One of the things I have on my bucket list for this year is to witness a real falls. I have never seen one in my life so when I was searching the web, looking for an easily accessible falls (with no trekking required), I stumbled upon this so-called Daranak Falls located in Tanay. As I did some research, I was surprised that Tanay alone has so many wonderful places to offer and my eagerness to visit the place brought me to this package tour hosted by Bakasyonista. We went to seven different destinations in Tanay in just one day. So without any further ado, allow me to give you a glimpse of my recent day trip in Tanay.
Nope, Ilocos is not the only province with windmills! You do not have to travel that far just to see such enormous wind mills upclose because you can see them all in Pililla Rizal. The Pililla Windfarms is our first destination. There’s really nothing much to do here but to embrace the amazing scenery. We spent around 20-30 minutes here and i think it is such a great way to start our Trip to Tanay (this is in Pililla though).
After embracing the stunning view of the Pililla Windfarm, we headed to the 4-Century-old church of Tanay. It’s the San Ildefonsus of Toledo Parish Church or more commonly known as the Tanay Church. It is declared as a National Cultural Treasure Church in 2001 and is one of the Jubilee churches of Rizal. One of the main reasons why I took this package is not just because of the Daranak falls but because they included two of my dream destination, the Tanay Church and the Regina RICA.
The Parola (Lighthouse)
Another interesting site in Tanay is the Parola or lighthouse. We just had a quick stop over here just to witness the Parola upclose. Little did we know, this lighthouse has historical significance. It is situated just beside the latian (swamp) and they are also allowing visitors to access the lighthouse and give them a chance to embrace the picturesque view of Laguna de Bay.
The Regina Rosarii Institute of Contemplation in Asia or simpy known as the Regina RICA is one of the popular pilgrim destination not just in Tanay alone but in the whole Luzon. It is just few hours away from Manila too. It features a 71-foot-tall statue of the Queen of the Holy Rosary. Inside the statue is an adoration chapel where pilgrims can access. They also offer many recreation centers just like other well known Pilgrim sites like Kamay Ni Hesus in Quezon and The Tierra De Maria in Tagaytay.
One of the most rewarding part of this tour is my first ever caving experience. We went to explore the Calinawan Cave and I actually thought that it’s just a simple cave but the moment we went inside, that’s the time I realized that we are heading a somewhat serious spelunking adventure. I know it sounds so exaggerated but for the first timer like me, it was truly a remarkable yet somehow scary experience but I’m happy that we made it through and now I am craving for more!
Our trip in Tanay concluded in Daranak Falls. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Tanay and as expected, we were all greeted by an overwhelming crowd of people. Despite of it, we were able to enjoy the falls and it’s really a dream come true for me. The Daranak falls is truly wonderful and I cannot help but to stare to the kind of beauty that this nature has to offer.
But wait, there’s more! Batlag Falls is actually an option for us but I tried it anyway. It is situated above the Daranak but visitors must pay an extra fee to access the place. If there is one word to describe the falls, it’s magical! I was in awe when I saw the clear blue water. It was nothing but mesmerizing and I can’t wait to share you the rest of the photos with you guys.
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