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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Exploring Rizal: Wawa Dam in Rodriguez

This is a continuation of my journey to Rizal Province. I started exploring Rizal as early as 2011 when I first visited Balaw-Balaw Specialty in Angono for a chance to taste the exotic food and learn more about the Art Capital of the Philippines as this was the home of the famous national artists like Lucio San Pedro and Carlos Francisco.

Last Sunday was another paramount experience when I visited the town of Rodriguez, formerly known as Montalban. One of the town's pride is Wawa Dam built in 1909 during the American Colonial Era. It is approximately one and a half hour jeepney ride from Sta. Lucia Mall in Marcos Highway, Cainta. When you get to the main town of Montalban/Rodriguez, you can take another jeepney that go straight to Wawa and you're just a few minutes walk to the pathway leading to the dam.

When we reached Wawa, we had lunch first at the carinderia found in the side way of the road, just before the walking to the trail.
lunch at Wawa
a short stone tunnel
one of the sceneries that you can pass by
huge rocks between the two mountains bedding the river

the main scene of the dam
rafting the dam

First, we navigated the rough trail  and passed through a short tunnel stone.. There's a rustic metal bridge to cross by and the rushing water was getting louder indicating that you are close to the spot. Make sure to watch your step in the bridge because it's steep and one of your feet might fell on a hole in a metal bridge.The grandeur lies when you are off the trail because of the scenic view of the mountains, and the huge rocks serve as the bed to the river. The ruins of an observation deck serves as the landmark that indicates that you hit the right place.

testing the raft

When you have passed through the dam, you can go swimming at the cascade where cottages and rafts are available for rent.

Wawa Dam is very accessible to those looking for a short adventure, nature tripping, swimming and photo opts.

Sameera Chathuranga

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