Labor day at Mt. Samat

May 1 is our official Labor Day where we celebrate having work and workers, laborers, etc., basically anything that have to do with toiling under the sun (or moon for those night owls) by well, NOT working. And since it’s a holiday and being summer here, what better way to spend Labor Day than getting out of the house and day tripping!

Destination: Dambana ng Kagitingan and Dunsulan Falls at Mt. Samat, Bataan
Travel time required: 1 full day
Budget challenge: P1,000.00/person (since going over is really too much and we’re both cheap)

Before embarking on this DIY trip, we read some blogs to help us out especially on transportation and some essentials; otherwise all experiences were brought about by decisions made along the way.

Our itinerary with expenses:
7:00am-10:00am: travel from Cubao to Balanga, Bataan
• Transportation: Bataan Transit Co. (terminal is shared with Five Star Cubao)
• Fare: P200/person
10:15am-10:35am: travel via Bagac-bound jeepney from Bataan Central terminal to Mt. Samat jump off point at Brgy. Diwa, Pilar, Bataan
• Fare: P20/person
10:35am-10:50am: bought lunch in a karinderia and spent time deciding if we’re going to walk or take a tricycle going to the summit
• Food: P50/person
10:55am-1:00pm: we decided to walk the roughly 8km concrete pavement going up
• Fare: P0 (just our will power to do it); but one can take a tricycle for P100/person
1:01pm-3:30pm: lunch and explore the shrine
• Entrance Fee: P20/person
• Food: P15 each for soda
• Elevator fee inside the cross: P10/person
3:30pm-3:45pm: travel via tricycle from shrine to Dunsulan Falls
• Transportation: P150/person
3:45pm-4:30pm: explore Dunsulan Falls
• Entrance Fee: P50/person; additional P25.00 if you’re going swimming
4:30pm-4:40pm: travel back to national road
• Transportation: P75/person
4:50pm-5:10pm: travel back to Balanga Central terminal via bus
• Transportation: P15/person
5:30pm-8:30pm: travel back to Cubao via Genesis Bus
• Transportation: P200/person

Total expenses per person: P805.00
Total transportation: P660.00
Total entrance fees: P80.00
Total food: P65.00

Budget challenge done!

What made it more memorable was doing the challenge of walking up the summit under the scorching summer heat and the heavy rains that surprised us along the way. And also the tricycle drivers who told us that we won’t make it to the top on foot. We proved them wrong!

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