Laguna is not called such for nothing. If it still doesn’t ring a bell, it’s because of its lagoons. Ever heard of the 7 Lakes of San Pablo? But there is more to Laguna than just lakes, it is also well known for its waterfalls. Who doesn’t know Pagsanjan or Majayjay? For sure even those who haven’t been to these spots have seen pictures of them hundreds of times.
But Pagsanjan and Majayjay Falls are so oversubscribed. If you want to try something fresh, head over to Barangay San Salvador, Luisiana Laguna. There you will find the giant Hulugan Falls just opened to the public in October. Two and a half hours from Manila is all you need and you are in for a grand adventure.
Towering maybe around 400-feet and approximately 100 feet wide, Hulugan falls is a giant which packs a punch pouring down water on its catch basin with a habagat-like wind turbulence. Hear its roar as soon as you arrive at the vantage point of the falls. Such is powerful but don’t be intimidated, its nature calling you to wonder and engage in its beauty. Hulugan Falls is not the shy type. A falls this big cannot hide its grandeur. Snap a picture and you will know how photogenic it is. No wonder why it is already getting so much attention in short time since it opened. Come before tourists start swarming in.
But it is not only for your eyes to feast, you might also want to go for a dip.
Take caution swimming. Though wide, the catch basin has patches of deep holes that you might get caught in. It is for the thrill-seekers. The basin has lots of large rock boulders, some covered with moss . Not advisable for kids to swim. These boulders add character to the place, and with the giant Hulugan Falls in the background, go for that Instagram-worthy shot!
The trek going to the falls is fairly easy due to the road construction and path created by the barangay. Make sure to register at the Barangay hall where 10 pesos fee is collected and a guide (1 guide is to 5 person ratio) required but with no fixed rate. At least for now. From there, 30 minutes is all it takes. Just make sure to waterproof all your belongings and you are all set.
If you are in for more adventure, day trek into all three falls around San Salvador: Start with Talay, down to Aliw and end it with Hulugan falls – the big guy among the three.