From Minalungao National Park in General Tinio, Nueva Ecija, my next destination was to visit the Biak Na Bato National Park in San Miguel, Bulacan. It was my first time to go to Bulacan and I was also interested about the national park.
San Miguel, Bulacan is an urban municipality of the province of Bulacan. It is one the largest town after Norzagaray and Doña Remedios Trinidad which is bounded by Nueva Ecija in the north and Pampanga in the west and San Ildefonso in the south.
How to get to General Tinio, Nueva Ecija
There are daily bus schedules from Manila to San Miguel, Bulacan through Baliwag Transit. You can also take the Cabanatuan Route since the bus will pass along Bulacan before reaching Nueva Ecija. In my case, since it was an expedition, from Gapan City, I rode a bus back to Bulacan via Baliwag Transit with a travel time of 30 minutes for php50. When you reach the town proper, you can ride a tricycle going to Biak Na Bato National Park.
Biak-na-Bato National Park
Biak-na-Bato National Park is located within barangay Biak-na-Bato, San Miguel, Bulacan where it name came derive from. It has a total land area of 2, 117 hectares that extends to its nearby municipalities. It was declared as a National Park in 1973 by President Manuel Luis Quezon by virtue of its association with the history and site of the Biak-na-Bato Republic.
Below is the list fees in the park.
- Adult – php50
- Student/Senior Citizen – php40
- For Overnight Stay ( additional ) – php 50
- Mandatory Guide Fee- php 150 (regardless if solo or group)
- Pavilion Rental Fee- php 3,500 (inclusive 30 chairs, 4 tables and sound system)
- Picnic Sheds – php 150 ( half-day) , php 200 ( whole day)
- Comfort Rooms- php 5
The park is composed of more than a hundred caves with various sized and crystalline formation. The most famous cave is the Aguinaldo Cave which was once a headquarters of the President Emilio Aguinaldo, the Bat Cave which has a least six species of bats. There are also other animals such swiftlets, wild boar, eagles, lizards and at the same time, there are a different types of trees, shrubs, ferns that can be found in the park.
The Biak Na Bato National Park is very significant to the Philippine History because it served as a headquarter of the first president together with his men during the revolutionary government. The caves became their shelter to protect them from exhaustion, the trees became their ears as they discussed all game plans for revolution and rivers provided them comfort and served as an inspiration in their ambition of independence.
You do not really need to stay longer when you are at the park unless you wanted to have a picnic or enjoy your moment with nature. If you want to enter each cave, according to the tour guide, there will additional fees. I left the park around 3pm and went to my friend’s house in San Idelfonso, Bulacan.
- Bus Fare – php 50 (Gapan City. Nueva Ecija- San Miguel, Bulacan)
- Tricycle Fare – php 300 ( round trip from town proper to park- good for sharing)
- Entrance Fee- php 50
- Mandatory Tour Guide Fee- php 150