Ginatilan and Samboan, Aguinid, Inambakan

February 22, 2014
4:45 am Mandaue City

I hurriedly rode the jeepney just to make sure I make it to Jollibee at 5 am. I don’t want to make them wait too long. I want to get the road-trip started ASAP and as early as planned. After all, Ginatilan and Samboan are nowhere near Jollibee Mandaue.  These two lovely towns are about 3 hrs (or so) from the city.

I jumped out the vehicle and ran towards the diner entrance and… voila!
All I saw was Ger-x, a friend and ex-colleague, happily munching the fries he ordered and waving his hand to silently mean “I’m over here”.
Sheessh… and I thought everyone was already there. We basically had to wait for 3 others; so, to not waste time (although I never really intended to have a full tummy on the way to the South) I decided to eat breakfast.

A few minutes later… all three others came in and we were all set to go!

After hours and hours of music, laughter, chitchats and road-driving… we reached the quiet and lovely town of Ginatilan.

First Stop

Inambakan Falls
9:01 am Ginatilan, Cebu

We didn’t really know how to get to Inambakan Falls so we asked around.

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To get there:

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Just tread the road beside stop-over bakeshop (which is also beside Julie’s bakeshop) in Ginatilan’s town proper (lungsod).

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The first road sign

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Drive straight…and turn left when you come across the second road sign.

Just continue following the road…

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Until you reach this house.

(approximately 5 km from the main road)

We were greeted by the very friendly house owner and we also paid the entrance and parking fee in advance.

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We then hiked our way to the waterfall…

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Just walk straight, turn right and when you see the railings just walk straight down the stairs.

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When you reach the river, just turn right and continue walking….

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Until you reach this sign.

Just follow the path up and it won’t be long till you reach the cottages,

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and the glorious Inambakan Waterfall 🙂

More photos:

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ginatilan4We ate lunch in Ginatilan’s town proper and next thing we knew…we were heading for Samboan.

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Second Stop
Aguinid Falls
12:59 pm Samboan, Cebu

Situated next to the town of Ginatilan is Samboan. Again, we didn’t know how to get to Aguinid Falls so, we asked around. The locals were very friendly. We found out that Aguinid is in a Baranggay called Tangbo and that it is situated right after a bridge.

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Beyond this basketball court is the Aguinid Waterfall.

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3-min. walk to the falls

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Aguinid may not be as tall or breathtaking as Inambakan, but it’s form creates a beauty of it’s own. It’s not that slippery and it looks like a large stairway of water pools.

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You can climb up here and…
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see this.

The water is not that deep too.

What I love most about Aguinid Falls
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is this.

Hahaha looks like a playground slide to me. Yey! LOL 🙂

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On our way home:
1:59 pm
Stop Over 1: Samboan road-side beaches

Samboan boasts blue waters and serene views of the sea that we couldn’t help but stop by and stare at the horizon…the perfect set-up for emotional, dramatic and/or movie like moments or simple happy ‘chillaxing’ weekend afternoons with friends and/or family.

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3:40 pm
Stop-over 2: Milk Station, Barili, Cebu

We stopped over at Barili’s Milk Station to satisfy our ice cream cravings and our slightly-grumbling tummies.

Snacks and Ice cream!
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5:18pm

Stop-over 3 : Matmat’s Chicharon, Carcar, Cebu

As always, we made a short stop at Car-car to buy some pasalubong too — Mat-mat’s chicharon!! I did not get a chance to take some photos of the place though.

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We reached Mandaue City at around 7:00 pm, had dinner at District 50 in JCentre Mall

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District 50’s scrumptious Hawaiian Quarter-pound Burger!

And went our separate ways, to go back to our homes and rest.
What an awesome Saturday!

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