Mt. Zion Pilgrim Mountain | Things to do in Bugallon-Pangasinan
|Open:||24/7 Monday to Sunday|
|Address:||Laguit Padilla, Bugallon, Pangasinan|
|Fee:||Open to the public|
Practically undiscovered, Besay Falls can be reached through a one to two hour hike through sharp rocks, plain fields, and cold waters. Halfway through the hike, a tree house landmark will be seen from far away for trekkers to catch their breaths. Reaching the Besay Falls not only gives its visitors an astonishing view of its narrow waters coming down from uphill but also a cool breeze that makes up for the long hike. Travelers who are interested to reach Besay Falls are highly advised to visit the local barangay to hire a tour guide.
A quick 30 minute drive from Labrador City Hall brings you to Sitio Kadampat, Labrador, where a short trek rewards you with Tinakayanan Falls, named for its resemblance to "takayan" or stairs. There are various paths that lead to the falls with corresponding levels of difficulty, but the easiest way is upriver. The lower level is framed by rocks that you can dive into the deeper pool from, but be careful of the current created by the underground cave next to it. Scaling the rocks leads to a shallower upper pool, where a shelf beneath the falls gives visitors a nice, private little spot to chill. If you're lucky, you'll catch Mang Bernardo, a local who loves diving and does cliff jumps that you should definitely not try for yourself.
Founded in 1714, Our Lady of Lourdes Church, also known as Salasa Church, is the oldest church in Bugallon. Located at Barangay Salasa, the old town of Bugallon, Salasa Church can be easily seen due to its old design and infrastructure dating back to the Spanish Era. As it is one of the aged landmarks in the area, many visitors and tourists flock the church to see its surroundings, untouched. Beside the famed church is a grotto for a place of worship and events, along with well-crafted sculptures depicting the Stations of the Cross.
Where to stay
When you enter Buddha Resorts and head to the reception area, you are immediately greeted by one of many quotations by Buddha that says, "You yourself as much as the entire universe deserve your love and affection". Buddha Resorts, located along the main highway going to Pangasinan, prides itself as a hospitable, relaxing, and a-break-from-life getaway with its services. Everyone, from management to staff, have a high respect in Buddhism, so expect quality service from the people at Buddha Resorts.
Aiming to become one of the first religious centers in Asia, Mt. Zion Pilgrimage Mountain is an expansive area for rest, relaxation, meditation, and retreat. Situated within the hills in Bugallon, Mt. Zion offers the public a place for soul-searching and re-discovery with comfortable accommodations and a peaceful environment for moments of reflection. Statues depicting the Stations of the Cross are scattered throughout the area, along with massive sculptures of the Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ that resembles the famous Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Established and developed in 2002, Mt. Zion is currently expanding its facilities to further provide a place of sanctuary for its visitors and tourists, and also to keep with the upcoming 2000th Year Jubilee of the Catholic Church.
Getting there and around
Laguit Padilla, Bugallon, PangasinanGet directions