Travel Guide to Mt Romelo, Buruwisan, Lanzones, Batya Batya and Sampaloc Falls + Pililla Windfarm | Siniloan Laguna | 2022

Mount Romelo Falls

Back in March 2019, I joined a group of budget travelers for a quick day tour to Mount Romelo in Siniloan, Laguna. The itinerary included a hike to the summit of Mount Romelo and visit 4 waterfalls including Buruwisan Falls, Lanzones Falls, Batya Batya Falls and Sampaloc Falls. Apart from the falls in our itinerary, there are other falls including Diwata Falls, Binaytuan, Sapang Labo, Sebakon Falls, and Twin Falls, that can be hiked for those camping overnight. After the hike, we proceeded to the the famous Windfarm in Pililla Rizal.

Travelling today or planning itinerary for a day tour or overnight to Mt Romelo, Buruwisan, Sampaloc, Lanzones and Batya Batya Falls? Learn more how to commute to Siniloan Laguna from PITX, Buendia, Cubao and Alabang and other Tourist Spots near Mt Romelo.

Mount Romelo

English

Mount Romelo (Mt Famy) is a 2/9 difficulty mountain with height of 300 meter that lies in the eastern Laguna town of Siniloan. The mountain itself is part of Siniloan but most locals would call the mountain as Famy, which is the town adjacent to Siniloan and where the trekkers would usually drop off from the bus going to the jump off point in Barangay Macatad.

Siniloan just like other Laguna towns such as Cavinti and Luisiana are blessed with several waterfalls originating from Sierra Madre Mountain range.

Tagalog

Ang Mount Romelo (Mt Famy) ay isang 2/9 na mahirap na bundok na may taas na 300 metro na nasa silangang Laguna bayan ng Siniloan. Ang bundok mismo ay bahagi ng Siniloan ngunit karamihan sa mga lokal ay tatawagin ang bundok bilang Famy, na kung saan ay ang bayan na katabi ng Siniloan at kung saan ang mga trekker ay karaniwang bumababa mula sa bus papunta sa jump off point sa Barangay Macatad.

Siniloan tulad ng ibang bayan ng Laguna gaya ng Cavinti at Luisiana ay biniyayaan ng ilang talon na nagmula sa hanay ng Bundok ng Sierra Madre.

Mount Romelo Map

Mount Romelo Trail

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The trail to Mount Romelo is fairly easy but the return trip from Sampaloc falls is a bit long which makes it somewhat tiring. From the summit of Mount Romelo, you can see parts of Laguna Bay and Pililla Windmills.

The whole trip can be finished in 6-8 hours including swimming in the falls and lunch. Some people say that the trail can become more difficult when it rains as the trail becomes muddy and slippery.

Our trip started in Gateway Cubao at 1am. The travel time from Cubao to Siniloan was around 2.5 hours via Rizal passing by Teresa and Pililla before arriving in Siniloan in Laguna.

It was around 4:00 AM when we arrived and the sky was very clear with a lot of dazzling stars. So what else to do than to take Milky way shot while waiting

Tagalog

Medyo madali lang ang trail papuntang Mount Romelo pero medyo mahaba ang biyahe pabalik mula Sampaloc falls kaya medyo nakakapagod. Mula sa tuktok ng Mount Romelo, makikita mo ang mga bahagi ng Laguna Bay at Pililla Windmills.

Maaaring matapos ang buong biyahe sa loob ng 6-8 oras kasama ang paglangoy sa falls at tanghalian. May ilang nagsasabi na ang trail ay maaaring maging mas mahirap kapag umuulan dahil ang trail ay nagiging maputik at madulas.

Nagsimula ang aming biyahe sa Gateway Cubao noong 1am. Ang oras ng paglalakbay mula Cubao hanggang Siniloan ay humigit-kumulang 2.5 oras sa pamamagitan ng Rizal na dumaraan sa Teresa at Pililla bago makarating sa Siniloan sa Laguna.

Bandang 4:00 AM nang dumating kami at napakaaliwalas ng kalangitan na may napakaraming nakasisilaw na bituin. Kaya ano pa ang dapat gawin kaysa mag-Milky way shot habang naghihintay

Hike Mount Romelo

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We took a quick breakfast in the store near the registration area in Barangay Macatad, Siniloan, Laguna. By 5:00 AM, we started our briefing and proceeded to start the hike to Mount Romelo using our phone’s flash light or headlamp. We had to hike early to get a good sunrise at the summit. After 40 minutes of hike, we reached the summit just in time for the sunrise.

After the sunrise we continued our hike towards our first two water falls namely Buruwisan Falls and Lanzones Falls

Tagalog

Kumuha kami ng mabilisang almusal sa tindahan malapit sa registration area sa Barangay Macatad, Siniloan, Laguna. Pagsapit ng 5:00 AM, sinimulan namin ang aming briefing at nagsimulang maglakad patungo sa Mount Romelo gamit ang flash light o headlamp ng aming telepono. Kinailangan naming maglakad nang maaga upang makakuha ng magandang pagsikat ng araw sa tuktok. Pagkatapos ng 40 minutong paglalakad, narating namin ang summit sa oras ng pagsikat ng araw.

Pagkatapos ng pagsikat ng araw ay nagpatuloy kami sa aming paglalakad patungo sa aming unang dalawang water falls na Buruwisan Falls at Lanzones Falls

Buruwisan Falls, Mt Romelo

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Buruwisan falls is the most famous water falls in Mount Romelo. Standing at a height of 55 meters, this falls forms part of the Siniloan River. The water drops at 90 degrees with a slight cave underneath which forms an almost shower like appearance. Littered around the falls are boulders of rocks mostly coming from upstream. Most people doing overnight here would pitch their tent in this area.

There are also dangling vines close to the water falls perfect the adventurous types who wants to swing their way to the falls.

Tagalog

Buruwisan falls is the most famous water falls in Mount Romelo. Standing at a height of 55 meters, this falls forms part of the Siniloan River. The water drops at 90 degrees with a slight cave underneath which forms an almost shower like appearance. Littered around the falls are boulders of rocks mostly coming from upstream. Most people doing overnight here would pitch their tent in this area.

There are also dangling vines close to the water falls perfect the adventurous types who want to swing their way to the falls.

Lanzones Falls

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Tagalog

Northwest ng Buruwisan falls ay matatagpuan ang susunod na falls na pinangalanang Lanzones Falls. Hindi tulad ng Buruwisan falls kung saan malayang bumabagsak ang tubig, ang tubig ng Lanzones Falls ay yumakap sa dingding habang nahuhulog. Ang talon na ito na may taas na 30 metro ay sumasama sa talon ng Buruwisan sa ibaba ng agos. Mayroon ding mga malalaking bato na natatakpan ng lumot sa ibaba ng talon kaya mag-ingat sa pag-akyat.

Batya Batya Falls

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Tagalog

Batya Falls o Batya-Batya Falls sa Mount Romelo ay may anyo ng batya o laundry tub. Ang talon ay matatagpuan sa timog silangan ng talon ng Buruwisan. Ang dalawang layered falls na ito ay medyo madaling akyatin ngunit kahit papaano ay madulas. Kung ikukumpara sa iba pang dalawang talon, ang mga bato dito ay medyo mas maliit at mas parang pebble na may mas makinis na ibabaw.

Sampaloc Falls

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Sampaloc falls is the farthest falls amongst the 4 falls we visited. This falls is very similar to Buruwisan falls in form and style. Sampaloc falls is a 40ft falls with an almost 90 degree descent with a small cave close to the bottom. There are also huge boulders at the at the basin mostly like from upstream that fell from water current.

Returning back to the jump off will require another 2 hours of trek along the mountains and hills. There are some stores that you will pass by to buy refreshments so don’t worry if ever you run out of water.

Tagalog

Ang Sampaloc falls ay ang pinakamalayong talon sa 4 na talon na aming binisita. Ang falls na ito ay halos kapareho ng Buruwisan falls sa anyo at istilo. Ang Sampaloc falls ay isang 40ft falls na may halos 90 degree na pagbaba na may maliit na kuweba na malapit sa ibaba. Mayroon ding mga malalaking bato sa basin na karamihan ay mula sa itaas ng agos na nahulog mula sa agos ng tubig.

Ang pagbabalik sa pagtalon ay mangangailangan ng isa pang 2 oras na paglalakbay sa kahabaan ng mga bundok at burol. Mayroong ilang mga tindahan na madadaanan mo upang bumili ng mga pampalamig kaya huwag mag-alala kung sakaling maubusan ka ng tubig.

Side Trip Pililla Windfarm

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Part of our itinerary is the Windfarm in Pililla Rizal. This Windfarm is similar to those found in Bangui and Burgos in Ilocos Norte as it was developed by the same company – Alternergy Wind One Corporation. There are also food stalls, souvenir shops and fruit stands in the park where visitors can buy their items and eat to their hearts content.

The windmills are located up the mountain ranges to catch the wind and generate up to 54 Megawatt of electricity for Rizal and nearby provinces. The wind mills can be seen as far as Alabang in Muntinlupa City.

Tagalog

Bahagi ng aming itinerary ang Windfarm sa Pililla Rizal. Ang Windfarm na ito ay katulad ng matatagpuan sa Bangui at Burgos sa Ilocos Norte dahil ito ay binuo ng parehong kumpanya – Alternergy Wind One Corporation. Mayroon ding mga food stall, souvenir shop, at fruit stand sa parke kung saan mabibili ng mga bisita ang kanilang mga gamit at makakain sa kanilang puso.

Ang mga windmill ay matatagpuan sa mga bulubundukin upang makasagap ng hangin at makabuo ng hanggang 54 Megawatt ng kuryente para sa Rizal at mga kalapit na lalawigan. Ang wind mill ay makikita hanggang Alabang sa Muntinlupa City.

Mount Romelo Itinerary

01:00 am – Meet up Gateway Cubao
01:30 am – Departure
04:00 am – Arrival Brgy. Macatad
05:00 am – Start trek to Mt. Romelo Summit
05:45 am – Mt. Romelo Summit
06:30 am – Wait for Sunrise, Photoops
07:30 am – Buruwisan Falls
08:00 am – Lanzones Falls
08:30 am – Breakfast near Buruwisan Falls
10:30 am – Trek to Batya – Batya Falls, swimming
11:30 am – Trek to Sampaloc Falls, Lunch
01:00 pm – Trek back to jump-off
03:00 pm – Arrival to jump off, washup
03:30 pm – Depart to Pililia Windmill Rizal
05:00 pm – Sunset at Pililla
08:00 pm – ETA Cubao

PITX to Mount Romelo

English

The best way to go from Manila, Pasay and Makati to Mt Romelo is by going to PITX, and riding bus to Sta Cruz Laguna. From Sta Cruz, ride a jeep to Siniloan, then a tricycle to Brgy Macatad.

Tagalog

Ang pinakamagandang paraan para pumunta galing sa Manila, Pasay at Makati hanggang Mt Romelo ay sa pamamagitan ng pagpunta sa PITX at saka sumakay ng bus papuntang Sta Cruz Laguna. Mula Sta Cruz, sumakay ng jeep papuntang Siniloan, pagkatapos ay tricycle papuntang Brgy Macatad.

Buendia to Mount Romelo

English

If you are coming from Buendia going to Mount Romelo, you can take a DLTB or Jac Liner bus to Sta Cruz or a cutting trip to Calamba then you may take a jeep to Siniloan Laguna then tricycle to Brgy Macatad.

Tagalog

Kung ikaw ay manggagaling sa Buendia papunta sa Mount Romelo, maaari kang sumakay ng bus papuntang Sta Cruz o kaya cutting trip papuntang Calamba saka ka sumakay ng mga jeep papuntang Siniloan Laguna pagkatapos ay tricycle papuntang Brgy Macatad.

Alabang to Mount Romelo

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Hikers from the south including Las Piñas, Cavite and Laguna may go to Mount Romelo from Alabang. First Ride a modern jeep to from Starmall Alabang to Calamba. Once in Calamba Public Terminal, ride a jeep going to Sta Cruz, then another jeep to Siniloan then ride a tricycle to Brgy Macatad.

Tagalog

Para mag commute mula sa Las Piñas, Cavite at Laguna ay maaaring pumunta sa Mount Romelo mula sa Alabang. Sumakay muna sa modern jeep mula Starmall Alabang papuntang Calamba. Mula sa Calamba Public Terminal, sumakay ng jeep papuntang Sta Cruz, tapos isa pang jeep papuntang Siniloan tapos sakay ng tricycle hanggang Brgy Macatad.

How to go to Mount Romelo from Cubao?

English

If you want to commute to Mount Romelo from Cubao, Take a van / FX going to Tanay Market. Once in Tanay, ride a jeep going to Siniloan, Then ride a tricycle to Brgy Macatad.

Tagalog

Kung gusto mong mag-commute papuntang Mount Romelo galing sa Cubao, Sumakay ng van / FX papuntang Tanay Market. Minsan sa Tanay, sumakay ng jeep papuntang Siniloan, Tapos sakay ng tricycle papuntang Brgy Macatad.

Tourist Spots near Famy / Siniloan Laguna

The tourist spots near Famy or Siniloan Laguna are Panguil River Eco-Tourism Park, Pagsanjan / Cavinti Falls, Nuestra Señora de Candelaria Church, and Tanauan View Deck

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