Cantingas: Philippines’ waterfalls capital

Posted at 07/23/12 9:39 AM

Sibuyan Island in Romblon province can boast of being the waterfall capital of the country. Nestled in and around the Guiting-Guiting Natural Park, the island is home to numerous waterfalls. Some have yet to be discovered within what is considered as one of the world's densest forest.

Together with ABS-CBN Foundation's Bantay Kalikasan, headed by Gina Lopez, Sports Unlimited toured Sibuyan Island to discover the many natural wonders Mount Guiting-Guiting  has to offer.

Sport Unlimited hosts Marc Nelson and Dyan Castillejo with their Bila-Bila Falls tour guide, Roselito

The Cantingas river, found in the municipality of San Fernando, is now one of the main tourism draws of Sibuyan island. It was easy to see why it was once awarded the cleanest river in the Philippines. The river was so clear you can see the rocks at the bottom from more than 40 feet above!

Before jumping into its waters, Dyan and Marc decided to zip over it first. They suited up and went up the platform that will bring them to the other side of the river.

After crossing the river, Dyan and Marc dared to jump off Cantingas’ three-level-platform.

To warm up, they tried the lower level first. Marc was brave enough to dive head first and even crazier enough to do a flip!

Gina was raring to jump off the highest platform, that was approximately 40 feet before you plunge into the river.

Marc did not need any more prodding to jump off the highest platform. All he needed was to get his bearings right and aim for the deepest part.

Dyan, at first, got nervous. But with everybody encouraging her to make the leap, she decided that there was no turning back. After all, seizing the moment is what living the Sports Unlimited life is all about!

After jumping off the platform, Dyan and Marc finally took the time to just relax and enjoy the waters of the cleanest river in the Philippines.

The team, then, was whisked away to Cajidiocan, home of more beautiful waterfalls with the clearest water that Sibuyan island is now being known for.

As soon as they arrived at the jump-off point going to Bila-Bila Falls, drum beats echoed in the air and they were greeted by the locals with dances, flowers and coconut juice.

The Bila-Bila Falls has nine levels but the team was just going to four levels since the route going there is still not established.

They met 15-year-old local Roselito, who is known in Cajidiocan as the one who knows Bila-Bila Falls best, having spent his whole childhood here.

The trek going to the waterfalls was a challenge. They had to carefully make their way through rocks and cross the river. But their young guide Roselito was quick on his feet, running and leaping his way ahead.

Along the way they even saw large chunks of marble resting abundantly near the river bed. Romblon province, after all, is known for marble.

They finally reached the fourth level, where a rock formation served as a natural slide. Dyan and Marc carefully made their way there to try it for themselves.

After the challenging trek and great dip in the waterfalls, their hosts prepared a sumptuous native feast for everyone to enjoy. Chicken and native rice cakes were more than enough to fill up their tanks again before they made their way back.

Air date: June 30, 2012