Tinuy-an Falls of Bislig

Think of your life as a waterfall; it may come crashing down at some point, it may have its ups and downs, but in the end, it will continue to flow. – Anonymous

I would like to say that this cascade is by far, my most favourite one in the Philippines. A beauty contained in its sheer majesty, draped in white water curtains that span the length and height of the cliff that it leaps. The sound of water crashing doewn below seems to tell visitors of its might, commanding everyone to marvel on its breath-taking beauty amidst the greens of Burboanan.

Tinuy-an Falls with a bonus rainbow
Tinuy-an Falls with a bonus rainbow

This is Tinuy-an Falls, the beautiful gem of Bislig City. Surigao del Sur’s pride and main tourist attraction.

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Hinatuan’s Enchanted River

One of the weekend getaways to try in the Philippines is the visit to the province of Surigao del Sur in the island of Mindanao. This province takes pride of their fast-becoming popular natural spots – one in the town of Hinatuan and the other, in the city of Bislig.

You may start your weekend journey by hopping on a plane bound for Butuan City or take an overnight boat ride for Nasipit, Agusan del Norte.

A ferry boat at Cebu Port for an overnight trip to Nasipit, Agusan del Norte
A ferry boat at Cebu Port for an overnight trip to Nasipit, Agusan del Norte

Since I was not in a hurry and because this was a bit spontaneous, I chose to take on a Cokaliong ferry from Cebu. It was an overnight trip crossing the Bohol Sea, arriving at the port of Nasipit at dawn. From the port, you may either take a trike or a jeepney to bring you to the Nasipit bus terminal. At the terminal, take the bus with the Mangagoy signboard. Most of the buses and vans use Mangagoy instead of Bislig.

A regular bus at the Nasipit Bus Terminal
A regular bus at the Nasipit Bus Terminal

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S is for Surigao del Sur

It used to be a territorial domain of the Mamanuas and the Manobos. When the people of Austronesian descent came to live with the aborigines, the land was named Saliagao , which later became Surigao by the inhabitants. In 1960, Surigao was split into 2 provinces: del Norte and del Sur. The province of Surigao del Sur became the 56th province. Now, it has 2 cities, Tandag and Bislig and 17 municipalities.

Found at the northeast portion of Mindanao, Surigao del Sur belongs to CARAGA region. It is bordered by Agusan del Norte and Agusan del Sur in the east, Surigao del Norte in the north, the Pacific Ocean on the East and Davao Oriental in the south.

Throughout the year, Surigao del Sur experiences rainfall. Rainy season is from November to March. July to October is the dry period. September is the driest month while January is the wettest.

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