April 14, 2014

Sta Cruz Falls, Kapatagan, Lanao del Norte

We visited Kapatagan, Lanao del Norte after our Waterfalling Adventure in Iligan.
We visited two waterfalls in Kapatagan; the Cathedral Falls and Sta. Cruz falls. We visited Cathedral falls before Sta. Cruz falls.


WARNING: PHOTO HEAVY POST


habal habal race.






We arrived around 2ish in Brgy. Kapatagan. Met up with the Brgy. Captain and one of his constituents (who accompanied us to the waterfalls). It was gloomy and felt like it was gonna rain the moment we started our trek. It is said to be just a 2- kilometre trek so I said to my self that I can do it, not knowing its a kilometer and two of trek uphill,downhill, crossing rivers, hopping from one huge rock to another and one must have some goddamn "spiderman skills" for this activity. 


and that's what I'm talking about. I lost count on how many times we had to cross a river.







It wasn't an easy trek at all but Its a whole lot of fun. The water level was higher than usual, (probably it rained a lot the day before.) making our trek a little harder. The current wasn't a joke and it was really strong so we had to take a lot of precaution. It was harder to balance too! That's something Im pretty bad at. We were just laughing and making jokes all through out that trek.  It was about an hour or two of river trailing, climbing up mossy hills and down slippery slopes.  It was fun! After all, you're after an adventure, right? *methinks.

More photos after the jump............









Crappy photo from my cheapo phone.

Tadaa! It was enthralling sight to behold.  I was awestruck at its size and mighty drop and its surrounding was naturesque for my liking. Awe inspiring!! especially when seen upclose. This is about 90 or over a hundred feet high and considered as a Block waterfall. Its beautiful! It has a wide basin but it was muddy at that time. One of the nicest waterfalls I've visited and given its remote location deep in the beautiful forests of Baranggay Sta. Cruz it was undeniably the highlight of our Kapatagan visit.







Travel Notes: How to get there and other tips.

-From Iligan or Pagadian to Kapatagan Town via bus. Fare will be around 100-150Php
-Hire a Habal-habal at the Kapatagan Town Centre to Brgy. Sta. Cruz for 30-50Php. travel time is 20-30 minutes. 
-It's highly recommended to hire a guide since trail gets hard or tricky especially during wet season. 
- You can also visit Cathedral Falls and Sta. Cruz falls on the same day.
- Bring enough water and trail snacks.


Thank you to Maam Rhoda Secuya, the ever gorgeous Tourism officer of Kapatagan town for accompanying us that day. Thank you also to Hon. Paul Lagura and Brgy. Capt. Neceas Booc of brgy. Sta Cruz for the warm welcome.

Thank you Kapatagan! I shall return and take loads and loads of photos. Promise!!and ohh eat loads and loads of crabs!


PS: I left my camera at the hotel so I obviously got every photos from Glen of www.escapemanila.com ,Ferdz of www.ironwulf.net  and Clement of www.bestspotsph.com . Photos without watermarks are from Doi of www.thetravellingfeet.com Thanks guys!!! 

April 06, 2014

#TRAVELMINDANAO: RAPPELLING ADVENTURE IN QUEZON BUKIDNON


A visit to Bukidnon promises daring adventure and nature exploration. I am one proud Bukidnon. I am born and raised here and I love that we have so much to offer in terms of adventure. Waterfalls hopping, river trekking, mountaineering, caving,etc. During the #TravelMindanao escapade. We went to my hometown in Quezon, Bukidnon (Kiokong, Bukidnon). We went down the river and explored the Blue Water Cave. I've been here countless times already but every visit is always a memorable one.



We swam on the first cave mouth and spent most of our time there. It was a good time. The cold water was so refreshing! 

#TravelMindanao Team inside the eerily beautiful cave. Swimming!!!!

 After about an hour or two we made our ways back for our most awaited adventure. Rappelling down the Pulangui bridge. Their gears are new and fairly safe. At a fee of 350php/head you get to enjoy a thrilling adventure.

To be honest, I was scared, I am a scaredy cat but I found my self laughing the whole time. 





At 47m high or around a hundred and fifty feet high, the team conquered it! Rapelling is a technique that allows you to control your descent down a cliff or mountain. It's quite not easy especially for first- timers as your gripping can make or break your descent. It's thrilling to abseil down the river from the bridge at a 5-6 storey building height. BUT this is an activity for everyone! Anyone can enjoy it! 





this is a very useful reminder:  Remember that the rope is ALWAYS there and YOU CANNOT FALL. So relax, the river won't eat you alive. Stop whenever you want and just breathe,  just clear your head and have a good time. works every effin time.






The team! We truly enjoyed our visit and we sure had a lot of fun. How does a face down first rappelling sound?  Aha! Next on the list!!! Perhaps, I can start looking for cool sunglasses online so I'd look cool while abseiling face down first? Hmm have you heard of Zalora Philippines? They actually have cool stuff and Im eyeing some of their running shoes on sale. I also found out they have cool Sunglasses for women at Zalora.  I gotta give this a try.


 It was a nice experience and one should try it when visiting Bukidnon. 


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