The clear skies and the hot weather of summer means vacation. We Filipinos have lots of options for creating memorable experiences this summer, whether it’s a quick get away or a full blown trip.
We don’t need to go abroad in order for us to look for great places, for our country has hundreds of tourist destinations.
By this time, we are already in the peak of summer. If you are one of those people looking for new places to visit, here is a suggestion to help you make sure that adventure and relaxation can be obtained at the same time.
Barangay Batchelor, a captivating place close to nature
Approximately 200 km. north of Manila is a captivating place close to nature. A four-hour travel is not bad to personally witness perfect scenery where you can enjoy, relax, meditate or bond with your family and friends. This is Batchelor, a Barangay (filipino term for Village) located in Natividad, Pangasinan.
First spot in Barangay Batchelor is the Sky Plaza. The name suggests its location at the top of a hill, almost in line with the sky. You only need to walk a cemented ladder to reach the place. The top spot allows you a grand view of the whole Barangay Batchelor and some other barrios of Natividad.
Also located at the sky plaza is a store, a fish spa, basketball court, garden, zipline and the well known ‘groto’. They call it ‘groto’ for you can see there an old statue of Virgin Mary on top of which is a large Cross. This is a solemn place where you can pray and light a candle. One can also find a chapel there just below the Statue of Virgin Mary.
A few more steps at the top of Sky Plaza is a big statue of Jesus Christ which the locals calls “Ayat ni Apo”, an Ilocano term for Love of Christ. It is a replica statue of the Christ the Redeemer found in Brazil. There is no need to wear elegant dress, shoes or sandal for you to reach it, because you need to hike a thrilling and challenging narrow path of soil. After a roller coaster trail, it is a perfect spot to for a great view of the whole town of Natividad. I suggest you try some jump shots to make it appear like you were flying at time the picture was taken.
Going to Sky Plaza and Ayat ni Apo doesn’t end your adventure though. You have to take the more challenging course by walking to a thin trail for 15-30 minutes. No need to apply your sun block while getting there since the place is full of trees, ferns and plants to cover you from the heat of the sun. This is also the reason why the breeze of the air touching your skin is very cold. You will hear no noise but only the chirping of the birds and the flow of water from the river.
Once you are there, you will be amazed and fall in love with the scenery. The cold water will make you feel relaxed after the long trail. The place is even pollution-free where water is clear. Some visitors even sit atop the large rocks to enjoy the fresh air.
Summer is really the perfect moment to go out and bond. But most of the time, we spend too much just to visit places for a trip or vacation. Why not try visiting this place? You will only need to spend for your fuel, fare or food. This place is a must see for travelers on budget! So what are you waiting for? Go and grab the chance to be one with nature and enjoy this captivating place this summer.