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Social Distancing at Scenic Views

by Khate Ganio-Sabado and Jaimee Jane S. Faustino

As some of us experienced cabin fever because of the social distancing and quarantine in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, some craved to visit new places to let off some steam or just to enjoy the view with their friends and family.

Our expressways lead us to amazing sceneries in the country, which some of our employees have started to explore as the quarantine restrictions slowly loosened up. Let us discover the places that our NLEX employees recently visited and which are now open and ready for the new normal.

”Umakyat kami ng Timberland sa San Mateo, Rizal.  Kasama ko mga kaibigan ko (all boys) at may nakasama din kami na tour guide.  Mga 6:00 am kami nag-start umakyat.  Matatalim yung mga bato, medyo matarik din pero masaya!  Nagkanda sugat-sugat pa nga kami.  Kapag hindi ka kumapit mabuti, delikado baka malaglag ka.  After 3 hours, nasa taas na kami, na-enjoy namin ang view at ang hangin.  Para kaming mga nakalaya matapos ang matagal na panahon!  Wala man kaming nadalang pagkain or tubig pero okay pa din.  Ang mahalaga magkakasama kami sa hirap at ginhawa. Dalawang oras lang nakababa na kami.  Sulit ang experience!”  – PC Joseph Rodriguez (Traffic Operations)

Norzagaray, Bulacan’s breathtaking scenery can now be seen as Ipo Dam View Deck and Bitbit River is now open to the public

Norzagaray Bulacan is now accepting visitors during weekdays. You can visit the Ipo Dam View Deck and Bitbit River for only Php 10.00 (entrance fee).

Experience nature’s kiss at Balistada Hills, DRT, Bulacan

We can now also visit the Balistada Hills at DRT, Bulacan. The tour is on a first -come, first-served basis with only a maximum of 5 persons per group. Day tour is Php 300.00 per day, while an overnight stay is for Php 1000. Visitors must bring their own face masks, face shields, and valid IDs, and must be between 21-59 years old.

For further inquiries and bookings, visit their page Balistada Hills or contact Alvin Cruz Polka or text/call 0942 244 84 53

“Last September 20, 2020, kasama ng mga NMAX friends ko, nag-ride kami papuntang Treasure Mountain sa Tanay, Rizal.  Kaso pagdating sa Tanay Proper, hindi kami nakalusot dahil mahigpit sa checkpoint.  Bawal is bawal talaga!  Kaya nag decide ang grupo na i-check namin ang ibang tourist sites sa Antipolo.  Disappointed man, nagpasyal na lang kami sa mga views sa Manila at bumawi na lang kami sa pagkain ng bulalo sa Tanay.” – PC Jordan Paul Ajose (Traffic Operations)

The unexpected trip happened last July 01, 2020 along with my two buddies. Given that a breathtaking experience was awaiting us, we did not quite know what to expect at first, because it was the peak of the lockdown in the town of San Miguel, Bulacan. It was a 3-hour smooth ride with a checkpoint before the town entry. The overall experience was truly fun and remarkable. And because the place was on lockdown, we enjoyed the river and the facilities to our ourselves. We stayed for at least 5 hours before deciding to go home. Madlum river is a treasure within our backyard. And I could personally recommend this place to someone who’s looking for tranquility and adventure in one place, in the province of Bulacan.” – PC Lawrence Tiquia Traffic Operations.

Mt. Daraitan and Tinipak River, both located in Tanay, Rizal, are now open. Confirmed booking is required from the Barangay or lodge/campsite or local organizer. Also, travelers are required to bring a valid ID, travel pass, and a medical health certificate from a doctor stating that one has not been diagnosed with COVID19, or PCR (swab)Test Certificate, face masks, face shields, and alcohol. Age requirement is between 22-59 yrs old.

Your hot kawa in Tagaytay is now ready at La VeryOl’s Mountain View Garden. You can enjoy the Hot Kawa bath, massage, restaurants and movie nights.

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