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The Mystical Sumucab Twin Falls

“Tatlong bundok at walong ilog ang aking tinawid, tatlong limatik din ang walang awang nanamantala ng aking katawan, marating ka lamang!”

I posted this on my IG a few days ago during our #CavEAT exploration together with some of my blogger friends. When I was invited to join this eco-tourism event, I readily said Yes without any hesitations. I guess I’ve been watching too much travel shows from Travel Channel that’s why I am very curious what and how it feels like trekking on a virgin tropical and swampy forest. Episodes from “Globe Trekker Asia” and “Pacific” were flashing in my mind and it looks fun to me. Now, as I write this post, I realize that I am after for the challenge more than the fun part of it. I’m nearly on my mid-40s and there is still this hunger in me to try things I could have done two decades ago.

So I packed my backpack and head to Cavinti, Laguna. 

Cavinti is a third class municipality in the province of Laguna. It is situated on the eastern side of the province of Laguna.The town is bounded by the municipality of Lumban in the north, Sampaloc and Mauban Quezon in the east, Pagsanjan in the west, and by Luisiana in the south. It has 19 barangays which include the Brgy Sumucab where you can find the mystical Sumucab Twin Falls.

Photo Credit : Herald Bebis 


Challenge accepted

Passing through several rice fields and coconut plantations, the trek started well until we entered the forest area.  (This trail does not have a name yet so let’s just call it the “Sumucab Trail”) Along the way, thick, wet and slippery mud due to intermittent rainfall will test your flexibility, endurance, balance and your willingness to stay alive. We walk barefooted to avoid slipping down and to have control over our balance from the muddy and rocky trail.  There were some areas that the mud is almost knee deep and your slippers, no matter what brand, is nothing compared to the almost “quicksand” quality of the soft mud.

During the trek, you will be greeted by various bugs such as ants, spiders and the most popular of ‘em all, the “limatik”. I should have known this earlier so I can wear leggings instead of wearing shorts.

After two hours of trek, the Twin falls of Sumucab welcomed us with its splendid beauty.   



A hidden gem



Like any treasure hunting stories we have seen in the movies, all the treasures were hidden and only the brave the brightest and the deserving can only witness the hidden and rarest gems. The waterfalls giggles excitedly on its journey across its rough rock path. It feels that the “twins” were very happy to see us.

We had our lunch while admiring the beauty of the twins. A sumptuous lunch of chicken adobo, fried tilapia and shrimp okoy was prepared for us by the locals, enough to nourish our tired body.

And finally, we immersed ourselves in the icy cold water and ran like a child into its mothers’ arms. The refreshing water energized us and prepared us for our next journey.


Saying Goodbye

Saying goodbye is never an easy thing, so as the song goes.

We took the “river trail” expecting that it will be a lot easier and faster. I crossed eight rivers, saw dead snakes, got bitten three times by limatik, experienced foot/leg cramps thrice, crawled under a fallen tree and perfected my balancing act on the various rocks and boulders in the river.

But I enjoyed this trail better than the “Sumucab trail”. I had fun waddling my feet in the cold yet calm river. I even managed to pose for the camera knowing that I made it this far.



  
How to get there:

1. Ride Sta. Cruz Laguna bound DLTB or HM Transit Bus in Buendia Terminal or Cubao Terminal
2. Bus fare to Sta. Cruz, Laguna is Php 140-150 pesos (air-con bus)
3. Drop off at HM / GreenStar Transport terminal
3. Ride a jeep going to Sta. Cruz market and from there ride the Lumban-Cavinti Jeep
4. Ride a tricycle going to the town proper 

Reminder :
1. It is very dangerous to visit the Twin Falls without any local guide. Register first with the tourism office and ask for an accredited guide.
2. Make sure you are physically fit before the trek. 
3. Always bring and apply mosquito repellant lotion
4. Wear hiking shoes or sandals. The trek requires your body to be on top condition because there is a lot of walking.
5. Have something to refuel your body and have it placed on a back-pack during hiking/trekking.
6. Wear  hat to protect your head and skin.
7. Wear leggins as much as possible. You need to protect your lower body from getting scratched and sliced by grass. Also to protect you from mosquitoes and limatik.
8. In case, bring pain reliever tablet to help soothe your body from aches after all those strenuous activities.

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Four (4) Ways on How to Turn Your Birthday into a Party with a Cause

I recently attended an event entitled “Dinner for the Missions” with  Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, Archbishop of Manila and John L. Allen, Jr, Senior Vatican Analyst of CNN and author of the Future Church last 13 March 2014 held at The Elements, Eton Centris in Quezon Avenue. Aside from the talk about the future Church, the event is also a celebration and a fund raising project for the 50th anniversary of the Divine Word Seminary in Tagaytay City.


Yes I am a Catholic, but unlike other devotees, I don’t hear mass that often and attending that “religious” event was never planned. The ticket was just given to me for free and just for the sake of “wag masayang” and for the free food, I gladly said yes.  I said to myself that it will be an opportune time for me to wear a bloggers hat and practice my event blogging skills.

A MISSION

A thought struck me while listening to Cardinal Tagle’s definition of  Mission. He said that we should stop complaining, instead do something to make it right. We should never complain and rant about the government not doing anything  to eradicate hunger. He said that we should just do our share to help the government. He also expressed his views about Social Media, he said that the Church should maximize the use of Social Media to reach the people.

Conversation with Cardinal Tagle and CNNs John Allen

A VISION

Birthdays can be a platform for social change and anyone has the power to motivate others to give back to society. I encourage you to start your event for a cause campaign now and let us make a difference.

Listed below are four (4) ways on how to turn your birthday into a party with a cause. I shortlisted 4 institutions that you may consider as your beneficiary.

A Happy Birthday Party with the RSCC Kids

Reception and Study Center for Children (RSCC) is a residential care facility for the abandoned, dependent, abused, exploited, and orphaned children aged six years old and below. RSCC is committed in providing effective programs and services for children victims of abuse and whose life and safety are at risk, developing competence in different discipline in handling cases of child abuse, and providing appropriate placement whether it be with their families or other alternative placement.

Address : Misamis St., Bago Bantay, Quezon City
Contact Details : 927-4244 / 926-6750
Sponsor a  Feeding Program at Ulingan,Tondo with Project Pearls

Project Pearls focuses its outreach efforts in the slum communities in Tondo, Manila, particularly in ULINGAN and Helping Land. Both communities sit on a dumpsite where children have no choice but to live with garbage, mosquitoes, flies and vermin. Children and families in Ulingan also live on soot and around toxic smoke from the charcoal factories.

Young children work either at the charcoal factories and/or at the dumpsite as scavengers.

Photo Credit : Project Pearls Website

For 2014, Project Pearls will be feeding between 100 to 150 children at the Pearls Day Care Center and will be distributing meals to the children working in the charcoal factories. Budget is $100 or Php 4,000.

Contact Person : Abie Ramos - Laguerta 
                              Birthday Coordinator
                              abie@projectpearls.org
Website             : www.projectpearls.org

Provide Spiritual and Emotional Suppport to Single Mothers at Nazareth Homes (Kaisang Buhay Foundation)

The Kaisang Buhay Foundation also provides services to expectant single mothers a hoslistic and rehabilitative service which includes food, shelter, medical care (per-natal, childbirth, post-natal through the hospital), casework and counseling, value formation and spiritual growth, skills training and personality development and family therapy. The service operates a home for single mothers called Nazareth Home that can accommodate twenty (20) single mothers at a given time.

Address             :  #56 10th Avenue, Cubao, Quezon City
Contact Details : 911-4180 / 912-1159 / 421-4075
Email                 : kbf@kbf.ph
Website             : www.kbf.ph

Actress Yasmin Curdi celebrated her birthday with the Single Pregnant Moms of Nazareth Homes
Photo Credit : www.pep.ph

Give the Gift of Music at the Golden Acres, Home for the Aged

The Golden Acres, Home for the Aged provides care to senior citizens aged 60 and above, both and female who are abandoned, neglected and needy. 

Address               : Misamis St., Bago Bantay, Quezon City
Contact Details   : 929-1187 / 426-685


The Pag-IBIG Fund Chorale with the "Young at Hearts"
If you have any other ideas or recommendations, please leave me a comment. Who knows I might consider it for my 40th Birthday this coming October 2014. Thank you for helping.

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