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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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Mantapi falls-level 1 and my guide

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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Mantapi falls-level 2

The second to fourth level has a larger swimming basin.

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Mantapi falls-levels 3 and 4

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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Mantapi falls-level 4

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.

 

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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.