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Discovering Maribina Falls & Bato Church in Catanduanes

After enjoying the beaches of Catanduanes, we ventured to Bato to visit the old Spanish church and the waterfalls.

Bato Church

Catanduanes' is one of those rare hidden gems in the Philippines. The fickle weather and its isolation from the mainland have preserved its natural wonders. But this island is not just about its waterfalls, beaches, and surfing.

St. John the Baptist Church stands proudly by the Bato River. Its Filipino-Spanish architecture is a symbol of the Spanish past, not only of the island but of the entire country as well. Many baroque style churches are scattered in different parts of the country. Visitors would see old Spanish architecture churches here as they would Buddhist or Hindu temples in Thailand, or any part of mainland Southeast Asia.

The church stands as a historical landmark in Catanduanes. It was built by blood and the forced labor of the polo system for 53 years. The construction started in 1830 and finished in 1883. 

The church has survived wars, years, winds, and rain for more than a hundred years.

Maribina Falls 

Aside from the Bato Church, one of the most popular destinations in this side of Catanduanes is Maribina Falls.

The three-tiered falls cascade down the mountain's face amidst lush vegetation. The cool waters doused the heat of the sun that clung onto my body. Before you get to enjoy Maribina Falls, you have to pay the P20 entrance fee.

How to Get to Bato

From Virac, you can ride the tricycle that goes to Bato for P20 to P25 per person or go on a special trip for P150 one way.

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