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Bulwang Falls: Undiscovered Massive Waterfall Located in Idio, Sebaste, Antique

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Richard Cahilig
Richard Cahilig | Nov 19, 2018
The massive Bulwang Falls in its full glory
The massive Bulwang Falls in its full glory

It was a perfect day for chasing waterfalls. Typhoon Ompong has just left and the sun was out, smiling. We took a scooter ride to Barangay Idio, Sebaste, Antique to visit the amazing Bulwang Falls located in one of its jungle’s interior. During our hike to Mt. Balabag last month, our guide Tay Lucrito told us that he knows a massive waterfall in Idio that hasn’t been explored yet. The hidden waterfall is located out of way from the trail so we planned to explore on our return.

The view of Idio river winding through farms and villages
The view of Idio river winding through farms and villages

Tay Lucrito was waiting for us on the roadside when we arrived. We followed him to his home and after gathering his stuff, we started hiking with his grandson, Eric. We walked over hills with grand vistas of the highways, farms, coastlines and the northwestern view of Mt. Balabag. After we descended from the hills, we walked across rice paddies into the banks of Idio River. We followed the river upstream until we reached the junction of Igkataw and Bulwang rivers where the two rivers converge and become the Idio river that we’ve been following a while ago.

Following the Idio river upstream
Following the Idio river upstream

We followed the Bulwang river and walked along and across the river several times under the thick rainforest canopy. The water was waist-deep high and the current was strong due to several days of rain brought by the recent typhoon. As we continued our trek further upstream, the vegetation along the banks became dense and the rocks were very slippery. Our guide used a rope to help us climb on slippery boulders and cross the rapids of Bulwang river when we were nearing the waterfall.

Crossing the Bulwang river
Crossing the Bulwang river
Slippery rocks, dead logs and thick vegetations in Bulwang river
Slippery rocks, dead logs and thick vegetations in Bulwang river
Tay Lucrito and his grandson installing the rope
Tay Lucrito and his grandson installing the rope
Tay Lucrito and his grandson installing the rope

After nearly two hours of trekking and river crossing, we were rewarded by the series of overwhelming waterfalls highlighted by its massive source, the Bulwang Falls. The huge volume of water caused by the recent rains rushes down over the cliff, creating a refreshing mist as it falls to its pool below.  With all the mist around, we struggled in taking a good photo. After some snapshots, we secured our stuff and dipped into the pool. The freezing water and the stinging spray gave an instant relief to our tired body.

One of the amazing waterfalls we saw along the trails to Bulwang Falls
One of the amazing waterfalls we saw along the trails to Bulwang Falls
Another waterfalls along the river
The massive volume of water pouring from Bulwang Falls
The massive volume of water pouring from Bulwang Falls
The massive Bulwang waterfall
The massive Bulwang waterfall
The massive Bulwang waterfall
The massive Bulwang waterfall
Posing for a selfie before jumping in to the freezing cold water of the waterfall.
Posing for a selfie before jumping in to the freezing cold water of the waterfall.

As it was getting late, we decided to leave the area. We hiked up on the steep cliff opposite to the waterfall and descended close to Igkataw and Bulwang river junction to avoid the slippery boulders and the rapids. Our guide said that backtracking the Bulwang river downstream is dangerous. It was already dark when we stepped on the paved road back to the village proper. We were soaked as we were walking toward the main highway. Tay Lucrito amazed us as he eagerly greeted everyone we bumped into the street. Upon reaching his house, we quickly changed our clothes and drove our way to Ibajay for dinner hosted by Ritchel’s aunt. We arrived in Kalibo past 10 in the evening. ’Twas one quick adventure for us!

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