Nature Discovery. Self Discovery.

March 30, 2019. My husband and I decided to discover the beauty of Kilangin Falls.
We search on google on how to get there. We are both so excited to see it’s beauty since it’s summer. 

Kilangin falls are located in Liliw, Laguna at the foot of Mt. Pinatubo. It has very deep, cold blue water with about 3-storey tall falls surrounded by green grasses, trees, and mosses. It’s like located deeply in the forest yet it is popular not only in the local area but also from travelers like us who ought to find a budget-friendly adventure.

How do we get there?

From Calamba, we rode a jeep going to San Pablo City Proper then we rode another jeep going to Liliw Laguna. We went to Liliw Church, took some photos then rode a tricycle going to the entrance of the tourism in Liliw. In there, we had to pay entrance fees, tour guide fees, and rental fee for life vests.

I ask them if we can ride a tricycle going up there but the tour guide told us that we can ride tricycle only up until like 20% of the way going there. Since it is summer, even if it only takes 20% of our way going to the falls, we still decided to take the ride.

After that the real challenge begins.

No one told us that the way going up there will be so challenging if we will take Liliw Route. We walked through the heat of summer. Going up and down. Sometimes we jumped (i don’t know. Haha). The guide told us that we can be there by walk for an hour if we walked to fast. But in my case, walking fast is not an option. I started catching up my breath as we go along the way. I’m not new to hiking. We do that at least twice a year since we are both busy with our work.  So my husband and I thought that we will be okay.

After hiking for about 2 or 3 hours, we now had the beauty of this paradise in front of us
There are some tourists that are already there. 

We rest for a couple of minutes then decided to swim. I must say that the waters are really ice-cold. And a good thing that we rented a vest because it’s also deep.

It was a fun and unforgettable experience going and being there.

At that time, I also discovered one thing about myself. I can’t be in cold waters. Or cold weather. Or anything related to cold.

Cold Urticaria.

According to the Mayo Clinic Website, Cold Urticaria is a skin reaction to cold that appears within minutes after cold exposure. Affected skin develops reddish, itchy welts (hives). 
There are different symptoms with this. There could be minor symptoms like swelling of hands of lips after exposure to cold (drink cold drinks or holding ice), temporary reddish, or hives on the skin that is exposed to cold. Or major symptoms like anaphylaxis which can cause faint, fast heartbeat, swelling of limbs or torso, or shock.

My skin turned red all over my body. I started to hear my heartbeat louder and faster. I was having a hard time breathing and everything went black. I almost fainted. I can still hear them. My husband doesn’t know what to do since it was his first time seeing me in that state. In fact it was my first time seeing myself like that as well. 

I thought that was the end. Imagine being in the foot of the mountains surrounded by people that you don’t know, about 53 km away from your family. I said to myself, “God, I’m not ready yet. Not here. Not now.” I can hear my husband bursting into tears saying to not leave him alone there.

Luckily the woman beside us noticed me. She called for helped.  There are some other tourists who helped me. I think they are on like company outing or what. They did first aid treatment to me. It took me almost an hour to get back on my feet. 

We are so thankful for those people who helped me during that time. I never get a chance to get their names or social media accounts or whatnot. They left before I gain my strength back. But I’m hoping and praying that they are all doing well. 

As for me, if I will have a chance to visit Kilangin Falls again, I would definitely say yes. But I will not risk my life swimming with its cold water. Maybe I’ll just enjoy the view of one God’s creation.

– Jes

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