Wawa Dam and River

Wawa Dam was built in 1909 and was the only water source for Manila for a long period of time. It was abandoned when Angat Dam was built.It is in Sitio Wawa, near Mt. Pamitinan and Mt. Binakayan.

There’s an artificial waterfall in the facility and there are cottages, where you can have a picnic.


Wawa River

Janna 2

Wawa River

Wawa Dam

Janna and Nikko



Janna and Nikko Bridge

Nikko and Janna Wawa Falls

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Budget: P270 for two persons / P135 per person

  • P150 – Gas
  • P20 – Parking
  • P100 – Cottage


  • By car


Some Notes and Tips

  • There are sari-sari stores in the area.
  • You might want to check other places of interest in the area: Mt. Pamitinan, Pamitinan Cave, and Mt. Binakayan.

Angono Art Galleries: Botong Francisco House, Atelier/Nemiranda Arthouse, Balaw Balaw Restaurant

Carlos “Botong” Francisco House (217 Dona Aurora St., Angono, Rizal)

          Botong Francisco is a renowned muralist from Angono, and is a National Artist for painting (“Pambansang Alagad ng Sining“). Some of his great works include Blood Compact, First Mass at Limasawa, and The Invasion of Limahong.

          We were able to visit his house and former studio in Dona Aurora, a street, which displays murals of his masterpieces.

          His grandson, Carlos Francisco II, a.k.a. Totong, is also a painter and uses the place as a gallery. We were greeted by his wife, Jennifer, who also showed us around for free. According to her, Totong also does commission work. You may reach them at +639179531104 / +632-6610598.

If you need a place to stay in Angono, click on the following link for our suggestions: Hotels/Bed and Breakfast/Inns

Botong Francisco House Nikko

Botong Francisco Mural

Dona Aurora Street

Botong Francisco House 2

Botong Francisco House

Botong Francisco Desk

Botong Francisco Memorabilia

Botong Francisco

Janna and Nikko Inside the Botong Francisco House

Inside the Botong Francisco House

Atelier / Nemiranda Art House

          Nemesio “Nemi” Miranda is a modern artist from Angono, Rizal. He is responsible for the mural at the EDSA Shrine, and the Mysteries of the Holy Rosary sculptures, which could be found along the road to Antipolo Church. He turned his home-studio into a restaurant-gallery called Atelier or Nemiranda Art House. One can tour it for P60 (inclusive of lecture). According to our lecturer, Mr. Miranda can also have your portrait made in 20-minutes for P5000.

Atelier Merienda

Atelier 2





Inside Nemiranda Art House




Balaw Balaw Restaurant

          Balaw Balaw Gallery and Restaurant is a Department of Tourism-accredited restaurant in Angono. It showcases works from different artists, and offers mouth-watering native dishes. You should try the boodle-like Minaluto (P250) and the sour Balaw Balaw (P170), which should be enough for two persons.

Balaw Balaw Restaurant



Janna and Painting

Minaluto and Balaw Balaw


  • From Cubao to Botong Francisco House (Dona Aurora Street), Angono, Rizal:

Map to AngonoDetailed Directions

  • From the Botong Francisco House (Dona Aurora Street) to Atelier/Nemiranda Arthouse, and Balaw Balaw Restaurant

Map of Angono Rizal Galleries

Budget: P980/2 persons or P490/person.

  • Gas (QC – Angono – QC) – P200
  • Donation (Botong Francisco House) – P100
  • Atelier / Nemiranda Art House Tour with Lecture – P60/person, or P120 for two.
  • Food
    • Atelier – P130
      • Egg Sandwich – P65
      • Chicken Sandwich – P65
    • Balaw Balaw Restaurant – P550
      • Minaluto – P250
      • Balaw Balaw – P170
      • Guinumis – P65
      • Gayuma – P65

Some Notes and Tips:

  • Angono is considered as the Art Capital of the Philippines. It is also known for the Higantes Festival, held on November 23 of each year.
  • Half a day should be enough to cover most places of interest in Angono, Rizal.
    • You can visit the Blanco Family Museum, too. We were unable to do so as it was already closed when we got there.

Banaue Rice Terraces

April 4, 2015 The 2000-year old Banaue Rice Terraces is considered as the 8th Wonder of the World.

This was part of our 3-day Sagada-Bontoc-Banaue trip. You may view our itinerary and other details here: https://couplemeetsworld.wordpress.com/2015/04/07/sagada/

If you need a place to stay in Banaue, click on the following link for our suggestions: Hotels/Bed and Breakfast/Inns

Janna Banaue Rice Terraces

Janna and Nikko Banaue Rice Terraces

Nikko Banaue Rice Terraces

Janna and Nikko in Front of Banaue Rice Terraces

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Sagada, Mountain Province is famous for its hanging coffins, falls, and caves.  We were able to explore this quaint town during the Holy Week of 2015.

You can find the details of our trip below:

Budget: P5000 per person

  • Public/Shared Group Tour Package – P3060
    • TRIPinas Travel and Tour Ventures
      • Inclusions:
        • Round-trip Aircon Van: Manila – Sagada – Banaue – Manila
      • 2-night accommodation in Rock Inn, Sagada (Dormitory-type rooms)
      • Entrance fees and guides for Aguid Rice Terraces-Bomod-ok Falls Trekking, Echo Valley and Hanging Coffins
  • Lumiang Cave and Sumaguing Cave (Cave Connection) Entrance fees and Guide fees – P400
  • Food for 9 meals – P1350
    • Breakfast, Lunch Dinner for 3 days
    • Approximately P150 per meal
  • Souvenirs/Miscellaneous  – P210

For the Tour Package, we got in touch with TRIPinas Travel and Tour Ventures.

Below is their standard itinerary:

Day 0
2000 Departure from Manila (Quezon City)

Day 1
0800 Breakfast
1000 Start of walking tour: Sagada Weaving, St. Mary’s church, Ganduyan Museum, Echo Valley,  and Hanging Coffins
1200 Lunch
1330 Continuation of the walking tour.
1700 Dinner
2000 End of day 1 activities

Day 2
0600 Breakfast
0700 ETD for Bomod-ok Falls
0800 Start of trek to the falls
1200 Lunch
1300 ETD for the caves – start of cave adventure (entrance fee at client’s account)
1600 End of cave adventure; return to inn
1800 Dinner

Day 3
0500 Check out from inn
0530 Sunrise watching at Kiltepan View Point

0630 ETD from Sagada
0830 Photo stop at Bontoc Rice Terraces
0900 Breakfast at Mt. Polis
1100 Photo stop at Banaue Rice Terraces
1200 Lunch at Nueva Vizcaya
1300 Departure to Manila
2000 ETA Manila (Quezon City)

          However, due to the number of tourists in Sagada on Holy Week, the travel agency had to tweak the order of the activities. We also had to bear with the tardiness of other travel group members but fortunately, we were able to cover all the activities promised by the above-mentioned itinerary.

Some Notes and Tips:

  • Bring enough cash. There is only one ATM in Sagada, which is sometimes offline.
  • Bring headlights for caving. You may also purchase a rechargeable one from the Rust & Wood Restaurant and Store, which is near the jump-off point. We got ours for P180.
  • Make time for the Ganduyan Museum visit. You will learn a lot about Sagada’s history and culture from its owner/curator.
  • We recommend the following souvenirs (pasalubong):
    • Bugnay Wine
    • Wild Blueberry Jam
    • Sagada Arabika Coffee
    • Muscovado Sugar
    • Black Rice

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St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Hanging Coffins, Echo Valley

April 3, 2015

On Good Friday, we visited St. Mary’s Church, an Episcopal/Anglican Church. Apparently, Sagada is predominantly Anglican. The construction of a Catholic church in Sagada is still ongoing.

We were also able to visit Echo Valley and see the Hanging Coffins.


Hanging Coffins Nikko and Janna

Nikko and Janna Echo Valley


Nikko and Janna Echo Valley 2

St. Mary's Anglican Church 2

April 4, 2015

Before leaving for Bontoc, we stopped by Kiltepan viewpoint to catch the sunrise.

Sunrise Kiltepan Nikko and Janna

This was part of our 3-day Sagada-Bontoc-Banaue trip. You may view our itinerary and other details here: https://couplemeetsworld.wordpress.com/2015/04/07/sagada/

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Lumiang Cave and Sumaguing Cave

April 3, 2014

We spelunked for four hours in the Lumiang Cave, where centuries-old coffins were buried, and the Sumaguing Cave, where unique limestone rock formations could be found.

This was part of our 3-day Sagada-Bontoc-Banaue trip. You may view our itinerary and other details here:  https://couplemeetsworld.wordpress.com/2015/04/07/sagada/

Lumiang and Sumaguing Cave Connection

Sumaguing Cave 2

Lumiang Cave 1

Lumiang Cave 2

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