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Pinusilan Rock Formation: A Hidden Gem in My Old Backyard

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.

Posted 4 years, 4 months ago at 8:34 pm.

39 comments

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  1. amazing scenery..

  2. Uy, welcome, adi ka na ngay-an nagko-comment didi πŸ™‚ Damo nga salamat sa im pagbisita.

  3. yep, permi ko binibisita em mga blogs, love seeing your pictures and its captions..
    at isa ka palang mapagkawang-gawa.. keep it up miss n.

  4. haha! Damo nga salamat, Joseph. I’m happy to know na dumadalaw ka pala sa mga blog ko hehe

  5. One day we will be able to go to Catarman in Samar, my mom’s birthplace and get to see these places! Thanks for always showcasing the beauty of this lovely province, Ms N!

  6. Dinah! Happy new year muna sa iyo πŸ™‚

    Yes, you really should visit your mom’s home province. There are a lot to see. Most of them are still unexplored. I myself am amazed to see these places, especially when I realize that they are just around me πŸ˜‰

    Just make sure you have lots of time when you visit Northern Samar. Otherwise, mabibitin ka hehehe

  7. ikaw ba yung sirena? naka green. lol.

  8. Wish ko lang ako yan haha!

  9. Happy Happy New Year Big Sis!

    mmmm always lovely to see the rock formations where you spent your childhood… nasa list ko na yann… weeeee. will be there oneeee dayyy!!!

  10. Happy New Year, too, my dearest Little Sis!

    Northern Samar waits for you πŸ˜‰

  11. wow! ang ganda!

  12. Salamat, Empi! Kumusta?

  13. what a beautiful place! πŸ™‚

  14. Hi Ash! Thanks! Dalaw ka ng Northern Samar minsan πŸ˜‰

    Welcome pala sa blog ko. I tried accessing your two blogs pero wala na yata. Hindi kasi working yung links na iniwan mo dito sa comment mo na ito.

  15. beautiful!!!!!

    you’re blessed to grow up with such natural wonder!
    i wish i’ll have an opportunity in this lifetime to bring my family to northern samar. 2 huntingin ko. si ms. N at iyang lugar na iyan sa likod nyo! πŸ˜€

  16. Beautiful talaga dyan, Doc Gelo πŸ˜‰ Though di pa nga lang masyadong developed and lugar. It’s a small sleepy town. But if I were to decide, gusto ko ganun lang, para simple ata masarap ang buhay. Laid back ba.

    Ay, yakang-yaka mo namang magpunta ng Northern Samar, Doc. Isang sakay lang yan sa eroplano πŸ˜‰

    Haha! Natawa ako sa ha-huntingin mo ako. Hayaan mo, paglalagay po ako ng welcome banner pagdating mo sa airport para di mo na po ako kailangan huntingin hehe.

  17. ahaha, ang ganda ng gem sa inyong backyard, parang ang linis ng tubig. ang gaganda rin pala ng mga kuhang larawan at saka, like ko – ang linis mong magkwento, hala… teka, ba’t may serena? ano ang sabi ng mga bata nang makitang may serenang dipping? hakhak. ano ang ocean na kalapit ng Pinusilan? btw, alam mo saan ko unang nasalubong ang Pinusilan? sa Luneta, sa map do’n ng islands? ayon…

    nice posts you have, as usual… happy weekend! πŸ™‚

  18. haha! Napasmile naman ako sa malinis magkuwento πŸ™‚ Pag nagkukwento siguro kailangang wawalisin hehehe.

    Hindi naman natakot ang mga bata sa sirena kasi maganda naman siya. In fact, sabi nga ng mga bata, paglaki nila ay gusto rin daw nilang maging sirena hahaha!

    Philippine Sea po ang sumasakop sa Pinusilan, which is part of the Pacific Ocean. Kaya pag masama ang panahon, gigantic ang waves sa town na yan.

    Maraming salamat po!

  19. nakakainggit naman. may mga local pasyalan din sa lugar namin pero eto, ibang iba ang dating. hayyy. ansarap. siguro kung malapit ako dyan, lagi ako pupunta dyan pag free time. sa min nga sa subd, nung bago pa lang din kami and wala pang masyadong bahay, umaga ngajojog ako lagi papunta sa may dulo kasi mataas yung lugar namin and kita yung lower part ng antipolo. sarap tumambay πŸ™‚

  20. Ah, malapit pala kayo sa Antipolo. Masarap siguro ngayon dyan kasi malamig.

    Yes, masarap sa lugar na yan lalo kung summer. pero kapag masungit ang panahon, hindi masarap kasi malalaki talaga ang alon hehe

    Minsan, pasyal kayo ni wifey mo sa aking mahal na probinsya πŸ˜‰

  21. wow, sige ba. di pa rin ako talaga well travelled eh. frustrations ko pa yan ngayon. Pero paglaki ni mik, mag start na kami mag ikot ikot kasi maaappreciate na niya ang gala namin. πŸ™‚

  22. ang ganda ng lugar. hidden gem talaga. how i wish makapasyal din ako jan. namiss ko ang nature.

    namiss ko ding dalawin ang blog mo. hope all is well with you.

  23. Uwi ka na kasi sa Pinas! Andyan ka pa ba sa SG?

    Maraming salamat sa muling pagdalaw! Ok naman me. Hope ok rin u hahaha!

  24. Wow. May hidden secret pala siya. Looking at the first photo, parang wala lang. Interesting. πŸ™‚

  25. Ah, yan nga, sa malayo parang wala lang. Parang ordinaryong rock formation lang. Pero pag pinuntahan mo yung crater, mapapa-wow ka πŸ™‚

    Salamat sa muling pagdalaw, Boffill!

  26. Wow! Maupay man ngay-an ito hiya. May hidden paradise. Haha. Nagwaray na ako. Dun sa unang picture aakalain mong wala lang ang island na parang typical na rock formation lang. Ang galing! πŸ™‚

  27. At talagang natuto ka nang magWaray dyan sa Leyte ha πŸ˜‰

    Pasyalan mo yan minsan, Boffill. Mag-camp out ka na lang kasi wala pang malapit na inn hehe. O kaya makitira ka sa barangay hall hehehe

  28. Yeah, more than 2 years na rin akong andito eh malamang matututo rin ako. Magaling na nga ako sa conversation. Na-miss ko tong blog mo! Ang tagal ko atang hindi nakabisita dahil sa sobrang busy. Hmm. Sorry nga pala sa double post, akala ko kasi hindi nakapasok yung una. πŸ˜€

  29. Haha! Ok lang, Boffill. Pag matagal nang hindi nakabisita ay nag-automatic na itong blog na i-moderate niya hehe. Tagal mo na pala dyan no? parang kelan lang kararating mo lang dyan hehe.

  30. Honga eh. Kapag punta ka ng Tacloban meet tayo. Coffee lang. Para may mameet din akong fellow blogger from region 8. I dunno kung ilan ang population ng blogger from eastern visayas.

  31. Ah, marami na, Boffill. In fact, we have a group sa facebook πŸ˜‰ Hmn, try ko nga kung puwede akong mag-invite kasi member lang ako doon at hindi admin hehe

  32. Wow! This is indeed a hidden paradise! ang ganda…

  33. Sana nga someday magkaroon ng accommodations malapit dyan para naman mabisita at ma-enjoy din ng mga taga-ibang probinsya.

  34. Nice photography. Will be back here soon again. Northern Samar to? Wow, ganda naman diyan..

  35. Hi Enad, yes, Northern Samar ‘yan. Isa sa mga hidden gems ng probinsya ko hehe.

    Maraming salamat sa pagdalaw. Yes, balik ka lang. My blog will be glad to welcome you again.

    P.S.
    Di ko naman mabuksan ang link na inilagay mo dito sa comment mo.

  36. Wow. This place is beautiful.

  37. Thanks, LiLi, and welcome to my blog.

  38. What a brilliant shots and beautiful sceneries! I’ll keep this place in mind and I’ll include it in my list of places that my hubby and I want to visit someday soon. πŸ™‚ God bless you and your family always.

  39. Hi Sam!

    Your comment landed among the spams. kaya ngayon ko lang ito na-approved. Thanks for visiting my blog. Glad to have you here. Thank you also for considering to visit Samar on your next trip to Pinas. God bless you and your family, too, Sam. Kita-kits around! πŸ˜‰


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