Hoyop Hoyopan Cave
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Hoyop Hoyopan is an interesting cave with a lot of stone formations. It was part of our Bicol itinerary early this year.
Hoyop Hoyopan Cave is not about jungle and animals like what I initially thought. "Hoyop" is a Bicolano term for "to blow" in English or "ihip" in Filipino.
My friends and I went here early in the morning. Too early actually that the guides were still preparing for today's tour. The cave's entrance is a 5-minute walk from the parking. From there, we were welcomed by the friendly guides asking for tour inside the cave. I think you cannot enter without a guide as the cave is so big and you may get lost.
Upon entering, I immediately got amazed with the natural formations of stalactites and stalagmites. Your imagination will be put into test as you may associate some of the formations to certain things like hand, snake, elephant, and even people.
I learned from this tour that this cave used to be a hiding spot for Filipinos during the Japanese era. Another fun fact about this cave is that during Martial Law, this became an underground party place. And what is party without a dance floor? Yes, there's a huge dance floor inside the cave!!!
One of my favorite spots in the cave is where Mt. Mayon can be seen. There's a small opening or kind of crater in the far end of the cave to have a view of what's outside. Maybe the Filipinos back then used this to check and spy on enemies.
I suggest wearing a footwear with a good grip as some parts are slippery. Exploring the cave was not so easy for me maybe because I haven't had any exercise during that time. It requires light to average fitness level due to the cave's size.
Hoyop Hoyopan Cave is quite far from the city proper but if you're visiting Sumlang Lake and Quituinan Hills in Camalig, don't miss this one. 🙂
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