Balincaguin River in Mabini | Things to do in Mabini-Pangasinan
|Open:||Open everyday, 24 hours.|
|Address:||Barangay Poblacion, Mabini, Pangasinan|
Also known as the Mabini Church, this Roman Catholic house of worship is a historical relic and architectural artifact. Established in 1830, the ancient structure was designed in early renaissance style. It has survived its fair share of wars and natural calamities, including several great floods that deeply submerged parts of the building, a fire that began with a stroke of lightning, and a massive earthquake. Though the church’s interiors are much simpler today, its former grandeur replaced with a rather more utilitarian aesthetic, it is nevertheless a testament to faith that it continues to stand and that the faithful still find their solace within its walls.
Named after the Cupang tree that filled the Mabini landscape in the 80s, the Cacupangan Cave System is a four kilometer stretch filled with breathtaking stalactite and stalagmite formations, delicately carved out by nature over centuries. Getting to the cave entrance means having to walk through a rough road with slightly threatening sharp rocks and slippery mud trails, but once inside the cave, the path strangely becomes less scary as the rocks underfoot become smoother and relatively more stable. Of course, those who go through the cave still have to be careful not to disturb the snakes, scorpions, and bats that call it home. They must also be prepared to get wet, as the water level inside the cave passage can sometimes be as deep as waist-level, depending on the season.
Exploring the Sta. Rosario Cave is certainly an adventure. One gets down and dirty right from the start, with the cave entrance being a small hole that requires some cautious crouching to get past. Further into the cave, guano drips and resident bats fly around as the passage narrows and expands every few steps, so one must be ready to climb and crawl through some rather sharp rocks to continue their exploration. Small cuts and scrapes are to be expected. Physically challenging though it may be, the payoff is great: shimmering rock formations, mini-waterfalls, clear pools, and capacious chambers inspire awe and make the demanding trek more than worth it.
Things to do nearby
- Get away from the hustle and bustle of Manila and visit the world-renowned Hundred Islands!
- Learn about The Hundred Islands as one of the country's natural wonders and is believed to be roughly 2 million years old
- Go on a thrilling island hopping to Governor's Island, Virgin Island, Quezon Island, Imelda Cave, Cuenco Cave, and Lucap Wharf
- Sit back and relax as you enjoy an all-inclusive package with roundtrip transfers to and from Manila
Where to stay
For families and younger travelers, Dasoland is a
must-see. The massive property offers resort-style amenities, with cabanas, a
big pool, a mini-golf fairway, and a playground. More than that, the park also
offers attractions that range from educational to exciting: a mini-zoo,
butterfly garden, a World War II Museum housing fully-restored military
vehicles, an Ifugao village featuring several authentic Ifugao houses, and even
heritage houses that recreate colonial-era Filipino homes with authentic
century-old furniture. Even a day trip here would be an incredible experience
for any one of any age, though with so much to see, visitors will probably want
to stay for longer.
Getting there and around
Barangay Poblacion, Mabini, PangasinanGet directions