Lagayan: Lublob na sa Lusuac Springs!
One of the perks of travelling is that we can discover the hidden gems of every town we visit. Just like what we found out in Barangay Poblacion, Lagayan, Abra, a refreshing spring to swim awaited us to get jumped on.
Lusuac Spring’s former name was bubuan, which means lubluban (wallow in) in Ilocano. Seeing as a good place for tourism and not just a lubluban for carabaos, a former congresswoman developed the spring into a pool and a picnic resort and then named it for what it is now.
I’m glad that it was summer when we first got there since the water is so freaking cold. Compare to falls that has downtime, the spring doesn’t lose water all year round. It’s amazing that the water virtually came from nothing overflows down the plains. My wondering stopped when I saw the locals plunging their containers at the edge of the pool. The underground of that edge is where the potable spring water gushing out. Nothing to worry if you drank some when you swim or you forgot to buy some distilled water before you go to the place.
The pool there has shallow and deep parts so it can be enjoyed by all ages. There is also a slide for added enjoyment. After I finished eating at our cottage, I went to the shallow part of the pool and dipped my feet where the tiny fishes await to offer “foot spa massage.”
Below the pool is where the excess water falls for the plains and some carabaos that also want to lublob. We’ve challenged the strong drop of water from above and it was great (muscle pain gainer).
The limited changing/toilet rooms are a bit disconcerting especially when you are on a very large group plus other tourists just like what happened to us where we’re chilling to change and take a poop. Be prepared to fill a bucket from the pool before using the toilet.
Well, at least the entrance fee costs only 20 pesos per head, while the cottage rent is 200 pesos. Plus, we’ve enjoyed the unlimited supply of spring water (I should’ve brought many bottles).
P20 Entrance Fee
P150 Cottage Fee (Optional)
*as of 2015
From Bangued terminal, ride a jeep bound to Lagayan. Expect a fairly long trip since it is 15 kilometers away from the capital and some one-way bridges to go through. And from Lagayan town proper, ask a tricycle driver to bring you to Lusuac Spring.