Last month I went to Cabanatuan to attend a birthday party and visit my sorority sister whom I haven’t seen for ages. The next day, she arranged for us to go to Minalungao National Park in General Tinio and have our lunch there before I go back to Manila.
Who knew that eating sisig and party leftovers on a bamboo raft while cruising in a river with picturesque view of the limestone formation would be lovely and charming?
Going to Minalungao is a 45 minute to 1 hour ride away from Cabanatuan. We rode a car which I think is more convenient than hiring a tricycle (if you’re just commuting). We paid an entrance fee for 50 Pesos each and 500 for renting the bamboo raft.
We arrived there at almost noon and the sun should be at its highest but it drizzled for a few minutes leaving us worried that we might not push through with the plan. Good thing it stopped and off we go!
If cruising while eating on a bamboo raft and then swimming isn’t your thing, then you can do zipline or go spelunking. Other than those, there’s not much you can do. And oh, we also spotted couples having their pre-nup shoot on the other side.
Tip: The national park gets crowded during weekends so might as well go during weekdays so you can have the river all by yourself.
We stayed there for about 2 hours talking about random topics from the recently concluded, most talked about PH election to the beaches of Batangas.
Shnukumn MNL denim skirt, Rubi sunglasses, ClairHaze top We found a quiet spot and “parked” there to have our lunch. We also climbed the rocks and did a quick photoshoot, so much fun but you gotta be careful!
The kuya (don’t know his name) and his kid assistant getting ready to jump off and swim their way to the area where we’re at
The shallow part of the river where you can swim
And then it was time to go home before the sun sets as travel time from Nueva Ecija to Manila is 5-6 hours depending on traffic. Minalungao is just as beautiful as it is in the photos, well even better when you see it up close and personal. If ever you find yourself near General Tinio, then you might want to pay a visit and spend time with mother nature.
Trust me, it’s worth it.
All photos taken with Fujifilm x-A2
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