Monday, April 22, 2013

Sagurong at Castilla, Sorsogon

I was born and raised in Manila. Having said that, I have always been deprived of seeing the wonders of nature. That is why, whenever I see beautiful mountains, deep oceans, wide rivers, etc. I am always amazed and my heart is always filled with unexplainable sensation.

Just recently, I went to Bicol to enjoy the beautiful mountain. Little did I know that aside from the perfectly coned mountain, also lies a much more fascinating view of the province. In my visit to Bicol, I went to see some relatives in Sorsogon.

Sorsogon is widely surrounded by waters except in some areas linked to Albay where it is known to be surrounded by mountains. In fact, Sorsogon is known to be the home of the "butanding." In my big adoration to bodies of water, I was introduced to visit a very beautiful spring called "Sagurong."

Sagurong (literal translation Alulod) is located in La Union, Castilla, Sorsogon. It is situated at the heart of the mountain, in an area where you least expect to see a body of water. Before you even get to see the cold spring, you need to take a 300-400m walk to the foot of the mountain. Vehicles (except Motorcycles) are unlikely to enter the area. The bathing area is small that you can compare it to a regular sized swimming pool. The pool area is surrounded by big rocks formed naturally by the mountains with water being filled directly from the heart of the mountain whose temparature is similar to an ice being defrosted from a refrigerator. This is a perfect place to bathe after drenching yourself under the hot sun. The water is very clean and very refreshing.

The area is not commercialized. For Php5 entrance fee, you can use the cottages for free as long as you bring your trash back home. It is an amazing place to swim. And although it is cold, it keeps you from wanting to swim more.