Chasing Waterfalls: Bulawan Falls

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Location: Paleg, Dinalungan, Aurora
Types: Slide horsetail, Cascade

It has been taking me like forever to reach Dinapigue, Isabela. And there were times the long trip had bored me. Just before we reached the town proper of Dinalungan in Aurora Province, I saw a sign that bore “to Bulawan Falls“. So I asked the woman beside me to describe that waterfall; she happened to be from the same town. What she said convinced me to pay a visit to Bulawan Falls.

Bulawan Falls, Dinalungan, AuroraBulawan Falls, Dinalungan, AuroraSo after visiting Dibulo Falls and the bonsai forest in Dinapigue, Isabela, I headed south to explore the Province of Aurora. I set aside other destinations and altered my itinerary to accommodate Bulawan Falls, fully convinced that it was well worth it. At 3 AM of October 13, the minibus bound to Santiago City left that coastal municipality.

Bulawan Falls, Dinalungan, AuroraBulawan Falls, Dinalungan, AuroraBy 7:30 AM, the minibus had reached Dinalungan. Quickly I went to the town hall and asked for the tourism office. Instead I was told to go to the Municipal Planning and Development Office whose head gladly offered his assistance.

Bulawan Falls, Dinalungan, AuroraBulawan Falls, Dinalungan, AuroraAt the tricycle terminal, I asked a driver if he would like to bring me to Bulawan Falls. He told me that the road was rocky and thus bumpy and he was charging me P500 for the round trip. I haggled and we agreed on P300. Initially, the five-kilometer road was paved. Then several minutes later, the harsh reality set in.

Bulawan Falls, Dinalungan, AuroraBulawan Falls, Dinalungan, AuroraLocated in the fringes of the Sierra Madre Mountain Range, Bulawan Falls majestically stands and seamlessly drops to a huge basin. The huge boulders and rocks added character to the waterfall and created several other pools downstream. According to the official website of the Province of Aurora (http://www.aurora.gov.ph), Bulawan Falls is “acclaimed as the Cleanest Inland Body of Water – Regional Category.”

Bulawan Falls, Dinalungan, AuroraBulawan Falls, Dinalungan, AuroraAt the time of my visit, there were several Dumagats who were picnicking at Bulawan Falls. They gamely asked to be photographed and when they saw their photos, they were joyful.

Bulawan Falls can be a major tourist destination in Aurora Province. Completing the concrete road that leads to Bulawan Falls will be the necessary impetus.

Bulawan Falls, Dinalungan, AuroraNote: 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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