Pagsanjan was an unplanned trip.
We returned from Tagaytay a few days after my birthday. We washed our clothes, refilled our suitcases, cleaned the apartment and slept a night or two in Makati before we decided to go for it!
We needed some place close (we only had a few days to spare before our flight to Singapore on November 16) but an experience we’d never done before. We found Pagsanjan during a search on Google for a last minute side trip. In addition, I booked a night at Pagsanjan Falls Lodge and Summer Resort via hotels.com
The town of Pagsanjan lies at the confluence of two rivers, the Balanac River and the Bumbungan River (also known as the Pagsanjan River). Pagsanhan Laguna is about two hours away from Makati City. We caught a bus from the terminal in Pasay City. We arrived in the early afternoon so we decided to grab a bite to eat in their restaurant while we watched the Pacquiao-Marquez fight on tv.
Sizzling Pork Sisig (Pagsanjan Falls Lodge and Summer Resort) 2011
Lechon Kawali (Deep-fried roasted pork)
It was great to be amongst fellow Pinoys, enjoying good food and watching Pacquiao kick butt in the ring. After Pacquiao won, we sat in the open veranda while rain threatened to ruin our well intentioned impulse tour of the falls. Unfortunately, because of the rise of water rapids tours are cancelled if the weather’s bad. So, thank heavens the rains stopped around 2 p.m and we were cleared for our tour, the last of the day. Lucky!
Pagsanjan Falls also known as Magdapio Falls is one of the most famous waterfalls in the Philippines. Despite the name, Pagsanjan Falls the actual falls are located in the city of Cavinti. It is one of the major tourist attractions in the region. The falls can be reached either by bangka (canoe) or hike to the falls from the town of Cavinti. I’m definitely not a hiker so by shooting rapids we go!
Safety first, so we suit up in life vests, colorful hard hats and wrap up the dslr in a plastic bag to protect it from the water, There are two manongs (uncles) who guide and navigate your bangka through the rapids. The only thing you need to do is keep all extremities inside the boat at all times and move your body either left or right when manong tells you to and you’ll be okay.
Here we are all suited and seated for our Pagsanjan Falls experience. Oh, and don’t forget the lipstick!