The Mabanban Falls in San Antonio, Zambales

Waterfalls in San Antonio Zambales? You probably keyed in these words on Google Search, Yahoo, or Bing to look for possibilities for hiking and at the same time a swimming destination in this town. Well, I also did and came up with several hits like Pundaquit Falls, the Angeles or Capalngan, Mabanban, the waterfalls of Nagsasa and Silanguin, and the newly explored but unnamed waterfall by a blogger friend (you can check his website here). I picked the Mabanban Falls.

San Antonio's waterfalls
The Mabanban Falls

Since the waterfalls are just an hour of trekking, "PlayingTourist" decided to start the trek at 1:00 PM. By the way; I used PlayingTourist to indicate that we are a group of friends who love to play tourist in town hehe. We gathered together at the waiting shed in San Antonio town. We have this group agreement that whoever arrives late at the meeting place will take charge of the trekking snack or as we call it "trekstop" (mala ministop). Unfortunately, I was late so "lagas ang aking wallet". (It had to come out of my own wallet)

Trek to Mt. Mabanban
"Manong" looking at the small waterfall along the way
We took a trike to Brgy Burgos which cost us P20 pesos per head. Our jump-off was the Pamatawan River where we crossed being cautious. The water was about two and a half feet deep and the current was strong as well because it was the rainy season. After the river crossing the landscape was great with green pastures. Cows, carabaos, and goats were around enjoying the lush green grasses.

Mt. Mabanban Falls
Manong blocked the view of the small waterfall
We passed by two small waterfalls before reaching the Mabanban Falls.  

Pamatawan River - San Antonio Zambales
Pamatawan River
Trail to Mount Mabanban Falls
Paul anxious to reach the waterfalls
A veiw from the top of Mabanban Falls
View from the top

The plunge pool of Mabanban Falls was not deep.  It's was around four feet in depth except for the small waterfall that we passed by which was about 5 feet deep so therefore it is possible to swim.

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