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This blog is an amateur photographer's attempt to show how beautiful the world really is. He is drawn to the colors of nature like a moth to a candle light. What are showcased here are nature's grand display of colors at sunrise and sunset, beautiful beaches and off-the-beaten track locations in his beloved Philippines, waterfalls and some of nature's great sculptures, architectural gems, and other views from around SE Asia that he was fortunate to see at one point.

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April 8, 2008

the fall of daranak and batlag


Yesterday I went with a group of friends (fellow photogs from the flickristasindios group in Flickr) to Tanay, Rizal for the Daranak and Batlag Falls. We decided to skip Hinulugang Taktak Falls in Antipolo because of the articles we read mentioning the sorry state of the place.

Daranak, Batlag, and Hinulugang Taktak are all found in the province of Rizal. They are very accessible from Manila (less than 2 hours). Take a jeep or FX from Edsa Central to Tanay (60 pesos). From Tanay market, there are lots of tricycle for the falls (300 pesos). There is a 20 peso entrance fee for Daranak Falls.

Hinulugang Taktak is in Antipolo and the jeep/FX bound for Tanay passes by Antipolo.

All of us are excited to take photos of both falls. The photos from several blogs show how picturesque the place is. But we were in for a surprise that day. :)

The place was packed (although it was a Monday, twas also an official holiday). To say that the place was crowded would be a great understatement. You can't take a shot of the scenery without people in them, not near the falls, not even in the river downstream from the falls. And with the huge crowd comes the mountains of garbage, literally in every nook and cranny.

(downstream from Daranak Falls)

Since its summer, the water in the falls is considerably thinner. The catch basin was still deep enough though for a nice swim.

Just a short walk from Daranak is Batlag Falls. The falls is located in a private property so you have to pay another 20 pesos for the entrance fee. The folks at the gate tried to squeeze a few more bucks from us seeing that we were all carrying cameras and tripods. They reason we have to have an "exclusive booking" of the place if we want to take photos there.

They finally let us in after hearing the ".. falls is beyond the commerce of men..." and "... do you have barangay permit to charge entrance fees?.." and "do you also charge folks with cellphone camera for photos?" talk from our group. :)

(Batlag falls)

Just like in Daranak Falls, the place was packed to the hilt. And of course the garbage was every where. I also saw a road being built to provide an easier access to the place (right now you have to go through Daranak in order to reach Batlag). More people, more garbage.

I find Batlag a little bit better than Daranak. There are more trees for shade and there are lots of small pools downstream.

(one of the pools downstream from Batlag)

In the rainy season when the falls are fuller, and with probably less people visiting the place, the scenery could be better. However if the caretakers do not address the mounting garbage problem there wouldn't be any scenic place to take pictures of, rainy season or not.

More photos of my Tanay trip here.
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cedsaid said...

And they charge a pretty hefty amount for you to exclusively shoot Batlag! Next time, wala nang tao!

lagal[og] said...

while it's nice to see people enjoying their nature interaction, the sight of garbage really stinks, literally. sana naman, people will take out what they bring in to preserve the beauty of the place. anyway, nice takes, bai. active ang mga flickrstaindios ah!

allan said...

@cedsaid - oo nga bro ang mahal. buti na lang naka lusot kami :) thanks bro!

@oggie - Garbage was everywhere bai! We even trekked further upstream and still there are lots of it. Im glad that people interact with nature, in fact I advocate it. But I hope that people learn how to enjoy nature without destroying it bit by bit. thanks bai!

zherwin said...

aside from the self-imposed discipline, there should also be an initiative from the local government to restrict people from throwing garbage everywhere. baka wala namang basurahan. :)

the donG said...

too sad. been to this place once about four years ago. i hope there's enough time to recover such good waterfalls.

daranak has been on top of the list of commercials and movies that needed a shoot with the falls.

the last photo is nice.

Anonymous said...

hi po punta po kami sa daranak sana maganda pa din ayoko madissapoint sa birthday ko hehehe

Lantaw said...

@anonymous - pangit dun, madumi, ma disappoint ka lang. I seen falls way better than both daranak ang batlag, dyan lang sa rizal marami

Anonymous said...

hi po...san poh ung sinasabi nyong falls bteer than daranak falls and batlag?...you can pm me winzkie_d_pooh@yahoo.com...thankz poh...balak poh kc sana namin sa daranak e kaso prang marumi na nga raw so san poh kaya maganda?...thankz...
winnie

Anonymous said...

hi! does anyone know if they are open even on sundays??

Lantaw said...

Anonymous, they are open, and crowded, especially on Sundays and holidays

Anonymous said...

hi :)) just went to daranak and batlag just last friday. and its just better than what ive read with your comments.. no garbage and extra fees.. i hope you get to visit them again and see all the changes :))

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