Chasing Waterfalls: Alalum Falls
Location: Sayre Highway, Kisolon, Sumilao, Bukidnon
Type: Slide horsetail
I began the day rather early. In fact, I woke up at 4AM. And before I left Cagayan de Oro, I shot some pics in the downtown area and played Ingress at the same time. Then I had to visit a friend and his art shop to provide some insights and perspectives on what he should consider doing.
Then before I noticed it, I was already pressed for time. But since the Municipality of Sumilao in Bukidnon is just an hour away, I initially thought that it won’t take me long to reach the town. However, I had to go back to Puerto to catch a Rural Trans bus. An hour later, I have finally reached Sumilao.
The primary reason that I chose Alalum Falls over other waterfalls in the Province of Bukidnon is convenience. Since I arrived in Mindanao on October 1, it had been raining, and most often that ruined my itinerary and activities. In fact, a few seconds after I got off the bus, it began to rain. Good thing that there was an abandoned building along the highway.
The 45-meter tall Alalum Falls is just beside a gorge along Sayre Highway, the main road that connects the Northern Mindanao and Davao Regions. Alalum Falls and its stream provide a natural boundary between the municipalities of Sumilon and Impasug-ong.
There is a steep concrete stairway going to the wide basin of the waterfalls. But because it rained, it was slippery. Then the reeds and shrubs nearly covered the path. So I just consoled myself from the vantage point that I was in.
Note: This is part of LegendHarry‘s ambitious travel project: Chasing Philippine Waterfalls. Also, this is part of his October 1-10 Zamboanga Peninsula-Northern Mindanao-ARMM-Davao Regions Backpacking Trip.