One of the town of Sta. Cruz’s biggest draw, Bathala Cave Systems is made up of 7 explored caves with only 4 accessible ones during the time of our visit. It is teeming with life that upon entering the Church Cave, the smell of guano will fill your senses, and as you go deeper into this large cavern, only the sound of the bats will be heard, drowning any silence the cave has. It is said that this cave served a greater purpose during the early times, this cave which can house hundreds of people at once, was home for the worship of extremist and religious sects who believed that the elements of the cave will keep them from utmost harm.
The Phyton Cave on the other hand, is home to monitor lizards, roaches, bats and several rock phytons, there were three of them on our visit, one of which is sleeping in a small crevice. Upon going back to the jump off point, you will be greeted with lush vegetation, a giant cross overlooking Calancan Bay. Other caves has underwater pools, secret passages, and some are yet to be explored.
“Adventure is worthwhile.” – Aesop
Go, Carve that Niche, Rex
The geographical center of the country, since the Luzon datum line originally started here. Marinduque and its scenic mountains and calm coastlines are a feat one must discover on a trip to the home of the Morions. Upon reaching Balanacan Port, the statue of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage will welcome you into her peaceful waters.
The sleepy town of Boac, Marinduque’s capital will take you back into time with ancestral houses still being used as homes. This is also where the annual Moriones Festival during Holy Week is observed. This is also one of the very few provinces in the country with the lowest crime rate to date.
Atop a hill in the Municipality of Boac, is the century old Boac Cathedral.
An hour away from Boac, is the Municipality of Sta. Cruz and its fair share of its century old Cathedral.
The Municipality of Torrijos also an hour away from Sta. Cruz is famous for the white sands of Poctoy Beach and the highest peak in the province, Mt. Malindig.
And experience Marinduque’s sunset.
“Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all of one’s lifetime.” – Mark Twain
Go, Carve that Niche,