Talostos falls-Sta.Catalina,Negros Oriental

My first attempt to this secluded waterfall last June was a failure. I am almost a few meters down to Talostos waterfall, unfortunately; time didn’t permit me to proceed. I arrived on a native hut on top of the cliff at around mid-afternoon through Brgy. Amio. While it’s true that Talostos is located in Brgy. Amio, a local resident recommended me to take the other way which she says a much nearer hike en route to Brgy. Mansagumayon.

The water of Talostos drops down at 50 feet and is therefore considered as the tallest waterfall in the town of Sta. Catalina. It was a timely visit as the water jumps on its greatest volume. The cascading waters follows an oblique direction resting on a sheer cliff surrounded by dense vegetation specially coconuts.

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How did I get there:

As suggested by a local, I went directly to Brgy Mansagumayon. The residents along the road warned me regarding the route as it is unpaved and rugged.There were just a few people I saw along the route and they were very kind, though their directions were a bit confusing as their were multiple intersections.

The first kilometer can be accessed by a motorbike, but the rest will take arduously on foot. There were no one to ask that time so I just followed a track of seriously in rough condition until I reached onto a steep cliff overlooking a river stream. To the other side I could see where exactly I was the last time I visited the area. Basically I was standing on the exact location where a local was pointing of where I should take.

I continued following a sloping area down to the bottom, though I don’t see any waterfall, the noise ahead was a resounding excitement.

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Unmistakably, that was Talostos falls. It was completely undisturbed. Dwarfed by its height, I was standing behind a beautiful scenery and a gorgeous backdrop.

Tips:

  1. Bring enough water and snack
  2. Bring also with you an insect repellent
  3. Dispose garbage properly
  4. Be cautious in stepping the rocks, they are very slippery
  5. Don’t leave personal belongings unattended
  6. Swim on your own risk, there is no lifeguard assigned
  7. Currently there are no scheduled buses plying from Sta.Catalina to Pamplona, I suggest you drive your own vehicle or hire a habal-habal

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Mantabios Falls-Sta.Catalina,Negros Oriental

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Most of the waterfalls in Santa Catalina require miles of hiking to reach. But a unique 3 layered cascade of Mantabios Falls only requires a minimal effort to find. Located en route to Brgy. Sto.Rosario and just about 500 meters from the provincial road of Brgy.Kabulakan, Mantabios falls is the most accessible of all.

How to get there:

From Sta.Catalina main town, make your way to Provincial road leading to Pamplona town, your guiding landmark would be Inobongan bridge in Brgy. Sto.Rosario located between Brgy.Kabulakan and Brgy. Obat. We stopped on a nearby house near the bridge and approached the couple inside to ask for direction.

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Stopping and asking for directions through locals is still the most reliable way to find your way around. The opportunity to connect with other person is one of the most important things when travelling. They know the exact location, route, pattern and the most interesting things to do in their area. Though I have mobile applications to navigate, yet somehow I still found myself stopping to ask for directions.

From one house to the other and another they directed us to a continuous flow of water. It took us less than ten minutes of walking and locating Mantabios falls.

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The first level of the waterfalls was about 4 meters high and a swimming basin of undetermined depth, though the a local informed us that it is deep enough, the turbid water that time made me anxious for a dip.

Then I slowly climbed up to the second tier, it was very slippery as it rained the night before we came. The surrounding area of the second falls was very distinctive; it has an opening to the basin of again an uncertain depth of water. Overlying the swimming basin is a cave like formations which the water is uniquely flowing down.

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The upper tier of the falls was very difficult to climbed, the surface of the rock was slippery and very difficult to hold and stand so I didn’t risk myself to check that. Overall, Mantabios falls has kept its natural beauty, though there a few signs of scraping on the surface of the rocks, it was still a worthy visit.

Palaypay Falls-Pamplona

I was upset when two of my itinerary in Pamplona was not a worthy visit. The Pamplona Plantation and Golf Club dismayed my visit when I saw an unmaintained area, and has not kept its shape of which is a potential outdoor activity like golf. The face of the course is deteriorating. I could see it had been a wonderful course but now looks a bit sad, the prolific growth of unwanted grasses now scattered everywhere and the field now turns into a playground for goats and carabaos.

I was also not concerned to check the Pamplona River and Resort for the reason that my companion told me it is currently half-done.

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With numerous river system in town, I could always think of a waterfall further up the valleys, which it never failed my day. Palaypay falls is considered a top natural attraction in Pamplona en route to the secluded Brgy. of Abante. In fact, it was the first thing we did before anywhere else. The scorching heat of the sun determined myself for an early visit.

How did I get there:

Following Googles embed map above, at least I have an idea of the location of the falls. From Dumaguete I drove all the way up to Pamplona main town, my companions who happen to be residents of Brgy. Balayong waited me on Balayong bridge. We procced to a junction between Brgy. Datagon and Balayong where we will be heading to Datagon road. The first few kilometers were a smooth drive until we reach the last house of the area.There were no sign leading to the falls and no inhabitants in nearby area. The road is connected by rough roads and some elevated path. Basically, Palaypay is located at 12 kilometers from Poblacion and can be reached within  30 minutes drive or you can walk at 2 hours from the main town.

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Palaypay is actually a series of waterfalls consisting of at least three layers. Entrance is free. Its flowing waters nestled in the mountain ridges of Sibulan which the waters possessed a sulfuric content similar to Pulang Bato falls in Valencia town. Upon reaching the area, the stream was incredibly clear. The opposing huge rocks of the stream reflects a reddish color. The first tier has the highest drop sliding down to a deep basin of which I don’t know deep it was. The second level has also a deep natural pool which I was anxious to take a dip as it was really deep looking by of the surrounding basin. The third level has also a beautiful natural pool with an uncertain depth.

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Overall, Palaypay falls is a great venue for outing and picnic. The cool waters offers a refreshing dip. Another unique waterfalls in the province to check.

Pamplona Negros Oriental

Pamplona is a municipality of Negros Oriental located 38 kilometers north-west of province capital-Dumaguete City and exactly 7.5 kilometers west of Tanjay City.

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This town which is politically subdivided into 16 barangays was once a bario under the jurisdiction of Tanjay. On June 16,1950, the area turned into a distinguished town by virtue of Republic Act No. 535.

Agriculture is the chief source of livelihood in Pamplona along with livestock raising on cattle, swine, chicken, goats and many others. As the town is agriculturally productive, the main crops raised in the society are coconut, sugarcane, banana, rice, corn and other root crops. The vast coconut plantation continues to play an important role in the development of the town accumulating an area of 3,676 hectares followed by sugarcane and cornfileds.

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Palaypay Falls persistently  a favorite natural attraction in this town. The cold and sulfuric waters of it actually settles in the mountain ridges of Sibulan. Some parts of the town is characterized with valleys and downward slopes surrounded with elevated crest for some distance intersected with numerous river systems, some of which rolling into the unexplored area of the town making it a fertile ground for growing vegetation.

Up for more adventure? Discover Honop falls. The tallest waterfalls I’ve seen in this town.

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Pamplona can be reached via two options. Refer to the maps below.

    1. Via Santa Catalina

2.Via Tanjay City