For the past few years, I’ve wanted to go to Daranak Falls. Whenever I pass by Rizal en route to doing a Laguna loop, I always happen to pass by the narrow road leading there from the highway and I promised myself to go back the next time I was in the area. That plan never materialized, not until today.
It was on a Sunday morning when I arrived and I was so surprised at the number of people that were in the falls area. Numbering in hundreds, it was very difficult to navigate the long walkway going to the falls as people would bump you left and right. This was most probably due to the fact that the temperature that day reached the mid-thirties, school was over, and it was a weekend. Nevertheless, it was all worth it as the waterfalls proved to be a thing of beauty. By the time that I reached Daranak, inspite of all the people that were there, the water was crystal clear, as you could see in the picture. During the rainy season, Daranak Falls, along with Batlag Falls, gush exuberant cascades of water which is made quite mesmerizing by the fact that these beautiful waterfalls are so close to Manila. My only wish right now is for the local government to spend more time and effort in taking care of this local treasure.
I’d definitely go back to the place some other time so I could have it all to myself.
Entrance fee to the falls is 20 pesos for adults and 15 pesos for children. Additionally, you may also bring your own picnic table for 150 pesos. Open everyday up to 6 pm only.
– Erik Gatmaitan is the author of http://www.pinoyrider.com – Journeying the Philippines SOLO on a motorbike.
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