Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Dingalan Rocks

Who would ever know that at one of the highest points in the province of Aurora lies a terrace of rocks and springs that forms an astonishing group of ponds where weary-souled travelers can dip and refresh themselves in its cool waters. I found that out in Dingalan.


Fabros Paradise Resort is located in Barangay Caragsacan in Dingalan. It is named after its Barangay Chairman who took pains in developing the area. For just a minimal entrance fee of Ten Pesos and a cottage that can be rented from P200 to P500, it is a perfect place for adventurous picknickers who want to escape the summer heat.


The resort consists of over a dozen ponds surrounded by very huge rocks. These rocks were formed by nature with only minimal developments from the resort owners - so everything is natural.

Caution should be exercised because these rocks are quite huge and there isn't enough trails to go from one pond to another. In fact, some visitors there frequently slips in these rocks and they are just so lucky as not to injure themselves.

The waters are fresh and crystal clear. However, it is advisable that you dip and bathe in the topmost pond because some tourist either throw or spill some of their food in the pond and if you are bathing in the bottom, you will see these wastes and food pass you by.

And before I forget, the roadside view of the mountain and the sea is just spectacular so even though there are occasional bumps on the dirt road (the main highway are still being constructed), every time spent in going there is well worth it.
Note: Since I am in the Aurora Series, I deemed it proper to include this one which was previously posted on April of 2008.

70 comments:

  1. That is an interesting photo! I used to like these kind of places when I was younger.

    Alexander
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  2. how to how to go to aurora? isa yan sa mga places na gusto ko ring puntahan. nice pics =)

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  3. Looks very unspoiled and beautiful!

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  4. you travel every week? do you ever rest?

    nice pics though.

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  5. How do I get to Aurora Province. Is it near Baguio? The place looks so fresh and natural.

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  6. What a virgin place.. Nice =)

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  7. @ alexander - when i was a kid, all i wanna do is jump and play in the water, now i appreciate the environment of the place more.

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  8. @ carlotta - i think they have a direct bus from manila to baler but from where i live (cabanatuan), i have to pass by the city of palayan, municipality of laur and gabaldon, then to dingalan, aurora. the car ride is about 2 hours.

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  9. @ sidney - unspoiled and underdeveloped and yet amazingly beautiful.

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  10. @ kris jasper - almost every week na nga yata. i really enjoy traveling talaga.

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  11. @ vinzent - its not near baguio, its adjacent to nueva ecija. to go there, i took the cabanatuan-palayan-laur-gabaldon-dingalan route.

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  12. @ aline - untouched by technology. thanks for passing by.

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  13. forested ba yung lugar pre? parang okay puntahan.

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  14. kakatakot madulas dyan, mukhang bagok kagad ang ulo ko, he he.

    sarap pumunta dyan!

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  15. kala ko Rocks as in cool, yun pala literal na mabato, hehehe!

    parang puro gala ka na lang ah? Pahinga ka naman. lol

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  16. Parang ang sarap mag photo shoot dyan.

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  17. Hey, this is a great place to be ...

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  18. @ estan - more on mountains and rocks and lots of red clay.

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  19. @ abou - may maganda sign na nakalagas sa isang malaki bato, ang sabi "di ka bibiruin ng mga bato dito" kaya dapat talaga doble ingat.

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  20. @ misterhubs - talaga kasi lahat ng sulok eh photo-worthy.

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  21. @ coldman - double-meaning yun para masaya. nagpapahinga naman ako minsan eh. sarap kasi gumala.

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  22. @ quintarantino - i agree, untouched by modern civilization. just pure bliss.

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  23. Aurora is really an underrated province. I hope it would be much easier to go there so many more would enjoy its beauty.

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  24. In a world where so much has been tampered my man, to find such a beautiful natural place is far and few between. Thanks for your photos and descriptions of this location.

    Thanks as well for stopping by. Very nice to meet you. I shall be back! :-)

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  25. A very refreshing place indeed. Somewhat primitive because of the stones. Is is difficult to go there?

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  26. Very beautiful and interesting place. Love all these natural places.

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  27. Aba aba aba. Di ka na naman nagsama. Kainis ka talaga. Hahaha. Dapat nadulas ka jan. Joke. =)

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  28. @ kegler747 - the highways are being constructed now and it is almost finish (ang tagal na construction nun 10 years na yata). and there is also a new port there contructed in dingalan. i just don't know when will it be operational.

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  29. @ dave - nice to meet you too. thanks for dropping by.

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  30. @ vanessa - since the roads are not yer fully concreted, it is somewhat difficult to go there but given few more years, the province shall be fully accessible to everyone.

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  31. @ alicesg - really a relief from the busy city. what a breath of fresh air.

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  32. @ tina - lagi ka kayang busy din. sige minsan set natin lakad, akyat tayo ng bundok.

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  33. The second photo is very interesting!

    :P

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  34. very pristine and beautiful landscape - almost devoid of pollution. Nice pics at meron pang nudity hahaha :)

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  35. Very nice place and very good photos.

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  36. ei, bisita ka rin dito sa cebu, maraming beautiful scenes dito, =)

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  37. marami daw at mura ang seafoods sa dingalan. yummy. :)
    -padaan lang-

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  38. @ kyels - i thought about posting it. bata naman eh so i think its ok.

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  39. @ bw - what's saddening is that some tourists leave their trash at the site. lots of kids swim in there. just so carefree.

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  40. @ uno - thank u for passing by. a place for nature lovers.

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  41. @ cm remarkable - i have been there and i won't hesitate to go back.

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  42. @ amicus - thats true, we had our lunch at a local dampa there and we have spent under a thousand pesos for 5 viands. really cheap.

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  43. Beautiful place and great pictures. Thanks for visiting, have a nice weekend.

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  44. Very nice pics. I'm from Aurora province. Yes there are still many pristine rivers and waterfalls there. It's very beautiful. Unfortunately it is still difficult to travel there. Paving those treacherous mountain roads has been a work in progress by every seated governor since way back in the 60's.

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  45. Ganda naman dito! sarap magbabad since sobrang init ngaun. Kung san san ka napupunta a, pasabit naman! hehe.

    Nice pics!

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  46. hi! WOW! i want to be in Dingalan... just perfect for summer clean and fresh unlike in beaches. hope it will be preserved for future generations because in some provinces rivers dried up very sayang tsk tsk tsk...

    some people are really irresponsible in throwing their wastes.

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  47. Great post Norman! Wonderful pictures. It must be a gorgeous place to go!
    Have a great weekend!
    Blogtrotter

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  48. I've got my eyes set on Dingalan for some time now as I know there are lots of amazing landscape opportunity there. That place does look refreshing.

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  49. Very tranquil-looking scene...thanks for posting it!

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  50. Can I just say that your photos remind me so much of Vancouver - on the way to Whistler Mountain? Very very similar.

    Thanks for visiting Norwich Daily Photo and leaving your comments. Have a great week ahead!


    joy
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  51. Cool pics. I am missing the ocean these days!!

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  52. @ dick - thanx for dropping by. have a great weekend too.

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  53. @ larysa - hello. nice province you have and i have to agree with your observation. i was there about five years ago and the roads only had minimal improvements. the highways are getting better though.

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  54. @ reign - talaga naman. sarap magbabad kaso sobra init. sabit? tara.

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  55. @ ginabeloved - yup. dingalan is super natural. let us just hope the spring and the falls won't dry-up so fast so that future generations could enjoy.

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  56. @ gmg - you bet. it's a wonderful place to visit albeit the difficulties in getting there.

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  57. @ ferdz - you'll have the time of your life there considering how great you can capture those landscapes. pag pumunta ka sama ko ha.

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  58. @ james - you are very much welcome. thanks for the visit.

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  59. @ joy - i would love to go there. hmm. if only i have a canadian visa.

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  60. @ rochelle - summer reminds us of the ocean. thanks for dropping by.

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  61. Lawstude,hingi lang ng tip dahil marami kang alam sa camera.At mayroon ka talagang first-hand experience.

    Ayos ba ang Olympus DSLR?Nikon D40x?

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  62. ganda! love natures! sarap nga siguro magpicnic dyan... =)

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  63. si dong ho ba yung naka hubad? :D

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  64. Bata lang ba yung nakahubad? Haha.
    And yung pink writings ba sa bato, nandyan na talaga yan?

    Have a nice day, lawstude!

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  65. May butt exposure ka rin pala dito. hehehe. great dingalan. Mamiss ko na ang waterfalls.

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  66. Great to know that there are accessible areas that have crystal clear water in Pinas :)

    hmmm... those excursionists better stop their being slob and throw their food in the garbage bin !

    btw I have something for you to pick up in my blog :)

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  67. i remember this post dahil ito yung dapat nating pinuntahan. kaya dami pa ding kailangang makita sa aurora.

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  68. Love the rocks and waterfalls.

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  69. LS: That is a cool place to visit.

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  70. ganda talaga!!!

    its Lyk a virgin wew!!

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