Chasing Waterfalls: Pulang Bato Falls

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Location: Brgy. Malabo, Valencia, Negros Oriental
Types: Slide horsetail, Segmented

I have been to the City of Gentle People several times and I always ended up not going to Pulang Bato Falls in Valencia. But in my recent trip, albeit, just a very brief one, I finally managed to go to Red Valley.Pulang Bato Falls

Pulang Bato Falls, as its name suggests, is characterized by the stones reddened by the sulfur coming from Mount Talinis, the island’s second highest mountain after Mount Kanlaon.

The red sulfur emitted by Mount Talinis is a boon to the people of Valencia and the rest of Negros Oriental as it is converted into geothermal energy. With that, their electric consumption is subsidized.

Pulang Bato FallsThe beauty of Pulang Bato Falls was tarnished during the onslaught of Typhoon Sendong. Its wrath was tremendously felt downstream as it dragged along its path lives, houses and communities.

Reeling from that destructive typhoon, the beauty of Pulang Bato Falls can still be enjoyed and experienced but at the same time it should be a grim reminder to the people that unabated illegal logging may haunt them like a thief in the night.

Pulang Bato FallsPulang Bato has another waterfall. Unlike its bigger and more forceful twin, its waters are not sulfuric but fresh instead.

How To Get There:

  • From Manila: take any Dumaguete-bound flight of PAL, and Cebu Pacific.
  • From Dumaguete: hire a habal habal going to Pulang Bato Falls.

Note: This is part of LegendHarry‘s ambitious travel project: Chasing Philippine Waterfalls.

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