I have this group of friends in college who invited me for Mt. Arayat trekking last 2013. I joined and loved the experience so much that I even looked forward to more of that kind of adventure.
It’s a fine Tuesday morning when one of them texted me to join them and this time, we’re heading to Miyamit Falls at Porac, Pampanga. I was hesitant because it would mean filing a leave from work. I did some research and learned that this magnificent beauty was once featured at “Biyahe ni Drew” program and is also said to be an alternate trail leading to Mt. Pinatubo crater lake–so I guessed I have no right to decline this one-of-a-kind opportunity.
And so the long day began.
Make sure to secure a permit/waiver from Municipality of Porac as tourists are not allowed to pursue the trail without this. We rented a jeepney service to bring us to Brgy. Sapang Uwak which is also a home of our kapatid na Aeta (Aeta community). We settled our registration fee (P40 each) and sought the assistance of a tour guide (P500). This is a very long, rough course so others drive a 4×4 off road or rent a motorcycle ride (P300-400/head-back & forth) just to reach the destination.
Trusting our brave hearts and strong legs (hopefully), we pursued the trail. It’s also important to bring some candies or simple goodies for Aeta kids who greet everyone and ask for these along the way.The bright sky was perfect as we went. They told us that the falls ran dry in summer season. After the five-hour trek with few stop overs since our (strong) legs were complaining a bit, we reached the stunning haven. And as we unpacked our things, it rained very hard. We didn’t feel unlucky even we’re dripping badly–it’s a blessing to capture the rapid flow of the falls. Its rushing sound is music to ears.We explored every bit of it and after eating our packed lunch, we headed back on our track. Another best thing about the almost 12-hour trek? Our tour guide served us a great cup of coffee when we got back to the community. My cramps and muscle pain felt relieved. I’m still in awe that I made it having no 4×4 truck, motorcycle ride and even dry clothes to put on (Haha)!