This was what I did on my Wild River exploration leading to last barangay named Panipiason of Madalag town bordering between two provinces of Aklan and Antique, where you can find the most pristine waterfalls ever explored in my adventure history so far.
It was a beautiful experience. In my own perspective as a local traveler, It was an adventure filled with enriching life experiences on what is like to live in a very far place away from a hustle and bustle city life where good transportation and roads were being deprived for the people. From the various river crossing with almost everything can be loaded on a tiny "bangka" made of wood processed into a canoe or a collection of bamboo to create a raft, to the narrow trail going up and down to the very jagged-rocky terrain almost impassable by a motorcycle but it was, down to the muddy and wobbly streams, that sometimes you cannot really imagine how the locals inhabited the place we're able to cope with this means of transportation. However, if your looking for serenity,quietness & peace, this place is perfect to visit.
Just tell the driver to drop you off at Barangay Dumaguit , where you can take your first river crossing through a little Bangka for Php10.00 . Madalag town is just right across the river. Crossing the river is one way of going into Madalag town easiest possible as of the moment since the bridge connecting the two towns are still under its finishing stage. Once this infrastructure is done, access to both towns is just few minutes away by then.
Alternative way is via the town of Numancia to Madalag but it’s quite a long travel, estimated travel time is about 1:30 hours from Kalibo Town, fare is approximately Php60.00 one way. In Madalag town, you can hire a motorcycle going to Barangay Panipiason for Php 150.00 one way. Php 500.00 if you chartered it the whole day, back and forth. Estimated travel time is about 2:00 hours on a rugged terrain. This young mind below was earning a living through this way and its already part of their or his daily lives.
But before embarking on your adventure, please do register first at the police station for security purposes. The best person who can take you to Barangay Panipiason is Rjie Navotas. He is such an experienced driver on that route and very familiar with the terrain and the river crossing. You can contact him for early reservation at this mobile no. 0907-7328138. Please take note that only smart & globe network has a strong signal in the area.
For a first timer like me, riding on a motorcycle was a heart punching & breathtaking experience though I enjoyed it a lot since it was my first time have something like this despite the fact that what i have been doing was very dangerous. But for the locals, it’s a normal to them already because that is already part of their daily lives.
It was almost lunch time when we arrived at Barangay Panipiason. We went directly to see Hon. Barangay Captain Arnaldo Gregorio to have a courtesy call and get a guide to the falls who at that time preparing to watch the fight of Pacman. You can contact him through this mobile number 0920-3742969, if you wish to go there and inform them ahead of time of your intent visit. Along with my guides, we finally off to the mountain side to see the pristine rivers and waterfalls that the place were bragging of.
On the other side of the ridge, you can already see behind the canopy of leaves, the amazing 150 feet IGTUGHANGHIN FALLS as it cascades its water beautifully on a very high cliff filled with thick vegetation. We took some shots before finally proceeding down the hill to see the full view of magnificent waterfalls.
It is really magnificent “IGTUGHANGIN FALLS” beautiful as it was in my imagination. It was just a dream to witness its charm but now, its real already. I am very fulfilled as I gazed longingly at it for more than an hour, all I said was WOW this place is amazing, how I wish to spend whole day some other time.
Heading back to the barangay proper, we stopped for a while at a native house on the foot of the mountain to taste their fresh buko meat and juice.