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Bayugin is not just a waterfall

Bayugin Vicinity, 28 May 2014

A local guide and a guest on their way to Bayugin Falls.

A local guide and a guest on their way to Bayugin Falls.

Lapinig, one of the hardest woods there is and a critically endangered species stills stands proudly in Bayugin.

Lapinig, one of the hardest woods there is and a critically endangered species still stands proudly in Bayugin.

The waters of Bayugin is so fresh and clean, you can drink straight from it.

The waters of Bayugin is so fresh and clean, you can drink straight from it.

Two days ago I took the above photo of my guest with a local guide trekking the heart of a tropical mountain forest while I was trailing slowly at a distance for some flora shoots.  The rushing waters of Bayugin Falls can be heard clearly while walking on this  mountain trail adding a dash of excitement to the short trek.

I was just expecting a medium-sized waterfall since I have already seen a lot of photos of  Bayugin Falls from several web sites promoting Bulusan tourism and travel. But Bayugin to my surprise  is more than that.  Bayugin is a visual treat — enchanting and magical.  Pitch perfect for a fairy land scenery complete with a tropical forest picnic grove, crystal clear natural pool endlessly flowing to the lower slopes of the forested Bayugin Falls’ vicinity.

The center piece of course is Bayugin Falls that fills the air and the dense greenery with the sound of a rushing stream flowing happily.

Bayugin Falls is the centerpiece of a tropical forest picnic grove.

Bayugin Falls is the centerpiece of  this tropical forest picnic grove.

The picnic grove is a scene straight from fairy land.

The picnic grove is a scene straight from fairy land.

According to Abraham Tan, the chief researcher of the Bulusan Historical Society, the name Bayugin originated from the word Bayog, a species of bamboo growing in Kapangihan (San Francisco) the village where Bayugin is a ‘sitio.’

Local boys enjoying summer plunge in Bayugin River

Local boys enjoying their daily summer plunge in Bayugin River

Local children were enjoying immensely the cool waters of Bayugin River just beside the waterfall  the short minutes that we were there.  The boys dive, plunge and swim in the freshest and cleanest of inland body of water I have ever seen in Bulusan as we snapped the beauty around us.

I was mesmerized.

Note: The mountain village of San Francisco (also called Kapangihan in Bulusan) can be reached via tricycle from the Poblacion of Bulusan. Tricycle fare costs 15 pesos one way.

Photos: Alma Gamil

Bulusan, Sorsogon, Philippines

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