Our numerous visits to Laguna and Quezon via the so-called backdoor route along the Manila East Road always takes us pass the quiet town of Pililla, Rizal. Despite the beautiful green rolling hills and some ancestral homes in town, we were content to simply pass through Pililla on our way to other destinations. An unexpected development several months ago made us realize how much we have been ignoring this quaint town all these years. Continue reading The Wind Mills of Pililla
We arrived at Daranak Falls after a stopover lunch at Tanay’s Paseo de Rizal. Not surprisingly, Daranak was slowly filling up with visitors enjoying its cascades and turquoise pools. On a weekday at that. But while the views were stunning, we were finding it difficult to shoot as much photos as we wanted without having multitudes bombing our shots. That settles it. Time to move on, leave Daranak and head for a lesser-known falls just a surprisingly short distance uphill.
A bit wary about visiting any waterfall within two hours from Metro Manila, it was therefore with a bit of trepidation that we embarked on a visit to Daranak Falls in Barangay Tandang Kudyo, Tanay, Rizal. Although tucked away in a forested area at the foothills of the Sierra Madre mountain range, its proximity to the big city made us wonder whether it might have suffered the same fate as Antipolo’s Hinulugang Taktak falls. Continue reading Daranak Falls, Tanay: Nature at Our Doorstep