Observance Of Silence On Good Friday- One Filipino Tradition

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In Philippine rural areas, people are encouraged to turn off their radios and televisions on Good Friday that marks the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ. Through this complete silence, it is believed that people will be able to communicate with God through devotional prayer.

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ALTAR OF  REPOSE

A day before the death of Jesus Christ which is the Holy Thursday. Devotees will commemorate Jesus Last Supper through the  Mass of the Lord’s Last Supper. Also, the priest will performs the washing of the feet ritual with 12 people like what Jesus did with his disciples.After the Mass, the altar will be stripped bare and the church bell will not be rung until the Easter vigil.

The Blessed sacrament will be repositioned at the Altar of Repose where the hosts consecrated during the Mass of the Lord’s Last Supper  are placed.

After hearing the Mass, churchgoers can pray these reposed during the Visita Iglesia . A Filipino Lenten tradition where people can visit  seven or fourteen churches to pray before the Blessed Sacrament during Maundy Thursday.

On Good Friday, some people will go through the Station of the Cross.  Later in the day, the church remember Jesus’s “Seven Last Word” where priest share their reflections on each the 7 expressions of Jesus Christ while on the cross.

At 3 pm, around the time Jesus was said to have died, the Veneration of the Holy Cross is observed.

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Afterwards, the procession of the Santo Entierro – a wooden sculpture depicting the dead body of Christ – and other holy images is held.

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Santo Entierro:Which means the Holy Burial.The image of the dead Jesus Christ. This the most important character in the Byernes Santo or Good Friday street procession.

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Some of the important characters during the Holy Burial Procession.

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Saint Peter, also known as Simon Peter, Simeon, or Simōn, according to the New Testament, was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ, leaders of the early Christian Great Church.

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La Mujer Veronica: Saint Veronica was a pious woman of Jerusalem in the first century AD, according to Catholic Tradition.

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Maria Magdalena or Mary Magdalene, literally translated as Mary the Magdalene or Mary of Magdala, was a Jewish woman who, according to texts included in the New Testament, traveled with Jesus as one of his followers.

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Saint Peter, also known as Simon Peter, Simeon, or Simōn, according to the New Testament, was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ, leaders of the early Christian Great Church.


In some churches in the country, it is followed by the procession of La Soledad, which means a sorrowful mother dressed in black that is  grieving.

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Black Saturday

The church is in a state of mourning after Jesus’ death. The cross over the altar remains covered by a black cloth. (Some parishes cover the cross for the entire Lenten season or from Ash Wednesday, while others do it only from Palm Sunday.)

The Easter Vigil commences at night. The Paschal candle – representing the resurrected Christ, the light of the world – is lit at the start of the vigil. Adults and children may also receive the sacrament of baptism during the vigil.

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Easter Sunday

The culmination of the Holy Week is full of rejoicing, as Catholics commemorate Jesus Christ’s resurrection.Early morning of Easter Sunday, parishioners perform what is called a salubong

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7 Churches In Cebu That You Can Visit For Visita Iglesia (7 Churches Visitation )

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When I was a kid, I am very active to attend this such activity in our community or even until now. I can still remember the beliefs of my ancestors that completing the 7 churches or sometimes fourteen would grant our wishes.

This visitation will be done after the mass of the Lord’s Supper and travel to nearby churches to pray before the blessed Sacrament.

In Cebu City, we are so lucky to have these churches that are very close to each other to make our visitation easier.And here are the 7 churches that you can visit if you wish to do the Visita Iglesia.

Basilica Minore Del Sto. Nino

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The Minor Basilica of the Holy child Jesus also know as Basilica Minore Del Sto Niño is the oldest Roman Catholic church in the Philippines.The church was built by Fray Andres de Urdaneta and Diego de Hererra, both Augustinian friars in 1565. The church was completed from 1739-1740 and was named by the Holy See as ” The Mother of all Churches in the Philippines”.

Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral

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The Metropolitan Cathedral of the Holy Angels and of St. Vitales also known as Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral. It is the ecclesiastical seat of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Cebu .The church was designed like a typical Spanish colonial church, namely, squat and with thick walls to withstand typhoons and other natural calamities.

The construction of the church took many years due to lack of funds and other unexpected incidents.

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The church is the center of devotion to our Lady of Mt. Carmel in the South part of Cebu. The church was originally named as Our Lady of Immaculate Concepcion. Because of this devotion, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel became the patroness of the parish when it was erected in 1971.

The foundation of the church was early as June 1621 when Recollects set foot in Cebu.

This church is also the center of devotion to Saint Joseph, Protector of the Order and Saint Lucy, Virgin and Martyr.

Sto. Rosario Parish Church

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Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church also known as Sto. Rosario Parish Church Cebu was built in 1933.It is one of the busiest church in the City.

The construction of the church was completed on August 22, 1933. During the 75th Anniversary of the church it has been renovated and the church patron was added to its facade during the renovation in 2008. It is located beside the main campus of University of San Carlos in downtown area of Cebu City.

Redemptorist Church

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The church is known as one of the Prominent church in Cebu City. It was constructed after the liberation and completely renovated in 1954. The designed of the church is similar to the Redemptorist church in Baclaran because of the Gothic Lines.  To make the church airy and comfortable, it has large arched doors and the windows are decorated with wonderful stained glass.

St. Joseph the Patriarch Parish- Mabolo

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The Mabolo church also know as St. Joseph the Patriarch Parish was built-in 1866. The church was designed with its classical Gothic architecture with one beautiful bell tower. The church has been damaged by many natural disasters.

Despite of the natural calamities that causes the renovation of the church, the conservation of the original designs are still intact. The aged coral stones, the thick iron grilled windows, solid marble floor and the solid wooden doors are still intact.

San Nicolas de Tolentino Parish Church

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Established in 1584, years ahead the establishment of the Cebu Diocese in 1595. San Nicolas de Tolentino Parish is one of the oldest church in the Philippines. The church was considered as the original site of the landing of Legazpi’s expedition on April 27,1565 and became the embryo of a settlement, which Legazpi established and named San Miguel.

The church suffered great destruction and damage on account of a storm in October 15, 1912 and an earthquake in February 29, 1922.


Helpful Tips:

To those people who can’t attend the Visita Iglesia, especially to those people with a virtual career. You can do a “Visita Iglesia Online”.This will also infirm to perform the rite to our Overseas Filipino Workers. For more information click here .

This service was set up by the  Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines .


Things To Ponder

“Lent is a fitting time for self-denial; we would do well to ask ourselves what we can give up in order to help enrich others by our own poverty.”

-Pope Francis 2014 Lenten Message-

 

 

 

 

 

 

15 Reasons Why I Left My Heart In Ormoc

Isn’t it surprising to see places that you’ve never thought to have existed at all? Thatthere’s such a beauty in this world. It’s a wonderful feeling to see these kinds of places especially when it can be found in our very own country.

My unplanned trip to Ormoc City last month can be considered as one of the best. It is also one of God’s greatest gift in my passion of traveling. Traveling has become one of my ” cravings”. I love the idea to see new places and go for an adventure. Visit places that I can get intimate with mother nature. When O saw beautiful landscapes, ocean view in the pictures I immediately fell n love and hoped to visit it as soon as I can.

Actually, when I arrived at Ormoc I was disappointed because I was under the impression that it has the same atmosphere of some provinces that I have been such as Camotes, Siquijor, Zamboanga and etc. But it was not! It seems that I am still in Colon, Cebu City. Then, when I finally jaunt the tourist attractions of Ormoc the next day…wow! I was surprised. And because Ormoc astounded my spirit, I really left my heart in Ormoc and here are the reasons why.

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The Amazing Cave: A Unique Swimming Experience in the Crystal Clear Waters Of A Cavern

After jaunting within the beautiful spots of Cebu City and tried the adventure of Canyoneering in Kawasan. I suggested my friend, Millie, to explore the beautiful island of Camotes instead in Bantayan island for some reasons. She’s quite reluctant about it but I insisted. Because I am very much concerned about the time that will be consumed getting there.  Though it is not my first time to jaunt Camotes island, Cebu but I  am still eager to wander the place because of its island way of life and peaceful surroundings.

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We departed from Cebu City to Camotes island at exactly 6:00 AM via Ocean Jet. As we were in the middle of the sea all of us are worried because of the weather. It was raining and the waves really slap the boat.

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At exactly 8:00 AM we arrived at Poro Port and hurriedly rented a tricycle for our day tour in the island. We paid the tricycle rent for 1000 PHP.

So we first visited the beautiful white sand beach resort in Camotes which is the Santiago White Beach Resort. Since we are just for a day tour, I promptly brought them to the public area of the resort instead of staying in the Santiago Bay Resort. Around 10:30 AM, we had our sumptuous in lunch in one of the economical restaurants in the area.

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Before proceeding to our next destination, we make sure that we will have enough memories to leave. So we took a lot of pictures in the beautiful rock formations under the Santiago Bay resort.

Well, enough for that personal stuff, Lol! I know all of you are all excited with the Amazing Cave. So here is our next spot! The Amazing Island Cave and Resort. It’s good that I asked our driver, (I forgot his name) if what are the other beautiful spots to visit on the island aside from the famous Lake Danao, Mangudlong and whatsoever. So it was our driver’s idea to see visit the cave. According to him, the cave was opened 3 weeks ago.

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Photo from Amazing island cave FB page

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And here you go! The photo above is the main entrance going down to the cave. For you to see the beautiful and pristine cavern you have to prepare 25php for without life vest and 35Php with the vest. So we took the 35Php entrance since one of our friends is not that good in swimming.Lol!

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Amazing island cave is one of the eight natural caves and new in the island. This prominent cave is interestingly located on the island of Camotes on its northeastern side.

A lot of versions of interesting stories surrounding this cave can be heard from locals and those who claim to knowledge about this cave’s story.

At present, the cave is only basically developed to accommodate visitors from various places.
To keep the surroundings and the internals of the cave pristine and natural, only very few ‘developments’ are allowed to be implemented, such as making concrete steps from the entrance leading down towards the inside. This makes it safer for visitors to climb up and down, especially among children and older visitors.

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Stalactites and stalagmites. These are signs that the cave is old and the usual attraction feature for caves in general. They are not huge compared to other popular caves in the world but interesting enough to explore with this cave’s size.

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Here’s a quick peek on how I enjoyed swimming in the crystal clear water of cavern.

A post shared by Nhagz Torrecampo (@nhagzventures) on Apr 3, 2017 at 1:52am PDT


ABOUT THE AMAZING ISLAND CAVE AND RESORT

THE AMAZING ISLAND CAVE & BEACH RESORT IS LOCATED IN LUCBON,CONSUELO SAN FRANCISCO CAMOTES ,CEBU,PHILIPINES ,ITS PRIVATELY OWNED BY FRIENDLY, NATIVE, POOR,.SIMPLE & CHRISTIAN LOVING FAMILY.
THE CAVE IS CONNECTED TO THE OCEAN. THE WATER IS ALWAYS FRESH, CLEAN & COOLED. WHEN THE OCEAN IS IN HIGH MOOD THE WATER OF THE CAVE CAN BE VERY DEEP IN SOME OR MOST PARTS OF THE CAVE.PROTECTIONS , SIGNS ARE INSTALLED & LIGHTNING & SO AS LIVE GUIDE PERSON IS ALWAYS AVAILABLE …
INSIDE THE CAVE THERE’S A BEAUTIFUL & AMAZING SMALL ISLAND IN THE MIDST OF ALL These ROLLING WATERS WHICH IS PEACEFUL & VERY GOOD FOR RELAXATION & YOU CAN SEE THE NATURAL BEAUTY OF THIS WONDROUS CREATION OF OUR CREATOR.

The Cave is located in Consuelo San Francisco Camotes.
FOR MORE INFO PLEASE CALL:
Edith – 63 – 9126 – 374848
Jc – 63 – 9482 – 200403
Emma-63 – 9195 – 679175
Jmmy-63 – 9302 – 239770


Special thanks to Miss Millie Morales for the all paid expense trip

#LeaveNoTrace

Fall in Love with Ormoc City’s Newly Discovered Natural Attraction, Sayahan Falls

After Lake Danao Natural Park astounded my two eyes and dumbfounded my adventurous spirit. The newly discovered natural attraction in Ormoc city blows my mind, the Sayahan Falls.

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The Sayahan Falls is now considered as one of Ormoc City’s main natural attraction because of its crystal clear, emerald green and water as cold as ice.  This waterfall is located in the majestic mountain of Sitio Maglahug, Brgy Ga-as and it is 30 kilometers from the City proper of Ormoc.

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To see this hidden gem, you have to endure 30 minutes to 1 hour of trekking. The trail is not that easy, a bit challenging for those who don’t do cardio or workout, so I highly suggest that you prepare before planning a jaunt in this mesmerizing natural gift.  I do trekking but I still had a hard time going there, seriously!

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From Lake Danao Natural Park, we traveled to Sito, Maglahug, Barangay Ga-as  Tourism office then hired a tour guide going to the place. My friend and I trek our way going to the falls. I’m catching my breath during the trek but I enjoyed the scenery,

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We spent about 30 minutes of going there, a fast pace walk said the tour guide. You will spend 45 minutes to 1 hour if you will take it slow, At first, there is a plain road but after a few minutes you need to crawl, climb a bit and walk in a muddy man-made path then you will pass a trail like a jungle.

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After a few minutes, you will see this amazing scenery. Wow! Who will not be fascinated with this luscious greens? As if you will see fairies any moment, it’s like an enchanted forest where magical creatures protect and take care of it.

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There’s a stream which is above it, is a man-made ladder before reaching the hidden falls. You can hear the gushing water, a sign that you are already near.

The weather is perfect, it’s not too hot on the day I visited the place and according to the weather forecast, there will be rain showers in the area. I’m a bit scared actually for I don’t know what to expect in the midst of the forest. Scary but exciting, right?

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Make sure that you will wear the proper trekking attire, actually going to Sayahan Falls is not part of my itinerary because when I arrived Ormoc and asked the locals on how to get there, they don’t even know what and where the place is. But since we are near to this attraction, my friend and I decided to quickly jaunt the place. I accepted the challenge of going there even I am not prepared.

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As you look from afar, you will see this picture perfect view.Nice!!!!

Then look at this.. See the water that is cold as ice?Just wow! One of the best spring waterfalls I’ve seen in my entire life. The hardship of going there really paid off with the amazing scenery. I salute the local government for preserving this wonderful God’s creation, unexploited indeed. It excites me to take a dip into the water.

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The place is really clean, so make sure to do your part in maintaining the cleanliness of this hidden waterfalls. It is our responsibility to take care of it so that many people can enjoy the amazing God’s gift natural creation. And for the next generation to cherish and protect. All the hardships of getting there were fade when I got to see the waterfalls. I enjoyed the beauty of nature by bathing and swimming.

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It’s very relaxing and exciting experience. I’m a person who loves to see the beauty of nature and I always wanted unplanned travels, Lol! Going to Sayahan Falls is one of the best travel experience of the year so far. It was unplanned and I don’t know what to expect but it turns out to a memorable one. Looks like it will be the start of more unexpected and unplanned travels for me.

Here’s a quick peek on how I enjoyed my visit in Sayahan Falls!

Jaunting Tips:

  1. Make sure to check the weather before going to the Sayahan falls to fully enjoy the place and to avoid any untoward incidents as the trail is difficult.
  2. Keep the environment clean and eat before going there to avoid bringing so much stuff.
  3.  Bring water and enough food.
  4. Go there early to spend the entire day in the falls because the place is open until 2:00 PM
  5. Make sure to prepare yourself to go trekking.
  6. Travel in a small group of 1-10 persons.

How to get there:

  1. From Ormoc City, ride a jeepney going to Brgy. Lake Danao at Ormoc Jeepney Terminal across Public Market and Ormoc City Port.
  2. Drop off, and ride Habal-habal going to Sitio Maglahug.
  3. Register at Ga-as Tourism Office. Php20.00 entrance fee per pax and Php300.00 guide fee for 5 members in a group or below. For 6 guests or more, guide fee may vary for your own safety.
  4. Be prepared, 1-2 hours trekking/hiking to Sayahan Falls, currently the local government is working on improvements for a better access to this hidden treasure. Rest assured, a true beauty is waiting.

Disclaimer: Since I got the place via private vehicle. I took this travel guide from EVC Food and Travel Gallery. To see his awesome photo gallery click here.

If you are planning to visit Sayahan Falls and need a habal-habal who can pick you up from Ormoc City.You may contact mobile number: 09284285673 and look for Odel

Canyoneering in Kawasan, Cebu For The Second Time Around

17626281_590799677792663_7690416944035485100_nCanyoneering in Badian is one of the most thrill and extremely fun adventure in Cebu. It is now one of Cebu’s biggest tourist draws. And for the second time around, my adventurous spirit took another challenge of trekking, jumping and swimming.

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It was 2 years ago when I tried these exciting adventure in Cebu. There were no other words that uttered from my lips but “it was the best!” Really, canyoneering was one of the best adventure Iv’e experienced. T’was challenging and fun at the same time.
Over the weekend, I had another chance to jump into the canyons with Millie and Mae Ann. They flew from Manila just to try the extreme adventure in Kawasan, Cebu.

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@ The Kawasan Canyoneering headquarters
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On our way to the 1st Jump-off

It was raining cats and dogs when we arrived Kawasan, Cebu but we are still fearless to face the challenge and I am a bit edgy though it’s not my first time. Because during my first Canyoneering we had our first jump-off in Kanlaob River Brgy. Compostela, Alegria. But this time our jump-off will be at Badian. 

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And we are ready!

We arrived about 12:30 in the afternoon at the Kawasan Canyoneering headquarters .Upon arrival, we were advised to register our names individually at the waiver form provided by the management for monitoring purposes. In the headquarters we had our donning of life vest and helmet. After recording all of our names then our assigned guide was introduced to us who’s name is Bernard. He is fun and nice to be with. Then hired a habal-habal with tandem and drove us through the Kawasan Tourism Office. 17759825_590797651126199_6441903668488376887_n

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Before we started our 30 minutes trek, we saw a small store and ordered banana-cue (10 Php / stick), and a little refreshments.  Then we endure 30 minutes to 1 hour of trekking. The trail was not easy that time because the man-made ladder was muddy because of the heavy rains and it had a slow-paced walk. Thus, it took us 1 hour of trek before reaching the 1st jump-off.

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After sparing for almost 1 hour of trekking a short briefing was conducted by our guide about “What to Do” and “What’s Not” for the entire canyoning activity. We were also advised the proper body/hand posistioning when jumping off the cliff.

I couldnt imagine the feelings of Millie and Mae Ann the fact that this is their first time.I can see the two girls are petrified especially Mae Ann but they were all brave.

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The picture above is actually the first destination of the activity. Since we are only three in the group,I am not worried for the time that will consume when jumping off the canyons. Because most of the first timers it will take couple of minutes before they are brave enough to jump and scream, Lol!

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This is the 1st spot where we had our 1st jump off that is 10 ft high. Yes, it is not that high compared to the 1st jump off in Alegria which is 15 ft high. But still it was cool exhilirating adventure!

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In the picture above is another spot where we had to pass under the gorge. The water below is very clear and turquoise but we did not swim off in that area becuase there is another nice spot awaits next to it.

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Who else would not want a group picture with this enticing location is already fronting possibly on you. This spot is also good for taking a profile picture or cover photos on your Facebook because of the magnificent rock formation.

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During my first Canyoneering, I can remember that this spot is one of my favorites. This canyon is called an optional last jump off that is  30 ft high as the guide say. I remember I jumped here like 4 to 5 times. Brave enough, right?hahaha!

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And We Are On Our Way To Badian Falls!

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As we continued our journey until the Kawasan Falls Badian. That is the spot for last jump scene but gets optional for gutless individual, Lol! But I am still featless and tried to jump! Yay! (Try to see it in the video attached).

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What time did we arrive Kawasan Falls? We actually reached Kawasan Falls at around 4:00PM. Another spot where we embrace the peaceful mother earth and enjoy the three level of waterfalls.

How long does it take to finish Canyoning Activity? It took us about total of 5 hours to finish the entire activity from Kawasan first jump off to Kawasan, Badian warterfalls. After cooling down in Kawasan Falls we arrived 4:30 PM at the Kawasan Canyoneering Headquarters that is nearby the high-way road. We had our food adventure that is already included for the 1,500 PHP package for the entire activity. After fixing our stuffs we headed back to Cebu City via Ceres Bus Liner at past 5:00 PM already.

Canyoneering was a long but worthy adventure to try. It was unique and fun activity. I enjoyed it as well as the company. And with all the challenges that we experienced, fun moments that we had and excitement that we felt during the extreme activity, no doubt that canyoneering topped my best adventure to experience when in Cebu.

 

IMPORTANT TIPS/NOTES:

  • Canyoneering is open from 6:00 AM to 3:00 PM
  • Always wear life vest and helmet
  • Wear a proper outdoor shoes or trekking sandals
  • Wear a long sleeve rash guard most especially if you’re someone who gets cold easily
  • Do not bring gadgets. Only bring your waterproof camera or action camera
  • Always listen and follow to your guides instructions
  • Eat and hydrate before the activity. Canyoneering will last 4 to 5 hours
  • Do not throw trash anywhere. Do not vandalize
  • Enjoy and have fun!

Kawasan Canyoneering offers canyoneering packages starting from PHP 1,500 per adult. This is inclusive of gear, snacks, guide and admission fees, one-way motorbike ride and lunch. You may book this tour by visiting this link.


Kawasan Canyoneering
6021 Badian, Cebu
Philippines
Phone: (63) 918 654-4111; (63) 905 333-2623
Email: kawasancanyoneering@gmail.com
http://www.kawasancanyoneering.com.ph


Special thanks to Miss Mille Morales for the all paid expense adventure and to our guide, Bernard for making this adventure fun and exciting!

 Jump, Trek, Swim- I Survive!

Lake Danao Natural Park: Ormoc City’s Main Natural Attraction

The pleasing City of Ormoc has been marked by most people as City by the bay. It is the only port city and the largest city by land area in the Province of Leyte. The city has a stunning Ormoc bay that overlooks the beautiful Magsanga mountain peak.

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Before the destructive attack of the typhoon Yolanda in 2013. The city faced a devastating typhoon on the 5th of November 1991 that submerged some parts of the city.
After the two highly destructive natural disaster ruins the beautiful City of Ormoc they gently get back on one’s feet.

The people slowly return to a normal state of living and slowly regain one’s strength.Nowadays, Ormoc City tourist attractions are progressively getting the attention to many travelers from different places in the world. And one of its main attraction is the Lake Danao Natural Park. A guitar-shaped lake nestled in upper barangays (villages) of Ormoc City. It is simply the largest fresh water reservations in Western Leyte.

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The peaceful scenery of Lake Danao

Well, let me share with you about my invasion in the beautiful attractions of Ormoc City. This is actually one of the unforgettable travels I had so far because visiting the city of Ormoc is not really on my list.Over the weekend, my planned is to come over again to Camotes island since I was not able to see all of their natural attractions during my 1st visit way back last year.

It was a sunny Saturday at around 12:30 in the afternoon, I arrived Ocean jet ticketing office in the port of Cebu to get a trip ticket for Cebu-Camotes. It happened that the next trip schedule is 3:00 PM and I can’t afford myself to wait for 2 hours and 30 minutes before the next scheduled trip. I became impatient that time because I just came from working overtime and feeling exhausted. And that made my mind a sudden change for that weekend trip.

I quickly approached the teller and asked if there are any available sooner schedule to any Visayas destinations. The teller promptly replied, “Yes Sir! Naay para Cebu- Ormoc 1:30 PM”. (“Yes Sir! there is a schedule for Cebu-Ormoc at 1:30 PM” ). After hearing it, I was not hesitant about buying the ticket.  

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Since this is an unplanned trip, I immediately pulled up my Agoda online account and searched for cheap hotels that I can possibly stay in Ormoc City. I even posted on Facebook and asked assistance with some of my friends who knows about the City. Luckily, I have one virtual friend who’s originally from Ormoc and he just arrived that time from Cebu.  What’s even good about this unplanned trip was, he voluntarily accompanied me with my quick jaunts to the Lake and the newly discovered natural wonder of Ormoc which is the Sayahan Falls.

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After the 3 hours of traveling, I finally sat my adventurous spirit in the City of Ormoc and ready to get lost. And briskly started a dealing a motorbike to take me to Rizal street where the pension house that I booked is situated. Well, enough of my personal thoughts about on what I did during my first day in Ormoc. Lol! Because I just stayed inside the room and decided to hit the hay early.

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After gaining consciousness on the next morning that is full of excitement. I got a chance to took a simple breakfast in a number one snack house in Ormoc, the Mayongs Bakeshop. I tasted their best seller cheeseburger that only cost me 40 PHP.

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At exactly 7:00 AM, my friend, and his Dad finally arrived riding on a motorbike. While driving up going to the mountainous part of the province, I was pleasantly surprised its rich green sceneries and the cool temperature. My friend told me that it is because the mountain going through Tongonan village is the second highest peak in Western Leyte. Also, the location of the lake is highly elevated and about 650 meters above sea level.

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After 30 minutes of driving a big sign along the street is waving that says “Welcome to Lake Danao Natural Park”. I quickly jumped to the motorbike and immediately moved nearer to the entrance and paid for the amount of 25.00 PHP.

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When I finally saw the spectacular Lake it was really astounding because it is really huge. Aside from that, the lake offers the very best of nature plus some exciting activities to enjoy such as kayaking, boating and enjoy the floating cottage. I was able to take a pleasant ride of their floating cottage that gave me an opportunity to experience and explore more way into the heart of the lake. While spending my time enjoying the ride between the lake, we had lunch as well as we requested someone to cook for us some sisig tab, “bland clamps from the lake”.

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There were a lot more activities to try in the lake but I had enough with their floating cottage ride. In this place, you can also enjoy a full body massage offered by some local therapist there. It only costs 250 PHP for an hour whole body massage.

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Before proceeding to our next destination which is the newly discovered waterfalls in Brgy. Ga-as which is the Sayahan Falls. I tried to have some chit-chat with the 2 kids who lives there who’s name is Clark and Brian. They told me a lot of interesting stories about the lake. Many divers attempted to dive to get the measurement if how deep is the lake. Unfortunately, no one was able to get the measurement successfully. But there is one story that makes my eye teary. I was told that the lake looks extremely attractive before the typhoon Yolanda. I can really see how tough it was for them. And it is truly inspiring that they are able to overcome and how the tragedy made them better.  This story makes me more proud being a Filipino because despite of the challenges we can still smile and remain optimistic.

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While we are on our way to our next destination, I discreetly smiled and realized that visiting the Lake Danao is one of the best travels I had and this is something I have always to share about with my friends. 

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I am so thankful that I was able to step my foot in such beautiful place. I am so grateful to spoke with the locals because it encourages me more to inspire people through traveling by sharing the experiences I had and the learning that I received from the people we encounter and interact with.

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Here’s a quick peek about this awesome and truly inspiring jaunt of Nhagzventures

HOW TO GET THERE?

Oceanjet
Oceanjet has trips every day.
Leaving Cebu City at 6:30 PM, 10:30 PM, 1:30 PM and 5 PM
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SuperCat (2Go Travels)
Supercat has trips every day.
Leaving from Cebu City at 05:45 AM, 11:00 AM, 04:40PM

Going to Lake Danao from Ormoc City Proper. You will witness the serene and beauty of the lake by traveling for about 30 minutes to one hour from the city proper. A terminal for jeepneys and multicabs bound for Barangay Lake Danao can be found near Ormoc City Public Market, just across Ormoc City Port. If you want more fun and adventure, you may also ride a habal-habal from Ormoc City. The fare is from 150 – 200 PHP depends on how you negotiate the driver 🙂

ABOUT LAKE DANAO

Lake Danao is a guitar-shaped lake on the island of Leyte in the Philippines.

The lake is covering an area of 148 hectares (370 acres). It is situated in the 2,193 hectares (5,420 acres) Lake Danao Natural Park, which also includes the Amandiwin mountain range. The lake is 18 kilometres (11 mi) northeast of Ormoc City, half an hour drive along the San Pablo – Tongonan and Milagro – Lake Danao roads.

It was originally named Lake Imelda and was declared a national park on June 2, 1972 by virtue of presidential memorandum issued by then President Ferdinand Marcos. Later it was renamed and declared as Lake Danao National Park on February 3, 1998 through Proclamation No. 1155 and is now protected by Republic Act No. 7586 otherwise known as the National Integrated Protected Area System (NIPAS) Act of 1992. 

Source: Wikipedia

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There’s more to explore about Ormoc City.
Sayahan Falls Adventure will be posted soon.