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Lioness Rock: Bravery Required

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Want to be a rockstar for a day? You don’t need mad guitar skillz.

We tried the ultimate adventure combo at Norzagaray, Bulacan by pairing up spelunking Pinagrealan Cave and climbing Lioness Rock!

Update: We regret to inform you that this is no longer possible. Private quarrying companies have blown up the rock formations. Read this post as a memoriam to the Lioness.

Caves and Rocks Near Manila

Lioness Rock is roughly walking distance from Pinagrealan Cave. But we rented a tricycle for a day (for a regrettably expensive price of P300 — talk about taga) . We made it to a cement plant, which is the jumpoff to the rockies.

Apparently, Norzagaray, Bulacan is the mainstay of big cement brands because of its rich deposits and its proximity to Manila. As such, some of the rockies, but not the Lioness Rock, are ridden with landmines.

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Conquering a Huge Chunk of Rock

Expect a bit of a difficulty climbing up to the Lioness Rock. It is a steeply inclined like climbing up a huge chunk of rock. The jagged texture of the rocks will improve your grip. But if you slip into the ravine, well, I don’t know what becomes of you. #realtalk

To be honest, I’ve chosen the wrong outfit for this climb. It’s best to cover skin to avoid bruises and scrapes from the rough surfaces. My sandals also did not fit the ridges between rocks, so at some point, I climbed with only socks on.

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Lioness Rock in Full View

The hardest part for me was almost at the top, taking the big step on the rock below. My feet was aching, so our tour guide lent me his slippers. But after the knee-scraping and feet-scorching scramble, we finally made it in full view of the Lioness Rock! It looks like a natural sphinx! Or a primate king overlooking town.

We commenced climbing up Lioness Rock. It took more time than it should because I was (understandably!) chicken. No ropes. No footstools. Barefoot. Toasted under sun.

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Overcoming Fear of Heights

Josh was teaching me how to get a grip with my fingers and not with my entire body. Which I never did by the way out of fear of slipping if I hinge farther from the Lioness Rock. At this point, I froze and begged not to continue! I practically stayed in this position for several minutes, honestly willing to call it quits. Joking with teary eyes. Were it not for his equal stubbornness and pep talk, I never would have scrambled to the top!

Whenever I look at this photo, I can’t help beaming in pride that I actually made it on top of this beauty! Should be one of the greatest rock formations in the country. The Lioness Rock is also the highest among the clusters at Norzagaray.

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Maybe the Lionesss Rock shouldn’t even be hidden in a warehouse of a cement plant. Although, the traffic itself should be controlled given the difficulty and riskiness of the climb. Here’s to being scared but doing it anyway! And to awesome partners-in-climb.

Would you dare? Watch our video!

 

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32 Comments

  • Reply
    Janice
    March 9, 2015 at 10:56 AM

    I admire you for having the courage to climb up there. I seriously wouldn’t dare. Haha!

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    Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen
    March 7, 2015 at 7:14 AM

    WOW! It’s really brave of you to climb that Lion’s Rocck! I know if that was me, I won’t be able to make it.

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    dafbenosa
    March 5, 2015 at 11:15 PM

    My fiance would love to see this. He goes to various places in the US just to climb mountains and rocks. He’d be delighted to know that there’s a good spot here in PH! 🙂

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    franckxethee
    March 5, 2015 at 3:53 PM

    Just seeing how deep it is from the lion’s head makes this one really scary but you did it and that’s all that matters.

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    Blessing
    March 5, 2015 at 3:37 PM

    I admire your bravery and courage to climb that rock….. You rock Gurl.
    I can’t imagine myself doing so.
    Beautiful environment with beautiful people around.

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    seftiburcio
    March 5, 2015 at 11:03 AM

    Trekking has never been a favorite hobby for I am a beach bum kiddo. I really admire you reaching the top. Way to go, hottie!

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    theresa
    March 4, 2015 at 10:23 PM

    Ohmygoshhh! You’re so courageous to go that far. I wish I can climb that rock formation. I guess I have to get off my fear of height first.

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    R U S S
    March 4, 2015 at 6:53 PM

    This is so cool. We have a project in Norzagaray – it’s funny how this is the first time that I’ve heard of Lion’s Rock. I would love to go there. I was checking your pics … was there someone that you pay to take the pics?

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    work@homeMillie
    October 15, 2014 at 12:18 AM

    I’d love to conquer my fear of heights, but I don’t think I’m ready yet! LOL…. Kaya, good on you!!! Congratulations!! 🙂

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      Samantha C.
      March 4, 2015 at 9:30 AM

      There are more ways than one to conquer your fear. Wait on it 🙂

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    patriciacuyugan
    October 11, 2014 at 1:52 PM

    Out of curiosity, I just have to ask what was easier, going up or climbing down the rock?

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      Samantha C.
      March 4, 2015 at 9:28 AM

      Climbing up definitely! But that’s a good question 🙂

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    Janice / The Roller Coaster Ride
    October 10, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    Nope, I don’t think I would ever dare. Hahaha! You did a great job though. That was such an amazing achievement.

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    seftiburcio
    October 10, 2014 at 11:26 AM

    I really love the adventure and the trekking part. Makes me want to try this escapade.

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    Noel
    October 10, 2014 at 11:25 AM

    I have been to Norzagaray before but never knew about this place, and that rock definitely looks like a sphinx. Would i dare? definitely not, I’m afraid of heights, lol

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      Noel
      October 11, 2014 at 1:18 PM

      There is a saying that it is the journey not the destination, is this also holds true in mountain/climbing

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        Samantha C.
        March 4, 2015 at 9:26 AM

        Agreed. I’m afraid of heights too!

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    Franc Ramon
    October 9, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    I guess that makes you a lion queen. I think this was one of your tougher climbs.

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      Samantha Isabel
      October 10, 2014 at 7:14 AM

      It truly is! Never thought I’d make it 🙂

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        franckxethee
        October 10, 2014 at 11:04 PM

        I agree that this is probably one of the best rock formation. There’s this place in Taiwan that they had the queen’s head formation but this is way bigger and really resemble a lion.

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    Yippee Daniel
    October 9, 2014 at 5:47 AM

    I find it risky and scary, i love the smile and fun though.

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    krisle703
    October 8, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    Cool! that really looks like a lion.. i wonder who is taking the pics though? haha I hope I can try that too someday when I’m not afraid anymore.. Congrats on your adventure

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      Samantha C.
      March 4, 2015 at 9:25 AM

      There’s a peak apart from the Lion’s Rock. Our guide took our picture 🙂

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    rishfleur
    October 8, 2014 at 1:35 PM

    wow! i can’t believe i never thought that thee’s a place like this in norzagaray where just an hour away from there 🙂

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    patriciacuyugan
    October 8, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    How cool is it that the rock looks like it has a face? I would be too scared to climb up there though. Congrats on making it to the top! 🙂

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      Samantha C.
      March 4, 2015 at 9:20 AM

      Thank you! It really was scary, but conquerable. 🙂

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    Katherine Rose Coronel- Rivera
    October 8, 2014 at 8:36 AM

    Norzagaray Bulacan is I think an hour drive from our home. Didn’t know they had these rock formations good as travel destinations too.

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      Samantha Isabel
      October 10, 2014 at 7:10 AM

      I never heard of it before too. But I do know some mountains and caves there because of my Mt. Manalmon climb 🙂

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