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With an initial intention to visit either 818 Resort in Pagsanjan or Piit Resort (now Paguil River Eco-park in Pangil town), the trip was almost cancelled due to unpredictable coming of heavy rain but pushed through not at the mentioned resorts but the one of nearest resorts to Tutubi-- Talagang Dalaga, a mountainside resort with water supplied by the aquifers of the Sierra Madre mountain.
the entrance of the resort with a damsel not in distress
Tutubi was surprised at the development of the resort, he visited it many years ago and it was just a simple pool, much like Pakil's Turumba Public Swimming Pool that he used to swim at then hitch a ride in jeepneys, sabit-style, due to his still dripping wet clothes.
1 of the resort's three swimming pools. deepest at 6 feet. No other people there since it rained (yeah, it always rains in Paete, called "pusali ng langit" by locals, due to the tropical rainforest sub-climate, according to PAGASA)
the highest of the 3 waterfalls. from this level you can already get a view of Laguna de Bay
Talagang Dalaga is now a full-blown resort, not just a swimming pool with mountain rocks (quite similar to the now "extinct" Black Hawk of Paete) but without the expensive restaurant due to its small town feel. you can bring in food to eat with your family, no corkage fees.
Talagang Dalaga Resort
Telephone Number: none posted at the resort entrance (quite silly actually, it's a basic piece of information that should've been posted there)
Entrance Fee: PhP50.00 adults and children from 8am to 5pm
Night Swimming Rate: PhP70 from 5pm onwards
Room rates for overnight stay not yet available (accommodations under construction)
Location just a few hundred meters from the fork of Manila East Road and
Rizal St (Paete's main road) and almost in front of CVB Handcraft.
GPS Coordinates: N14 21 13.5 E121 29 06.0