Minor Climb No. 5: The Grotto, Mt Maculot and The Rockies

One of the favorite and famous hiking destinations near Metro Manila is Mt. Maculot situated at the heart of Cuenca in Batangas. It has three focal destinations: the Grotto (510 MASL), the Rockies (706 MASL) and the Summit (930 MASL). For the venturesome trekkers, they chose the traverse trail which will start at Rockies to Summit and ends at Grotto (4/9 difficulty)Some choose the Rockies only (3/9 difficulty).

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standing at the other side of the Rockies where the “buwis-buhay” shot was being done

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The Stillness of Sumlang Lake in Camalig, Albay

As what was planned this summer of 2017, we will explore new places in our home town in Albay. I was excited that on our fourth day we will visit the newest attraction, the Sumlang Lake in Camalig with Lignon Hills in Legazpi City as our final leg.

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The Friendly Trek to Quitinday Green Hills in Camalig, Albay

It was in May 2006 when I took my first memorable airplane ride bound for Albay, my humble hometown. When the pilot announced the landing, I was so thrilled glimpsing the majestic Mayon Volcano, the fleeting clouds, and the clear blue sky. When I stoop down, these mass of mounds caught much my attention because it looked like Bohol’s Chocolate Hills. I got so curious, why on earth this natural wonder hasn’t been discovered yet? I weaved a sigh wishing that this may be added soon to Albay’s roster of famous tourist attractions.

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the view from the second summit, the hills and Mayon Volcano

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Side trip to Pililla Wind Farm in Rizal

Everyone was so eager glimpsing the gigantic wind turbines as we were approaching the Pililla Wind Farm. There were many vehicles occupying the ample parking lot when we arrived. We hastily hopped out from the van and passed several stores selling souvenir goodies, food and refreshments. There were many visitors taking photos with the wind turbines as their backdrop. By looking at them, I was sure of one thing, Pililla Wind Farm is now a prime tourist spot.

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Bulawan Floating Restaurant at Pililla, Rizal

When you travel going to Pililla in the province of Rizal you will be mesmerized by the countryside charm. I thanked my husband for bringing us to a place closer to Manila that offers a unique kind of serenity. Before we head off to Wind Farm and Bakasyunan Resort in Tanay to celebrate our wedding anniversary, we will pop up our lunch in Bulawan Floating Restaurant for another unique dining experience.

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the main restaurant is not floating but was built on a pond

My hubby had been here last week with his friends and was delighted not only with the food but as well as the ambiance. As a satisfied customer, he brought us here to experience same satisfaction he had.

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Bulawan Floating Restaurant is along the main road of Pililla. Their parking lot was spacious. When you get inside, you will instantly fall in love with the scenery, tranquility and its nature ambiance. The restaurant perched on a fish pond and not moving as one will imagine. There are huts, cabins, cottages and open area with tables, chairs and shade trees near the pond.

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this is where you will enjoy much the serenity and the nature ambiance of Bulawan Floating Restaurant

Bulawan came from a Visayan and Bicol word which means gold. It is a family style restaurant owned by Nora Virrey, a native of Samar.

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we felt the provincial appeal in this elevated cottage while eating our lunch

We initially chose the table near the pond but since there were some flies hovering around, we opted to occupy an uphill cottage. This is what we ordered:

Kilawing Tanigue (P240), Half Fried Chicken (P190), Laing (P175), Binagoongang Rice (P190), 3 plain rice (P75), 2 Saba con Yelo (P130) and 1 Halo Halo (P65), for a total of P1,195.

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We observed there were only a few waiters in the vicinity and the one that took our order was a trainee (he was wearing black pants and a white polo shirt). While waiting for the food we went down near the water area and watched a family busy fishing. A fish caught will be cooked and served with the corresponding fee.

Our little Shen was so excited when she was given a fishing rod with a small fish as bait by this friendly family. But several minutes had passed they did not catch any. It was a nice experience doing this activity as it tests one’s patience.

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our little girl enjoyed what she was doing

When we went up again, the food was being served on the table.

Verdict:

Preparation of food took a long time. I hope they will improve their service. Personally, the food was average but affordable. What so nice about this restaurant is the refreshing ambiance and the serenity you will get once you dine inside. 

Bulawan Floating Restaurant is one of the restaurants frequented by people in the province of Rizal. It’s nice to discover new dining options and enjoy the experience. Overall, I recommend this restaurant. Try their food, enjoy fishing and bask in their relaxing ambiance.

Contact Info:

  • Location: Km. 9 National Highway Halayhayin, Pililla, Rizal
  • Tel. No. 585-3234/09175354303/09399070738

In getting there: 

Board a van at Starmall Mandaluyong with a signboard Tanay. Alight at the market. You may ride a tricycle (special) at Php150 or a jeepney for Php27 and tell the driver to drop you there.

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