In awe of Katibawasan Falls

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The beautiful Katibawasan Falls as seen from the descending steps
The beautiful Katibawasan Falls as seen from the descending steps

It was a walk down memory lane, as I literally descended the steps that lead to Camiguin’s iconic waterfall, Katibawasan Falls. The first and last time I visited this was 23 years ago, as a teenager who visited the island with seminarians from my high school alma mater, Don Bosco in Cebu City.

It was my second time to see a waterfall, the first was Mantayupan Falls in Barili and like any other teenager new to adventure, I was in awe. Twenty three years later, that sense of wonder at seeing the 250 foot cascade was still there. It was still beautiful, slender as always and dropping to a cool pool below.

Much has changed in the area though. Tourist shops, stores and eateries now line the place before the entrance. There’s now a gate and mandatory entrance fee. But once you go down the steps, and the wonder and magic of Katibawasan returns.

The waterfall as seen near the entrance
The waterfall as seen near the entrance
The falls as seen from the base
The falls as seen from the base

Katibawasan Falls is around 5 kilometers from the town proper of Mambajao, the provincial capital. You can hire a multicab or a habal-habal to reach the area.

Estan Cabigas is freelance photographer, blogger and writer based in Makati City, the Philippines. A true blue Cebuano, he makes stunning images and meaningful photo stories. His work has been published in local and international publications including National Geographic Magazine, Geo (Germany), Sunday Times Magazine (London) and other publications.

He is also a peripatetic traveler and has traveled to all 81 Philippines provinces.

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