Quezon Protected Landscape

The Quezon Protected Landscape (QPL) is a 983.0765-hectare area classified under “Very High” Priority for biodiversity conservation by the DENR-PAWB, UP Center for Integrative and Development Studies, and Conservation International-Philippines due to its rich biodiversity.

A tropical rainforest, the QPL spans five barangays in Quezon province, namely Silangang Malicboy in Pagbilao, barangays Sipa and Hinguiwin in Padre Burgos and Padre Burgos and barangays Sta. Catalina and Malinao Ilaya in Atimonan.

The area is home to rare species of trees and wildlife resources that move freely through the three-storied forest canopy of the protected landscape. Some of the wildlife are considered endangered such as the Philippine macaque, Philippine rind rat, Rufous hornbill and Philippine deer. Other species of birds which are also endangered include Rufous coucal, Philippine forest kingfisher, Spotted wood kingfisher and Luzon little crow.

The QPL is very accessible through the Daang Maharlika Zigzag Road. Its famous scenic portion is the Eme Road, called as such as it is shaped like a letter M. It is also named by the local residents as Bitukang Manok and is being compared to Kennon Road of Baguio City.

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Located within the park are the historical ruins leading up to Pinagbanderahan which was built during the American Colonial Period. It is now overgrown with old growth forest, resembling some kind of a long lost city from the bygone past. Pinagbanderahan is the site where the Katipuneros raised the flag during the fight against the Spaniards. The area is famous for those seeking outdoor experiences and for viewing the entire Protected Area.

There are also several caves to explore, most known is the Cueva Santa. It is a natural geological phenomenon with clay and limestone formations forming a natural altar. This cave is approximately 700 meters from the main road and located along the trail to Pinagbanderahan summit.

Amao Falls – Its clear and crystal waters, set against the verdant greenery of the area, fall to form pools below where picnickers and nature lovers can take a dip.

Buenavista Spot – A picturesque view of Tayabas Bay with its tiny islets can be seen in this area. Sunset makes the sky respondent with colorful display bursting into opalescent crimson, orange and gray, and every sunset is different from that of yesterday.

a legend full of pathos of love and chivalry and the blood red color of the trunks of Malabayabas tree are from the blood of the hunters who fought whipping each other using rattan lengths to gain the love of a beautiful lady.


As part of the local government unit’s Ecotourism Development Project, a two-storey Pavilion, Zigzag Park Area, Nuestra Señora De Los Angeles Shrine, Park Lagoon and Tourism Information Office have been established in the QPL. Native Huts and an orchid garden will appeal to guests who want to relax while trained guides from the Atimonan Zigzag Park Trekker Guides Association are on hand to lead hikers through the QPL.


The Regional Executive Director

Reynulfo A. Juan – Regional Executive Director
DENCRIS Business Center, National Highway, Brgy. Halang, Calamba City, Laguna
Contact No.: (049) 502-7500

: Edmundo Esteban – CENRO/ Acting Protected Area Superintendent (PASu),QPL

Irene Arquilita – Chief, PAWCZMS and Asst. PASu, QPL
CENRO Pagbilao, Quezon
Contact No.: (042) 710-2815

Protected Area Management Board (PAMB)