Who doesn’t like picnics especially when all you could have is pure nature at its finest all by yourself? A worth-seeing natural attraction and destination not only for locals but also for travelers is the Antong Falls located in the town of Sison in the province of Pangasinan.
This natural wonder has been a haven for those who want to spend a day with friends and family with refreshing crystal clear waters, cascading waterfalls, and a serene jungle. Depending on the season one gets to visit the place, you could get the chance to see blue waters in summer or the torrential gushing of waters into the waterfall basins during rainy season.
After making it through a thirty-minute trek through the rice paddles, streams, boulders and a hanging bridge, you’ll be greeted with a refreshing stream of cold water. To get the most out of the natural wonder, one has to climb to the top clutching on giant tree roots and sliding on rock walls. Pushing through, you shall see clear streams of turquoise hued water cascading through stones and natural pools.
With the refreshing crystal-clear waters, one can plunge in and enjoy the coolness of the waters. Diving is possible in the wider waterfall basins with caution as there are parts where big rocks are trickily hidden down under.
The area is protected by the local municipality of Sison and visitors are bound by the rules and regulations being posted in the area. Every visitor is expected to give a very minimal amount of 10 pesos as an environmental fee and for the maintenance of the place. People can enjoy their stay during the day from 6 AM to 5 PM as staying overnight is prohibited for security and safety purposes.
Picnic with nature
What keeps people coming back and enjoy Antong Falls is having picnics right in the heart of the jungle. Having been an attraction to more travelers, there has been an area where huts and tables are being installed for the visitors to stay. There are also designated cooking and grilling areas so people can conveniently prepare their food. As a general rule, visitors are expected to observe silence and maintain the cleanliness of the area.
Antong Falls is one of the little known waterfalls in the North, but a popular one for the locals. Jumping and plunging into the waters in the middle of the jungle is a moment you can undoubtedly say “being one with nature”.
How to get to Antong Falls
From Manila, head on to the north up to Paldit, in Sison, Pangasinan. If you are on a commute, board on buses heading north to La Union, Candon, Vigan, Abra, or Baguio City and asked to be dropped at Paldit or NCC (Northern Cement Corporation). There’s a connecting road that leads to Barangay Labayug where NCC is located.
In Labayug, there is a road intersection that leads to Barangay Inmalog where you can have a jump off to start the trek. Once you reach Inmalog, you can ask the locals or inquire at the barangay hall on how to get to Antong Falls. Public transportation is readily available from Paldit to Inmalog.
If you are coming from the north, board on buses going to the south or Metro Manila and drop off at Paldit or NCC and you can find your way from there to the falls.
It’s advisable to have a meal before the trek or bring some snacks along the trek as it would be a thirty-minute long walk under the sun with some surprise leg exercises along the way. The locals are very hospitable so don’t hesitate to ask for directions. Don’t forget to bring an emergency kit and be considerate of others. Preserve the nature and maintain cleanliness at all times.