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Surrounding Bulusan lake is a thickly forested area very ideal for light hiking. The first part of the walk is on cemented path some feet off the lake. As you get farther into the woods, the path becomes unpaved and narrower, but you become level with the lake. The last part is the hardest as the path becomes tricky - alternately uphill and downhill, muddy, wet, slippery, and obstructed by fallen trees.
At some points during the hike, you can hear the chirping of birds or the sound of water from a stream, and you can see colorful butterflies crossing your path. What may seem a small area to cover is actually an hour's walk. It is advisable to bring a bottle of water and a cap to cover your head from the sun or light drizzle.
A word of caution though. The area may also seem very peaceful and calm, but sources say that is it inhabited by local bandits (?). In fact, we saw 2 sets of stairs leading upward to the mountains and we were advised not to venture in that area. What lies beyond the woods is anybody's guess.
Updated Nov 10, 2005
As the arc says, Matnog is the last town of the major island of Luzon. Due to its strategic location, the ferry terminal serves as the jump off point to Visayas and Mindanao. And with the opening of the Philippine nautical highway, more people from Luzon are encouraged to travel by land to the southern Philippines. Vehicles are loaded into big ships to cross the San Bernardino Straits which separates Luzon from Visayas. Travel time from Matnog to Allen, Samar (first town of Visayas) is just more than an hour.
Written Nov 9, 2005
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