The Don Salvador Benedicto Magnetic Hill Experience

Don Salvador Benedicto Magnetic Hill
Don Salvador Benedicto Magnetic Hill

Road to Don Salvador Benedicto via the Pandanon, Murcia route.

I heard about the same occuring in Los Banos, Laguna but I haven’t experienced it until this. We parked our car beside the KM34 SB13 road marker, put in on neutral and then voila! our car moved backward on the downhill slope.

They call this occurence the gravity hill or magnetic hill. We were awed by what we saw and talked much about it after the trip. Fascinating as it is, though, science (or is it?) explains it as a mere optical illusion. According to Wikipedia, …Objects one would normally assume to be more-or-less perpendicular to the ground (such as trees) may actually be leaning, offsetting the visual reference.”

Down goes my excitement….Oh well, whatever it is, it still makes for a good tourist attraction. Check it out for yourself!

The Don Salvador Benedicto Magnetic Hill Experience by


  1. Dennis says

    Tried this the other day (October 7, 2011) I fully understand it’s an optical illusion but it’s absolutely cool to watch. So not claiming it has anything to do with Magnetics but a great optical illusion that everyone who’s not a party pooper will enjoy. Coming from Bacolod towards San Carlos City park your card right next to the 34km marker and place the car in Neutral. I suggest the occupants except the driver get out of the car and view it from the side of the road to get a better perspective. Enjoy!

      • Glady says

        I think that long stretch of road has an optical illusion effect. We tried going neutral 2 kilometers before that 34k/13km marker and the car also went backwards. However, the one at the 34k marker is the steepest. I particularly love the scenery there.

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