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Dewey Island, Bais City, Negros Oriental

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While Dolphin watching and sandbar have the volumes in Bais City Negros Oriental. Yesterday was going behind and beyond the usual destinations. It was an afternoon drive across Dewey Island and its 3 Brgys. The scenic stretch along Talabong Mangrove Forest of Capiñahan, the local sunday hangout of Lag It Beach in Okiot and the dramatic villages of Looc. Then we drove from easy to moderate uphill road to an unoccupied Bahia De Bais and ended up to its viewdeck and lighthouse.

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I had to stop for hours as it has spectacular vista looking of the farmlands, the mountainside as its backdrop. The other side offers the vast Tañon Strait and the nearby province. The platform seems outdated with vandals, gaps and unfinished structures. Nevertheless, the distant Manjuyod Sandbar is as always a sight to behold, the neighboring Olympia Island and the usual Cannibol wharf. Surprisingly, time was extended as we explored other viewing areas equally offering a relaxing and peaceful sight.

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BalasBalas Beach-Simacolong,Lazi,Siquijor

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One of the jewels in the crown of Philippines Best Beach Destination, welcome to Siquijor. Though considered the third smallest province in our Archipelago, the island has plenty of activities to offer. Visit some of the islands historical sites, dive to its rich marine biodiversity, chase waterfalls, hike to overlooking views, witness a spellbinding sunset, stay for a local island experience, and of course navigate secluded areas for beach hopping.

The port area is already an attestation of an amazing beach bumming experience. Aside from Paliton or Salagdoong Beach, which draws crowd most, there are a still a lot of sheltered white sand beaches left least visited.

The town of Lazi for example, is known for enchanting Balete tree and fish spa, the Cambugahay falls, and historical structures, not known to many, there is this beautiful beach I went dazzling with white coastline en route to Ilihan, Brgy Simacolong.

Being secluded, the village is not much visited unless one is bold enough to explore more what is hiding underneath its cliffs. With the aid of locals for direction, asking them will help you discover the pride of the village and see things to do around.

I drove to an unusual way passing through forested area, down to a village where most of the people were staring at me; I could tell what is on their mind. Possibly asking what I am doing in their place, an unfamiliar face wandering alone and seem like looking for something around. I didn’t mind asking them because I can navigate my current location though GPS.

From the Brgy road, I could see myself positioned not far from the coast. I followed an established route of which I think will lead to the islands silica mining facility. I had to stop along the way as I perceived a view of the ocean, the sea waves nearby was a hint that I was almost on my destination. Searching for passageways down, a native house on top of the cliff was an indication of its trail. The property was gated with metal wire but there was no one around, it has a yard planted with corns and vegetables. I was watching a local guy pasturing his cow somewhere in the area where few crops are planted. I didn’t bother to ask him because I wanted to figure out myself the way down. The first attempt ended me to bushes then to another gated property. I had to go back for I see no sign of trail. While tracing the returning route, I noticed several ways down, but I choose the easier way where they put up timbers forming into stairs down to the beach. While moving down, I couldn’t help but pause for a while and savor the view of an undisturbed white coastline. There was literally no one on the beach, it was just me.

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When settled down on the beach in this tropical island, I was just in awe reaching this part, it was hot but very solemn, I could have nap there while listening to the ocean waves. The wrack line and the beach face was mainly composed of pebbles, coral debris and stones but the swash area has fine white sands before reaching a wide sea grass covered area. Both sides of the beach were a bit rocky and unique. The other side has a distinctive spot where a huge pointed rock standing on that side separating from the other stayed in position. The hottest temperature on that day didn’t stop me to explore the other side of the beach, that portion has huge scattered rocks with some sheltered areas full of smooth pebbles. There were rock holes which I carefully entered moving from one another under its silhouette.

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Few moments when I got back to the main stretch of the beach, two local fishermen appeared in nowhere, we greeted each other with a smile. But before they left they reminded me to be mindful of my personal belongings. Though generally safe, the island has a number of theft cases, and most of its victims are foreign and other tourist who falls off guard on their things. Nevertheless, this island has always been a distress escape for people like me away from my usual grind.

You see, this is Siquijor. I am lucky to experience uncrowded white sand beach all by myself, completely raw and undisturbed.

One at a time, I shall return for more! 😀

 

 

Sulphur Lagoon, twin falls and a mining tunnel

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Negros island never fails me to different unique destinations. The seemingly boundless mountains will give you a glance of its hidden gems. The thick foliage where a home of undiscovered adventures and the foothills of untouched beauty will tell you to go further. This week, we will explore what’s in those mountains en route bordering the city of Tanjay and the towns of Amlan and Pamplona in Negros Oriental. People were talking of this unique lagoon in the middle of the forests where I was thrilled to set foot.

Brgy Jantianon in Amlan though the farthest village in that area is not new to me as I’ve been there twice sometime in year 2016. Through the years, my third visit was somewhat a new experience. Further up the main Brgy of Jantianon, things and sights have changed. The road for instance has a huge development since my last visit. As I could remember, that part were unpaved on those times were the ones that made me think not to go again in the future. Now the way has been better, it was a smooth and scenic drive. The easy drive made me forget the way to Sitio Badiang, the jump off area to Naibid waterfalls.

The paving of the road up to its hinterland areas in Sitio Canete continues as there is still a long way to complete the road. What we are aiming that time is a lagoon in the middle of the wilderness bordering the towns of Amlan town, Pamplona and Tanjay City. Though its actually under Brgy Ling ab Tanjay City, the easiest way to get there is through Jantianon Amlan, and is geographically located behind Palaypay falls in Pamplona municipality.

“Asupre sa Maiti” as locals would call it is a lagoon where the waters is sulfuric in content. To name some similar destinations here in the province with the same character are Pulangbato falls in Valencia, the falls due to its reddish rocks is a sign of the natural chemical, if explored further the source which is hot in nature comes from a rock then adjoins the river. The nearby Palaypay falls is also sulfuric in nature of which I presume its sulfur properties is the same of that in this lagoon. Mainit falls in Dauin is also the same, the source which is continually explored by EDC has steaming hot water and an aggressive chemical odor, no wonder it reaches up to the highlands of Tanjay and Amlan, as it is widely distributed in nature specifically on volcanic regions.

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We arrived at the jump off point for our vehicles, a sign welcomes us that we are at Brgy Ling-ab, under Tanjay City. The jump off point is situated in its satellite market built by OPAPP (Office of the Presidential Adviser for the Peace Process). The area is governed by the members of resettled community guided with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. If we could have arrived earlier that day, we could have witness how’s the grind it the market, unfortunately we arrived late morning. Anyways, we were asked on our purpose of the visit, then register our names on their logbook. There was no entrance fee collected as of now.

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We were accompanied by a local resident from Jantianon Amlan whom we share a few friends in common and voluntarily guided us. From the satellite market, we walked through a forested area at about 1.2 kilometers, most of the portions of the trail are wet and murky. We followed him for at least 15 minutes or so. The sulfur lagoon is literally enclosed on mountains and woodland. The two native huts were a welcome sign from a distance that we have reached our destination.

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There was no one when we arrive, and it means it will all by ourselves to explore. The lagoon has a clear tinge of blue waters where we could clearly see what’s underneath. The spring comes out on rocks, and when closely observed, it smells an assertive content of its waters. The community had to dig the surrounding the source to hold the water to create a basin before it flows directly to a channel. Though sulfuric, the water is extremely cold. Taking a dip was a must experience as the depth is measurable to swim.

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The weather started to change in the highlands when we left the area. And before we turn back at usual route, our guide led us to its adjacent twin waterfalls. As you all know I always get excited whenever I hear of a waterfall destination. We made it to the river in less than 5 minutes; we descended a slope to the river where we could already notice the first waterfalls flowing on an average height. The second falls, which was only a few steps is concealed by rock canyons and will only be visible if you jump off to the water to have a clearer view. Without hesitation, I jump onto its waters then quickly made it to the bank. The rock canyons on both sides where somewhat a mixture of red and portions of black, mossy green, some white and brown. The water flows from huge boulders above it and some other rocks where stocked in between canyons. Wasn’t really the best view but I am always fascinated in it by any forms.

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And so we left the falls wet. We hurriedly went back to the satellite market as fog slowly rolls out the forests. Our third stop to end our day is an old abandoned tunnel. Along our way to the tunnel we had to stopped on a small plateau, it has nothing but just a nice overlooking views of the lowlands, the ocean is in its usual form, the Cebu island was a steady sight, and the mountain sides north as far as Bais City.

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A few meters away from the overlooking area, we stopped in a discreet way where the underground passage is situated. There was no sign and markings on its existence but on our way we noticed this some kind of ancient stone walls piled along the road, there were somewhat old structures abandoned for a long time. We descended quickly to the side down to its entrance. From our entry point we could see a domed patch of light to the other end. Actually both ends can be an entry point or otherwise the exit point. The Benguet Mining Tunnel measures around 340 meters long and can be explored from end to end. In relation with the sulfur areas, this tunnel were once used as a passageway among miners in the late 1950’s were minerals are heavily mined. We slowly walked through its darkness never losing the sight of the other end. There is an echoing silence inside; we could clearly hear the droplets from side to side, and the sound of our steps and stops. There were couple of bats flying over its darkness, and hoping not to stumble on a resting reptile in the ground. We made it to the other end, which serves as a window to the other overlooking view; the mountains on that side were a sight of abundant greens and its jungle. The composition of the tunnel definitely tells a history on its operations way back then.

 

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We ended the day by just halting a few minutes to some overlooking zones while enjoying the highlands under its shades, we drove along rivers where I am always curious of what’s waiting up there, and we’ve learned locale stories so as interesting things to do.

Just when I thought I’ve seen almost the destinations in Amlan, these were added on our conquered lists. There could be more. Do you know any interesting spot in your area? We’d like to know, drop down in the comment section and together we will discover more.

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Bug-as falls-Jagna,Brgy Nagbalaye, Santa Catalina, Negros oriental

Life can be full of unexpected things, wandering can be rewarding or threatening, fun or could be boring, easy or struggling, free or expensive. We all want that optimistic side when going places. But on the contrary, there are also times that we fall on the negative side. This posts is just one of the many good things I encountered one day en route to the hinterlands of Nagbalaye Sta. Catalina town, province of Negros Oriental.

Brgy Nagbalaye is around 86 kms away from Dumaguete City and is one of the coastal areas comprising the municipality. With history of rising cases of insurgency in town and in the province of Negros Oriental the potential tourism attractions in the mountainside are left undiscovered. The treat of this rebel groups undyingly exists up to the present. At some point, I am hesitant to visit any of the hinterland villages in the municipality. But, following successful discoveries on some of their secluded Brgys prior to this trip made me realize to visit another.

The farthest to date was in Brgy Amio where I visited twice just to see the tallest waterfalls in town. Then it followed another waterfall in Brgy Kabulakan, and the monkey sanctuary respectively. Overall the people I met were helpful, nevertheless, I don’t have motives of harming people or harming their area.

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I had to drive a long way just to check this secluded waterfall. It is situated in Sitio Jagna where I had to drive uphill slowly to almost an hour. The area seems secluded due to its sloping distance but the proper Sitio is actually a bearable drive. The way to Jagna sits a nearby river where it was a constant sight. The Sitio proper that time was actually busy since it was Sunday. It meant people gathering day. Villagers from further Sitios goes down to its market for trade, some others in church, and there are people from the coastal areas goes up to its market for fish trade and other products to be sold.

I asked some of the locals how to locate the waterfalls but denied to accompany me due to its distance. Willing to pay in return for a guiding fee but failed to find one. Instead one guy just instructed me to follow the locals and asked someone further. It was almost twelve noon when I arrive to the jump off area for vehicles. I had to decide whether to go or not, from the jump off my options is to hire again for some horse ride because it can only be reached by horse or the other way I shall walk.

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Then I decided to just go on foot and followed a local watching him crossing the river. From then on I just followed the established human trail where I saw some other locals taking that route. As I went on, knowing I had not taken any meals for my lunch, water was my only source of survival :D.

Timely enough, I had to stopped to this native house where it serves also as a convenience store in between the river and to the villages further up. Then there was this couple in a conversation at the window of the store, I heard the wife asking to add on their list to their debts as I felt their faces with dismay. The husband on the other hand was about to lift a sack filled with bananas. When they were done, I bought some bread for my own as I was really hungry. When the couple are about to leave, I asked the vendor how much the couple owes them in exchange of the dried fish. It doesn’t really cost that much to me as I had a few extra. With no hesitation I paid the credit and told the old couple that they don’t have to think of it anymore, then I added a few instant noodles, some bread and a few canned sardines as they requested.

It was just a simple act of kindness when I saw them and seems frustrated on that day. Their story was, they were actually in the market to sell their bananas on their frequent client. Unfortunately, the client didn’t show up and bought another bananas. So the husband had to carry the full load again. When I heard what happened, I made the right decision to paid the debt. In return, I asked them if they know the way to Bug-as waterfalls and showed them the picture. Just the right people to asked, they know it very well. When we reached to one of his sons, the husband told me to bring some of the bananas, he offered it free. But I refuse, I couldn’t carry it all the way as it was really huge. Anyways, I was delighted seeing their faces look lighter probably at least they got something to eat that day.

Bug-as waterfalls was named after the village Bug-as. But due to frequent flooding, villagers transferred to nearby elevated areas. I had to secure my things not to be wet, going to the waterfalls will require you to cross the same river at least six times. Some of them were waist in level, the water current is also something I have to deal with. Horses are a primary transport among locals from Jagna proper to the other areas in those mountains.

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As we moved on and went through sugarcane fields, we exchange stories and how’s going on our lives. We were very serious :D. I just keep following them and didn’t notice how far I’ve went. After crossing the fifth flow we rested on the shade of a tree together with some of their neighbors. Then from that resting point, we have to depart in different direction. They pointed the location of the waterfalls just across our resting point. But then again I have to cross the same river for the sixth time. I departed them with a thankful gesture for leading me up to that spot, while I was moving across they didn’t leave yet watching me if I’m on the right direction not until I’ve reached the destination. And from where I was standing below the waterfall I could see them as they also sees me and when rest assured they left.

Bug-as falls isn’t really hard to find but it’s covered with trees, its water source comes down the jungle and falls on a not so lofty height but still amazes me. Seeing elusive waterfalls like this whether short or tall, I  will  always be a fan.

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Overall I had to cross the same river twelve times, I had to return at Jagna proper before it rains. While on my way back, the sky were already warning for an upcoming rain partnered with lightning and thunder. At that moment I wouldn’t like to walk across the river when it rains, as quick as I can, I got back to the village secured.

The whole experience taught me to be thankful of what we have, we may not have that much in life but there are still a lot who are less fortunate. Helping others in simple gesture makes oneself comforting, if we can brighten someone’s day then we do it without expecting any return. The couple I met mentioned that there are still unexplored waterfalls up on their village which I am excited to visit again when schedule permits, and with luck I hope to stumble again with them. Perhaps I shall be ready to lift a handful of bananas :D.

 

 

 

Dungaw Peak-Malaga, Bindoy, Negros Oriental

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And so we start the year on discovering more of Negros hidden gems, today EnRouteNegros is bringing you to one of the many overlooking views and nearest locality to chill out and relax. This year will still be a series of exploring the unusual sights. Loosely defined, the northern boundary stretch of Bindoy and Manjuyod coastline specifically at Himampangon cliff crawls into the mountains on one side and bleeding into the ocean on the other. This part of the stretch of the cliff road has attractive views of limestone forms at the other side and the vast Tanon Strait on the other side including Cebu Island and beneath the craggy coast of Himampangon.

Himampangon which means cliff on a local language has caves not explored to many. From the road, further down to its lowest part when explored has some pockets of caves where some are resting place of common bats.

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Furthermore, a few steps from Himampangon. Alawihaw Beach Resort is a local hangout place for beach goers. The sheltered cove has boulder beach with few native cottages, a favorite chill place among locals.

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From Alawihaw Beach Resort, a certain part of the rock cliff is noticeably something people are checking out. A number of people are on top and some groups taking pictures and selfies. Out of curiosity I shall not missed myself out of the trend. The spot is situated in Brgy Malaga under Bindoy town just a few meters away from the welcoming sign of the municipality’s jurisdiction.

 

Locals named the spot as “Dungaw” peak. Translated in English it means “To look down”. Lazy enough to walk on a slope, I opted to drive my motorbike up as I don’t know how far and its distance I should take up to the viewing area. Visitors may drive further up to its viewing area but is limited only to motorcycles and bicycles, nevertheless, if you’d like to release some sweat then I suggest you walk.

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Dungaw peak is nothing but just a viewing area, with the views of the road below curving into the form of a letter S. Adjacent to it is the top hill of Himampangon and the mountainside of Balaas Manjuyod, the other side is above sea level sight, the ocean and the nearby province, the north has still an overlooking view of the stretch of coastal areas. There’s no entrance but you may donate any amount for your parking.

Then I had to check the edge to have a Dungaw experience. The edge has pointed rocks where I carefully moved to my heel marks ended as I looked down to an appalling depth of hundreds of feet. The peak has no railings or barriers so visitors are expected to take extra precautions when going for its edges otherwise you fall directly to sharp rocks.

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Summing up with the destinations I went this day, I’ve learned some stories along and underneath Himampangon cliffs, quick dip and chilled out a nearby beach then climb up for a Dungaw experience. When wandering places, and time permits I usually look somewhere interesting aside from the usual destinations, in this way, I get the chance to make my time most out of it than the usual one day one destination affair.

 

 

Port Royale Waterpark Resort-Dumaguete City

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You don’t have to go far to experience a waterpark in Dumaguete and Negros Oriental. Port Royale Waterpark opens its door as the first and only aquatic playground in the city and the biggest in the province. The amusement park features water play areas like swimming pools, water slides and water playgrounds perfect for family gatherings.

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October 2019 when it made a splash to the public, kicking off a remarkable experience in the city of gentle people. The biggest waterpark in the province has a pirate-themed park and resort situated in the coast of Mangnao, adding a picturesque view on its property. Because it operates as a resort as well, overnight rooms are available to stay and a restaurant for delectable meals. Up for more water adventures? Let’s check their amenities.

Location: Sto. Nino road,Brgy Mangnao, Dumaguete City

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Entrance fees and other rates:

Adult – P300.00

Children below 3 feet – P200.00

Senior and PWD – less 20% discount

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Whole Day Rentals:

Cabanas – P500.00

Table w/ 6 chairs – P300.00

Umbrella w/ 4 chairs – P200.00

Additional chairs – P25.00/each

Locker – P100 and P100 deposit

Note: Bringing of food is allowed, drinks are subject for corkage fee

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ROOM ACCOMMODATION

Deluxe Double – P2,500.00/night, inclusive of free entrance for 2 guests, 1 double bed,w/ AC, Refrigerator, desk with chair, universal outlets, cabinet, shower and heater.

Deluxe Twin – P3,500.00/night, inclusive of free entrance for 2 guests, 2 single beds w/ pull-outs, AC room, Refrigerator, desk w/ chair, universal outlets, cabinet, shower and heater.

Premier Triple – P5,800.00/night, inclusive of free entrance for 3 guests, complimentary breakfast for 3 pax, 3 single beds, electronic key card, AC room, Refrigerator, desk w/ office chair, Flat screen TV w/ Netflix, In-room safe, shower w/ heater, toilet w/ built in bidet, personal cabana w/ tables and chairs, smart ceiling fan in cabana, free WiFi.

Family Ocean View Room – P6,500.00/night, inclusive of free entrance for 6 guests, 1 king size and 4 single beds, balcony facing the beach, AC room, Refrigerator, desk w/ chair, universal outlets, cabinet, shower w/ heater.

* Operating Hours: 8 am to 10 pm

* Pets are not allowed in the waterpark.

* Grilling place is available

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Other Amenities and Facilities

Pool Bar – Another good option to hang out with your friends when you had enough of the pool, try the full pool bar on your favorite beverages.

Snack Bar – Craving for light meals and snack foods? Port Royale has snack bar counter available at times.

Restaurant – Anything you want to eat for your breakfast, lunch or dinner. Port Royale Waterpark Resort has an unwinding restaurant when hungry after a long day.

Parking area – Space for your vehicle is not a problem since the resort has an ample parking for vehicles.

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For more inquiries you may reach them

Telephone:(035) 527-5650

Email address: portroyalewaterpark@gmail.com

Facebook: Port Royale Waterpark Resort

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Cabuag falls:Sitio Lunoy,Brgy Kalumboyan, Bayawan City,Negros Oriental

75262075_3692853307407049_568872279530799104_oGoing beyond the usual attraction in Bayawan, the hinterlands of Brgy Kalumboyan sorrounds a vegetation of untouched woodland,crawling mountains,connecting rivers,greenfields,farming life,laid back community, sun and the silence. While some will take you straight down the mountains,we found ourselves following a rough trail and panoramic views of the outback leading to Cabuag waterfalls.

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Brgy Kalumboyan has vast fields of land utilization to farming. Most of the citizens in this rural areas sustain their daily needs through agriculture. And while agriculture here in our country is highly labor intensive, plowing is still done by water buffalo. The connecting river streams on the other hand were useful for aquaculture and raising livestock. The abundance of water in the area benefits the green paddy fields were mostly being grown.

At some point, we found ourselves enjoying the lack of noise. People here decided to forge a life with silence, why not? We can live in the wild like our ancestors did and invisible in the city.

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We took the road less traveled and navigated a winding path like a local within an hour or so. While we leisurely walk behind agricultural scenes of the village we never loss the sight of a distant natural attraction viewed from a far. The closer were heading the lofty it is viewed.Down its craggy and rugged stream,waters were incredibly clear featuring some inviting natural pools.

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Then we were dwarfed of the astounding Cabuag falls.Not the volume we expected but the soaring height makes it the tallest in Bayawan to date.Finally wrapping our visit of listening to the gentle fall of its waters while watching the rain catching up in the mid air, as we temporarily find shelters under the canopy of a rock formation.

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Photo by Klydie Quindo

 

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Location:Sitio Lunoy,Brgy Kalumboyan,Bayawan,Negros Oriental

Guide: MP KLydie Quindo

Kang-iroy falls: Valencia,Negros Oriental

It was a grateful weekend collaborating with an all-star team who are equally passionate on discovering new places. Surrounded by friendly and thrill seeking community, going to the unknown to experience new is something I’d love to do.

Kinaiyahan Outdoor Society or Negros Tarzans are group of individuals routinely engage in outdoor activities whether it’s climbing summits to river trekking, stand by a waterfall or jump to river pools. They are adventurers who loves the trill of risky trails, at the same time exploring the jungles hidden gem.

This week is a new experience and new acquaintance as we team up with their group. Our destination is undetermined, we just have to trail around with them wherever it leads us to an interesting spot. Surely, we will end up on a waterfall.

Our unknown destination simply means somewhere taking a different route. Somewhere all of us haven’t been to. But for some reason some of the most memorable and exciting experiences can happen in places that you otherwise wouldn’t know as wandering often entails with exploring places and exposing yourself to different circumstances.

From left to right: Wendell Tubat,Thata Pajunar,Juns Quitoy ,Rudix Austero,Jomar Sarita,Me,Troy Teramoto,Dodoi Jose,Marvie Waro,AF Aragones

While waiting for others, we started out buying local products at farmers market in Valencia town Plaza. With a bunch of options for consumption, the bustling space is occupied with buyers and stand of any kind of fruits, vegetables, cooked and baked products, local delicacies, dry goods, clothings, ukay-ukay, toys, ornamentals and many more. Making sure we don’t starve in the woodland, we bought light foods vital for energy source.

Our hike begins at the Casaroro entry point following the Apolong trail straight up to the twin waterfalls. While everyone was familiar with the route, we are able to reach our initial destinations on a fair pace. Coping up with seasoned guides, the climb were somewhat very fun and a barrel of laugh all throughout. Jun, our lead guide and the rest of his group positively turned our tedious experience to a humorous one.

With the dramatic changes of weather conditions in the mountains, and mostly unpredictable, we ascended on a fair sky condition. About a kilometer from the jump off, it went gloomy, then fog ascends, until it rained. With low temperatures in the mountains, precipitation would likely happen.

Tip: for amateur climbers, always be prepared for any weather characteristics, bring extra light clothes, seal electronic gadgets in a water proof compartment.

We continued the climb inspite of the heavy downpour, nothing cease the climb inspite of our soaking clothes and a drenched shoes. Somehow we arrive the guardhouse on our desired timetable. Took some rest and consumed our food.

For the fifth time, it is always a pleasure seeing an old friend just a few minutes from the guardhouse. Never miss the chance to watch again the twin waterfalls. But that day was different, seeing her in full glory was rare and extraordinary.

Its enormous drop of the waterfalls reminds us of a flight of a flapping birds. In fact, it was originally named Naglupad falls. Naglupad in local dialect means “to take flight” or “to fly” , like that of a bird in particular. Its twin falls on the other hand were originally named Kang-Iroy, history tells that the first person who found this waterfalls was Iroy, thus named Kang-Iroy falls. This is where we are heading, we will climb up to Kang-Iroy to see if there are other attractions up there.

Then we took a remote trail en route to Kang-iroy river system, climbing up to an unestablished way behind plenty of trees and bushes. There were struggles as we deal with a very slippery ground. It sort of feels like an exotic jungle of nowhere, where reeds, bamboo, tall trees, woody plants and shrubs all around will take us down to a rocky shelf and finally on the rivers shoreline.

68528642_2774067199289166_4357007119338176512_nThe stream was quite shallow so were able to walk across it. We waded through its waters of about 10 minutes or so when we reach an elevated rocky part of which the waters were distributed on both sides. Unsatisfied of what we saw, we continued exploring above. Had to climb a narrow hole at the other end under huge boulders and a flowing water. Laughing and talking never stops in their good company amidst climbing trouble and awkwardness.

River trek continues at about five minutes when we had a glimpse another waterfall. We gathered around the base, and some settles a sign of relief seeing one of the falls in Kang-Iroy. The water drops on a not so high rock shelter and plunges to a shallow pool. Pleased this time, Jun assesses of a possible way through up, eventually the group decided to just come back next time around and explore more upstream, then we ended a group photo.

Group photo by Thata Pajunar

Certainly, it was a fun-filled day with loads of laugh and new escapade. We look forward of teaming up again with them for future wanders, after all, Life was made for good friends and great adventure. Cheers to upcoming days filled with sunny skies, climbing mountains and unlimited adventures.

Keep updated with Negros Tarzans weekend destination at:

https://www.facebook.com/Negros-Tarzans-113571296667410/

 

 

 

Selinog Island, Dapitan City, Zamboanga Del Norte

Escape the crowd of tourists to this idyllic island you probably never heard of, Selinog Island.

While the secret is out about popular destinations,there are still remote and peaceful islands in our archipelago that offers a rare tranquility. Selinog is not part of Negros Provinces but this deserves to be introduced, knowing that for sure most of you doesn’t know this exist or probably you’ve been seeing it already but didn’t get a chance to step on its shore. You see, Dumaguete is your gateway to many destinations in Central Visayas and areas in Mindanao.

Roro Vessels travel from Dumaguete City to the following areas:

  • Siquijor Port,Siquijor Province
  • Larena Port,Siquijor Province
  • Cebu City, Cebu Province
  • Tagbilaran, Bohol Province
  • Dapitan City, Zamboanga Del Norte
  • Dipolog City, Zamboanga Del Norte
  • Zamboanga City
  • Manila

By Plane Daily flights are now available from Dumaguete to the following areas:

  • Manila
  • Cebu
  • Cagayan De Oro
  • Davao

With the development of technologies through the years, we are now able to view places within our island, within our country and anywhere in the globe. It enables us to search the exact locations through navigational system providing location and time information in all weather conditions anywhere via Satellite.

While navigating Google map in Negros and nearby islands there was this tiny islands visually very interesting to me. I’ve seen this islands en route Dumaguete to Dapitan City basically located somewhere in Dapitan bay and where neighboring islands of Siquijor and Apo island.

Viewed from afar, this two islands resembles the attributes of Balicasag island in Bohol, it’s a flat coralline island filled with palms trees surrounded with white coastline. Selinog and Aliguay islands are actually under the jurisdiction of Dapitan City in the province of Zamboanga Del Norte.

Information on this islands are quite limited so before going make sure to plan your trip ahead. I understand it’s impossible to reach this two on a day trip, and so we will visit them one at a time. Now, let’s put Selinog island on a limelight.

Initial plan:

Our initial plan was to form a group so as to lessen the expenses on our transport to the island. There were 10 people who confirmed, 8 of them are from Zamboanga Del Norte province and two from Bacolod City. The transport will only include Bangka transfers from Dapitan City to Selinog island and vice versa.

A day before our scheduled trip, while finalizing all the arrangement, things went unclear when the people involved refuse to respond my messages, and the Bangka owner also confirms, 8 of our group backs out, worst the two from Bacolod made also adjustments as one of them is ill. In the same manner, felt unhopeful, I was the only person left in the group.

But with eagerness, with things ready on my part, I was willing to grab the transport package with or without them. I was able to close a deal at 1,500 pesos transport.

An hour before I leave my workplace, in a surprise, the two from Bacolod City confirms that they are on their way to Dumaguete to accompany me. Je Em, an English teacher in Bacolod will be joined by his Vietnamese student Kelvin whom all set for our DIY experience.

How did we get there (DIY):

From Dumaguete City, we boarded a ferry(FastCat) bound to Dapitan City at about 4 hours. Je Em, having no dull moments with him, constantly establish conversation with us made sure that we are alright.

Early morning, we arrive at the “Shrine City of the Philippines”. From Pulawan port we proceed immediately to the coast of Brgy Bagting. The fishport area transformed into a busy market trade among local fishermen including the residents of Selinog. This is where our negotiation happens. We approached some anchored fishing boats in the shore. The first vessel was already a good deal as they offered 1,000 for us, but Je Em was cheerful enough to look for another. The second boat offered 900 which we could have ended. But the owner informed us that we have to stand by for at least two hours while he waits for his companion. Can’t wait that long, we went to the third Bangka, Je Em persistently haggled for the last deal, 600 pesos for us.

Tip:

Look for local residents and join the group bound to Selinog, fare price ranges for as low as 50 to 200 pesos. Travel duration is 2 hours. The same scenario goes on your way back.

The Island

While on a voyage, a pod of dolphins greeted us with a warm welcome, spinning in the air, they are a usual sight around the island. Selinog or Silinog lies at 12.9 kilometers off mainland Dapitan City, Zamboanga Del Norte. The island was declared a marine reserve by the local government of Dapitan and is teeming with rich underwater marine ecosystem. It has a land area of 78 hectares surrounded by 70 hectares of coral reefs and white sandy areas.

There is no resort in the island,no restaurants and cafeterias. Staying overnight is highly recommended and experience an island life in Selinog. You may opt to camp and set up tent in the beachfront, or sleep on its sands or look for a local Homestay at 100 pesos per pax. There is no electricity in the island, fresh water for drinking is a problem, phone receptions are available at the beachfront. 100 pesos is levied for a table at the beach. As much as possible bring your own food. Marine sanctuary is a must see when you visit Selinog, in the same way, bring your own life vest and snorkeling gears. Swim at your own risk.

As we draw closer to the island, we already had a sight of the stretch of a  beachy paradise, the waters were insanely crystal blue. As we arrive, our first assignment was to look for a Homestay.  Thankfully, the islands chieftain who was with us in the vessel offered their home to be our shelter. We couldn’t asked for more with her, as she provided us the things we needed. When finally settled, we utilized the remaining hours on exploring the small island.

As dusk falls rapidly, we gathered at the beachfront were it turns a hangout with other visitors. I can’t forget that captive setting of the sun until the moments turned to night. Not only that, sunrise can also be observe in the island. This is just a total package for anyone who’s looking for that intact slice of paradise and experience a slow pace of life.

The next morning, we explored more of the other parts of the island and just layed the rest of our hours in the beach while looking for boat back to Dapitan City. It was already mid morning when we are able to negotiate someone back. In connection with it, there is an alternative way on getting to and from Selinog island.

 

Option 2:

There are organized boat tours that shuttles Dapitan City in Brgy Bagting or via Brgy Banbanan. Fare starts from 1,500 good for 5 people. Travel duration through Brgy Banbanan to Selinog is around 1 hour.

Our way back to Dapitan was via Brgy Banbanan which the boat organizer was kind enough also to fetch us back together with the other group. Adding up on our itinerary, he guided us to Banbanan cave and pool in their community, hoping to promote the attraction and introduce the hidden gems in their area, not to mention their are sheltered white sandy beaches in Brgy Banbanan worth the time to visit.

To sum it up, Selinog island  truly left a place in my heart. Living the island life,its idyllic spit of sand curves gently into its clearest waters. Where mass tourism has not spoiled the sense of paradise in the island, Selinog is sorrounded by pristine tropical landscape and white sandy coasts, bathed by crystal crystal clear and vibrant turquiose waters.

 

Expenses:

  • Ferry fare – P450.00 – Economy/Head
  • Tricycle ( Pulawan port to Brgy Bagting) – P10.00/Head
  • Boat transfer ( Dapitan to Selinog ) – P 200.00/Head
  • Homestay – P100.00/Head
  • Boat transfer ( Selinog to Brgy Banbanan ) – P100.00
  • Habal Habal ( Brgy Banbanan to Dapitan City ) – P25.00
  • Meals (2 Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner) – P300.00

*Suggested time to visit: During summer

 

 

 

 

Pagsalsalan falls/Maaslum twin falls-Ayungon,Negros Oriental

Discover the striking elegance of natural twin waterfalls in Ayungon Town, Province of Negros Oriental.

The rural atmosphere en route to Ayungon is another alternative for someone who’s looking for laid-back settlement. The countryside has scenic views of expansive rice fields, coconut and pineapple plantations, sugarcane, bananas and some others. Located at about 82 km north of Dumaguete City, this small town has a total land area of 265.1 sq km of which the people are mainly engage in agriculture, whereas the life in coastal areas revolves on fishing as a major activity.

The geographic areas outside the town proper has pretty rolling scenes of plantations, mountains, and some of the remaining forests of the province extending to the boundaries of Bindoy, Mabinay and Tayasan.

With its remote location and some insurgencies on critical areas in the mountains, some destinations in the hinterlands doesn’t draws that much attention for a visit. Nevertheless, EnrouteNegros is optimistic on discovering distant natural attractions and sharing you the hidden gems of the community.

Pagsalsalan falls or Maaslum twin waterfalls is situated about 8kms from Ayungon national highway. That is just an estimate of 25 minute drive from town proper to Brgy Maaslum. Driving our own vehicle, it enables us to see a glimpse of the lives and environment of the villages. The road accessibility to central Maaslum has established road due to operations of a mining firm. From a distance before arriving to the mining site, we observe a discouraging scene of a sloping mountain.

Photos by Madelane Banjao Anfone
Photos from Madelane Banjao Anfone
Photos by Madelane Banjao Anfone

The Goodyield Resources Development, Inc. (GRDI), a firm engaged in exploitation of mineral resources mainly on silica sand and quartz of which it produces cement, copper smelting, and fiber cement board plants. The mineral resources will be transported to its private port situated in Tampocon, Ayungon, Negros Oriental.

January 2019, it was reported of an issuance of a closure order by its town mayor after its failure to comply the requirements for a business permit.(https://visayas.politics.com.ph/negros-oriental-firm-to-sue-mining-firm-for-operating-without-permit/).

Just a few meters from the quarry site is a river that flows along the barangay down to the next villages and exits to Ayungon town. The river stream if followed will lead us to the twin waterfalls. Jump off area for vehicles is basically near the site then hike begins.

From the jump off area, we make use of our time exploring around, there were security guards along the premises of the quarry site with some heavy equipment. Seeing the devastation, we could imagine the adverse effects of the environment, soil erosion, surface water contamination, destroyed landscapes and agricultural land, leakage of chemicals are just examples we foresee if this operations will continue. The mountain over the site were expansively depleted. On the other hand, we explored more on the other side where we followed a trail and eventually found ourselves moving on a river trek.

The good side of the picture has greens on all sides, there were trees, a river stream with sulfur content and a trail to somewhere. We had a peaceful walk to a sloping trail up until we don’t see the terrible side. At the end of the trail is an adjoining river streams and a vision of an elevated waterfall. Now we can truly appreciate the raw beauty of nature on this side. We went closer to it as the natural pool is hiding beneath the large portions of a rocky cliff. That was a good view of a deep basin from our vantage point.

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Its twin falls on the other hand is just situated in a nearby gorge. That was a dramatic drop of the second waterfalls. It flows on another lofty hill spreading its waters as it goes down a shallow and craggy basin.

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Nature provides us with many wonderful things, from mesmerizing sights, to our consumption and even shelter. All of these are necessary to sustain our life in this planet. But with the advancement of economic activities and the spread of human footprints, our environment deteriorates. But we can do something with it, each one of us has the responsibility of the change. May we never forget one of our purpose in life, we live to protect and sustain our nature. Most importantly, we make sure that we leave a lasting legacy of protecting our environment, better for our generation and to the next. Let us help one another on conserving our nature.

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