Saturday, September 08, 2007

Laguna: Mt. Romelo and its waterfalls

I hiked up Mt. Romelo in Siniloan, Laguna with the UP Med Outdoor Society. It's actually a hill if you compare it to other mountains. But Mt. Romelo is a popular destination because of its four waterfalls: Buruwisan, Lansones, Batya-Batya, and Sampaloc. The group visited Buruwisan Falls which was really an awesome sight. Others went to Lansones Falls too.

But it was a crazy adventure for the group and myself too. I had to change a flat tire while I was on my way to our meeting point. Our jeeps didn't arrive on time so we were more than two hours delayed. The organizers were told that one of the jeeps had a flat too that's why they didn't arrive on time. We got new jeeps instead. But since we were two hours delayed, we now had to deal with slow traffic in certain places. One of the jeeps we hired had something wrong with the tires too. So we kept on stopping to adjust the brakes.

On the way to Buruwisan Falls, my body just gave way (since I had zero hours of sleep which is quite stupid and I won't do that again). But the good thing is if there's a will, there's a horse. Yeah, I took a horse up instead. Haha! But I wasn't the only one.

Going down the falls was also difficult since the trail was very steep. But the sight of the falls was all it took to forget how tired I was. It just took a dip in the cold waters of the pool to take away all the stress.

Going back down was easier. But the ride on the horse (it wasn't a regular saddle I was sitting on) was very bumpy. Anyway, we were back in Manila at 12 midnight. After ditching our jeep in Tanay, (the group just didn't want to take the risk since we kept on stopping and it started to smell like rubber), we took another jeep to EDSA Central were we finally had dinner. Good thing Mia Gervasio sent her army of vehicles to pick us up and bring us back to UP Med.

It was fun and everything was all part of the (mis)adventure. Thanks to Gid Lasco, my Pinoy Mountaineer partner, for organizing this climb. Of course, there's Team 4, and the rest of the UP Med Outdoor Society. More photos in Multiply.


  1. Hi, Ivan! I came across your blog and I'm really happy that there's blog like this pala, very Filipino. For me who is currently working overseas, this makes me reminisce my adventures in Pinas. Kahit gaano kaganda ang New Zealand, I still can't compare it to the exotic beauty of the Philippine countryside. Goodluck on your adventures!

  2. so refreshing nmn ang falls na yan. and enjoy hiking po be safe.

  3. I hope I can take my kids to this place someday. Ang ganda.

  4. Anonymous11.9.07

    Check out my pics in Multiply. The falls was really great!

  5. hi, im jez, mt. romelo is really amazing i've been there many times before pero sana ma control ang mga umaakyat dito para naman po hindi malaspag ang napakagandang kabundukang ito. tnx!!

  6. hi ivan! your blogsite is very wonderful. it brings out the pride in me for my only country the philippines. Grabe, ang dami palang pwedeng puntahan sa 'pinas!!! at napakaganda. Thanks for sharing your adventures. By the way, I have a question on how you rented a jeep going to romelo. Where in EDSA crossing did you get the jeep and anong biyahe ng jeep?


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