Quezon: Quezon Protected Landscape

Located within the boundaries of the the municipalities of Atimonan, Pagbilao, and Padre Burgos in the province of Quezon, Quezon National Forest Park or Quezon Protected Landscape is a 938 hectare protected landscape.


First established as a national park on October 25, 1934 because of Proclamation no. 740. The park covers a total area of 535.08 hectares. The park area was enlarged to 983 hectares on August 5, 1940 with Proclamation no. 594. However, after being reestablished and reclassified as a protected landscape on June 2, 2003, the park's area was reduced to 938 hectares.

The famous siko

Trees live a full life here. This one sprouted a year before Titanic sank.

gotta be very careful with the downhill curves

Quezon National Park is one of the best places to visit if you want to be one with nature. The park is literally teeming with life. Several plant and animal species endemic to the Philippines can be found within the park area. As a matter of fact, one of the newly discovered specie of monitor lizard was discovered in the area on April 2010.
Speaking of getting close to nature...

Yup that snake talked to Adam and Eve years back...

The tamaraw photobombed our picture!

Aside from the Rich flora and fauna of the park and its challenging road ways. Quezon National Park also played an important role in the history of the Philippines. Mount Mirador -the highest peak of the park, became  a silent witness to the times when the control of the country means hoisting the flag of the winning side on a tall mountain. Several times did the mountain changed hands. The first flag hoisted here was the Philippine flag during the Philippine Revolution after the Filipino patriots drove the Spaniards out of the province. The Americans and Japanese flags were also hoisted on the mountain during their reign. Finally, the Philippine flag was raised there again after the country gained its independence. mount Mirador then gained an alternative name which is Mount Pinagbanderahan.

Atimonan Zigzag Park
Can you spot where Ate Monang is?
Since then Quezon National Park has become one of the most visited tourist attractions of the municipality of Atimonan. A portion of the park within their municipality's jurisdiction was transformed into the Atimonan Zigzag Park. It's more of a mini park/ stopover destination for those who needed rest after hours of driving. The giant statue of Nuestra Senora de los Angeles, the patron saint of Atimonan can be found in the park. A small man made lake "guarded" by the statue of  Atimonan's founder Simeona Mangaba can also be found within Zigzag Park.

Getting There:

Unless you're driving your own car, getting to Quezon National Forest Park would be quite a challenge because buses are not allowed to pass by the old zigzag.

Try this one out. From Manila board a bus heading to Legazpi City. Tell the conductor to drop you off at the junction of Atimonan, Quezon. From there, rent a tricycle to bring you to the park. Take note that you'll go back the same route that your bus passed.

Once you're on the park it would be wise to tell the tricycle driver to wait for you.

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Comments

  1. nice adventure sir napadelikado ang road na yan noong pumunta kami jan may nahulog na sasakyan buti nlang ligtas sila.. nilakad namin yan simula baba hanggang sa exit wala kc car hehehe

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    1. Hahaha totoo yun Manong Unyol. Napakatarik ng kalsada jan.
      Dapat inakyat niyo narin ung Pinagbanderahan. Yun ang kilalang bundok jan pare!

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  2. I dunno if this park is same as what they call the bitukang manok?? Or baka mali naman ako.

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    1. Tol Jun tama ka. Pero tong article na to eh ung National Park lang. Yung Zigzag refers to the road that passes through it. =) I have an article about Zigzag Road coming up. =)

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  3. Any info on camping sa QNFP? Rates, guides, etc.?

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  4. Any info on camping sa QNFP? Rates, guides, etc.?

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  5. Any info on camping sa QNFP? Rates, guides, facilities kung my camp site, etc.?

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    1. Hi there!
      The tourism office of QCFP is located at the Zigzag Park.
      Last time I know hiking to Mt. Pinagbanderahan palang ang available. Yung overnight camping wala pa. Pero dinidevelop na yung area sa harap for camping purposes.

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  6. Hello. I've been trying to find rates and entrance fees online, but I couldn't find any. Do you know? Are there any decent places to stay nearby? Thanks

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    1. Hi there! you can stay in Atimonan. Tehre are resorts there by the beach. rates range from 2500 to 3500.
      For fares it usually costs 500+ one way.

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  7. been going through there many yrs now on our way to Atimonan, try the Degracia beach resort....

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    1. =) I have a post about Atimonan, Quezon. Yes that resort is really nice... esp the floating huts

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  8. marami jan bayuko..pinakamasarap na dish..

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  9. maganda ngaun jan kasi lalo nila iniimprove..at marami bayuko jan,ang pinakamasarap na dish..

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    1. That's true sir Jomark. Maganda na ngayon diyan and marami nang pwedeng gawin.

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