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Inside the Guerilla’s Hideout – Bayukbok Cave, San Miguel, Bulacan

Back in the days of the revolutionary era, Bayukbok Cave was said to be one of the hideouts of Filipino Guerillas, taking shelter inside the dark and narrow chambers of the cave. Located inside the Biak-na-Bato National Park in San Miguel Bulacan, the cave is composed of 8 interconnected chambers wherein you have to squeeze yourself in, to pass through each one of it.

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From hiking the foot of a hill, rappeling into narrow openings, climbing boulders, squeezing yourself into ravines, crawling on tight spaces. Bayukbok has it all, making your experience a one of a kind.

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You will be rewarded with a great satisfaction upon seeing stalactites and stalagmites protruding from the cave, some of different shapes and sizes, while some of different sounds.

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The cave can be finished in an hour and thirty minutes depending on your pace since the trail is established.

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Itinerary and Expenses
Mt. Manalmon + Bayukbok Cave
Dayhike

0600 – ETD Baliwag Transit, take Cabanatuan-bound bus (115php/pax)
0745 – ETA Brgy. Kamias, San Miguel, take tricycle to jump-off (80php/pax)
0815 – Arrive at jump-off, register and secure guide ( Reg. Fee: 5php/pax, Guide Fee: 300php/Manalmon + 300php/Bayukbok) 205php/pax (group of 3pax)
0900 – Start trek
1030 – ETA summit of Mt. Manalmon, take pictures
1100 – Start descent
1130 – Rest at Madlum River
1230 – ETA Jump-off
1330 – Explore Bayukbok Caves
1530 – Back at the Jump-off, Tidy up (Bathroom: 15php/pax)
1620 – Take tricycle back to the highway (80php/pax)
1700 – ETA Highway
1715 – Take bus back to Manila (115php/pax)

Estimated Budget
Transportation: 390php/pax
Guides and Fees: 205php/pax + 15php/pax (Bath Fee)
Food: 200php

Total Damage: 810php – 1000php safe budget

“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta

Go, Carve that Niche,

Rex

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The Adventure Begins – Mt. Manalmon (196+)

San Miguel, Bulacan
Major jump-off: Sitio Madlum, Brgy. Sibul, San Miguel
LLA: 15°15.11’N; 121°1.22′ E; 196 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: Half-day / 1 hour
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 2/9, Trail class 1-2
(www.pinoymountaineer.com)

Two hours away from Manila, Mt. Manalmon partnered with its neighboring peak, Mt. Gola  is a fairly easy hike for beginners. From the word Manlalamon, this part of the Biak-na-Bato National Park still exudes the mystery it has been continually known up to these days.

The Humble Abode of the Manlalamon
The mountain’s name came from the word “Manlalamon” (devourer) because of a legend that tells of a mountain nymph who got mad at a man for trying to hunt her while she’s in the form of an animal, that she punished the man by trapping him in a rock . To appease her anger, the latter told the wife to offer her gallons of nectar. But the wife failed to collect all the nectar and hence filled the last bottle with water. The nymph, upon knowing the deed, was distraught and punished the man even more by letting him be devoured by the rocks, and hence, Manlalamon.

Adventure Awaits
You will be welcomed with a hanging bridge and the Madlum River upon reaching the jump off point.

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The hike will take you inside the smaller Madlum Cave and the surrounding rocky formations along the trail.

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After 40 minutes of hike under the scorching heat of the sun, welcome to Mt. Manalmon’s peak and have a glimpse of the Sierra Madre mountain range.

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Appeasing Madlum River
Then take a dip and jump into the waters of the Madlum River. It is said that yearly, this river takes the lives of some of its unfortunate visitors. Recent events that transpired in this river is of students from a state college of Bulacan having their field trip, when suddenly, a flash flood occured, and the story went on.

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Itinerary & Expenses
Mt. Manalmon + Bayukbok Cave
Dayhike

0600 – ETD Baliwag Transit, take Cabanatuan-bound bus (115php/pax)
0745 – ETA Brgy. Kamias, San Miguel, take tricycle to jump-off (80php/pax)
0815 – Arrive at jump-off, register and secure guide ( Reg. Fee: 5php/pax, Guide Fee: 300php/Manalmon + 300php/Bayukbok) 205php/pax (group of 3pax)
0900 – Start trek
1030 – ETA summit of Mt. Manalmon, take pictures
1100 – Start descent
1130 – Rest at Madlum River
1230 – ETA Jump-off
1330 – Explore Bayukbok Caves
1530 – Back at the Jump-off, Tidy up (Bathroom: 15php/pax)
1620 – Take tricycle back to the highway (80php/pax)
1700 – ETA Highway
1715 – Take bus back to Manila (115php/pax)

Estimated Budget
Transportation: 390php/pax
Guides and Fees: 205php/pax + 15php/pax (Bath Fee)
Food: 200php

Total Damage:810php – 1000php safe budget

We travel, some of us forever, to seek other places, other lives, other souls.” – Anais Nin

Go, Carve that Niche,

Rex