Summer is fast approaching and before I lay on the beach and bask in the sunlight, I want to start this year with a climb in Mt. 387 which is popularly known as the “Chocolate Hills of the North”. It is ringed by rolling hills and green valleys making it one of the wonderful hiking destinations in the country. I joined the group of Tahak Mountaineer headed by Mar Monge for P750 with my favorite trek buddy, the courageous and adventurous Lhen Pelenio.
Our two-day stay in Red Parrot Inn in Kaputian Beach was indeed one of our best beach getaways ever. My family especially our kids still wanted to stay but we have to move on for another refreshing treat. Yes another nature tripping to Hagimit Falls which is located in Poblacion Peñaplata, still in the Island Garden City of Samal. We were so thankful to Barney and his family for making our Davao vacation so fulfilling.
From Kaputian, it took us almost thirty minutes reaching the parking space of Hagimit Falls. Barney paid the entrance fee. There were two trails in descending to the waterfalls. My family took the flight of concrete steps while the others took the rocky and slippery trail.
It was a gloomy week-end when we visited my in-laws in Binangonan, Rizal. We were expecting for a rain fall but it didn’t happen. We indulged ourselves eating ice cream for a cool treat. Still can’t resist the heat, in a snap, my hubby suddenly enjoin everyone to go to Daranak Falls in Tanay for a swim. To my delight, everyone agreed. At last my longing to get there will finally happen any minute from now! Hahaha!
Riding in our van, from Binangonan, we passed towns of Cardona and Morong with peaceful scenic views of rice-fields, farms, forests and trees. My hubby had gone twice in this place; the last was twelve years ago but he was really good in road directions for he still remember how to get there. We reached Barangay Sampaloc in an hour. We paid P20 for the parking fee.
I’ve discovered that the falls was so accessible coming from parking area. Good for the oldies (grandma and grandpa) for there’s no need to take a hike. After paying the entrance fee (adult – P20, children – P15) we crossed a river through a wooden bridge. There were picnic huts (P100), cottages, comfort rooms and big colorful garbage bins. My in-laws didn’t swim. They were left in the picnic table. And WE, were all excited to see the Falls.
Daranak Falls had a wide cascade with natural vegetation covering the mountains. Its tranquility can heal one’s weary mind. It wasn’t surprising if this is a favorite shooting location of local movies, tv programs and commercial ads. The water from the catch basin was deep as evident to its greenish color. There was a rope which served as a boundary for the “not to swim” area. Pao and his cousins hurriedly submerged themselves into the water. Shen didn’t join them for she was afraid to swim. But she enjoyed watching them as they frolicked in the cold water.
It’s recommended to bring food and water for there is no store inside. There were vendors selling varieties of foods like, crackers, ice drop and mineral water. There was another waterfall, Batlag Falls situated near the top of the hills for an entrance fee of P50. We had no time in getting there because the kids didn’t want to get out from the water anymore. Though I didn’t swim, I enjoyed watching what nature offers to an enthusiast adventurer like me.
It was a warm afternoon but the scenic view invigorated me. I was amused not to see any garbage in the area. This is a good sign that caretakers were doing their job very well. I hope they will maintain this cleanliness not only now but for the years to come. We packed up at 5 p.m. (as it was the closing time). The next time we will go back, we will make it much earlier so everybody will enjoy much. Pao had a good time as evident to his happy smile.
RATES: Entrance Fee – Kids – P15 / Adult – P20 Parking Fee – P20 Picnic Hut – P100 TaggedDaranak Falls • outdoor • Rizal • Tanay