One of the well-maintained mangrove forest in the Philippines, Pagbilao Mangrove Experimental Forest is home of species of mangrove trees, known locally as bakawan. According to Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), it has the largest collection of mangrove trees in the Philippines. In the recent years, developments have been made to the site to accommodate the growing number of visitors. The equally popular hanging bridge used to be made out of bamboo and appeared to be a little test of courage for visitors. However, it has been replaced recently with a steadier wooden bridge. A viewing deck has also been installed to provide a fantastic view of the mangrove trees and the wetland where they grow.
Perfect for…nature trippers wanting to see the site that is first in the country and second in Asia when it comes to mangrove cultivation.
It’s Tuesday and your nanay and tatay cooked your pananghalian earlier than usual. Then it is nearly 11 AM they’re rushing to hitch a jeep going to Malicboy. Sure thing, they’ll be attending Holy Mass at St. Ann Parish and Diocesan Shrine, one of the six shrines in the Diocese of Lucena. The shrine is a refuge to devotees and pilgrims having family-and relationship-related problems; and physical, emotional and spiritual difficulties. Due to the fact that St. Anne is Virgin Mary’s mother and Jesus Christ’s grandmother, devotees strongly believe in the power of praying to St. Anne, attending mass at her shrine and completing the nine novenas held every Tuesday.
Perfect for… everyone. Sinners or less-sinners, believers or less-believers, problematic or thankful, the shrine is always – and will always be – open for all.
It is safe to say that St. Catherine of Alexandria Parish Church holds a very special place in the heart of every PagbilaoWin, particularly Catholics. Most of us were christened here. This is where we made our first confession, received our first communion, and had our confirmation. Our parents. Grandparents and great grandparents tied knots and made their promise of forever right in this place. The “Malaking Simbahan,” as we call it, has always been our second home where we attend mass and hear God’s words every Sunday. First established in Brgy. Binahaan in 1688, the church was transferred to its current location in 1730 by then-Parish Priest, Fr. Francisco Xavier de Toledo, with virgin and martyr, St. Catherine of Alexandria, as patron saint.
Perfect for... anyone seeking God’s guidance.
Who doesn’t know about the famous stigmatic priest who has inspired, and continues to inspire, millions of people – both devotees and otherwise – from around the world? St. Pio of Pietrelcina, born Francesco Forgione on May 25, 1887 and taken by the good heavens on September 23, 1968, was an Italian priest who became famous for bearing the stigma (the cruxifixion wounds of Jesus Christ) for most of his life. He was beatified on May 2, 1999 and declared as saint on June 16, 2002, both by Pope John Paul II (now Saint John Paul), Because of PagbilaoWins’ strong devotion to the popular saint, a chapel in honor of him was established in 2013 at Brgy. Bantigue, through the generosity of the Pardilla Family. Padre Pio’s feast day is celebrated every September 23. Churchgoers are invited to attend the Holy Mass every Sunday, 10 in the morning.
Perfect for… both devotees and non-devotees. Everyone is welcome.
One of the Philippines’ protected landscape, the Quezon National Forest Park is home to several wildlife and virgin forests. Located in the southern part of Luzon’s Sierra Madre mountain range, it serves as a bridge between the towns of Pagbilao, Padre Burgos and Atimonan. Here, you may also find one of the most popular – and perhaps creepiest – roads in the country, the zigzag Road.
Perfect for… people who want to experience nature at its best and drivers wanting to test their driving prowess. But before taking the plunge, keep this in mind: the Zigzig Road is notorious for being a highly accident-prone area so you should follow precautionary measures and respect fellow motorist.