Cebu has a bunch of pristine beaches. From jagged, stony shores, hidden white sands and pebble beach, turquoise lagoons to tumultuous surf, there’s a beach for every temperament in the Province of Cebu. Whether it’s adventure or relaxation.
A promise to discover the stunning scenery that once divulged after the challenging adventure. The clouds were united as if they’re in full force of conveying their maddened state. Trying to halt the trekkers from feasting their eyes with nature’s splendor and left them in deep reverence. The rain receives freedom of release and started pouring from the sky, with a comforting touch and played along with an icy blowing air that perceived in a tactile sense to our surface.
Mt. Lanaya stands on its throne around 700 meters above sea level, it provides the panoramic view of the vast ocean and the mountains of Negros Province. There are two trails if you wish to climb Mt. Lanaya. One is from Lumpan which has an estimated 2 hour trek depending on the pace. The other ace is the Legaspi trail, this one requires you to be in good physical and mental condition since it has a difficult and challenging trail, this will take 4 hours of trek.
Precisely the moment we have met, I knew, I humbly submit that you and I make a better team than most relationships I’ve ever seen. You told me to just grab you and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but to ride I am taking. And so you made me realized that I love few things more than fettering with a spangly riding bit.
With relatively high rainfall, broken and mountainous terrain, Cebu has many waterfalls. They have long been ranked as among its most impressive tourist destinations. Many are in a picturesque scene and creating their own image in accordance to their uniqueness, style and beauty. An innate looks that will surely captivate someone’s eye and help someone’s desire to acquire peace and tranquility.
I’m falling in love to this falls, because today, as I set foot on this majestic cascade, it is not my first time. I’ve been here for 4 times already and today it’ll be my 5th time. I was not yet a blogger during those times, and since I want to take in another fresh experience of Mantayupan falls, I decided to get my not so hefty bag and bring my two little itchy feet and traipse here for the 5th time.
Mantayupan Falls is situated in the town of Barili, Cebu. It is located 61 kms away from Cebu City and almost two hours of travel time. Historically, the town’s name Barili derived from the word Balili, a kind of grass growing in the vicinity.
Upon making it at the town of Barili, I immediately took a Habal-Habal (motorcycle) going to Mantayupan Falls. The Falls is 4 kilometers away from the town proper and 10-15 minutes drive. Mantayupan falls has been I guess one of the most accessible falls that I have been to, because the road giving way to the falls is concreted and I have loved the stunning view while I’m making my way to the falls.
My driver told me that there’s a Tilapia Fishing Village and Restaurant just before getting to the waterfalls. Safe in his mind that he’s speaking to a first timer, which I guess I appreciate his willingness to introduce what his town can offer to the travelers like me. He must be very proud of his demesne. The Tilapia Fishing Village and Restaurant offer dining, pond fishing, swimming pool, cottages, horseback riding, and overnight accommodations. The place also offers an array of Tilapia menu’s that will certainly satiate your craving.
My long delay is over and I’m happy to finally set foot on this place for the 5th time. Mantayupan falls is nestled at the foot of Barili’s sprawling mountains and peacefully situated in the lush scenery green forest. I forthwith went to the first falls trying to grab the chance since it wasn’t that crowded. In fact, it was just me and my two little itchy feet who’s enjoying the place. The first tier is 14 meters high tiered waterfalls, splitting together and formed three layers which looks like they’re being disunited. After several shots taken, I gave way to the second falls which would only take me 5-minutes of walk.
The second level is the 98 meters high cascading falls that create a thundering roar as it plunges from its peak to its wide catchment basin. It is alleged to be the tallest waterfalls in the province of Cebu. The second tier provides the atmosphere with a cooling mist, bluish green water, divulging its stunning natural beauty to every traveler, and showing its unspoiled environment and deserves a visit even for a short period of time.
Aside from Mantayupan falls, a comforting Boloc–Boloc spring slowly spreading its name to every traveler due to its clear water and soothing ambiance. It has two swimming pools containing fresh water and smothered with green trees on both sides. But what captured every traveler and tourist to visit this place is the Mineral Hot Spring. It has Sulfuric water-fed swimming pool that can cure skin ailments and a sound remedy for your tiring body.
You can also check other good sites in Barili like Sayaw Beach + Rock Formations and Caves, Molave Milk Station, Candugay Beach, Paril Mountain Resort, Paradise Valley Mountain Resort and many more.
How to get Mantayupan Falls
Take the Ceres Bus going to Bato-Barili route from South Bus Terminal in Cebu City. It is 1hour and 30 minutes drive if it’s not traffic in the city area. The first trip is 5AM for the aircon bus, for the non-aircon bus the earliest trip is 2AM.
* If you’re going to Mantayupan Falls on weekends, I would suggest you better proceed to South Bus Terminal 30 minutes before the scheduled trip to avoid crowds of passengers.
* Inform the Bus conductor to drop you off at the jump-off point to Mantayupan Falls.
*The mandatory Bus stop is at Shamrock Center.
*It is better to arrive at the falls as early as you can so you would owned the place and no photo-bombers.
*don’t take the last trip Bus from Samboan at 7pm going back to Cebu city so you won’t suffer to stand inside the Bus. Expect traffic as you nearly reach the City proper from 6pm to 8pm. I recommend taking the earlier trip is better.
Cebu City- Barili – PHP 70
Habal-Habal – PHP 30
(Note I give an additional PHP 50 since I asked the motorcycle driver to bring me to Boloc-Boloc Spring)
Entrance fee – PHP 20
Foods – PHP 150
Barili – Cebu – PHP 70
Total – PHP 390
Do you desire a quick getaway from the hustle and bustle of the City life? Refresh yourself from all the stress of your everyday life? Needing a good dip to an awesome man-made lagoon or simply drench your jaded body in two outdoor relaxing Jacuzzi pools. Why not consider Cebu Westown Lagoon on your next short holiday that is conveniently located in the heart of the City. A must-see awe-inspiring attractions that will surely distress you from your busy life.
Cebu Westown Lagoon has an array of modern and broad scope of amenities that will surely mollify every traveler, tourists and every guest. A haven paradise that exudes a classy ambiance, first-class service and relaxing atmosphere. The place offers the perfect venue for a family day-outings, parties, friends bonding, team buildings or even for one day leisure.
What makes a Cebu Westown Lagoon stand among others is the astounding sight to behold and the high class service that will certainly leave you speechless and would make you decide to go back. Being naturally adventurous where I usually travel with my not so hefty backpack for an adrenaline outdoor adventure, I didn’t expect that I caught myself in awe the moment I arrived. The staff were naturally kind, they’d help us carry our things to the cottage where we have reserved beforehand. I immediately noticed the curved lines on every staffs face with the warm welcome that is facilely heard on their tone of voice, and that something makes us comfortable.
Their own unique man-made lagoon looks like very enticing, forming beautifully sculpted boulders landscape caught my attention. I couldn’t suppose that they would come up with this swimming pool features. Soaking and basking under the hanging rocks with a cold water dropping on your surface would be the most relaxing feeling one could have ever experienced. And who would have not love to dare trying their 2 giant slides that comes with 20 feet and 30 feet long. I suppose this is the dream of every children, teenagers, and even an adult like me to finally enjoy and over overcome our fear of heights. On their pool, there’s a small beanery that offers an array of thirst-quenchers and light refreshments like fruit juices, soft drinks and delicious cocktails. It’s simply too convenient that you don’t have to get out of the pool to buy the refreshments you want.
The children’s pool with slides and water fountains would be the perfect place for children to not just enjoy but also a good venue to permit their own version of joy comes with an infinite playground. The combination of colors around the children’s pool is something a kid can appreciate, it’s like creating their small world colorful and full of art.
Of everything Cebu Westown Lagoon could offer, I fell in love with their two medium-sized heated Jacuzzis. It was soothing, and have given me enough feeling of repose. And what creates it more relaxing is the surrounding with enough plants to look at and I just love the whole thing.
If you opted not to bring food because it sounds like too much to bear with you, don’t you worry because Cebu Westown Lagoon has also Restaurant Cafe that offers a wide range of dining and drinking selections. From sumptuous food and light snacks they simply just have it altogether.
Cebu Westown Lagoon also boasts with an exciting fun. They have MO2 Bar and KTV Lounge for those who loves to just chill, quality bonding with friends at night and listening to different music genre. This place is not just sound perfect, but would be a fun filled night one could have ever had.
A fun day with a jump-packed delightful experienced would of course deserves a dependable place to rest for a night. Cebu Westown Lagoon is not just a consummate place to enjoy, but eventually a good venue to rest. Their rooms are very spacious, well designed with comfort, and fully equipped with innovative amenities that one could ever have. They have deluxe room, superior room, premium room and family room.
So what are you all waiting for? Invite your family, relatives, friends and office mates to finally bring them to this haven paradise that is conveniently placed in the heart of the City. You can find out their rates below.
If you have further queries, please do not hesitate to contact them through mobile numbers. (+63)977-2158-529, (+63)939-3453-129, (+63)932-5672-461 Telephone numbers. (032)268-2064, (032)236-2299
Fax number. (032)268-5399
Or you can visit their website at http://www.cebuwestownlagoon.com
Making it at the destination you have never planned is equally interesting than a well planned travel.
My cousin (Genelyn Wanan), unexpectedly asking me if I can bring her to some of the interesting and beautiful places in Cebu. Since I’m a traveler by nature, I usually don’t disapproved any invitation. Hence, I bought her an air ticket exactly on the day she’d informed me, from Gensan-Cebu and Cebu-Gensan as her return air ticket.
Canyoneering is creating a roaring sound not only in Cebu but all over the Country and even outside the Philippines. So by then, me and my cousin decided to taste the newest extreme adrenaline activities in Cebu.
Canyoneering or Canyoning in Badian, Cebu is an outside activity that means heading down to a canyon. That seems pretty simple right? Merely the act of moving through a canyon is more involved than you might think because Canyoneering can be done by not just getting down to a Canyons but through a variety of means such as trekking, diving, jumping, climbing, sliding and swimming. Does it sound easy now? Of course not, as this would require a great deal of courage and skills. But don’t worry having your guide to help you do this would always be a dandy thing.
This extreme adrenaline activities will usually last 3-5 hours depending on how many people you’re being with. And what makes it last for 5 hours is the unending searching for a good spot to have your selfie pictures and anything that seems good in your eyes. Apart from experiencing the whole frolic procedure, this is usually what we after for sometimes right? And who would have not love to capture every facial expression of your jump packed fear every time you jump along a high cliff and shout right? A rue on your part if you missed to capture every beautiful scenery and of course we don’t want it that way, so just enjoy and take photographs as much as you can when you do Canyoneering.
Our Canyoneering adventure was handled by Localpages, an affiliate of Freedom Adventures Inc.
The minute we arrived at the Freedom Adventures Inc. We were welcomed by such a refreshing grin of our guide named Maam Malaya. Our Canyoneering was supposed to start around 9am but since we came late, we started around 11:00am. Ate Malaya asked us to batten down the hatches, secure our things first, she then informed us that they have exclusive room to lay in our bags and other stuff. After putting on our rubber shoes, life jacket and helmet we immediately proceeded to the registration office and went straight to the actual jump off point of Canyoneering.
The feeling of seeing my crush during High School days was about the same feeling I got when we made our way to the mouth of Canyoneering. Shaken up, nervous, and the fear of heights is hovering above me. Then the most awaited time came, there has been already a group of adventure seeker who started leaping out from the cliff and fallen off to the bluish cold water while yowling to death. I was trembling in awe, and then my cousin. But before paying attention to my fear of heights, the unique form of canyon really caught my attention, it was really awesome, the sturdy downstream of water formed an astounding canyon that has perfect edges and bends of the crevice huge rock. The lagoon is having a touch of a bluish color, it was perfectly attractive.
Then our moment came, we had our short briefing and a prayer. The foremost challenge is leaping out from the cliff that has 15 feet in height and fallen off to the deep cold lagoon. There’s also another 10 foot cliff to start with. But if you really can’t get hold of the two challenges, don’t worry because there’s an available route to go down.
I remember that I was next to the girl who’s shuddering on her knees, I really understood how the fear made her. But she was fearless enough to jump. Hence, I was next, I was in fear, but I couldn’t run away from my fear, so I breathe deeply and jump. I was drifting on the bluish cold water, yelling at my cousin trying to encourage her to give a try. I caught the sudden alteration of her normal skin color, she was in pale maybe because she was really afraid. After many times she attempted to jump, she was racing away from her fear, she instead takes the other route together with ate Malaya. “Breaking away the very first challenging jump means escaping jumping on the other cliffs”. But no pressure on that.
The next one was sliding with the cold water flowing down. Ate Malaya was not with me, but I saw some of the Canyoneers who were managing the next challenge. Since I’m used of facing challenging battles all alone, doing it wasn’t new to me (Hugot moment). I recall when I was young, sliding on a hilly surface is actually my favorite child escape. Soon enough, I was able to manage it.
My cousin and ate Malaya was already on the rocky side, they were waiting for me at that place. But I couldn’t just leave without calling for pictures so I yelled at ate Malaya to go near and take pictures of me.
The challenging trek is inviting our knees, the huge rocks are situated at their own consolation. The water is extending over the crevice rock forming a small Cascades that are awesome to look at. At that place is also stunning scenery that will surely mollify your jaded body and pacify your shaking knees. The cooling water as it gently kissing your feet is really refreshing. The shades of big trees that is yielding the perfect feeling of finally being at peace with nature is beyond compare. The lush scenery green forest on the side as you move your head up is surprisingly beautiful.
Then we go on our trek, there are not so challenging cliffs and waterfalls that finally my cousin can try, no room for escape as her motto this time. Eventually, as we continue moving downward, we discovered a lot of beautiful scenery that even words could not define. I was really awestruck in awe with all the marvels of this place can offer.
Since we started late, we were a bit thirsty and hungry. It was around 2PM I guess when we came across the small lagoon as a perfect place to commune with its stunning natural beauty. Me and my cousin had stopped for a moment and rest, it wasn’t crowded, in fact, it was only me, my cousin and ate Malaya who were at that place. Thus we take the chance of getting our best picture.
While we keep on our trek, I saw the big stalagmites sticking and hanging on a big elevated rock. It was amazing in its own innate state. I wonder how could this place is more beautiful than I expected to find out. Our God is truly amazing, isn’t it?
Shortly enough, I smell something delectable that made me more hungry and so my cousin. I found out the scattered smokes coming from nowhere, and I was a bit curious what was it. Then I asked ate Malaya where that smokes coming from because it smells something delicious. She then told me that there’s a food station over there where they sell barbecues and other food to nibble just to meet the famished stomach of every Canyoneering lover.
Hence we walked fast and climbed on a big rock before we could finally taste their barbecue. While we had our rest, we bought some barbecue to eat, ate Malaya told us that the cliff located few meters from where we stand is the last cliff and the highest cliff to conquer. Then I slowly move my two little itchy feet, trying to check how high is it. Then I resolved not to jump because it was really high.
The cliff has an elevation of 40 feet, but if you can’t beat the scary 40 feet you can try the 30 feet that is located nearby.
I wouldn’t mind considering myself as an unsuccessful Canyoneering trier since I wasn’t able to startle on the last cliff. I saw some who were able to jump, I wonder how it feels like to leap on a water from the highest cliff. But I was telling myself that better safe than never, the safest thought to elude from the backbreaking 40 foot cliff.
As we nearly, reach the end where we have to trek for 30 minutes going to Kawasan Falls, I noticed another stalagmites that are beautifully hanging on an elevated curving surface while I passed on a canyon. It was as if I’m doing spelunking as well. Seeing them in their own natural state is truly astonishing to look at.
We have rested for a while and since we still have to walk for 30 minutes to reach at the third tier of Kawasan falls we go along our trek. While going on our way, I noticed the wooden crafted bridge that serves as our way to pass through the ravine. In that situation, I noticed that it’s really dry, I didn’t see any stream of water. And I was like how could it be? Where was the flowing water goes from the canyons? And then I threw a bunch of questions to ate Malaya but instead of giving me an answer she was also looking like being mesmerized by such magical thing. She averred she was also struggling with that thought. Thither is the hidden magical secret that one must discover.
After the long trek, we eventually reached the third tier of Kawasan Falls, up to the second tier and finally arriving at the stunning first tier of Kawasan Falls.
We then have our late lunch at about 3:30PM, it was still fresh in mind that we were very hungry. Then ate Malaya helped us to have our lunch, she served us a bowl of Sinagang na Baboy (Pork and vegetables in tamarind broth), good for 3 people, 2 pieces of fried chicken, one serve of wet noodles (Pancit), 3 cups of rice, and 2 bottle of 12 ounce soft drinks. Ending our Canyoneering with a delicious meal is the best means to celebrate.
The challenging Canyoneering had given me enough chance to know myself better than I knew I was. I didn’t know that I was capable to conquer my fear of heights even this has been my biggest fear since then. I should congratulate myself.
So then if you’re fond of adrenaline activities such as this, or you’re just new to this, you should never miss to try Canyoneering. There are more to see and discover with your naked eyes than what this blog could provide. Witness it by yourself and you’ll surely have your most frolic experience. This could be done with a group of friends, with your love ones, family, and if you’re fond of travelling alone this could also be possible to experience.
Trying out canyoneering is a great choice, apart from places of great natural beauty, feature crevices, rivers and waterfalls, as a perfect recipe for adventure, but this has also obvious benefits like improving your health through adventuring the canyons and communing with mother nature.
Here are some matters to keep in mind when you do Canyoneering.
1. Don’t ever go Canyoneering alone. Wrong direction of your feet could lead to bruises or anything that would cause you regret.
2. Make sure you stick to your guide’s instruction. Don’t create your own system, then follow.
3. Better halt the activities when the sudden rain arrives because the water can create fast currents that would result to dangerous situation.
4. Hypothermia can be a real risk. If you’re the person who’s not used of staying long in a cold water for too long, then you better wear wetsuits and pay attention to your body’s response.
5. Put on your life jacket, as many parts of the river are seriously deep.
6. Wear a protective helmet. You’re required to climb boulders, jumping from heights, swimming under rock outcroppings, you might guess that this is sound unnecessary but you need a helmet to protect your head.
7. Wear your rubber shoes for you have to intersect over the crevice rocks and the river.
8. Bring enough water, and make certain to have your stomach filled before doing Canyoning because Canyoneering will last 3-5 hours of real challenge.
9. Bring your waterproof camera, Go Pro, or any gadgets that are waterproof. Bringing your DSLR is not advisable.
10. Above all PRAY before doing Canyoneering for God’s guidance and protection.
If you want a hassle free Canyoneering experience you can contact Localpages or Freedom Adventures Inc.
They offer good rates that include the following:
Helmet, Life Vest, Dry Bag, Habal2x fare, Registration fee, Government fee, Skillful Guide, Meal after the course at Kawasan Resto
Underwater Camera, and a whole new experience!
Canyoneering Package Rates
1 person – PHP 1,500
1-2 person – PHP 1,100
3 persons and up – PHP 900
You can contact them through this mobile number:
Sir Michael Primor – +639296870729 (Smart)
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A few iconic images of colorful flowers will immediately leap to mind when you think of Amsterdam. But don’t worry because you don’t have to travel to Amsterdam to experience and see it with your naked eyes. A flower fields in full bloom, located in the mountain of Cebu is the new famous tourist spot known as Sirao Flower farm or some called it, “The little Amsterdam.” The Flower farm open their doors to public last 3rd quarter of 2015.
It was an astonishing view seeing beautiful flowers everytime I open my social media account (Facebook and Instagram). Since I was rather busy last year, I wasn’t able to visit the Flower farm. But exactly this year, me and my friends decided to visit the place.
These flowers called Celosia or woolflowers, they have unusual flowers that can blossom up to 10 weeks. These flowers can have red, pink, royal, gold or bicolored blooms. Not all colors, flowers look the same, at that place are many shapes, colors and sizes (from 6 inches to 2 feet). And each flower is made up of many tiny flowers, which is why this flower will produce numerous small seeds and keep sprouting in the ground with no extra efforts.
The flowers are naturally attractive, it sustains the unique distinction, and amazingly stunning. No wonder it is very crowd-pleasing in social media. The Flower farm is a dependable venue for photo shoots and of course a perfect background for “selfies”.
I have borne upon the flowers, and they are amazingly soft.
Their eye-catching magnificence in the garden will eventually blow you away because of their vivid hues that practically glow, lighting up the garden even on the rainiest summer days, jewel-colored feathers, wrinkly-looking knobs and elongated cones. Immersing yourself to these colorful fields of flowers providing a feast for the eyes is beyond compare. You’ll surely love the tactile sensation of being surrounded with rainbow of flowers. So what are you still waiting for? Don’t ever miss one of the Cebu’s most photogenic attractions.
I’m sure the caretaker of this flower farm has an artistic eye and holds a special love for flowers because the flowers have grown so well.
HOW TO GET THERE.
Ride a Habal-Habal (Motorcycle) from JY Square Mall, Lahug. The travel time is approximately 35-45 minutes. Back and forth fare is 200 pesos. But you can opt to haggle the price from 200 down to 170 pesos. Honestly, 200 pesos are actually the most reasonable fare since the spot is really far. The driver will also ask for an additional 50 pesos since they have to await.
If you take in your own vehicle, going there is very easy. When you see Ayala Heights-turn left and proceed straight until you can find the tarpaulin on the left side that says Sirao Flower farmer.
1. Entry fee is Php30 pesos for unlimited photos, and for taking videos they will charge you Php100 pesos as of February 2016.
2. The farm area is actually not that wide, just enough to gratify you.
3. The Celosia flowers are not available the whole year round.
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