We visited Bulabog Putian National Park last Monday, Feb 19, 2012 to find a place for our Young People Outing. But before this trip, we dropped by Mahanaim Inland Resort at Pototan, Iloilo which I will write again later.
Bulabog Putian National Park is Iloilo’s Protected Natural Reserve located at Dingle, Iloilo City , a one-hour drive from the City. To get to the park from Iloilo City, you can ride a “Dingle” jeepney in Tagbak Terminal, Jaro. You can hire a tricycle, which will take you to the park’s receiving area. If you have your own car, you can go directly to Dingle, a 4th Congressional District in the province of Iloilo, Philippines. The volunteers in the park told us that there were more than 30 caves in the park. Well, forgive me for the not-so-good photos. We were just using a digital camera and of course it’s not that powerful to capture the beauty of the park and the caves.
The caves were really pitch black and the only light we had were the very ‘small’ light source from our two tour guides, mobile phone flash lights and the camera’s flash whenever we tool pictures.
According to Wiki, “the park contains 13 known caves namely : Lungib, Hapu-Hapo, Ma-arhong, Guiso, Maestranza, Linganero, Lapus-Lapus, Ticondal, Butac, Tuco, San Roque, Pitong Liko and Nautod. The Maeztranza Cave is historically important as it served as a hide-out of the revolutionary forces during the Spanish colonial period and on its stone walls are inscriptions of the revolutionary troops”. (*Bold Names are the caves we have entered)
Visit Bulabog Putian National Park and see why hundreds of local and foreign tourists visit the 847 eco-tourism park all year round. We visited only two caves because we didn’t have time and hopefully when we return, we will camp in the area and visit the caves with red tarantulas and bigger bats or try rock-climbing at the Nautod Wall.
More Popular Interests in Dingle: (*source: Wiki)
1. Mt. Manyakiya - a natural viewing deck that provides a panoramic view of Negros Island as well as the low lying towns of the province of Iloilo. Nautod Wall, one of the major rock-climbing destination in the Philippines, can be found here.
a. Cry of Lincud Marker
b. Memorial to the Cry of Lincud Heroes
c. Dingle Parish Church
d. Moroboro Dam
e. Hanging Bridge that traverses the Jalaur River.
f. Camp Pasica, a Girl Scout Camp for local and international emcampments
g. Camp Hernandez, a 37-hectare military training camp of the Armed Forces of the Philippines
h. Museo de Dingle
*thanks to Mike S. for taking most of the pictures for I was busy looking around (^,^)