San Rafael , Bulacan province -Philippines
We arrived past 7:30am at the scenic , Bustos Dam – San Rafael side . Our group then asked permission from the military officer manning the sentry gate at the 48th infantry battalion compound .
The friendly officers tried to ask us where did we were from , We told them that our group is from Metro Manila and some of us are first time visitors of the place.
We asked the officers for a quick photo opportunity at the tank and military trucks which are parked within the compound. Some took their chance at a quick photo of the armor tank .
Mr. Chael Santos and his team arrived a few minutes later , while some of us have started our photo shoot near the Bustos Dam – San Rafael side. During the dry season , when water at the dam is at its lowest level , people would usually cross this side of the dam going to the town of Bustos . It is much faster and saves travel expenses.
Please try to visit about our recent visit to Lakad Pamana of Bustos Bulacan part 4
We saw several kind of birds , water hyacinth and interesting landscape scenery .
breakfast meal wrapped in banana leaves
Our group was served a traditional Filipino breakfast meal by Arki’s Tambayan of San Miguel, Bulacan which consists of steam rice , fried bangus ( milk fish ) salted duck egg and fresh tomato, Another meal which consist of steam rice, tinapa na galungong , ginisang mustasa with choice of either coffee 3in 1 mix or swiss miss chocolate . While eating our breakfast , We overheard from a house nearby that there was a pabasa / pasyon or readings . The pabasa usually starts on Holy Monday and ends on Good Friday.
people at the balcony singing pabasa with electric guitar
But according to some of the people in San Rafael , it would start during the lenten season and unlike some pabasa in Metro Manila. They would have a slightly different twist .
Lakad Pamana and Walk with Chan will be another round of tour schedule on April 10, 2016 SUNDAY ( whole day ) For those who wish to join us in our tour there is a FB event page ( slot is very limited ) San Rafael Heritage and Malangaan Cave Eco Tour
Here are some of the places that we visited last March 12: