Bulacan

Bayukbok Cave

Bayukbok and Madlum cave are part of the Biak na Bato Natinal Park – one of the country’s ecological and historical treasures encompassing the southern edge of Sierra Madre range situated a few kilometers away from San Miguel, Bulacan.

It’s name literally translates to “split boulders” taken from its unique rocky environment.

This event served as the Birthday celebration for Paul. We chose this place because we heard that this has become a popular tourist destination, attracting outdoor enthusiast who are looking for exciting adventures.

We met Mang Carling – the head of  tour guides in the area. He chose Kuya Mario and Kuya Jun as our tour guide in Bayukbok and Madlum Cave.

We then proceeded to our first activity – spelunking. We had to pass by a river first, which we crossed through a bamboo raft to get to the caves.

There was a bridge called “monkey bridge” – consisting of only two cables, which you can use to get you to the other side. Since we have a limited time, we decided to take the bamboo raft then a monkey bridge after the cave activity.

As we enter the cave, the first part is going down,then the next part includes going up. After the first hole, there’s a ladder made of rope and half split bamboo attached to support from a wall, which we will need to climb to get to the next area.

Everything inside is covered in mud, so it is very hard to explore, making the adventure more challenging. This is my second cave encounter, this is better than my first due to its unique beauty.

After our spelunking, we headed back to registration area. But before reaching the area we tried to cross using this monkey bridge. This is our first time doing this kind of activity. It was a thrilling and exciting adventure, it really is worth a try.

After we passed monkey bridge we hit our way to the campsite of Mt. Manalmon. Kuya Mario assisted us. Follow the continuation of our adventure

Mt. Manalmon Adventure Video <—–link

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Itinerary:

Day 1 (Feb. 18, 2012)
0500 : Assembly (Baliwag Transit, Cubao)

0530 : ETD Baliwag Terminal
0730 : ETA Brgy. Kamias, San Miguel, Bulacan
(Tricycle Terminal in Brgy. Kamias. This is near the highway ).
0735 : ETD – Brgy. Kamias
0735 – 0800 : Buy Supplies and Food
0900 : ETA : Madlum River (picture/breakfast)
0915 : ask locals for Mang Carding He lives in a house across the Madlum River which you need to cross either by walking through cable wires suspended 20 feet over the river or by borrowing a raft from the locals.
0930-1030 : Cross Cable wires over the river to get to Registration Area
1030 – 1040 : Register in Mang Carling’s house, pay guide fee to Madlum Cave and leave packs
1040 – 1110 : Explore Madlum Cave
1110 – 1210 : Bouldering outside Madlum Cave
1210 – 0140 : Eat lunch, rest in Mang Carling’s house

1340 : Ride Raft to jump-off
1340-1415 : ETA : Madlum river extension, Stopover to swim
1415-1515 : Swim
1645 : ETA Campsite Near Summit
1700 : Prepare/Cook for Dinner
1800 : Dinner
1900 : Socials (Party!!Party!!)

Day 2 (Feb. 18, 2012)
0600 : Wake up call
0630 : Cook for breakfast
0730 : Breakfast
0800 : Start Trek to Summit / take pictures
0900 : Back to camp site
1000 : Wash-up / Swim at Madlum river /Zipline
1100 : Back at jump-off; proceed back to Brgy. Kamias
1230 : Take bus back to Manila

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Budget Breakdown:

(7pax)
198 (Baliwag Bus) Cubao to Bulacan (ordinary) (vice versa
100 Tricycle to Sitio Madlum (Vice Versa)
5 Balsa Fee
20 Reg Fee
30 Bayukbok Cave Fee
600 Guide Fee (overnight Fee) Mandatory
100 Share food

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