I was on my other persona that day. A free spirited hippie being awakened by a boisterous cascade of the waterfalls that seems to be a melodic hush while I was asleep, with my back against my rock hard tent bed. On day break, the rays of sunlight sent shivers to my body, untangling each tensed and twisted muscle, refreshing my soul. What a delightful way to start a day!
Hiking up ahead to grab a cup of coffee from a nearby store owned by a T’boli local in lake Sebu, I was struck by a huge goose. I sat on one of those ratan chairs charmed and hypnotized by his presence. I could have mistaken the creature as a sort of angel with those heavenly white feather if not only for the offset orange large beak and feet that makes me think of martians and aliens. He came closer to me; slow paced, taking his time to shift weight from his left foot to right foot and vice versa. Still stunned, I seem to concentrate on his monstrous, orange, shell- hard beak that can break anything that he set gaze on. And if not for a friend who gave a yell after seeing me and mr. goose, I did not realised that I am the one he is setting his gaze on- ready to pinch me into pieces.
Branded as the “little Niagara of the Philippines”, the majestic Tinuy-an falls is set in the deep area of Brgy. Borboanan, Bislig City. In the dialect of the early settlers, Tinuy-an means “requiring intention”, true to it’s name, going to the falls was a feat I happily endured.
After being captivated by the Enchanted river of Hinatuan, I decided to spend the night in one of the cheap backpacker’s inn in the city of Bislig for only 150 php (a whopping wow!).Being an early bird, I hailed a pedicab, a 5 tired vehicle powered by a motorcycle mounted on the front left part of the vehicle. After disembarking the fragile vehicle I hopped into a minivan bound to the city of Mangagoy to be dropped at the entrance of Brgy. Borboanan – the door to the talk-about falls. The adventure heightened up as I took a top load seat together with accomodating locals who were set to celebrate a birthday in the falls. Picturesque landscapes could never be less good if you have a 360 degrees view of them.
The sweet-ravaging sound of the water, the cold air, the early morning sunshine, was a delight to my soul as I pay 10php for the entrance. A cup of coffee was a perfect companion to savor the next few moments of discovering new wonders.
In a raft near the cascade, I stood speechless, moved and humbled by the thought of how small I am compared to a majestic work of nature.
The second tier of the 4 tiered falls was exhilarating as well.
I enjoyed looking for stone crevices to encapsulate me, Once inside, the loud ravaging cascade fell in front without touching me. True to say, you can sometimes find peace in noise (a different sense of noise). What a lovely noise!