April 27, 2019

Antong Falls: a Tourist Destination in Sison, Pangasinan

Antong Falls may not be a well-known destination in the province of Pangasinan but it’s a great destination nonetheless. As more visitors of the Falls spread the word about the place, it’s rise as a top destination in the province is inevitable. Located within the municipality of Sison, Antong Falls is a nice place to visit if you love cool and crystal-clear waters. Antong Falls is actually a series of three waterfalls. The upper cascades of these waterfalls is called Limmingaling Falls. The place is open from 6 am to 5 pm. So spending a night there is definitely prohibited.

Take note as well that there’s an entrance fee of 10 pesos per head. When you are there, you should also abide by the rules and regulations. For example, fishing in the river is not allowed. Since the place is open for group and family picnics, people are allowed to cook in the area. However, you can’t just cook anywhere you want. There are designated areas for cooking so you should only use these designated areas. Violators of the rules will be asked to pay penalties that range from 300 to 5,000 pesos depending on the violation. There’s a sign board at the picnic area detailing the rules and regulations. You should read these before you proceed doing anything in the waterfalls.

How to get to Antong Falls
If you are coming from the city of Manila, just board a bus bound for any of the following destinations: Laoag City, Baguio City, Vigan City, La Union, Candon City and Abra. You can find many of these bus stations in Cubao or Pasay City. These buses will pass through Sison, Pangasinan where the Antong Falls are located.

You need to get off at the village of Paldit. There’s a connecting road there that leads to the village of Labayug where the Northern Cement Corporation (NCC) is located. At the road intersection, hire a tricycle to take you to the village of Inmalog. If you reach Inmalog, you can just ask from the locals there or inquire at the barangay hall/center as how you can get to the falls.

If you are coming from San Fernando City in La Union, you can ride any of the Dominion buses headed to Cubao then get off at Sison, Pangasinan.

If you are coming from Baguio City, just board any of the Victory Liner, Genesis or Dagupan buses that are bound for Manila. Get off the bus in Sison, Pangasinan and find your way to the waterfalls from there.

Here’s a few tips
1. When you get to Sison, it’s best that you eat there first before you head out to the falls. Going there will require some trekking and hiking. It would be a bad idea to go out hiking to the place with a hungry stomach. Don’t worry, there’s several eateries and food stalls at the drop-off point in Sison.

2. Always keep on asking directions. It will be easy for you to get lost in the area if you don’t ask for directions. The locals are very helpful and hospitable so don’t be shy to ask questions.

3. Bring food and snacks with you to eat at Antong Falls. They have a picnic area there where you can enjoy eating your food under the cool shade of huts or trees.