Another place to visit while you are in Montalban is the Wawa Dam. Aside from Avilon Zoo (separate entry) you may opt to visit the infamous Wawa Dam that will surely interest you especially the Engineering skills of the Americans who made the dam. This may take you around 10minutes of travel time from Avilon Zoo but definitely worth your while.
I the Lakwatserong Sulit had a great time photographing Wawa Dam. It was another place that interest me especially the gorge in the area.
The hiking began at the end of the road and before even ascending to see the full view of the dam, we went down to the river to see the entrance of Paminitan Cave from below. According to the locals the Cave is currently closed due to renovation and maintenance but asked us if we want to go inside. By thus speaking they are willing to take us there for a fee but denounce the idea due to unpreparedness and safety.
We then go back to the pave pathway going to the view deck of the dam. Yes it’s paved already as of July 2013. After around 3minutes of walk we found a small opening at the right side of the gorge that looks like this.
This tunnel runs for about 20 meters but as to the use of this tunnel and where it leads, LS has no idea. Only one person can fit inside the tunnel and mind you there’s a foul smell inside the tunnel.
Going back to the trail we saw the archway going to the observation deck. On our left side we saw a small waterfall by the river. We believe that this waterfall can only be seen during rainy season due to the amount of water that drifts from it.
Photographing water is one of delicate thing to do and requires great creativeness. In order to capture the silky smooth water I put my camera at the top of the boulder to have my setting of shutter speed and aperture. In doing so i will avoid camera shake during exposure.
After a few shots i go back to the trail going to observation deck. We walked pass through two tunnels carved out from the limestone wall, in this tunnel a photographer will find a good view of the dam that looks stunningly like this
until we reached the dam’s observation deck.
This is the view from the observation deck, spectacular as it is. One will also see the majestic view of the gorge and the beautiful upper lake.
The image above is the view of the abandoned observation deck.
We peruse ourselves in the magnificent view from this end until we decided to get back but instead of going back we take more photos first.
How to get to Wawa Dam?
There are two ways to get to Wawa Dam via San Mateo or via Commonwealth from Commonwealth take the road to your right going to Payatas dumpsite and ask for the direction going to Wawa Dam. There are no major crossroads along the way so it would be easy to go there.
There’s an FX in Cubao going directly to eastwood village near Wawa Dam. It would cost you around 45 pesos going there and another 10 pesos for the tricycle going to Wawa Dam.