Are there magical places out in the wilds of the world? One of the questions I always asked and I always ended up an answer depending on who I asked. Although it is still uncertain that if magic really exists in the world, there are certainly fantastic and extraordinary places on our planet that certainly seem to make one entertain the idea that it just may.
After our overnight camp at the charming Mt.Tagaytay, we had an awesome side-trip to the surprising river of Toledo, City. Traversing to Mt. New Bucau, there is one such place that lies in the quaint rain-forest in the City, an achingly beautiful and mystical river that has long been surrounded by legend locals.
This is the Manuto River, a place where it is said to be mysterious and which indeed mesmerizing enough to make one believe that magic is real.
There are many rivers in the country that are so wrapped with mystery and magnificence. According to Miss Beth (our host for this weekend adventure) has the same view of Tanay River and Marmol River in Tuburan, Cebu. It is also connected with the Malubog Lake that is marked by its folklore.
Upon arriving at the river, I was surprised with the cold as ice waters flowing continuously the river and this combined with the reflection of palm trees.
Adding to the magical quality of the place is the plentiful indigenous flora and fauna lining the cold waters.
While walking along the river, I saw a lot of spots that are picturesque, really! Thus, I made a lot of stops. Along the way, I saw boulders and gigantic rocks that made me feel I’m back to the place where I drifted my wandering soul, the Marmol Cliff in Tuburan, Cebu.
After almost 30 minutes of walking along the river and climbed those bouldering rocks, we finally reached the spot where we can swim and take our lunch. A few minutes later, the weather became unfriendly. Unfortunately, a steady falling of water from the sky washes us away.
” If the rain continued pouring down heavily, kindly go back to the area where we had a quick stop”, Miss Beth said.
According to Miss Beth, if there is rain, the streams that flow into the main river receives greater amounts of water that will instantly cause the river flooding. So, we decided to get back to the place where we can shade, loosen up, and take a brunch.
As we were making our way back to the area where we can meet Beth and RJ, the downpour is continuous and we are really struggling because each one of us is having some stuff in our hands which is our food.
Despite the rain falls, we continuously trek until we reached the area. Upon our arrival, we instantly took our lunch because as what have the locals advised to us, there will be no habal-habal driver that can take us to the jump-off area of General Climaco (Malubog) especially if there is a heavy rain.
After taking a quick brunch, things got even worse.downpours got heavy!Since I’m very weak in cold temperature, I was really freezing that moment. So we quickly took a motorcycle ride going back to Barangay Malubog and the cold winds really tendering our body. Adding to that chilled ride was a bumpy and rocky road that is seemingly an endless adventure.
After that bumpy ride, a few minutes later we finally reached the jump-off area of Barangay Malubog with the courage, haha! And I thought that was the end of our adventure, it wasn’t!
As we said our goodbyes to Beth, we rode a jeepney going back to Toledo Bus Terminal. We took a “top-load” ride where you need to go up and occupy the roof of the jeepney. No comfortable chair! No protection ceiling! Everything is OPEN! This is my second time to go on top loading and it is really fun and extreme! I found this challenging, really! Because you need to sit down on hard metals under the heat of the sun for long hours.But in our case the pour down slowly stop and we’re lucky enough!
Overall, this is one of the best adventures I had in Toledo City, Cebu. Thank you so much to Miss Beth for organizing this Friendship Climb. I had so much fun and thankful seeing those beautiful natural gifts in Toledo City. Hoping that these places I’ve visited will remain to exist and be seen. The river is really a dreamlike beauty and hope it will be preserved for many future generations to come!:)
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