Bega Falls and its hidden Mystery

 

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Bega Falls is located in Barangay Mabuhay, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur. “Bega” is a local dialect means to Flirt, it came from the locals folklore about a beautiful lady who is so enchanting that seduces and lure the men from the barrio. Now it is one of the most famous tourist spot that Agusan del Sur can offer other than “Lolong” the famous alligator. They are open for whole week from 8am – 5pm only.

The drop-off point to Bega falls for those traveling on foot is the Awa Junction which in the middle of Butuan City in the North, Davao City in the South and Liangga, Surigao del Sur in the East. There is no landmark yet at the moment in the Awa junction but the nearest Public Terminal is the Patin-ay Bus Terminal if you are coming from Davao and Bayugan City Bus Terminal If you will be coming from Butuan City.

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She is not who you think she is.

The only option going to Bega Falls is the Habal-habal Motorcycle which is good for 2 passengers per motorcycle. The habal-habal terminal is just at the drop-off point. Fare is Php 200 per person for a back and forth trip or Php 100 per person for a one way trip and travel time of 30 mins. The drivers are very friendly and they will wait for you the whole time, So please do not forget to leave some tips for their waiting time.

All visitors are required to register and pay Php 25 for entrance fee.

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That’s me being seduce by its beauty. 

 

How to get there:

  • If you will be coming from Butuan City to Awa junction you may ride the public Buses going to Davao, Mangagoy or Tandag, Public Utility Van is also available. Travel time is 1 hr 40 mins to 2 hrs and fare is just cheap for only Php 90.

 

  • If you will be coming from Davao City to Awa Junction which is next to Patin-ay Bus Terminal you may ride Public Van and Buses going to Butuan City. Fare is Php 320 quiet expensive for budget travelers with Travel time of +/- 5hrs, but if you will be coming from Patin-ay Bus Terminal which just 20 mins away and the fare is only Php 20.

 

  • There is no Public Transportation available going directly to Awa junction using the access road to Prosperidad if you will be coming from Liangga, Surigao del Sur. You may contact some private vehicles if you want to take the access road for 40 mins – 1 hr travel time. Another way to go to the falls from Liangga is via public transportation going to Butuan City.

 

Click the link to watch our adventure going to Bega Falls.

 

Price: 8/10  The price is so cheap for those travelers just around Mindanao, but for those travelers outside Mindanao just do not forget to include the Bega Falls in your itinerary when you are planning to visit Agusan soon. You can bring your own food inside so its also a good thing for budget travelers. I advise to bring a lot of water because of a more than a half an hour trek.

Place: 9/10  The place is so magical, I almost thought that the local folklore is maybe true but the only thing that will seduce you is the sound of the flowing water and it’s crystal clear water, if its not raining. ( umulan nung pumunta kami bes, but nothing can stop us!! Wag kami…) I just want to advice to bring some extra clothing because you will not get wet only by the water but also with sweat while trekking going to the falls, good thing is that most of the steps are already cemented.

Personnels: 9/10 The locals from the habal-habal drivers, security guys to Ate tindera all of them are so welcoming. They are all friendly, so please do not forget to leave some tips when you leave the place.

If you are planning visit Bega Falls soon you may contact Ma’am Noradel Martinez, the Municipal Tourism Officer of Prosperidad through her mobile number 09993089403 for your assistance and inquiries.

 

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Camiguin: Island of Holiness

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Experience a different kind of way to reflect this Lenten Season through this must-visit place in Camiguin Island, The Walkway to the Old Volcano and Station of the Cross. Its an 8 kilometers hike to reach the peak of the Mount Vulcan also called as The Old Volcano while following the 14 human-sized Stations of the Cross. This famous tourist spot specially during holy week is situated at Barangay Bonbon, Town of Catarman, Camiguin Island.

In every year specially on Holy Thursday and Good Friday all the local devotees of Camiguin and together with the tourist observes the annual festival called “Panaad” or Promise in English. This annual holy activity is serves as an expression of their repentance, penitence and cleansing their souls as they walk the 8 kilometers path to reach the peak and enjoy the scenic view of the Old Volcano.

Travel Notes and Tips:

-This place has an environmental fee of Php 10 per person above 12 years old ( latest rates during our visit, not sure when its Lenten Season )

-Do not forget to bring water to stay hydrated if your are planning to reach the peak.

-There will be a lot of locals and tourist during Lenten Season for sure as it is the pilgrimage site to Roman Catholic devotees.

-Souvenir shops are just across the street.

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For more info and photos of the places that we visited during our trip in Camiguin Island, Click the link below:

https://theadventurousvoyager.wordpress.com/2017/03/04/camiguin-province-2017/

CAMIGUIN PROVINCE 2017

 

  • GIANT CLAM SANCTUARY – BARANGAY CANTAAN IN GUINSILIBAN
  • STO. NINO COLD SPRING RESORT – BARANGAY BONBONON, CATARMAN
  • TUASAN FALLS – BARANGAY MAINIT, CATARMAN
  • BURA SODA WATER SWIMMING POOL – BARANGAY BURA, CATAMARAN
  • OLD GUIB CHURCH RUINS – BARANGAY BONBON, CATARMAN
  • SUNKEN CEMETERY – BARANGAY BONBON, CATARMAN
  • WALKWAY TO THE OLD VOCANO AND STATIONS OF THE CROSS – BARANGAY BONBON, CATARMAN
  • WHITE/MEDAN ISLAND – BARANGAY YUMBING

 

HOW TO GO TO CAMIGUIN ISLAND :

  • From CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY take the shuttle going to Agora Terminal Php 199 then ride a Bus/SUV bound to Balingoan Terminal Php 150. Travel time 2.5-3hrs
  • From BUTUAN CITY ride a Bus/SUV going to Cagayan de Oro City Php 215 and drop off at Balingoan Terminal. Travel time 1.5-2hrs
  • From Balingoan Terminal you may ride a tricycle Php 10 going to Balingoan Pier. (Pwede din nman lakarin bes pag natitipid ka, halos 10 mins. walk lang naman. WAG MAHIHIYANG MAGTANONG!!!)
  • Board a ferry going to Benoni Pier, ferry rates Php 130- 170, terminal fee Php 15. Travel time is 1.5-2hrs

Ferry Schedules :

Balingoan Pier – hourly from 5:30am to 4:30pm

Benoni Port – hourly from 4:30am to 6:00pm

  • From Benoni Port there will be tour guides that will accommodate you and offer their tour rates. (depende yan kung ilan kayo bes, sulit yan sa mga walang dalang car. Php 1700 for 6-8 persons good for 8hrs ang binayaran namin. Yung driver is also your tour guide pero kayo parin ang magdedecide kung saan nyo gusto pumunta.)
  • Bahala na kayo pabalik bes. Joke. Just go back to Benoni Pier same price rates parin. Drop off in Balingoan pier and walk or ride tricycle going to Balingoan Terminal.

 

GIANT CLAM SANCTUARY (Opens 7:30am-5:00pm)

Entrance Fee : Php 25 (includes Area Tour w/ Clams Lab, Information Education Campaign)

Php 10 Educational Tour/Student

Php 150 (Clams Viewing w/ Guide)

Diving Gears Fee : (pag trip mo namang mag snorkling bes kasama ang mga clams)

Php 100 Mask and Snorkel

Php 100 Flippers

Php 50 Goggles

Php 50 Life Vest

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STO. NINO COLD SPRING RESORT

Entrance Fee : Php 30 Regular

Php 15 Below 10 yrs old

Php 24 Senior Citizen

Cottage Fee : Php 75 (additional Php 30 after 3 hrs)

Tables and Chairs : Php 50 (additional Php 20 after 3 hrs)

You can buy foods inside the resort if you decide to have your lunch here and its very delicious home cooked foods, of course its affordable. (pwede din naman mag overnight kayo dito mga bes.)

 

 

TUASAN FALLS

NO ENTRANCE FEE(yes mga bes walang bayad ito kaya isama nyo na sa IT nyo.)

But be extra cautious if you decide to take the risk in going close to the falls because of its strong current. (YOLO mga bes.)

 

BURA SODA SWIMMING POOL (Open till 5-6pm only. Close every Wednesday)

(doesn’t taste like soda believe me mga bes, I tasted it!)

Entrance Fee : Php 20 for adults above 12 yrs old

Php 12 for children

Cottage Fee : Php 50

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OLD GUIB CHURCH RUINS

NO ENTRANCE FEE din mga bes. (depende na sa inyo kung may puso pa kayong mag donate. JOKE! Bili nalang kayo ng kandila sa labas ng simbahan, tulong na din sa mga locals dun bes.)

 

SUNKEN CEMETERY

NO ENTRANCE FEE for viewing,(pero kung gusto nyo mag snorkling pwede din. Php 20 for boat ride going to the cross, Php 50 for snorkling fee. Snorkling gears can also be rented. You can buy souvenirs from there.

 

WALKWAY TO THE OLD VOCANO AND STATIONS OF THE CROSS

Entrance Fee : Php 10 per person

If you still have energy for hiking mga bes try this walkway to the peak of the old volcano while following the 14 stations of the cross (8 kilometers to reach the peak, so don’t forget to bring water to stay hydrated ) Worth it naman daw pag dating sa peak hanggang station 3 lang kasi kami, di kinaya ni modrabels, sorry na Lord.

 

We had a stop over at this point for a photo op. Enjoying the view of the coast.

 

WHITE/MEDAN ISLAND

Service Boat Fee : Php 500 (good for 6 pax. Balikan na yun mga bes)

Php 20 visitors fee

Life jackets and snorkeling gears are also available for rent.

 

PARAS BEACH RESORT :

Php 3000 for 1 night good for 6 persons. Sulit na yun bes sa ganda at ang cozy nang place perfect for a family getaways. They have swimming pool and leisure area like table tennis and billiards for free exclusive for the guest of the resort only. They also have restaurant and a bar inside. For room rates and more info you may check the details below:

Contact: +63 (88) 3879008 or +63 9177152285, or visit http://www.parasbeachresort.com

 

 

 

 

Handmade Gemstone Bracelets by Bijou Philippines

Howlite Gemstone Bracelet by Bijou Philippines ( @bijouphilippines ) Spiritually, howlite is a stone of awareness. It can prepare the user or wearer to receive wisdom and attunement from the Higher Self and the Devine.

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It is a wonder stone for calming upset state of mind and emotion. Howlite decreases an overly critical state of mind, selfishness, stress, and anxiety, bringing calm and relaxation.

Howlite can also be used to increase attachments, or cords, linking old emotional pain, from this life or a past life, to the present.

Bijou Philippines offers a wide variety of gemstone bracelets from the most common ones to the rarest ones. You may check their page facebook.com/bijouphilippines or visit directly their instagram account @bijouphilippines for more choices.

Beating Summer

Craving for a very soothing and thirst quenching cool drink is so typical for this very hot summer season, so we took the challenge to beat the heat of the sun just to look for the perfect place that will satisfy our thirst.

Our destination is the very popular Maginhawa Street at U.P. Village for food enthusiast and for instagrammers as well. First stop is at The Lost Bread ( @thelostbread_ ) ,This place is perfect for those food lovers who also happened to be fond of posting on instagram. It has a very rustic and a very relaxing ambiance that your friends will surely love to stay for catching up.

The products in their menu are quite expensive yet they are worth spending when they’re already served. You would like to try everything when you see their unique and colorful café’s.

The staffs of the café were all accommodating and friendly to us. They are close on Moday and open the next day from 11am-10pm, you may also check their website for more information at http://www.thelostbread.com

The last stop we had during the task of looking for the place to spend for this hot summer is the Caffera (@caffera_ph ) ,This is the Metro Manila’s first photography themed café and is few blocks away only from The Lost Bread.The place is also worth to be instagrammed with its unique photography theme, but I would not suggest inviting a group of friends because of its limited space.

The price of their products is very affordable compared to the first shop and they are served in a cup designed like camera lenses. You can also buy cookies shape like cameras and pastries named related into photography.

There are few staffs in these café and are also accommodating as well. They are open from Monday to Sunday at 10am-12mn, so if you want to learn more about Caffera you can check their page at facebook.com/CafferaPh

This summer is a great time to spend with family and friends, so go out there and try those mouth watering food and drinks that they are offering.

 

 

Intramuros: Filled with Beauty and History

A day to spend in a place where everything started, is a place where you need to have a good memory and sight in order to recollect the things that you do not want to forget, specially a historic area like Intramuros or “Walled City” in Spanish. It is settled at the mouth and on the south bank of the Pasig River, Manila. The Walled City highlighted many striking examples of late 16th– and 17th– century Spanish architecture and landmarks which over the centuries remain standing despite of many calamities that visited the country.

Some of the Intramuros’s oldest buildings is the San Agustin Church, The Manila Cathedral that has been rebuilt several times as a result of earthquakes, it is the most significant Roman Catholic building in the Philippines and it also include the most famous Fort Santiago, at the mouth of the Pasig River, which houses a shrine to the Filipino patriot Jose Rizal, who was taken from the Fort for his execution.

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The side of the Great Manila Cathedral

Most of the old city was destroyed during the World War II, but the gates, walls, and small plazas that characterize the area have since been restored. But time has challenged these wall so often in the past that it is highly surprising Intramuros still stands today. Intramuros’s walls filled in and has been used as a golf course, some part of the plaza was open to the public for family bonding were tour guides introducing the history in every corners to the foreigners and the most famous Philippine’s “kalisa” is crossing the streets of the Intramuros.

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Wandering the Intramuros while riding the Kalisa

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Rediscovering the history of your own country is such a big achievement that most people in this generation would feel. The beauty and the historical values that lies in our own homeland which is molded by our forefathers is a place we should be proud to share to the world.

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Biking around the walls is fun and good for stretching our body
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The remnants of some old buildings

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