September 24, 2016

Tinuy-an Falls, Surigao del Sur, Philippines

We conquered a part of Surigao del Sur back in July 2016. There are so many places to visit in Surigao del Sur and I wish I could visit each of them. I'm glad that I was able to share this travel experience in Surigao del Sur with my family and family friends. First stop is Tinuy-an Falls. Located in Bislig, Surigao del Sur.

Tinuy-an means intentional.

The Legend of Tinuy-an Falls

Legend revealed that long before the Magdiwatu Mountain Settlers were enslaved by cruel tribesmen coming from the hinterlands of Agusan. They were mistreated by their masters and were forced to perform hard manual labor.

Tired of the maltreatment, the brave natives convened among themselves and created a plan to be free of the cruelty. So, one day, while rowing the gakit (bamboo raft) boarded by their masters, the slaves jumped off and intentionally shoved the gakit towards the waterfalls killing all their vicious masters and attaining the freedom that they longed for.

From then on, the high falling waters is called Tinuy-an Falls to commemorate the courage and gallantry of the heroic natives.

Tinuy-an Falls has three tiers. The image above is the first one. I was not able to up though since I was not too confident with my slippers. (Says the girl who climbed Tagbibinta Falls up to its 4th drop with only slippers on and held twigs on the way up! Haha!) I guess the older we get, the more we want to do stuff with more responsibility such as wearing the right gears in any activities. Just kidding, the locals wanted us to pay just so we could climb up! So everyone thought, we'll just let the drone fly and see everything for us. Hahahaha 

I remember staring at it for a while from afar, looking at how strong yet beautiful it is, hearing the strangely calming sounds of a strong impact of free falling water, feeling the splashing waters touch my skin as I walk closer and felt great to have such a beautiful place hidden in a province just nearby. 

Roll call: Kuya Melbert, Kuya Nuqui, Ate Aking, Ate Aling, Manoy Toben, Kuya Clarence, Not in the picture: Kuya Danny, and Kuya Arthur


Tinuy-an Falls, you are beautiful! I hope someday I can visit again and see more of what you have! :)

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