As part of Blogging 101 about be inspired by neighbors, I spent time commenting and reading articles from fellow bloggers. It was fun knowing that I have same interest to share my blog with. I’ve learned more about amazing places for travel adventures with different countries. I was inspired by my fellow blogger Sunshine Travels to write this blog as an appreciation of nature. We have same interest for nature, travel and culture. I have also read her guest blog “Living in the Lakes” and described it as a new view surrounded by mountains and valleys.
Just last weekend, I spent time with my family away from the hustle and bustle life of the city of Manila. We enjoyed strolling around the town of Pililla, Rizal, Philippines via private vehicle.
While on the road, we were busy sightseeing and appreciating the beauty of nature. It was surrounded by farms, green tall trees, and mountain side called “Sierra Madre”. The breathtaking view of the mountain side took our stress away. It was a refreshing and relaxing road trip to remember. Aside from the greener environment of the town, it was also surrounded by freshwater lake called “Laguna de bay”. The largest lake in the Philippines and one of the primary sources of freshwater fish. It is also used for aquaculture, recreation and as navigation lane for passenger boats. The lake was conserved and protected by Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) through Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) a quasi government agency that monitors the Laguna de bay. Kudos to the agency!
After an hour of nature trip, we decided to stopover in a rough road at Halayhayin, Pililla, Rizal where huge windmills were located. We’ve seen few of these giant windmills standing on top of the hills, an overlooking of greener, plane nature of the town. These modern turbines convert wind energy into rotational energy used to generate electricity. The 67.5-megawatt wind power project operated by “Alternergy Wind One Corporation” involves the installation of 27 wind turbines along the mountain side. As of March 2015, the operator already constructed 10 wind turbines but not yet operational until it was completed.
We were mesmerized by the picturesque view of windmills that we took some photos. Nice view for photography and great venue for adventure seekers. What a lovely day for a family getaway!
How To Get There from Manila:
Via private vehicle:
- With an hour and half passing through the Manila east road, go to the town of Tanay, Rizal.
- Go directly to Brgy. Sampaloc, upper Tanay, at the intersection, take the road that leads to Real Quezon. Just Ask the locals for directions.
- One of the landmarks passing through the road is the JE Camp Resort, continue to take the road until you reach the Sampaloc Inn on the left side of the road.
- Then, look for the first waiting shed on the right which is a few meters away from Sampaloc Inn,
- Turn right at Masalat Road where there is a small shop called “My little store Pasalubong Center and Coffee shop.
- Then, a few meters after turning right, turn left and follow the road until the end section where Pililla windmill is located.
Via public vehicle:
1. For commuters coming from cubao terminal, you can take a Cogeo bound jeepneys. In Cogeo gate 2, take a jeepney going to Sampaloc, Tanay, Rizal. Then just tell the driver to drop you off at the intersection in Sampaloc, Tanay where you can take a tricycle going to Pililla wind farm for a fare of 200 pesos. It takes 25mins tricycle ride.
2. For commuters coming from EDSA crossing terminal across Starmall or Tikling – Ortigas Extension, you can ride a jeepney going to Tanay Public market for a fare of 53 pesos. There you can take a tricycle going to Pililla, Rizal and just tell the driver to drop you off to Pililla wind farm and wait until you get back to public market.
Note: You can lessen the amount of tricycle fare depending on your haggling skills.
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After strolling around the town, you can also stop by at Kata Cafe Restaurant for a mouth-watering meal. Please refer to my food & restaurant blog “A sizzling birthday blast at Kata Cafe” for more food information and reservation.