Location: Brgy. Sibulan, Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur Type: Plunge If there was one thing that questioned my mortality and resolve to pursue this ambitious travel project, it was my trip to Tudaya Falls. This segment in my ten-day Mindanao Backpacking Adventure did not start well. First, it took for the van going to Kapatagan three hours to be filled up with passengers. So much precious time was lost while in Digos City. Instead of having much time to explore Kapatagan and see a number of waterfalls, I opted to go to Tudaya Falls. Second, the habal-habal motorcycle’s front wheel was punctured by sharp stonesRead More →

Hinulugan Falls, Pilar, Capiz

Location: Brgy. Tabunacan, Pilar, Capiz Type: Fan horsetail For the first quarter of 2016, I have been blessed with two group tours in Gigantes Islands in Carles, Iloilo. It thus presented me yet another opportunity to explore the province of Capiz, especially the waterfalls in its hinterlands. On March 3, I and Jhoanna, whom I met in one of my Palaui Island and Cagayan Heritage Group Tours, were supposed to go to Camp General Macario Peralta Jr. in Jamindan, Capiz. But the letter requesting for permission was not processed right away. So, we opted to go to Pilar, instead. It proved to be a betterRead More →

Location: Sitio Kangko, Brgy. Lamlahak, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato Types: Multi-step, Slide horsetail The mountain paradise called Lake Sebu is home to the indigenous people group called T’bolis. The municipality of Lake Sebu is now more popularly know for its Seven Falls. The Seven Falls of Lake Sebu has gained traction over the last several years that it has already eclipsed the town’s foremost natural attractions (Lake Sebu, Lake Seloton, and Lake Lahit). But deep into its forested areas is another wonder rarely visited. Far from the madding crowd of Seven Falls is Mahil Falls. The waterfall is composed of two almost identical tiers. BecauseRead More →

Location: Sitio Inamong, Brgy. Matigol, Arakan, Cotabato Types: Cascade, Multi-step, Fan horsetail As soon as the Rural Transit bus was cruising along the BUDA (Bukidnon-Davao) Highway, I often looked at the direction of the conductor. From time to time, I would ask if Campo Uno. From Campo Uno, I hired a habal habal motorcycle going to Barangay Matigol which sadly I found out to be still far from Sitio Inamong. So I have to walk down the dirt road while enjoying the aroma that the flowering coffee trees exude. At Sitio Matigol, I asked for some assistance. Adult Manobos were unavailable so some children accompaniedRead More →

Location: Monkayo, Compostela Valley Types: Cascade, Multi-step, Fan horsetail For the first day of my ten-day Chasing Waterfalls Project: Davao and SOCCSKSARGEN Edition, it was necessary that I stay overnight in Nabunturan. It was out of familiarity and convenience. I already spent overnight in the Compostela Valley capital in November 2012. And coming from Mainit Hot Spring, it was almost 4PM when I reached Mawab. So I needed to find an accommodation rather quick before dusk and to rest right away. Of course, I haven’t had a decent sleep for more than 24 hours.After finishing off an instant coffee the following morning, I checked outRead More →

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