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Biak na Bato

Biak na bato
Bahay Paniki Cave is one of the highlights of Biak na Bato National Park. This park is located in Baranggay Biak na Bato, San Miguel, Bulacan. It was declared as national park in 1937 by the former president Manuel L. Quezon. Biak na Bato (split of boulder) This park was the location where Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo signed the Malolos Republic (first Constitution of the Philippines.)

Biak na bato
This bridge serves as the connection going to certain parts of the park. Balaong and Madlum Rivers are both located in this national park. The local government built a river wall in each side of the river to protect the soil from soil erosion. The trail going to each highlights are cemented for protections. In this park, three caves can be found. These caves were used by the Katipuneros during the Spanish Colonial lead by Emilio Aguinaldo. Please click the links in yellow to see more photos and its historical value.

Ambush CAve
(Photo above) Ambush Cave or Yungib 1. To know more about this cave, click here: Ambush Cave

Hospital Cave
(Photo Above) Hospital Cave or Yungib 2. To know more about this cave, click here: Hospital Cave

Imbakan Cave(Photo Above) Imbakan Cave or Yungib 3. To know more about this cave, click here: Imbakan Cave

Tangapan Cave
Another highlight of Biak na Bato National Park is located on the other side. Here you can find Madlum Cave, Bayukbuk Cave and other caves located near Mt. Manalmon. This part is the home of adventure; you can try rock climbing, spelunking and other outdoor activities. You can also check my Bulacan solo-backpacking details here: 30 Hours Historical Adventure in Bulacan.

How to Get Here:
(For Biak na Bato National Park)
Take a bus from Baliwag Transit Cubao going to San Miguel (just tell the konduktor to drop you off in tricycle terminal to Biak na Bato.)
Take a tricycle to the location.

Five-Star Bus Terminal EDSA-Cubao, bus fare is 117pesos. (Cubao to Camias)
Departure: 4:37AM  -  Arrival in Camias: 6:35AM (Total Gas station)
Took Tricycle going to Mt. Manalmon jump off point.

Mt. Maculot

The photo above was taken on Feb. 22, 2013 at the Rockies of Mt. Maculot in Cuenca, Batangas. After the incident happened to Mr. Ayson at the same spot, many rumors arose about supernatural stories. The nearby residents said that there were ball of lights in the air specially during Holy Week season. Stories about ghosts also spread in this place. But look! my photo is remarkable. Click this link: Mt. Maculot for more photos and our story.

Molo Church | What to Visit in Ilo-Ilo

Molo Church
This was part of my Negros Solo-Backpacking | Day 2

So, from Ong Bun Pension House along Ledesma Street, I took a jeep going to this church. Minimum fare for the jeep fare, travel time is within 30 minutes, depending on traffic. The people were so great, because they instructed me where to go and where to stop. The ambiance of the weather was cool and not so hot but still I was sweating, maybe because of my stomach. Read here why: Day 1. But, when I saw the tower of the old church, I was amazed!

Molo Church (St. Anne Parish) is situated in front of the town plaza.  Molo is actually one of the seven districts of Ilo-Ilo City which formerly called Parian (Chinatown) because the residents here were mostly Chinese. Then it was changed into Moro because of the frequent arrival of Muslim pirates from Mindanao, but later evolved in Molo – Wikipedia.com

What to Visit in Ilo-Ilo
While walking in front of the church, I found this huge monument that looks familiar. The structure is like an Egyptian structure and the dome is so perfect. The landscape perfectly matched the white structure.

Molo District
Here's what you can find at the park, there are green trees and grass and blooming flowers. Beside the park is the mini-carnival.

Facade of Molo Church

It was built in 1831 by the Ilonggo artists and it is the proof that the residents are really great in terms of arts. This church has Gothic-Renaissance architecture and it’s the only one outside Manila. It is made from coral stones with egg whites mixed with sand for some parts. August 4, 1886 when it was visited by Dr. Jose Rizal when he was on his way to Manila from exile in Dapitan to pray and see the gorgeous paintings (today, no longer existing)

Molo Church
Dome is always part of many old churches in the world. Look at the dome in this church, it's like the Dome of St. Peters in Vatican City. Molo church survived from different calamities because it is very sturdy. It served as an evacuation center for the civilians during World War II. In 1992, the National Historical Institute declared it as a National Landmark.

From Ilo-Ilo City, you can take a taxi or jeep with Molo signboard. Just tell the driver to drop you off on the street by Molo Church.

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