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Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Hataw Balungao!: The Balungao Hilltop Adventure
Balungao is a 4th class municipality in the 6th District of the province of Pangasinan, Philippines. A municipality with 20 barangays, it's primary place of interest is an inactive/ extinct volcano: Mount Balungao.
Mount Balungao stands at 383 meters high and is situated about 5 kilometers southeast of the Balungao town proper. The mountain boasts of both hot and cold springs; one of only two found in Pangasinan (tManleluag Spring National Park in Mangatarem). Balungao is 188.55 kilometers from Manila thru Carmen, Rosales.
In September 8, 2011, a new adventure resort was opened within the hot and cold springs resort. Aptly named Balungao Hilltop Adventure, it is the longest Zip Line in Region 1. The Zip Line has a length of 600 meters which could last from 15 seconds to a minute depending on your weight and your position when you are suspended at the Zip Line.
Entrance fee is P50 for adults and P25 for children. Cottage amenities like the "Kubo" can be rented for only P200 while the "Umbrella" is pegged at P100. Overnight accommodation (12 hours) is also available at the Cabana for only P800 per room (maximum of 4 persons per room).
The rates for the adventure activities are as follows:
Zipline - P300
ATV Driving - P200/ 15 minutes
Bungee Trampoline - P100
*Sulit Package - P500 inclusive of Zipline, Bungee Trampoline and 15 minutes of ATV Driving.
Other adventure amenities included in one's stay in Balungao Hilltop Adventure are Hiking, Mountain Climbing, Mountain Biking, Trail Walking, Trust Fall, and a dip in the Hot and Cold Swimming Pools. Operating hours is from 8am to 5pm.
At theradio travel show Biyahe at Gimik on Sonshine Radio Dagupan 981, Balungao Mayor Philip Peralta revealed to hosts "What's Up Dagupan" and Jay Mendoza that the facility has allowed the local government to recoup their investment within a span of a few months. "In fact last December (at the peak of tourists' arrivals), we were able to earn more than a million pesos" said Mayor Peralta. He thanked the governor, congresswoman, municipal officials and residents of Balungao for making the project possible. The area is safe and secure as assured by the mayor. Further improvements like additional room accommodations and restaurants are still being planned.
When in Pangasinan, the Balungao Hilltop Adventure isworth visiting especially for the adventurous travelers and tourists. Make sure though to bring your own food and refreshments as the resort facility doesn't have a functional restaurant as of the moment.
For inquiries, one may call the following contact numbers: (075) 583-8421, (075) 583-8412, 09215988081. One may also visit Balungao's website: www.balungao.orgfor more details.