We left Cubao around 5 in the morning and it took us around 4 hours to reach our first destination, the wind farm of Plillia, Rizal. Yes, Ilocos is not the only place to find those gigantic windmills and you don’t need to travel that far just to marvel the beauty of these enormous structures. The so-called windfarm is located in Rizal which is just one ride away from Manila.I cannot help myself but to marvel the beauty of these amazing windmills indeed. I have never been to Ilocos and I have never seen their windfarm upclose so seeing a series of gigantic windmills here in Pilliia is nothing more but mesmerizing. It is very interesting to note that the company behind the Pililla Windfarm is the same company that operates the windmills in Bangui, Ilocos Norte.The wind farm is operated by Alternergy Philippines Holding Corporation. The project includes 27 wind turbine generators covering the 4,515 hectares of land in Pililla. Pililla is a first class municipality in Rizal and is located in the southern tip of the province which borders Laguna. The wind farm in particular is located on the plains of Barangay Halayhayin which is 300 meters above the sea level.The construction of the windfarm started in 2013 after the APHC was awarded the exclusive right to operate the wind power project in 2008. The wind farm in Pililla is considered as the first ever Luzon-based windfarm outside Ilocos Norte. Each of the wind turbine is capable of generating 2MW , an amount that is good enough to mitigate at least 250k Kilogram of CO2. The whole farm is capable of producing 150 Gigawatt hours of electricity yearly which is powerful enough to supply electricity for more than 66,000 households continuously.So why is Pililla a perfect choice to construct a Wind farm? According to the information I got from their Infocenter, Pililla rings Laguna de Bay and is part of a natural wind corridor created by unique geographical features surrounding the lake which includes tall mountains and its proximity to the sea. Based on the average monthly wind speed data, Pililla’s windspeed can be as high as 36 km/h which makes the town a perfect candidate for a wind farm.We arrived at the venue around 8 am and the weather was seemingly not cooperating with us. It started to drizzle which gave us limited time to explore the place but we were able to get enough time to marvel the beauty of this place. The place is also a great spot to witness the stunning Laguna De Bay.Those who have been to Bangui will definitely make comparisons to those windmills in Pililla but I actually found no reason to do so. The ones in Pililla are relatively small because the place is already high and the wind turbines do not requires any elevation. As far as the scenery is concerned, Pililla and the Bangui both offers stunning yet entirely different perspective. The Bangui windmills are located near the shore which provides a more engaging scenery. On top of that, the Bangui windmills are perfectly aligned which gives photographers a great chance to capture them all in one shot.Pililla Windfarm, on the other hand, has a different appeal. For me, it feels like Pililla Wind farm is more of a “Land fortress” while Bangui is the “water kingdom” haha (Sorry, just a big fan of RPG and towe defense games here haha).Pililla Wind Farm is undeniably another great place in Rizal to marvel. This is more than just a tourist destination because this wind turbines are beneficial for the residents of Rizal who are being supplied by the electricity coming from these wind power generators. A rainbow spotted while embracing the view of the Laguna De Bay! Probably the sign that the rain is over and we will have a great tour ahead!How to get to Pililla Rizal via Public Transport?
From Starmall Crossing, you can ride a van going to Tanay and they will drop you off to the Tanay Town proper (the public market). Once you get to the Tanay town proper, you can ride a tricycle that can charter you up to the wind farm. It is quite costly though since it is not going to be an easy ride. You will pass through a very rough road
What to expect?
Going to Pililla Wind farm will of course give you the chance to marvel the beauty of these gigantic wind turbines. In addition to that, you will also get a chance to witness the stunning view of Laguna De Bay. The place also has a visitor center that provides you some relevant information about the site and Pililla. It also has a cafe. Some smal sari-sari stores can be spotted nearby as well. Take note, the entrance to Pililla wind farm is free!
What to Buy in Pililla Wind Farm!
Souvenirs! Yes, they are located nearby. There are small keychains that are merely inspired from the wind turbines, ref magnets, ballpens, mugs, shirts, and a whole lot more that promotes the humble town of Pililla.
After the Pililla Wind farm, we headed to our next destination, the historical Tanay Church!
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Here are the links to the rest of my Tanay escapade: Feel free to visit the links below
► Pililla Wind Farm
► Tanay Church (San Ildefonso de Toledo Parish)
► The Parola of Tanay
► Regina RICA
► The Calinawan Cave
► The Daranak Falls
► The Batlag Falls