Cang-iping Beach-San Juan,Siquijor

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Cang-iping Beach is another display of God’s countless beautiful creation and goodness. When he created our world, HE was pleased of what he saw. And I quote (Genesis 1:31-“And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.”)

The bustling resort accommodations in Siquijor is mostly found in San Juan town where the shoreline stretches out on white sandy beach. The island is blessed with natural attractions, beaches, caves, verdant mountains, rich in  marine biodiversity.

Before reaching Poblacion San Juan, the white sand shoreline of the town actually starts at Cang-iping followed by Paliton. Both beaches are uncrowded and a scenic stretch of white sands.

How to get there:

From Siquijor town en route to San Juan taking provincial road prior to Paliton Beach, another way to the shore will take you to Cang-iping as shown in the map above.

As soon as I arrived, I was greeted by large fishing boats anchored at the side. A few steps from the parking area, the extension of white sands welcomes me and few visitors with seaweeds washed up ashore.

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The group of visitors where preoccupied of taking selfies and pointing each others camera in any angle of the beach, they were delighted seeing the area. Then each of them were saying Hi’s as the camera rolls on a record. Upon hearing their talks, they are visitors from Manila.

I went further to the other end of the beach providing a picturesque natural scenery,who wouldn’t love to be on this place? Under coconut palms, a sunny skies, listening to the breeze, rustled through the sands and the waves lapping at the shore.

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Then my attention was directed to a sign posted. It says ” No Trespassing,Private Property”. There is a distinctive structure nearby but I wasn’t sure if its exactly connected to what I’m thinking. The exterior color resembles that of a popular resort in San Juan.

Confirming my thought from a batch mate in college who lives close to Paliton Beach, she says, part of Cang-iping is actually owned by Coco Grove Resort. I was right. Paliton, Cang-iping and Cambusyo Beach were actually her grandparents property, and that, she is one of the successor.

I hope the silhouette of this area continue to exist if it’ll be developed into a future accommodation. When visiting Siquijor, make your way to Cang-iping before it gets too crowded, or how about spending the rest of the afternoon here as this is a perfect spot to watch the sunset.

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Minalulan Beach-Maria,Siquijor

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I always contemplate of living someday on a beach. I thought of how is waking up early in the morning on a beautiful beach just a few steps on my bed.  Fortunately, to the residents of Brgy Minalulan don’t have to dream of that.

Brgy Minalulan is a coastal area of Maria town in the province of Siquijor. Being a coastal area, fishing is a sustaining livelihood here and is mainly dependent on the abundance of marine environment along Maria bay.

Manifested on their long beach, I’ve seen a great number of fishing boats. Most of the settlements in the village are put right next the shore which is one of the longest beach in the island next to San Juan shoreline. The beach has a long stretch of white sand, and incredibly, I was the only visitor ambling on its sands.

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It was with great pleasure seeing two kids enjoying their playground, the beach, the white sands, the sun and the waves. Aside from the backdrop view of the sea, a noticeable structure part of the scenery serving as a navigational aid is the Minalulan lighthouse.

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How to get there:

As you can see on Googles embed map above. From the main town of Maria as the starting point. There are three routes you can take to get you to Minalulan.

  1. Maria town proper via Brgy Liloan
  2. Maria town proper via Brgy Saguing
  3. Maria town proper or Lazi town via Brgy Simacolong

The long beach of Minalulan can be accessed to anyone, free and open to the public, no resort accommodations. Explore  Siquijor beaches, explore the town of Maria, discover Brgy Minalulan today and wiggle your feet to another uncrowded beach of Minalulan.

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Lapac Beach-Maria,Siquijor

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Uncrowded white beach? Siquijor has a lot of them. This posts will take you to the finest beach I’ve visited in the province, less the swarms of tourists, less the crowd, minus the resorts, free of other visitors, no developments. Fun in the sun meets tropical tranquility, stroll on a stretch of white sand, add the beautiful ocean view and azure sea, plus serenity and solitude equals Lapac beach.

Lapac beach is another secret beach located en route to the coastal areas of Liloan in Maria town. This town has a number of hidden beaches, but discovering them before the masses do can be challenging. So I’m counting myself as the lucky ones that are able to step on its shore.

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The state-protected woods of Liloan forest overlays the beach of Lapac, Bacong and some other unknown beaches. From Brgy Liloan I took the same route to Bacong Beach but before reaching the forest, another established route to the left I took to an unfamiliar direction to the other side of the forest.

A few meters I noticed there were no houses around, nowhere to ask, just road, bushes, shrubs and trees there were, plenty. I continue driving on the very end until I finally saw a house come into view. I approached a woman inside, greeted her and ask:

“Is there any beach around?”

“Lapac” she replied

“How do I get in there?”

She pointed her finger on the motorbikes. “From those motorbikes, follow that way and walk down to the bottom. There you’ll find the beach area”.

 At once, I walked through the forest then to a descending trail. Soon the descent grew steeper and I began to be exhausted. I rested halfway and drunk all the water I got.

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As I draw near the shore, there were voices I’ve heard. They were chanting. They were happy.

Upon seeing Lapac beach, it was jaw dropping, extremely surprising. I couldn’t believe it exist. A surreal mix of reality and imagination of an untouched paradise. An illustration of a remarkable view on a postcard.

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Being the solitary tourist, I sauntered on the white shore from end to the opposite end. The local fishermen were looking at me but they didn’t bother. I couldn’t help but to appreciate more in this island. It felt like every visit I make is an endless discovery. Every visit is a new journey.

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On my journeys, I’ve learned to enjoy now being alone. The less people I see, the better. And so I rest on the sands, just staring at the clouds. Enjoyed the scenery and listened to the silence.

Polo island-Maria,Siquijor

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Undoubtedly, Salagdoong Beach Resort in Maria is one of the top tourist destinations in the province of Siquijor. Tourists flock to this beautiful beach with unbelievably turquoise water, magnificent views and white sandy beach but the majority miss out on a nearby gem completely untouched.

Have you heard of Polo Island in same town? This posts will take you to a remote area, a stretch of beach and a nearby small island of which I haven’t heard before. I thought I’ve known Siquijor very well as I’ve been there eleven times already but to my surprise as I look closely to a detailed map there is more attractions in Siquijor that is not much visited.

Part of the fun of my visits to any destination is uncovering those unique and hidden gems that are often found off-the-beaten path. The wild beach and Polo Island is camouflaged with Molave trees particularly in Salagdoong Forest Reserve.

As for the information of everybody, Salagdoong Forest is a man made molave plantation covering an area of 202.15 hectares of which is considered the biggest in our country and in Southeast Asia.

How to get there:

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En route to Salagdoong Beach Resort, your guiding landmark is shown in the above image. The road to the right is going to the resort while on the left is an unknown route which I took. The way was not as bad as I thought; it was a bit rocky but was a bearable drive. I was driving amidst the forest without knowing where I am heading and was not sure if I took the right way. But when I saw another motorbike of which I am sure they were fishermen then I continued all the way to the coast.

Upon arrival I saw the rest of the fishermen gathered in the shaded area where the wives were preparing for their lunch together with their children. It was fun to watch their families taking their lunch together with a vibe of music they played setting up huge speakers on a tricycle.

I was alone but never lonely. Nothing beats the sight of its water and dazzling beauty. The untouched areas along Maria Bay is the perfect place to explore for those that love to get off-the-beaten path.

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The stretch of the beach consist mainly on all white coral stones making it very unique. The state of tide during that time is at its lowest so more of the beach can be seen. People can go offshore up to the small island but I prefer stay ashore this time. The beach was all by myself. Finally, to end this posts, I’ll take a selfie :D. Cheers!

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Kawasan Falls-Lazi,Siquijor

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A newly discovered waterfall and cave in Siquijor proves that we should never stop exploring. Kawasan Falls is situated in Lazi town en route to Brgy. Cangclaran, just a nearby attraction to one of the most visited Cambugahay waterfalls.

An intersection route will take you to Brgy. Cangclaran and Cambugahay where a visible sign is placed as a guiding sign towards Kawasan, then drove uphill for less than 5 minutes.

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As soon as I reached Brgy. Cangclaran, I was welcomed by the residents and a local guide. Because I don’t know where it was, I approached a young man to lead my way. 10 pesos was levied for each visitor for the parking fee.

As I’ve seen in their log book, I was one of the few visitors. The only way to access the new waterfall is to descend into a hill with newly established track of around 200 steps.

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Upon reaching the bottom, immediately  the waters of Kawasan greeted me with a hue of color blue sharing a similar attribute to that of Cambugahay. The location is concealed chiefly of trees and wild plants.

The stillness of the environment is accompanied with bird sounds and the flowing waters. There were no other visitors that time except myself and four other local guides. The entrance to the cave is located beneath the waterfall, which I opted not to go inside, for safety reasons, there were no gears provided, the distance of the cave has not been mapped and so I find it more dangerous.

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It was just a quick side trip and I am always grateful every time I see a waterfall, whether of towering height and small. When visiting Siquijor, don’t miss on discovering the hidden falls of Kawasan.

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Bacong Beach-Maria,Siquijor

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It was high tide when I visited Kagusuan beach for the third time, thus some seaweeds were carried along the shore but still one of the gorgeous beach I’ve seen in the island. There were few fishermen at the end of the beach preparing for a catch. One of the fisherman approach me while I was taking photos, as we were talking, he recommended another lovely beach in their area which he says a much longer drive.

They call it Bacong beach, located in the same town en route to Brgy.Liloan. Bewildered of how it looks like, I shall allow my intuition to guide me today as I felt an exhilaration of a hidden paradise. The wind blows wherever it wishes, the trees where swaying of its direction, then we were lead to a dense forest. On a sunny drive at noon, it was so nice to have abundant tall shade trees canopies our way through Liloan forest, some bare roots of aged trees had crept over the track amidst the woodland covered with dried fallen leaves.

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The beach and the forest are bordered by a vertical cliff and of surrounding vegetation. The end of the cliff serves as a parking space for visitors where I left mine and some other four motorbikes. Standing on top of the cliff, my eyes were met with the vast ocean. Upon hearing the sea waves, instantly I went down to the bottom.

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In a few distance, I saw some local fishermen gathered around the coast, some were hoovering their meal while others are preparing their fishing boat, at the end of the stretch are teenagers reveled the clear waters of the area.

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The lovely beach is completely virgin, both ends of the stretch have spectacular rock formations, waters are magnificently clear were it was irresistibly I took a dip, though I didn’t went that far, colorful fishes are visible near the coast. The beach face and the wrack line consist mainly on coral rocks and stone deposits while white sands stay at the berm section.

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This is one of the many virgin beaches in the province you shouldn’t miss too, start planning your tropical getaway now, pack your picnic and head off to discover the untouched beauty of Maria town, get off-the-beaten track and enjoy a tranquil experience in Bacong beach.

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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