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Backpacking Albay: Hoyop-hoyopan Cave


Hoyop-Hoyopan Cave is a multi-level cavern of natural limestone that was discovered during WW2. The caved was used as a resistance hide out. It’s named after the word “hoyop” or breeze.

The cave is privately owned and manage by three families in Cotmon, Camalig. According to them the local tourism is planning to takeover the administration of this cave to push the conservation. Unfortunately this means an additional fee will be implemented soon. To date the entrance of the cave will cost PHP300 good for 6 pax or less.

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Meet Lola one of the owner of the cave, she’s 90 years old but still strong and active

A tour takes around 30 minutes, you will see a dance floor where the local equivalents of raves were held in secret during the martial law era under Marcos and many rock formations including one that resembles the virgin mary of the devil depending on how you imagine it.

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Inside the Cave

To make tour easy, lights were installed and cemented paths were built inside. There are some newly developing rock forms, but a lot of old rock formations have lost their glistening qualities and turned brownish mainly due to irresponsible humans. According to our guide the cave was used as shooting location of a horror movie during the 70’s, the remnants of destruction of the cave to accomodate the needs of set was still there.

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headlamp is not necessary here

Outside the cave, there are several stalls selling crystals as souvenirs. These minerals do not came from the cave but was mined from the mountains around Camalig. Selling of these items are prohibitted by DENR but we cannot blame the locals as they do not have any alternative income.

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the raw crystal

How to get here :
From Legazpi proper, ride a jeepney with route Legazpi – Camalig, legazpi – Guinobatan, Legazpi – Ligao or any jeepney with route to 3rd district cost Php20

Then head to Camalig Market. From here, you may ride a jeepney bound for Barangay Cotmon and tell the driver to drop you off at the entrance of Hoyop-Hoyopan Cave (fare is Php15) or you can hire a tricycle for Php100

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