The past year has been really tough for all of us due to the pandemic. While the government has declared more relaxed quarantine protocols in most localities allowing for a “normal” way of life, motorcycle riders, on the other hand, are still finding it a bit difficult to visit some far-flung towns for whatever reason they may have - especially since there are still a lot of requirements needed just to get from one town to the other (travel pass, medical certificate, etc.).
Thankfully, some towns have expressed that they are now open to tourists and motorcycle riders, of course, to help boost local tourism.
If you are looking for a different kind of adventure, try visiting the town of Sampaloc in Quezon.
Town mayor, Angelo “Gelo” Devanadera, who’s also an avid motorcycle enthusiast himself, has announced through his official social media page that the Sampaloc is now open to all. If you are into nature-tripping, some places to visit are Malaoag Underground River, Pugto-Pugto Canyon, Asedillo Falls, and many more.
To keep everyone safe amid this pandemic, Mayor Devanadera is encouraging all visitors to first contact his office at the number listed above or the Sampaloc Tourism Office through their official social media page.
Sampaloc, Quezon, which is bordered by Cavinti and Luisiana Laguna in the west, while it is bordered by Mauban and Lucban in the east and south, respectively, is approximately a 3-hour ride if coming from Manila.
The town is surrounded by the mighty Sierra Madre mountain range, thus, having a climate similar to that of Tagaytay (or maybe colder).
The town is also famous for its Bulihan Festival, which is celebrated every month of April. The festival highlights products made from buli, which is a large palm tree, such as bags, hats, wallets, and many more. The festival is also dubbed as the “mini-Pahiyas” due to some similarities of the more famous Pahiyas Festival in Lucban.