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Probably the nearest waterfall to bustling Metro Manila is this talon in Antipolo City located inside a national park-- Hinulugang Taktak.
Legend has it that the falls got its name when people threw a bell on Taktak creek thus the name Hinulugang Taktak.
foam forms at the basin of the falls that looks like soap suds though a different kind of smell wafts through the air
Tutubi was able to visit this waterfall on his way back from Antipolo Church, the Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage when he had his car blessed last January of this year. From there he and his family held a short picnic in the park's tables and surrounding lush forest.
Expect a minimal entrance fee to enter the park plus rentals for cottages and cabanas inside for picnic tables. There are comfort rooms inside. There's also a swimming pool open to the public. Perhaps the feedback you really need to know about Hinulugang Taktak is that it's not well-maintained even dugyut to some extent-- hinulugan na ng basura, tinaktak pa!
How to get to Hinulugang Taktak, Antipolo City, Rizal
Commute to Hinulugang Taktak is fastest if you can take the LRT 2 to the end station of Santolan where you can ride jeepneys going to Antipolo. Jeeps to Antipolo are also available in Cubao where you alight on Taktak road then transfer to a tricycle or walk towards the falls.
Driving Directions to Hinulugang Taktak: Follow the route of the jeepneys! From SM City North EDSA, drive towards Quezon Memorial Circle, right on Commonwealth Avenue but take the road going to UP and right at the first corner going to Kalayaan. You will pass by Ateneo de Manila, drive under the Kalayaan flyover to turn right on Aurora Boulevard, make a U-turn and drive straight on Marcos Highway until you see Masinag Market where you turn right. This is already Sumulong Highway. Drive straight until you see the intersection with direction signs leading to Hinulugang Taktak (a right turn. left turn leads to Baras, Teresa and Laguna while straight through leads to Antipolo City proper and Antipolo Church)
be prepared to pay minimal Hinulugang taktak entrance fee/admission. there's also a swimming pool open to the public. call hinulugang taktak contact number for swimming rates and other inquiries and events.
Sad that the park turned out that way and described as dugyut :(
I had very fond memories of Hinulugang Taktak as a child as my parents brought property along the road above, that leads to Chateu Vieux. Everyweekend I'd be there, harvesting from our fruit trees and manning the ice cream kiosk that served as my practice to doing business when I got older.