ALIWAGWAG FALLS FROM THE SKY

For millions of times, I always say I take pride to have been born and raised in the town where the highest waterfalls of the country is found, the majestic Aliwagwag Falls. I would say my hometown of Cateel is blessed with so many natural wonders but topping on the list is this multi-tiered Aliwagwag Falls which is considered as the one of the most beautiful falls in the Philippines.

As a photographer who hails from Cateel, I have loads of stunning photos of Aliwagwag Falls even before it was developed as an EcoTourism destination. Recently, I went home to take drone shots of our hometown’s ultimate pride and these are what I’ve got.

Aliwagwag Falls is considered by hydraulic engineers as the highest waterfalls in the Philippines with over 130 cascading tiers that appears like a white stairway amidst a forest of emerald green. It is regarded as one of the most beautiful falls in the Philippines.

From a true Cateeleño, I am sharing the PRIDE of my hometown to you and to the World. Visit CATEEL and discover the magnificence of Aliwagwag Falls, the highest waterfalls in the country.

CHARMING CATEEL: Davao Oriental’s Water Wonder

The charming town of CATEEL in Davao Oriental is considered as the WATER WONDER of the Province because of its majestic cascading waterfalls, long unspoiled coastlines, pristine beaches and clean rivers. More than a water wonder, CATEEL is blessed with other natural wonders that truly made it a perfect destination to discover and explore.

VISIT CATEEL. VISIT OUR HOME. VISIT OUR CATEEL.

#CharmingCateel #DavaoOriental #ExperienceCateel #MindaNOW

2015 IS THE YEAR FOR ALIWAGWAG FALLS

 

 

When Super Typhoon Pablo ravaged Cateel in December 2012, Aliwagwag Falls was not spared. The horrifying winds brought by Pablo severely destroyed its vast rainforests and century-old trees. The mossy forest was left balding. Wild flowers and orchids were gone. Waters overflowed. For barely three hours on that horrific morning of December 4, 2012, the majestic beauty of Aliwagwag Falls was spoiled.

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Long before Typhoon Pablo hard-hit our beautiful town, Aliwagwag Falls is considered as the crown cascading jewel not only of Cateel and the Province of Davao Oriental but the whole Davao Region. As a matter of fact, it is considered as one of most beautiful waterfalls in the Philippines enchanting tourists from different parts of the country and the world to travel down south to see and wonder at this nature’s greatest gift to our town. And when  Super Typhoon Pablo molested and ravaged the unequal beauty of this prized attraction, all Cateeleños from all the globe mourn for its devastation. Everyone prayed, including myself, that Aliwagwag Falls will regain and regrow back to her natural shape. Like our homes destroyed by the monstrous typhoon, we all hoped to see Aliwagwag Falls back to her unparalleled beauty again.  Gladly, prayers are answered. 

The first photo of ALIWAGWAG FALLS I saw on Facebook after Typhoon Pablo
The first photo of ALIWAGWAG FALLS I saw on Facebook after Typhoon Pablo
Taken 4 months after Typhon Pablo struck Aliwagwag Falls. This was part of our Help Cateel Movement’s Relief Operation.

Where there’s water, there’s life. Two years after that unforgettable day, the precious jewel of Cateel is back to her majestic shape again – even grander and more amusing. The forest surrounding it are filled greens again. Waters are abundant and the multi-tiered falls looks stunningly like a stairway to heaven. In fact, it looks like it didn’t go through an unimaginable devastation from the ST Pablo. So to speak, much as nature is a serial killer, nature is such an amazing healer.

DCIM100GOPRO DCIM100GOPROAnd so today, this prized possession of my hometown is ready for the world. And I bet 2015 will be the year for Aliwagwag Falls to be the cornerstone of tourism not only in Davao Oriental but in the whole Davao Region. An on-going Aliwagwag Development Program surrounding the falls is underway now to conveniently receive thousands of tourists expected to flock in the coming months. This remarkable development plan is spearheaded by no less than the Davao Oriental Governor Corazon Malanyaon who is also a proud daughter of Cateel whose top priorities include tourism development in the Province. In the coming days upon the completion of this project, Aliwagwag Falls is ready for the world. Everyone in our town including myself is excited!

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Super Typhoon Pablo was a monstrous disaster Cateelenos will never forget for the rest of our lives. Pablo may be a monstrous destroyer of our homes and all the gifts of nature we have in our town but somehow it taught us that everyone can survive and surpass even the strongest storms of our lives if we only believe in the “power of love”love for our hometown, care for our nature and compassion for fellowmen. Aliwagwag Falls is great reminder for every Cateeleno and perhaps every Filipino that whatever struggles we face in our lives, we have to remember that “we can get through all storms of our lives”. Believe and strive hard to get up, move forward and start anew. And with the right and compassionate leaders we have in the town and the province, we are certainly on the right path – building back a better Cateel. The regrowth of Aliwagwag Falls is a great proof that our hometown and its resilient people can rise above the darkest days our lives – proof that we are moving forward, braver enough to get up and get through super typhoons of our lives.

ALIWAGWAG FALLS ECOPARK 20157I have been around many places and have seen numbers of waterfalls. Yes, each of these waterfalls possesses different charm, different splendor but Aliwagwag Falls is different. I may sound bias because I come from this place but for me the striking beauty of the Aliwagwag Falls is still without equal – still unmatched. Its mesmeric grandeur is like no other. Even right now as I am writing this, my mind is wandering thinking about unrivaled majestic beauty, cotton-like cascades and refreshing waters! If you haven’t been there, come and see it for yourself and you’ll definitely understand why I call this jewel – Her Majesty Queen Aliwagwag Falls.

DCIM100GOPROFor arranged trip or group tour to Aliwagwag Falls, you can call or text The Travel Teller at 0939-342-3939. The Travel Teller hails from Cateel, Davao Oriental.

ALIWAGWAG FALLS: Four Months After Typhoon Pablo

Where there’s water, there’s life. Great proof to that is my hometown’s pride – our precious Aliwagwag Falls, the highest waterfalls in the Philippines.

ALIWAGWAG FALLS: 5 Months After Typhoon Pablo
ALIWAGWAG FALLS: 4 Months After Typhoon Pablo

Four months after Super Typhoon Pablo hit my hometown of Cateel, Davao Oriental, Aliwagwag Falls along with other Wonders of Nature we have in town is slowly getting back to her shape after suffering from tremendous mauling last December 4, 2012.

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This Blogger Still Amused By The Beauty of Aliwagwag Falls

Long before Typhoon Pablo hit our town, Aliwagwag Falls is considered as the prized jewel not just of my hometown and the Province of Davao Oriental but the whole Davao Region. In fact, it is considered as one of most beautiful waterfalls in the Philippines luring tourists from different parts of the country to travel down south to see and wonder at this nature’s greatest gift to our town.

ALIWAGWAG FALLS: 5 Months After Typhoon Pablo
ALIWAGWAG FALLS: 4 Months After Typhoon Pablo

Aliwagwag Falls’ good reputation had become viral on Comcast internet and social networking sites. It became one of the preferred destinations of group tours, indie travelers and travel bloggers around the country. Photographers worshipped her. Every photo of Aliwagwag Falls became priceless. Some even landed first page on different publications and travel magazines. Different beautiful descriptions about her were made. But for us Cateeleños, Aliwagwag Falls is one true gift from Mother Nature.

ALIWAGWAG FALLS: June 2011
ALIWAGWAG FALLS: June 5, 2011

When Typhoon Pablo hit Cateel, Aliwagwag Falls was not spared. Along with all the natural wonders we’ve preserved in our town, Aliwagwag Falls was massively battered by those demonic winds brought by Pablo destroying its vast rainforests and century old trees. The mossy forest was left balding. Wild flowers and orchids were gone. Waters overflowed. For barely three hours on that horrific morning of December 4, 2012, the majestic beauty of Aliwagwag Falls was tainted.

ALIWAGWAG FALLS: April 28, 2013
ALIWAGWAG FALLS: April 28, 2013

The first photo of Aliwagwag Falls that was shared on Facebook was completely heartbreaking. I cried so hard seeing her grandeur totally in awful shape. Typhoon Pablo’s wrath smashed our precious jewel.

The first photo of ALIWAGWAG FALLS I saw on Facebook after Typhoon Pablo
The first photo of ALIWAGWAG FALLS I saw on Facebook after Typhoon Pablo

My first visit to Aliwagwag Falls two weeks after the storm was unforgettable. I have seen some of its photos prior to my visit but seeing it personally was different. My heart bled as scenery of disaster was laid before my eyes. A gangraped Aliwagwag Falls was what saw. I was speechless. Tears fell uncontrollably. But then I manage to pray and said these words in tears, “My dearest friend, please get well soon. I can’t wait to see your rebirth”. For a proud son of Cateel, I considered Aliwagwag Falls as my dearest friend.

"For a proud son of Cateel, I considered Aliwagwag Falls as my dearest friend."
“For a proud son of Cateel, I considered Aliwagwag Falls as my dearest friend.”
Playing the Cascades
Playing with the Cascades
ALIWAGWAG FALLS: I Love Thee
ALIWAGWAG FALLS: I Love Thee

Almost five months after the greatest storm, Cateel and our people are moving forward from great devastation of Pablo. People are planting again. Rice fields filled with crops are aplenty. The brown mountains are greener again. The bald trees are budding again. Nature heals in its own way. Like my people, Aliwagwag Falls is getting back to her shape too.

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Me and Our Majestic Pride

Today, the thinned rainforests are now sprouting with greens again. The beautiful multi-tiered falls look still the same – appearing like a stairway to heaven. In the not so distant future, Aliwagwag Falls will be fully restored.

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Hear Our Cry for HELP!

Along with fellow workers at #HelpCateel Movement, one of our goals is to “Rebuild a Cleaner and Greener Cateel”. Our group has done tree planting activities in various communities in our town for a month now. Clean-up drive has also been made. Last week, during our recent visit to Cateel, we launched VOLUNTOURISM, a concept that promotes tourism and volunteerism at the same time. We invite guests and tourists to visit Cateel to join us in our Tree Planting Activities and Clean-Up Drive to the different tourist spots in our hometown. Guests will be able to enjoy these destinations but at the same time help in restoring and preserving its natural beauty. Aliwagwag Falls is part of this project.

Meet My Equally Energetic Fellow Workers at HelpCateel Movement
The Energetic Prime Movers of HelpCateel Movement
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One Goal. One Family. One For Cateel.
HelpCateel Team at Aliwagwag falls: December 2012
HelpCateel Team at Aliwagwag falls: December 2012

Even battered by Pablo, the exotic beauty of the Aliwagwag Falls is still without equal. Its enticing grandeur is like no other. Without bias, I have been to the different waterfalls in our country but Aliwagwag Falls for me is still unmatched. Even right now as I am writing this, I am thinking of her unrivaled majestic beauty! You too can see her!

JOIN US. COME TO CATEEL. BE OUR GUEST. BE A VOLUNTEER.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT HELPCATEEL VOLUNTOURISM: You can call The Travel Teller at 0928.231.9131.

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POSTSCRIPT: My heartfelt gratitude to all our dearest #HelpCateel Movement’s Officers, Prime Movers and Volunteers who are until now still passionate about helping out dearest hometown of Cateel. Thank you so much for keeping that GREAT FIRE OF COMPASSION burning! Special mention to our Vice President Lualhateh D. Reyes, the only Cateel-based officer, for her untiring effort in the success of our Environment Related Activities. To all our DONORS, SPONSORS, BENEFACTORS and SUPPORTERS, salamatay gayud kamayong tanan! To our beloved people Cateel, the most resilient people on earth – the Cateeleños, KAYA NATO NGINI

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LOGO - Blog Carnival

 

 

This is my entry to the Pinoy Travel Bloggers’ Blog Carnival for June 2013 with the theme “Travel with a Cause”hosted by Grasya Bangoy of This Grasya on the Road.

ALIWAGWAG FALLS – The Pride of Cateel, Davao Oriental.

Having been raised in my charming little town of Cateel in the eastcoast Province of Davao Oriental, I grew luxuriating myself with the many spectacles of nature where my birthplace is so rich and abundant. Among these gifts of nature, all Cateeleños including myself take  so much pride with my hometown’s favorite spot, the majestic  ALIWAGWAG FALLS.

The Full View of Aliwagwag Falls from The Bridge

The Aliwagwag Falls is a series of more than 130 cascading waterfalls located in Barangay Aliwagwag, about 30 minutes drive from the town’s Poblacion. It’s a unique waterfalls dotting with different rock formations, shapes and various heights. Each tier differs from another. It ranges from 6 to 110 feet. There is one measured at 72 feet and another is at 67. Overall, Aliwagwag Falls is 1,110 feet of cascading energy and 20 meters in width. Viewing it from afar, Aliwagwag Falls looks like a stairway to heaven. Not known to many, Aliwagwag Falls is considered by hydraulic engineers as the highest waterfalls in the Philippines and regarded as one of the most beautiful falls in the Philippines. Continue reading “ALIWAGWAG FALLS – The Pride of Cateel, Davao Oriental.”