Can you believe I first visited Pantabangan as a kid! All I remember was seeing a wide body of water and we rode a motorized boat. I was so scared yet I remember seeing and touching the clean water.
After so many years, I got back. Thanks that infrastructure made the drive fast and smooth. Although there were road construction particularly the road going to the dam itself. It’s a 10-minute dusty drive – yet seeing this view from the window…
It’s like you’re transported to another place. The place was very serene, almost postcard-perfect. I can forget the almost barren hills down the national road – must be because it’s the dry season. Yet, the trees surrounding the protected areas of the dam – it’s green everywhere!
As we approached the gated area (security personnel will ask for your identity and perhaps record the vehicles coming into the reservoir) we are in awe. Entrance is free, by the way.
Traffic is “rare”. Visitors could even take a “jumpshot” op in the middle of the road! We stopped by this view deck and marvel at the stillness of the lake…
Hmmm, is it only me?
Don’t go over the fences – CCTV’s looking at you
Guard at the main gate says eating at the park is not allowed. But, the guard on the view deck says we could as long as we keep our trash. Great!
One major problem was, there’s really no picnic area in this sprawling ground. We found a wooden table beside a tree and good thing I brought a mat.
One lovely thing we noticed from the shaded trees we rested were the abundance of wild birds roaming around. Something that we haven’t seen from our place. We even spotted a very colorful bird along the road.
At this moment, let these lake photos speak for its beauty…
This reservoir is part of the Pantabangan Dam that provides irrigation for the vast ricefield of many towns of Central Luzon. The dam also generates hydroelectric power. This man-made lake was very historic because there was a part of the spillway where an old town of Pantabangan was submerged. Townsfolk were relocated just so this reservoir was made possible.
I remember it was beautiful and scenic when I visited as a kid. It was unto this day. Water is clean and place is quiet and clean too.
Sunday picnicking with the family is well-spent!