Batangas boasts a lot of tourist attractions, ranging from historical structures, food and natural wonders such as mountains, islands and waterfalls.
My friends and I traveled to Laurel to see two of these waterfalls, Ambon-Ambon and Malagaslas.
Overshadowed by more popular towns like Lipa, Nasugbu, Laiya and Calatagan, Laurel is a third-class municipality in Batangas. It was previously part of the neighboring town of Talisay, which used to be known as Bayuyungan. On May 25, 1961, Talisay was divided into two municipalities, and the new town was renamed Laurel for Miguel Laurel (formerly Miguel dela Cruz), said to be the first Laurel in the Philippines.
We rode a Tanauan-bound bus at JAM Liner in Cubao. After alighting at the Tanauan bus terminal we took a tricycle to Tanauan Market, where there’s a jeepney terminal. Ride a Laurelbound jeep and alight at the Laurel Market area. Hop on a tricycle going to Sitio Salipit, which is the jump-off.
We crossed a very sturdy hanging bridge and walked further, passed through rice fields and did some stream trekking.
Given this part, it is recommended that visitors wear either trekking sandals or slippers for this type of hike.
We arrived at an area with benches and cottages that serve as resting places for visitors.
At this point, you can now enjoy Malagaslas Falls. Since Ambon- Ambon Falls was further ahead, we opted to start there and work our way back to Malagaslas.
We crossed a short stream and passed between two huge rocks with a shallow stream in the middle towards Ambon-Ambon Falls.
Unfortunately, it began to rain so we headed back to our second waterfall of the day.
Malagaslas Falls is a ladder of small falls which gives an instant back massage. You can choose which part of the “ladder” to refresh yourself and enjoy the notso- cold water.
After the reenergizing dip, we rested in one of the cottages before trudging to the jump-off and riding a tricycle back to the Laurel Market area.
Before leaving Laurel, we had a late lunch of atay, adobo and pusit with soft drinks at Rachelle and RJ Restaurant.
Laurel, Batangas may not be one of the top-of-mind places for a tourist, but it definitely has one of the most enjoyable waterfalls we have experienced. (Excerpted from http://larga-bista.blogspot.com/)