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Hinulugang Taktak National Park, Antipolo – May 22, 2010

One destination Antipolo is supposedly known for are waterfalls. Many Antipolo websites (ie. http://www.antipolo.gov.ph/tourism.php) made reference to one specific waterfall as a tourist attraction… Hinulugang Taktak. So during my daytrip to Antipolo, I listed Hinulugang Taktak as part of the agenda.

Finding the park

During my previous night’s research, I tried to locate Hinulugang Taktak on a number of websites on Antipolo and travel blogs. The park even had its own decent-looking website (http://www.hinulugangtaktak.com) Note: the website no longer exists. The one frustrating thing I discovered was that none of these sites actually gives directions as to how to get there. Which is kinda sad and frustrating… if you are going to promote a tourist spot, you should give directions to make it easier for tourists and guests to find it. After combing around 7-8 websites, I patiently took a look at Google Maps and pleasantly found it (see below). Getting there was quite simple actually…

UPDATE: (April 14, 2012)
The Antipolo City Government has updated its website. The content looks similar to the original one I visited 2 years ago but with an updated layout. This time, the site now provides directions to Hinulugang Taktak. (http://www.antipolo.gov.ph/localattraction.php)

View Hinulugang Taktak in a larger map

We proceeded to Hinulugang Taktak after visiting the Antipolo Cathedral to see the shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage (http://lakwatsero.me/2010/05/22/our-lady-of-antipolo-shrine-antipolo-city-rizal-may-22-2010/).

While finding the place we actually got a tad lost. We first ended up at the Cristina Villas (north of the location), then after asking around we found Taktak Road, but again missed it, as we were looking for something grander en route. It was actually on the right side of Taktak Road. We just missed the sign.

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From the outside, it looks nice.

To go in, you pay P8 per adult if you just want to go inside. There were misc. fees depending on if you wanted to swim, rent a picnic hit, etc.

The map below is shows a “development plan”. Made we wonder at what stage the development was. I was soon to find out.

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As we went in, it looked somewhat promising. Lush greeneries and somewhat decent cemented walkways. If you look closely at the photo below, you will see the falls right behind the gazebo.

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At the bottom of the stairs,  you will some picnic tables and umbrellaed  sitting areas.

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Walking toward the falls, I saw some strange signage. The swimming prohibited seemed a little normal. But the restricted sign seemed somewhat disconcerting.

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Before I proceed writing, let me add one little tidbit. The waterfalls are downriver from the City of Antipolo itself. One can assume what a city river seems like. Now… proceed.

Looking up, the waterfalls are, like most waterfalls, quite amazing to look at. It isn’t quite high, probably around 30 meters high or so.

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Let us zoom out for a moment…

If you look at the picture below, you will notice a white foamy layer on the water below. At first glance it looks like normal water bubbles foaming at the base of a waterfall. But wait! The water isn’t that strong, and that is a lot of foam. More on that later on.

Now if you take a look at that grey clump by the lower center-right of the picture you will see…

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Something not quite right.

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Zooming in further… you will see that it is an assortment of plastic garbage coming down the falls from the city above.

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The word “yuck” hardly does the sight justice. It was downright gross. And the stench was horrible. One would wonder why they don’t clean up this area right in front of the falls. It is after all a National Park, and the second most famous tourist attraction of Antipolo. It was utterly disgusting.

Now back to that foamy substance… I assume it was detergent. It was after all downstream from the city.

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Enough of the disgusting falls… let’s take a peak at some of the other facilities.

There are number of huts when one can enjoy the nature of the forest… and the aromatic stench from the river below… that stream is downstream from the waterfall.

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The park had a huge swimming pool. Around the pool families have set up camp and started preparing their food on the available grills.

First, the water was a murky greenish tinge. But it seemed reasonably maintained.

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All in all, the experience was interesting. This is Antipolo’s second more famous tourist attraction after all.

My honest opinion

I would say that as a tourist attraction. It was downright… embarrassing. The city of Antipolo should do one of two things quite simple a) clean it up or b) shut it down… sobrang nakakahiya!

You can go visit it as an oddity, but even  at just P8/head, this place is so not worth it. I would rate this a “STAY AWAY” as far as tourist destinations go… hmmm, maybe I should start rating my LAKWATSAS.

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Then again, there were quite a number of families that were there enjoying the pool. So I guess, to each their own. For me, I would never recommend this to a friend.

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52 thoughts on “Hinulugang Taktak National Park, Antipolo – May 22, 2010”

  1. ugh, gross.. i can’t even believe it’s actually considered to be a tourist attraction. thanks for sharing. and for me, yes, this should be tagged as a “stay away” destination.

      1. Hi Joe. Thanks for the feedback. Yes, sayang talaga. But “in fairness” there a lot of DENR projects which are quite good. I would say this is just one that has fallen through the cracks.

          1. First step would be to first clean up the place. The place is so dirty and filthy.
            Second, filter the trash froma above. There must be a source for all these.
            Third, enforce very strong penalties to those that throw wastse into the river above.

    1. u think ok na po kaya now? Malnis na kaya ang area this 2011? ka frustrate nga po kung ganun pa rin di ba? I’ve experienced that almost 6years ago, the yucky smell i dont want to inhale again… kaya ako nagtatanong kasi baka you are really concern at pagdalaw nyo ulit this year kung nabago na ba?

  2. they should at least install a net or something up there, before the waterfall’s edge, so that garbage would be filtered and won’t reach the falls anymore.

    i dont think thats costly anyway.

    1. eeeew! so disgusting! thanks for posting it, been able to see it before actually going there. mandiri ka na, madisappoint ka pa dahil nasayang lang panahon mo, haha… anyway, why don’t you report it to BAYAN MO IPATROL MO, since you’ve started informing people naman na bout it through this post? maliban sa nakakapanghinayang, nakakalungkot talaga dahil hindi lang basta park yan ang sinira nila kundi kalikasan. for sure, aaksyunan talaga yan pag naireport na..thank you so much..

  3. buti nga gumanda ganda na po ng konti ung area ng hinulugang taktak. well, nakita ko syang malinis at maayos then nakita ko ung worst part nya talaga.not recommended talaga.

  4. seen this place two years ago din…and yeah grabe embarrasing tlg. I heard there are houses sa taas kaya no wonder the garbage ay nanggaling doon. Sana the City of Antipolo take a closer look in solving this problem. Sayang naman. May waterfalls ka nga sa swimming pool pa rin magsswimming. This is sad.

    have you been to Via Dolorosa? Nice place!

    Oh by the way can you share other DENR projects?

    Thank You.

  5. It’s March 2012 na, Actually I heard a lot of bad things tungkol sa Hinulugang Taktak noon pa, pro kelan lng nalaman ko rin na may balak ngang ayusin ang tourist attration na yan. Nagawa na kya nila? Kelan lang napanood ko sa tv pinopromote nila ang hinulugang taktak and sabi inayos na nga raw… malinia na kya talaga? balak kasi namin pumunta this coming March 10. Di ko pa kc nakikita and Hinulugang taktak eversince. So I want to celebrate sana my 43rd birthday there… Sana nman touris attraction na sya at hindi tuourist distraction.

  6. Hello Lakwatsero, galing mo naman, buti na lang at nakita ko to, grabe i am planning pa naman to bring my family there, ako pala ma surprise, ano ba yan!

  7. ganoon pa rin sya madumi parin at mabaho…kakagaling lang namen kanina….talagang nakakadisapoint first time ko pa naman don kala ko sobrang ganda… pero nasira na pala :-(

  8. WELL, i was too surprised seeing that tourist attraction is now tourist distraction.ang dumi…prang nbwasan ang pgiging mkPilipino ko…

  9. kagagaling lang namin with my family last april 28, 2012, ganun pa rin kung ano ang mga nasa pictures na ito na kuha ni mr. lakwatsero, sayang ang ganda pa naman ang viw sana, kaso ang mabahong amoy ang nakakahiya esp. malapit sa falls…d ka makatagal sa amoy, kapag napunta ka na lng sa my swimming pool medyo malayo na sa falls, dun mawawala ang amoy na mabaho, sayang, kasama ko pa mga apo ko, natakot ako pag nagtagal ka dun baka magkasakit pa ang mga bata…sayang talaga ang place na ito

  10. hi lakwatsero! what antipolo resort do u think is the best place for overnight stay with my frends? un sna wla mxado naliligo during overnight, and hndi prob ang mag-videoke kht til am pa? thanx! pls reply on my email add…thanx!

  11. eto ba ung tinaguriang , NATIONAL PARK ? grabe , kitang kita nmn na ang ganda ng lugar nasira lng talaga !tapos d mn lng nag bigay agad ng aksyon ! ung iba nmg mga pilipino nawawala rn sa sarili !basta lng tapon ng taposn !
    atsaka pag binansagan ng national park ang isang lugar , that means dapat nang pangalagaan !
    hmmmmmmmmm . . sayang ! DENR ! CALLING YOUR ATTENTION PLS. !

  12. Yuk naman! Ganyan pa kaya din yan hanggang ngayon? Balak kasi namin mag antipolo e I’m looking for a nice place na mapapasyalan. Dami bad reviews sa hinulugang taktak. Syang naman di nila naalagaan mabuti.

    1. I wouldn’t know. I haven’t been back there. But based on other folks who have been there recently (see the comments), apparently it still is. I have been planning to visit again. I’ll update the blog post once I have. Thanks.

  13. Thank you so much that I have read this blog of yours.. I was planning to refer this Hinulugang Taktak to my batchmates from Cebu since we’re all planning to have a good time.
    I’m really so proud to talk more about it that it’s famous in Antipolo,but with this information the pride was an upset to me.

    Thank you for challenging us to believe what you posted though I never been there.^^

  14. Hell Mr. & Mrs., I ask you have clear swimming and Picnicshed 10 or 5 persons Adult with 10 children’s please touch next last 11 Octomber 2014 at 11:00 okay?
    Greeting
    Maria Lina Stadler-Nofelda
    ,

  15. Totoo talaga ang sinabi ng tatay ko. “Hinulugang Taktak” should’ve been “Hinulugang Tae”. Yuck… To the nth power! Lol

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