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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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Photo by Klydie Quindo

 

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

Guide: MP KLydie Quindo

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.