Going 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.
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.
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.
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.
It was a grateful weekend collaborating with an all-star team who are equally passionate on discovering new places. Surrounded by friendly and thrill seeking community, going to the unknown to experience new is something I’d love to do.
Kinaiyahan Outdoor Society or Negros Tarzans are group of individuals routinely engage in outdoor activities whether it’s climbing summits to river trekking, stand by a waterfall or jump to river pools. They are adventurers who loves the trill of risky trails, at the same time exploring the jungles hidden gem.
This week is a new experience and new acquaintance as we team up with their group. Our destination is undetermined, we just have to trail around with them wherever it leads us to an interesting spot. Surely, we will end up on a waterfall.
Our unknown destination simply means somewhere taking a different route. Somewhere all of us haven’t been to. But for some reason some of the most memorable and exciting experiences can happen in places that you otherwise wouldn’t know as wandering often entails with exploring places and exposing yourself to different circumstances.
While waiting for others, we started out buying local products at farmers market in Valencia town Plaza. With a bunch of options for consumption, the bustling space is occupied with buyers and stand of any kind of fruits, vegetables, cooked and baked products, local delicacies, dry goods, clothings, ukay-ukay, toys, ornamentals and many more. Making sure we don’t starve in the woodland, we bought light foods vital for energy source.
Our hike begins at the Casaroro entry point following the Apolong trail straight up to the twin waterfalls. While everyone was familiar with the route, we are able to reach our initial destinations on a fair pace. Coping up with seasoned guides, the climb were somewhat very fun and a barrel of laugh all throughout. Jun, our lead guide and the rest of his group positively turned our tedious experience to a humorous one.
With the dramatic changes of weather conditions in the mountains, and mostly unpredictable, we ascended on a fair sky condition. About a kilometer from the jump off, it went gloomy, then fog ascends, until it rained. With low temperatures in the mountains, precipitation would likely happen.
Tip: for amateur climbers, always be prepared for any weather characteristics, bring extra light clothes, seal electronic gadgets in a water proof compartment.
We continued the climb inspite of the heavy downpour, nothing cease the climb inspite of our soaking clothes and a drenched shoes. Somehow we arrive the guardhouse on our desired timetable. Took some rest and consumed our food.
For the fifth time, it is always a pleasure seeing an old friend just a few minutes from the guardhouse. Never miss the chance to watch again the twin waterfalls. But that day was different, seeing her in full glory was rare and extraordinary.
Its enormous drop of the waterfalls reminds us of a flight of a flapping birds. In fact, it was originally named Naglupad falls. Naglupad in local dialect means “to take flight” or “to fly” , like that of a bird in particular. Its twin falls on the other hand were originally named Kang-Iroy, history tells that the first person who found this waterfalls was Iroy, thus named Kang-Iroy falls. This is where we are heading, we will climb up to Kang-Iroy to see if there are other attractions up there.
Then we took a remote trail en route to Kang-iroy river system, climbing up to an unestablished way behind plenty of trees and bushes. There were struggles as we deal with a very slippery ground. It sort of feels like an exotic jungle of nowhere, where reeds, bamboo, tall trees, woody plants and shrubs all around will take us down to a rocky shelf and finally on the rivers shoreline.
The stream was quite shallow so were able to walk across it. We waded through its waters of about 10 minutes or so when we reach an elevated rocky part of which the waters were distributed on both sides. Unsatisfied of what we saw, we continued exploring above. Had to climb a narrow hole at the other end under huge boulders and a flowing water. Laughing and talking never stops in their good company amidst climbing trouble and awkwardness.
River trek continues at about five minutes when we had a glimpse another waterfall. We gathered around the base, and some settles a sign of relief seeing one of the falls in Kang-Iroy. The water drops on a not so high rock shelter and plunges to a shallow pool. Pleased this time, Jun assesses of a possible way through up, eventually the group decided to just come back next time around and explore more upstream, then we ended a group photo.
Certainly, it was a fun-filled day with loads of laugh and new escapade. We look forward of teaming up again with them for future wanders, after all, Life was made for good friends and great adventure. Cheers to upcoming days filled with sunny skies, climbing mountains and unlimited adventures.
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Bugsok falls was on my itinerary when I visited Niludhan Falls via Mabinay town. But due to time shortage I decided to just appoint a visit some other time. Since I don’t have much information on how to get to Bugsok Falls, I keep searching on possible travel blogs online, but failed to find one. Pictures were my only link and reference. With very limited information, I uploaded a single photo and saved on my phone. All I know was that it lies on the mountainous area en route to Brgy.BanBan.
Mabinay is around 87 kilometers away from Dumaguete City and situated in the central part of Negros Island.
HOW TO GET THERE:
From Dumaguete I drove my way to Mabinay town. Travel time was less than two hours.
Upon arriving at Mabinay Bus terminal I immediately asked two locals where do I find Bugsok Falls, but to my surprise, they don’t know :D. I went further around their market looking for any sign or directions how to get to Brgy.BanBan and interestingly found a tourism tarp with Bugsok twin falls printed on it, the print is barely to seen if you would not look closely at it, the prints are losing its paint and the material printed seems to be outdated.
The locals directed me to a secluded area of Brgy. BanBan and it was a tough ride, the wet road makes it even harder for my motorbike for conveyance. I was not sure if I’m going the exact path as I do not see any sign heading to the falls. The people I asked were kind and helpful enough with the directions.
The search took me long as I went to the wrong way as I find myself driving in a rice field, worst scenario when my motorbike fell and stock on a muddy surface. Then there were two men heading my way and offered help in moving my motorbike, another way of thanking them.
The two men who helped me earlier pointed me where I could leave my motorbike. From that point, I could hear its streams and flowing water but no idea of where it is and where to go. There were few human tracks that I followed but the end thereof leads to nowhere and downhill. The sloping ground was planted with corn and various root crops. I slowly moved and went further to catch a sight of a noticeable sound of its waters.
And from a distance, I saw a sight that filled me with awe and reverence, the raw beauty of its environment was astounding. So I made my own way from top to the bottom of the slope. There was no one in the area. Such a sight to behold.
Tagged as the most photographed falls in the province,Casaroro Falls should be included in your bucket list if you happen to visit and travel Negros Oriental.The single veil of the water drops at around 100 meters in height,plunges into a deep cold basin.The fascinating grace of this attraction lies in the steep and rugged ridge in the town of Valencia en route to secluded Sitio in Brgy.Apolong.
How to get there:
From any point of Dumaguete city, ride your way west with less than an hour travel.Public jeeps(can accommodate at least 28 passengers) are a common transportation among commuters heading to Valencia town (P12.00/person).
Passengers will be dropped around Valencia Town Plaza.I took some photos and a short leisure walk throughout, since it was Sunday, the public place was lively, with farmers market and church goers gather in the area.
Going there would require trekking so I loaded my stomach a breakfast. I ask the canteen owner on where I could hire a habal-habal(motorbike) and how much should I pay going to the falls. She told me some settles for 150 even 200 but she says it should be 100 pesos one way. She recommended a driver and I settled 200 pesos back and forth.
In less than 30 minutes,we arrived at the entrance, a few part of the road are bumpy and uneven.
A 10 pesos entrance fee is collected for each visitor.The area is poised with tranquility as we begin counting 335 steps going down. Lush green rain forest surrounded with abundant wild trees and plants providing shades in the area,I hear birds tweet,chirping bush crickets and a current of water in the stream banks flowing.
Upon reaching at the bottom of the stairs, treking and hiking begins. A hanging bridge with a viewing deck was constructed previous years but was washed out by typhoon Sendong and made even worse by typhoon Pablo.
From the dismantled viewing deck I could hear the roaring drop of the water as it falls at about 100 meters. Such a sight of this secluded grace in this mighty falls from a distance.
The climate that day was favorable so I opted to come closer to the falls. The chilly water was enticing but I didn’t go for a swim. This is a worth visit after an uphill and downhill trek,670 steps and a rocky trail.