Sta. Rosa Trails
Sta. Rosa is where they say there is what they call “Holy Land”.
“Burog” is a Pampango word meaning “holes.”
Stories were told of how the invading Japanese forces used these tunnels and caves in the Burog Mountain Ranges to protect themselves from surrounding enemy fire; hence, the word “pemurog” or “fire upon and create an array of holes.”
After a historical entry into the Burog Tunnels, you may continue with the adventure and trod on to Burog Falls. Hidden in the deep forests of the Burog Mountains is a 40-foot waterfalls practically covered by walls of compacted earth and lush vegetation that will take you at least one and a half hours to reach. Along the trail, a forest of bamboo and native trees abound – conducive for jungle survival demonstrations by Aeta eco-adventure guides.
An awesome combination of water and limestone, the trek of the Sikwako River provides a combination of captivating visuals and relaxing scenery that only the trail can offer. Stumble upon a cascading falls in the middle of the river trek, halfway through to the Sikwako Falls. As you arrive, a set of horizontally-lined small falls, where the water drops down on a circular pool of sandy river bed, will greet you.
Different sets of stories have been circulating about the existence of these strange-looking holes, just below the edge of a hill in SitioMataba. Aeta tribesmen believe they were man-made during the WWII era for the Japanese to take refuge in. Some older settlers claim them to be naturally done with the help of diverted river water to its entrances. Man-made or not, the Lucot Caves provide for a jaw-dropping backdrop along the Lucot River, where one can jump into a pool of cold, refreshing water.