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    Panguil River Eco-park (Piit Resort) Pangil, Laguna

    A now getting popular cold water resort, formerly called Piit resort in Pangil, Laguna, once visited by Tutubi many moons ago, got much development and funding from the World bank, yet managed to preserve the pristine state of Panguil River, fed by Ambon-ambon Falls upstream, and empties into Laguna de Bay.

    Several times Tutubi wanted to re-visit the now developed Piit Resort, the chance came with a rare time his entire family was complete in Paete, Laguna and where the plan to visit Pangil River Eco-park (Piit Resort) became a reality. Tutubi and his family arrived at Piit Resort around 11am, on several tricycles (PhP80.00 per tricycle), and left shortly around 1pm, barely enough time to wander around, take pictures but too focused on his "mini-me" frolicking on the cold water of the nature resort surrounded with lush greens, trees, birds and butterflies from Sierra Madre mountain range.

    Pictures of Panguil River Eco-park, Pangil Laguna (formerly Piit Resort):

    Panguil River Eco-park, Pangil LagunaPanguil River Eco-park's clean river and river-side cottages with the hanging bridge on the background

    Panguil River Eco-park has a ncie receiving area, clean restrooms, a 20 meter hanging bridge, kiddie swimming pool, a dam/spillway, cottages for rent, a gazebo for events (e.g. weddings, debut), a one kilometer trail to Ambon-ambon Falls (Tutubi intends to visit this next summer), camp sites and a police station nearby. Other activities besides swimming, and family picnic includes white water river tubing (using car wheel interiors to drift on the white water of Panguil River).

    Panguil River Eco-park, Pangil Laguna swimming poolthe kiddie pool is the recommended palce for kids to have some water fun, not on the spillway

    hanging bridge piit resort pangil lagunathe 20 meter long hanging bridge provides a nice photo-op and birds eye view of Panguil River

    spillway dam pangil river lagunathe spillway is the fun place to cool down, probably filled with people during summer but solely for Tutubi's family when he got there. Beware of the dangerous part of the spillway (the left side, not shown on the picture)


    ambon-ambon falls pangil lagunaTutubi's wishlist nest summer, he's wants to visit all of Laguna's waterfalls before he gets too old to visit them

    Next summer, a visit to Ambon-ambon falls is in the offing. There's also a hidden falls there while neighboring Famy and Siniloan towns get the most attention from mountaineers and mountain climbers due to the presence of five waterfalls of Mt. Romelo including Buruwisan, Batya-batya and Sampaloc Falls.

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    Suggestion: since there already is a dam, the untapped water power can be harnessed to generate electric power by building a micro-hydroelectric power plant. It can supply electricity to the resort, a source of clean, renewable energy, even to Pangil town to power up street lighting, for example, saves people's money.

    To be also more eco-friendly, why not educate people against the use of plastic bags/styropor inside the resort, not just on waste segregation. Pangil can also emulate the move of Paete to ban the use of plastic bags.

    WARNING:

    the dam and spillway is a nice area to play around but danger lurks on the spillway canal where the outlet has no grills. Just one "faux pas" or a slip can result to serious injury or death. Pangil local government should construct grills at the mouth of the spillway to avoid accidents, don't wait for the day this warning becomes a reality. Flash floods can also occur anytime during rainy season, stay at the kiddie pool if there are vulnerable children with you in case there's heavy rain.

    Panguil River Eco-park Entrance Fee:


    Day rate (6am to 6pm): PhP40.00
    Night Rate (6pm to 6am): PhP80.00
    Overnight rate (more than 12 hours but not more than 24 hours): PhP100.00

    Camping fees:

    2 days/1 night camping fee per person: PhP160.00
    3D/2N: PhP240.00

    Other fees and charges:
    trekking to biak-na-bato/ambon-ambon falls (tour guide): PhP60.00
    environmental fee: PhP1.00
    development fee: PhP1.00

    cottage rental rates:

    small house/cottage: PhP200.00
    big house: PhP400.00

    Other information:

    parking area inside the resort. there are no restaurants but you can bring your own food. there's a sari-sari store inside plus vendors selling different stuff outside like fresh buko.

    How to get to Panguil River Eco-park, Pangil, Laguna

    From Taft Avenue near corner Gil Puyat (LRT Buendia station), ride a Green Star Express bus to Sta. Cruz, Laguna (or an HM Transport bus to Sta. Cruz, Laguna from EDSA, Cubao, Quezon City) (Bus fare fare is around PhP140.00). In Sta. Cruz (Pagsawitan or at the Jam bus terminal), transfer to a jeepney bound for Siniloan (jeepney fare is around PhP30.00), drop off in Pangil town then ride a tricycle to Piit (sitio Piit or barangay piit as how locals call the place).

    Alternate route via Rizal Province, ride Tanay-bound jeepneys at EDSA Central terminal. In Tanay, Rizal, transfer to a Siniloan-bound jeepney. In Siniloan public market, either take a jeepney bound to Sta. Cruz then a tricycle in Pangil or negotiate with a tricycle driver to take you there directly.

    You may also take a Raymond Transportation bus to Infanta/Real Quezon, drop off at the Siniloan/Famy junction on Manila East Road then take tricycle to Piit.

    Driving directions to Panguil River Eco-park:

    If you have a GPS navigator, Piit resort is present on OpenStreetMap (added by Tutubi). The service road going to Piit is linked to Manila East Road, do not enter Siniloan nor Pangil town proper. There's a sign visible on the highway after passing the junction of Siniloan, Famy and Mabitac.

    Coordinates: N14 24 48.5 E121 28 49.1
    Click online map here.

    you may also be looking for these:
    How to get to Pangil, laguna, How to get to Piit Resort, Pangil Laguna
    How to get to Piit Resort, Panguil River Eco-park entrance fees, cottage fees,
    room rates

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    posted by backpacking philippines @ 8:31 PM,

    50 Comments:

    At Aug 19, 2011, 1:42:00 AM, Blogger Photo Cache said...

    love the cottages and the bridge. mukhang ang presko presko jan.

     
    At Aug 21, 2011, 5:42:00 PM, Anonymous Penfires! A Filipina Blogger said...

    Wow! Hindi ko alam eto, sayang I used to visit the outskirts of Laguna from Sta Cruz to Siniloan every week because of work. Sana makabalik ako and visit this cool looking place sa Pangil, malamang malamig na malamig dyan. :) Thanks for sharing this!

     
    At Aug 21, 2011, 10:22:00 PM, Anonymous Seair said...

    Wow, surprisingly prices are pretty reasonable! Maybe I can check this out during the long weekend!

     
    At Aug 22, 2011, 2:22:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hi, I'm planning to go here alone for the long week-end. :) I'm super excited. Are the small houses the one with 200php rate have

     
    At Aug 22, 2011, 2:27:00 AM, Anonymous karlin galao said...

    hi, i'm planning to go here alone for the long weekend. do you know if the small houses (200php rate) have locks? i'm planning to leave my things there when i intend to swim or such. I'll bring my dslr along din kasi. thanks so much!

     
    At Aug 22, 2011, 9:08:00 PM, Blogger backpacking philippines said...

    photo cache, water may be too cold during summer, but not as cold as Taytay falls in Majayjay

    penfires!, so you and my li'l sister are friends, eh? :P

    karlin, sorry but the cottages are all open as pictured above. secure your belongings as the place may have many people next weekend

     
    At Aug 23, 2011, 3:41:00 PM, Blogger Darren Kaye said...

    thank youfor sharing. I was planning on dito lang sa Villa Excellance with my boyfriend this thursday..
    since ive read ur blog. i think dito na kami punta .
    :)

     
    At Aug 24, 2011, 4:33:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Can I bring my dog?

     
    At Aug 26, 2011, 4:06:00 PM, Blogger backpacking philippines said...

    anonymous, i don't know but probably yes

     
    At Sep 4, 2011, 8:08:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    hi just wanna know if theres a room for a overnight stay.thank you.

     
    At Sep 6, 2011, 9:36:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    im just wondrin if theres a camping tent avail for rent?thank you

     
    At Sep 8, 2011, 9:08:00 PM, Blogger backpacking philippines said...

    anonymous, i don't think so. bring your own an pitch it there

     
    At Sep 15, 2011, 2:02:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    how long is the travel time to this eco park from calamba? tnx!

     
    At Sep 17, 2011, 7:24:00 AM, Blogger backpacking philippines said...

    anonymous, about an hour if you have your own car, 1.5 hours if you don't

     
    At Oct 5, 2011, 2:30:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    see you this coming weekends!

     
    At Oct 20, 2011, 11:12:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    iv'e been there it was very awesome the trek to ambon ambon falls was very very awesome you have to swim in a deep river to cross to the falls.

     
    At Oct 24, 2011, 2:09:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    do they have reservations here? im planning to visit the place with my friends

     
    At Oct 24, 2011, 9:34:00 PM, Blogger backpacking philippines said...

    anonymous, i think so but only for big events. it's all walk in for now

     
    At Oct 30, 2011, 8:27:00 PM, Blogger Hannelore said...

    This (along with waypoint) is becoming quite useful for when I think of things to do when I'm bored

     
    At Nov 3, 2011, 3:52:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    good day. ask ko lang, can we cook there? will they provide cooking materials? thanks

     
    At Nov 4, 2011, 10:57:00 AM, Blogger backpacking philippines said...

    anonymous, didn't notice it but there may probably be barbeque stands there. will try to ask and confirm

     
    At Nov 22, 2011, 8:51:00 PM, Blogger eklabush said...

    I've been here 3 times already coz my boyfriend lives in a nearby town called famy laguna, but i haven't tried trekking to ambon ambon falls since u have to pay 6pax even if you are only less than 6 pax... this one of the places that i love in this small town, the place is very relaxing, it's just that it is not advisable to go here here during holyweek for it is too crowded that u really have to reserve a cottage a week or 2 prior to holy week.. so for those who want's to relax and feel the fauna of sierra madre, this is a place for you!

     
    At Nov 22, 2011, 8:57:00 PM, Blogger eklabush said...

    I've been here 3 times already since my boyfriend lives in a nearby town called FAmy LAguna.. i haven't tried trekking to Ambon2 falls since it will really require you to pay 360 pesos which is good for 6 pax, even if you are only less than 6 pax.. on the other hand, even if I haven't been to that falls, i can really recommend this place for those people who wants to find time time to relax, unwind and enjoy the beauty of fauna of sierra madre. you can also enjoy taking photos if you're a photo addict!(just like me:-D), indeed this is a worthy place to visit!

     
    At Jan 2, 2012, 11:35:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Just came here this Dec. 29'11.Thanks to TUTUBI for sharing your backpacking/budget travel experiences.

    The trekking to Ambon-Ambon falls was the highlight of the visit here. If not for trekking, the place is good for relaxing, family bonding, if you dont intend to swim in the river, like in our case it was too cold during this season. But i tried to dip my whole body in the cold fresh water for few minutes only. At first it was cold, but i cant believe that even if i was chilling, i really felt how refreshing it was to dip your body in the fresh water, despite the cold. I bet it will be more refreshing during summer.

    The trekking was fun & exciting though little dangerous for first timers like us esp when you bring your camera along the way, so dont forget to put it in a plastic pouch, and other valuables as well. The tour guides are well experienced. There was no room available to put your belongings, but they rent tents for P300 overnight, in our case we still rent one even just for day tour, just to secure our belongings at least, unlike in the cottages where your things are more exposed. Shower rooms/toilets are not properly maintained but we still manage to use it well. So, if you want to visit this for experience, you may be the judge. It's someway a less budget to compare with the experience you'll get.

    Again, thanks a lot Tutubi! God bless for sharing your site and experiences. Look for more budget travel experience! :)

     
    At Jan 8, 2012, 4:06:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    hoping makauwi ako sooner para matikman ko uli ang lumangoy sa malinis at malamig na tubig wala kasi dito nyan sa saudi

     
    At Jan 8, 2012, 4:07:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    i lke this

     
    At Jan 8, 2012, 12:54:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    we will try to visit this place when we go back home..its so nice to have beautiful spot like this...

     
    At Jan 27, 2012, 10:03:00 PM, Anonymous Dazl said...

    Bookmarking!

     
    At Feb 8, 2012, 1:53:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    thanks for bloggers like you!...nakakasawa ang MALLS,thats why now and then im always looking for places here in Laguna especially places where we can camp out coz,i really love to spend a lot with nature as much as possible..:).

     
    At Feb 28, 2012, 3:50:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    we will be surely visiting PIIT RESORT this summer :)

     
    At Mar 9, 2012, 9:04:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Good day can I just ask if it's still the rate up to this time? (I mean this year). Thanks for the concern

     
    At Mar 12, 2012, 11:40:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hi!! may plan kami pumunta, meron po ba kayo contact number para makapagtanong din po kami tungkol sa mga rooms or other information 'bout sa resort. thanks..

     
    At Mar 18, 2012, 7:12:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    wow! ganda na ng "piit" dyan kami madalas maligo dati! sikat na sikat na ang ambon-ambon! maganda dyan mga sir/maam hindi kayo mag sisisi!

     
    At Mar 31, 2012, 12:48:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    ayoko na. may danger pala.

     
    At Apr 25, 2012, 8:51:00 AM, OpenID kites182 said...

    Thanks for the review! We'll be there on June2-3!!! =)

    -Kites

     
    At Apr 28, 2012, 10:10:00 PM, Blogger jorenel said...

    i was born there and spend my childhood in pangil, even live in piit. we used to swim at the spillway,thats quiet sometimes ago.and i cant believe how piit developed into a tourist spot..hope that despite the development its ecological value will still remain....Hope i can visit Pangil soon..

    Jorenel Andes

     
    At May 5, 2012, 1:11:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    see you on May 19...

     
    At May 9, 2012, 7:48:00 AM, Anonymous JCV Traders said...

    Wow, super like dito sa place na ito...this is the place where you could call that there is really more fun in Laguna...the water from river so clean and makakapagrelax ka talaga...salamat sa gumawa ng blogs na ito para maipakita natin sa kanila na maganda talaga ang Pilipinas...Maipagmamalaki pa...

     
    At May 14, 2012, 2:57:00 PM, Blogger Juine Princess Gonzales said...

    how much po ang bayad sa white water river tubing?

     
    At May 22, 2012, 3:47:00 PM, Blogger arlene said...

    hoping to see you guys... miss you tutubi*^^*

     
    At May 24, 2012, 7:05:00 AM, Anonymous danny santos said...

    I didn't see any picture of the cottages? Anyone has it and willing to share.. I am going to the Philippines in August 2012 and i want to see this place. Not too far from Calamba, i heard.

     
    At May 28, 2012, 5:31:00 AM, Anonymous labssmae said...

    Ano po schedule ng Ecopark? Is this open any day? We're planning to go there on First week of June e. reply po please? :) THANK YOUU.

     
    At Jun 11, 2012, 4:47:00 PM, Anonymous JCV Worldwide Traders said...

    Is this park is still open for night event...thanks

     
    At Jun 11, 2012, 4:48:00 PM, Anonymous JCV Worldwide Traders said...

    WOw i really love the water coming from the spring///

     
    At Aug 31, 2012, 1:44:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Thanks Tutubi for a wonderful review and great information about this place. Me with the family were planning to visit Laguna and after reading yours I have decided this is the place. Might be 10 of us to visit, just wondering if you could suggest a reasonable hotel/lodge to stay for 2 nights ? It would be of great help if you could...

     
    At Oct 7, 2012, 2:26:00 PM, Blogger rigel kent robin said...


    Next stop, At Pangil, Laguan. It is near to Sinuloan. We did here is to swim, enjoy and have fun. We all
    thought that the river is so deep. When we got there it is only a knee of us. Then after a hour, our tour
    guide said that we will go to a falls, but before we got their there is a long journey. We walked 8-10mins.
    Then we asked students that is going back if the falls is nice, they said that they are disappointed for what
    they saw. Then when we got there, I knew why the student told that they were disappointed. The falls is
    not like a falls, we thought it is a large falls after all.After all the fun, we finish our research that our
    professor gave to us. We finished it even some of my group mates didn’t cooperate with us. Then we go
    home at 6:00pm.

     
    At Feb 27, 2013, 9:49:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    is that small houses you mean like private room to stay for an overnight? and how much po?

     
    At Feb 28, 2013, 12:50:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hi! Is it okay to sleep in the cottages if we go over night? In case we decide to camp, would you provide the tents or do you have tent rentals at least or should we bring our own? Thanks!

     
    At Apr 16, 2013, 3:23:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    please post a picture of the spillway, if you can. thank you

     
    At Apr 17, 2013, 10:30:00 AM, Blogger backpacking philippines said...

    anonymous, the spillway is the second to the last picture (also captioned)

     

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