October 11, 2011
Mag-aso Falls, Barangay Oringao, Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental,Philippines
It was just on a saturday night when I really decided to finally explore the much talked about water falls in Kabankalan City-Negros. Heavy rain on sunday dawn did not even give me a second thought of postponing my weekend nature getaway. Along my travel buddies-camera-tripod-sandal-and my ever loyal backpack, no choice ahaha), we off to Bacolod City. It was indeed a very rewarding trip despite the whole day rain-shower that eventually complements to my entire adventure. I’ve discovered not just twin falls but various falls that captivated me to stay longer than what was initially planned.
HOW TO GET HERE: Mag-aso Falls is located in Barangay Origao, Kabankalan City, a first class component city of the province of Negros Occidental, Philippines. It is located at the southern part of the island and it is about two hours travel from Bacolod City via Vallacar Transit (Ceres Tours). From South Terminal in Bacolod City, you can take a ride to Kabankalan City via Dumaguete-Mabinay route for P120 for air-conditioned bus and P90 for non aircon.
Just inform the ticketing officer to stop you at Barangay Oringao old public market in Kabankalan. Take note that the bus will have a stopover at Kabankalan Bus Terminal for 15 minutes but that is not your destination yet. From the old public market in Barangay Oringao, you can find a road leading to Mag-aso Falls where you can take a motorcycle for P25 per person, estimated travel time is 15 minutes from the highway. If you are traveling alone like me, you can charter the whole motorcycle for P200 two-way already with the driver as your guide.
An entrance fee of P25 with official receipt since Mag-aso Falls Picnic Camp is being developed and maintained by the city government. If you wish to explore Dumaguete City, you can take again the Vallacar Transit via Mabinay for 3 hours from Barangay Oringao for P140 or opt to back track to Kabankalan for a city tour for P20.
Ops..I almost forgot this, the city was awarded as the cleanest city in the island. Try to visit their “ala malacanang palace” City Hall.
Accommodation: There are accommodations within the camp if you wish to stay overnight for more or less P500 a night.
Food & Beverage: It is advisable that you have to buy everything you need at the stop over in Kabankalan City since they do not have much food and drinks available at the mountain.
· Safety Tips on exploring waterfalls and river trekking activities:
When exploring waterfalls and do river trekking going to the falls, you really need to feel the situation on actual setting. You need to check if it is raining hard up in the mountain, since anytime soon the water level will go up and it is very dangerous to be near at the river bank.
A must see videos below:http://www.bintulu.org/news/2009/09/08/tragedy-mag-aso-fall-kabankalan-philippines.php