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Trip to the Philippines: Ambon-Ambon and Biak na Bato Falls

Updated on September 29, 2016
The Ambon- Ambon Falls in Panguil, Laguna, Philippines
The Ambon- Ambon Falls in Panguil, Laguna, Philippines

One of the splendid wonders of nature lies inside a town known as Panguil. It is situated in the fourth district of Laguna in the Philippines.

The Panguil River Eco-Park is a must place to see. It boasted the “Ambon-Ambon” and “Biak na Bato” falls, two of the refreshing treat of the place.

Panguil, Laguna Church
Panguil, Laguna Church

About Panguil

It is one of the 26 towns of Laguna in the Philippines. The place is ~433 years old after it was founded in 1579 by two Franciscan missionaries.

Based from Panguil history, there are three possible origin of its name: after the fang of wild boar called “Pangil”; from the first native inhabitants of the place called “Pangilagan”; and from Gat Pangil, the first pre-Spanish chieftain whom once dominated the place.

At the entrance of the Panguil River Eco Park.
At the entrance of the Panguil River Eco Park.

Panguil River Eco-Park

The park is located at Natividad Extension, Brgy., Natividad, Pangil, Laguna.

Entrance fee: Php75 (~$1.68)

Environmental and developmental fee: Php67 (~$1.50)

Cottage (size varies): Php200- Php500 (~$4.48- ~$11.21)

About the falls


Ambon- Ambon

I do not know how Ambon-Ambon falls got its name but “ambon” in our place literally means mild rain shower. The touch of mild shower of water from the falls (near the great rapids) is really like "ambon". Hence the name (just my opinion though).

the refreshing water of the falls
the refreshing water of the falls
Ambon-Ambon Falls
Ambon-Ambon Falls

Biak na Bato

On the way to Ambon-Ambon, you will see the “Biak na Bato” falls. Not that as large as the other but it can also catch your interest. Maybe the strong current of water caused pressure to the rock and as a result, it was cut in the middle.

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The photo could tell you why it is called “Biak na Bato” falls (split rock).The photo could tell you why it is called “Biak na Bato” falls (split rock).
The photo could tell you why it is called “Biak na Bato” falls (split rock).
The photo could tell you why it is called “Biak na Bato” falls (split rock).
The photo could tell you why it is called “Biak na Bato” falls (split rock).
The photo could tell you why it is called “Biak na Bato” falls (split rock).

Avoid wearing flip-flops, wear sandals or aqua shoes instead.

Trekking going to the falls starts here!
Trekking going to the falls starts here!
for water tubing activity
for water tubing activity
Camping Site at the Panguil Eco Park. Tents are available for rent.
Camping Site at the Panguil Eco Park. Tents are available for rent.

Activities

Trekking with "balsa" ride and a bit of swimming to the falls is highly recommended!

The experience was great!

This activity will consume around 30 mins to 1 hour of the time. It can even burn some calories in the body. The fee for the tour guide, life vest, and balsa is Php60 (~$1.37) each if you will reach the minimum six persons per group and higher if not (as of May 2012).

In case you’re not familiar, “balsa” is a kind of boat made from bamboo. The tour guide pulls a rope to bring the balsa to the opposite riverbank.


Water tubing (Php30 each, ~$0.68).

In free-floating tubing, the tube riders are untethered and often conveyed by the current of a waterway (wikipedia) . It will just take less than 10 mins. Life vests and hard hats are provided.


Swimming for the kids

At the entrance two swimming pools can be seen however they are for the kids.


Camping

There is a camping site where you can stay overnight. In case you don't have your own tent, you can rent one at PhP300 (~$6.85- $7) per night and I think it could accommodate few persons. Camping fee depends on the time of the day and length of stay.


Hold different events

They have a pavilion that I think can accommodate hundreds of guests for different events like reunion, team-building, wedding, birthday and other parties.


Massage Therapy

Unfortunately I think this is no longer available. The massage hut was a bit messy and not well maintained anymore from my observation.



Trekking Photos

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very refreshing in the eyeshuge treewatch out!!!the balsa rideswimming is an option if you don't like to ride the "balsa"with the sunroofguides are always ready to help or assist!at last!
very refreshing in the eyes
very refreshing in the eyes
huge tree
huge tree
watch out!!!
watch out!!!
the balsa ride
the balsa ride
swimming is an option if you don't like to ride the "balsa"
swimming is an option if you don't like to ride the "balsa"
with the sunroof
with the sunroof
guides are always ready to help or assist!
guides are always ready to help or assist!
at last!
at last!

How to get there from Calamba City?

1. Ride the Sta. Cruz route jeepney, and then get off at the plaza (very near the church and Jolibee). Fare: P40.00 (~$0.91)

2. From there, ride the siniloan route jeepney. Fare: P38.00 (~$0.86)

3. Get off at Panguil church, ride tricycle going to the eco park. Fare: P10.00 (~$0.22)

The adventure was indeed memorable and overwhelming. Just give it a try!

Make sure to add this on your next nature escapade.

Be safe and have fun! :-)

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      Thelma Alberts 2 years ago from Germany

      What a beautiful places to visit! I love the awesome photos you have shared here. Thanks for sharing.

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      Kevin Hagen 3 years ago from Miami, Florida

      Very interesting and attractive hub.

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      pinkhawk 5 years ago from Pearl of the Orient

      @prasetio30- I'm wondering what's their meaning in your region,^_^! Thank you very much for your comment...have a great day!

      @vicky- hello ma'am! Hope this nature's wonder will be taken care of forever ...it's great to know that this hub has reach you there in New Zealand, I think the falls will be waiting for your return.. ^_^! thank you very much for dropping by!

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      vicky 5 years ago

      wow,i grew up in that place,thanks to those people who made this place known,now that i leave in new zealand,me and my hubby will surely visit the place,well done

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      The name of these places like the region in my country, Indonesia. Ambon and Biak. I really enjoy reading this hub and the pictures as well. Thanks for writing and share with us. Voted up :-)

      prasetio

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      pinkhawk 5 years ago from Pearl of the Orient

      @yougotme, yes our country was blessed with overwhelming gifts of nature...If I will have the resources, I surely will continue to explore God's creation. Thank you very much for dropping by.

      @molometer, hope you will enjoy your visit in this place! Thank you for your kind comment. ^_^!

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      molometer 5 years ago

      This looks fantabulous. I must put it on the list of places to visit.

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      Renz Kristofer Cheng 5 years ago from Manila

      This seems to be an interesting place to visit! I haven't explore much our own country. I guess it's about time that I do.

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      pinkhawk 5 years ago from Pearl of the Orient

      Thank you very much mecheshier for dropping by and appreciating this! ^_^

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      mecheshier 5 years ago

      What a beautiful Hub! Great pics and info. Thank you