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Boiling Mambukal

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Rivers are storied places. . . . Rivers tease the imagination. They are an important part of the remembered landscapes of youth.—Resil Mojares, “Remembering Rivers”

Hot Spring. Right below the trees of fruit bats.

A place mostly originates its name from a unique character it possess. Mambukal, from the root word bukal, which  means boil in Cebuano. Magpabukal og tubig. To boil water. Perhaps it derived its name from the famed hot spring. It is not surprising to find one in the area since it is the entrance to Mt. Kanlaon through Wasay trail, considered as the toughest route. Unfortunately, I haven’t had the chance to journey this route—optimistically looking forward to it this year.

Fruit Bats. A writer friend said, "Jona is a fruit bat."

I don’t know how the management maneuvered the resort for less environmental damages. With the presence of a good population of fruit bats, perhaps it is not alarming yet.

Morning. It swells with small worlds

I started the day at six in the morning walking around. A self-proclaimed river goddess I found happiness trailing the river up to its falls with the companion of a painter/fine arts professor/columnist  from Cebu Radel Paredes.

Sir Radz: An unexpected yet welcome companion

The riverbed is slippery as well as the rocks. I know we were being reckless since we didn’t ask permission from the management to trek the river up, and we were strangers, geographically speaking.

Rivers are storied places.

Yet, I often rely on my intuition. After an hour of upstream, finally we heard the boisterous falls. We smiled. We made it.

Til-as. Its hair is its armor.

Stubborn Belief. Flowers save us.

Lagoon for canoeing with canoes went missing.

Mambukal Resort

Again and again, isn't falls a river falling? (Radel Paredes)

Water. The plurality of morning dews, the singularity of the lagoon water.

Canopy Walk. We spotted this on our way back to the resort.

Jona | Backpacking with a Book

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4 Comments

  1. chino says:

    ang ganda kelangan talaga makapunta na ako dito this december .. thanks for the info

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