MANILA– Located in Siniloan Quezon Province, Mt. Romelo (240+masl) is one of the famed easy-dayhike destinations near Manila, not just for one reason, but five.
Lanzones, Batya-Batya, Buruwisan, Old Buruwisan, and Sampaloc falls that surrounds the mountain is the real highlight of the trip. All of these are easily accessible from the campsite above Buruwisan falls. Although beginners may find some part of the trail difficult with its occasionally steep ascends and river crossing.
Each waterfalls come in different characteristic and landscapes, Buruwisan as one of the most fascinating, Batya-Batya’s trail as one of the most thrilling.
From the jump-off in Brgy. Macatad, Upland Siniloan, the trek will take 1.5 to 2 hours, depending on your phase. The trail of Romelo is very easy. However, it can get absolutely MUDDY during rainy season, the time when it’s perfect to visit waterfalls. In case you survived slipping through the, better check your body because limatik (blood leeches) is also present.
For convenience, some of the visitors opted to rent a horse that will take them to the campsite, thus explain the wide trail with potholes (and occasionally its “smell.”). Each way or ride will cost you Php300.00.
There are a number of stores along the trial and the campsite, in case you run out of supplies. The ice candy store along the trail is something to look forward to, ask for their Buko flavor.
The campsite above the Buruwisan falls is large enough to accommodate 30 to 40 tents and has enclosed comfort rooms. The water source is also available in the site.
0100 Assembly at Jacliner bus terminal, Pasay City
0200 ETD for Siniloan
0430 ETA Sta. Cruz (Jeepney terminal is just across the 7/11 store)
0530 ETA jump-off point. Register (P50/person) and get optional guides
0600 Start trek
0800 ETA Campsite. Set up camp. Breakfast. Commence exploration: Batya-Batya and Sampaloc Falls
1430 Lunch. Visit Buruwisan
1700 Back at campsite
1800 Dinner, socials
0700 Rappel down Buruwisan Falls; try to explore Old Buruwiasn
0900 Explore Lanzones Falls
1200 Lunch at campsite; break camp
1300 Start descent
1500 ETA jump-off; tidy-up.
1600 ETD Manila
2000 ETA Manila
0600 Take bus or van to Brgy. Macatad, Siniloan, Laguna
1000 ETA jump-off point. Register (P50/person) and get optional guides (P100/day)
1030 Start trek
1230 ETA Campsite. Visit Buruwisan. Lunch.
1330 Explore Lanzones Falls
1430 Start descent
1600 Back at jumpoff. Tidy-up.
1630 Head back to Manila
2030 ETA Manila
Buendia to Sta. Cruz bound bus (Jac Liner) – Php 180.00
Sta. Cruz to Siniloan – Php 42.00
Registration fee — Php 50.00
Food – Php 200
Total: Php 694 – Php 750
Available but not required (Php500 per 5 pax)
ViajeroMNL (Viajero Manila) is a lifestyle blog site that features different pop culture, travel, and food destinations in the Philippines. This article was written by Gillian Gacuma.