It's summer and the heat is simply unbearable, what do you do? Well, aside from taking a shower every single time you enter the bathroom, you could take a break and head to one of the country's numerous waterfalls. While I wish I had one right outside the house, I may just have to comfort myself with the memory of some of the waterfalls I've been to...
Hinulugang Taktak, Antipolo, Rizal is about 45 minutes to an hour away from Quezon City, depending on the traffic. Yes, the legendary HInulugang Taktak still exists today! It's a beautiful sight to behold but a bit smelly and soapsud-filled from what we presumed were the waste of nearby factories. While I may not want to take a plunge in its waters (however hot it may be), it certainly didn't stop the numerous barkada of kids and teens who were there when we visited. (There are picnic tables galore and a pool for those who would rather not brave the waterfall.)
Cavinti, Laguna is where people gather to wash clothes in a roadside waterfall that you won't miss it when you cross Caliraya to Cavinti proper. A respite from the heat and a chance to catch up on what the natives are doing, the waterfall crosses an old road.... (Cavinti is home to many waterfalls including the famous shooting the rapids trek that starts from Pagsanjan)
Luisiana, Laguna - It may not technically be a waterfall, but how could you resist not stopping to freshen up from the cool water that flows through the mountains and trickles into the road via this tiny Luisiana water sprout? Wisik wisik na!
Taytay Falls, Majayjay, Laguna - Okay, the Holy Week may not be the best time to take a dip in everybody's favorite Majayjay falls -- mas marami ang tao kesa sa tubig (more people than water!) -- but it's still an ideal summer destination to cool off and spend the day and night in (camping is allowed). A little patience and leg work is required as you make your way down to the waterfalls via a well-developed pathway.
Kawasan Falls, Badian, Cebu - The long walk from our small hut near the beach up to the numerous wateralls -- small, medium, large and in between -- was worth it. Whether you just want to eat after the long trek, take a plunge in the cool waters or take a raft ride to get a relaxing massage from the raging waters, Kawasan Falls is truly unforgettable.
I wonder where the next waterfall adventure will be. Recommendations, anyone?