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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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August 21, 2008

batya-batya falls (aka guiling-guiling), mt. romelo (laguna)


Batya-batya falls

Another falls just a few minutes hike upstream from Buruwisan falls is the Batya-Bayta (officially known as Guiling-guiling falls). Its a small one, only about 15-20 feet in height, but just as beautiful as the other falls there. There is a small basin-like depression on top of the falls that is why its called Batya-Batya ("batya" means small tub or basin in Filipino) .

The hike to Batya-batya is a bit of a challenge if you are carrying photo equipment. There is a portion in which you may have to swim (the other option is to scale a tree). There is another section where you have to wade chest deep waters. A dry bag for your gears is definitely a must, although for me a couple of garbage bags usually do the trick :).

downstream from Batya-batya

Another falls, called Sampaloc falls, is also accessible via Batya-batya. You have to swim the pool to the edge of Batya-batya, climb the slippery rock wall and then follow the river upstream. I have not been to Sampaloc falls yet and I heard there is another way to go there without going through Batya-batya. Maybe on my next trip to Mt. Romelo...
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6 comments:

Lawstude said...

magnificent photos allan, i could feel the chill by just seeing the photos. great job.

Ferdz said...

Panalo talaga mga dry bag sa ganyang situation. The things a photographer have to go through to get that perfect shot :P

the donG said...

ayos! ngayon ko lang to narinig ah.

Allan Barredo said...

@oman - thanks bro. medyo malamig na nga dun ngayon. the coldest na na experience ko sa famy was last Feb when the temp dropped to 16 degrees

@sinabi mo bai ferdz! lamok, linta, at iba pa para lang sa shots :)

@dom - maganda dun bro, hike tayo minsan dun

lagal[og] said...

onga the things we have to do to get a good shot :-) well worth the effort naman bai allan. hmmm, well worth the investment din ang drybag in these case

Allan Barredo said...

bai Oggie! With the places i'm going to these days I agree that a dry bag is necessary. gotta get myself one of those one of these days :)

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