After visiting the church of Bailen our group headed to one of the popular swimming destination in town. Nope, this is not a resort but a hidden river in Barangay Poblacion II in Bailen. It was not originally part of our plan but someone from the Tapsihan where we had our lunch gave us a heads up about this so-called Paliguang Aso river. The place was not really far from the town plaza and just few kilometers away from the church of Bailen.
To reach the actual river, you need to pass through another descent path. The entrance to the river is just beside the Barangay Poblacion II. It should be noted that there is an environmental fee of Php10 per head which is not bad at all. Unlike the Malibic-libic falls, you don’t need to passthrough any challenging trails. There is a cemented and well-established path going down to the river. It actually reminds me of the same concrete stairs going to Hinulugang Taktak Falls of Antipolo.
As you completed the 160 steps, you will be greeted by a small river with surreal rock formations similar to what we have seen in Mabacao in Maragondon.
But what’s really more intriguing is the name of the place itself. The river is called Paliguang Aso or Bath for Dogs. While we indeed spotted dogs in the area, the origin of the name remains a mystery for us. Dogs were probably often spotted here bathing and playing around the small puddles of the river.
At the center of the river, you will spot a pair of large boulder which they called the “Mag-asawang Bato” (Couple Stone).
Some strange-looking rock formation near the river
At the end of the river is a small man-made dam. The water flowing in this small river came from the larger tributaries or river from Alfonso and Bailen.was once a hydroelectric energy source that powered a nearby rice mill.
It’s a quiet spot and absolutely unspoiled swimming destination in Bailen that is worth visiting. It is ideal for picnics, swimming, camping and river trekking. Paliguang Aso River is not yet commercialized and while we spotted a large cottage near the entrance, the place doesn’t have any cottages or any forms of accommodations at the moment. However, you can still bring tents if you wish to.
If you are looking for a simple yet relaxing place here in Cavite, you might consider visiting the Paliguang River in Bailen.
Things you should know before visiting the Paliguang Aso River in Bailen
►The Paliguang Aso river is located in Barangay Poblacion II in the town of Bailen
►There are tricycles in the town plaza. Just ask them to drop you in Paliguang Aso river and they will bring you to Barangay Poblacion II.
►There is an environmental fee of Php10 per head and will be collected by the Barangay Officials
►There are 160 steps to descend before you reach the river.
►There are NO stores near the river so make sure to bring foods and water. There are, however, stores near the Barangay hall.
►Do not Litter and bring your own trash!
How to Get to Paliguang Aso River
1. Take Naic-bound Bus. If you’re coming from Manila, the easiest way would be from PITX. Take a bus bound to Naic or Ternate.
2. Alight at the intersection, a few meters past Mc Donald’s along the highway.
3. Head to Naic Central Terminal. Ask people for directions or ride a tricycle that could take you there.
4. Ride a jeep with signboard: Bailen or General Emilio Aguinaldo.
5. Ask the driver to drop you off the town proper or town plaza of bailen.
6. From there, ride a trike and ask the driver to drop you to brgy poblacion II or the Paliguang aso river
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