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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.

Naibid Falls-Amlan

As you all know, I am always fascinated with waterfalls; hence, my unending chase to this natural wonder shall be continued one at a time. The spirit of adventure it offers on long walks and trekking makes my happy feet enthralled leading to an exciting discovery.

A remote waterfall tucked away in the forgotten corner en route to the hinterlands of Sitio Badiang in Brgy.Jantianon of Amlan lies a multi-tiered waterfall of Naibid or Maibid.

I was anxious at first knowing that I couldn’t find any image on Naibid, I was  thinking probably its unsafe to go there.  I have tried any possible keywords that would link to any information on the waterfalls and more importantly how to go there but the phrase below is all I can see in my search results.

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So I decided to contact an associate from Amlan to come along my trip. He have not reached that secluded area in his entire years in Amlan and I’m glad he is interested to see what is in there.

We rode our way to Brgy. Jantianon proper and seek help among the residents, but none of the locals we asked don’t know where it is and haven’t heard of it. 😀 Funny it is when a woman told us that it doesn’t exist in their area.

So we drove further passing through some hilly sugarcane fields and coconuts, the road is starting to get rough and the going  gets tough. Most parts of the road are rocky, the clay soils along the unpaved road are really sticky-slippery when wet therefore rainy period isn’t a good time to visit the waterfall.

We paused on one of the houses along the way where there are people we can ask. They warned us about the long-distance hike but I was very eager to continue no matter how far it is,so they recommend us to meet first with the community leader in Sitio Badiang who can also suggest a trail guide. We continued our way up until we reached the jump off point for vehicles. Seriously it was a tough ride for us.

We reached Sitio Badiang at mid morning and we are lucky the community leader was around, we’ve talked to him personally and he was very kind, there were just a few questions he wanted to know, he asked our intention of visiting the area and how did we learn about Naibid. After our chit-chat he suggested a young guy named James to be our trail guide.

James our guide was very silent when we started the walk so we build a conversation with him and learned a lot from him, to make his life story short, he was born in Cebu City, finished his 4th grade,parents left him and ended under the custody of his uncle who was from Amlan. The journey was sincerely a very loooooooooonnnnnnnnggggg walk, true hiking begins after the jump off point of vehicles.The rain kept more challenging on our walk as the soil becomes slippery and muddy.

We passed through river streams and slope areas and barely see people. James advances us to an isolated settlements who’s residents are also his relatives. He lead us to a house at the bottom of the mountain where his relatives-almost of his age leisurely playing basketball. He then convince the four boys to come with us. There were seven of us now in the group, three of them were actually brothers.

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More hiking we did this time, mountain slope are getting steep,more exhilarating climb, and more mountain adventure that it pushes my skills to the limits.

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Naibid falls is actually a series of waterfalls divided into five layers.The topmost level has the largest and deepest catching basin, the 4th and 3rd level on the other hand has an average height with shallow basin,while the second tier has the highest drop and a deep natural pool,though the first level has no pool, the enormous water drops offers a captivating sight.

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Unlike anything else, the second tier of Naibid waterfalls holds a completely spellbinding form as I look at it. The water current drops into a sloping rock where the waters adjoin beneath forming of somewhat like a V shape.

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Naibid is completely an unspoiled oasis. It was a highly worthy destination after an exhausting journey,Stunning, isn’t she?

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Mag-aso Falls and Leisure Camp-Kabankalan City

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I was moving my fingers up and down on the displayed digits on my phonebook when I noticed an unfamiliar label named Kabankalan. Without any idea of who the person behind it, the foremost thing came out of my mind was Mag-aso falls.

Then I remember, he was a local in Kabankalan that I inquired before about the waterfall. So I asked him again the directions on how to get to Mag-aso falls. I don’t have much information about it but it was my last minute decision to proceed without delay. Simultaneously, I carried my load and some personal stuff and went to Dumaguete Bus terminal.

How did I get there:

Fare: Dumaguete to Kabankalan City – P 227.00(one way)

I rode the earliest bus taking north of Dumaguete bound to Bacolod city via Mabinay town. We left the terminal at 12 noon ETD. The length of travel time from Dumaguete to Kabanakalan city is around 4 hours. The bus was quite taking more time than is expected and I arrived at almost 5 pm at Brgy. Oringao juncture and to Kabankalan city proper. With no time to waste, I rode a passenger motorbike heading to Barangay Oringao en route to Sitio Dug-anon, where Mag-aso falls and Leisure Camp is situated. There were six of us in the motorbike including the driver, four local residents and myself,25 pesos was pegged per pax. The motorbike for hire or habal-habal could accommodate at least 5 to 6 people and it took us less than ten minutes as we arrive at the entrance.

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The sun is already about to set that time so I rapidly went around the area,the mountainous area starts to get foggy and cold. 50 pesos where charged for admission each person.The area are covered with plenty of trees adding a relatively cool environment. There were paved concrete stairway down each hilly part with handrails. A nice man made pool is set up at the middle, the water filling up the pool came from the streams connecting to the waterfalls. There were cottages available for lease and a few room accommodations for overnight stayers. Room rates for each room is 1,000 pesos per night.

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Mag-aso waterfall is just a few steps down from the pool, upon seeing the water from the falls I know for certain it is cold, there were three people enjoying soaking its chilly water when I arrived. A few distance to the waterfall is an elevated viewing platform established for visitors but one can view closer to it. There were huge boulders on its rivers streams and are quite slippery.

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I took a closer look of the waterfalls and the water looks refreshing. It was just a quick visit and I regret that I didn’t bring my towel.

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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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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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The second to fourth level has a larger swimming basin.

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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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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.