Pinagrealan Cave: Once the Katipunan’s Hideout

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Want to go spelunking near the metro? At Pinagrealan Cave, you’ll get a history lesson as a combo.

Pinagrealan Cave, of Historical Significance

One of the caves that you should go explore is only a few minutes up North. Pinagrealan Cave of Norzagaray, Bulacan — a matter of only 3 rides from Cubao.

Pinagrealan town 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 Cave 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. I still wonder until now, what were the revolutionaries thinking?!

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Not Just Historical, But a Natural Wonder Too

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 Pinagrealan 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. Yikes!

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Water-Filled Halfway

Half of Pinagrealan 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.

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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 PHP 50. Guides are required for the exploration, whose rate is according to your tip.

Spelunking Pinagrealan Cave would be a great start for a just-outside-the-metro adventure and historical tour.

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And if you’re up to it, why not climb the famed Lioness Rock? Thank you Josh for taking most of the photos.


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    January 13, 2015 at 9:54 AM

    Hi! Kailangan po ba ng permit or magpabook to go to pinagrealan cave? Or do you have a contact number po ba? We tried the landline number and email address pero hindi namen macontact e. Or pwede po ba walk-in? Thanks!

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    Iris Pulga
    October 2, 2014 at 11:43 AM

    Wow! My husband and I are looking for places to visit. We will include this on our list because one, the place looks divine and two, it’s so near! Thank you!

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    Pen My Blog
    October 2, 2014 at 5:03 AM

    Whoa this looks awesome. The pictures look amazing and the exploration looks quite intriguing. How long did it take?

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    October 2, 2014 at 12:05 AM

    You have such a spiffy spelunking outfit! 🙂 That water thing at the end sort of discourages me. I do not want to get wet. Hehe.

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    October 1, 2014 at 4:39 PM

    How long do you usually explore caves? The only cave I was able to explore was Jenolan caves in Sydney.

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    Katherine Rose Coronel- Rivera
    October 1, 2014 at 4:09 PM

    Wow, that cave is amazing! I haven’t tried exploring a cave for an adventure. I’m scared of dark places.

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    Manu Kalia
    October 1, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    I am amaze on how nature is still preserve. The more I see this nature the more I appreciated God’s masterpiece.

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    Franc Ramon
    October 1, 2014 at 3:30 AM

    Wow, I didn’t know that there were caves in Bulacan. It looks scenic and fun exploring the caves.

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    Leira Bhagwani Pagaspas
    October 1, 2014 at 1:52 AM

    Wow!! I learned from my tita who is from Bulacan that it was once a hideout of Katipuneros and Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo himself hid in this caveThis place was filled with stories of war. So some also said that this place is filled with Katipunero’s who have not moved towards the light.

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    October 1, 2014 at 12:13 AM

    I’ve only been in 1 cave and it’s way smaller than this cave. Wish I could visit Pinagrealan

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    September 30, 2014 at 2:03 PM

    We visited a similar cave before in Bohol. What are those on the ceiling of the cave?

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    May De Jesus-Palacpac
    September 30, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    oh wow, I’ve to a cave once, but I was in my rebelling years and was not smart enough to take interest. would love my kids to experience this.

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