Dried Biya in Socorro | Things to do in Socorro-Oriental Mindoro
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La Fortuna Falls is a 20-minute trek upstream from the riverbank of La Fortuna River & Bridge. The waterfall is about 20 meters high, and is enclosed in stone walls that may be ideal for rappelling. The waterfall drops into a shallow water basin, and courses through a stream and out to La Fortuna River. The charming feature of this destination are the stone walls at the passageway right before reaching the waterfall. The walls close in, like in a cave, with trees above serving as canopy. Because the waterfall area is quite small, only a group of 10 or less would be comfortable hanging out here. The 20-minute trek to the waterfall is slippery, with loose rocks and protruding roots. Prepare to get wet up to the knees.
La Fortuna River serves as an outdoor recreation and local market (Tuesdays and Fridays only) in Barangay La Fortuna in Socorro. The river itself is wide and shallow, though some of the curving sections are waist-deep. During typhoons, however, the river swells deeper and almost twice wider. Crossing the river can be done three ways: either you wade through it and get wet knee-deep, walk through the steel hanging bridge, or ride a balsa, a bamboo-based raft (P5). About 30 meters away, you'll find water streaming from the forest into the river. From there, trekking up the stream for 20 minutes leads to an unnamed waterfall, temporarily called La Fortuna Waterfall. During Tuesdays and Fridays, however, the riverbank near the bridge transforms into a tiangge, a makeshift market where residents sell local produce such as bananas, gabi (taro), San Fernando (another type of taro), langka, rambutan, lanzones, and durian.
A multipurpose spacious ground, Pinamalayan Municipal Park is sprawling with rain trees, pine trees, a playground, and a butterfly garden. Visitors can also jog here, read a book, have a picnic, or simply hangout. Other than its natural features, the park is designed with a sense of Pinamalayan's history, culture, and people. Some of these are the rainbow colors (the town's symbol) splashed on one bridge, the relief sculpture of town leaders on one stage, and the sculpture of a tamaraw, the dwarfed buffalo endemic to Mindoro Island. Also found in the park are two podiums, the Open Auditorium and the Rizal Cultural Stage; a Filipino-Chinese Arch; a statue of Dr. Jose Rizal, the National Hero; and a shrine called Dambana ng Kagitingan (Shrine of Valor), where names of the town's homegrown heroes are engraved.
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