Because of its proximity to Manila, the province of Bulacan is oftentimes overlooked by many tourists. But little did they know that Bulacan is rich in history, tradition, and jaw-dropping sceneries.
Also known as the “Northern Gateway from Manila“, Bulacan is a sight to behold with many amazing places to visit, food to experience, and people to interact with. Through exploring Bulacan, you will be impressed with how the province evolved over the years.
Bulacan is well-known for its fireworks industry, native delicacies, high-quality native products, and is, in fact, one of the country’s provinces with the richest culture and history.
Bulacan is also noted as the land of heroes because it is the home province of some of the nation’s celebrated heroes: Francisco Baltazar (Balagtas), “The Prince of Filipino Poets,” Marcelo H. Del Pilar, “The Great Propagandist,” and Gregorio delPilar, “The Hero of Tirad Pass.”
Balistada Hills: Bali-Vibes in Bulacan
2-hours away from Manila rests a silent hill where you can spend the day feeling like you’re in Bali because of various giant bird’s nest where you can take IG-worthy photos, as well as the swings and lookouts overlooking scenic spots. Located in Brgy. Kalawakan in Doña Remedios Trinidad, Balistada Hills is said to be the highest point in the area where you can see the beauty of Sierra Madre Mountain Ranges.
What to Expect
Balistada Hills is a 25 to 45 minutes hike, depending on your agility. It took us more or less 1 hour and a half to reach the peak because we took some time in taking our photos. There are small sari-sari stores along the trail so you can take snack breaks in between. They mostly sell drinks, chips, boiled eggs, and cup noodles.
If you want to go on a picnic, make sure to tell your tour guide ahead of time so they can secure a table for you at the peak. Reserving a table costs P200.00 ($4.00) per group.
There’s no signal in the area so just enjoy the scenery and breathe in the moment! Take lots of photos and you can post once you’re back to base.
Upon arrival, make sure you and your group register at the tourism booth at the foot of Balistada Hills.
- Environmental Fee – P20.00 ($0.40)
- Tour Guide – P300 ($6.00) for a group of 5
- Parking – P20 ($.40) for motorbike, P50 ($1.00) for cars
- Picture Taking – P10.00 ($0.20)
- CR – P5.00 ($0.1)
How to Get to Balistada Hills
There are several ways as to how you can reach Balistada Hills. You can either commute or bring your own vehicle (you can just pin “Balistada Hills” in your GPS so it can show you the best and fastest route).
- From Cubao, ride a bus going to Cabanatuan (via Gapan, San Miguel). Fare is more or less P130.00 ($2.60). Tell the driver to drop you off at Camias, San Miguel.
- From Camias, ride a tricycle going to Sibul. Fare is P35.00 ($0.70) each for a max. of 3 passengers, P120 ($2.40) more or less if special ride (one way).
- From Sibul, ride a tricycle going to Kalawakan.