Errol Abada Gatumbato

Unexplored caves and other nature’s wonders in Burdeos, Quezon, Philippines

By: Errol A. Gatumbato

The coastline of Burdeos

The coastline of Burdeos

Burdeos, Quezon Province, Philippines…

Mention the name of this municipality and many would probably ask where this area is, especially for residents outside the Quezon province, Philippines. This municipality could hardly get the attention of the national media, because of its relative isolation, being located in the Polillo Group of Islands in Southern Luzon.  Much more, there might be no sensational and controversial events happening in this municipality that would magnetize the interest of national media establishments.  Some residents say Burdeos was only mentioned in a national broadcast when the mayoralty candidate in this remote, yet peaceful, town won over his opponent, by a mere one vote in 2004 local elections, which was really an astonishing and incredible political story in the Philippines.

One of the many unexplored caves in Burdeos, Quezon, Philippines

One of the many unexplored caves in Burdeos, Quezon, Philippines

Fascinatingly, this municipality, six to seven hours land and sea travels from Metro Manila through the municipalities of Real and Polillo, has so many natural and marvelous features that, if only could be tapped for a more ecologically sound tourism, would possibly place Burdeos in a must see destination in the Philippines. Burdeos has several networks of unexplored caves, with features comparable and even more picturesque with that of the Underground River cave in Puerto Princesa in Palawan. The landscape and seascape of Burdeos has numerous natural charms worthwhile for truly nature-based recreational and educational visits, especially during summer.

Facing the Pacific Ocean, the coastal areas of Burdeos are adorned with old growth mangrove forests, lining in a magnificent view, making a boat ride even more interesting and relaxing.  Island hopping is one of the interesting ventures that can be explored, since the coastal waters of Burdeos are dotted with several islands and islets, each has a unique formation, including walls of limestone forests, gorgeous beaches and multi-curved coastlines.  Beneath some seawater are corals and other marine life purely in natural state that are ideal for snorkeling and scuba diving.

The author in one of the caves in Burdeos

The author in one of the caves in Burdeos

The cave networks in this town are incredibly nature’s wonders, with sophisticated formation of stalagmites and stalactites lighted only by the sparks of eyes of thousands of bats peacefully dwell in the area. The shape and structure of stalagmites and stalactites, that have been formed through ages, are so awesome and sights to behold.  Interestingly, bats inhabiting the different caves of Burdeos are no ordinary species, because many of which are only found in the Philippines.

Burdeos is also one of the very few municipalities in the country that accounts for the remaining population of the critically endangered Philippine Cockatoo. This beautiful creature is heavily hunted for commercial wildlife trade, because of its high demand as a household pet. The protection of the remaining forest of Burdeos, entirely classified as lowland, is of paramount importance to the survival of the Philippine Cockatoo, a species that is already extinct in many parts of the Philippines.

For bird watchers, aside from the Philippine Cockatoo there are also other endemic species awaiting discovery.  The Polillo Tarictic hornbill is also among the interesting birds of Burdeos that can be seen occasionally in forested areas along the roadsides. The presence of other wildlife species, such as mammals and herps, further makes this municipality an interesting place to visit.

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September 7, 2009 - Posted by | Biodiversity Conservation, Ecosystems, Ecotourism

15 Comments »

  1. Errol, nice to hear from you. I suggest that the caves you mentioned about should be scientifically mapped out and there are groups who do it.

    If you know Jonie Bonifacio of Calbayog, Samar, he’s the one who organizes guided tours of the Samar caves (Calbiga caves ba yon?) and has guided French caving experts in exploring and discovering caves in Samar. In fact they have already mapped out several newly discovered caves in Samar.

    Search mo na lang name nya sa web at wala na akong contact numbers nya.

    Nonoy

    Comment by Nonoy Pollisco | September 8, 2009 | Reply

    • Thanks, Nonoy. I hope we can explore the possibility of partnership between ACB and my group (The Philippines Biodiversity Conservation Foundation, Inc.) for a joint conservation project.

      Comment by errolgatumbato | September 8, 2009 | Reply

  2. Thanks for sharing this Errol… its like i am having a mental tour while reading your article. Ang gand pala talaga Pollilio and maybe there are more to discover.

    All the best,

    Maylyn

    @Kuya Nonoy: According to my mother (who is a waray), maganda daw talaga ang Calbiga Caves and mysterious :).

    Comment by Maylyn | September 9, 2009 | Reply

    • Thanks, Maylyn. Yes, Calbiga Caves are also very nice…

      Comment by errolgatumbato | September 10, 2009 | Reply

  3. What a wonderful blog, Errol! Thanks for sharing your observations and reflections based on years of experience with natural resources management. The photos are great!

    Comment by Nina Ingle | October 1, 2009 | Reply

    • Thanks for the comment, Nina.

      Comment by errolgatumbato | October 2, 2009 | Reply

  4. I don’t know If I said it already but …Excellent site, keep up the good work. I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say I’m glad I found your blog. Thanks, :)

    A definite great read..Jim Bean

    Comment by JimmyBean | October 1, 2009 | Reply

    • Thank you very much Jimmy…

      Comment by errolgatumbato | October 24, 2009 | Reply

  5. it is nice to know about Burdeos, Quezon .. nakatulong ang blog mo sa report ko ..salamat po ..

    Comment by maria marbella | July 27, 2010 | Reply

    • Thanks, too…

      Comment by Errol Abada Gatumbato | July 31, 2010 | Reply

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  7. How can one get to Burdeos? and where can we stay if we go there for 4 days and 3 nights? Any hotels or rooms for rent?

    Comment by Don Collada | June 12, 2012 | Reply

    • From Manila, it is about three hours land trip to the town of Real in Quezon province, where you take another three-hour boat ride two Polillo town. From there, another one hour land trip to Burdeos town. No available hotels or other tourist facilities in the municipality, but it would be interesting to stay with residents, “homestay”… Sorry, it took me a long time to respond, I did not notice your comment. Thank you very much for visiting my site. Best!

      Comment by Errol Abada Gatumbato | August 21, 2012 | Reply

      • REALLY ‘IM PROUD TO BE BURDEOSIAN…..

        PUTING BATO BURDEOS QUEZON ACTUALLY IS MY HOMETOWN…

        I APPREACIATE THE BEAUTY OF NATURE ,,,,,,IT IS INTERESTING FOR ME BECAUSE MY TOWN IS THE UNDISCOVER WONDERS THAT GOD HAS GIVEN TO ALL PEOPLE ….YOUR PICTURE ABOVE YOUR BLOG ENTITLED THE COAST LINE OF PUTING BATO BURDEOS I…..THAT FRONTVIEW IS OUR LAND AREA WHERE OUR COCUNUT PLANTATION IS LOCATED ABOVE THE PUTING BATO …THERE WHERE ELITE “KAINGIN” THAT MY FATHER HARVESTING SINCE I WAS BORN……THANK YOU FOR APPREACIATING OUR PARADISE………GOD BLESS YOU…..

        NAPAKARAMI PA JAN….PWEDE KA JAN MAGCAVING ,, SNORKLING , ISLAND HOPPING, HIKING FISHING SWIMMING THE OPEN (FRESH) SEA, DIVING…….NAKAKAMIS TALAGA ANG BAYAN NG PUTING BATO….

        UNG TAPAT NYAN UNG TINGTINGON ISLAND UNG S TAPAT NG PUTING BATO…..ANG PUTI NG BUHANGIN DON….. KAPAG LOW TIDE LUMALABAS UNG ISLAND AND THEN WHEN THE HIGH TIDE GOES UP …………LUMULUBOG YAN…… ANG DAMING CAVE PA JAN… KASE JAN AKO LUMAKI KAYA ALAM KO YANG LUGAR NA YAN….KAPAG UMAKYAT KA JAN… RISKI LANG KASE MASUKAL AT MARAMING AHAS S MGA CAVE JAN….. REFUGE YAN NG MGA WILD BIRDS AND BAT…….

        FROM JEFER ALARMA–CAGAYAN VALLEY ADVENTIST HOSPITAL
        ALARMA & BURGUETA FAMILY……………TO GOD BE THE GLORY!!!!!!!!!!

        Comment by Jefer Alarma | November 13, 2012

  8. Sir we are currently petitioning our local government for the restriction of establishing a port facilities for nickel in masinloc bay, a protected area under NIPAS and Proclamation 231. it is also restricted for any mining activities under eo 79. We are soliciting assistance from concerned individuals and group to amplify our cause. Kailangan naming maipreserve ang kagandahan at kaayusan ng aming dagat. at ang pagbabawal sa imbakan ng nickel sa tabing dagat ay isang paraan upang itoy mapanatiling maayos

    Comment by daniel | December 26, 2012 | Reply


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