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The Battle of Balisong Hills (Ang Away sa Balisong) was fought between Capiznon Revolucionarios and Spanish soldiers in Pilar in 1887. The local fighters bravely defended their town's freedom against the Spanish troops whom they routed.Notice the white limestone surface of the karst formation. Pilar has a trove of karsts begging to be explored.
It's a challenging ride through rough roads to Hinulugan Falls. And then some. Hinulugan is a short hike through rainforest where the sound of rushing water is motivation enough to trudge on despite the humidity. There's another waterfall in the higher elevation which can be seen from the main road. Determined souls will love the challenge of scaling the mountain.
"Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations."
What's not to love about this land? We drove past sugar cane fields, streams, rice fields and small villages to Hinulugan Falls. It rained on and off making the road slippery.
In Sitio Kan-on in the coastal village of Natividad, we found an inviting combination of sand, sea and blue sky. Perfect therapy. Other than a handful of local folks, we had the beach to ourselves.
Thoroughly charmed by the natural beauty of Pilar.
How to get to Pilar:
By van or Ceres bus from the bus terminal in Roxas City. It is a two hour drive to Pilar and at least another hour from the Agtalin Shrine through rough terrain to Hinulugan Falls.
Images by TravelswithCharie