A Sight to Behold: Aliwagwag Falls
Ida Damo | Jul 23, 2013
TV Patrol Southern Mindanao’s Rodirey Salas was in Davao Oriental on assignment. Having seen other tourist sites while covering his news stories, he was always wishing to unravel the province’s prides, especially the most admired and talked about Aliwagwag Falls. True enough, it was a sight to behold.
Surrounded by verdant green tropical forest of century old trees and other flora, Aliwagwag Falls cascades from multi-tiers with heights ranging from 6 to 110 feet and 20 meters in width.
It is a series of 84 cascading waterfalls over rock formations in different shapes and various heights.
Aliwagwag Falls is considered to be a gift from the Gods to the Mandaya tribe. Judging by its breath taking beauty, it is indeed a gift and a blessing to not just the Mandaya people but for all of us who are the stewards of the earth.
For Rodirey, going on assignment means not just hard news but heart stories like places, people and food to discover.
After Typhoon Pablo hit Davao Oriental in December of 2012, with Cateel being hard-hit, there was a lot of concern over Aliwagwag’s state.
The huge trees surrounding Aliwagwag lost a lot of its branches and leaves from the very strong winds. Trunks and branches lie strewn in Aliwagwag’s falls.
On his way to Sagip Kapamilya operations in Cateel, Ad Roel Alcober passed by Aliwagwag and noted that the trees are turning green and still a sight to behold.
As John Keats said: A thing of beauty is a joy forever: Its loveliness increases; it will never pass into nothingness;
What To Expect and Bring:
Be ready to get wet so wear comfortable clothes or quick-drying clothes.
If you plan to stay overnight, Edar’s Place charges just Php700/room.
Bottled water is a must. So is sunscreen/sunblock.
How To Get There:
PAL and other major airlines fly daily to Davao City from Manila and Cebu. Cateel is 5 hours away by land from Davao City.
Take the bus from Davao City via the Compostela Valley Road or Mati Road. Bus Lines (Mallen Express, Lyra Express, Floremel Express and Bachelor Express) have daily trips to Cateel from the Davao City Overland Transport Terminal.
Fare is Php270. Barangay Aliwagwag is just 20 minutes away from the Cateel town proper just along the national highway. Private vehicles can take the Compostela Valley Road or Mati Road straight to Cateel proper.