Sunday, November 9, 2008

Enchanting Kabigan Falls

Yesterday, we had not only a nature tripping but also an environment advocacy activity since we from the Green Ilocos Norte and Network Advocacy (GINNA) group headed by our president Shermon Cruz with members Alaric, Judelyn, Freda, Jennifer, Pauline, Arnel, Andie, Neil and Dr. Julius went to visit the Kabigan Falls. We went there with the objective to survey the status of the waterfalls and be of help in the conservation of this natural wonder. We were assisted by the tourism officer Jose Morata of Pagudpud to get to the place.

The term “kabigan” was derived from the word “kaibigan” or “magkaibigan” to which has its own story to tell about the origin of the place. Kabigan Falls has an approximate height of 87 feet with a concave basin underneath to catch the water perfect for the guests and tourists to swim at and enjoy its water. The water was totally very cold when I took a dip. I never wasted time to savor the beauty and wonder of this site.

We trekked for about 30 minutes starting from the highway which has a distance of 1.8km. It has an easy trail to follow, a thick foliage to keep you shaded and you have to cross a couple of streams originating from the waterfalls. Along the way, you can view panorama of the mountain ranges, the rice fields, some carabaos, exotic plants and fruits. The said waterfalls is located in Baranggay Balaoi in the Pagudpud town of Ilocos Norte.

This is exactly an amazing treasure of Ilocandia. A sight to behold. It is our prayer that it can be conserved for the future’s generation to enjoy.

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