Jigs and I always envisioned an awesome Trash the Dress photoshoot to incorporate in our prenup AVP. And we got just we wished for in July 2009, a month before our wedding, in Madlum, San Miguel, Bulacan, all courtesy of our equally awesome wedding photographers, Blacktie Project (then known as Marco Malaca Photography).
We have to give props to these guys for being incredibly persistent about photoshoots. I couldn’t thank the team enough, especially Dio, the only babe in the team who assisted me during dress changes and helped me carry my gown.
We were all tired and hungry at the end of it. My slipper got carried away by the water (good thing there was a family living on the outer riverbanks who gave me a pair of pambahay slippers. Super bait!) Marco slipped bad in the mud after just being operated in the shoulder blades weeks before. But it was all well worth it. We all had a most thrilling adventure, thanks to Blacktie (BTW, they were the ones who suggested the area).
Too bad, though, we weren’t able to go to the cave because of the rain.
Here are some of our other shots:
The place is a nice place to conduct bouldering activities and is an offbeat destination for those who wish to explore a secluded, back-to-basics swimming/ trekking/ camping area near Manila. If you do plan to stay here, it’s probably best you bring food and water with you, as there are no stores, houses (except for about 2 or 3 scattered ones) or establishments in the area. The nearest sari-sari store is about a kilometer away from the parking area.
Oh, and flashlight.
Clearly, however, this is not the place for those who wish to unwind and pamper themselves silly. If you also have kids, the place would be a rather unsafe option for you.
But if you’re a backpacker, an extreme sports enthusiast, a person with no concurrent fragile conditions looking for an adventure, or simply one who’s looking for a creative concept for a prenup or an atypical TTD shoot, then Madlum is definitely a must-check out place for you.