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While people across the globe or even the country hear stories about Mindanao, most of them not-so-good and not-so-safe! I chose to travel! Chosen to travel, and will choose to travel! Mindanao has been underrated for so long, and it's time to wake up to its beauty! This post may not comprehensively show what Mindanao is and have, but at least it gives you an idea, how fantastic it is here in the land of promise!

Why do I travel? "I travel because I want to make memories all over the world."

We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us. To travel is indeed to live!

For all the weekends of April and May last summer, I've been traveling from one place to another. Some of my travels have already been posted:
  1. I went home to Camiguin Island and I wrote something about it here.
  2. I went to my other home Tandag, Surigao del Sur! Visited my Sister who came home from Canada!
  3. I went to visit my sister in Dipolog City and wrote something about it here.
  4. I also went to Davao's Samal Island  and shared my visit here.
  5. I also traveled to Cebu and shared about our Canyoneering here and other activities here.
  6. I was also able to visit Sagada and posted something about it here.
  7. Then finally I capped 'em off with my Surigao del Sur Summer Escapade of which I will be writing about now.
So June has come. April and May (the summer months) have officially ended. And I am glad to have spent it in Surigao. This has been a long overdue post, super late post, but might as well post it. Better late than never as they say. πŸ™‚
It wasn't my first time to visit Surigao. My Dad is from Surigao so I've been there for couple of times, however, it's my first time to visit Enchanted River. It was the main reason why I joined the travel. Enchanted has been on my list for quite some time, and I felt the need to strike it off the "to visit" list. So thank God for my friend and colleague Chef FC who invited me to join his "just started" summer! haha Ironically, he's just started his escapades because he has been caught up with a lot of things back in April and May. When he told me Enchanted is on the itinerary, I didn't blink an eye or have second thoughts, I said "yes" immediately!
The travel started on the night of May 29th. The assembly time was 10:30 P.M. and time of departure to Surigao is 11:00 P.M. I arrived at the assembly area at around 10:30 P.M. people are already there. That's when I realized, we are not going to travel in 3s or 5s. We are going to have several vans full of people. Full of travelers. Full of humans wanting to have their getaway! 
Our first stop was the famous #EnchantedRiver of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur!

Here's a video of Enchanted River's fish feeding!

We had our breakfast and proceeded to go caving! On the way to Sarsoza Punta Cave we stopped by Sibadan.

After couple of minutes, we headed to the destination!  Sarsoza Ponta Cave!

The caving photos may look like we had fun, we did but there are things I want to highlight.

  1. There is scarcity of tour guide? We lost couple of minutes waiting for the cave's tour guide. 
  2. Very poor tour guiding service. No stories, no pick up lines, no nothing. Just plain and simple guide where you should go, where to put your feet first, and where next. It appears that the tour guide are not really trained for basic tour guiding.
  3. They said, they wanted safety for all those who would enter and do the "caving" but when my friend asked if the guide had any "first-aid kit" he boldly answered "nah, wala raba", meaning he doesn't have one.
  4. Head gears are not required, so you expose yourself to risk when you go inside without a gear. Although there are head gears/helmet available for hire at the entrance.
  5. Since the cave is occupied by bats as you can see in the photos above, you'd have to expect that it's gonna smell, or you're gonna smell when you go out.
  6. If you are not that adventurous, this is not a recommended activity. 

Thank God we were able to finish the caving and got out of the cave! Yehey! But look at the this? Haha

Then we headed back to Enchanted River where we wanted and we soaked for a swim. We experienced its being enchanted. Indeed the fish are just there as you swim. They are not afraid of people swimming around them, maybe because they are already used to it.

Schools of fish comes out at around 11:30 A.M. and you would have the privilege to watch them swim with you in the cold fresh water of Enchanted River, but if you go there during summer, expect to have a competition with other tourists.  πŸ™‚

After swimming for couple of minutes or in an hour, we decided to have our lunch.

Lunch are pre ordered. Before you go to Enchanted River the tour guide would ask the van to stop at the store/tiangge/palutuan where you would order your food, as there will be no stores or restaurants within Enchanted River vicinity. The establishments' staffs then would deliver the food to the cottages where you would be assigned. The picture above was our candid picture while eating our much-awaited and hungered-for lunch.

Then we traveled to Tinuy-an Falls. We saw the wondrous multi-falls. One of the pride of Surigao del Sur. But when it's summer, the water wouldn't create big splash as it falls, the water wouldn't be as splendid as it is if it's rainy season. But yeah, traveling on a summer is also way sooo fun!

I am sharing some of the photos we were able to take as we witnessed the beauty of Surigao's #Tinuy-an Falls!

  

To see the falls' water source you have to climb. See it for yourself up close! So we climbed up and as we head back down, took some stolen shots!

 Below was the view at the top of the falls! Isn't it amazing?

After our brief visit at Tinuy-an Falls, we went directly to our respective vans and prepared for the travel to the International Doll House. Yes, you've read it right! House built by DOLLS! Some fun photos we took as we entered and checked it out.

After the Doll House visit, we went to have our stomachs filled. Java Travel and Tours were able to reserve us a place where all those who joined the tour will dine. It's an Eat-all-you-can restaurant, at a very cheap price of P99. Not bad. 
Then, we traveled to our dormitories, or places of temporary abode.
The following day, we were asked to prep early for the Island Hopping in Britania, I had a separate post about my previous trip here, but this time is different, I'm with Chef and Engr.!
I am with different company, and yeah, perks of traveling is to meet new good friends! They called us brother (brader) so we called them sister! 
Sharing again, some of the candid and well-prepared (is it?) shots in Britania the next day!
As we went to the entrance of the beach, we saw this funny pictures? Answer to the all-time question "Where do broken hearts go?"

People get busy, and yes, they might not notice the boat will be leaving soon? Are you going to swim as fast as you can to catch up? LOL!

This was a picture we took in one of the Islands in Britania! Such an amazing view!

The Victory POSE!

Selfies and photo-ops everywhere!

While on board!

When you travel, you try different food! This right here, is a must-try! Haha


Of course, if I go on Island Hopping, wouldn't it be amazing if you jump off the boat and swim all your might? haha A fun photo below capturing the experience!

And we saw some people doing, groupfie, why would we not try it?

And we also enjoyed taking photos in cave-like rock formations!

On the bridge going to the boat! Cameras are at work!

You can also go shopping some great items! Things Chef K wants!

And the beach is perfect with the heat of the sun, white sand and friends!

Fun things happen when you take pictures and you didn't know what pose to make! Wacky or formal? Or what?

As we head back home and got nearer to our residences, we stopped and clicked some more for the group to have a souvenir picture with the van and the tour guides!

Thank you new friends! Sisters! Java Travel and Tours and Chef and Engr. for the fun and crazy travel! Had a great time!

Travel Tip for Surigao:
1. Bring some food. It's gonna be a loooong travel!
2. One of the things, I've (We've) observed in Surigao is the need to improve hospitality and service industry! Do not expect everything to be prepared and well organized in establishments, from dorms to restaurants. So I am warning you, bring a lot of patience.
3. It's not as developed as the other places, so you might have to go to certain areas to withdraw some cash. So bring, a considerable amount enough to cover your expenses.
4. Reserve batteries for Cameras, Phones and Gadgets! Power banks! 
5. Slippers are good, don't bring hava! My friend's hava gave up as we climbed up the TinuyAn Falls.
6. Enjoy while it last! Stop complaining! Just enjoy the ride, the trip, the company, the environment!
7. PLEASE DON'T TRHOW YOUR GARBAGE JUST ANYWHERE! PROMOTE ECOTOURISM!
Despite my observations, (honest ones), I still choose Mindanao, because the benefit of knowing and witnessing its splendor outweighs greatly than the things I find noticeably needing improvement. All in all, I still enjoyed the trip and had a blast!
As we head back home, we've already planned the next trip... What is it? Check it out...on my next post...
#doroexplorero #dorolakwatsero #laagPinas #laagAsia #suroyWorld #SurigaoPH #BritaniaPH #EnchantedRiverPH #TinuyAnFallsPH

SAGADA has been the ultimate goal I've set for myself this summer. I've had several summer getaway during summer, but SAGADA was unique. I want to go there alone. Some may think, "gusto ko lang mag #hugot" but no. I wanted to witness the beauty of the place it self. In fact I just wanted to check it out for myself. 
It was not an easy trip going to SAGADA but would be all the rush, sweat, late meal, and every penny. One friend of mine asked, "pretty place" I undoubtedly said, "pretty" is an understatement. SAGADA had several activities and spots to offer. And it's beauty is indescribable.
I came to Metro Manila primarily to attend as part of the entourage of my very good brother in Christ Mr. MP last May 15, 2015 #MLBiyahengPagibig051515. But I was booked for a flight back to Cagayan de Oro City on the 18th early morning. Which means that I still have time to go somewhere over the weekend. 
I was thinking, can I really do it? I mean SAGADA? First time and alone? But I know "me". I love adventures! Of course, the urge to say YES is greater than the urge to say NO! So, the day just a couple of hours before my brother's wedding, I went to Victory Liner to book my ticket to Baguio. And guess what! Fully booked! 
Hmmm, what if I go to BALER, and not SAGADA? But Baler wasn't the priority this time. It's really SAGADA. I think the universe may have heard my whispers in the wind that it urged my friend AM to prod me to pursue my SAGADA plans. I told him, Victory Liner is fully booked, it's not unusual because it's summer and the next available trip is already the following day. He said, NO! It's not just Victory Liner that goes to Baguio, there's still Genesis! I've tried it before, and it was okay, my friend said. I said, let's try. 
We did go to check Genesis out. On our way to their Avenida Terminal, Getting a cab nor riding a jeep was already an adventure. Even the jeepneys are full! Seriously? All taxi seems to not care about passengers. Don't we exist here? Hello! Taxi? But no, we didn't get any cab. 
Until that destined jeepney going to Avenida, came and we were allowed to enter and take our precious seats! Yes! After around 30-40 minutes of looking for a cab or jeepney. Finally! (Don't sing ariel please!), A jeepney passing just for us! (LOL actually, we just had the opportunity to hop on it first). 
As we arrived, we saw there are buses parked in Avenida. And yes, it's Genesis! But they call their bus, Joy Bus? They said it's the same. We asked if I can hop on one of the parked buses. I got a stern "no". All were fully booked except that which would leave by 1:00 AM. Wow! Seriously? Fully booked again? But since there's a chance to have that 1:00 AM bus, we decided to stay. While we were trying to find something to fill our stomach. We left the terminal, thinking that it's still 11:00 or a couple of minutes after 11:00 PM. We went to a nearby Jollibee to feed ourselves. After having our meal, we went back to Genesis' terminal. Guess what? The bus intended for 1:00 AM has already left. Whaaat? Are you kidding me? 
TIP: Do not believe in time schedules when it's peak season like SUMMER! 
We were informed that as soon as all the seats (allowed capacity) are filled, the bus will travel even if it's not yet the scheduled time for the bus. Amazingly, most bus companies going to North has this practice! So never rely on their schedule. Book ahead, ensure your schedule! Be there earlier than your travel time! 

I did not give up! Thanks to my very supportive friend Mr. A.M. for pushing me! haha 

I was able to travel earlier than 1:00 A.M still, riding the bus, initially intended to travel by 2:00 A.M. because again, it got all filled before the scheduled time.

I arrived in Baguio at around 7:30 A.M., and guess what!? The bus going to Sagada is fully booked again! The next trip to SAGADA is by 11:30 A.M! Wow! Although there is a trip to SAGADA at 9:30 A.M. but the available seats are center seats. The trip is for 6 long hours from Baguio, so don't choose center seats unless you don't have a choice because of the schedule. Before the 9:30A.M. came, we've already left the terminal. Again, because it's full! 

We arrived in SAGADA by 3:00 P.M. There are I believe 3 bus stops that Lizardo bus usually makes their stop. Or should I say, their drivers stop. So you can be sure you can have somewhere to buy your food, if you didn't bring anything with you. But I am a light meal eater when on travel, so every bus stop I just usually pee and not really eat. I don't smoke, so I usually just use the time every stop for site and sight-seeing.  

Upon arrival in SAGADA there's the Town Hall, but that's not where you register. Go to your left where there is a Municipal Hall, register as a guest. Pay your environmental fee of P35.00. If you haven't booked a travel agency or guide yet. Ask for a guide there. Also, ask for a map! They have one to give to each guest/visitor/tourist.

Because it's already late. I went to find a hotel. I walked couple of meters away from the hall, and all hotels were fully booked! 

Another tip: If you haven't booked ahead of time, you have internet, and credit card, use www.agoda.com! They have room for everyone.haha because I was afraid I couldn't find a room for a night, I did browsed through Agoda. Thank God, there's a room available in Masferre for US$36.00. Few clicks, and my booking was confirmed.

I walked couple of steps from the hall, and yeah! It's Masferre Inn! I asked for my booked room (just a couple of seconds earlier). Then I was ushered to my room where I left my things.

I lost no time to freshen up. Went out, asked for  my guide. And off to my first SAGADA adventure!

My first adventure is CAVE Connection. According to the guide the adventures starts with a 40 minutes walk from the town center to the entry point at Lumiang/Burial Cave. Wedged at the entrance are piles of coffins. Deeper into the cave are awesome rock formations to satisfy your eyes and some rock climbing, and crawling for those thirsty for a more challenging physical activity. the exploration usually takes about 4-5 hours, ending at Sumaguing/Big Cave. I took this cave connection and just made it to the end within 1.5 hours only. Quite fast. 

Last entrance to the cave: 4:00 P.M.
Route: 

Dokiw Hanging Coffins viewpoint

Lumiang Burial Cave Entry point

As shared to me by my guide, these are small coffins, not because the people before have heights less than 4 ft. but because these people buried here, are put in the coffin in a fetal position. They believe that when a person dies, he/she goes back to how he/she came into the world, thus the fetal position when placed in a coffin. He also added that the burial in this area was a festive and happy one. The people buried in Lumiang Cave are those who died of old age. There are different places for different categories of death. People celebrate when a person dies out of old age. When he's accumulated several grandchildren and wealth, that's something to celebrate. For them, it means, they've lived their life well.

Inside the cave you'll have several physical activities including rock climbing, crawling and even rappelling. 

But it's worth it, as you'll see nature at its best under the cave! 

Sumaguing Cave exit point

Rice Terraces view point - this is something I only read about in my geography class. Not knowing, I'd come here at least for once in my life time!

Guide Fee: P800.00 for 2 visitors or less and P400 for each additional visitor.

After the Cave Connection I asked my guide's contact number for another adventure the following day. Mang Lacsim was happy to help and tour me around SAGADA. He suggested we go to Kiltepan Peak for the sunrise early in the morning, then to any of the tourist destinations afterwards. 

I went back to Masferre and relaxed! I had a long day of travel and adventure! Thank God, Masferre serves delicious food! It somehow relieved me of the physical exhaustion I've had for the day's activity.

The following day! Mang Lacsim called me at around 4:30 A.M., he's already outside the hotel to fetch me. Yeah! The sunrise! On our way to Kiltepan Peak, where sunrise can be seen magnificently along with the aerial view of the rice terraces and mountain ranges. It's best to go there on summer. However, on the day that I went there, it's very cloudy. And we haven't really witnessed the beauty of sunrise at Kiltepan Peak.

I saw, however, the "kubo" where Angelica Panganiban (That Thing Called Tadhana) shoot the scene with JM De Guzman. The famous #hugot (#whogoat) place!

The movie started the phenomena of #whogoat which also features SAGADA as the best place to relieve one's heartaches and pains with the place's scenic and serene views! As my guide put it, "Jan po sumigaw sigaw si Angelica sir!" (That's where Angelica shouted/screamed sir!). Pointing at the "kubo".

Because it's summer, tourist flocked to SAGADA like ants in a colony. They are just everywhere. Even in Kiltepan Peak. You could barely have a space for yourself. It's hard to take a selfie. Everyone is just every where.

I asked my guide to usher me back to the hotel as I will be having breakfast. I asked him if he already had one, he said he's going to have it too but outside the hotel, I asked him to join me and I'll take care of the bill, he gladly accepted! I had Filipino Style Breakfast with Native Longanisa while he ordered Filipino Style Breakfast with Boneless Fish (Bangus). 

After breakfast, it's time to decide where to go! I have a lot to choose from. But very limited time. I asked him which water falls would have lesser people and that it's possible to go there and be back by 10:00A.M. he said it should be Pongas Falls in Anikeleng, Sagada, Mountain Province. I told him to bring me there as I would be going back to Baguio before lunch.

On the way to Pongas falls, are greeneries. It's a refreshing place to be in. You will see different crops, it somehow had me revisit my childhood days, memories in the past when I see almost every day these kinds of view. 

These are newly planted cucumber. They just can't stop planting. They plant after every harvest. The guide told me that their guide services are in demand only in the summer, but after the summer they'll all go back to farming. Sagada's local population is mostly comprised of farmers, whose income mainly depend on agriculture. 

 I also have to stop and take a picture of this great scene! Green leaves of "palay"/rice. With the great mountains on the background!

 These are peanuts! Since I've been seeing different crops, I was looking for peanuts, and yes, the guide gladly told me that there are peanuts! Here they are!

Of course, this is the plant/herb that made our family's living possible. I remember back in my childhood days, I will walk for couple of miles to get ready to consume bananas! I can't let it pass. I have to take a picture, as my brain traveled fast back to my childhood days!

There's corn too! Corn has been an alternative to rice for my family. Back when I was a child, we cannot always afford to have "rice"/palay in the table. They're just so expensive. While "corn rice" are way cheaper. So as an alternative, for a rice eater, we will have steamed "corn rice". And they said it's good for health. Maybe, because we remained alive and grew up! haha

Closer look at the almost golden seeds of palay! 

 I am also not surprised by the presence of sugar cane in the field. 

In the middle of the trek, we stopped by at the what the locals call as the "Bad-ay", my guide expertly explained to me what it is. Bad-ay is a the place where the locals (native) specially, back in the old days, convene, discuss, try a case, and socialize. It's also the place where they perform rituals, during planting season and harvest season (both are festive events/rituals). Bad-ay is also the place where the men, back then, sleeps. Because their houses are very small, it can only accommodate the women, and therefore, men choose to sleep outside or in their tribe's "bad-ay". When we visited, it's evident that a ritual has recently been performed. My guide showed me the evidence. 

The trek going to Pongas Falls was enjoyable as those above were present, however, it's also challenging as it's a climb! Up to the falls, would be several thousand steps.  There are stairways and hanging bridge. 

Then when we reached Pongas Falls, there's only me and the guide! My solo experience of Pongas was amazing! You need to climb up to the top to see the majestic beauty of the falls. Up there, is the small pool, where you can get soaked, wet and sun-kissed!

I've not been to a falls where I am alone, or atleast it's just me and the guide. The guide happily watched me be amazed by the beauty of this falls. It's not well marketed yet, not yet well advertised so it's not populated at 9:00 A.M. I was thankful I chose to visit this place over Bomod-ok. Although, when I get back to SAGADA, I'll definitely, visiting Bomod-ok. 

I didn't stay longer in Pongas, as much as I'd want to, I need to catch up the bus trip by 11:00 A.M. So after getting all the positive energies of the universe through this falls, I went down with the guide, and head to the hotel. 

When we get to the hotel, I paid the agreed price for the guide, and fetched my bag at the hotel, then went directly to the terminal. A few steps from my hotel. In my arrival, bags are already lining up for the bus trip. Indicating that a person has reserved a line for a slot of seat in the bus.

I also took advantage of the waiting time, trying to document the fact, that foreigners (non-filipinos) are also in Sagada, specially this summer, they are all around! (welcome to SAGADA!) of different nationalities. Of course, our favorite neighbors and co-asian Koreans are also here! πŸ™‚ While filipino tourists are also flocking in to SAGADA!

Traveling alone to SAGADA was a rich experience for me! I became more aware of time, direction, and even had the chance to reflect and be thankful of all the things that God and the universe has allowed me to enjoy!

Some more scenes I took to and from SAGADA I'll be sharing below.

I will always treasure this first trip to SAGADA, and I am definitely coming back here! 

What I haven't visited or done in SAGADA yet, will be my priority on my next visit. (According to their publish map and travel guide). Use this as a guide for your complete SAGADA trip! Complete guide including trips schedules, fees and transportation, accommodation, etc. When In Sagada, What To Do? How Much for Which?

1. Balangagan Cave Spelunking - Also known as "Marcos Cave", it boasts of fine pure white flowstones and stunning stalactites. Be prepared to climb up its chambers or crawl along tight passages. The rock formations inside the cave are delicate and sensitive. Please avoid touching the rock formations.

Last entrance to the cave: 4:00 P.M. 
Guide fee: P650 - 4 visitors or less.
Transport Fee and Schedule: P650
8:00 A.M.    - 20 pax
10:00 A.M.  - 20 pax
12:00 N.N.   - 20 pax

2. Bumayeng Twin Falls - the trek to the falls starts at the drop off point in Barangay Bangaan, and will pass through some rice fields through natural trails/pathways.

Fee: P2,500 - 5 visitors or less (includes guide fee and packed meal).
Hike duration - 3 hours or more, one way
Transportation - P650 two-way.

3. Bomod-ok - 3 hours hike (back and forth) from Bangaan drop off point to the falls, passing through rice paddies and natural trails.

Fees: P500 - 10 visitors or less
Transportation - P650 two way vehicle hire via Aguid P500 two-way vehicle hire via Bangaan.

4. Bokong - one of the favorite picnic areas in central Sagada, it's swimming pool was carved by nature. 

Fees: P200 - 10 visitors or less
Transportation: P250 two-way vehicle.

5. Eco-tour 3 hours ofloop hike to Echo Valley Hanging Coffins, Sagada Underground River entrance, St. Mary's Church and Bokong Natural Swimming Pool passing through small river, valley/canyon, rice fields and Sagada Weaving.

Guide fee: P600 - 10 visitors or less.

6. Adventure Trail - 3 hours trek to Echo Valley Hanging Coffins passing through St. Mary's Church, enter the Underground river, forest trails, river crossing, Bokong Swimming Pool.

Guide fee: P1,000 for 10 visitors or less.

7. Echo Valley Hanging Coffins - a short hike to the view point and a challenging, slippery walk to have a close-up view of the coffins.

Guide fee: P200 - 10 visitors or less.

8. Camp by the fire - includes a Boodle Fight Dinner at any preferred campsite (Kiltepan Peak or Danum Lake). Arrangements may be done at the Municipal Information Center.

Minimum of 4 for only P1,800.
Inclusions: meals and shuttle back and forth.

9. Lake Danum/Sunset - the lake is a venue of some legendary tales, which includes how Sagada got its name. Drop by the Sagada Stoneware Pottery on the way to the lake.

Leave for Lake Danum at 4:30 P.M. 30 minutes drive from town center.
Transport fee: P550.

10. Mt. Ampacao Traverse - A loop hike from town center to Lake Danum view point then to Mt. Ampacao and down to the village of Demang or Ambasing or vice versa. This will take around 3 hours or so depending on your ability to walk on natural/mountain trails. The Ilocos Range and a hazy outline of the Ilocos coast can be viewed along the way.

Guide fee: P800 - 10 visitors or less.

11. Grassy Land/Marlboro - 2-3 hours of back trekking. It is also a camping site and a sunrise viewpoint. Rice terraces and limestone formation can be seen along the way. 

Guide fee: P600 - 10 visitors or less
Shuttle fee: P650

12. Langsayan Danum Traverse - 3 hours hike or more, passing through mossy and pine forest. The area overlooks 2 municipalities and a vast view of mountain ranges, rice terraces.

Guide fee: P1,000 - 3 visitors or less.

13. Mt. Sisipitan - The highest mountain in SAGADA, it is 2,200 meters above sea level. It is an excellent area for a day hike.

Guide fee: P2,000 each.

14. Mt. Polis - is nestled between Mt. Ampacao and the "Grassy Land/Marlboro". It provides a good view of Sagada.

Guide fee: P1,500 - 3 visitors or less.

15. Marlboro Hill - Blue Soil Traverse Trek - 4-5 hours trek passing through rice terraces and limestone formations.

Guide fee: P1,800 for 3 visitors or less.
Transportation fee: P1,350

16. Sagada to Mainit Hotspring  rek or travel by jeep to the minicipality of Bontoc to enjoy the natural hot spring in Mainit. A trip to experience the Maligcong Rice Terraces can also be included in the itinerary.

Guide fee: P2,500 each visitor (for trekking)
Additional fee from the hot spring to Maligcong.

REMINDERS FOR CAVING:
Attire: 

  • shirt (loose t-shirt), shorts/loose pants
  • rubber sandals/flipflops/rubber shoes
  • Optional - gloves
No entrance to the cave after 4:00 P.M.
Expect waist deep water in some parts of Sumaguing Cave.
HOTLINES
SAGADA PNP         0908 225 8115
Municipal Mayor      0999 991 1800
Municipal Tourism   0999 991 1801
Sagada Municipal Tourist Information Center
Poblacion, Sagada, Mountain Province, 2619 Philippines
Email add: sagada.mayor@gmail.com
Open: 7:00 in the morning
Close: 6:00 in the evening

SCHEDULE OF REGULAR TRIPS

SAGADA-BAGUIO (GL/LIZARDO BUS)
Bus fare: P220.00 5-6 hours

Morning Trips:
1st Trip: 5:00 A.M.
2nd Trip: 7:00 A.M.
3rd Trip: 8:00 A.M.
4th Trip: 9:00 A.M.
5th Trip: 10:00 A.M.
6th Trip: 11:30 A.M. Depending on availability of bus

Afternoon trip
Last trip: 1:00 P.M.
***Trips usually start ahead of schedule if seating capacity is full.
***No booking/reservation. First come, first serve.

SAGADA-BONTOC
Jeepney fare: P45 - 45 minutes.

Morning Trips:
1st Trip: 6:00 A.M.
2nd Trip: 7:00 A.M.
3rd Trip: 7:30 A.M. 
4th Trip: 8:00 A.M. 
5th Trip: 8:30 A.M.
6th Trip: 9:00 A.M.
7th Trip: 10:00 A.M.
8th Trip: 11:00 A.M.
9th Trip: 12:00 N.N.

Afternoon Trip
Last trip: 1:00 P.M.
***Trips usually start ahead of schedule if seating capacity is full.

BONTOC-BANAUE
Bus Fare: P150 - 1.5 hours 
Morning Trips only
1st Trip: 7:00 A.M.
2nd Trip: 9:00 A.M.
Jeepney Fare: P150 - 1.5 hours
1st Trip: 8:30 A.M.
2nd Trip: 10:00 A.M.
Afternoon Trip:
Last trip: 1:00 P.M.
BANAUE - MANILA
Night Trips only 10 hours
Olympus Bus: 7:00 P.M.
INNS/LODGING/RESTHOUSES - There are several of them. I suggest you look for them in Agoda, but if you need their contact numbers. Please feel free to request on the comment below. πŸ™‚

  1. Canyoning (known as canyoneering in the U.S.) is traveling in canyons using a variety of techniques that may include other outdoor activities such as walking, scrambling, climbing, jumping, abseiling (rappelling), and swimming.
I did not have an idea what it is, all I am for, is to travel and explore! As explained to us by the guide, Mr. Choy, this is an extreme adventure sports. As defined by Wikipedia above, that is Canyoning or Canyoneering! I was excited!
The trip to Badian would be around 4-5 hours from Cebu South Terminal via bus. We stayed in Moalboal the night before so we will be able to get to Badian, earlier the following day. Badian will be about an hour trip from Moalboal. From Badian highway, we needed to ride "habal-habal" to get to the peak where we will start our Canyoning. 
As we arrived in the site, we were asked to get ready, and put on our vests and head gears. We were also advised to put all other things, specially non-water resistant gadgets on the dry bags we brought along! Thanks to my travel buddies, who were amazingly prepared with everything. So we were able to bring cellphones along the way. Although, we didn't use it. 
The first challenge is the 15-feet jump at the start. 
We needed to jump to start, so we don't actually have a choice. Everyone will be looking at you if you don't jump immediately. So, it helps that you are pressured, and you will be able to jump! haha thankfully though, we are a bunch of jumpers, we needed no pressures, we just love jumping. πŸ™‚
The scenic place with the blue-green colored water, with the rock formation on the side, and the green trees' view are just amazingly stunning! I couldn't help but swim with my head up high, watching the scenery.
The track is not easy to traverse, but all worth the pain and adrenaline rush! The above pictures are all actual footage of my friends' go-pro cameras. The track includes, jumping on a cliff, jumping from rock to rock, trekking, swimming/diving, walking. The activity, would really test your stamina. I was armed with only chocolates as boosters. And yeah I survived. 
The entire activity is around 4-5 hours. We started at around 9:30 in the morning and ended around 2:30 in the afternoon. When we reached the 30-ft jump (actually only around 25 to 27 ft), we had a break. Snack! Then I had my highest jump so far.
Was it exhausting? Yes! Very exhausting. In fact, while we were walking/trekking downstream, I can feel that my feet is hurting, but I have no choice, I needed to complete the activity. After around 9 jumps, and several hundreds of steps if not thousands, we went solid trekking for couple of minutes and no more jumping. As we approach Kawasan falls, we have seen people enjoying the waters. The waters we swam and jumped on earlier. 
I was enchanted with the nature's beauty found in the farthest top of Kawasan falls, where we started our Canyoning. And yes, it's a must-do for all adventurers! It was my best so far.
I was advised that we needed to pay 
P750 each person for the guide
P200 for both entrance (P100) and exit (P100)
P70 for the multicab from Moalboal to Badian
Things to bring and wear on a canyoning activity:
1. Dry bag - you'd definitely need this. You will be 200% going to get wet. So don't risk! Save your phones! And other non water-resistant items.
2. GoPro cameras (with monopods) - because they are waterproof, they are mostly good for documenting the entire activity! You might do it just for once, so better be ready for what you need.
3. Rash Guard - it's advisable because although it gets wet, it easily dries up. And well, it is relatively lighter to wear. I used mine, from Maui and Sons. 
4. Food - snack items are advised to be brought since the activity will take you around 4-5 hours, you'll have to stop and have a break. This would include bottled water.
5. Aqua Shoes -  it is advisable, since you will have all those swimming and jumping activities. Rubber shoes are good alternatives (although it's heavy to wear so choose the lightest one coz you're gonna be swimming remember?). I used however, not aqua shoes nor rubber shoes, I used rubber sandals of Sandugo. It is tied around so it does not easily loosen up when I swim or jump.
I think, Canyoning, got me. I've been looking for places to go next. I wanna do it again. I would love to do it again in Badian, but if there are still places to explore too, I'd love to do it there as well. 
My Canyoning experience, is the best so far! Thank you Brad R.A. for getting me to join you in this activity! I was overwhelmed, and fell in love with adventure once again!  
Below I am sharing with you more of the pictures we took. Enjoy watching! And hopefully you'll visit Badian, Cebu as well. πŸ™‚ Two Thumbs Up for Cebu's Canyoning!

If you want to try this one, Mr. Choy Daruca, is the guide to get. Contact him via facebook here
Some of the pictures of their Canyoneering are available on his timeline too. πŸ™‚