The province of Bukidnon has been labeled as the high-ground paradise in the core of Mindanao. As a landlocked domain in the Philippines with its abundance of flora, Bukidnon has become the place where people get food crops and other harvests in the Northern Mindanao region. Malaybalay, as the capital city of Bukidnon, flourishes and grows because of its agricultural GDP source. As an interior and noncoastal region, it borders with Misamis Oriental, Agusan del Sur, Davao del Norte, Cotabato, Lanao del Sur, and Lanao del Norte. However, Bukidnon as the center of Mindanao has become the rice bowl, fruit, and vegetable basket in Region X. Despite that amazing description, Bukidnon has amazing waterfalls to attract more tourists.
Local tourists can witness the beauty of nature and the grandeur of Bukidnon once they will visit Barangay Laligan, Valencia City. They can see and even experience another concealed charm of Bukidnon, the four-series cascading waters of Laligan Falls. Many tourists do not know exactly where it is and if it exists, but Laligan Falls stands right there waiting for local trekkers to explore.
Alalum falls gives a towering 148-foot high cascading water near the main road. Bordered by lush undergrowth with a viewing top deck, Alalum Falls in Kisolon, Sumilao in Bukidnon attracts us with wonder. It positions itself along the main highway in-between Impasug-ong and Sumilao municipalities. The story tells that Alalum falls as the soaring waterfall was once an iconic holidaymaker destination of Bukidnon Province.
Balisbisan falls is located at Sitio Kibangan Road, Impasug-ong, Bukidnon. Its water source does not come from the river. The water comes from the files of rocks in which it flows from them. As mentioned, the water, which sprouts from the rocks, forms like curtains.
Cedar Falls is in Impalutao, Impasug-ong, Bukidnon. It has three major falls namely; Gantungan Falls, Natigbasan Falls, and Dila Falls plus a swimming pool. Local tourists can reach the site less than an hour of hiking. As well, the Department of the Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Impasug-ong, Bukidnon developed the place and made Cedar Falls a reforestation project. Cedar Falls becomes an eco-park. This reforestation project has a land area of around 1,703 hectares that give us a cold spring, unsoiled river, tempting cold spinning pool, natural woodlands, progressing mountains, and Cedar waterfalls.
Alalum falls gives a towering 148-foot high cascading water near the main road. Bordered by the lush undergrowth with a viewing deck, Alalum Falls in Kisolon, Sumilao in Bukidnon attracts us with wonder. It positions itself along the highway between Impasug-ong and Sumilao municipalities. According to the narratives given by some local residents, Alalum falls was once the soaring waterfall and the iconic holidaymaker destination of Bukidnon Province. However, things have changed. The place does not receive any tourists. It becomes deserted, ignored but never remembered.
As well, Alalum falls fascinates local tourists. Its splendid view and its single-layered cascades of water with a hollow and spherical water basin offer us cold and refreshing water. Local tourists must know that the water from Alalum falls stems from natural springs. It comes from the upland of Kitanglad Mountain Range that flows through a linkage of rivers and watercourses toward Tagoloan River before draining to Macajalar Bay. Tourists may ask the legend of Alalum falls or wonder where the name Alalum derives. Legend has it that the name Alalum means “madalum” or “malalum” to meaning “deep.” This description focuses on the depth of the water basin of Alalum Falls.
On the contrary, the Sumilao government built a view deck beside the highway. It then established a flight of steps trajectory bound for the base of the cascade. However, the parts of the trail get damaged and confront the state of ruins because of corrosion and abandonment. Even if this situation happens for Alalum Falls, it remains magnificent and pleasant notwithstanding its current state. Moreover, people think of it as a pretty amazing location due to its accessibility. Sadly, this place remains concealed or off-the-radar site from tourists.
To visit the place, please contact Sumilao Tourism Office, Sumilao, Bukidnon.
Unwinding ourselves from everyday pandemonium helps us resolve some issues of our wellbeing. When we say health, we consider emotional, mental, and physical issues. We only want to relax just a little bit to end our common and everyday fiasco at home, in school, at work, and in the community. Our friends are correct when they invite us to wind down just a little bit and take their time to be happy. However, we often refuse to take our time because we feel like being edgy and overwrought due to the current predicament in the world. On the contrary, we all have the options to make. We can do all things within our grasp. We are in control. We just don’t mind all forms and shapes of stress that exist around us. We have to take a break. In other words, we have to pause for a moment from what we are doing. We, now, imagine how we can reduce the stressful situations that we are getting into the day-to-day mayhem. When our friends invite us to go somewhere else, somewhere exciting, we need to grab such opportunities and pack our bags. We have to unwind. When our friends ask us to go with them to Sipaka Heights, that’s the time when we say we better get going.
Sipaka Heights is in Talisayan, Misamis Oriental. It has been the tourist destination in the area where we surely feel the atmosphere and the tempting paradise. It has an amusing turquoise-blue beach seen from the top of the mountain. It has gorgeous spots to allow us to gesture for picturesque and scenic snapshots. It offers us good vibes if we allow ourselves to feel the wonder of nature. Well, we may ask, “Have you been to Sipaka Heights?” If not, then we will take you to Sipaka Heights. For now, we only need to imagine the scenery as we walk together through the gorgeous backdrop and the magnificence of Talisayan town. So, we set our plans. We have to spend our time with family members and friends. We have to remember that we don’t exist here in the world to work hard, pay bills, and die. We are passengers who always travel and make the most of our lives. Look around us. What is happening? Is it worth waiting for miracles that everything gets normal and government officials give us a good life? No, it’s not. We have had enough for all these gibberish political dramas and lies. So, we firmly take our chances to enjoy ourselves from the miracles of nature. We have to live and re-live every moment that we have. We don’t exactly know when we stop breathing. At least, we enjoy traveling around the places where we love most. Indeed, we need to go to Sipaka Heights.
What’s more, Sipaka Heights has all that we need. We can absolutely feel the blowy atmosphere plus the wind-swept environment. We can, also, smell the great scent of the ocean wind. We can, furthermore, feel the warm embrace of the sun while spending everything all night long at Sipaka Heights. Known as the diving spot in Talisayan, Sipaka Heights puts a landmark of the site. Lovely as it is, we can enjoy the view of Camiguin since Sipaka Heights allows us to glance the Camiguin Island. Also, we can have a remarkable experience if we plan ahead of time. In doing so, we have to contact the local tourism office in Talisayan. We can ask if we can hire a local tour guide to help us reach the destination safely.
Oh, before we forget, Sipaka Heights is a hill. This mountain extends to the sea. As seen on the photos provided by Explore Misamis Oriental PH, we will feel awed and get surprised by the outstanding view of the shorelines and the foothills nearby. Did we mention that we are from Cagayan de Oro? Yes, we did. From Cagayan de Oro, we take two (2) hours to travel to the widely held holidaymaker or traveler destination in the province. We don’t need to worry about the stress of going there. The soothing scenery rewards us to witness the beauty of nature, allows us to go for a boat tour, and then swim in the astounding white beaches around the area.
Davao City, which is quite remote from Misamis Oriental, offers some spectacular sites for holidaymakers and travelers like our visit. One of these sites where we love to sojourn is Eleaga Camping Resort. Perhaps, this resort site fascinates us because of some activities to make merry. As well, this nature-like and can’t-miss resort is at Camp Eleaga, Lake Macaduhong, Malabog, Davao City. We can have day tours or overnight stays if we want. Eleaga Camping Resort has tree-houses and close cottages if we want privacy. If we bring food and beverages, the resort does not charge any corkage fees. Of course, that makes sense at all.
Eleaga Camping Resort provides some amenities fishing areas, life jackets for rafting, affordable food services, and videoke machines for sing-a-long moments. It charms its guests and visitors various activities, such as fishing carps and other freshwater fish, diving into the pool, and bamboo rafting. While doing these activities, our loved ones and friends can prepare food there and cook some tribal-style gastronomies or homegrown cuisines.
Well, we’re talking about the rates.
Day Tour Charge – ₱30.00
Use of the Treehouses – ₱500.00 For Overnight
Use of the Close Cottages ₱300.00 for Day Tour
How about amenities?
Eleaga Camping Resort offers videoke services. Since there is no curfew of videoke, we need to minimize the sounds from 9 PM onwards. If some tourists come and spend overnight, they have to stop singing until 9 PM and pay respect to others. If many choose to stay overnight, we have to end the videoke sessions at 9 PM to let others take rest.
As well, we can go fishing if want to grill some fish. We just need to bring with us our fishing gear if we wish to catch some fish. Once we get some fish, we kilo it. We have to pay ₱100.00 a kilo for freshwater fish. If we go rafting, we have to use a life jacket worth ₱100.00 an hour.
Additionally, Eleaga Camping Resort provides us with a reasonably priced and sumptuous food on the table. However, if we are not in the mood to cook, we ask the resort to cook for us. We just need to pay for the cooking service fees.
Moreover, we can buy something to take home. Perhaps, we can select several memento items to bring at home. If we want pure wild honey, the key chains, and many others, we can have any of them.
How do we get there?
If we reach Davao City, we take an L3 van or any Public Utility Vehicle (PUV) or Jeepney to Calinan. Then, we need to ask the driver to drop us off at Gaisano Grand Mall.
From Gaisano Grand Mall, we need to look for a single motorcycle good for 2-3 persons to save money. We have to tell the motorcycle drivers that we need to go to the place Camp Eleaga so we can witness the grandeur of Malabog Lake. Well, we just have to ask the driver regarding the fare for a one-way drive. The last time when we checked the one-way ride was ₱300.00 for one motorcycle. If we include the back fare, we have to pay another ₱300.00. Of course, this situation is an adventure, we do expect of the bumpy ride due to the rock-strewn road. However, it will be even nicer for us if we ride on a four-wheel-drive vehicle like SUV or any vehicles to get there.
What’s more, some local tourists highly commend Eleaga Camping Resort for Team Buildings, Family Occasions, and other activities. For us, we consider it just fine. The flowing water from the lake is clean. The management of the resort guarantees that the pool is clean. In other words, the management cleans the pool every day. Oh, before we forget, we highly appreciate the friendly and accommodating customer services, too. If we ask the signal there, Globe gives us the Fourth-Generation (4G) Signal. We can contact the management through this mobile phone dial at 09128889387. Oh, did you ask if the place is safe? Well, what we know is that Police Officers do station around 300 meters to secure the area. Therefore, we are safe.
One of the greatest and most impressive tourist destinations in Misamis Oriental is Tiklas Falls. Its form, shape, and structure appear to be the gate of Atlantis hidden in the middle of nowhere. With its spectacular scenery and view, local and foreign tourists cannot resist taking their time and diving into the stunning tourist destinations in the region. As well, the splish-splashing cascade, the cerulean-blue swimming pool, the lush green scenery, and the exuberant tourist attraction hook and captivate the hearts of holidaymakers to visit the place. As well, the well-crafted and well-designed cerulean-blue swimming pool in the middle of the area looks like the gate of Atlantis or the portal of the lost city somewhere in the Bermuda Triangle and enthralls holidaymakers owing to its cool and refreshing waters. Picture-perfect as it is, Tiklas Falls appears to be the Atlantis of Gingoog City. Located in the Lawit Town, Gingoog City, this spectacular tourist destination has been the prevailing tourist spot in Misamis Oriental. At present, the city government of Gingoog has developed Tiklas Falls as an Eco-Tourism Park. It means that Tiklas Falls has a lot of things to offer.
Local and foreign tourists from Cagayan de Oro and Butuan City can easily go to Gingoog City. From Cagayan de Oro, tourists will take 122 kilometers east to Gingoog City. From Butuan City, tourists take 74 kilometers to Gingoog City. In other words, local and foreign vacationers can enjoy themselves at Tiklas Falls since it is the most renowned tourist attraction in Gingoog City. Aside from Iligan City in Lanao Del Norte Province, Gingoog becomes the “City of Waterfalls.
Essentially, Tiklas Falls mesmerizes all holidaymakers with the captivating and catching cascade of dashing waters. It lets vacationers have their get-together gimmicks and picnics while exploiting the falls as the backdrop. Before arriving at the falls, holidaymakers take 15 minutes more or less on a murky and rock-strewn trail to Tiklas Falls. Just like any other tourist charms, the neighboring sites of Tiklas Falls have various resorts. The city government of Gingoog develops the area as part of the eco-tourism program so that local and foreign tourists can enjoy swimming in a pool. As expected, tourists can see some cottages obtainable for rentals, which cost around ₱200.00. The reasonably priced cottages, food and beverages, and other menus are remaining for the visitors. As well, travelers and visitors will pay ₱20 (adult) and P10 (children 12 years below) for their entrance fees. With these fees, vacationers can only enjoy the cool and refreshing waters. They can do a lot of excitement and fun. They can, also, take pictures as they stand on the concrete bridge. The picturesque view of the waterfalls permits holidaymakers and travelers to capture the picture-perfect photographs.
Additionally, local and foreign tourists knew that the city government of Gingoog and the management of Tiklas Falls did not allow littering in the area. In this case, they could preserve cleanliness, order, and peace of the place. However, local and foreign visitors also knew that Tiklas Falls’ management did not have accommodations within the area. They have to return to the metropolitan if they have a week-long experience in the place.
How To Get There
Local and foreign tourists, who wish to visit Tiklas Falls, may take various means of transportation by air, land, and sea.
If tourists are from Manila and other countries, they can take airplanes. From Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila to Laguindingan Airport in Laguindingan, Misamis Oriental, they can Cebu Pacific, Air Asia, and Philippines Airlines. Upon arriving at the Laguindingan Airport, they can take taxis or jeepneys going to Cagayan de Oro Bus Terminal. However, if money is not a problem for fair and if taxi drivers are friendly and fine, tourists from the airport can go directly to Gingoog City. On the contrary, if tourists are financially meticulous, they can take taxis from Laguindingan Airport to Cagayan de Oro Bus Terminal. From there, they take Rural Transit Buses or any buses going to Gingoog City.
If sightseers and travelers are from Manila, holidaymakers can take 2GO (previously known as Superferry). This sea transport offers passengers some trips four times as the weekly sailing calendar from Manila seaport going to Cagayan de Oro. They can, also, choose 2GO two times as the weekly sailing calendar from Manila to Butuan (Nasipit seaport). If day-trippers and trekkers are from Cebu City, they take the ferryboat excursion going to Cagayan de Oro City and Butuan. Well, tourists know that they have a nightly sailing schedule to Butuan and Cagayan de Oro if they are from Cebu.
If sightseers and travelers are from Butuan and Cagayan de Oro City, they take the Rural Transit schedules going to Gingoog City. If tourists are from Butuan City, they can take buses bound to Gingoog City with travel time around two to three hours. they just need to tell the car owners to dewdrop them off at Eskina Santiago or the junctures going to Tiklas Fall. They can see a massive signboard indicating Tiklas Falls’s directions.
On the other hand, if tourists come from Gingoog City, they take motorcycles to Eskina Santiago. If they are from CDO, they take buses bound to Butuan or Gingoog for two to three hours. In Gingoog, they can drop off at Eskina Santiago. At Eskina Santiago, they can take motorcycles or tricycles locally termed as habal-habal going to Tiklas Falls. Well, they can negotiate the motorcycle drivers paying them ₱150.00 for the trip. Excitingly, they can take a walk for 350 meters from the entrance to the bravura gate of Atlantis or the splendid waterfalls of Gingoog.
Diving into the cerulean-blue, cold refreshing and cascading falls can be an appealing adventure of a lifetime. What else can local and foreign tourists look for it when they truly enjoy diving, rafting, and even somersaulting in the fresh, yet amazing waterfalls. Well, they can never ignore the notable location of Tinago Falls as one of the superlative lures in Biliran province. Holidaymakers and vacationers, for instance, love to set their vacation somewhere cold, refreshing, and wet adventure. However, they get a little bit confused about the name of the falls since they also know another Tinago Falls in Mindanao. As adventurous as they are, they ask where this Tinago Falls is. Is this the Tinago Falls in Iligan City, Lanao del Norte in Mindanao? Perhaps, local and foreign tourists must differentiate the two falls in different regions. It is because vacationers can go to two Tinago Falls in the Visayas and Mindanao regions. Moreover, this Tinago Falls is in the town of Caibiran in the province of Biliran. In other words, this beautiful scenery with its display of beauty and power with a height of around 90 feet is not the Tinago Falls in the Mindanao region. This is the Tinago Falls in Visayas, particularly in Caibiran, Biliran.
This famous destination among tourists called Tinago Falls surely offers a stunning display of water and rock being walled with the immense woodlands and green flora. Local and foreign holidaymakers can surely find this place a timeless paradise that tends to parade the expected grandeur of the province. Of course, if tourists do not know where Biliran is, they can surely check Google Maps or ask some friends where it is. However, this article gives tourists the address where Tinago Falls in Biliran in the Eastern Visayas region. Travelers should know that Biliran is one of the country’s smallest and newest provinces in the country. As well, they can visit the place in less than a kilometer north of the island of Leyte.
Vacationers can have some of these excellent accommodations in Naval City in Biliran. They can go to the following destinations:
Jimmy’s House. Local and foreign tourists check in there at Agta Beach, VRC Resort, Biliran, Biliran Province.
Marvin’s Seaside Inn. At this point, holidaymakers can go to Barangay Atipolo Naval, Biliran Province for good places to stay.
Brigida Tourist Inn. Tourists can go to Castin Street, Naval, Biliran Province and check the inns for themselves.
Redstone Ville Beach Resto Bar and Inn. Tourists can get their stunning accommodations at Barangay Pulangbato, Almeria, Naval, Biliran Province.
How To Get There
It is easy to go to Tinago Falls in Biliran. Travelers can take the plane via Tacloban City. Local airlines from Manila do not have to worry since daily to Tacloban City are available.
From the airport, they can take available buses and vans as a mode of transportation heading for Naval. Anyway, the travel time from Tacloban Airport to Naval will take more or less 3 hours.
At this point, vacationers do not need to spend much money on plane tickers. They can reach Biliran by taking a ferry boat from Cebu going to Ormoc City. Upon arriving, they can take the air-conditioned vans going to Naval.
For that reason, heading for Tinago Falls in Biliran appears to be exciting after all. It is because local and foreign tourists will surely love the place. As well, the elements of excitements are present that they get to know the place the moment they arrive. Truly, the adventure will be awesome. As vacationers take their experiences to the next level, tourists can set their plans and consider Tinago Falls in Biliran the next time they travel.
Maria Cristina Falls has been one of the most famed waterfalls in the Philippines. Its natural landmark makes the local government of Iligan City and its adjacent towns feel very proud. Its cascading water that comes from the Agus River harnesses power as one of the primary sources of electricity in the region. Local tourists and travelers, certainly, call it the “twin falls” because of its enormous rock dividing the flow of the waters. The splendid beauty of the falls even captivates the hearts of the tourists and makes this place a must-see allure in the Mindanao region, particularly in Iligan City and Linamon. Of course, Maria Cristina Falls receives care from the local government. The National Power Corporation, for instance, operates in it that gives people electric powers to all residential households, commercial buildings, and industries. As well, Maria Cristina’s Nature’s Park positions itself between the boundaries of barangays, such as Maria Cristina, Buru-un, and Dicutalan in which holidaymakers and local tourists can spot it directly. Unlike other falls, tourists from the main road can reach the place as they only spend 9.3 kilometers. As tourists do not need trekking to see its beauty due to the visibility of Maria Cristina Falls and Nature’s Park on the road, they can simply spell amazement and wonder of Iligan City.
Changing Business Conditions
The COVID-19 pandemic and the Red Alert statuses may, somehow, alter the course of actions and business transactions of Maria Cristina Falls. The local and national governments implement strict guidelines and rules on travel. Perhaps, local tourists and holidaymakers can check the tourism office of Iligan City or Linamon and check further details before going there for a swim. They need to check and prepare in advance so that everything will be set when the tourism office of Iligan City gives a go signal for tourists.
Reasons Why Tourists Visit Maria Cristina Falls
Well, the best reasons why tourists become excited about going to Maria Cristina Falls are the awesome landmark of Iligan City, the majestic 320-feet high waterfall, the splendid beauty of nature that school texts fail to describe, the river that flows at the bottom of the falls, the outsized viewing deck and the row of cottages, and the good ambiance of nature by the swishing water and the twittering birds.
The Nature’s Park
Conversely, the Nature’s Park appeared to be under the red alert status in 2018 due to minor issues. As a result, the management of Nature’s Park continued to improve the hanging bridge, the botanical garden, and the mini zoological park to remain off-limits for months. Tourists could even confirm that the usual adventure activities like the tree-top canopy and the zip-lines remained unavailable at that time in 2018. Some said that they were unable to come closer to the falls. According to Tupang Gala, the management placed the Nature’s Park under Red Alert Status because of the awful occasions, such as the bombing in Davao and the war in Marawi. Even if the war was over, the local government and the management of Nature’s Park and Maria Cristina imposed stern measures for the sake of security purposes. However, the place allows tourists to come on Saturdays and Sundays.
If everything is fine and set, tourists can go there at their convenience. After checking the tourism office and visiting the management of the site, tourists can start packing things well and heading to the area. They only need to pay ₱35.00 for the entrance fee with free parking.
Public Utility Vehicles
If local visitors are from the town proper, they can take jeepneys bound for Buru-an and Linamon with only ₱12.00 vehicle fare. They need to inform the driver to drop them off to the corner of the road where they can see Maria Cristina Falls. From there, they need to take motorcycles known locally as habal-habal for ₱30.oo per person. Perhaps, they can contact the motorcycle driver to pick them up when they want to go home for another ₱30.00. They have to make sure that their drivers are legitimate and registered members to avoid further incidents.
If tourists come from Cagayan de Oro City, they need to take a bus going to Iligan for only ₱100.00 fare on the Rural Transit bus. Upon arrival, take the jeep going to the town proper.
If tourists are from Cebu or Manila, they take Laguindingan Airport flights. Upon landing, they take the shuttle to Lagundingan Bus Terminal, ride a bus, and then take a van going to Iligan for only ₱85.00. What is more, one important note is that transportation remains available until 10 PM.
If tourists are from the town proper of Iligan, they need to travel to Buru-un. They can see the gateway to Maria Cristina Falls when they cross the bridge. Well, one important caution is that tourists need to be careful with the constricted and sheer road with a sharp curve while crisscrossing the road.
P.S. PRICE or FEE VARIES. Please check the management from time to time. Anyway, going on an excursion demands planning and preparation. In other words, please check the area first if you can buy something to eat and places to stay. Despite the present situations due to the COVID-19 pandemic and previous events in Marawi, Maria Cristina Falls has remained the best place to visit after this global crisis. At least, for now, we can say, “Welcome to Maria Cristina Falls.”
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.
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.
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.