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the village near an OPEN PIT MINE in Rizal

I was bored.My wife left (due to a seminar in Baguio) me again and it has been 5days now. Of being alone at home. I don't wanna think deeply of it or else I might get sad, and so I try to entertain myself,and take care of my own needs, butt it's starting to sink.

It has been almost three years now.Of living in a sleepy little village in Binangonan Rizal. I still feel like a stranger here.Maybe because I haven't explored my new province as much as I should............

the " Village" near an OPEN PIT MINE in Rizal

So the other day, me and my motorbike James went for a little ride.........


My house is located at the far end of Saint Monique Valais so I had to ride 10minutes to get to the gate, past PHASE1 where the bigger houses are located......... 

Past the bumpy dirt road separating our gate and that of THUNDERBIRD RESORT RIZAL (TBR).It's an uphill drive of 5 minutes or so.Then eventually past fave neighbor.


Past the EASTRIDGE GOLF CLUB.............


 Past the street street in Rizal where PINE TREES grow....

It was already past 5pm and the sun was setting fast.......I had to be in my destination before it gets dark.Never mind the return home.....


THE GOAL, to see this village...............


DOES IT LOOK like a normal Village to you?
Yes of course it is! Except for one thing.......


The village is  NEXT TO an OPEN PIT MINE!!!!yay!
"Open-pit mining or Opencast mining refers to a method of extracting rock or minerals from the earth by their removal from an open pit or borrow." --wikipedia

While open pit mining is not that famous in the Philippines, it has been for quite some time in Rizal. As a matter of fact, the main rod leading to my village is called Quarry Road for at its end is another open pit mine. One could be visible from Saint Monique Valais.I am referring to the hill shared by Thunderbird Resort.

My village is also on flight path.So every time we fly back to Manila, I see a few big mines around Rizal from the air.But from land, they are mostly away from the view of the public as they are location in hilly places in Rizal.
Such was therefore my surprise when one time me and my wife had a joyride around the hills of Eastridge. That was when we saw this village near an OPEN PIT MINE.I am not sure if this is still part of Binangonan or already in Angono.The only thing I know is the name of the village--- SUNFLOWER HOMES? It sure is sunny here.I am just wondering though how it feels like living next to an open pit mine.It seems though that there are a few houses still under construction so I guess the village is thriving.......

It must be strange, or maybe, it's just the same as having a house near a cliff.Weird. :)
PS: I don't live here ha.


  1. ang ganda naman open mit mine... para kang nasa east coast ng usa yung sa provice ba yung dating... ganda.. the place was superb... pede mag outdoor photoshoot para sa isang magazine... minsan naman gawa ka ng ganung concept...

    1. Yes, maganda po dito. A lot of my friends, professional and weekend photo enthusiasts, love to have photo-shoots here, breathtaking views, amazing sunrise and sunsets, fresh air, serenity and tranquility. And yes, I live here. Sa Sunflower Homes.

    2. Yes, maganda po dito. In fact a lot of my friends, professional and beginner photo enthusiasts, love to conduct photo shoots here. Who wouldn't? Breath taking overlooking views - from Laguna all the way to QC, amazing sunrise and sunsets, cool & fresh air, lotsa trees and vegetation, serene ans tranquility.

      And YES, dito po ako nakitara, the village near an open pit mine, dito sa Sunflower Homes.

  2. hindi b delikado pag naulan yun open pit mine?
    pero still nice shots pa rin sir!

    1. Hindi po, mas mataas po itong village namin dyan sa open pit mine na yan (LaFarge cement po yang nag ooperate dyan.) 75% ng lupa dito ay hindi po kakayaning maghukay ng more than 10 feet, puro bato po kasi and ilalim, basalt rock kaya matigas. Safe? Yes.

  3. Parang nakakatakot yung open pit mine... I imagine the houses being swallowed down by that pit O_o hahaha

  4. there's something on the last pic. It's a bit eerie at parang nakakatakot yung malaking hukay thingy.

    1. I did get that feeling when I first lived here 4 years ago, but you'll get used to it.

  5. that is really strange.. and loooks dangerous. hmmp any thoughts from someone with knowledge about this?

    1. Basalt rock po ang ilalim ng village namin, as per the director of the Mines and GeoSciences Bureau, Engr. Leo L. Jasareno.

      What is Basalt?

      Basalt is a dark-colored, fine-grained, igneous rock composed mainly of plagioclase and pyroxene minerals. It most commonly forms as an extrusive rock, such as a lava flow, but can also form in small intrusive bodies, such as an igneous dike or a thin sill. It has a composition similar to gabbro. The difference between basalt and gabbro is that basalt is a fine-grained rock while gabbro is a coarse-grained rock.

      Earth's Most Abundant Bedrock

      Basalt underlies more of Earth's surface than any other rock type. Most areas within Earth's ocean basins are underlain by basalt. Although basalt is much less common on continents, lava flows and flood basalts underlie several percent of Earth's land surface. Basalt is a very important rock.

  6. ang cute naman ng mga bahay2... Nkakatakot lng ung open pit mine prang lalamunin ang mga houses!!

  7. Hi Anton,

    I appreciate the blog, at least may nakakapansin. :)

    But this is a great place. Great to raise a family.

  8. Nice photos, i also live here. You can view the whole Metro on our deck.

  9. any directions how to get here please? via public transpo

    1. I think there's a shuttle bus. You can inquire at the plaza of angono. It comes at certain hours only.

  10. What is the exact address or place where the last photo is taken?

  11. hi is the open pit mine still there? looking for that kind of site for a photoshoot. let me know tnx!


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