Surprising Asik-Asik Falls and the Saving of Hinulugang Taktak
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Surprising Asik-Asik Falls and the Saving of Hinulugang Taktak

It’s more fun in the Philippines – is the new ad phrase by the Philippine tourism. The Philippines comprises many majestic waterfalls that are great attraction to foreign tourists and locals alike. A meeting and bonding with Mother Nature such as waterfalls bring spectacular effects to everyone. Amazing sight-seeing of greens and the energetic effects of water relieves stress and fatigue from the pressures of life. Pure air is gained when one commune with these natural abode and outstanding relaxation is attained. Relax and visit the Philippines.

SURPRISING ASIK-ASIK FALLS AND THE SAVING OF HINULUGANG TAKTAK

The Philippines comprises many majestic waterfalls that are great attraction to foreign tourists and locals alike. A meeting and bonding with Mother Nature such as waterfalls bring spectacular effects to everyone. Amazing sight-seeing of greens and the energetic effects of water relieves stress and fatigue from the pressures of life. Pure air is gained when one commune with these natural abode and outstanding relaxation is attained.

Here are some famous waterfalls in the Philippines and the surprising discovery of Asik-Asik Falls.

Pagsanjan Falls is one of the famous falls located in Laguna province with its famous rapids and the boat ride has been an attraction since the Spanish Colonial time with the oldest written account in 1894. 

Tinago Falls is a waterfall in Iligan city, Southern Philippine Island of Mindanao. The word “tinago” means hidden and the falls is located in a hidden deep ravine in Iligan city, the city of majestic waterfalls. 

Maria Cristina falls is sometimes called the “twin falls” as the falls is separated by a rock. It is a landmark of Iligan city on Mindanao.

Other list of breathtaking waterfalls and their height by feet in different parts of the Philippines:

  • Tinuyan Falls: Surigao Del Sur – 180 ft
  • Mantayupan Falls: Cebu – 200 ft
  • Alalum Falls: Bukidnon – 148 ft
  • Kalatungan Falls: Bukidnon
  • Casaroro Falls: Negros Oriental – 100 ft
  • Kabigan Falls: Ilocos Norte
  • Malabsay Falls: Camarines Sur – 42.6 ft
  • Mag-aso Falls: Bohol – 25 ft
  • Cambugahay Falls: Siquijor Island
  • Taytay Falls: Laguna
  • Handigan Falls: Cebu
  • Mainit Falls: Romblon
  • Mambukal Falls: Negros Occidental
  • Sungkilaw Falls: Zamboanga Del Norte

Saving Hinulugang Taktak: Antipolo, Rizal

Hinlugang Taktak Falls is one of the most popular waterfalls in the Philippines which is part of the Hinulugang Taktak National Park in the City of Antipolo, located at Rizal province. It is particularly famous because it is the nearest waterfall from Metro Manila and including the Antipolo church as a celebrated pilgrim church. 

Over the past years, the falls slowly lost its pristine condition because of the polluted lagoon at the foot of the waterfalls, which is now almost entirely covered with garbage and thick laundry suds coming from the household upstream.

Hinulugang Taktak

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The positive side shows the green flora around the waterfalls has been preserved.

Taktak got its name from the Taktak river that crawls though five of Antipolo’s communities and from the 16th century legend about a church bell thrown down the cascading waters.

The recreation area where vacationers go for a swim and picnic was declared a national shrine in 1990 by the National Historical Institute which is now managed by the cith government and the Department of Environmental and Natural Resources.  

Professional and amateur photographers in the province are taking up the cause: To expose and draw attention on a much needed rehabilitation of Hinulugang Taktak Falls. Mutik Mulat, a freelance network of around 50 members of photographers held their “photo walk” at the falls in more than three hectares recreation site to launch a campaign of saving the waterfalls. They have move towards the subject from two angles: spotlight the degradation of the site and continue preserving the remaining beauty of the natural resources.

Their photos are now in exhibit in a shopping mall in Masinag, Antipolo to awaken public concerns and put pressure the concerned government authorities or agencies to act the rehabilitation. They also expressed to exhibit the photos on Metro Manila and nearby areas.

 Asik-Asik Falls  

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Surprising Asik-Asik Waterfalls

Asik-Asik Falls was located at Almada, one of the municipalities of North Cotabato, Philippines. Its surprising discovery, just recently was triggered by a falling Balite tree that exposed the falls. What is amazing about the falls is that there is stream above the hill where the water comes. The water is springing from the bed of rocks.

Asik comes from Illongo, one of the native languages in the Philippines which means “sprinkling,” and is now gaining popularity in the country.

  

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Reference:

15 Amazingly Beautiful Waterfalls in The Philippines by Nobert Bermosa

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Comments (9)

Thank you for your guide here.Well done!

Thank you very much Roberta.

Great information Ron on these attractions for the Philippines.

So beautiful...

As a big fan of waterfalls, would like to visit all of these in the Phillipines.

There are also many beautiful falls here in Mindanao, kabayan. Though they are not as high as the ones you listed..

Looks like fun and a nice place to visit.  Thanks for letting us know about it.

Thanks everyone, Philippines is a great place to visit specially the beaches, mountain scenic views and of course the waterfalls.

I remember that there's a folk song about Hinulugang Taktak. I really think it should be restored to its former state so that future generations could see it.

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