Day 3 on our itinerary was Spelunking..... Remembering my first spelunking experience was way back in college when I joined Nature's Crusaders of the Philippines Foundation and had my first cave at Initao National Park, Misamis Oriental. Crawling, Bat Noise, Pitch Black.
Located at Barangay Ipil, Sta Cruz Marinduque. The caves within the area are somewhat interconnected as per record there are 7 caves and 4 caves were explored so far.
The cave was called Lagoon Cave because there were mini lagoons found inside. We saw two lagoons however there were few more lagoons if your go farther.
It is called Church cave because it was said the house of Amang Bathala (Supreme God among the Tagalog Belief) According to locals, the cave has some mystical powers and housed to some Hermits way back.
If you still remember the news about a cult Kultong Gunaw who believed that the world will end in the year 2000, this was the cave they seek refuge with, brought the family and hid inside believing that the cave will save them because of its mystical powers.
Just above the entrance, this snake slithered its way to the other side. On the lower side of the cave's wall, another python coiled in sleep. I looked at it and was amazed by its bluish-silvery color.
The team did not explore the deepest portion of the cave because it will consume more time if we took an exit from the opposite side. More pythons can be found inside the cave, according to our guide, these pythons harm no one as recorded, they are Bathala's pet.
This cave was our last stop and the exit leads us to a well paved steps leading back to the Jump Off (where mam Katie was waiting)
Few things to consider when exploring the caves:
- Bring extra battery
2. Learn how to manipulate your camera if you are using MF
- We had a 101 tutorial inside the cave... hahaha..thanks Sir Paul
3. Bat poos
- First, the smell... bring mask or something that will cover your nose just incase you cannot bare the smell of it
- Yes, it will rain bat poos.