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    Travel Guide: Hulugan Falls in Luisiana, Laguna (Entrance Fee, How to Get There)

    Another waterfall in Laguna conquered by Tutubi recently, opened for tourism just last year, even if Tutubi's been aware of its existence for some time now. In this case, a trek to the now famous waterfall in Laguna, a majestic falls about 90 meters high, was another spur-of-the-moment decision the day before the May 2016 national elections.


    Here's a hastily-written (and unedited) Hulugan Falls travel guide written by the busy blogger for those who wanted to visit the place:

    1. How to Get to Luisiana, Laguna

    Either take an HM Transport bus or DLTB on EDSA, Cubao or GreenStar Transport or DLTB bus on Taft/Gil Puyat/LRT bound to Sta. Cruz, Laguna.

    In Sta. Cruz, transfer to a jeepney going to Lucban, Quezon but request to be dropped off in Barangay San Salvador in Luisiana (after passing the road going to
    Cavinti poblacion)

    for those with cars, ample parking space available near the registration area (guarded), parking is free


    2. Get a guide

    To get to Hulugan Falls, you need to secure the services of a tour guide (for a voluntary fee but be a bit generous here)


    3. Register and pay Hulugan Falls "entrance fee"

    pay PhP20.00 "entrance fee" to Hulugan Falls. Senior citizens need to sign a waiver

    Hulugan Falls is majestically high but a just trickles in summer, best to visit during the typhoon season

    4. Take a tricycle or walk about a kilometer to the jump off point. Tricycle fare is PhP10.00/person

    5. Trek down to the falls in about 15-30 minutes. the path is a bit steep yet has bamboo/wooden handrails

    6. Enjoy the falls

    There's also Talay Falls or Aliw Falls nearby for about another 40 minutes trek but Tutubi didn't go there as it may be hard for his septuagenarian father.

    Notes:

    1. You can eat at various eateries near the registration area (e.g. Aling Ganda's eatery with tapsilog and pancit habhab for PhP60.00/order).
    2. You can take a shower at some homes there for PhP15.00
    3. Ample parking available, no parking fee
    4. you can buy Luisiana style bibingka with nice pandan basket priced at PhP100.00 for three pieces of bibingka about 5 inches in diameter
    5. The best time to visit the falls is during the months of November to February. The falls is more majestic though during the typhoon season yet a bit dangerous
    6. On your way back, you can take a tricycle back to the registration area or the main road for PhP10/person
    7. There's a first aid station along the trail; the nearest hospitals are in Pagsanjan town

    Do you know why it's called Hulugan Falls?
    Tutubi asked this question to Aling Ganda (a friendly local and owner of a tapsilogan) who told Tutubi it's probably due to the place used as hulugan ng kalabaw.
    Not sure about it though :(


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    If RODY DUTERTE Loses, I'll Fly Out of the Philippines!

    I said it once and I'll say it again, should Rody Duterte win the presidency on May 9 national elections, I will fly out of the country

    Yes, I've been to Davao three times already, I've seen, heard, felt the safe city claims of mayor Duterte, the most fanatical followers you'll see on the Internet, probably second only to the rabid followers of BBM, a candidate for vice president



    Who's my choice for president then?

    If only I can fuse the iron-fist of Duterte, the brains of Miriam, and the economic savvy of Mar Roxas (oh, forget about Binay),
    I can have my super-president

    Duterte's platform is mostly in stopping crime in 3-6 months (which is actually incredulous)
    Mar Roxas has plans for the economy and fixing the chaotic EDSA bus transport (the only one who really got it among the presidentiables on this issue)
    Jojo Binay is the lord of the Republic of Makati who I wish to see arrested with mug shots circulated in the Internet
    Miriam Santiago is brilliant but I think she's too sick and may not last long should she improbably win, also don't like her alliance with BBM, the son of the late dictator living off the plundered riches

    Just in case Duterte loses, then either Mar Roxas, Grace Poe, Miriam Santiago or Jejomar Binay (Noooo!) wins, I will also pack my bags and fly out of the country.

    This is a travel blog, not a political one much in demand during elections

    as for improving tourism, not a single candidate has solid plans how to improve it. IMHO, to increase the Philippines tourism numbers, every Filipino should start promoting our own country, enough of negativism

    for change to occur at the national level, every Filipino must change first!

    May the Fourth be with you!

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    Zoo in Pililla, Rizal: Lyger Animal Sanctuary/Tiger Holding Facility

    A few months old public aquarium and zoo in Pililla, Rizal was visited unplanned by Tutubi recently when he noticed a sign leading to the zoo/aquarium along the highway of Pililla, Rizal just after passing by the twisties from Laguna and the 54 MW Pililla Wind Farm.


    Animals to see include lions, tigers, ligers/lygers, camels, sheep, birds, peacocks, civet cat (alamid), deer, boars, monkeys, ducks, sorry no elephants and giraffes and hippopotamuses and dinosaurs and velociraptors :)

    a sleeping civet cat (alamid), the one who can make your exotic kopi luwak/kape alamid/civet cat coffee

    a dromedary (single hump camel)

    you can ride a boat for PhP100 for 15 minutes, then feed the mighty ducks in the small shallow lagoon



    a cute kid enjoying mini-horses (i call them hobbit horses or puny ponies)

    the resident star of the zoo are these sleeping ligers/lyger that are really huge. Ligers are hybrid cross between a male lion (Panthera leo) and a female tiger, a tigress (Panthera tigris)

    Other facilities include a small aquarium, canteen above the lagoon but snacks only, ample parking space, simple toilets.

    Lyger Animal Sanctuary/Tiger Holding Facility

    Operating Hours:
    Open daily from 8:30am to 5:30pm

    Entrance Fees/Admission:
    PhP200 Adults and Kids above 7 yrs old
    PhP160 Senior Citizens and Kids 2 to 7 yrs old
    Kids below 2 yrs old Free

    Contact numbers: +63.915.308.8398;
    Telephone Number: +63.5024294

    How to get there:

    Driving Directions: if you know the way via Antipolo, Teresa, Morong, Baras Tanay then Pililla
    or Via Cainta, Taytay, Angono, Binangonan, Cardona, Morong, Baras, Tanay Pililla

    Commuting to Pililla, Rizal:

    From EDSA Crossing (either Starmall or EDSA Central), board a jeepney to Tanay, Rizal.
    In Tanay, transfer to another jeepney to Siniloan, Laguna but ask to be dropped off in Pililla near the highway junction where you take a tricycle to Lyger Animal Sanctuary.

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    Windmills in Rizal? 54MW Wind Farm in Pililla, Rizal by Alternergy Wind One Corporation

    When Tutubi fifrst heard the news of the construction of a 54 megawatt windfarm to generate electricity using wind turbines (not wind mills), he already forewaw that those "wind mills" would become a tourist attraction similar to the now famous "windmills" in Bangui, Ilocos Norte by NorthWind near the beaches of Pagudpud.

    Tutubi has been passing by the area for months now yet only recently did he drove up to the viewdeck to go nearer the gigantic turbines






    Note:

    No entrance fee to enter Pililla Wind Farm, there are enterprising individuals there who wants to make money

    How to Get to Pililla, Rizal:

    driving directions from Manila:
    take Marcos Highway, right to Sumulong up to Antipolo, left after Antipolo Public Market and Robinsons Antipolo, go around the rotonda to turn left,
    pass Teresa Rizal, left in Sambat (landmark: Flying V), take the highway of Morong and Tanay then the twisties of Pililla. you see markers on the highway by Alternergy.

    Commuting to Pililla, Rizal is easy but getting to the actual viewdeck is not. From EDSA Crossing/Starmall, take a jeepney going to Tanay, Rizal. In Tanay, transfer to a SIniloan, Laguna jeepney but drop off near the service road to Alternergy then walk up

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    UBE Express: NAIA Premium Bus Service (Fare and Schedule from Manila Airport)

    Here's good news to passengers to/from Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA or simply Manila Airport)), besides the yellow taxis, coupon taxis, and car rentals, you may now take the premium bus from NAIA Terminals 1, 2 and 3.

    UBE Express Fleet: 6 units for interim service, 42 units for permanent service by June 2016


    Premium bus fare: PhP300.00 (this is premium guys, not economy. you can catch city buses to EDSA from NAIA Terminals, 1, 2 and 3)

    Routes:

    1. Makati CBD Stops: Glorietta 4, Glorietta 5, Ascott Hotel.

    2. Roxas Boulevard stops: Midas Hotel, Hotel Jen, Manila Hotel, Mall of Asia, and the Entertainment City



    Per the official Press Release:

    "Each bus can accommodate 24 passengers and has large compartments for baggage.

    The premium bus is equipped with closed-circuit television cameras (CCTV), Global Positioning System (GPS), and an on-board Wi-Fi facility.

    Passengers who wish to take the premium bus may approach the transportation desk personnel at the arrival curbside area for assistance. An automated fare collection system will also be developed in the future to provide the option for advanced online booking.

    The premium bus service has an LTFRB-approved flat rate of P300.

    The buses will be manned by trained drivers and an on-board transport attendant, similar to an airline flight attendant."

    Are you interested in taking this premium bus service from the Aiport or only if you have no choice.
    that the taxi queue is too long?

    Tip: you can link up this service with the point-to-point buses to Ortigas and Trinoma from Glorietta 5 too :)

    How about letting GrabCar/GrabTaxi or Uber to serve airport passengers? Oh I remember, the car rental companies are controlled by shenanigans in the airport :(

    Related posts:
    Bus Terminals in Cubao
    Bus Station in Pasay/Taft/LRT Buendia
    Bus Stations in Pasay Taft EDSA Rotonda

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