Thursday, April 18, 2013

Top 10 Falls in the Philippines for Tourists

I have been exploring waterfalls in the Philippines 
since I was a  teenager. 

Every weekend, my friends and I will be going to the falls of
 either Tanauan City, Malvar or Sto. Tomas, Batangas. 
Along with my childhood friends, we explored the various falls in Batangas.

I started to explore the falls outside Batangas when I was already 30 years old. And to date, only the waterfalls in Cebu and in North Cotabato remains to be explored. 
And I am planning to visit these falls in summer 2015. 

Worthy of mention among the falls that I have visited are the Pagsanjan Falls in Laguna (included in my top ten rivers), Tamaraw Falls of Mindoro, Camiguin waterfalls, Ulan-Ulan Falls of Biliran,  Bomod-ok Falls of Sagada, Padusdusan Falls of Negros Oriental, Ditumabo Falls of Biliran, and the Maddela Waterfalls in Quirino (for its seven-stage falls).

Last April 2015, I made another waterfalls chasing in Mindanao, Cebu, and Bacolod. Among the falls worthy of mention anew are Tumalog Falls in Oslob, Aguinid Falls and Dao Falls in Samboan, Mantayupan Falls in Barili and Malatan-og Falls in Don Salvador, Negros Occidental. 

 For the meantime, these are my top 10 falls in the Philippines pending my visit to Cebu and North Cotabato! =)

1. Aliwagwag Falls, Cateel, Davao Oriental

According to my fellow bloggers, It is the tallest waterfalls in the Philippines. With its numerous cascading falls and its strength during rainy season, it is ranked number one.

my photo

Aliwagwag Falls during Typhoon Seniang last December 29, 2014.

2. Awao Falls, Monkayo, Compostela Valley

The 1.5 hours skylab ride, the river crossing, the three falls, 
and the trek towards Falls No. 3 makes this number 2! 

In case you are doubting, just look at the size of Falls No.1.

3. Bani Falls, Arakan Valley, North Cotabato

The trek to the falls and the size itself!

4. Lake Sebu, South Cotabato 
Falls Nos 3, 4 and 5 (picture was taken while I was doing my zipline in Lake Sebu)
It has seven falls and the zipline ride to see falls no. 3, 4 and 5 is an adventure!

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5. Asik-Asik Falls, Alamada, North Cotabato

For its size and grandeur!

6. Tinuy-an Falls, Bislig, Surigao Del Sur

The base of the falls is best for your bamboo raft or boat adventure.

 7. Tinago Falls, Lanao Del Norte 

my photo
A sight to behold!

8. Maria Cristina Falls, Lanao Del Norte 

For its twin-falls and height

9. Maragusan Falls, Maragusan, Compostela Valley

The size of Tagbibinta Falls may not convince you 
but number may, the town has more than 20 falls! 

10. Lulugayan Falls, Calbiga, Samar (for its cascading falls)

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Note - This blog was first published April 18, 2013. It was revised January 2, 2015 after my waterfalls chasing adventure in Mindanao last December 25-31, 2014.

The previous ranking was:
1. Lake Sebu, South Cotabato
2. Tinago Falls, lanao Del Norte
3. Maria Cristina Falls, Lanao Del Norte
4. Ulan-Ulan Falls, Biliran
5. Bomod-ok Falls, Sagada
6. Katibawasan Falls, Camiguin
7. Padusdusan Falls, Negros Oriental
8. Ditumabo Falls, Baler, Aurora
9. Tuason Falls, Camiguin
10. Lulugayan Falls, Calbiga, Samar

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Other links pertaining to water falls -
Daranak Falls, Tanay, Rizal -
Ambon-Ambon Falls, Pangil, Laguna -
Twin Falls, San Juan, Laguna -
Balete Eco Park Falls, Tanauan, City, Batangas -
Alulod Falls and Calijon Falls, Malvar, Batangas - 
San Vicente Falls, Sto. Tomas, Batangas
Pinsan Falls, Sta. Maria, Ilocos Norte -
Avis Falls, Burgos, Ilocos Norte -
Catandayagan Falls, Masbate -
Cambugahay Falls, Siquijor -
Tumalog Falls, Oslob, Cebu -
Madella Waterfalls. Quirino -
Bomod-ok Falls, Sagada -
Tamaraw Falls, Mindoro -
Tinago Falls, Mimbalot Falls, Maria Cristina Falls, Iligan City 
Tumalog Falls, Oslob, Cebu -
Madella Waterfalls. Quirino -
Bomod-ok Falls, Sagada -
Tamaraw Falls, Mindoro -
Maria Cristina Falls, Mimbalot Falls, Tinago Falls -
Eastern Visayas Falls -
Mindanao Falls -
Lake Sebu -
Baler -
Negros -
Biliran -
Samal Island -
Camiguin -
Pagsanjan Falls -
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  1. so here you go, the FALSE. LOL. haha... Gusto pumunta sa pang 10!!! Kaiba eh...

  2. its jest that, its not on the the top 10 list

  3. forgot the famous tinuy-an surigao and kawasan falls of cebu.

  4. am sure you havent been to the widest waterfalls in the country: Tinuy-an Falls in Bislig City

  5. Don't forget the <3 falls> at Langogan, take look on our album Palawan mangrove resort.on Facebook.

  6. Thank you Sir Jun Villegas for choosing our very own Ulan-ulan Falls! I hope everyone will come and visit our place Biliran Province.

  7. mas maganda pa ata tinuy an falls sa no. 7 . hahaha . lol .

  8. Have you been to Tapiya Falls in Batad or the Tinuy-An Falls in Bislig? Im sure this list would change if youve been there.

  9. have you been to Tinuy-an Falls in Bislig, Surigao del Sur? surely it would count in your top 5.

  10. Where in Biliran is Ulan-ulan? Is it the one in Caibiran? I had gone to Caibiran, but failed to see the Falls as we were in a hurry to go home.

  11. I felt the magic immediately when i viewed that image of Tinago Falls in Lanao. So beautiful.

  12. Wonderful Falls. I believe Tinuy-an Falls (Niagara Falls of the Phils) Bislig, Surigao Del Sur and Tappiya Waterfalls in Batad Rice Terraces should be added too. =>

  13. Sorry guys, I have not seen 3 waterfalls that I have been planning to visit and I have failed to visit for one reason or another. Either because of bad weather, cancellation of flights or my work (full-time professor in FEU). And the 3 waterfalls are the Tinuy-an, the cascading falls in Davao and one in Zamboanga. I have not even included in the list Pagsanjan Falls and the various falls in Laguna and Batangas. I am from Batangas and very near to Laguna. This summer all my travels are resorts and beaches in El Nido, Coron, Borowan, Palaui and Baler plus my internatinational flights to Singapore, Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Malaysia. I will try to visit the said three falls and all of them are in Mindanao (Davao, Surigao and Zamboanga). I hope the typhoons that have been hitting Mindanao were not able to destroy/affect the grandeur of these falls. I heard that the cascading falls in Davao was destroyed (hope not). Anyway, I will update this blog/post after I have seen any of the said three waterfalls. Thank you for visiting my blog and for your comments. Appreciate it! =)

    1. how about asik-asik falls in cotabato area...and of course our Aliwagwag Falls..:)

    2. I have to go to North Cotabato. I hope that is either the Asik-Asik or Aliwagwag falls =)
      Am not sure about the place.

  14. Asik-asik Falls in Alamada. Cotabato Province is a must experience..

  15. Try to visit Bani Falls in Arakan Valley North Cotabato

  16. hi sir u should visit tarangban falls in calbayog samar.