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/

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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