Choose Catanduanes: Ilihan Rock and Padre Falls
Choose Philippines | Mar 24, 2015
(Text and photos from Christa I. De La Cruz, video by Enco Co Lacap)
Catanduanes is geographically situated at the easternmost part of the Bicol Peninsula, separated from the mainland Bicol by Maqueda Channel and Lagonoy Gulf. The island-province is blessed with white sand beaches, thrilling waterfalls, a rich history, and other top-rated destinations.
In the video above, featured are the history of the Ilihan Rock Formation and the unexplored Padre Falls, both in the municipality of Bagamanoc.
Kurakog & Ilihan Rock Formations
Called "Boto ni Kurakog" ("Kurakog's penis") because of its shape, this rock formation is the subject of many legends in Catanduanes. One of which says that Kurakog is a giant whose body was washed away by the waves after a deep slumber. It was only the pointed column, rising at five meters above the sea, that remained.
We were too tempted to jump into this seemingly-harmless water falls. Upon learning that it's 30-feet deep, resting by the cottages and boulders seemed to be a better idea.
How to Get There
Cebu Pacific flies from Manila to Virac every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday morning (travel time: 1h 10m).
Numerous bus lines operate air-conditioned coaches from Manila to Tabaco, Albay (travel time: 9-10h). From the seaport of Tabaco, hop on either at MV Calixta 2, 4 and 5 or MV Eugene Elson to reach the island of Catanduanes via Virac seaport (ETD: 0630; travel time: 4h; aircon: Php 310; non-aircon: Php 240). Buses and vans ply from Virac to Bagamanoc (travel time: 2- 3 1/2 hours, Php 80-90).
More from our Choose Catanduanes Series:
Episode 1: How to Cook Catanduanes Cuisine
Episode 2: Hicming Falls & Twin Rock Beach
Episode 3: A Miraculous Marian Image & Luyang Cave
Episode 4: PAGASA & Batalay Shrine
Episode 5: Bato Church & Hiyop Point
Episode 6: Boto ni Kurakog & Loran Station in Bagamanoc
Special: Skimboarding 101 in Catanduanes
Where to Stay: 3 Beach Resorts in Puraran, Baras
Where to Stay: Twin Rock Beach Resort (Virac)
Choose Philippines Map: Make Catanduanes your jump-off point in exploring the rest of Bicol:
Many thanks to the Provincial Tourism Office of Catanduanes (Tourism Officer Carmel Bonifacio Garcia; Armie Villanueva, Maria Glenda Borja Tablate, and Kuya Buboy).