Pililla Windmills

Bugarin, Pililla, Rizal

Pililla Windmills
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SherieAnn O.
4.0 Stars
4

went here on a sunday around 3pm in the afternoon..trip was close to an hour and a half from antipolo, where we live.. it was fast to get there by car and travel was traffic free..we have planned to go here many times and im happy that we found time to visit with our 3 kids.. we reached the place and thankful to find a parking space really fast..

well, it wasnt really surprising that it's windy but the hell, the wind was strong enough to put a child out of balance.. my kids find it interesting though..my husband and i went on top of a hill to witness these gigantic windmills.. can't say that the experience was one for the books but you can include this as one of your itinerary for a rizal roadtrip..

on our way home, we found a perfect spot to take a good shot of laguna de bay..

p.s this is a late review..went here April 2nd

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Jill B.
3.0 Stars
2

This is a late review.

We went to Pililia Windmills last holyweek since we wanted to visit Regina Rica too.

Located at the mountains of Rizal, I think it is a 2-hour land travel from Metro Manila. We passed by Antipolo going there. I felt like its a long travel tho.

They do not ask for any entrance fee. Place is not totally developed. They have portable CRs but filthy.

Nothing that special on this place aside from the windmills. You can also buy souvenirs around.

Just a place for Photo Opportunity. 9786

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Christina R.
5.0 Stars
5

Wind power is a marvelous source of energy. They're enormous, can be seen from miles away, and they produce clean energy and less carbon footprint than coal powered ones.

The 27 wind turbine generators in Pililia have been operational only in 2015 and is managed by Alternergy Philippine Holdings Corporation. What I love the most is how colossal the turbines are. You really feel tiny when you go on the foot of the turbine and hear the loud swoosh of the propeller.

With Pililia, as the area is hilly, you can't see all the turbines together. The have different locations and are faced in varying angles. Not all turbines were moving, I'm guessing its largely dependent on their positioning. The turbines here were not as tall as those in Pagudpod. I have been to the windmills in Pagudpod and Burgos. Each location has its own charm and I enjoyed visiting all three. And if there’s another one that opens, I’d still visit it.

The main visitors area is very clean. There is a visitors center that houses a small exhibit on the farm and a cafe. You can walk around the complex, they don’t register visitors. No one was there who you could ask about the operation. Put on sunblock, wear a hat and bring an umbrella as it can get very hot. In the morning we went there were many groups that came in, including bikers.

Directions:

Follow Waze! On a Sunday morning leaving at 7:00 AM, it took us 1.5 hours to get here and about the same time going back around 10 AM. Drive was almost traffic free, only with several pockets of congestion in the Ortigas extension area. Road leading to the farm itself was mostly paved with cement. Small un-cemented sections are paved with small rocks that are still ok for a car.

Coming from Taguig we just followed the directions Waze gave us, which was the - EDSA-Ortigas Extension route. Going home, Waze told us to pass through C6, which we have never passed before. I’m never passing there again until the place gets developed. Though there was not much traffic, by the time we were in C6, the road was just 2 lanes na lang, passing through a community unknown to us, some parts near the water Im really not familiar with. Like if I get a flat I would not know what to do as it felt I was in the middle of nowhere.

Fee:

No fees here. Alternergry even posted signs that they do not charge any fees. However there is a mandatory barangay fee of about 20-50 pesos (sorry forgot the exact amount) where they give you a store bought receipt. Turns me off! If they want to charge a fee, do it legally, pass an ordinance, and issue an official receipt where the funds can be accounted for. Otherwise it’s extortion.

Food:

We were super thirsty because it is pretty warm here. Bring your own cold drinks if you want it super cold. The cafe had no airconditiong, had a lot of flies and a lot of people were cramped in it so we didn't get anything there. Theres a sari-sari store by the entrance but the drinks were not super cold. They sold quail eggs which my kids like. The H told me that on the grill is bbq blood, which I thought was liver. Of course I didn't try that.

There are small cafes on the way to Pililia but nearest familiar happy bee is in Tanay. We just went back to BGC to eat our lunch right after our trip.

Visited Pililia Windmills July 2016.

#unicorngiveaway

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Julie Ann S.
5.0 Stars
2

Super enjoy! With my best of friends at the perfect place to relax and have quality time. 128525128077128077

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Angel U.
4.0 Stars
3

Have a short getaway to Pilila for the Windmill Farm, 2-3hrs ride from Manila, fresh air & rocky road 128518128518

All free.

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Joana Marie B.
5.0 Stars
3

A perfect side trip if you're going to Laguna/Quezon 128099128077128522

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Hydz T.
5.0 Stars

Love the place! 128525

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Dark H.
4.0 Stars

Breath Taking 128060. Feels like im outside the country. It was a sunny day and the heat was scorching.

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Aillra L.
5.0 Stars

We visited Pililla Windmills yesterday before going to our venue for our team building since this is a project of our company. And we got the chance to visit this part (substation) knowing we're working for the company who build this.

The view was amazing! 128525

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Cohen B.
5.0 Stars

Awesome place to visit!!!

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Camille Bianca D.
5.0 Stars

Rizal version of Bangui Windmill. Windmill farm in Pilillia Rizal offers a unique destination near the metro. Great for taking pictures since turbines are scattered on different sites also there is a minibar at the viewing deck where you can get a great view from top of the mountain. Best time to go is late afternoon. No entrance fee, just a donation will do.

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Jon B.
5.0 Stars

Compared to the linear arrangement of those in Bangui, Windmills here are scattered on different sites giving more angles for taking pictures. There's a guard on duty making sure that the place is well-secured. It's open for public so it means no entrance fee which is good. Best time to get here is late afternoon for you to witness a panoramic view.

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Aileen L.
5.0 Stars

Why go as far as Bangui if there is already a wind farm at Pililla Rizal?

Hubby was from Paete Laguna and we used to go there few years ago and for a year already I haven't been there na din. Then one time last month I told him that I want to go to Ilocos and he mentioned that there was windmill in Rizal and I don't believe in him that it was beautiful there. But I was wrong.

Last December 26 we travelled to Paete Laguna and we passed by the windmill. It's unplanned stopover actually. It's beautiful from afar pa lang what more when you get closer.

So hubby feels that I'm curious and he bring us there. Going there is for free and we thought it's not for public but we were surprised that when our car goes up there many people were there too!128561 and it became a tourist destination in Rizal, it's our own version of Bangui windmill on our area. Marikina is nearer in Rizal rather than traveling 6 or 8 hours to the north.

Hubby has a background of this as he was working before in a renewable energy and I'm glad that this project turn to reality. You can see also that the materials used has good quality. There was even a cafe near it so you can enjoy the view while eating there. The cafe has nice ambience too . They sell frappes, coffee, sandwiches etc.

Before we go home we saw some kids selling a souvenir Pillila windmill and bought it around 150 pesos.

If you haven't been to Bangui you may try this as good alternative

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Nievs G.
4.0 Stars

1. Why would you go to Bangui, Ilocos Norte (at least for the moment) when there are windmills just about a 2-hour drive from Manila? Here's the Pililla Windmills in my province, Rizal.

2. It was opened sometime this year. There are 27 wind turbines (providing 54-megawatt power) scattered throughout the area, on the hills. Some of them overlook the Laguna de Bay and the Talim Island (I surmised) in the distance.

3. The afternoon was showering by the time we arrived, so the vista point had zero visibility. But that didn't stop the tourists from coming. Later things began to clear up and we were able to see the scenic views of the lake. It was awesome already even with some of the fog remaining.

4. There is a coffee shop and restrooms.

5. Terrain past the entrance is OK, most of them are paved. The roads leading to the hills where the windmills are situated, are quite winding (but thankfully not steep), and the views are superb that some reminded me of Tagaytay.

6. Better visit the windmills in the morning.

#12Days

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