Location: Barangay Tuno, Tibiao, Antique
Types: Slide horsetail, Tiered

I strongly felt that in the first two days of Panay Island Trip I was slacking off. I have seen shrines in Batan and in Kalibo chased waterfalls in Makato and in Tangalan, visited a museum and a capitol, and a few more places but I believed I was underachieving.

So, I took the 5AM trip of a San Jose de Buenavista-bound Ceres bus en route to Tibiao, Antique and see there for myself what kind of adventure waiting for me. By 8:30AM, I was already in Tibiao. First order of my business was to look for a carinderia to eat breakfast. I found one at the back of the town hall and I had a delicious pancit molo.

Bugtong Bato Falls in Tibiao, AntiqueAnd the I hopped in to a Kalibo-bound bus for me to reach the junction going to my destination: Bugtong Bato Falls. While I was looking for a habal habal motorcyle to hire, I noticed there were some drivers who busied themselves in drag racing. I was told that bets can be in the thousands. These drivers must be earning a lot!

Based on my previous trips, the rent that I haggled was very reasonable. The driver gave me some tips though I knew some of those. Of course, I controlled myself from impressing that I was a Mister-Know-It-All type. Anyway, I was really looking forward for this segment of my trip. So, I was expecting it to be a fun and an overwhelming experience.

Soon, we navigated through a decent road. At that time, it was under construction. I asked my driver if vans can enter the barangay and he readily said yes. A few minutes later, we arrived at Barangay Tuno where I registered and was assigned with a guide. I asked if the trail was easy and if there were less hikes. They assured me that it was.

Bugtong Bato Falls in Tibiao, AntiqueThen we started our trek and a few minutes later, I found out that ascent was not as they claimed to be. Although it gradually became challenging, still seeing exceptional scenery help me to be relaxed. The verdant hills of Tibiao and its pockets of rice terraces were a natural delight.

Indeed, Bugtong Bato Falls proved to overwhelming. On the first day of August, she was exuding with beauty. The fullness of her majesty was very evident on that day.

Bugtong Bato Falls in Tibiao, AntiqueBut there was a drawback. Because her water drops were very intense, its mists became a curse for me as I was taking some photos. The moment that I wiped off the mists in my filter, it got wet right away! I persisted though in getting some decent shots of Bugtong Bato Falls. And it paid me off.

My guide told me that we should also see the second and third tiers. Then I saw a stiff staircase. Oh no! Not again, I told to myself. Good thing that the driver offered to carry my backpack.

Separated by a smaller basin, the second and the third tiers were constantly throwing their weight and might. Blessed to have a great volume of water flowing on that day, it was just amazing to witness the full brunt of Bugtong Bato Falls on this day. Such an overwhelming experience indeed.

Bugtong Bato Falls in Tibiao, AntiqueThe name of the falls came from the words bugtong (one) bato (rock or stone) that can be seen far below the first tier. Oblivious to a fault, I forgot to take a photo of the rock.

If ever I go back to Antique, I won’t fail to visit Bugtong Bato Falls for the second time mainly because of the wonderful sight and experience that I had.

Note: This is part of LegendHarry’s ambitious travel project: Chasing Philippine Waterfalls. Also, this is part of his July 30-August 8, 2013 Panay Island Backpacking Trip.


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