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Monday, March 9, 2015

PILILLA WIND FARM: How to Get There + What to Expect #PilillaWindmills #Rizal

Why go as far as Bangui if there is already a wind farm in Pililla Rizal? Yes, the same company which operates Bangui Windmills in Ilocos Norte is constructing a wind farm in Rizal and it is not yet operational but one can already see the completed towers up close. This post will tell you how.

Pililla Windmills in Rizal are on top of the hills overlooking the beautiful plains of Tanay Rizal on one side and Laguna on the other. Of course you also get a very good view of Laguna de Bay. This is a welcome development in terms of renewable energy and a sure boost for local tourism in Rizal Province.
Pililla Windmills in Pililla Rizal

I actually noticed about this while driving through the highest section of my village in Binangonan Rizal. I immediately googled it and to my surprise, nobody has blogged about it.

Quick Facts:

Operator: Alternergy Wind One Corp
Location: Brgy. Halayhayin, Pililla, Rizal
# of Wind Turbines: 27 towers (on full operation)
Type: Renewable energy
Energy Production: 54-megawatts
Expected Start of Operations: mid 2015.


How To Get To 
Pililla Wind Farm/ Pililla Windmills.

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.

What to Expect

I have seen Bangui Windmills and I noticed that there windmills are really tall. I think 50% higher than the ones in Pililla. The poles need not to be elevated too high here because the area is already high to start with. Bangui has a different appeal because of the beach location and the good alignment of the windmills. Equal spaces in a single line. That makes for a very dramatic effect on photos.
view of Laguna de Bay below

The Windmills of Pililla are rather scattered on the mountain so you don't get so much of a pattern except for around four or so. The grassland though makes for a dramatic backdrop and the rolling slopes around.

We went here early March so the grass are already turning gold. Lakas maka Windows wallpaper ang peg.

me marveling at the windmills

Pretty soon, some resort in upper Tanay including Martessem  Mountain Resort will offer tour packages to the wind farm. I will update this post for package rates soon.

For now, take the chance to enjoy the wonderful eye level view. They might close the road leading closer to the windmills when the facility starts operating mid this year.

Happy travels!



  1. nice article ha! katuwa naman... meron pala nyan sa Rizal. hehehe... thanks sa infos. :)

  2. This is just awesome! I live in Rizal. Not too long from now I'll be able to see windmills up close without traveling too far from home. Thanks for sharing! Can't wait for updates.

  3. The windmills are nice :D At least meron nang mas malapit :D

  4. Wow, same nga talaga nung sa Ilocos :)

  5. well, move over Bangui... we have an alternative in the South :D

  6. Ayos to ah! Ngayon ko lang nalaman na meron palang windmills sa Rizal. Thanks for this post. =)

  7. Nice view. Say, this seems a good alternative to drop by in case you're impatient in those long travelling hours like going up North just to reach the Bangui windmills. I wonder though, they looked strategically perfect considering the wind direction, the terrain level, and even the aesthetic appeal once you get there.

    1. di nga lang gaya ng sa Bangui na nakapila sila along the coastline pero me part naman na you can see the alignment. notice the last 2 photos. tas iba appeal netong kasi lawa ng laguna ang view tas rolling hills tas golden grass esp on summer. different charm ^^

  8. hi ! do you have the google map coordinates ?

  9. tnx sa advise..this helps a lot..punta sana kame bukas with our compact car..glad I found your blog..:-)

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  11. 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.

    NOTE: I read there is also a route via Sampaloc in upper Tanay but roads are still rough and it’s only advisable for 4 x 4 vehicles.

    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.

    1. Thanks for the additional info Chen. Alternative direction when coming from Manila. Very helpful ^^

  12. Lagi ko yan natatanaw sa mayagay sa ibabaw ng bundok.ang ganda tapos ang lamig ng hangin sa tuktok .

  13. Thanks for this one!! Will visit soon!!!

  14. Thanks for good info. di na ako lalayo pa sa Norte... dto lang pala sa atin sa East meron na...

  15. Meron bng commute dyan?

  16. Nice blog you got here. But first some things I noticed...

    Pililla Windmills in Rizal are on top of the hills overlooking the beautiful plane of Tanay Rizal on one side and Laguna on the other....it is PLAINS, not plane. Plane word is used for wood surface or airplane.

    I have seen Bangui Windmills and i noticed that there windmills are really tall. I think 50% higher than the ones in Pililla. The polls need not to be elevated too high here because the area is already high to start with..it should be POLES, not polls. Polls is a substitute word for ELECTIONS. Poll literally means count, just like Gallup Poll, once a very famous and influential political and social survey institution.

    Thanks for the informative blog anyway....

  17. Mga sir ask lng po ilang mins po ba yan from daranak kung naka motor po kme?? ty. .

  18. wow, this is what we need in P.I alternative or renewable energy. If your frequent traveller to EU country this is a common thing along the road and by the sea. I work in one GMS project laying power cable.

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  21. Ang ganda dito fresh air and very relaxing ung place

  22. Ganda dito fresh air at super relaxing

  23. Sir, Can you please provide the exact latitude and longitude of the windfarm?

  24. Thank you for this article! Very impormative :)

  25. Hello! Just want to ask if there is any area or place here good for picnic or good as a tambayan?

  26. You can have a picnic at Daranak Falls but bring only paper plates and cups. The guards at the gate will really inspect your utensils. Pwede magdala ng pitcher and kaldero and real tinidor and kutchara but not plastic cups. If you are many, there are monobloc tables and chairs for rent and even umbrellas if you don't want to stand while eating

  27. Is the road going to windmill still rough road?

  28. Nice.. I'm planning to go there on saturday!

  29. Alam niyo po ba kung paano ang byahe mula SM lipa grand terminal? Tsaka kung magkano magagastos? Salamat po..

  30. ,,, thank you for these info . i plan to visit soon , weekdays are good daw . no rush of "Tourists" kuno ,,,

  31. I was there last week! Awesome place!

  32. pano mo pag nakabike?!

  33. pano pag nakabike ?

  34. advisable kaya kung motor gagamitin punta dun

  35. probably not baka di kayanin ng gulung ang rough roads and may lead to flat tires... you might be stranded

  36. I learned a lot from reading through some of your earlier posts as well and decided to drop a comment on this one!


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