Tinuy-an Falls, Bislig, Surigao del Sur
I have to ask for everyone’s indulgence for not being able to post anything new for the past week. I hope with this post, I’d be able to make up for it.
I was away on a 6-day arduous trip that brought me and friends to the remote city of Bislig in Surigao del Sur. It involved taking the van from Tacloban to Ormoc, then a slow boat to Cebu, then taking the plane to Davao and finally a 5-hour bus trip (2 hours of which was a jack hammer ride thru very rough roads) deep into the forest heartland of PICOP or Paper Industries Corporation’s vast logging concession – at one time reputedly known as one of Asia’s biggest timber and paper mills.
Located at the southeastern coast of Mindanao facing the Pacific Ocean, Bislig is 158 kms south of Butuan, 152 kms south of Tandag City – the capital of Surigao del Sur, and 208 kilometers northeast of Davao City.
It was a long trip but worth the taking. If only for the fact that I was able to personally see and shoot one of the best, if not the best, but lesser known waterfalls of the country – the Tinuy-an Falls in Brgy. Burboanan, Bislig City.
It is but normal for one to be struck speechless and amazed when one sees for the first time the Tinuy-an Falls – definitely THE grandest and most majestic waterfalls I’ve ever seen. It’s not an overstatement, certainly not an attempt to throw in hype to its moniker, which is the “Little Niagara Falls of the Philippines.”
Simply stunning and magnificent.
Tinuy-an Falls is a spectacular multi-tiered falls, three levels of which can easily be seen while a fourth one is hidden from view. It rises majestically to a height of a four-story building and a breathtaking width of 95 meters – said to be the widest in the country. It is nestled in a tropical rainforest with towering, century-old trees and exotic flora and fauna surrounding it.
Even now as I look at these photos, I can still imagine and hear the thundering sound it makes and feel the mist hitting my face.
Whew! Truly grand!