Kawasan Falls Cebu Philippines I have an obsession with rivers, living, rushing rivers. They burst with life. They are destined to flow, to be perpetually moving. They never know what stagnation feels like. When I think of a living river, I think of Kawasan—my favorite among the many rivers I have trekked and been to. Kawasan’s location is remarkable. Most living rivers I have known are in the bosoms of mountain ranges, cocooned in the great unknown; while Kawasan is the tail of the entire river system—a wilderness found at a walkable distance from the highway. During my last traverse […]
“Piyesta ron sa among parokya, day! Naay daghang kaon! Pwede mo maimbitar?” said a man in his early 50s drinking on the shore with younger men. I knew they were curious about my companion, a beautiful Japanese maiden. “Libre, K’ya?” I smirked. It is hard to say no to food. “O, oy! Dali! Adto ta ninyo!” I told Midori about it. She was game for it. The then-chapel by the road leading to Kawasan is now a church. And most of its surroundings are cemented.
Kawasan Falls, Matutinao, Badian, Cebu, Philippines It was a sleepless night. I was reading this poem in the wee hours of the morning at McDonald’s Mango while waiting for Mara, the PR consultant of Terra Manna Camping and Resort. I didn’t know that we would visit the river that kept on flowing in my memory. Rivers are ardent travelers and drifters. Rivers are lives not lived.
Transits are as important as arrivals and departures or perhaps more important even enlightening. Departures are the packings of life, arrivals the unpacking; while transits are the search for it. In trekking, thoughts, realizations often occur in the gaps between A and B, between hills, between two beings. Osmeña Peak is point A and Kawasan Falls point B; between them are the cicadas singing. Osmeña Peak, Cebu’s roof, is perhaps the moodiest mountains on the island. A minute change of weather greatly affects her. A simple drizzle can cause zero visibility. The rolling erratic peaks disappear and reappear in a […]