Though not as famous as Lucena or Lucban, the town of Mauban in Quezon province is slowly rising in the ranks as a favorite travel destination in the country.
Due to its location along the coastlines of Lamon Bay, Mauban’s growing popularity is partly thanks to Cagbalete Island, the perfect place to go to for seclusion, relaxation, and losing track of time under the sun in the midst of fine white sand. The island’s increasing tourist traffic has led to the establishment of resorts along the shore but if you want to be a lot closer to nature, pitching a tent and sleeping under the vast expanse of the starry sky is the way to go.
Explore beyond the island by hiring a boat and head to the two smaller islands near Cagbalete, Baliscar and the lighthouse perched on its rocky terrain, and Bonsai Island, which is only visible when it’s low tide.
The numerous falls found in Mauban are like secret treasures that not many people know of. The more accessible Dahoyhoy Falls is found in Barangay Macasin and is popular among the locals. Hagdan-Hagdan Falls is more secluded and a more challenging destination but its multiple tiers is a sight to behold once you complete the trek.
Probably the most difficult waterfalls to reach in Mauban is the seven-tiered Alitap Falls. To get there, you need to ride a boat and a habal-habal (motorcycle). Make sure to schedule your trip during the dry season as the rains make it impossible to reach Alitap.
Those who prefer to stay dry can go on a heritage tour of Mauban, which was named after Gat Pangil, a well-loved chieftain nicknamed Gat Uban by his people. A public bath house built in 1725 and the Museo ng Mauban are favorite stops of tourists in the town.
The Rizal Park Hill, otherwise known as the Calvario Hill, is another famous landmark of Mauban. This is where you’ll find what is probably the highest monument dedicated to the country’s national hero. At the foot of the hill is the White House, the ancestral home of Horacio dela Costa, the first Filipino Provincial Superior of the Jesuits. His house is one of the many ancestral houses in this heritage village. These house are predominantly owned and managed by the prominent families of Mauban.
Satisfy your hunger by trying Mauban’s local delicacies. Try the pinais, which is basically shrimp cooked with grated coconut and wrapped in banana leaves, or the binalawang santol. Santol is a fruit otherwise known as wild mangosteen or cottonfruit and for this dish, it is cooked with coconut milk and shrimp.
Drop by Mauban during the month of July and party with the locals as they hold the Maubanog Festival, a seven-day celebration in honor of patron St. Bonaventure. Expect a lot of dance and cultural presentations, trade fairs, and indigenous games.
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