Pililla Wind Farm: Rizal's Next Top Tourist Destination

Friday, November 27, 2015

pililla wind farm


I first heard about it from a man on a boat.

I was on my way back from Barangay Janosa in Talim Island, aboard a ferry with my friends. We'd hiked Mount Tagapo and was on our way back to mainland Binangonan.

The man was holding out his smart  phone to his right-side seatmate, narrating the story of windmills being erected in Pililla as he swiped the screen to provide visuals. I listened to him speak, which you couldn't really consider as eavesdropping since he was – it appeared to me – deliberately raising his voice so other people on the boat could hear. A tough job to accomplish over the roar of the boat's engine.

This was in early 2015. It was much later in the same year that I was finally able to get up close and personal with Rizal's new attraction.
pililla windfarm
The road that snakes through the wind farm is not yet paved as of November 2015
Located in Sitio Bugarin, the Pililla Windfarm consists of 27 wind turbines (or windmills, fine) with an aggregate capacity of 67.5 megawatts. The construction, operation, and maintenance is done by Alternergy Wind One Corporation to the tune of US$177.9 million, according to this document.
windmills
The turbines standing tall and proud.

The 27 windmills comprise Stage 1 of the project in Pililla. Stage 2's planned output is 72 megawatts which means more windmills in Rizal!
wind farm philippines
Perfect for a roadtrip destination
The site is getting more and more hype as pictures rivaling those of the Bangui Windmills in Ilocos Norte began surfacing in the Internet. And while Bangui's satisfyingly lined windmills exude a slightly more dramatic effect, Pililla's grasslands and plains – plus the scenic views of Tanay on one side and Laguna on the other – leave visitors equally mesmerized. 
The wind mills are located on top of a cluster of hills that overlook Tanay on one side and Laguna on the other
Furthermore, according to former Rizal Governor Junjun Ynares, the turbines in Rizal are bigger than those in Bangui

This is definitely one big step for sustainable energy in the Philippines and a giant leap for Rizal's tourism.

How To Get There
FROM TANAY, RIZAL
directions cited from www.pusangkalye.net

Via Private Transportation
1. Get to Tanay Town
2. Go up Brgy. Sampaloc in upper Tanay
3. At the intersection of Sampaloc, take the road which leads to Real Quezon. Locally, the most famous attraction along this road is JE Camp where Erap was to serve house arrest. Ask locals for directions.
4. Roughly 1km from Sampaloc intersection, look for Sampaloc Inn on the left. That is your hint. 
5. Then look for the first waiting shed on the right which is only a few meters away from Sampaloc Inn. 
6. Make a right turn -- Masalat Road. At the corner is a small shop named My Little Store Pasalubong Center and Coffee Shop.
7. A few meters after turning right, turn left.
8. Follow that road and the end section will be Pililla Wind Farm.

Note: around 45% of the road is rough. Small cars are not advisable. We went here via 4×4 and it was still bumpy and some sections require careful driving.

via Public Transportation

1. Follow steps 1 and 2 above.
2. At the intersection of Sampaloc, take a tricycle. They know where the facility is.

Note: Tricycles usually charge 200 pesos to get here. The ride takes 25 minutes. Try to haggle for 180 or even 150 pesos per tricycle.

FROM MANILA EAST ROAD
directions cited from Chen Vidallo

via Private Transportation:
1.Follow the Manila East Road all the way to Pilillla. The Manila East Road passes through the towns of Taytay, Angono, Binangonan, Cardona, Morong, Baras and Tanay before Pililla.
2.From Quezon City, we passed through Antipolo via Sumulong Highway to get to Manila East Road.
3.When you reach a fork in the road, take the left fork going towards Mabitac, Famy & Real, not towards Jala-Jala.
4.This is an uphill road. When you reach the overlooking point of Laguna Lake, you’re relatively near. You’ll pass a power plant.
5.Turn left along the highway when you see a wide gravel area leading up to the windmill’s major construction site (there’ll be a guy flagging you).
6.There’ll be a short stretch of mostly rough road. This is accessible to all types of vehicles including cars, tricycles, motorcycles and bicycles. Watch out for construction trucks.

by Motorcycle (the longer but more scenic route):
1.By motorcycle, I prefer passing the Marilaque route that connects to Manila East Road.
2.When you get to Pranjetto Hills, take the road on the right leading to Tanay.
3.When you get to an intersection, turn right on the road. You will pass by Daranak Falls & Calinawan Cave on your right.
4.Once you reach a gas station, turn left heading to Pililla. This is Manila East Road.
5.You’ll pass by several restaurants along the road and can see the windmills along the highway.
6.Take the left fork going towards Mabitac, Famy & Real and continue uphill until you reach the windmills.

via Public Transportation: 
1.From Starmall FX / Van Terminal in Shaw Boulevard or Araneta Center, Cubao, you can ride a jeep or van going to Tanay, Rizal. From Starmall, the vans GT-express fare is P70.
2.Get down at the junction or the Tanay Public Market in Sampaloc. Travel time is about 2-3 hours depending on traffic.
3.From Tanay, transfer to another jeep going to Pililla. This will take 30-45 minutes Fare is P20-50.
4.Hire a tricycle going to the Wind Farm. Rates are negotiable. It’s better if you’re in a group so you can split the costs.

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Celine's Note: Directions, as already stated, are cited from www.pusangkalye.net and Chen Vidallo. Much thanks!

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