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Biri Rock Formations: Bel-at and Caranas

I have already taken you, virtually, to the Magsapad and Magasang as well as the Macadlao rock formations in the town of Biri in my province, Northern Samar. Today, I’m taking you to two more rock formations: Bel-at and Caranas.

Bel-at and Caranas are massive formations that are connected to each other. In fact, others consider them as one and plainly call them Bel-at. Of all the rock formations in Biri, I consider these my favorites because of the following reasons:

1. Variety of rock formations which are of different looks, sizes, colors, and textures.

2. Natural pool which is ideal for non-swimmers like me 😉 This is a great place to take a dip without worrying about getting caught in big waves or strong underwater current . Also, this is good for children 😉

Going to Bel-at and Caranas, you will encounter more mangroves than going to Magsapad, Magasang and Macadlao. But it’s a nice trek. It’ll take you about 20-25 minutes walk from the shoreline.

I hope someday you’ll also be able to personally witness nature’s amazing gifts to Birianons and all other people who appreciate the works of nature. The Biri rock formations were carved over time by the wind and the sea. Every crevice, every crater on the rocks resonates nature’s power and wisdom.

Questions? Leave a comment here or email me at nortehanon[at]gmail[dot]com.

Posted 6 years, 2 months ago at 5:28 pm.


Where I Left a Piece of Myself

I was there—in the right place at the right time. I was there when the sun started to paint the horizon in a blaze of crimson light. I watched silently, smiling, as everything around me overflowed with beauty, as the last whisper of the shining sun slowly made way for the stars to hold court.

Now as I remember that late afternoon in the port of the town of Biri, I feel joyful and blessed for having had the chance to witness a slice of God’s handiwork that capped one of my most memorable days. That moment, that golden hour which lasted for just few minutes, was a gentle reminder for me yet again that life is so exquisitely beautiful and is so much worthy of living and celebrating.

Posted 6 years, 5 months ago at 5:43 pm.


Biri Rock Formation: Macadlao

“The basic reality of God is plain enough. Open your eyes and there it is! By taking a long and thoughtful look at what God has created, people have always been able to see what their eyes as such can’t see: eternal power, for instance, and the mystery of his divine being…” Romans 1:19-20

In the previous post, I took you to the Magasang and Magsapad rock formations. Today, I am taking you to Macadlao, another rock formation. It is also located in the charming and laid-back town of Biri.

I was blessed with a lovely weather the morning I went to Macadlao with one of my most trusted friends who is a Manileña. From the shoreline, we walked through rows of mangroves—some full-grown, some still young trees.

From afar, Macadlao looks like a not-so huge rock.

But it is actually a huge one. It is, however, relatively easy to climb. I think even an 8 or 9-year-old can manage the terrain. The views at the top of Macadlao is exhilarating.

On one side, you’ll see this patch of land covered with green. I dubbed this as my mini-Batanes 🙂

On the other side, you will see the deep-blue water and the Magasang rock formation from afar.

Then there’s this very distinct “crater” that looks like a footprint. People from Biri actually call it “The Big Foot.”

There is actually more to Macadlao than what you see the moment you arrive. In front, it looks like an ordinary rock formation.

But when you’re up there and you try to look down to the other side like what my friend did in this picture,

this is what you will see:

a massive flat rock with shades of white, yellow, brown, and orange.

Now, let’s go down and walk on that flat space. This is how the “back” of the rock formation looks like.

Here are some more pics of Macadlao.

That ends our Macadlao tour, my dear blogging friends. I hope this post has inspired you to pack your things and have your picture taken on top of Macadlao formation…like this 😉

P.S. If you can, please share the link to your friends either through your blog or your facebook. This is my small way of promoting the wonders of my province, Northern Samar. Many thanks from the bottom of my heart.

Posted 6 years, 5 months ago at 6:29 pm.


Biri Rock Formations: Magasang and Magsapad

Hello! It’s been a while since I last posted here. Thank you so much for dropping in and saying hi while I was away. And because you have been very thoughtful, I’m taking you to a beautiful place in my province. Welcome, my dear readers, to the town of Biri, my paradise 🙂

Biri is a town that is known for its rock formations. These rock formations were carved through time by the big waves of San Bernardino strait. The picture above shows two fabulous rock formations in Biri—to your left is Magasang and to your right is Magsapad. The plants you see are mangroves.

It’s easy to reach the two rock formations especially when the tide is low. One has to walk from the shoreline and wade in the water which may be ankle-high or waist-deep. Some rocks can be slippery, though. So if you’re planning to visit the place, bring a reliable footwear.

Enjoy the rest of the photos, my dear blogging friends. Should you decide to visit the place and you have queries like how to go to Biri, just leave a comment here so we can also help others who might want to explore Biri.

Hope you had fun looking at the photos. Until next post, then. I’m visiting another rock formation, may pasalubong uli akong pictures 😉

Posted 6 years, 5 months ago at 3:31 pm.