Wawa Dam: Rock Formations and Rusty Bridges

Getting a great taste of nature

Ever since I was little, I already felt wanderlust running through my veins.

The strong urge to travel exists inside me for so long but I almost never got to satisfy that urge. This is probably because my folks did not have the love for exploring that I possessed (I guess it’s not in the genes? Haha). The problem was usually because we can’t afford going out or my Dad would probably be too much of a killjoy (Sorry, Dad.).

But I understand them, though. My Dad is already a bit too old for travels and the gas money would be astounding if we used our vehicle to Ilocos or Pampanga. Whenever I ask them to go on a trip to almost anywhere, they would automatically tell me to go by myself (I’m not yet capable. Huhu.) or that I pay for all the gas money, which of course, is not possible (I don’t have a job to pay for it!).

Now obviously, I would be the kind one to resist. My dreams of travelling will stay as far-fetched goals that I’ll never get to achieve.

Well, not anymore!

Thanks to our organization, UP ROADTRIP, I have the chance to travel places I haven’t even heard of. And recently, along with my fellow brods and sisses, we went to Wawa Dam in Rodriguez, Rizal Province.

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The mesmerizing view showcases the lush forests and steep mountains that are great for rock climbing!
According to the locals and the famous myth, Bernardo Carpio is the reason for the separation of two mountains in the province of Rizal.
According to the locals and the famous myth, Bernardo Carpio is the reason for the separation of two mountains in the province of Rizal.
They say that Wawa Dam used to provide the water needs of Manila until Angat Dam was constructed. This resulted to the abandonment of Wawa Dam. But the locals say that Wawa Dam is still being used to sustain the water needs of the citizens nearby.

Before we started our exploration of the place, Awin, one of the kids living in the area, kindly volunteered to become our tour guide for that day.

At first, our group’s goal was to reach the ruins of the watchtower once used by the colonizers. In order to get there, we walked for 10 to 15 minutes on the pathway that was on the side of the mountain.

The path with rock formations and small caverns on one side and the sight of Wawa River on the other.
The path with rock formations and small caverns on one side and the sight of Wawa River on the other.
One of the wonders of this place was the unique rock formations. My brod (I forgot who it was) even made me notice that the rock formation on the mountain across looks like a smiling face!

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The rock formations got me awestruck!
During our long walk and before we reached the watchtower, we already witnessed a bit of history.

On the entrance of this abandoned tunnel, engraved is the '9.11.1908'. (90 years before I was born!)
On the entrance of this tunnel, engraved is the ‘9.11.1908’. (Exactly 90 years before I was born!)
Before actually reaching the watchtower, we needed to cross a rusty bridge. That made me really scared because I have acrophobia! I told my friends I was already fine not crossing the bridge. However, I wouldn’t be able to see the watchtower if I don’t get to the other side!

I decided to face my fears (for a while) and just hold on the railings. My fear isn’t unreasonable, though. The bridge seems like it’s about to crumble anytime! And after a few more minutes of walking, we finally set foot on the historical watchtower.

Although more than a century has gone, the watchtower still stands and the arch windows seem undamaged
Although more than a century has gone, the watchtower still stands and the arch windows seem undamaged
Our badass tour guide, the 10-year old Awin, posing for us.
Our badass tour guide, the 10-year old Awin, posing for us.
Here is my obligatory picture; and yes, I know that the light seems like it's going to eat me.
Here is my obligatory picture and yes, I know that the light seems like it’s going to eat me. Look at those forests in the background, though!
I think I sweated half a gallon during that trip. Nevertheless, I had so much fun. Mind you, I wasn’t the type to take pictures and ignore the view. I really took time to appreciate the environment and I was really happy that I got to see a new place other than my hometown and Los Baños.

I hope I get to visit Wawa Dam again. I hope that next time, the place would still have the lush forests and friendly people living there. Moreover, I hope that there would be less garbage scattered in the area and that the local government would use their funds wisely for the maintenance of the beauty that Wawa Dam is. 🙂


All pictures are taken with iPhone 5s

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8 thoughts on “Wawa Dam: Rock Formations and Rusty Bridges

  1. The content on this blog is very good, the serene feeling of the wild. btw rxftr, how did you put your post in the ‘travel’ page? I tried everything but I can’t figure it out.

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