02 October 2010
Nature Tripping: Wawa Dam
“The Wawa Dam was constructed in 1909 by the Americans as a reservoir and pumping facility. It became a battlefield during the Japanese occupation. Many Japanese soldiers died here defending this holding point when the Americans retook the area. A marker was placed in one of the caves that anyone passing through the trail can see. It was placed in honor of these brave men. One of the caves in the Wawa Dam site is historically significant. The Pamitnan cave is large enough so that it can be explored. It may take an hour for a group to explore the whole cave. In April 1895, it is said that the Philippine revolutionary group KKK (Kataastaasang Kagalanggalangang Katipunan ng mga anak ng bayan) took refuge here. Their first cry of freedom took place here in the cave.” — Philippines Insider
Nestled at the foothills of the Sierra Madre Mountains in Rodriguez (formerly known as Montalban), Rizal is the Wawa Dam. The dam site is approximately 30 minutes away from Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City.
The Wawa Dam site is a highly recommended venue for hikers, photographers, trekkers, mountaineers, and cave explorers. Little huts have been constructed at the foot of the dam for swimmers to hang out and have lunch at. The enormous gorge is well, uhmmm enormous. Try to google it and you’d see the gorge in google map. Several mountaineers and rock climbers try to conquer the gorge especially during the summer months. White gigantic rocks on slow flowing rivers against white limestone walls make excellent photography subjects — especially during the golden hours. The caves look mysterious. These caves were believed to be tunnels created by Japanese soldiers. One of the tunnels lead to a small opening beneath a big black boulder in our village – on a lot at the street next to ours (coolness).
The quiet river, the huge limestone rocks, the caves, and the tranquil scenery depict a mystical scene. I highly recommend that hikers, photographers, trekkers, mountaineers, and cave explorers visit the Wawa site.