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Panigan Falls, Esperanza, Sultan Kudarat

Friday, November 13, 2015 5 (mga) puna



ADVENTURE AWAITS

This scenery will require additional Adrenalin, don't go without a tour guide, trail is confusing and you might get lost if you are not familiar with the place. No wonder that some of mountaineers did misunderstood that they have found already the Panigan falls. Don't be misled, the main source of this river is actually came from the area where there has a cave and the water is coming from its orifice and the main falls is situated there.





Expect to be wet while trekking going to the falls.











This river have evidence of multiple layered of waterfalls along the way, varied in different height and width. Panigan waterfalls measures with an estimated height of 3 meters and 5 meters width side to side. The source of this system was not yet been known and where the water originated. The opening of the cave has an estimated portal of 1.5 meters height and 4 meters width.


THINGS TO KNOW
  • Language
    • English
      • Can able to understand and speak since most of schools and local offices use it as medium language.
    • Tagalog 
      • Can do speak and understand
    • Cebuano
      • Good Morning - Maayong Buntag
      • Good Afternoon - Maayong Udto
      • Good Evening - Maayong Gabi-i
      • Let's eat - Mangaon ta
      • How much? - Tag-pila?
    • Hilonggo
      • Good Morning - Maayo nga Aga
      • Good Afternoon - Maayo nga Udto
      • Good Evening - Maayo nga Gab-i
      • Let's eat - Kaon ta
      • How Much? - Pila?
    • Manobo
      • Good Morning - Mefion Nekebugsang
      • Good Afternoon - Mefion Mafun
      • Good Evening - Mefion Sigef
      • Let's eat - Kemaen Ki
      • How much? - Fila Ine?
    • Tedoray
      • Good Morning - Fiyo Gefuwen
      • Good Afternoon - Fiyo Temegen
      • Good Evening - Fiyo Kelongonon
      • Let's eat - Mama tom
      • How much? - Firoy Keni
    • Transportation
      • Air
        • From Manila to Davao vise versa
        • From Manila to Gensan vise versa
        • From Manila to Cotabato vise versa
      • Land 
        • Jeep/Multicab (Isulan-Esperanza)
        • Tricycle (Isulan-Esperanza)
        • Van (Gensan, Isulan via Tacurong)
        • Bus (Gensan, Isulan via Tacurong)
        • Motorcycle (Habal-habal) (Esperanza-Marawir)
    • Foods
      • Well known fast food chain can be found in Isulan, Tacurong and Koronadal City.
      • Ihaw-ihaw (Grill house) and other fast foods can be found at Esperanza.
    • Where to stay
      • You can either stay at Esperanza proper or Isulan.
    • Financial Establishments
      • Banks are available in the nearby town.
      • Remittances can be found in the town proper.
    Thanks to Mr. Renato Sambrano for helping to provide Lumad translations... More climb to come...

    More about Esperanza Here >>>
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    Marawir Peak, Esperanza, Sultan Kudarat

    Thursday, November 12, 2015 1 (mga) puna



    MARAWIR PEAK

    Marawir peak is located at sitio marawir, under the municipality of Esperanza, province of Sultan Kudarat. This forum have organized an event establishing connections to the mountaineers and locals including natives of the area Manobo and tedoray. Opening the portal of its new world for the outdoor enthusiasts have gain supports from sponsors, Local government and mountaineers all over Philippines. The existence of Marawir is situated in the middle of the valley, locals have their own urban legends on how this hill have evolved. Regardless, its true beauty of nature must have to uncover.










    STARRY STARRY NIGHT

    While everybody is still asleep, gaining strength for another exasperating activities the following day, I was able to sneak some shots of Marawir peak under the starry night and moon lit. Displaying the Cygnus milkyway on the upper right side and a cluster of tents in the foreground.



    Clear sky as if there's nothing happened earlier that night. While sudden heavy drenching rains, Mountaineers were about to lose hope to complete the event including ascending the peak of Marawir. Some of mountaineers took refuge inside classrooms (Including me), the ground was heavily inundated.



    ATOP OF MARAWIR

    It is advantageous if you start early morning, you can perceive the sea of clouds over the plains. It is beneficial to go there as early as 5am until 8am. Scorching heat can make you unsuitable to appreciate the nature, trail ascending have no tress for a chance to have a rest.






    THE COMMUNITY

    Locals are composed of Visaya, Ilonggo and a Lumad Manobo and Tedoray. Their major source of income are root crops, corn and vegetables, their hospitality are very welcoming and warm. They still embraces and preserved old culture in a modern time.



    MET THE HOSPITABLE NATIVES OF MARAWIR


    THINGS TO KNOW
    • Language
      • English
        • Can able to understand and speak since most of schools and local offices use it as medium language.
      • Tagalog 
        • Can do speak and understand
      • Cebuano
        • Good Morning - Maayong Buntag
        • Good Afternoon - Maayong Udto
        • Good Evening - Maayong Gabi-i
        • Let's eat - Mangaon ta
        • How much? - Tag-pila?
      • Hilonggo
        • Good Morning - Maayo nga Aga
        • Good Afternoon - Maayo nga Udto
        • Good Evening - Maayo nga Gab-i
        • Let's eat - Kaon ta
        • How Much? - Pila?
      • Manobo
        • Good Morning - Mefion Nekebugsang
        • Good Afternoon - Mefion Mafun
        • Good Evening - Mefion Sigef
        • Let's eat - Kemaen Ki
        • How much? - Fila Ine?
      • Tedoray
        • Good Morning - Fiyo Gefuwen
        • Good Afternoon - Fiyo Temegen
        • Good Evening - Fiyo Kelongonon
        • Let's eat - Mama tom
        • How much? - Firoy Keni
      • Transportation
        • Air
          • From Manila to Davao vise versa
          • From Manila to Gensan vise versa
          • From Manila to Cotabato vise versa
        • Land 
          • Jeep/Multicab (Isulan-Esperanza)
          • Tricycle (Isulan-Esperanza)
          • Van (Gensan, Isulan via Tacurong)
          • Bus (Gensan, Isulan via Tacurong)
          • Motorcycle (Habal-habal) (Esperanza-Marawir)
      • Foods
        • Well known fast food chain can be found in Isulan, Tacurong and Koronadal City.
        • Ihaw-ihaw (Grill house) and other fast foods can be found at Esperanza.
      • Where to stay
        • You can either stay at Esperanza proper or Isulan.
      • Financial Establishments
        • Banks are available in the nearby town.
        • Remittances can be found in the town proper.
      Thanks to Mr. Renato Sambrano for helping to provide Lumad translations... More climb to come...

      More about Esperanza Here >>>
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      3rd MMF Region 12 Invitational Climb

      Tuesday, November 10, 2015 0 (mga) puna



      Mindanao Mountaineering Foundation (MMF) in coordination with the Local Tourism Office of Esperanza, Sultan Kudarat and with the effort of local community of Sitio Marawir, who were able to organized an invitational Climb for all mountaineering enthusiasts in the country. These activities served with a purpose of helping the local and outreach program for the Lumad community of Sitio Marawir, Municipality of Esperanza, Province of Sultan Kudarat. This out skirt community is a secluded sitio and can be accessed by riding a Habal-Habal or a single motorcycle as their mode of transportation, with estimated travel time of two and half hours from Esperanza proper.



      REGISTRATION

      Various Mountaineers all over the Philippines flocked to join this event to support the 3rd MMF Invitational Climb and Community out reach program.



      ORGANIZERS

      I was able to chat with Sir Renato Sambrano an outdoor enthusiast Government employee working at assessor's office at the same time tourism officer working as his past time. Untiringly, sharing his thoughts and ideas as part of these organizers on how they able to promote and organize this event for the benefits of his constituents both Lumads and local residents of Sitio Marawir. Programs and more developments are coming soon to give good access for both locals and tourists to this secluded community with the effort of Local Government of Esperanza Municipality.












      SNACK TIME

      Locals have served a snacks for mountaineers prepared by Manobo and Tedoray tribe during program presentation at the school playground. They showed us their warm and heartfelt welcome to all the participants.








      AGE DOES NOT MATTER

      Hyacinth Opao, a 9 years old all the way from Pasig City, youngest girl mountaineer participant who successfully achieved to scale the peak of Marawir. At a very young age she has been traveled already in many places including climbing, river trekking and caving. It was in her early age discovered that one of her best interest is love of nature and outdoor activities.



      SOX PH OUTDOORS

      A community website that features the hidden Gem of Mindanao. I was able to met Ping Zerrudo and Nanardx Zee Navarro, admin of this group, sedulously sharing his experiences for love of nature. They are actively promoting various places of Mindanao.






      I was one of those who signed in with interest to join this event, with the help of a friend Ms. Charie Llanto who was giving me an idea for this event. In connection with her sisters, who are also outdoor enthusiasts and were able to joined in the previous activities of this organization. Thanks to Cysil Joy Llanto and Cyndi Llanto, whom I met personally and with the effort of Kulot (El Quintayo) a new friend who untiringly brought his tent for my shelter.


      Related Post

      Panigan falls follow Here >>>
      Marawir Peak Here >>>
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      Ilocos Sur: Vigan City

      Tuesday, March 17, 2015 0 (mga) puna




      BACK TO THE FUTURE

      A great experience of like having back in time during Hispanic era, still astounded that due to long period of time, this City was able to survive from any devastation and test of time.



      7 WONDER CITY OF THE WORLD

      A World heritage site that recently acclaimed and officially included in the new 7 wonder city of the world for its preservation of antiquated structures that still stands enduring and remain intact. Calle Crisologo is a renowned made of cobblestones passable only by karatelas. Delineated as third oldest City of the Philippines.


      PROVINCE OF ILOCOS SUR

      Vigan is a fourth class city and capital of Ilocos Sur province, Capitol hall is just across the plaza salcedo. Comparable to Luneta park, Plaza salcedo offers also dancing fountain every night to entertain both tourists and locals.



      SAINT PAUL METROPOLITAN CATHEDRAL



      Plaza Salcedo is just across Vigan church, after buying pasalubong from Calle Crisologo, try to visit the church,  interior is fascinating that they able to conserved the remains. This plaza was built to attract more tourist, you can sit and relax while watching the well lit dancing fountain in full colors. It is a must to venture an experience here in Vigan City.
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      Ilocos Sur: Paoay

      Monday, March 16, 2015 0 (mga) puna



      UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE

      Paoay church was declared as National Cultural Treasure by Philippine government in 1973 and tagged as Unesco World Heritage Site under the collective Baroque churches of the Philippines in December 11, 1993 for its distinct old architecture and structure made of stones and bricks. Part of its structure are the 24 huge buttresses having a dimension of about 1,67 meters thickness protruding from its exterior wall designed to support from the destructive earthquake.




      Paoay church was started to built in the early 1694 1704 by Augustinians Friar Father Antonio Estavillo and it was inaugurated on the 28th day of February 1896. The numerous huge buttress are an evident of sturdy support and tenacious to shaking. In the early historical records as early as 1593 the parish was founded by Augustinian missionaries. "PAOAY" was originally called as "BOMBAY" a community that belief to be an early inhabitant of the area came from India. 



      BELL TOWER

      Bell tower was built separately adjacent from main building in protection from earthquake in domino effect. The three storey tower is made of coral stones which started to built on 1793,  serves also as Pagoda and used as watch tower against the insurgencies.




      THE INTERIOR


      Visit more about Ilocos
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      Ilocos Norte: Laoag City

      1 (mga) puna



      THE CAPITAL

      Laoag City is a first class City and capital of Ilocos Norte region. Part of Ilocos tour, laoag has offered tourist spots. Old structures are an evident remnant of Hispanic era, others were already gone under renovations, but modification from its old design are highly restrained. This City embraces old culture in a modern time.








      SINKING BELL TOWER

      This venerable bell tower structure built of bricks and lime stone is a famous landmark of Laoag City. It is notable that this structure is sinking an inch every year, it was then acclaimed a tallest and most solid bell tower in the Philippines before it eventuate sinking. Now its main door is a half way buried, come and visit this remarkable sinking bell tower while still passable.
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      Panagbenga 2015: Float Parade

      Sunday, March 1, 2015 0 (mga) puna




      FLOAT PARADE

      Yearly this carousal event allure the interest of tourist to witness the annual celebration, Every February is a month long celebration of Baguio City and cordillera region in commemoration and tribute to City's flowers. This event was created to rise up and regain from the devastation of Luzon earthquake in 1990 . Float parade always been part of this event, a display of float entirely concealed with flowers prepossessing the art of every participant.






      CELEBRITIES

      To make the float more engaging some float ostentatious comprises local celebrities as part of their entries be more attractive. Some of them were also just plainly a spectators only, it is once in a year and unique festival that every one must have to witness.







      More on Panagbenga events follow >>> Here


      THINGS TO KNOW
      • Language
        • English
          • Can able to understand and speak since most of schools and local offices use it as medium language.
        • Tagalog 
          • Can do speak and understand
        • Ilokano
        • Ibanag
      • Transportation
        • Air
          • From manila you can do access by plane through Baguio City airport
        • Land 
          • Bus
            • Victory Liner, Genesis and other bus companies
              • P 425.00 
      • Foods
        • You can find restaurants, fast foods and other food services in a nearby Mall.
        • Local delicacies also can be found along the street of session road and nearby market 
      • Where to stay
      • Financial Establishments
        • Remittances can be found anywhere
        • Banks is also not an issue since most of the known banks are all here.
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