Declared National Heritage by the National Historical Commission.
Pinagrealan cave is a subterranean network of cave in Norzagaray Bulacan is full of history and untold story. This is a natural refuge used by Filipinos during struggle against Spain and the Americans and during the last world war.
Year 1896 the cave was a site of secret meeting and a camp of the Filipino revolutionary forces during the war against Spain.
In the year 1898, during the Filipino-American war, it was used as hideout of General Emilio Aguinaldo (The first President of the Philippines)
It was also used as a sanctuary by the Japanese Imperial Army when the Philippines was liberated by American Forces.
The spelunking started in a dark tunnel passage, headlamp or flashlight are required and helmet for head protection in low hanging stalactites.
Few meters away from the entrance there are crystal like formation that make some parts of the cave surface sparkle.
According to our guide, don’t touch those flow-stone where the natural oil of hand will ceased their growth.
Exploring the unknown in the dark is pretty exciting. Witnessing the varieties of formations and some birds nest is more interesting.
Navigating the trail with a a knee deep to a waist deep water to make a way through some part of the cave is such a rewarding experience. Everybody is getting interested what is more deep inside.
The coldness of water along the trail gives more excitement.
There are some technical part of the cave, and you need to squeeze in some narrow opening but when it comes to the level of difficulties, still, it considered easy and manageable.
The fear in the dark was easily conquered , everybody is enjoying the natural designs of nature.
Everybody are smiled and enjoying the beauty of the cave..
The sinkhole that serves as swimming pool for the visitors.
After strenuous rock scrambling in hot weather outside the cave, you feel invigorated while immersing your body in one of the cold sink hole in the cave. Its like a hydrotherapy, relaxing all your tired body.
Due to deep water measuring about 6 feet, spelunking ended at this point.
Fauna also observed in the area, like small shrimp, cat fish and other small fresh water fish.
In some caves bats are everywhere, in this caves no bats founds, no pungent smell so you never get doubt to get wet with the water.
Pinagrealan Cave is located in a private property and managed by the owner of the said properties. They have a mini resort where visitors can used their toilet and bath room for free.
Entrance Fee : Free
Caving Gears: PHP 50.00 (Helmet and Flashlight)
Guide Fee : Free (just a tip for the guide)
Pinagrealan Cave is one of the the amazing tourist destination closed to Manila.
How to get there?
Cubao to SM Fairview —BUS PHP. 19.00
SM Fairviw to Barngay Bigte (Rotonda)—Jeep PHP. 26.00
Rotonda to Pinagrealan Cave —Tricycle PHP. 10.00