Friday, November 28, 2008

Marinduque: Looking for Paadjao Falls but finding Kawa Kawa instead

My buddy, Ironwulf, was here in marinduque years ago and tells us about this beautiful falls called paadjao. Lantaw and I were only eager to see this spectacle and having a hired jeep at our disposal, we thought we would be able to do so. Tough luck as our driver and the locals in Sta. Cruz weren't able to tell us exactly how to find it. Later on, we found out it was located merely 15-20 minutes away from Boac, in Mogpog. Oh well, seems like a nice incentive for us to go back for.

It's not the first time it happened to me anyway. When i was in Camiguin years back, none of the locals I approached was able to tell me where the old Moro watchtower was in Guinsiliban. In Roxas this last summer, the locals led us to the Smart tower instead of the Moro watch tower. It certainly seems a case of lack of coordination between the local tourism group and the locals. but I digress.
I'm happy to share this very tranquil scenes from Kawa Kawa falls in Brgy. Bangkuangan in Sta. Cruz. The falls are approximately an hour's drive away from Gasan where we found our homebase and is accessible via tricycle or jeepney from the main road. The main basin is called Kawa-Kawa, after the vernacular for wok or deep frying pan.T here are several dramatic cascades surrounding the falls although personally, I wish the people left the falls in its most natural states as the development detracted from the look of the falls. An entrance fee of P5.00 is charged for the upkeep of the place which can benefit from less trash from its visitors.

10 comments:

aquamarine said...

what can i say..wow..so breathtaking!you are absolutely a crackerjack!!!

lagal[og] said...

thanks aquamarine :D first time somebody called me a crackerjack instead of a crackpot which i'm admittedly am :))

the donG said...

ang ganda ng kuha nung unang picture oggie. makikita naman dito na kahit yung agos lang kayang pagandahin pag ikaw kumukuha.

itong post na to tugma sa nangyari sa amin ni oman sa nueva vizcaya at dinagalan. hehehe... may mga dapat kaming puntahan na waterfalls, pero ni isa hindi namin napuntahan sa dahilan na maulan at malakas ang agos. pero enjoy npa rin kasi dami ding nakitang alternative na lugar.

siguro nga karaniwan nangyayari to sa mga byahero. tama ka nga na hindi alam ng mga locals ang magagandang spots. kulang sa coordination.

Lawstude said...

the beauty of the photo is a given. what amazes me in this post is the fact that dom and i have the similar experience with falls in our weekend trip. we have at leat two falls to go to in our itinerary but due to bad weather and rains, we were not able to see them. maybe next time.

lagal[og] said...

dom and oman, i think sometimes, places are meant to be found and sometimes, to be missed so we can come back and try to find them. i guess it's like that in life -- at times, we're looking for some thing and find something else. happy tripping!

the donG said...

very well said oggie.

Sidney said...

Looks like Kawa Kawa was worth the trip...
Looks very mysterious and remote to me....

Allan Barredo said...

nice captures bai, ayos lang kahit hinde natin napuntahan ang paadjao, nasa mogpog pala yun e we were looking for it sa sta. cruz :D. I saw some photos of Paadjao sa flickr and mukhang maganda rin sya puntahan. pero ayos na ayos pa rin ang kawa-kawa falls

lagal[og] said...

sidney, it's nice and charming in its own way and certainly a good find.

bai allan, dapat alam din ng mga sta. cruz yung lugar kasi di naman kalakihan ang probinsiya :D

leitot said...

ai abaw ai mganda pla dun, ai kming tgadine ai d man lmang nkakahayun dun,. ai haduy!

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