Yes, there is a hidden gem in my old backyard and locals call it Pinusilan. Here it is:
From afar, it looks like other ordinary rock formations. But there’s more to it than meets the eye. Pinusilan is a hidden gem.
The ideal time to visit Pinusilan is when the tide is low. It can be reached just by walking from the shoreline for about 5-10 minutes.
Once there, you have to do some hiking going up the rock formation. Don’t worry, it’s an easy hike. Even children can manage the terrain.
The beauty of Pinusilan lies “inside” it, something which you would never think exists just by looking at it. You see, Pinusilan has a “crater” which looks like a pool with very inviting turquoise water.
What’s more interesting about it is that the water moves up gently when the waves below the rock formation moves forward toward the shore and moves down gently when the waves “pull back” from the shoreline. So ganun lang nang ganun lagi. The water in the “crater” moves up and down with the movement of the waves to and from the shoreline.
The other side of the rock formation offers a clear view of the water below it. When you’re swimming inside the “crater” it looks like you are swimming in an infinity pool with the ocean below.
So, where is this hidden gem located? The Pinusilan Rock Formation is located in Barangay Magtaon in the town of Mapanas in Northern Samar where I spent a good number of my humble but happy childhood years. “Pinusilan” is a Waray word which means “pinagbarilan” or ” a place where a gun was fired.” Don’t ask me because I have no idea how the place got its name. It has always been called “Pinusilan” ever since I can remember.
Pinusilan awaits visitors. However, as of this writing, there are no nearby accommodations available. Mapanas, a 5th class municipality, unfortunately, has no lodging inns yet.