I was given the opportunity to visit Southwest Cebu. A priest friend of mine invited me to their Fiesta (means a feast or a festival) celebration on his Parish. This post is dedicated to this little trip to Badian, Cebu.
The Trip Starts
Badian is located a bit far from the main city of Cebu. It’s roughly 97 kilometers away from the city.
You could reach the place through public vehicles (V-hires is what they call it). Or if you have a private vehicle, then the better.
We travel as a group. (yeah, the more the merrier). 16 people to be precise. So what we did is rent a jeepney. Along with its driver, of course.
A jeepney is basically a public vehicle. But since we rent it, it would now become like a private vehicle for us.
It was a pretty long drive to the south. But I assure you it’s NOT gonna be a boring one because of the road-side views.
And since Badian is located on the west, it cannot be avoided to cross from one side of Cebu to the other side. So it’s an east to west trip. Crossing the mountainous, sloppy roads of Barili as we pass through the body of Cebu from east to west.
The road really gets curvy and sloppy in here:
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photo by Toshi de Leon
And suddenly, while on the trip is on going…
…we got a flat tire.
Do I have to worry?
- The fiesta celebration is still on the next day. (Yes, we’re actually a day ahead to savor the trip)
- Our driver is a mechanic. (This makes me more confident)
- This is part of the fun part of the trip. (got that statement? 🙂 )
The photo below shows our driver-mechanic changing the tire.
And, while he is changing tire, we indulge ourselves for a roadside lunch. Yeah, it’s like a mini picnic—but just along the road where you could see vehicles passing by.
Then we resume our trip, enjoying the nature on the roadside, gasping every road hard turns.
And then, 1 hour after….
…..we get another flat tire.
It’s on the other side of the vehicle this time.
It never get more fun than this.
We got nothing to eat this time. So what we did is take pictures on the beautiful views on the roadside.
Our driver, of course, is changing tire.
While changing, he told me that because of the several hard turns, these tires got more pressure than on the other side. For a hard right turn for example, the wheels on the right gets more pressure and stress as compare to the left wheels.
It is then that I notice that he keeps three spare tires on his vehicle.
All fix. And so, we resume the trip.
And after 4 hours of travel, we finally made it to the destination: Badian, Cebu!
This is the church where the feast of Sto.Tomas de Villanueva takes place:
photo by Fr.Cabug. note: the photo above is an old photo. It now got lots of improvements when we visited the place
And the entrance door:
Going back outside, the land is actually spacious from the outside. Lots of trees, cool breeze.
Beside the church is a bridge with running river beneath.
It’s a clear river water. You can see the stones and the dried leaves beneath it.
People are busy preparing food for tomorrow’s feast. We don’t want to interrupt them. And so we are led to a place were we could put all our things and rest from a long trip. Should we really rest? I don’t think so. 🙂
We got a short walk to a place we didn’t know. We just rely on our guide.
See that yellow plastics “zigzag-ing” above the road? It’s called Banderitas. It indicates the place is having a feast.
Taking pictures as we walk:
We travel as a group. So I was expecting we will be in one square room. But surprisingly, we are led to a green gate, then a road going to this:
We found a house down the slope. This is were we’ll be staying:
It’s a resthouse with no one occupying except us and a few caretakers.
It got a swimming pool and a beach all in one place!
17 of us occupying these beautiful place. The more fun it gets!
Here’s a photo of what’s inside the house:
A photo on the outside:
photo by Toshi de Leon
Sunset in Badian:
And we swim all day until it gets dark. 🙂
On the next day, we celebrated the fiesta (feast). Starts with a mass, followed by a sumptuous meal.
What’s good about being on the fiesta is the abundance of food! (no photo here coz I was eating.)
After the meal, we have the opportunity to visit Kawasan Falls!
But first, you have to walk a few kilometers from the church towards the falls. But don’t worry, it’s all fun because of the views as you walk along.
And remember the flowing river I talked about earlier? It actually came from Kawasan falls. That’s were we’re heading.
You will have to pass a small bridge:
Note that these are all fresh water coming directly from the waterfall.
There’s also a souvenir shop along the way:
Some local kids:
And a local folk who does balancing act all the way:
Then you will pass under the bridge this time.
I’m sure that’s an old bridge:
Shortly after, you will start to see small flowing waters. This is where Voltes V vehicles came out:
And then this:
Kawasan Falls is a three-layer waterfall system. A very populary destination to the tourist who visited Badian. It consist of three waterfalls. The waterfall you’ve seen (photo above) is just the bottom waterfall. Tables and chairs (and umbrellas) can be found alongside the river.
A wooden rafter is also provided as shown below:
To get to the second layer, you need to climb up.
Steps are molded on the ground to make it easier to climb. But it’s still not easy going up with curves and twists. But it’s all worth.
The photo below shows narrow zigzag steps going up:
Flowing water we’ve seen along the way as we climb up:
Here’s the waterfall on the 2nd level:
Lots of people enjoying the 2nd level. It also has it’s own rafters:
A lady watching the beautiful scenery:
Visitors underneath the waterfall:
Local folks says this is a “shower massage”. The sensation at your shoulders and back from the waterfall pressure is like getting a massage from the nature itself.
Special Thanks to Fr. Eduardo Cabug who sponsored the whole two days with meal, accommodation, and the Kawasan Trip.