Mindanao’s alluring, delightful waterfalls

By Bryan Edulzura and Saberra Cruz

The three-tiered Bega Falls is a centerpiece of the 290-hectare conservation area hidden in the wild forest of Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur’s capital town. PHOTO/touristspotsfindercom

Have heard or has been to Asik-Asik Falls in North Cotabato? It’s your loss if you have not, it’s probably the most beautiful or dramatic in Mindanao. Some people who have been there say it’s a water wall, not a waterfall, and that is the drama of it.

Definitely, it’s worth going there, even if somehow it sounds scary because of Cotabato’s not so pleasant image but it is worth it, Cotabato as a whole is a paradise in itself.

Being a waterfalls hunter I have included it in my “bucket list” and I make it a point to see one when I am nearby. It’s a new idea, I know, this “waterfalls hunting” and I savor it as a badge of my endless travel, or gallivanting as my envious friends would call it.

Here’s the list. There’s a lovely one in Lake Sebu in South Cotabato. But even if the waterfalls is eclipse of the lake’s come-on, the waterfall tucked on the forest around it is absolutely worth a peek.

Then of course there’s the scene-stealing Tinuy-an Falls in Bislig City, another “waterwall” that’s causing a roar.  It’s on record that it is now the number one tourist destination in Mindanao. But here’s a piece of advice—one must go there on rainy season, not summer or you’d be disappointed with its “limited show.”

Closer to Butuan, there’s a newly promoted waterfall called Bega Falls hidden in the wild forest of Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur’s capital town. It sure is an added attraction of the province after the intriguing Agusan Marsh.

An unforgettable sight will always be the legendary and most famous waterfalls in Iligan City, Maria Cristina, which for a long time has been a regular subject of sending post cards in the time of  “snail mail.” No matter the falls remain a jewel of the south.

Don’t forget please Katibawasan Falls in Camiguin Island reportedly having the longest fall, though disappointingly thin it may be but the most photographed because it’s the most visited.

Just like the song, “So many men, so little time” certainly applies here too.

Why not hit the road with a trusted first class bus line in every region or on a private car and like every explorer be a waterfall hunter, you be proud you’ve done it in Mindanao.

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