July 10, 2013
Kawasan Falls, Badian, Cebu

Manila Bulletin | Writing the Muse

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 […]
April 6, 2013

Townhopping 2013: Kawasan for the Nth Time (And It Still Surprises Me)

“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. 
March 2, 2012

Mary Oliver | A River Far Away and Long Ago

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. 
September 19, 2011

Osmeña Peak: The Erratic

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 […]