Playing Tourist Adventure in Balungao, Pangasinan

We were invited by co-workers to accompany them for a day tour in the province of Pangasinan where 600 meters and 1.4-kilometer zip-line can be found. In the town of Balungao, the booming tourist attraction of "Balungao Hilltop Adventure" offers not only zip lines but also ATV rides, Hiking, and Hot and Cold Springs. Bungee Trampoline is not yet available though on their website and flyer it is being advertised. 

Balungao Hilltop Pangasinan Zipline
Balungao Hilltop Adventure

President Ramon Magsaysay Ancestral Home - Castillejos, Zambales

About 100 meters away from our home is the Ancestral House of the late President Ramon Magsaysay. For almost 15 years since it was renovated and reconstructed by the local government, with the effort and support of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines, the memories of our beloved President Ramon Magsaysay was re-lived. Every day I pass here, had played with friends hide and seek when I was a kid. Yes, this place was once my playground and I can still remember how it looks like before its restoration - almost dilapidated and neglected.

I finally had an idea to be a tourist in my own town. Funny but true, Sunday afternoon August 24, 2014 when some of my friends from the City (Olongapo City) decided to take a trip and take a glance at what’s inside this historical house. Ironically, I myself didn’t even know what’s inside of it now. When we arrived,  the curator approached us with a smile and told us to sign in on the visitor's logbook. Then the group started looking around.

Ramon Magsaysay Museum
The ground floor

Capistrano Falls - The Twin Waterfalls of Olongapo City

It was a good yet special Sunday when my friends and I decided to do something aggressive, vigorous and fun, then all of a sudden we talked about Christian's hike at Talisayin Cove and Larry's trip to some waterfalls around our locale. Of course, I have had my own journey but not as exciting as they have had. Then we finally decided to go to one of the most hidden waterfalls in Olongapo City, probably five to seven kilometers away from the city proper.

Waterfalls in Olongapo City
Capistrano Falls in Olongapo City

The Long Walk to Angeles Falls (Capalngan Falls)

This outdoor fun was planned during the onset of typhoon Henry, insisted by Kathrine that we should go to a waterfall somewhere in the mountains of San Antonio to be able to add it to our list of visited waterfalls in the province of Zambales. She was eager to explore and contacted her friends, including me, to make this trekking happen.  I expressed a different opinion on this and suggested to try Dunsulan Falls in Pilar Bataan because when the group visited the Shrine of Valor we didn't have the time to see it.  This time I lost the group's vote and somewhat realized that we should be focusing on visiting the province' less visited waterfalls of Zambales. Now, we will take the chance to impart the experience we had and some tips on how to get to this hidden waterfalls.

Angeles Falls or Capalngan Falls
Capalngan Falls

Dambana ng Kagitingan - Shrine of Valor

With the strong suggestion from a friend, we visited the Shrine of Valor at Mt. Samat in Pilar, Bataan. We started our journey in the morning hoping to arrive at the site early.  From Olongapo City, we took a mini-bus bound to Balanga City.  One of the group suggested to stop at Layac Junction and take Genesis or Five Star bus since their route is Roman Highways where it intersects with Linao National Road going to Mt. Samat.

We stopped at the junction of Roman and Linao Highway -the landmark is the Petron Gasoline Station. There we took a tricycle for four hundred fifty pesos to and from the summit of Mt. Samat.

While the noise of the tricycle's engine made us silent during our trip, one of us exclaimed: "there's the big cross!" Then all of us were thrilled and got so excited we didn't realize we were talking with each other on top of our voices. We were four in the group.

Shrine of Valor
The 302 feet Cross.
At the gate of the park, we paid twenty pesos each for the entrance and another 10 pesos for elevator fee. The latter is optional when you don't intend to go to the arms of the cross to see the view of the park from above but I suggest everyone visiting the shrine should.

Dambana ng Kagitingan Interior
Inside the big cross
Luckily the place was not so crowded we had the chance to take a picture of the interior of the cross' arm. After some time, visitors keep on coming until both arms of the cross were filled with amazed people while looking down the park from above.  Then everyone got busy taking pictures - selfies and usies. 

Dambana ng Kagitingan Round Window
Geraline - through the looking glass
Museum Dambana ng Kagitingan Bataan
Bird's eye view of the museum
After spending an hour at the cross, we decided to go down and stroll the rest of the park.  At the base of the cross, we scrutinize the sculptured slabs of Rizal, Lapu Lapu, and Luna, to name a few.  There are kiosks where you can buy food in the vicinity as well as souvenir items.

Shrine of Valor Pictures
My crazy picture in the middle
It was fun visiting this historical place so visit now if you haven't.

Pamalingkingen Falls: A Victim of Mining in Cabangan

While most of us hang around beaches, water parks, and malls this summer, Playin' Tourist decided to go out for another adventure far from the city.  In Cabangan town province of Zambales, we trekked and hiked to see Pamalingkingen Falls.  We were guided by Mang Danny Atanacio together with his two young kids, neighbors, and friends.

Pamalingkingen River in Cabangan
Pamalingkingen River

How to Get to Anghalo Falls - San Felipe, Zambales

Cliff Jumping Nangoloan Falls Zambales
Cliff Jumping at Nangoloan Falls
After several months of not posting on my blog, I finally had the time to share my tours and outings with my friends.  This post should have been published October last year but for some reason, my laptop stopped working and had to delay my posts until I get a new one.  My friends are happy to learn that my blogging will continue and they also told me to contribute to this blog.