The Caliraya Spillway is fast becoming popular as a photographer's favorite site because of the many experiments one can do with all things around. If you go there early, you can have a nice view of the sunrise. But if you arrive past the sunrise, you can still take nice pictures during the golden hours.more
We saw the Bumbungan Eco Park as we passed the new Cavinti Bridge. We stopped to explore the place, but there was a block to the driveway and nobody was around, just a worker who was cleaning the river spillway below. I took some shots to remind me to check out the place the next time we go to Cavinti. I saw some picnic huts and water cascading...more
The first time I saw the Cavinti Church, I was still in my grade school, when my childhood bestfriend invited me to their town fiesta. In my recent visit, I noticed that there was very little change in the church exterior, although the interior seems to have undergone renovation jobs.I fondly remember the story related to us by my best friend's...more
Lumot Lake is less known to the passersby who probably think it is still Caliraya Lake. Personally, I think it is more beautiful than Caliraya Lake. Like the latter, Lumot is also surrounded by lush vegetation and tall trees. I don't know if the weather had something to do with it, but when we paused by the road to take some pictures, I noticed...more
In Cavinti, there are so many beautiful things that interest me. I always delight in stopping at even the oddest places just to watch the cows, horse and other farm animals graze; to pause, take pictures, and sometimes, even smell the flowers; to shoot sights that I want to share with friends and/or family.more
As tribute to General Yamashita, a shrine in his honor was put up within the Japanese Garden compound. When we went there, I noticed some fresh flowers, glasses of wine and burnt incense. The gardener told me, many Japanese tourists dropp by to pay homage to Gen. Yamashita.more
Not an ordinary Japanese-inspired garden, this place is actually a shrine created by Philippine-Japan Friendship Society in memory of the Japanese soldiers who died during an encounter between the Japanese and Filipino-American troops in the World War II. The Japanese Garden is also a symbol of the amity agreement that now exist between the...more
The Americans who created Caliraya Lake seeded the lake with imported Largemouth Black Bass, one of the top freshwater gamefish of the United States of America. The fish continue to proliferate, to the excitement of game fishers who frequent the place on weekends all year-round. Aside from skilled anglers, father-son tandems are a common sight on...more
Lake Caliraya is so big, it encompasses the towns of Cavinti, Kalayaan and Lumban. It is situated high in the Sierra Madre Mountain Range (about 1,200 feet above sea level) so the area has cool climate all year round. The sight of the valley below the dams around the lake is so restful to the eyes, with the deep green-colored grass, trees and weeds...more
Since Lake Caliraya is situated about 1200 feet in the Sierra Madre Mountain Range and due to it's sudden popularity as a relaxation and water activity destination, the windind road going to is was refirbished and was converted from asphalt to an all weather concrete road and if offers spectacular views of the humongous Laguna Lake, Distant but...more
What is a better thing to do in Lake Caliraya besides the water sports but to walk around and hike a little. The cold mountain breeze that blows from the Sierra Madre Mountain Ranges and the majestic distant views of the Mystical Mountain Mount Banahaw, make Lake Caliraya an ideal place for sailing, windsurfing, fishing and other water sports....more
Part two of My Japanese Tea Garden Tips and Pictures. Aside from the Widely rumored location of General Tomoyuki Yamashita's Treasure (which is still debated), The Tea Garden is a shrine created by Philippine-Japan Friendship Society in memory of the Japanese soldiers who died during the encounter between the Japanese and Filipino-American troops...more
The Japanese Tea Garden is both famous and notorious, famous because it is a nice place to unwind or have a picnic since it has sweeping vista views of the mountains of the Sierra Madre Range and of Lake Caliraya and Lake Lumot and various Japanese flowers and memorabilia. Notorious since a lot of people try to dig treasure here since there were...more
Lake Caliraya was created in 1937 by US Army Engineer Major General Hugh J. Casey by flooding the Cavinti valley of the Sierra Madre to generate hydroelectric power for Manila. It was sabotaged by retreating Americans to prevent use by Invading Japanese who rebuilt it, then themselves sabotaged it as their own defeat approached. Lake Caliraya is...more
Lake Caliraya is a man-made lake built by American engineers in the 1930's to provide hydroelectric power. It is about 400m above sea level, with cool winds, clear waters and green surroundings. Lake Caliraya is a heaven for watersports and fishing. Around it there is a number of large resorts and the Caliraya Leisure Park (215 hectares) with...more
Bus Fares are about 100p from alabang to sta cruz via SLEX/National Highway.
Most of the buses are air-conditioned and have radio and video (movies/tv) on board.
Green Star, HM, Jam are some of the bus companies that ply the sta cruz route.
They also have routes to batangas and quezon.
there are no ticket reservations.
first come first served
What to buy:
Foot wear, especially sandals and slippers.
What to pay: This particular shop sells their products half the price of their products sold in Manila.
Watch where you're walking, especially when walking on coutryside trail! You might just step on carabao or horse manure on the grass while your eyes are set on the view:-(
I was a few steps away from such "land mines" when I stopped to take some pictures in the area around Caliraya Spillway, and I almost stepped on dung twice when I resumed walking.
This is a problem, especially if there is no available faucet where you can wash your feet and footwear, and bigger problem if you're wearing long pants and the hem gets soiled, too. This is dangerous, too, because if you have an open wound due to ingrown nail or anything, you might be susceptible to toe/foot infection if you don't wash up and disinfect immediately... so, watch your step.