A few years ago, you had to travel for 11 hours way up north to see the gigantic Bangui Windmills in Ilocos. Fortunately, Alternergy Wind One Corp, a company that provides alternate energy services, started the Pililla Wind Farm project back in 2013.
These 27 wind turbine generators cover 4,515 hectares of scenic views from the hills of Tanay Rizal to the vast waters of Laguna lake.
Situated just 70 kilometers outside Manila, The Pililla Wind Farm is a quick weekend getaway for motorcycle riders, cyclists, and people who are looking for a weekend escape from the hustle and bustle of the busy city.
It was a two and a half hour drive from Manila via C5 road. We started the trip at 5:00am and reached our destination at around 7:30am. It is recommended to get there as early as possible If good weather permits, you’ll get an nice view of the sunrise and have a chance to take excellent photos without people in the background.
We hauled our bikes off from our trunk racks and just rode along the gravelly terrain. I found myself looking all over the place, savoring the scenic route while cautiously pedaling my way to the trails.
A cross-country mountain bike race will be held here on October 15 which will be hosted by Prince Multisport, and we had a chance to try out the newly built tracks.
The weather app stated that there was a 50% chance of thunderstorm, but it seemed like a 0% to me. The sun was up all day with not even a drop of rain. We continued riding along the area and didn’t mind the scorching heat.
We went back to the view deck at 10:30am, and there were several people flocking the area already. Bike groups were taking selfies, families and friends doing jump shots and poses. I could notice the smile on their faces while they marvel at these structures.
There are a lot of things to do and places to go to in Rizal, but I can say that Pililla Wind Farm will boost the province’s tourism further.
- Located in Brgy. Halayhayin, Pililla, Rizal
- Operator: Alternergy Philippine Holdings Corporation (APHC)
- Distance: Approx. 70kms from Manila (2.5hrs by car)
- Construction began: June 18, 2013
- Number of turbines: 27 (fully operational since 2015)
- Aggregate capacity: 67.5 megawatts
- Entrance fee: Free as of writing (October 2016)
- Visiting hours: Open until 6pm daily
- As of October 2016, vehicles are not allowed to park in the view deck anymore. There are alternative parking areas provided just before you reach the deck.
Private transport via c5
- Head towards C5 northbound turning right to Ortigas Avenue going to Cainta, Rizal
- Continue to head straight and then take the 3rd exit from the roundabout in Ortigas Ave exit
- Head straight to Sumulong Memorial Circle going to E.Rodriguez ave (Passing Antipolo)
- Turn right to Puting Bato (Solid Cement rd.)
- Turn right to Quezon Ave, will then turn right to become Magsaysay Ave
- Continue onto J. Sumulong road
- Turn left onto Manila E. Road
- Note* Continue to Jala-Jala – Pakil road until you see a fork (with a “Mt. Sembrano” sign). The left road will take you up the hills to Pililla Wind Farm (going towards Mabitac, Famy & Real.) The right road goes all the way to Mt. Sembrano and Laguna.
- The windmills can be seen once you make the ascent towards the mountain pass. The destination is on the left side of the road.