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Chasing waterfalls:Valencia,Negros Oriental

Take adventure to new heights in the majestic mountainous district of Valencia town in Negros Oriental. Stunning scenery and rushing waters make this area a natural paradise. With lots of spectacular deep river valleys, Valencia is endlessly exciting to explore.

Having a 65% of mountainous area, this town in Negros Oriental is a perfect spot for adventure seekers including me. EnrouteNegros is bringing you closer to nature and discovering you the less unknown attractions, you may have heard some of this waterfalls but there are still a lot more to see in this town.

1.Casaroro/Kalamason falls

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No doubt the most popular waterfalls in the province of Negros Oriental. The locals popularly call it Kalamason falls, but eventually labeled it now as Casaroro. The single column of sparkling water plunges almost a hundred feet directly into the swimming basin making it a great spot to bathe in its cold water.

2.Pulangbato/Mag-abo twin falls

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Another distinctive waterfall in the province of Negros Oriental and Valencia town-Pulangbato falls or Malabo falls derived from the word itself, “Pula” means red and “Bato” as for rock, the rocks underneath the stream appeared to be red in color due to its sulfuric water contents.

3.Caidiocan falls

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Waterfalls in Brgy.Caidiocan are the most accessible in the whole town. It may not be as tall and stunning compared to the others but its water flows softly just waiting to be noticed.

4.Manlangko falls

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Manlangko falls is actually a series of waterfalls consisting of at least six levels. The hidden waterfalls were tucked in the wilderness of Sitio Salantikon. Completely untouched and undisturbed, getting there requires a careful movement.

5.Balantian falls

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I found Balantian river and its series of waterfalls when I visited the Balantian swamp. While walking around the swamp, the gushing river was loud enough as if calling for visitors. Following a difficult trail and climbing up huge boulders, the topmost waterfall was a total surprise.

6.Okoy river/Malaunay falls

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The massive waters of Okoy river is actually a summary of some unknown streams in Malaunay area, Caidiocan, Brgy Dungga and Brgy. Malabo. Following a very secluded trail leads me to this impressive waterfalls.

7.Apolong river and falls

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While completing an Ultramarathon event in Valencia town, we passed by to this particular river somewhere in Apolong. The next Sunday I had a quick visit to its stream up to its water source. The long walk along boulders rewarded me with connecting waters and unexploited nature.

8.Original Casaroro falls

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The Original Casaroro falls is located just beneath the new Casaroro falls. Unlike the new Casaroro, getting there is a challenge, there were no signs to the waterfalls, trail isn’t paved compared to the other, following its water adds another exciting adventure. Like the new Casaroro falls, the water also drops in great height. This waterfalls comes with a mini cave adding a unique feature to its environment.

9.Dungga river and falls

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The foothills of Brgy Dungga reveals relatively unknown number of waterfalls and countless river pools. The thick forests is the home of secluded waterscapes I’ve never seen before in the web.

10.Nagabi Twin falls

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A mount Talinis tour wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the twin waterfalls of Nagabi. Situated just a few distance from the Guard House, its coolest waters were our last destination on our way home. Seeing it in actual filled me with awe and wonder.

11.Pulangtubig/Tabunan falls

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photo by Marvie Waro (https://www.facebook.com/marvie.waro)

Another less unknown waterfall in Valencia is Pulangtubig falls. Worth the hike when someone sees its beauty. That view is just unfading.

The process of discovery never stops. My list never ends here as there are still a lot to check.

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Honop falls-Pamplona,Negros Oriental

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Typical of the Pamplona town landscape, the abounding coconut palms fill the lush lands of this municipality. Some connecting river systems in the area still remain unnoticed and untouched. While everyone was pre-occupied of the yuletide season and long holidays, my weekend was spent wandering in the hinterlands of Pamplona.

En route to National highway connecting the towns of Pamplona and Santa Catalina in Negros Oriental, the connecting barangays of this town is surrounded with mountains, slopes and of steep hills. The elevated area tends to have a cooler atmosphere especially in this season and mostly characterized with misty surrounding at early mornings where roads surface are covered with fog obscuring ones visibility when driving, in fact, as we were heading our way to Brgy Honop, the fogs were visibly all around.

People in these remote areas lives on a simple way and mostly dependent on mountain farming. This mountainous portion provides a numerous secluded areas to explore of which I was curious what lies on low areas between those mountains, typically one can think of a river flowing through it.

An unknown waterfall hidden off the road somewhere in Baranggay Honop has a breath taking sight we should find out. Because it was located in the same Baranggay, we shall call it Honop falls.

How did we get there:

As I always do, asking the locals is still the best way to reach the waterfalls. From the highway, the jump off point of vehicles should be at Baranggay Hall. We asked a few residents and they pointed us to a descending slope.

Since it is undiscovered to masses, a local guide is really needed for this journey. My guide, who lives in Pamplona and whom has relatives in the area had seen the waterfalls from a far. I convinced him if we could get closer to the waterfalls and take a look from the bottom.

We followed a descending track down were the surface was really slippery due to a continuous rainfall the other night. The river stream were covered with plants, still kept unnoticed, I can’t hear any waters, not the barest sound of it. So we continue moving down until we finally we could feel the stream.

Upon reaching the river flowing, we followed it down to a dead end where the water jumps into a cliff. The trek was slow and careful as the stones were really very slippery. We found ourselves atop of the waterfalls were we could cautiously look at it but all I can see is the green foliage of the surrounding cliff. Getting more excited, we decided to descend more, literally there were no one to ask, even the last houses we saw, there were no one.

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We can’t find any established path to the bottom,if there was, we don’t know so we made our own path following a cassava planted surface in a very slow pace. There is no room for a hurry this time as many times we almost fall. And so to reduce our weight, we left our bags somewhere.

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As we reached the very bottom, we stopped in a few minutes to rest and figured out where to go next. All we need to do is just to follow the river up to the waterfalls. Huge boulders are on our way ahead. Stunning scenery and unspoiled environment go hand in hand this time.

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We trek a little more as we could hear the falling waters of Honop. We pass some boulders and we saw the highlight of our trek. The water cascades over a cliff continuing its journey down. It was majestic. Its water drops on an average volume descending thunderously in the desolate silence.

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Where is your sense of outdoor adventure? Venture an expedition now to the wilderness of Pamplona and discover the natural beauty of Honop falls.

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.

Pasalan Falls-Silab,Amlan

Many of the earth’s natural wonders are hidden from view,one of which is Pasalan waterfall.

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It lies on a remote area abundantly sheltered with trees in Cantalina Village, Brgy.Silab in the town of Amlan,Negros Oriental. Brgy. Silab is next to Brgy.Tambojangin  where Amlan Zoo and Adventure Park is stationed. Since I’m already close to Silab I drove my way immediately to the last sitio. Asking the locals is still the most efficient way to locate the hidden waterfall. Making sure that I don’t get lost, I always ask any person I meet in the road. Some parts of the road were still unpaved with cement but was a bearable drive.

I reached into a remote mountain slope area where there are a lot of banana plants and trees and a native house nearby. I approached the man on it and asked him the way to the waterfalls. He then pointed to a descending surface which I followed at once. In a slow pace, I move downward perceiving any sound of a gushing river stream.

Later, I was on a flat surface of a huge rock and a continuous flowing water towards a deep gorge with steep sides. I know for sure that is Pasalan falls. Since I have an ample time to explore the area, I moved further up the river stream thinking possibly I could discover a series of waterfall along.

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To my surprise, I found this section with a natural pool filled with cool waters in a shade of blue and green. The water was tempting for a brief swim. I spent a little time of thinking whether to take a dip but I wasn’t sure of how deep it was  so I decided not to bathe.

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On my way back, I was directed by my mind towards the way of how to move below a very steep ravine where I could discern visually the waterfall. I remembered the man I asked at the house and mentioned that going down is very difficult. Therefore, it is not impossible to reach the bottom. All of a sudden, I saw a narrow track of which I don’t know where it leads to but still I followed. The end thereof was a huge tree with huge roots attached down the bottom of the valley.

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Slowly but surely, firmly holding the roots I moved down until I reached the bottom part. From there, I could hear the flowing waters of Pasalan. Finally, in just a few steps its beauty revealed, surrounded with prolific vegetation and high grounds. Now a secret no more.

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Naibid Falls-Amlan

As you all know, I am always fascinated with waterfalls; hence, my unending chase to this natural wonder shall be continued one at a time. The spirit of adventure it offers on long walks and trekking makes my happy feet enthralled leading to an exciting discovery.

A remote waterfall tucked away in the forgotten corner en route to the hinterlands of Sitio Badiang in Brgy.Jantianon of Amlan lies a multi-tiered waterfall of Naibid or Maibid.

I was anxious at first knowing that I couldn’t find any image on Naibid, I was  thinking probably its unsafe to go there.  I have tried any possible keywords that would link to any information on the waterfalls and more importantly how to go there but the phrase below is all I can see in my search results.

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So I decided to contact an associate from Amlan to come along my trip. He have not reached that secluded area in his entire years in Amlan and I’m glad he is interested to see what is in there.

We rode our way to Brgy. Jantianon proper and seek help among the residents, but none of the locals we asked don’t know where it is and haven’t heard of it. 😀 Funny it is when a woman told us that it doesn’t exist in their area.

So we drove further passing through some hilly sugarcane fields and coconuts, the road is starting to get rough and the going  gets tough. Most parts of the road are rocky, the clay soils along the unpaved road are really sticky-slippery when wet therefore rainy period isn’t a good time to visit the waterfall.

We paused on one of the houses along the way where there are people we can ask. They warned us about the long-distance hike but I was very eager to continue no matter how far it is,so they recommend us to meet first with the community leader in Sitio Badiang who can also suggest a trail guide. We continued our way up until we reached the jump off point for vehicles. Seriously it was a tough ride for us.

We reached Sitio Badiang at mid morning and we are lucky the community leader was around, we’ve talked to him personally and he was very kind, there were just a few questions he wanted to know, he asked our intention of visiting the area and how did we learn about Naibid. After our chit-chat he suggested a young guy named James to be our trail guide.

James our guide was very silent when we started the walk so we build a conversation with him and learned a lot from him, to make his life story short, he was born in Cebu City, finished his 4th grade,parents left him and ended under the custody of his uncle who was from Amlan. The journey was sincerely a very loooooooooonnnnnnnnggggg walk, true hiking begins after the jump off point of vehicles.The rain kept more challenging on our walk as the soil becomes slippery and muddy.

We passed through river streams and slope areas and barely see people. James advances us to an isolated settlements who’s residents are also his relatives. He lead us to a house at the bottom of the mountain where his relatives-almost of his age leisurely playing basketball. He then convince the four boys to come with us. There were seven of us now in the group, three of them were actually brothers.

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More hiking we did this time, mountain slope are getting steep,more exhilarating climb, and more mountain adventure that it pushes my skills to the limits.

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Naibid falls is actually a series of waterfalls divided into five layers.The topmost level has the largest and deepest catching basin, the 4th and 3rd level on the other hand has an average height with shallow basin,while the second tier has the highest drop and a deep natural pool,though the first level has no pool, the enormous water drops offers a captivating sight.

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Unlike anything else, the second tier of Naibid waterfalls holds a completely spellbinding form as I look at it. The water current drops into a sloping rock where the waters adjoin beneath forming of somewhat like a V shape.

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Naibid is completely an unspoiled oasis. It was a highly worthy destination after an exhausting journey,Stunning, isn’t she?

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Mag-aso Falls and Leisure Camp-Kabankalan City

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I was moving my fingers up and down on the displayed digits on my phonebook when I noticed an unfamiliar label named Kabankalan. Without any idea of who the person behind it, the foremost thing came out of my mind was Mag-aso falls.

Then I remember, he was a local in Kabankalan that I inquired before about the waterfall. So I asked him again the directions on how to get to Mag-aso falls. I don’t have much information about it but it was my last minute decision to proceed without delay. Simultaneously, I carried my load and some personal stuff and went to Dumaguete Bus terminal.

How did I get there:

Fare: Dumaguete to Kabankalan City – P 227.00(one way)

I rode the earliest bus taking north of Dumaguete bound to Bacolod city via Mabinay town. We left the terminal at 12 noon ETD. The length of travel time from Dumaguete to Kabanakalan city is around 4 hours. The bus was quite taking more time than is expected and I arrived at almost 5 pm at Brgy. Oringao juncture and to Kabankalan city proper. With no time to waste, I rode a passenger motorbike heading to Barangay Oringao en route to Sitio Dug-anon, where Mag-aso falls and Leisure Camp is situated. There were six of us in the motorbike including the driver, four local residents and myself,25 pesos was pegged per pax. The motorbike for hire or habal-habal could accommodate at least 5 to 6 people and it took us less than ten minutes as we arrive at the entrance.

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The sun is already about to set that time so I rapidly went around the area,the mountainous area starts to get foggy and cold. 50 pesos where charged for admission each person.The area are covered with plenty of trees adding a relatively cool environment. There were paved concrete stairway down each hilly part with handrails. A nice man made pool is set up at the middle, the water filling up the pool came from the streams connecting to the waterfalls. There were cottages available for lease and a few room accommodations for overnight stayers. Room rates for each room is 1,000 pesos per night.

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Mag-aso waterfall is just a few steps down from the pool, upon seeing the water from the falls I know for certain it is cold, there were three people enjoying soaking its chilly water when I arrived. A few distance to the waterfall is an elevated viewing platform established for visitors but one can view closer to it. There were huge boulders on its rivers streams and are quite slippery.

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I took a closer look of the waterfalls and the water looks refreshing. It was just a quick visit and I regret that I didn’t bring my towel.

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Mantapi Falls-Bayawan City

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Mantapi falls of Bayawan was on my planned route after Lourdes falls in Brgy. Narra. This city is predominantly has a hilly terrain and has very rich in water resources coming from its four major rivers.

As an agricultural city, its vast lands are utilized mostly with rice plantation. En route to Brgy.Nangka, the surrounding areas has wide paddy fields. Actually, the waters of Mantapi falls has served as the fountainhead and is distributed throughout the wet fields around the community of Nangka where rice is mostly grown.

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The dispensation from the water source to the community is done amidst an irrigation system. In the same manner, the easiest way of going to the falls is to follow the irrigation channel.

By all means, it was a long walk. We followed the channel at around 30 minutes or so. The river stream has a fascinating color of somewhat blue and a tinge of green.

Mantapi falls is actually a series of waterfalls consisting of 7 layers.

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The first level has a roaring volume of water and sound. The surrounding rocks were sharp and slippery so very slowly I followed my guide as he climbs up to the second level.

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The second to fourth level has a larger swimming basin.

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The third level still has an enormous but a shorter downpour, while the fourth level is already visible from third tier.

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Unfortunately, I did not reach from fifth to topmost level. The trek is getting harder and steeper, the way up is getting narrower and limited. I shall return next time around with extra stamina to discover what grace lies behind up there.

 

Luparan Falls-Tanjay City

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My mother was originally born and raised in Tanjay City, 30 kilometers away north of Dumaguete City. They lived in one of the hinterland Barangay of Pal-ew. It’s been a very long time I haven’t visited their place. As far as I could remember, my last visit was when I’m at aged 4 or 5 I think. Rugged areas can also be found en route to Barangays Bahi-an and Sta. Cruz Nuevo where Luparan falls is situated. Due to its distance, this waterfall is rarely promoted among locals. As a matter of fact, when I talked to the drivers of motorbikes for hire(habal-habal), they were hesitant.

Bus fare Dumaguete to Palanas,Tanjay – P 44.00

Habal-habal fare from Palanas to Pulang Yuta – P 150.00

How did I get there:

I rode a bus from Dumaguete to Palanas Tanjay and informed the driver to dropped me at Sta.Cruz Viejo Elementary School to be exact.Motorbikes for rent are stationed at the waiting sheds outside the school.

I haggled on one of the drivers and ended a fair price. He will drive and accompany me to and from Luparan Falls. Drop off point for vehicles will be at Pulang Yuta area, it is the fastest route we will take according to some locals we asked.

A few kilometers away from national highway, the road starts to be rough. Now I understand why most of the drivers hesitate to drive in there. I was holding firmly on both sides of the motorbike as it was seriously a very rough and rocky road. We passed through sugarcane and corn fields. Running at around 50-60 km/s on rocky road is very hard but to these drivers it was just a normal mileage for them. I can’t help to be anxious but I take my hat off to this drivers for transporting the commuters safely.

Pulang Yuta is an area which literally means “Red Soil”. I know we are already in the area as I see the presence of red colored soil on some eroded areas and slopes. We paused on a house which I supposed my driver knows some residents in the area. We saw three children in the house and ask directions going to Luparan. We were lucky that the children knows the way but they were also hesitant to guide us because it’ll be a long walk. We went at the back of their house as they pointed the spot of the falls.

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these brothers will be our guide:D

From the back of their house I can tell that it would really be a long walk. We convinced the two children to come with us, as we followed them downward. The first kilometer was fine, we passed a few houses; there were goats along the route, there were carabaos, swine and even horses freely roaming around. I just could imagine how is life living on the hinterlands, all I see are mountains, neighbors are far and away. I don’t think I can live in there.

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We slowly followed the two brothers until we found a stream of water; I believed it came from the waterfalls. We followed the waters further to the innermost part between mountains until we finally heard the flowing waters of Luparan. The falls has a relatively stunning great height. The flowing waters was a smooth one. It was past 12 already when we reach at the bottom of the falls. We found another way of going back to the place where we left the motorbike, we followed a human track going up, and that was the hardest part of the journey. It was really a very long walk, it was like an unending climb over slopes, and I was catching my breath every time we reach a resting place. That was the toughest trek I’ve been.

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I gave 50 pesos for our guide.

Travel Tip:

1. As much as possible,negotiate with a driver who knows the way to Luparan falls or the fastest way to go there.

2.Bring bottled water and some snacks as necessary.

3.Anyone should follow the path carefully and slowly, the way was really very steep.

4.Not advisable to go there during rainy days.

Lourdes Falls-Bayawan

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Lourdes falls was introduced to me by a Filipino Chinese friend who lives in Bayawan City. Approximately 100 kms(62 mi) south of Dumaguete, the city of Bayawan is a first class component city. I have lived in Negros for 28 years and this is the farthest I’ve visited so far on the southern area. The city streets were incredibly clean, several banks I’ve seen, the city’s long stroll of beach and boulevard is very inviting for unwind and sunset watching.

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Bayawan is largely an agricultural city and considered the “Agricultural Capital of Negros Oriental”.Evident along terrains of the city are considerable wide rice fields and farmlands.

Bus fare from Dumaguete to Bayawan – P 120.00(one way)

Travel time : 2 hours

The bus dropped me on a junction were motorbike for hire(habal-habal) was stationed. At once, I approached a driver and ended a deal. He will be my driver, my guide and my photographer in this trip. Hehe.Lourdes falls is situated on the mountaneous area en route to Brgy. Narra. We drove our way to the area at around 40 minutes or so. Good thing it wasn’t rainy that day,if it was, our vehicle could have been stucked in some muddy areas. Some parts are not yet paved with cement.

Habal-habal fare to Lourdes falls – P 150.00 (one way)

Drop off point is near a bridge with overflowing water. My guide/driver/photographer says we are going the easiest way, from top then descend on a hill to the bottom, another way is by harness from top all the way down, but we can’t risk that, we don’t have any apparatus for that, the other option he says is the farthest so I opted to choose on the first one. From the drop off point, I could hear an exceptional volume and intensity of its dropping waters.

At the summit of the falls we followed the stream, finding the established path.My God! My knees where trembling-not for excitement but filled with apprehension as I was watching the waters from atop. I followed my driver/guide/photographer as he finds the way down.Shesh! the way beaten down was really steep and narrow, I couldn’t afford to take a wrong step so I slowly but surely move downward.

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Now I understand what my friend had told me that getting there is difficult,even my driver/guide/photographer required an effort to reach the bottom,there were several narrow passages and trails we followed leading to nowhere and deadend, from narrow,to narrower to narrowest. My guide found a safe spot where we could watch the falls and my jaw dropped upon seeing the falls, it was majestic.

From that spot, we found another way to the very bottom near the base of the falls, we have to grasp firmly on wet roots to reach the bottom. Huge,very slippery and wet boulders are on both sides. ,We only stayed a few minutes,the surrounding aura was just different I’ve been to,the waters were like blowing me away,if wed stay longer we will be completely wet. This is a worthy short visit, it was difficult and tough slope but reaching the falls was like effortless.

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I was excited to look on the photos which my driver/guide/photographer took,and all of the results he took are the same.nyaha.see above photo.

Note: I wouldn’t recommend swimming in the basin, very strong current.