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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.

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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.