Balatoc Mines – A Mining Adventure!


One fine day, a day tour to Balatoc Mines. Our group of photographers decided to have a trip to Balatoc Mines for our project to photo shoot a scene in mining. We went early for this trip as the guard told us earlier when we went their at 3pm the other day that the mines is closed at this time.

Driving from the city proper via Loakan Road you have to pass by Camp John Hay and heading towards Philippine Military Academy. After PMA turn left at KIAS Junction going to Balatoc, it will take you at least 20-30 minutes to the mining office of Balatoc Mines, where an officer from Department of Tourism will assist you for the tour. You have to pay a fee of 250 pesos for the tour and experience the mining. A proper attire is provided by the DOT (boots and head gear).

The tour guide will discuss a few history of the Balatoc Mines and some safety precautions. They have provided us an ID Tag  number, where we need to put in a box before entering the mines. In this manner, they would know if someone is left inside the mining cave.

One pinoy adventure that you will surely enjoy. To my fellow photographers James Singlador, Wilbert Quebral, Rolland Fontilla Jr. and the only rose Elvs Tankiamco and to Sir Gab Tinio who provided us the shelter and delicious foods from this trip thanks a lot . Sharing our adventure and photos.

Balatoc Mining, Baguio City, Philippines
Balatoc Mining, Baguio City, Philippines

Upon entering and going to the mining cave, you will be able to see this statue / sculptures of miners.

Balatoc Mining, Baguio City, Philippines
Balatoc Mining, Baguio City, Philippines

This is the locomotive that you will be riding going back, for now we just walk towards the mining cave.

Balatoc Mining, Baguio City, Philippines
Balatoc Mining, Baguio City, Philippines
Balatoc Mining, Baguio City, Philippines
Balatoc Mining, Baguio City, Philippines
Balatoc Mining, Baguio City, Philippines
Balatoc Mining, Baguio City, Philippines
Balatoc Mining, Baguio City, Philippines
Balatoc Mining, Baguio City, Philippines
Balatoc Mining, Baguio City, Philippines
Balatoc Mining, Baguio City, Philippines
Balatoc Mining, Baguio City, Philippines
Balatoc Mining, Baguio City, Philippines
Balatoc Mining. Photo by: Wilbert Quebral
Balatoc Mining. Photo by: Wilbert Quebral

Looking and finding the gold inside the mining. It  was fun and exciting. A great adventure to be experienced. After these a miner blown a half dynamite for us to experience the sounds inside the cave. And it was so hard that one of my colleague shouted and jumped over me.

Balatoc Mining, Photo by: Wilbert Quebral
Balatoc Mining, Photo by: Wilbert Quebral

Riding the locomotive back, after a great experience inside the cave.

Balatoc Mining. Photo by: James Singlador
Balatoc Mining. Photo by: James Singlador

From Left: Wilbert Quebral , Arman Barbuco, Roland Fontilla Jr., Elvs Tankiamco, our tour guide and James Singlador.

Posing at the reception area of the Balatoc Mines, after a great tour inside the mining cave. It was a great experience not just for me but for the whole group. We can’t wait till the next adventure we will have to another mining cave. Thanks guys for sharing the photos and the adventure.

Your Pinoy Adventurer!


2 thoughts on “Balatoc Mines – A Mining Adventure!

  1. This actually is a tourist spot din pala! When we went there with my friends, gusto nung isa kong friend n pumunta sa Balatoc Mines something, kaya lang we didn’t know how. Thanks to your post, for sure we can go there next time! 🙂

  2. Hi Arman,

    I actually made a post about Balatoc Mines and our trip to Baguio in general last January 2011. Here is the link http://iaadamlim.blogspot.com/2011/01/have-you-heard-of-balatoc-mines-tour.html. It seems not much has changed but that’s the beauty of the tour and its downside as well. It is a plus because the tour is consistent but the downside is once you’ve visited the place there is no reason to come back unless you want to bring friends to see it also. We brought home rocks with gold flecks in it but I’m not sure where they are now. :p

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