
Highest peak in Luzon at 2922 meters above sea level; second highest peak in the Philippines (shy of 32 meters from the highest mountain in the country, Mt. Apo (2954 masl) in Mindanao)

See more descriptions in: Mt. Pulag : Climbing, Hiking & Mountaineering : SummitPos
Park Facilities
Visitor Center, Protected Area Superintendent (PASu) Office, ranger station, pathways/trails, camping ground
Allowed Activities
Hiking, picnic, camping, sightseeing, trekking, mountain climbing, bird watching, biking
Fees(subject to change without prior notice)
Entrance fee: P100 (local); US$15/person (foreigner)
Camping Fee: P50/head/night
Type III Climate: No pronounced maximum rain with short dry season; Temperature at the peak could drop to 2-3 degrees Celsius at night time during December to February.
To view current weather forecast: click Mount Pulag Weather Forecast (2922m)
Best time to visit
Places to see
§  Peak – highest point
§  Grassland Summit – camping grounds
§  Hairy Haven – moss-covered trees
§  Cloud Junction – portion where clouds meet
§  Mossy Forest- stunted trees with branches covered by moss
§  Dwarf bamboos- endemic small bamboos growing in the area
Places to stay
Camping grounds 1 and 2


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View of the peak from the camping ground

Sign board direction to the summit

Clearing near the Ranger Station
Hairy Haven
The peak at last!

Victory at the peak

Cloud Junction - where clouds from different directions seem to meet
Final stretch of trail to the peak
View of the peak's ridge line

"When the road you are trudging seems all uphill..."

"Rest if you must but don't you quit..."

Pure cluster of dwarf bamboos that inhabit the peak

The best coffee in the world - is the coffee you bring up to the peak

Downhill is a lot easier

Designated camping ground
Grassland vegetation along the trail to the summit

Vegetable farms encroaching the park
Traditional hut along the trail to the peak

Batanes Protected Landscape and Seascape

Profile of Batanes PLS
whole province of Batanes
Area/ Year Established as Protected Area
213,578 hectares (land area) /1994
Special Features
The Province of Batanes([bɐˈtanes]) is the northernmost and the smallest province of the Philippine Republic, both in terms of population (18,000) and land area. The provincial capital is Basco.
The province is composed of ten islands, called the Batanes Islands, located about 162 km north of the Luzon mainland in the Luzon Strait and is part of the Cagayan Valley region in Luzon. Of this island group, the largest and only inhabited islands are Itbayat, Batan and Sabtang.
The Batanes Islands are separated from the Babuyan Islands of Cagayan Province by the Balintang Channel and from Taiwan by the Bashi Channel. The Batanes are about 190 kilometers south of Taiwan
The northernmost island of the province, as well as of the Philippines, is Mavudis (Yami) Island. The other islands are Misanga, Siayan, Itbayat, Dinem, Batan, Sabtang, Ivuhos, and Dequey. Only the four largest islands (Batan, Ivuhos, Itbayat and Sabtang) are inhabited.
(Source:From Wikipedia :
It is one of the last remaining areas in the Philippines having unique natural physiographic features (wave-cut cliffs, cave-like outcrops, secluded white sand beaches) resulting from its position where strong winds and fast currents have etched out its distinct morphology. It is an important flyaway for many migratory bird species, and the deeper portions of the marine environment are the few remaining sites where pink and red corals (Corallum sp.) are found. The site is the only area in the Philippines where traditional architecture is of stone in response to the wind and monsoon stresses rather than of the more typical, tropical, impermanent materials (wood, bamboo, thatch) commonly used in village architecture. Due to its isolation from the rest of the country, the traditional culture of the area has likewise remained intact. (Source: It is currently on the tentative list of World Heritage of UNESCO.
Park Facilities
Airport, seaports, roads, private hotels/lodge
Allowed Activities
Island hopping, cave exploration, sightseeing, trekking, mountain climbing, rock climbing, bird watching, swimming, hiking, picnic, camping, biking, fishing, boating
Fees(subject to change without prior notice)
Environmental fee: P100/person
Batanes experiences 4 seasons like temperate countries – summer (June-August), fall (September-November), winter (December-February) and spring (March-May). During the winter, temperatures can reach as low as 7 degrees Celsius. During springtime, the temperature can go as low as 17 degrees Celsius.
It rains any time of the year. Flights can be cancelled due to rains or inclement weather. The average annual rainfall is 2500mm.
Best time to visit
April-June; December-February
Places to see
§  Batan Island: Mt. Iraya, Mt. Matarem, Di-atay beach cove, Radar Tukon, Songsong ruins, House of Dakay, Mahatao view deck, Mahatao white beaches, Kanyuyan Beach & Port, Mananoy Bay fishermen’s village at Racujaide, Radiwan Point, lighthouses, Honesty Coffee Shop
§  Itvayat Island: Prehistoric burial caves
§  Sabtang Island: Nakabuang Cave
§  Mavudis Island: coconut crab
Places to stay
● Brandon's Lodging - 11 tastefully decorated rooms each with TV, aircon and toilet & bath. Contact: Madeleine Siazon at +63 919 366 2158 for reservations.
● Batanes Resort - P550 /day and up. Tel. #  9229621 local 327 (Ivatan Center, Q.C.)
● Batanes Seaside Lodge P450 /day and up Tel. # 0981-993613
● Ivatan Lodge - P100/1 pax, P400/ 1 or more pax/day. Email: ivatanlodge@
● Shanedel's Inn - P200 /day 0920-4470737
● Troy Lodge - near airport Tel. # 0920-4470726


Rugged coastlines of Batan Island, Batanes
The Vacul: Ivatan's traditional headwear

Picturesque Batanes

A house covered by climbing plants

Traditional houses in Batanes

Sabtang Port

San Vicente de Ferrer  Church in Sabtang Island, Batanes

Streets scene in Batanes

 San Jose de Ivana Church

World renowned Honesty Coffee Shop