For someone whose greatest achievement in life so far has been successful in including the word ‘flirt’, three times, in the college yearbook self-description – despite proofreads – Bega Falls in Agusan del Sur is definitely my spirit waterfall.

Legend has it that female mythical creatures used their flirting skills to lure men and drowned them in the 3-tier waterfall, thus the name. I find the lore more fascinating than disturbing.

Being a huge fan of the reality TV series, Survivor, I must say that the best social strategy I love the most which have been very riveting to me involved a whole lot of flirting. Parvati Shallows, a charming, attractive, smart, and athletic woman has been the most successful in incorporating flirting in her strategy in the game. She had been so good at spinning men around to get what she wanted then eventually voted them off the game without any tinge of remorse. Her cutthroat strategy has catapulted her to a Survivor legend status and until now her legacy is always feared throughout the game.

Parv is going back in the 40th season of Survivor, an All-Winners Season, next year. It is logical to predict that she’ll be an early boot, primarily because of her legacy. Still, I’ll be putting my money on her because she’s that clever and resourceful.

So, going back to Bega Falls. It is comforting to realize that legend and nature approve of dark flirting. We’ve seen animals consume their mates after sex like the black widow spiders and praying mantis. This dark lore of Bega Falls has somewhat cemented the idea that some kind of flirting can actually be so intense it can be legendary. I’m not hoping that the legend is true – because it’s a legend, to say the least – but among any legends, this is slowly becoming my top favorite.

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Aside from the Agusan Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary, Bega Falls is one of the most famous destinations in Agusan del Sur. Not sure why it took me so long to hear about the place but I’m glad I did.

Like any other beautiful waterfalls I’ve been to, Bega Falls is paved with 396 steps before reaching tier 1. Tiers 2 and 3 are considerably nearby and needed no sweat to reach them. Tier 3 is the major waterfall and was where all the men lured by those female mythical creatures drowned – maybe.

As expected the descent was easy and the ascent exhausting.

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agusan del sur
agusan del sur

Century-old Toog Tree

Along the highway in Brgy Alegria in San Francisco, Agusan del Sur, this Toog Tree is known to be the oldest in the country. The now fenced tree cannot be missed as every local knows where this infamous tree still stands and hopefully continue to grow for a very very long time.

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Kalingayan Hotspring

So, there was this hot spring in the area where the locals cannot be able to place if you are referring to a ‘hot’ spring. They’ll only be able to determine what exactly you are referring to if you are calling it ‘Mainit’. They may be referring to Mainit Hot Springs which we have no idea actually existed.

We had a hard time finding the place only to realize that this privately-owned hot spring bubbles un-renovated-ly beside the highway of Bunawan.

The locals, or maybe some of the locals, claim that the spring has therapeutic benefits.

With the entrance collection of P20.00 for adults and P10.00 for the children, it doesn’t cost much to try the therapeutic claims the hot spring is supposed to have. We spend a good 10 minutes in the place and the guardian just charges us P5.00 for the entrance, after a friendly haggle of course.

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Dried Freshwater Fishes

You can definitely not miss the dried fishes sold by numerous stores along the highway of Bunawan. They were catching fishes from Agusan Marsh then clean and dry them for selling. You need not worry about the availability of these dried fishes because they were like ornaments hanging from every store we passed along the way.

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Tour Package – 950.00
Additional for side trips – 40.00
Meals (100.00/meal) – 300.00

Total: 1,290.00

Author: Mark Atong

If he is not taking advantage of his skills on full-time IT employment, he is going different places and hopefully making his mother proud. He believes writing is his passion; but it has yet to prove to pay his bills. He is a fun-loving individual who would rather stay at home reading books and catch-up on episodes of TV shows.

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