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Iringan Falls
Town/City:  Pagbilao
Province:  Quezon
14° 00.290N   121° 44.434E
Listed in Gallery:   Waterfalls

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Iringan Falls is one of the hidden beauties of Pagbilao. I did not know of its existence until I saw a painting of it in Pabs Glodoviza's workshop. Kuya Pabs is a local artist known for his lifelike paintings and murals used as backdrop in schools and in the church. The Iringan Falls painting, together with his other works can be seen in his studio at Rizal Street, near corner Gomez in the Pagbilao town Proper.

My first visit to Iringan Falls was made during the regular Sunday ride of the Pagbilao Bikers Club. On 19 October 2003, I was not able to catch up the rest of the group (I got a flat tire twice). As I was cruising alone towards Malicboy, I met fellow biker Ding Franco on his way back. He said the group went on and he decided to turn back. We decided to shift to hiking instead. So we went to Sitio Iringan. Found a guide named Gerry. Locked our bikes to a coconut tree and went upstream thru the Iringan River.

The term "IRINGAN" is pronounced slowly in the locality. Strangers who might pronounce it with a fast accent on the second sylable would make the the word to mean "a petty quarrel". So, be careful!

How to get there

From Pagbilao, just follow the National Highway going to Atimonan. Counting bridges may help to let you know that you are at the right track. First is Tambak Bridge right at the boundary of the town proper. Second is Palsabangon Bridge. Third, at Sta. 145+500, Iringan Bridge is just after a right-turning curve.

Access to Iringan Falls is not difficult to find because of your landmark Iringan Bridge. It is located about 6.5 kilometers from Pagbilao proper. Go beyond this bridge for another 195 meters. You will find a waiting shed at the corner of the highway and a dirt road to your left.

If you are commuting, this is your target stop and the corner by the waiting shed is your start of trek. From this point, the falls is approximately 1.85 kilometers away.

If you have your own vehicle, you may drive further thru the dirt road. The dirt road will allow your vehicle get in further and save your legs another 300 meters walk. The dirt road has at least two branches. First is a T-branch to the right, then a Y-branch also to the right. To get to your destination, ignore these branches and always go straight north.

At the road end, there are very few houses. It could be advisable for you not to "consume" the whole 300 meters of the dirt road. Instead park your vehicle closer to the residential area where you could ask someone to watch it. The residents will assure you though that your vehicle will be safe - and they will proudly say "Walang nakikialam dito" ("No one
will from here will tinker with that").

From the road end, follow a cart trail that goes northwest. Then you will reach the river after about 190 meters. From hereon, you cannot be lost as you just need to follow the river upstream for the next 1.36 kilometers.
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