LOCATION: Mt. Kalatungan Range, Talakag, Bukidnon (via Kaulayanan, Lirongan, Talakag)
FEATURES: Paniningawan Falls is approximately 100-meter high waterfall amazingly hidden in verdant wall of Mt. Kalatungan Range in Talakag Area. The falls is accessible via Sitio Kaulayanan in Brgy. Lirongan through non-jokingly 5 hour trek crossing through rivers and ridges, in which two hours is spent for river trekking. The falls streams down to Manupali na Maliga (Red River), which meets Manupali na Maputi (White River) in an intersection locally known as Sabangan. There is no established trail going to the falls.
|Paniningawan Falls seen from Dangyaka Ridge|
|Manupali na Maliga (Red River) leads to Paniningawan Falls|
Paniningawan is derived from Talaandig term "paniningaw" meaning to look down below as in you're on a balcony. Tales say that during Japanese invasion, seven sisters were seized by Japanese men (other folks say Maguindanaons) up to the mountain. The sisters finally reached the falls (I can't imagine them being chased in extremely difficult uphill for long hours). When the sisters had no escape, they decided to hold one another and for once, jumped to their death down the 100 meter waterfall. Their predators, drooling for the beautiful maidens, just watched them from above. (Source: Wilfen Talian of Sitio Kaulayanan)
|A pool above the falls which is said to be 30 feet deep|
THINGS TO CONSIDER:
1. Kaulayanan, though a part of Talakag, is very easily accessed via Lantapan.
2. Kaulayanan is 5 kms away from highway of Basac, Lantapan.
3. Habalhabal is the only means of transportation to Kaulayanan from Kibanggay, Lantapan.
4. The weather is really cool, since the sitio is located at the shoulders of Mt. Kalatungan Range fronting Mt. Kitanglad Range.
5. Paniningawan Falls takes 5 hours trek (at average pace) from Kaulayanan.
6. Two hours is spent on trekking Red River.
7. There is no established trail going to Paniningawan Falls.
8. Multiple ridges to cross have extremely sloping terrain and are abundant with thorns, loose rocks and poison ivies.
9. Guide fee is P500.00 per day.
10. You may pitch a tent at the Sitio when you plan to stay overnight.
HOW TO GET THERE:
A. Easier but Expensive Option = P210.00
-From Malaybalay transport terminal, take a jeepney bound for Brgy. Kibanggay (Lantapan) costing P60.00. Hire a habalhabal direct to Sitio Kaulayanan (of Brgy. Lirongan, Talakag) costing P150.00. Look for a guide (P500/day).
B. Tiring but Cheaper Option = P90.00
-From Malaybalay transport terminal, take a jeepney bound for Brgy. Kibanggay (Lantapan) costing P60.00. Hire a habalhabal to Brgy. Basac costing P30.00. Hike 5 km uphill to Sitio Kaulayanan (of Brgy. Lirongan, Talakag) costing a lot of sweat and muscle pain. Look for a guide (P500/day).
Contact: Christian Dave C. Talian on FB