Pangasinan is known for its pristine beaches such as the Hundred Islands in Alaminos, Patar Beach in Bolinao, and now getting its popularity are the Tambobong White Beach in Dasol and Umbrella Rocks of Agno. What tourists doesn’t know is that there is a certain captivating view hidden on one of Caraballaro range of mountains located in Natividad called the Maranum Falls. It is also sometimes referred to as Batchelor (my spelling is correct!) Falls being situated on Barangay Batchelor East, Municipality of Natividad.
Natividad is just about 45 minute-drive from Sta. Maria where my parents-in-law live. We stayed with them for a couple of days so I thought it’s a perfect timing to go on a hiking to Natividad. Hubby invited his cousins and friends to go along with us. His cousin gladly offered his jeepney and we just took care of the food. If you’re coming from Manila, you just have to take a bus to Carmen/Rosales via Victory Liner, 5 Star, Dagupan Bus, etc. From there you take a jeepney ride to Tayug and from Tayug get a tricycle ride to Natividad. Other buses have a direct route to Tayug from Manila.
The road to Natividad is not easy as there were a lot of road constructions going on. Going up, I saw on the mountaintop an image of Christ The Redeemer like in Brazil. The natives call this “Ayat ni Apo Hesus” or Love of God in English. The town also feature Sky Plaza Park and a 120-metre zip line which would also be a good tourist attraction.
Our vehicle can only take us up to the foot of the mountain, so from there we walked for about 20-30 minutes before we reach our destination. The pathways are narrow and slippery so we’ve left Apollo with his Grannies. The weather was perfect. The towering green trees give us a nice and cool breeze. It was so relaxing to hear the chirping of the birds and the strong water current gushing through the river. Finally we’ve reached the mighty falls! The clear crystal water flowing mightily down the stream.. and as I sat by the huge stone, some friendly butterflies flutter around me and rested on my fingers. The place is like a paradise. We’ve spent like 3 hours swimming and having fun. We left at around 3:00 in the afternoon, feeling tired but happy for our accomplishments.