Kibanban Stream in Balingasag: A new adventure

You may be thinking of going to the beach or a pool this season. You are just thinking about it, right? Well, before you set your plans, please check out this stream in Kibanban, Balingasag, Misamis Oriental.

For one thing, you can celebrate happiness with nature. When you say nature, you mean the birds, the rivers, the streams, and the trees. You mean something magical inside the jungle where the beauty of nature intriguingly charms your eyesight. Well, it is so special to see you there.

Kibanban stream fascinates you the most. If you look at the site and observe the clear crystal water, you can plunge yourselves into the watercourse, so cold and so inviting that thinking of swimming overnight. As you decide to visit the Kibanban stream, take some selfies and document your adventure due to its instagrammable highlight.

At this point, you can positively explore the amazing secret of Misamis Oriental. Travel with friends now and be safe while traveling. As you take your trips to Kibanban, Balingasag Misamis Oriental, you absolutely are on the go for an exciting adventure.

Now, you need to bring the following: 

    • food products for meals and snacks
    • mobile phones with loads for emergency purposes
    • dry clothes and towels after a bath
    • bottled waters, and more

Are you asking how to get there? I presume it as a yes. Well, if you are from Cagayan de Oro or Butuan, take buses and stop at the Balingasag Bus Terminal. At the bus terminal, check a few commercial motorcycle drivers (habal-habal drivers) for a trip to Kibanban and pay around PhP 140.00 back and forth. When you arrive, you can enjoy nature. You can take pictures with friends. I bet, selfies with rock backgrounds are fantastic, too. What do you think? 

Gardens of Malasag Eco-Tourism Village

It is time to say “We Need To Have A Retreat!” Perhaps, it is the best time for us to roam around the place to relieve boredom and stress. We can go to the beach resorts or we can spend our holidays or vacations somewhere else. Before thinking anything, consider this one – the Gardens of Malasag Eco-Tourism Village.

What You Need To Know

After the global pandemic, visitors can spend their vacation at the Gardens of Malasag Eco-tourism Village. The village is a 2.2-hectare, which holds a diversified bio-sanctuary on the rising and falling terrain of Sitio Cugman Watershed in Cagayan De Oro City. It has cottages and pools if you want to d Mind you, it is a good place to visit though.

Where Do You Go To Visit The Place

The Gardens of Malasag Eco-Tourism Village is in Cugman, Cagayan de Oro City. It embraces the wonder of nature. Nuzzled within the drops and hills of Cugman Watershed in Cagayan De Oro, the Gardens of Malasag Eco-Tourism Village holds an inspiring cultural domain. It offers an imaginative sight of the flora and fauna plus the spectacular ecological community that, of course, enthralls visitors’ attention. With an awe-inspiring sight of Macajalar Bay, the Gardens of Malasag Eco-Tourism Village brings concord and quietness of the minds.

What Are The Facilities

Well, when you get the chance to visit the place, for any occasion, you will surely see and experience checking in and out the deluxe and superior cottages plus the dormitory rooms. You can check the surroundings if you like.

    • 10 Superior cottages
    • 10 Deluxe cottages
    • 4 Dormitory rooms – 10 pax capacity/room

Oh, do you wish to see some photos of the Gardens of Malasag Eco-Tourism Village? Well, I get the chance to see some photos from the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA). Well, if you do not know what TIEZA is, you can visit its website, and from there, you check out for more details.

Midway Beach: A resort location like no other

Traveling to places far from home has always been exciting and engaging. We may not know the kind of fun we encounter in the area. Of course, I am not telling you about a gothic horror story in a movie. It is not just like that. What I am telling you about is a kind of stirring encounter with stunning beaches and resorts and activities.

The Place

The gorgeous Midway Beach in Initao, Misamis Oriental has been drawing local and foreign holidaymakers alike. Known as one of the best tourist destinations in the province, Midway Beach brings us peace and solitude. The moment we spend on the beach can be identical to the time when we want to unwind from the long-winding stress due to unemployment, quarantine protocols, pandemic crisis, and uncertainty. However, Midway Beach washes those types of stress away.

A photo taken from Wheretotakepictures.Com gives us a picture-perfect sunset that gives us time to think and unwind…

The Perks

Well, we cannot ignore this. The management of Midway Beach serves good food for our taste. For example, we can request for shrimps being dipped in a hot chili sauce with atchara on the side, hot and spicy ceviche, chicken adobo, and more, or we can choose from the variety of good food from the menus. Besides, Midway Beach has a nice view from the huts and lodges to the beach waters during daytimes and twilights. Now, if we ask for an overnight stay, we can book it in advance.

How To Get There

Going to Midway Beach is easy. If we are in some parts of Mindanao, we can choose Cagayan de Oro as our point of origin. From Cagayan de Oro, we can hire vans and taxis or ask Magnum Radio for the means of transportation going to Initao. Magnum Radio has taxis and vans for various rides. With that in mind, we can guarantee everyone that we have plenty of taxis in Cagayan de Oro.

A photo taken by Verano Natad gives us a suitable location to take some pictures and post them on social media platforms…

Extra Words

To be sure, we need to ask the local tourism office. Perhaps, this office can give us the best and safest trip. Also, we can ask the locals for tour guides. We, as well, can check the website from wheretotakepictures.com and give credits to it for more details. Or perhaps, we can use our Google Maps or smartphone to check where to go through the use of GPS or something. At this point, enjoy traveling.

Hugo Sky Lounge: A paragliding of a lifetime

Have we skipped Cagayan de Oro for another magnificent adventure? Maybe, we have overlooked that. We have been very busy planning for our adventures in the coolest and most refreshing destinations in the country. Since domestic flights are open now, we have been drawn to travel to the best places and most alluring locations that the Philippines has to offer. And yet, we have forgotten a paradise in the megalopolis where we realize we have never been there before. For us, Hugo Sky Lounge at Amaya View in Cagayan de Oro has always been a paradise. We may wonder why we call it a paradise when the place is in the metropolis. Well, if we try to imagine the term “metropolitan area,” we come to think of the following words, such as busy, chaotic, dull, frantic, ghastly, and hassle. And yes, we are correct. However, we all have the options to take. We just need to go somewhere, very near, that we can appreciate and experience the goodness of life amidst the present global health crisis.

Setting our paragliding adventure here at Hugo Sky Lounge in Amaya View, CDO

Paragliding at Hugo Sky Lounge in Amaya View truly activates our spirits. It gives us a sense of competitive adventure and the recreational sport of flying paragliders. We can be paragliders if we want to paraglide. We just have to decide. However, how can we resist paragliding when we feel like doing it? We just need to feel the wind as we try to fly freely. By flying, we can float, flounce, and sashay into the vastness of the stratosphere. With or without paragliders with us, we can still enjoy the foot-launched glider aircraft with no unbending main organization.

At Hugo Sky Lounge, we take an adventure of a lifetime. Are we going to skip this adventure again? Of course, we aren’t. We just have to plan this thing right and buckle up with our paraphernalia.

Oh, do you know where Amaya View is? Please check the information below.

    • AMAYA View CDO © 2020
    • Indahag Hills, Cagayan de Oro, Philippines
    • (+63) 917-149-0641

Larry’s Hill: A playground of excitement and fun

Amaya View as a nature-themed park, as well as a leisure destination, has been offering excitement and fun among guests and visitors. Positioned its glorious grandeur in the peak of Cagayan de Oro, Amaya View has stood, among others, to provide guests and visitors various levels of delight and amusement. Formerly recognized as Sierra del Oro, Amaya View introduces an avant-garde, classy, and exquisite side of the local people and their cultures, as well as the Filipino culture in general. It, also, offers its guests and visitors with its cerulean and turquoise-blue water of its infinity pool, its eternal greatness of fun and pleasure in the amusement park, its sumptuous food in the restaurants, its exhilarating drinks in the café, and its carbon copy of the celebrated scriptural figure called the Noah’s Ark, as well as the Hugo Skye Lounge. With all these, Amaya View, particularly Larry’s Hill, gives guests and visitors like us a unique experience to enjoy what life is.

Larry’s Hill as an exciting place to visit offers us a venue to enjoy life. It serves as a playground of excitement and fun. Guests and visitors, who consider Larry’s Hill a picture-perfect site to play, can join, of course, Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, and friends at Larry’s Hill if they want. They can make Larry’s Hill a playground to perform various activities. Readers and visitors of Misamis Oriental Journal want to ask if Larry’s Hill management allows kids to enjoy. Well, this is what the management wants to accommodate. Additionally, guests and visitors can enjoy the only outdoor Ball Pit in the Philippines. They can enjoy all the fun with the high ropes, the two-way zip line, and the rappelling action from the helicopter. Of course, there can be more. They can, also, do the bungee trampoline and the maze adventure. More than anything else, Larry’s Hill offers team building activities and outdoor camping experiences.

Larry’s Hill at Amaya View – A Place to Quench Our Thirst of Excitement and Fun

As well, guests and visitors can only pay ₱50.00 for the entrance fee. Then, they can choose the different rates for their select activities, such as Ball Pit, High Ropes at Skye Level, and High Ropes at Grass Level, as well as Two-Way Zip Line, and Rappelling from the helicopter.

Below are the prices for the activities:

    • Ball Pit – ₱150 (Kids and Adults)
    • High Ropes at Skye Level – ₱250
    • High Ropes at Grass Level – ₱150
    • Two-Way Zip Line – ₱250
    • Rappelling from the Helicopter – ₱150

Now, where can we find Larry’s Hill? Again, Larry’s Hill is in Amaya View. And we know for sure that Amaya View as owned the Unabia Family is in Indahag, Cagayan de Oro City, Mindanao, Philippines.

Bulyok Falls: Naawan’s amazing pride to visit

Bulyok Falls as Naawan’s amazing pride to visit exceeds our expectations. Naawan, Misamis Oriental gives us an astonishing fall nearby. We get to know Bulyok Falls in Naawan, Misamis Oriental as it gives us crystal clear water to quench ourselves. We also get to gratify ourselves because of the cool and refreshing falls that Naawan offers. With its 5 to 7 feet depth, Bulyok Falls is popular among local travelers like us. Of course, we can spend our holidays and weekends diving into the revitalizing waters of Bulyok Falls once in a while. Some local tourists claim that Bulyok Falls in Naawan, Misamis Oriental gives us an exciting adventure and that it makes us feel at home with nature.  If we just try to feel the presence of nature, we can see how nature provides us with beauty and wonder. This nature adds beauty to our province, our country, and our planet in general. We just need to spend our time living our lives to the fullest. We just don’t live for work, pay our bills, and die. We exist here on Earth to be happy. So, we stop gossiping, hurting, lying, and rumor-mongering, as well as assassinating their characters behind their backs. We have to remember that we are passengers here on Earth. We can’t stay forever. Since we have a limited life span here on Earth, we have to spend our remaining days and nights or months and years fulfilling our longing for adventure and traveling around places and the world in general.

A Group of People Gesturing within the Beauty of Nature at Bulyok Falls in Naawan

We’ve been telling our readers from our previous narratives that traveling has always been fun. Yes, it has been fun. We don’t have to be bitter or even negative looking at things around us. We just have to be appreciative. And if we go on an excursion, we always feel gratified to accomplish our simple, yet meaningful adventures. We just set our plans, prepare for a few dollars or pesos, and pack our things to get ready for adventure. If we do this, we understand how important it is to commune with nature and embrace the beauty of nature, as well as travel. If we go to Bulyok Falls in Naawan, Misamis Oriental, we surely spend two hours of the trip, plus or minus, if we are from Cagayan de Oro. We can then enjoy the beauty of trekking if we want to do it. We just need to bring our food, so we can save money.

A Weekend Adventure of Excitement and Fun at Bulyok Falls in Naawan, Misamis Oriental

How Much Will We Spend

    • ₱30.00 for the Entrance Fee
    • ₱50.00 – ₱800.00 for various cottage rental rates
    • ₱0.00 for corkage

How Much Do We Travel

If we are from Cagayan de Oro, we spend two (2) hours for a ride. Then, we stop when we see 7-Eleven Convenience Store. We head straight and spend another 30 minutes going to the entrance of Bulyok Falls. From 7-Eleven to the highway, we can say that the ride requires time.

A Stunning Grandeur of Nature at Bulyok Falls in Naawan, Misamis Oriental

Before We Forget

Bulyok Falls is for everyone. In our mother tongue, we call it “pang-masa siya ug okay ra kaayo mga Beeshy.” Despite the distance, we can get the advantage of the entrance fee. From Bulyok, we can have Mahangub Falls if we want more moments of adventure. We can tell everyone this. The water is so cool and refreshing. As adventurous people, we expect nothing but excitement and fun.

P.S. We would like to thank Jeff Aquino from Katawa CDO Doodzkie for the information and Kimyy Villarubia for the photos.

Here’s a map…

Besigan Falls: A cascade of water to plunge

Finding the best place to dive, plunge, and swim seems exciting in Besigan Falls. We may question why it is exciting; however, we can only confirm it because of its convenience and location. Well, Besigan Falls is just a fifteen-minute hike or walk from Besigan Elementary School. Also, local trekkers know where Besigan is. It is a barangay in the city of Cagayan de Oro with more than 1,670 inhabitants according to the 2015 Census. In other words, this unimportant place only represents 0.25% of the total population of Cagayan de Oro. Records from the Local Government Units (LGU) provide a surprising piece of information that the population of Besigan grows from 377 in 1990 to 1,673 in 2015 as mentioned on Philatlas.Com. For 25 years, Besigan grows and inhabits 1,296 people based on the 2015 Census. Wikipedia, an online dictionary and source of information, gives details of Besigan, which positions itself at approximately 8.2647, 124.5557 in the abundant island of Mindanao. Vacationers know that the elevation at these coordinates will be at the estimates of 390.4 meters above sea level.

A Curve Ahead on Besigan Road by Datu Cordoba

As well, the adjacent barangays of Besigan share a common border with San Isidro, Talakag, Bukidnon; Rogongon, Iligan; Barangay 3 (Poblacion), Talakag, Bukidnon; Barangay 1 (Poblacion), Talakag, Bukidnon; Barangay 5 (Poblacion), Talakag, Bukidnon; Tignapoloan, Cagayan de Oro; and Dansolihon, Cagayan de Oro according to Philatlas.Com. This place gives new hope among holidaymakers who work hard to promote local tourism and to improve the area. Mr. Datu Cordoba, a cacao farmer from Cagayan de Oro and an acquaintance on Facebook shows visitors and even local tourists the magical and wonderful pictures of the area. The green grass along the roads and the cold atmosphere in the area give us a simple, yet happy adventure to see the cascading waters of Besigan Falls.

Walkind down on the Misty Road of Besigan by Datu Cordoba

Oh, how do we get there? Some people are asking where to go to this awesome place to dive. They cannot just resist going to the calm, cool, and refreshing waterfalls hidden in somewhere in the borders. The misty road going to the area evokes memories of silence of life and love. The misty road appears to be local that reminds us to take our childhood dreams and wishes back in time. Since the place is new, it seems easy for  us to go to Besigan Elementary School. We can find someone who will tour us around. Well, that seems inviting. 

Tinago Falls: Iligan City’s hidden wealth to see

Iligan City’s waterfall pride gives us an exciting wet adventure. Wikipedia, which is an open dictionary, provides us the location of Tinago Falls. Bloggers, as well as vloggers, mention that the cascades of water of Tinago Falls on the Agus River fall in between the town of Linamon and Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte. Local travelers and holidaymakers know that this place is in the northern part of Mindanao in the Philippine islands and that they love the location where they can spend their long weekend adventure. Tinago Falls appears to be the City of Majestic Waterfalls and one of the significant tourist attractions of Linamon town or Iligan City.

Despite the odds in the world today, we can still find joy in nature…

We may be wondering where we get the term “Tinago.” Well, “Tinago” means “hidden” or “concealed,” which translates hidden falls for “Tinago Falls.” Based on the geographic location of the tourist spot, Tinago Falls is being hidden in a subterranean gorge in which all tourists and vacationers must go through roughly 500 zigzagging stairways. The descending steps toward the falls allow vacationers do their physical exercises by walking and make them keep this beautiful spot. This concealed tourist attraction, which is hidden from the strangers at first, slowly gains its guests and visitors. As well, only those who know the area and those who keep on visiting the place can enjoy the cold cascading waters. However, we need other people to visit the place and experience swimming. We can tell that Tinago Falls gives us an exciting feeling as we descend through the winding staircases into the calm and deep basin-like structure of the pool.

Surprisingly, we can witness the miracle of the place. The cerulean blue lagoon in the basin-like pool beautifully enchants us, as well as compels us to dive into it. A writer from Wikipedia mentions that the presence of a small cave veiled somewhere in the cascading waterfalls adds wonder of some legends and the unknown. As pointed out, tourists can listen to the echoing and reverberating waters as they enter into the cave.

Before we forget, we want our readers to know the location of Tinago Falls. They have to check the cavernous ravine in Barangay Ditucalan, Iligan City where they can find the dropping waters from the falls that plunge 240 feet high from a cliff. This measure seems inviting that we can take our time partaking into and swimming in Iligan City’s best waterfall in the country. As one of the urban centers of Northern Mindanao, Iligan City becomes the metropolis of imposing and magnificent waterfalls like the well-known Maria Cristina Falls.

Embracing happiness with nature even keeps us going forward…

So, what are we waiting for? We need to check the Tourism Office of Iligan City if everything is set due to the changing guidelines and instructions from the local and national governments. Once all are set, we have to pack our things up, get ready for our swimming gear, and plunge into the cool and refreshing waterfalls.

Oh, how do we get there?

    • If we are from Luzon and Visayas, Laguindingan Airport gives us the best entry point. Laguindingan Airport provides us a comfortable and pleasurable trip to both cities of Iligan and Cagayan de Oro. From Laguindingan Airport, we can get a shuttle vehicle service to Iligan City. When we arrive, we can see various booths for the shuttle vehicle services like the Super 5 buses or vans to the city. We only need less than two hours for travel. 
    • If we are from Cagayan de Oro City Proper, we have to head to Westbound Integrated Bus and Jeepney Terminal. We take the non-stop or not non-stop bus to Iligan City. We just need ₱150 plus or minus for bus fare.