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?!
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!
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.
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.