By: MJ Gonzales |Gogagah
Dry season plus El Niño make this summer vacation intensely uncomfortable. That’s why it’s automatic for Filipinos to find ways to beat summer heat by going to beaches or cold places such as Baguio City and Tagaytay. What if you can immerse into natural icy cold water and do side trips in between? Yes, we’re talking about the cold spring around Majayjay and San Pablo, Laguna.
If the Pansol area is famous because of their hot springs, which the water comes directly from Mt. Makiling. Mt. Banahaw graces some places of Majayjay and San Pablo with cold water. Between these two towns, the former boasts numerous must-visit places like Dalitawan Resort sa Brgy. Ilayang Banga and Taytay Falls also known as Imelda Falls. Taytay is not far from renowned Pagsanjan Falls.
At Bato Springs Resort, located in Brgy. San Cristobal in San Pablo, the pools are not extravagant compare to we commonly see. Besides the one near the entrance, most of their pools are literally mabato or rocky so you can’t dive nor enjoy to swim because of the shallow level of water. Meantime, it’s recommended that you go in the resort early than just call or send a message on their social media account.
Despite of the reservation process, the resort still captures clients from different places simply because of the chilling natural water from Mt. Banahaw. It’s so cool that you may forget that it’s hot in the Philippines and you’re skin would be fine even after your long bathing time because it has no chlorine., Bato Springs have also many trees to cover you from Sun and mini falls.
They offer day and night swimming for Php 80, while Php 120 for the overnight that starts at 6pm to 4pm the next day. They have many cottages and rooms with different designs and sizes that scattered around the resort.
If you like side trips, you can also visit cultural and religious heritages that only tricycle and jeep away from the area like Nagcarlan Church and its Underground Cemetery, Liliw Church, and Majayjay Church. If you like extreme outdoor activities like hiking you can explore Mount Banahaw and Mount Cristobal. The latter is considered a devil’s mountain based on superstitious belief as opposed to Mt. Banahaw, which treated as a holy mountain.