The province with 13 falls is truly an ecotourism destination

By LOUIE GUARIN
Manila Bulletin

It is perhaps the only province in Eastern Visayas which has a great potential to become an ecotourism destination.

With its waterfalls, natural springs, caves, white beaches, rivers and seas; with its mountain forests, trees and flowers; its volcanic features and small islands; with its century-old churches and museums; but most of all, with its warm and friendly people, Biliran indeed enjoys immense nature’s blessings.

Biliran is one of the six provinces in Eastern Visayas Region. Others are Leyte, Southern Leyte, Samar (Western Samar), Eastern Samar and Northern Samar. It is bounded on the South by Carigara Bay, Samar Sea on the East, North by the Visayas Sea and the Strait of Biliran on the West.

We first visited Tinago Falls located in Sitio Pulang Yuta in Barangay Cabibihan in the Municipality of Caibiran. To get there, it takes 30 minutes by land from Naval to Sitio Pulang Yuta Junction. From the junction to Tinago Falls, it is 10 minutes on foot.

Tinago (which literally means “hidden’’) Falls has two water layers. The first layer is about 15 feet deep, circular in shape, while the second layer, where the swimming pool is located, is 12 feet deep and is oval– shaped.

Surrounding the falls are various trees like the narra, balete, coconut, and toog. There are also shrubs and vines. Flowers like caballero and morning glory also adorn the place.

About 90 feet tall, Tinago Falls cradles sylvan solid rocks at its basin. Its source of water is the Caibiran River. There are concrete cottages, two concrete guesthouses, bleachers type for swimmers (33×5 meters long) are available, too. There are also picnic grounds.

A pretty sight from the apex of the Tinago Falls is the Tres Marias Mountains located between the Kawayan and the Culaba municipalities of Biliran.


FALLS WITHIN A FALLS

We then proceeded to Kasabangan Falls, located in Sitio Tagaytay in Barangay Balaguid in Cabucgayan, Biliran.

Kasabangan Falls has 13 falls all in all. It is about 15 meters tall, 8 meters wide and 7 feet deep. Hiking is a must to reach the 13 different falls. Unbelievable but true, Kasabangan Falls is a falls within a falls!

Kasabangan Falls traverses lands that are classified A and D by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). In 2004, private individuals constructed five cottages of wood and light materials along both sides of the river near the cascade. Park development authority said it costs P5 million a year to maintain the two waterfalls.

The island of Biliran was first called Isla de Panamao, referring to an ethnic fishing net. The name Biliran, on the other hand, was derived from a native grass called “borobiliran’’ which abound in the place. In 1959, Biliran was made a sub-province of Leyte, and in 1992, it was decreed as a regular province.

OTHER MUST-SEES

Some more must-sees are the Mangrove Forested Area and the famous Boardwalk, located in Sitio Naga, Barangay Looc in Cabucgayan. There is an ongoing park development mangrove gardening, mud crab production and aquasilvi culture.

The 300–meter Naravil Mangrove is a forest area for nature trippers and serves as a picnic grove where one can rent a cottage for P300 and from their engage in the wonderful experience of watching birds in the morning and wild ducks swimming in the waters.

Gov. Rogelio Espina did not leave any stone unturned in developing Biliran as an ecotourism and eco-adventure destinations.

“We are inviting everyone to interact with our warm-hearted and free–spirited Biliranons and bear witness to the beautiful gifts of nature, and landscapes where the artist is the Creator himself.’’

Pondering on the places we just visited with friendly Biliran tourism officers Minerva Salas and Jun Dacillo, we can’t help but smile at the wonderful people whose assistance have made my Biliran trip possible, truly a very memorable one. Their kind of hospitality is extremely gracious, proving to me that once you set foot on Biliran, you will always yearn to come back.

White sand beaches, mystical mountains, beautiful islets and amazing waterfalls — all these make Biliran province the unspoiled island paradise that it truly is.

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6 COMMENTS

  1. Tinood ning gi ingon dinhi sa balita na we are blessed.

    Pero an pangutana diha, Unsa may angay pang buhaton aron molambo ang atong Probinsya? Ang mga politiko na nagserbisyo sa atong probinsya, Dili tinu uray ang pagserbisyo kundi para sa iyang kaugalingon panuyo. Puro nalang pagpakaron- ingnon. Gihimo nang negosyo ang pamulitika sa probinsya sa Biliran. Kini maoy angay nato usbon.

    Kung inyong mabasahan kadaghanan mga kumento dinhi, Puro nala pagpaka daut sa isig katawo.Ang mga kinabuhi sa dili politico ug pamilya ila pa jud wiwi-on aron lamang mabaniog sa katawhan, ang nakapait pa jud kay puro mga tumo tumo lamang. Kadaghanan na magpost mga walay balatian, puro pagpangdaot ,pag biay biay, panamay. Apilon pa ang web master pagpakadaut labi na jud kung dili ma ipatik ang ilang mga kumento dinhi. 80-90% sa blogs dinhi puro pagpakadaut.
    Nakalimtan na ang issue na angay tagaan ug importansya, Pareha ani kung unsa ang angay buhaton aron mo asenso sa Biliran Province.

    Ang batasan na walay kakuntentuhan ug kaawa karon sa usa ka tawo maoy nagpatigbabaw. Labi na jud sa mga supporters. Na walay laing gisaligan kundi ang mga hinatag sa ilang gidapigang politico. Mao bisag unsa nalay ilang buhaton aron mapabilib ang ilang mga amo.Apil pagpaka daut sa isig katawo buhaton aron ingnon naa silay pagdapig. Ila nang gibalyo ang ilang mga prinsipyo ug siguro mao nay ilang prinsipyo na gisunod sa ilang panginabuhi. Kay lagi, Ang ilang gikahadlukan na mahitabo mao na kung mapilde ang ilang gilabanan wala na silay kapa ingnan. Murag dili sila makapakaon sa ilang pamilya kung wala ning mga politikuha. Dinhi nato makita na migawas ang kahubya ug katapol sa usa katawo. Daghang klase sa panginabuhi na kapilian, luag pa ang kayutaan sa Probinsiya sa Biliran, pwede ka mananum, mangisda ug uban pa. Mahadlok man nua magkamantsa ug mobaga ang kubal sa ilang mga kamot tungod lamang sa saktong pama agi sa panginabuhi. Tingali ilang ika uwaw ang kining klaseha sa panginabuhi. Para nila, sikat na sila kung magsunod sunod sa ilang among politico, Kay lagi pirme bugnaw ilang gisakyan ug tambayan. Mangahadlok mainitan mura ug mga bampira. Bampira na kusog mokawkaw ug kwarta.
    No offence, pero kadaghanan dili sad tanan na mga supporters , mao ray naghatag ug tigaw ug ang mga abusado, Labi na jud tong mga menus ug mga hibawo

    Kung inyong tan awon ang kahimtang ug basihan ang mga lumulupyo sa atong probinsya. Kadaghanan mga datu o nadatu kay tungod sa ilang paningkamot pina agi ug negosyo.Ang uban pina agi sa agrikultura o di kaha nag trabaho abroad aron dunay ikasuportar sa pamilya. Dili tanan tawo mo asenso sa panginabuhi kung magsalig lang sa politico.

    Hinumdumi ninyo moabot ang panahon kung duna na say bag ong mobutho na politiko Dili nato ika limod, kining duha ka partido karong nag nag away away, Mao na say magkahi usa aron mobangga sa bag o na politiko. Timan i kini ninyo.

  2. Dakong tinood ang imong kumentaryo.Hinaut unta nga kining atong mga politico nga anan karon sa posiyon maghatag ug maayo nga molambo ang probinsya .LETS PRAY!

  3. ALEXANDRINE YOU ARE READING MY LINE AMEN TO THAT. 100% I SALUTE YOU OF WHAT YOU SAID..DILI NA MAG PASALAMAT SA ADMIN OR TAG-IYA NIANING WEBSITE AWAYON PA GAYOD..WHAT A …….BUT ANYWAY WE CANNOT EDUCATE THE WHOLE WORLD..PAETA

  4. i wish in tagaytay magkaroon ng koryente at maraming salamat poh sa tomolong ng kalsada para sa tagaytay.sana manatiling maayos at malinis na lungsod ito.

  5. BAKIT B LAGI NLANG PULITIKA ANG USAPIN DITO.CGE NGA KAU ANG UMUPOsa pwesto kung kaya nyo..ndi b kau nahhya xa gngawa nyo?

  6. Mahiya ka naman YAM ESTRADA nandyan ka sa puesto dahil sa PULITIKA ngayon sasabihin mo lagi na lang pulitika? YAM sa political science every person is considered ” a polotical animal” hahaha…….

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