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Mar 19, 2013

Holly Week Trip: Bat-ongan Cave and Underground River at Mandaon, Masbate


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If you are looking the place to reminisce this Holly week season, there’s a lot of tourist destinations here in the Philippines.

If you are an exploratory person, I would refer you to visit “Batongan Cave” in Mandaon, Province of Masbate, it is a perfect place to forfeit this Lenten Season. “Batongan cave” is located in Barangay Batongan Mandaon, Masbate Bicol Region.

It’s about one kilometer and half away from national highway, if you live in Masbate Island it is accessible by car and it will takes 1 hour from the city.

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Batongan cave known for being an enchanted cave, the shape of this cave is like a mole mountain rock formation and about 150 feet in height. It consists of three entrances and the most reachable entry was the area facing at the north.

When you enter the cave you can found naturally stone shapes like an altar and statue of a saint, there’s also a formation of stone stair going to its altar.

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After that, when you climb at the second cave, you will notice that it is like a chamber of an elevator and the other chamber found at the top of the mountain, it is not advisable to enter that chamber it like a amazing tunnel you  will get lost there, my Grandfather told me that it’s about 200 meters depth. “Batongan cave” also known as a source of “Guanofrom the large inhabitant of bats, giant human bones artifacts also found here by ancient people. 

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The best season to visit Bat-ongan cave is the Holly week season, which it’s mostly open for people who want to experience the beauty provided by Mother Nature. It’s about 5000 tourist every year went to this cave, there’s an entrance fee about 10 pesos each, and you can spend it for the whole day. 

The cave owner offers tourist to experience the breathtaking feeling steep rock-climbing part of the cave to reach to the top. Additional tourist spot is the "underground river," about 10 kilometers away from “bat-ongan cave”. You can visit there and swim if you like, feel the cool and fresh water of Underground River.

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There’s some mystery surrounding inside this cave, but until now still not discovered.


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