The Philippines has been blessed with spectacular gifts of nature, among which are numerable waterfalls of different types and heights Â– grand bodies of water typically nestled in secluded thick forest. These often underrated natural wonders which are not only offer a serene sanctuary for visitors but also are of great value to communities.
Here are some glance of the countryÂ’s most picturesque waterfalls hoping to stir greater appreciation and awareness for the preservation of these natureÂ’s wonders.
GRAND CASCADES IN THE PHILIPPINES
“There is no wondering about what the waterfalls were like yesterday, no way to know what they’ll look like tomorrow. There will always be a shade of difference, a nuance noticed or not, but to see them right now, in this moment in their powerful splendor – that is the way to celebrate the present,” – Anonymous
I have visited and written a little about these royal waterfalls for sometime but to keep on reminiscing about these grand cascades, I have compiled other waterfalls here. I always remember the thoughts of the serene green forest, aged trees and flowing waters as each water bubbles carries lessons from the past; each tide surge, an invitation to celebrate the present; and every flowing motion, begging for a humble conservation.
Wondering at the sight of waterfalls, one can’t help but marvel how nature could come up with such magnificent display. Merely looking doesn’t seem incapable of explaining its awe-inspiring creation.
The Philippines has been blessed with spectacular gifts of nature, among which are numerable waterfalls of different types and heights – grand cascades typically nestled in secluded thick forest. These often underrated natural wonders which are not only offer a serene sanctuary for visitors but also are of great value to communities.
Here are some glance of the country’s most picturesque waterfalls hoping to stir greater appreciation and awareness for the preservation of these nature’s wonders.
CASARORO FALLS, VALENCIA, NEGROS ORIENTAL
The Casaroro Falls is a natural attraction hidden in the town of Valencia in Negros Oriental. It is considered the most photograph waterfalls in the entire Negros Province. With the height of 100 feet, the Casaroro Falls’ water plunges straight into a deep cold basin before it plunges straight into the deep cold basin before it flows down to a stream.
Adventure-seekers and tourists who dare to see this wonder must first pass the obstacle of a 360-step climb set against a terrain of steep and rocky mountains. Nature lovers who wish to seek tranquility will definitely enjoy the sights of the unique trees and rare birds within the falls’ range.
TINUY-AN FALLS, BISLIG CITY
Tinuy-an Falla is considered the widest waterfalls in the country, with its width spanning 95 meters, and dubbed as the Little Niagara Falls of the Philippines. Approximately 55 meters in height, its three-tiered white water curtain flows gracefully into a pool that beckons tourists to enjoy a cool and refreshing deep.
The Tinuy-an falls is an ideal place for picnic, bird watching, monkey watching or simply communing with mother nature. Rainbows frequently appear in the area displaying their multi-colored arc that blends with the whit captivating cascades. The waterfalls’ encompassing area is also home for the giant ferns, wild orchids, vines and multi-layered river bed of stones that were skillfully nature crafted.
VERA FALLS, MALINAO, ALBAY
Sunsets smiles pleasingly upon the quiet nook in Mount Malinao where the green forest and the clear cascading water of Vera Falls create a remarkable view. The water drops approximately 25 meters into the crystal blue lagoon.
Its location is about 400 feet above sea level at the bottom of Bulang, municipality of Malinao, Albay. Vera falls is named after Rev. Fr. Vicente Jose C. Vera who made the spot known among nature lovers and hikers in the late 1980 during his parochial assignment in the area. It is definitely good for retreat meditation.
TINAGO FALLS, ILIGAN CITY
Iligan is famous for its numerous waterfalls. It is well known as “The city of majestic waterfalls."
The fast roaring sound of cascading waters can be heard as one begins to descend the steep and winding path leading to Tinago Falls in Iligan city. At the base, the white gushing flow and the pool of blue and green waters never fail to mesmerize visitors, channeling them to a profound moment as they behold one of nature’s wonders.
Tinago Falls has a height of approximately 120 feet. It is one of the 23 waterfalls strategically spread out in 44 barangays and rightfully earned its distinction as the “City of Majestic Waterfalls”.
While there are other bigger waterfalls in the area, one must not miss Tinago Falls and its wonders – hum of endemic birds, refreshing splash, burst of its strength and splendor of its beauty.
LULUGAYAN FALLS, CALBIGA, SAMAR
The local folklore about Lulugayan Waterfalls derived its name from a fairy whose hair, when let loose, or nakalugay in Filipino, is about as long as the height of the waterfalls.
The Lulugayan Falls forms part of the Buffer Zone covering the Samar Island National Park. The terrain leading to the site is challenging but the full view of the Lulugayan Falls is replaced by an inspiring and mesmerizing experience of gazing at another mother nature’s work.
BOMOD-OK FALLS, SAGADA, MOUNTIN PROVINCE
The Bomod-ok Falls, also known as the “Big Falls”, is one of the must-see wonders in the famous Sagada. The estimated height is 100 feet and its icy cold water cascades rapidly into a lagoon framed in rocks. Surrounded by multi-colored boulders of varying sizes, the waterfalls is an ideal spot for swimming and sun bathing.
The one-hour downhill trek to the waterfalls along the picturesque and winding rice terraces adds to the pleasant anticipation of reaching the haven.
Ronthoughts Journal – Philippines
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