Pinagrealan Cave
Pinagrealan Cave
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AnnaVarona
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Pinagrealan Cave, Heroes Hideout
Dec 2016
Pinagrealan cave is two hours away north of Manila. Located in the historical province of Norzagaray, Bulacan, this subterranean formation was once a hideout for legendary Andres Bonifacio and the Katipuneros. He is an important figure in Philippine indepence and regarded by many to be the true hero of the Philippines. I quote from Wikipedia: Andres Bonifacio was a Filipino revolutionary leader and the president of the Tagalog Republic. He is often called "The Great Plebeian" and "The Father of the Philippine Revolution". He was one of the founders and later Supremo (Supreme Leader) of the Kataas-taasan, Kagalanggalangang Katipunan ng mga Anak ng Bayan or simply and more popularly called Katipunan, a movement which sought the independence of the Philippines from Spanish colonial rule and started the Philippine Revolution.[2][3] He is considered a de facto national hero of the Philippines,[4] and is also considered by some Filipino historians to be the first President of the Philippines (through the revolutionary government he established), but officially he is not recognized as such.[5][6] It is said Emilio Aguinaldo and revolutionaries also hid here during the war. Japanese militia also used Pinagrealan as a sanctuary during the Fil-American era. Parking is close to the mouth of the cave and a guide will be assigned to you or your group before you enter. The guide will require you to have a helmet and light for the exploration. I recommend that you bring your own headlamp. The lamps they provide are dim and it is an understatement to say the cave is dark. I'm impressed by the briefing as the guide talks about the historical value of the cave, cave etiquette, what to expect and asked if any of us were claustrophobic. You should never break away from the group.It can cost you your life when you get lost in the complicated and confusing underground network. Leave that to the professional spelunkers. He added that we shouldn't touch the crystals on the cave walls and avoid being noisy when we are inside. The residents of the cave are nocturnal and they sleep during the day. The bats will be disturbed unnecessarily if we make loud noises inside their home. The temperature swiftly went down with a cool breeze that wafted from a partition at the top. There are areas where you can see water dripping along the walls. Nature sculpts caves through water. As it trickles through the soil, rainwater picks up carbon dioxide and turns into acid. This causes limestone to fracture along joints. As more rainwater trickles through, it creates gaping holes that we call grottos or caves. It can take decades to a century to form these large intricate networks, a humbling reminder of how powerful Mother Nature can be. Best not to anger her. She can be temperamental as she is kind to humanity. One of our companions didn't bring an extra set of clothing to change in and we had to back at the point where the water goes waist deepl. Just the same, we were happy to see nature's grand formations, little crabs, shrimps and tiny catfish in step pools of water. Caves are visually dramatic and will linger in your memory. There were signs of vandalism on the cave walls. This makes me even more glad that the LGU is making an effort to provide awareness and education to preserve it's historical and natural beauty. ​​​

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AnnaVarona
Manila, Philippines53 contributions
Dec 2016 • Friends
Pinagrealan cave is two hours away north of Manila. Located in the historical province of Norzagaray, Bulacan, this subterranean formation was once a hideout for legendary Andres Bonifacio and the Katipuneros. He is an important figure in Philippine indepence and regarded by many to be the true hero of the Philippines.
I quote from Wikipedia: Andres Bonifacio was a Filipino revolutionary leader and the president of the Tagalog Republic. He is often called "The Great Plebeian" and "The Father of the Philippine Revolution". He was one of the founders and later Supremo (Supreme Leader) of the Kataas-taasan, Kagalanggalangang Katipunan ng mga Anak ng Bayan or simply and more popularly called Katipunan, a movement which sought the independence of the Philippines from Spanish colonial rule and started the Philippine Revolution.[2][3] He is considered a de facto national hero of the Philippines,[4] and is also considered by some Filipino historians to be the first President of the Philippines (through the revolutionary government he established), but officially he is not recognized as such.[5][6]

It is said Emilio Aguinaldo and revolutionaries also hid here during the war. Japanese militia also used Pinagrealan as a sanctuary during the Fil-American era.

Parking is close to the mouth of the cave and a guide will be assigned to you or your group before you enter. The guide will require you to have a helmet and light for the exploration. I recommend that you bring your own headlamp. The lamps they provide are dim and it is an understatement to say the cave is dark. I'm impressed by the briefing as the guide talks about the historical value of the cave, cave etiquette, what to expect and asked if any of us were claustrophobic. You should never break away from the group.It can cost you your life when you get lost in the complicated and confusing underground network. Leave that to the professional spelunkers. He added that we shouldn't touch the crystals on the cave walls and avoid being noisy when we are inside. The residents of the cave are nocturnal and they sleep during the day. The bats will be disturbed unnecessarily if we make loud noises inside their home.

The temperature swiftly went down with a cool breeze that wafted from a partition at the top. There are areas where you can see water dripping along the walls. Nature sculpts caves through water. As it trickles through the soil, rainwater picks up carbon dioxide and turns into acid. This causes limestone to fracture along joints. As more rainwater trickles through, it creates gaping holes that we call grottos or caves. It can take decades to a century to form these large intricate networks, a humbling reminder of how powerful Mother Nature can be. Best not to anger her. She can be temperamental as she is kind to humanity.

One of our companions didn't bring an extra set of clothing to change in and we had to back at the point where the water goes waist deepl. Just the same, we were happy to see nature's grand formations, little crabs, shrimps and tiny catfish in step pools of water. Caves are visually dramatic and will linger in your memory. There were signs of vandalism on the cave walls. This makes me even more glad that the LGU is making an effort to provide awareness and education to preserve it's historical and natural beauty. ​​​

Written 30 November 2016
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manuel r
Quezon City, Philippines44 contributions
Nov 2015 • Friends
Natural lime stone formation... Curve by nature to take its form.... Nature trip enthusiast will go high on the scenery.... You can even climb the top to see an overhead view of the town of norzagaray... The cave was used by the japanese army as their camp, arms storage, hinding when american planes flies by for recon...
Easy ride from the town... You can even ride your bike for more nature feeling... There are more spots to check around the area...
Written 3 February 2016
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followyouroad
Quezon City, Philippines71 contributions
Sep 2015 • Couples
Want to go spelunking near the metro? One of the caves that you should go explore is only a few minutes up North. Try Pinagrealan Cave of Norzagaray, Bulacan — a matter of only 3 rides from Cubao.

Pinagrealan is not only famous for its cave formations, it also holds historical significance being the haven and hideout for revolutionaries during the Spanish colonization era (1896), the Filipino-American War (1898) and as a sanctuary of the Japanese Imperial Army.

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PINAGREALAN CAVE: ONCE THE KATIPUNAN’S HIDEOUT
Posted on September 25, 2014
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Want to go spelunking near the metro? One of the caves that you should go explore is only a few minutes up North. Try Pinagrealan Cave of Norzagaray, Bulacan — a matter of only 3 rides from Cubao.DSC_0498Pinagrealan is not only famous for its cave formations, it also holds historical significance being the haven and hideout for revolutionaries during the Spanish colonization era (1896), the Filipino-American War (1898) and as a sanctuary of the Japanese Imperial Army.

Once called Minuyan Cave, Pinagrealan is located at the foot of the Sierra Madre mountain range extending more than a kilometer. The famous personalities that once inhabited this cave is Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo and Gen. Pio del Pilar.

Pinagrealan Cave tells more than history. It is characterized by smooth stalagmites and pointy stalactites beautifully formed by time and the elements. Much of the cave’s ceiling is smooth and circular in shape — as if firmly stroked by a potter’s hand.

Because the cave seemed so quiet and clean, it was hard to imagine all the action that transpired here more than a hundred years ago.

What’s marvelous are the seemingly frozen cave surface droplets that shimmer with a flash of light. These intricate “living” droplets have taken years to form, but a touch of human hands can kill them.

Half of the cave is filled with cold waist-deep water that swells even more after the rain. We did not make it to the very end because of it. This is why weather forecasts should be checked before exploring the cave, to enjoy it to the full extent.

Aside from preparing yourself for the slippery smooth rocks, Pinagrealan Cave is overall easy to navigate especially with the provisions of flashlights and helmets for a mere P50. Guides are required for the exploration, whose rate is according to your tip.
Written 17 January 2016
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Russell L
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Jul 2015 • Friends
The cave is located within 300 meters from the main road. If you have private car, you can bring it up to the cave entrance. A local tour guide will be provided. You will be asked to pay Php 50 for the helmets and small flashlights. Tip for the guide is not yet included. I suggest you give the guide some tips because they are good polite and good in taking your pictures. It will take you 1 hour to explore the cave. If you are an adventurer seeker, this cave os for you. You will experience crawling through small holes and going through chest deep waters, so i suggest you do not bring many things. I also suggest that you bring strong flashlights because the ones provided are disposables and not bright enough. We just reached the part where there are jacuzzi like structures. I do not suggest it for swimming because the water is muddy. We did not go through beyond this point because we were advised that there will waters beyond our reach. Buy I guess you may do so if you want real adventures. Every now and then, you will hear birds flying, so dont be surprised and afraid because they ate harmless.
Written 7 July 2015
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