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.
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.
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 “Guano” from the large inhabitant of bats,
giant human bones artifacts also found here by ancient people.
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.