Where is MARILAQUE HIGHWAY?
The Marikina-Infanta Highway, also known as the Marcos Highway or MARILAQUE Highway (MARILAQUE stands for Marikina-Rizal-Laguna-Quezon), is a scenic mountain highway that connects Metro Manila with Infanta, Quezon in the Philippines.
The highway, constructed on the 1910s starts in Marikina City near Katipunan Avenue, the Loyola Heights segment of Circumferential Road 5, in Quezon City. It traverses the Marikina Valley and passes through Antipolo City, where it intersects the Sumulong Highway (at Barangay Masinag). After Masinag the road starts its ascent towards the Sierra Madre, where a series of winding roads meet the motorists and finally to Infanta, Quezon.
The highway is one of the most scenic routes in the Philippines, alongside the Halsema Highway in the Cordilleras, and the Pan-Philippine Highway in Southern Luzon. Among the sights that the highway passes through are the Boso Boso Highlands in Antipolo, the Sampaloc Highlands and Pranjetto Hills Resort in Tanay.
Upon reaching Barangay Sampaloc, the Sampaloc Highway intersects the highway. To the left of the intersection is the main campus of the University of Rizal System. To the right is the town proper of Tanay, leading to the Daranak Falls and the lakeshore route along Laguna de Bay leading to the easternmost towns of Laguna.
We revisited the MARILAQUE last October 2011.
This highway is famous for motorcycle and sports car riders because of its scenic views,endless twistys and experience of nature.
I know many people are eager to know the present road conditions in these parts so here we go.
This is my 3rd time traversing this road. The 1st one was with my wife. The road is still blocked, unfinished. The 2nd one was one year ago and was not a very good experience but very invigorating. During that time, we encountered a landslide which blocked the road and a bridge. We have to hire local porters to carry our bikes across. While are bikes are being ported, rocks are still falling. A little scary, but obviously I survived that one. We made it through to Infanta that time.
Now, 3rd time, the roads look promising. 90% complete.
Why 90% only? Some sections are still being constructed. Small road segments.
I recommend this road. For me on 2 wheels and 4x4s, it is okay now. Ride on!