Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Dampalit Falls

I took two days off last week to join my friend in visiting his farm outside the city. My excitement was primarily due to the waterfalls near the university I've been with for so long. We will take a detour to see the falls on the way to his farm. I will have a chance to see it again after leaving the vicinity. I just realized that i don't have the affinity for waterfalls during those times, as I've seen it only twice. Or probably we were so busy studying or doing the thesis. Later when i was already working in the laboratory, we cannot think of other things anymore but our gas chromatogram, our pipettes, or the perishables we have in storage that change so fast, or our boss who always check on the progress of our work. And we don't sleep or eat at normal hours, so who will have the time to think about waterfalls!


Now that i have more time, or i can already manage it as I please, i can be absent for whatever purpose and nobody will be mad. So I was able to visit this waterfall again. There is already a minimal entrance fee and also there are more butterflies and damselflies. I don't remember seeing them in the past. It really is very significant if we are not so in a hurry.


 Dampalit Falls, Los Baños, Laguna. I love those luxurious growths behind the falls

 High school kids take picnics nearby




Dampalit Falls is reached in 1.5 to 2 hours from Manila on the way to Sta Cruz, Laguna via the South Luzon Expressway. Take off at Bgy Dampalit, Los Baños just next to the Camp Eldridge.Then a 15-20 min walk from the Los Baños main road to the right side will take you to the falls. The path is going through the residential area of the barangay.


 


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41 comments:

  1. Oh My Heart... You knew how much I'd love that waterfall. WOW--that is awesome... I want to see it in person--but probably never will. Thanks so much for showing it to us...

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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    1. Betsy, George will come over and we will do waterfalling! You mean you will be left at home, I am sure George wouldn't like that.

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  2. Thw waterfall is breathtaking and your photos are fabulous. The flowers are azaleas and we live in Mississippi....Christine

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  3. Nice pictures, Andrea! You should post some of your butterfly images for your friends to see. They're really beautiful. Thanks for sharing this with us! :)

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    1. hehe, have you seen that my original and long been using profile foto is also my shadow? It might also go with the sodiac sign! And thank you very much for letting me have this opportunity of doing what i love most. I hope i am not so much of a burden. The butterfly photos will come next time, as i have not yet resized them. Again thank you very much.

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    2. yup. dati ko pa napansin na parehang shadow ang profile pics natin. nakakarelate talaga tayo. hahaha.......

      being with true friends is a real treasure! would love to travel with you again soon! keep in touch u. :)

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  4. Beautiful photos :) Thanks a lot for visiting my blog. By the way, you don't pass by Manapa on the way to Bislig.

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  5. This is a gorgeous waterfall. I would really like to get to the Philippines so I could add it to our collection. Could I hire you as a guide?

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    1. Of course George, I think i have been offering my services already to Betsy when we started knowing that we love waterfalls. There are more spectacular ones in other provinces here where we will still take a plane, unlike this one that a bus ride is enough. You will not be disappointed with our waterfalls, although i am not sure about other conditions! haha.

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  6. OMG, truly spectacular, makes me wanna visit there right away. great photos Andrea.

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  7. Holy Catfish! I love the sound of a waterfall. You made my day for sure.
    Joyce M

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    1. Thank you Joyce, i fully agree with you about the waterfall sound. But when you deep your legs in the waters, that is totally communing with it! And the feeling is more fulfilling.

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  8. I love waterfalls. Your trip must have been wonderful. Great shots of them. :)

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  9. There are many waterfalls in the nearby city of Hamilton, but the surroundings are never this lush and green. What a spectacular shot vista and your photographs of it are terrific.

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    1. I've seen some waterfalls too here, much bigger and taller than this one, which is actually considered small. But the lushness of the back wall I've never seen yet in others. That i think is the loveliest character of this one!

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  10. What delightful photos of this magnificent piece of nature, Andrea. Well captured!

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  11. I love waterfalls, thankyou for sharing these beautiful photos Andrea.

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  12. Excellent shots ~ Wow! ~ namaste, Carol ^_^

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  13. That is stunning Andrea! So many beautiful things to see in the Philippines!

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    1. Gaz, you should see some of our waterfalls in the future, when you visit with Mark.

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  14. Oh how beautiful Andrea. It looks like some of the area around here near my home. Have a wonderful week.

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    1. Thanks Lona, i've been to your site and found the hyacinths and orchids. Later i will search for the falls in your posts.

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  15. What beautiful captures, each one lovely on its own.

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  16. wow i love the hanging bridge underneath. that would be a good spot for a little mist i guess.

    the first waterfalls i've seen is yosemite. i've never seen one in pi, which is really a pity.

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    1. It is not actually a hanging bridge, but cemented edge of the pool.

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  17. You live in such a beautiful country Andrea. I love waterfalls. We have them in North Queensland but none near where I live.

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  18. What a breathtaking waterfall; it is stunning in its beauty.

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  19. Andrea those falls are incredibly beautiful...and the view with the bridge..wow!

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    1. Haha, yes Donna, seeing it again after decades, it is like seeing it for the first time. And if fully pacified my aching mind, and troubled soul.

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  20. Oh I would so love to experience that waterfall in person. That is incredible. The shots make my mind wander. Butterflies et al....paradise. Someday I will be coming to visit and I really hope to meet you. Thank you for your side tour:)

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    1. hahaha, sure i can bring you there and some more waterfalls, beaches and mountains, if you want. But just don't ask me go with you in diving or ziplining as I am afraid of those! I think blogging let us realize whom we would like to join with in some travels or photoshoots! It would be fun photoshooting with you!

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  21. Thanks for sharing those lovely pictures of waterfalls! No waterfalls around here. I have to visit the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee if I want to experience one in person. Thanks for visiting my blog!

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  22. lol....maybe you could send us a few of your islands?? Along with lovely beaches. We could surley use some. :)

    If you want to join in... I reopen NF Waters next wednesday. And NF Winged next thursday. :)

    Both at nfmemes.blogspot.com

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  23. Absolutely gorgeous falls! What a wonderful place to visit!

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  24. Beautiful waters ! Water IS life !

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  25. Hi Andrea. I visited the place this morning. It was an impromptu visit. You are correct. The waterfalls is majestic. It is probably the most vertical-dropping waterfalls that I have ever seen. And the waters falling from above is almost like a drizzle.

    However, I am alarmed by what the villagers are doing to the place. The river which comes from this waterfalls has a strong potential to be polluted in the coming three to five years. I am aghast to see so much litter of junk foods, shampoo sachets, cigarette butts, etc. There should be an ordinance, or something like that.

    I even felt like going back there with a megaphone in hand and feign that I'm a high-ranking vigilante from DENR and warn them of their stupid ways.

    This place has a HUGE, I mean VERY HUGE potential of becoming a major tourist spot in Los Baños. And of course, tourism will be of benefit to the villagers there (Lalakay is the name of the barrio if I'm not mistaken). But the pathways are horrible, filled with filth and dog dung and the smell of burning plastic (whatever happened to the Clean Air Act). I even saw a small girl sh*tting by the river, my golly! And to think that Los Baños is the Nature and Science Capital of our country.

    Shame on DENR for this inaction (they have an office just a few meters from the waterfalls). Shame on the people of Lalakay.

    Andrea, you are an environmentalist. I challenge you to do something about this threat. And if you accept this challenge, I am with you all the way.

    We have to protect this gift of God from those ungrateful people who tarnish its beauty.

    My apologies for the tone of this comment. It's because I am so upset with all the garbage I saw there. How could people be so bastós to our natural resources?

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  26. hello, i've been to dampalit falls myself. it is true that the place offers a big potential in terms of tourism. in fact, there are so many places in the Philippines, where we can boast of beautiful and awe inspiring richness, biodiversity and uniqueness. unfortunately, being a third world country, there is lack in education, knowledge dissemination, development funds in promoting all of this God given wonders. poverty sometimes begets our way of life. know the root to all these problems and address it to initiate change. start with oneself and try to spread or influence the goodness in you.

    just my two cent advice. :)

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  27. You have a very beautiful blog. The picture of this fall is awe-inspiring. Thank you for sharing.

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  28. Hi! Safe naman po ba yung walk papuntang falls from Camp Eldridge?

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