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Hidden Gem in Real, Quezon: What Lead Me to This Amazing Discovery


Yua Dominguez
Yua Dominguez | Sep 13, 2016
Photo by Maui Sanvictores

Real, Quezon is known for surfing in the Philippines. Since it is the nearest surf spot from Manila (about 3 to 4 hours), it can be another option for surfers to catch waves instead of hieing off to famous La Union or Baler.

Travelled to Real to chase waves but there were none. We were all crestfallen and facing a huge dilemma. Oh no! What are we to do in Real?

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My friends and I spotted this vacant lot while driving around the main road of the municipality. To our surprise, it's the jump off point of the Balagbag Waterfalls which is a 10-minute trek from the main road. Good thing it is just a short walk because we didn't have any hiking shoes ready. We thought we were going surfing remember? Since the trail is not steep at all, we made do with our flip-flops. There were huts all over the place. Thank God we have our trusty sporks and canned goods ready. Lunch is served! Hunger assuaged, Balagbag waterfalls beckoned.

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It was a sight to behold. Balabag was about 2 storeys high and wider than it is taller. Notwithstanding its surprisingly frigid temperature, we went under the falls and felt its thunderous water pounding our back muscles. What a sensation! It was like having a massage with the sound of the waterfalls roaring in your ears. It made us feel relaxed and refreshed at the same time. And the view? Amazing!

Turned out to be a beautiful day. No waves, no worries!

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