A Slice of Paradise in the City


While biking around Muntinlupa City, who would thought that there would be such a paradise within it.  The place is within the National Bilibid Prison premises.  Not inside the jail, but outside its grounds. 

There's the smallest lake, called Jamboree Lake among its midst.  There are cottages and places where you can do picnics and sorts.  Going inside near the prison, lies a huge sprawling area where one can lounge around and enjoy the cool breeze within its confines.  It's not that often you find a green field within Muntinlupa City in a location that densely populated.  One can find it in posh communities and obviously not within the vicinity of a prison.

I love biking and I was glad to have ridden all this way.  It's a bit off from the national highway so its not easily found.  Good thing a friend of mine lives nearby and mentioned this place to me.  Two or three kilometers from the main road, one will have to ride up to find this place.

Coming from Alabang, taking the highway, you turn right when you reach Bayanan.  Its the last traffic light before reaching the Muntinlupa Police Station.  If you are from the South, its the traffic light right after the Susana Heights intersection, then you turn left.

After going up the steep incline road, one will pass through a gate announcing your entry to the National Bilibid Prison.  A few meters in, you will find the Jamboree Lake on your left.  Proceeding further, use the left road when you come to a fork.  That road leads to the prison itself, but before you do, the large green expanse can be seen on your left.  There are a lot of trees along the road and you can rest in one of these.

Should you feel hungry, there are no restaurants here so you have to settle for these side road treats.  From your usual squid balls, kikiam, and other street food stuff, you can tide yourself over till you find one restaurant when you are back to the main road.

A paradise within the city, is a heaven sent and we do hope they remain so for the next years to come.