Chasing Waterfalls: Manhencha Falls

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Location: Chumang, Mayoyao, Ifugao
Types: Fan horsetail, Slide horsetail, Tiered

Before I embarked on this 11-day road trip, Manhencha Falls was not high in my list as I could not Google any photo or blog about this falls. As soon as I talked to the acting tourism officer of Mayoyao, Ifugao, however, it dawned on me that all the destinations I listed can be reached in just one day! All I needed was to start early.

A breath-taking view of the Mayoyao Rice Terraces.

A breath-taking view of the Mayoyao Rice Terraces.

I woke up early the following day. At the balcony, I sipped an instant coffee while marveling at my breathtaking view being engulfed by the morning light.

By 6AM I left Melcha Lodge, my home for two nights, to walk around the town plaza, went up to the police station to register and looked for another guide since the one I requested did not show up. Two hours went by before we started; what a waste of precious time! Still, I held a firm belief that what I wanted will be visited, seen and explored.

Two of the heavy equipments at work.

Two of the heavy equipments at work.

Two kilometers northeast from the top proper was the steep road going to the jump off point. At that time it was still under construction. So I and my guide hiked for around two kilometers before we reached the jump off point.

The trail going to Manhencha Falls.

The trail going to Manhencha Falls.

The trail going to Manhencha Falls was also under construction. When this trail and the road will be finished, going to Manhencha Falls will have to be a lot easier.

That was my guide Jerome at the sharp bend going to the Manhencha Falls.

That was my guide Jerome at the sharp bend going to the Manhencha Falls.

The trail going to Manhencha Falls reminded me of Tinago Falls in Iligan City and Casaroro Falls in Valencia, Negros Oriental. They were all physically challenging!

Manhencha Falls in Mayoyao, IfugaoFifteen minutes later, we have finally reached Manhencha Falls which was composed of a series of three separate and distinct drops and their natural pools.

Manhencha Falls in Mayoyao, IfugaoThe cold water of Manhencha was very inviting. And so my frail human soul succumbed to the temptation for a refreshing dip.

But of course, first, let me take a selfie!

Manhencha Falls in Mayoyao, IfugaoJerome told me that there are three other main drops of Manhencha but can be reached via a lot steeper trail.

Manhencha Falls in Mayoyao, IfugaoThe Manhencha Falls I saw on that Thursday morning was more than enough to please me and to have it included in my Chasing Philippine Waterfalls Project.

I met Mr. Tony Atio-an at an event held in his resort in Ramon, Isabela.

I met Mr. Tony Atio-an at an event held in his resort in Ramon, Isabela.

On our way going to Banaue-Mayoyao-Aguinaldo-Alfonso Lista-Ramon Road, I saw a familiar face. It belonged to Tony Atio-an, the contractor who bagged the road project. In the summer of 2005, I covered an event held at Gethsemane Resort in Ramon, Isabela.

Note: This is part of LegendHarry‘s ambitious travel project: Chasing Philippine Waterfalls. Also, this is part of his October 3-14, 2014 Mountain Province-Ifugao-Isabela-Aurora Backpacking Trip.

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