Mt. Silay (Brgy. Patag)9:57 PM
Enjoy the ride
As a local here in Silay i always visit Brgy. Patag. A small village nestled in the foothills of Mt. Mandalagan and Mt. Marapara. Approximately 490 above sea level. It is called "Patag" because the area is flat. The place is perfect for nature enthusiast and outdoor buffs. Its fresh and cold temperature will entice you to keep coming back. Flora and fauna is abundant in the whole area. If you are traveling from the city proper it may takes 2 to 3hrs. The long and winding road makes you catch your breath as if you were riding a roller coaster when you go up to the mountain. Patag is the last frontier of the Japanese soldiers during World War II. Almost 6,000 Japanese soldiers died in its wilderness and serve as war memorial.
Where to stay:
*Silay Outdoor and Recreation Area: Its always the choice of the most because it is the nearest and the safest area. The area is guarded by Brgy. Police the whole day. In night time they are not accommodating outsiders who are not logged in there log book. The place is always the venue of Jamborees and other big gatherings. The kitchen is very large that it can cater everybody. With an entrance of PHP 10.00, swimming is PHP 30.00 . When you want to rent a room they are charging PHP 80.00 per head. But if you want to save more you can bring your tent and pay PHP 50.00 per day. You can set up your tent at the field, function hall or anywhere at your convenience. Silay Outdoor and Recreation Area is an abandoned hospital. It is the hospital built for Japanese soldiers during World War II. Warning: becareful many experienced ghost stories in that place but luckily i was not one of them. By the way the whole are is wonderful and the staff is accommodating and approachable. Lastly, you can also visit the Japanese Shrine its a nice place just around the area. Also a war artifact at the entrance awaits you when you visit.
* Ladlad Resort: The resort is located at the foothills so if your from the hospital you need to take a walk atleast 15mins. They have different types of rooms depends on what you want or you can rent a house. Cottages is also available it range from PHP 250.00 to PHP 500.00. If you are a budget conscious you can bring your tent and pay PHP 100.00 per day. The entrance is PHP 20.00 , pool is PHP 20.00. But, i cannot guarantee bout the safety. I've stay at ladlad several times and luckily nothing happens and nothing stolen from me. I am saying this because there tent don't have a fence so any body can mingle with you. Also the tent area has no light the last time i visit it so if night time you need to bring your flashlight. The place is much colder at night than at hospital because it is elevated area. At early 5pm the fog already occupying the area so be careful not to go everywhere if you are not familiar with the place.
*Elen Resort: It is a resort before the Ladlad Resort. Elen resort is under construction today but they accommodate visitors. Most of the ares and rooms are underconstruction for beautification . Accommodation , cottages and rooms are almost the same as Ladlad resort.
What to expect:
Well i can say alot of adventures awaits you. Patag caters not just cold weather but a total package adventure. You can do:
*Skyline for cliff hangers.
* Explore flora and fauna,
*Encounter endemic species such as the spotted dear and several birds that can only be seen here and onl in tha Phillipines. According to orientalbirdimages.org until now more species can be seen in Brgy. Patag.
*Visit Japanese underground tunnels.
*Take a photo with war artifacts.
*Visit the friendship shrine that commemorates the heroism of the WWII veterans.
*Enchanted caves and
*Several waterfalls like pulang tubig (red water). A waterfall that according to legend , many died in that area thats why it was called pulang tubig which means red water. But the truth behind that legend is the red stones that reflects in water which makes the water becomes red.
* Another waterfall is dumalabdab falls.
*The dam is also a must visit water fall. Before it was planned to operate the dam to supply electricity but it was not operational today. The place has a couple of waterfalls that will make you enjoy the place. Make sure to ask for a guide if you want to visit those waterfalls its so dangerous and the way is so narrow and slippery.
* Another great place to visit is the tinagong dagat. You must prepare yourself if you want to get there the place is about 6 hrs. from the proper of Brgy. Patag. The place is so magnificent that will replenish your your body soul. Local said that it is enchanted because there are times that the whole area is filled with water (remember it is a mountain). So make sure it is summer when you plan to visit the place.
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