Friday, January 17, 2014

CEDAR: ANOTHER BUKIDNON'S WEEKEND GETAWAY

 


CEDAR, Center for Ecological Development and Recreation, in Impalutao, Impasugong, Bukidnon is another adventure spot in the province. It is situated just beside the highway. It is equipped with a very cool manmade swimming pool, sourcing from the natural springs surrounding the area. CEDAR is also a reforestation project site of the tribe-dominated town of Impasugong. It has a camping site, venue, basketball court and picnic amenities


Upon entering the area, trees and a shade of green grace the pathway.

One of the impressive buildings

A hall used for seminars and any other functions

The camping site

The giant spider web

The very simple swimming pool


The footbridge crossed by trekkers looking for adventure

 
THE ADVENTURE...

CEDAR has four major falls- Gantungan, Natigbasan, Makabayot and Dila, which can be trekked in less than an hour. These falls are not in series, meaning each comes from a different river source except for Makabayot, which is a product of both Gantungan and Natigbasan.

Top view of NATIGBASAN FALLS. Upon the first minutes of trekking,
a howling sound implies a big fall. If you are brave enough,
you can go down and follow the river and get closer to the top of the falls.


GANTUNGAN FALLS

GANTUNGAN FALLS. A footbridge is built above its river source

Top View of Gantungan Falls

Gantungan River makes the falls

The foot bridge to be crossed over Gantungan River for more adventure

NATIGBASAN FALLS

Around ten minutes of trekking, the front view of Natigbasan Falls catches everyone in awe

MAKABAYOT FALLS

A difficult downsloping trail between Natigbasan and Dila leads to Makabayot Falls

Makabayot Falls is just 15 feet high

DILA FALLS
A trail will lead you to the top of DILA FALLS


Another trail will bring you to view the falls from below


You can get closer to see Dila Falls in its full glory
You have to do backtrail after communing with the falls



FURTHER ADVENTURE...


For adventurers, trekking has not yet ended. An adventurer would never settle just watching the falls. It's no time to go home unless he's had enough playing with them. So waterfalling is just about to begin...


A not-so-clear trail leads down to the river

A dry bag is very essential. This will save your gadgets and may serve as your life saver

Going close to the base of Gantungan Falls requires swimming since the water is really high

A cavern formation further excites the trekker to move closer


Gantungan Falls shot inside the cavern
 

Rivertrekking the way down will lead you to see Natigbasan Falls in its full glory


The cool water is really irresistible


One can even get right down the falls

Beside the falls is a soothing, bubbling waters where you can dip in

Going further below Natigbasab Falls is Makabayot Falls, whic is suitable for diving or jumping

Upon going back, you can rinse yourself and drink from a clear spring



OTHERS...


River trekking in a complete safety gears is highly recommended

Natigbasan Falls

Bouldering in Fatigbasan Falls



Being an adventurer from this part of the country, I have gone to CEDAR countless times but going back to the place always excites me. I know I haven't had enough of it yet. For sure, there are still lots of spots in CEDAR I haven't yet explored.
 
HOW TO GET THERE:

From Malaybalay City, take a bus bound to CDO. A 30-minute travel will take you to Brgy. Impalutao, Impasugong. Right beside the highway, a CEDAR sign board is clearly visible. From there, just hike around 1 km to reach all the major waterfalls.

From CDO, travel time to Impalutao takes about 2 hours by bus.

39 comments:

  1. Cool! Lalo ako na excite! Sir, may contact ka po na pwede mag guide?

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  2. hello sir ! gusto jud kaayo ko mag anha sa akong day off. naa kay kaila na pwede ma contact didto para sa guide ? ug kung mag sakay kog bus sir from malaybalay, ilado nana sa bus driver ang CEDAR ?

    -kaiser

    -kaiser

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    1. hi, kaiser. pwede ra ka maghire ug bata nga local guide didto. naa ra gyud sa highway ang entrance ani. kaila ang drivers ani--- ang uban driver, swimming pool ilang nailhan nga name.

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  3. Sir, paano po ba makakarating sa Natigbasan Falls at Makabayot Falls? Yung Gantungan at Dila Falls lang kasi yung nakita namin. Plano din kasi naming bumalik next month para puntahan lahat ng falls. Hoping an answer from you, Thank you.

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    1. hi, saso. there are trails heading down to the river where you need to trek and see the falls from base. makabayot has its own tricky trail too...

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  4. May contact number po kayo ng CEDAR? Kaha ni sa mga beginner na itrek?

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    1. hi, shariff. thanks for reading. sorry, i have no contact sa cedar. no need for booking man pud kay simple ra sya nga trek. yes, kaya ra kaayo ni sa mga beginners.

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  5. Sir,,unsa to nga falls ang naa sa pinaka last picture??? ubos pa to sa natigbasan? maagian sya if e rivertrek?

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    1. Hi, anonymous. It can be trekked just below natigbasan falls. But be very careful, rocks are so slippery and current is strong. They call it Makabayot Falls. Try to visit it and find out why. Haha.

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  6. Hi Sir Tupe! Your blog really excites me. I just wanna ask if unsa katugnaw dira? I've been to Lake Agco and that is, so far pinakatugnaw nga lugar na amoang na adtoan. Same lang ba sila para maka prepare mi. Thank you and God bless sa mga trip nimo Sir. :)

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    1. thanks for reading, nicole. yes, tugnaw gihapon sa cedar kay napuno sya ug kahoy. pero mas tugnaw sa lake agco. and cedar is just beside the highway and if you need place to stay, i recommend sa malaybalay nalang, 30 minutes away ra man.

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    2. I see. Salamat sa advise! We we'll definitely go there on of this days. :D

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  7. Hi sir tupe, kaya ba sya itrek ang 3 falls for a day lang?

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    1. hi, pam. yes kaya lang sya i-trek for half day. sulit kaayo adtoan kay aside nga duol ra sila sa highway, duol ra pud sila sa usag-usa. enjoy!

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  8. As in sir? Hala uy! na excite ko. Adtoon jud namu na sir. Thank you sa info sir. Godbless!

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  9. Hi sir,ask lang ko.kung ok lang ba ma stayhan ang campsite sa cedar..naa bay water source?og dili ba delikado?duha ra man gud mi...salamat

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    1. yes, ok lang ma-stayhan didto. no probs ang water source, toilet and security. naay guard didto. make sure lang adlaw pa mo kaabot nga naa pa ang caretaker.

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    2. ahhhh ok sir.,hehehehe sir unsa ang ilhanan kung asa mi mag baba gkan sa highway?mabaktas ra man gkan sa kanto hantud sa cedar sir no?salamat

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    3. sa gate mismo sa CEDAR manaug sa barangay impalutao. if gikan malaybalay, naa sa right side naay sign board sa CEDAR. uban bus driver, swimming pool ilang nabal-an nga name sa CEDAR.

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  10. hi Sir,thanks sa pagshare. Ask lang ko if open ba sila ug saturday or kanang holiday?

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    1. hi, kath. thanks for dropping by. yes, open ang CEDAR everyday. mas daghan gani tao kun weekends ug holidays. enjoy!

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  11. Hi Everyone. My my boyfriend is a tour guide. He and his co-tour guide friends can help you. Feel free to contact me :) Facebook account: Lyciel Mae R. Mabalo or Chay Mabalo

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  12. Hi sir.. May overnight stay po ba sa cedar?

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    1. hi. i stayed there overnight many times. if you want to do the same, make sure you arrive there early so you could meet the caretaker/s by office hours (8am-5pm). just coordinate with him/them.

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    2. Thanks po sa info.... If ever mag cook kami dun sir meron bang malutuan dun or we need to bring something nga malutuan. May tindahan din po ba nearby. We will visit cedar this thursday po! 😊😊😊 mag overnight stay mi didto...

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    3. hi, gladys. i would like to apologize for not having attended your query. cedar is a typical campsite with facilities. now, i'm sure you already saw it for yourself. i hope you enjoyed your stay there.

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  13. hello cedar. good day. pwede mag over night diha sa cedar :)

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    1. yes, john. just bring your own camping tent and other gears.

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  14. magkano po ba ang mga fees doon sa cedar?

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  15. Hi! may available tour guide po dito for trekking sa CEDAR? Thanks for replies :)

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  16. Hi, Fernan! Tour guide is not needed na dito. Very easy lang naman ang area. But if you want one, pwede ka magpahanap sa registration area. Enjoy!

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  17. Good Evening Sir,
    Ang Camping Site or Accommodation Units naay mga toilet/shower nearby? I plan to bring family and friends for staying overnight or two maybe 3,4.
    Do you happen to know how much is the rates/day for Camping Site or Accommodation Units?

    Thanks in advance.

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    1. Hi, Kayak Domain! Sorry, this reply might be quite late. Yes, there is toilet and water source near the campsite. Since the site is operated by LGU, rates are guaranteed affordable. My latest info years ago about camping/overnight rate was P25.00 per head and room rate was 300/night. These rates might be higher for now.

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  18. HELLO SIR TUPE, MY FIANCE AND I ARE PLANNING TO GO THERE . MAY FEE PO BA IF MAY TOUR SA MGA FALLS ?

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    1. Hi. You'll just pay P10.00 entrance. Then you're free to roam around...
      ENJOY!!!

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