Exploring the Hidden Beauty of PATA-AN FALLS, Mailum, Barangay Maao, Negros Occidental

Puppy Mood: Out exploring while we have time!

Puppy Facts:

Sitio Pata-an is a quaint little town hiding in the outskirts of the Barangay Maao.  It’s best to ask for directions from the locals because the road going there is unpaved. The ride going there was not a smooth one. Most of the dirt roads are left rough and unkempt.

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A guard stays in a small waiting shed that serves as their entrance. As you go in, you are led by a winding pathway to the pool and overnight cottages.

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Destination Landmark Rates
South Bound Ceres bound to:

Barrio Ma-ao

> It is approximately 1 hours of travel. Php 25-35 per head
Barrio Maao  – Pata-an > There are tricycles/habal-habal going to Pataan. They are parked along the road near the Terminal of Ceres Liners – by the marketplace. Ask the locals which one is going to PATA-AN. Php 50 per head

 

Puppy Seal of Approval:

A day out with mom with a nice weather is great! Pata-an Falls is a stop for puppertrippers who just want to sit and commune with nature. There is no signal there so be prepared of being detached from civilization which is FUR-fect for anyone who doesn’t want their boss calling them. Woof~~

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Pata-an falls doesn’t form a belly – which is very unique. The water falls on a unique rock formation where people can lounge and enjoy a massage from the downpour. The falls provides a cool refreshing mist in the surrounding area that is sure to extinguish the heat from any summer. ❤

What I love about this place is the old century tree that stands near the base of the falls. It provides the shade and a picturesque background for your Instagram worthy pictures! Woof!

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Rating:
Travel party: Great for everyone!!! It is accessible by commuting or by those big cars for families. This place is pretty much straightforward and safe for little puppers and children alike.

Budget: Entrance is Php 50 per head. Day trip cottages range from Php 250-500.

Trip: Day-trip and overnighters. Overnight rooms would be Php 1500 to 2500.

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SEEK, PUPPY! MY TOP 5 WATERFALLS OF NEGROS ISLAND

 

Everybody will be flocking the beaches this summer. Crowded shores, rowdy groups and fully-booked resorts – then what? The sun is high up and you want to escape the hassle? Then this puppy explorer might just have something you’d like to consider.

Beat the Heat of summer with My Top 5 Waterfalls of Negros!

  1. MAMBUKAL MOUNTAIN RESORT Murcia, Negros Occidental:

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  • A common recreational destination, it is just an hour away from Bacolod City in the municipality Murcia. This place brags – not only one – but SEVEN waterfalls!!! The trek going all the way to the 7th falls is worth it. You get to bathe on those cool fresh waters after a short hike up. Open even for beginner, this one is for list of must-go this summer.
  1. MAG-ASO FALLS, Barangay Oringao, kabankalan City, Negros Occidental:

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  • Feeling like stepping up to your chasing waterfalls game? Then Mag-Aso Falls is
    perfect. Located about a three hours ride south from Bacolod City, all the travel is worth the view and experience. Come and dive in those deep glorious turquoise waters of Mag-Aso Falls. The basin is deep enough to cater those who would dare to do a “Cliff dive” from the little caves.
  1. GAWAHON MOUNTAIN RESORT, Victorias City, Negros Occidental:

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  • A little more toned down and less commercialized. You would least likely find this place crowded. This place also takes pride of their seven different falls. A little walking distance from one after the other, truly this one is a nature lover’s treat.
  1. PATA-AN FALLS, Barangay Mailum, Bago City, Negros Occidental:

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  • DO you want to spend a day just sitting and enjoying icy cold water shower? Then Pataan is just the right choice. Unlike the usual, the falls fall on a rock formation and shaded by a century old tree. You can spend a day just to relax sitting under the falls to extinguish the heat.
  1. GUINTUBDAN FALLS, Ara-al Road, Occidental, La Carlota City, Negros Occidental:

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  • If you love the great outdoors, hiking, forests, swimming and random meet-and-greet with farm animals, Guintubdan is just for you. Approximately two hours and a half bus ride, you get to meet this splendor tucked in a quaint place of Ara-al. With a total of 6 falls and one spring, you get to exhaust you day swimming in the cool waters and beautiful mountain top scenery. You will be left with a filled heart and happy soul after hiking time of 15 mins to 45 mins from the different falls.

Remember, the beach is not the only place you could spend the summer buzz in. Sometimes, you just need a puppy nose for roads less traveled and a mum saying, SEEK!

Where are you off to next, puppy trippers? We’d like to hear from you, so don’t forget to leave a comment down below. Who knows…We might just be dropping by to explore your suggestion!

Woof!

Discovering the Hidden Secrets of GAWAHON ECO-PARK, Victorias City Negros Occidental

Now this is literally iced cold water~ A sure cure for the need-of-a-break. Continue reading

Face to Face with MAG-ASO FALLS Brgy. Oringao, Kabankalan City

Summer just started. Let’s explore more!

Puppy Mood: Craving for more .

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Seeing this makes me soooo excited! Woof! Continue reading

A Trek to the 7th Falls of MAMBUKAL MOUNTAIN RESORT Murcia, Negros Occidental

The busy school year is over at last!

It is time for my books and highlighters to take a rest.  It’s time for my backpacks and camera to come out and enjoy the sun. So off I go to my 1st stop, Mambukal Mountain Resort for some well-deserved peace and quiet through communing with nature.

Puppy Mood: Feeling determined.

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Entrance. Excited puppy!!

 

Puppy Facts:

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The place is just surrounded by mini waterfalls~

The quiet barangay of Minoyan, Murcia is the home of infamous, Mambukal Mountain Resort. Just a 45 minutes ride from the main city of Bacolod, you can already enjoy its various amenities for a nice quick weekend getaway or even as a day-trip only.

 

These 23.6 hectares of both man-made and natural resources offer a wide range of options for nature trekkers or a whole family get-away to beat the heat of summer.

Not only the cottages costs as low as just PhP 300, the place is very accessible, you can just come here anytime!

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to get there from Bacolod City proper:

Transportation

Landmarks

Fees

Jeep to Libertad Market:

Ø  From Ceres North Terminal: Mandalagan/Bata-Libertad

Ø  From Ceres South Terminal:
Shopping La Salle – Libertad

 

The bus terminal is located in front of Savemore- Libertad.

 

PhP 7-8.00 per head.

  • Libertad – Mambukal Jeeps
Trip will take you 30-45mins. The last stop will be where you get off. Tell the conductor that you are bound for Mambucal Resort and they will let you off right in front of the gates of the resort. Php 35.00 per head

 

Puppy Seal of Approval :

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First Falls! Woof~

The Trek to the 7th Falls:

It may be a long way up but if you are to go to Mambucal, You can’t miss the experience of climbing all the way to the 7th falls. It took about an hour and a half to go up. There are guides to help you navigate your way through the foliage and tricky path walks.

The view is just beautiful and breathtaking. Just take your time and appreciate the trek up. Don’t be ashamed and tell your “manong guide” for a break. I did! Woof! Puppy is out of shape~
**huff huff**

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Second Falls~

Unfortunately, the management of the resort only allow the guests to swim either on the 6th and 7th falls. So just go all the way up. Don’t worry. The water is just the best up there.

But that doesn’t mean, you can’t make a pup stop to take a picture and feel the mists on your face!

 

 

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Third Falls~

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 3rd to the 5th falls can’t be accessed anymore. The trail that was used to connect it from the main trekking path was destroyed due to typhoon Haiyan. But don’t worry, you can still see it from the main trekking route.

 

 

 

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Seventh Falls!! WOOF!

Once you reach the 7th falls, let the ice cold water cool you off. Take a deep breath of fresh air, relax and have dip! I doggy paddled to the falls and stayed under the cold water! So worth the effort going up~ Woof woof!

Puppy Nomnoms:
There are many stores that sells food in Mambucal. From Chicken Inasal to Relyenong Pusit… but if you are on a budget trip like me, I suggest to bring some marinated pork or fish and just be a grill master for the day!

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Hungry Puppy….Got some grilled pork and potatoes!

There are grills free to be used everywhere in the resort. You can just buy a PhP 10 worth of coal and voila – You can grill your favorite inihaw and be a happy puppy like me~

 

 

Puppy Trails Rating:

As a summary:
Travel Party: Good for solo, barkada and family trips! The place is not too far and it is very safe for the young pups/kids to come along and enjoy.

Budget: You can go to Mambukal for as low as less than PhP 1000 (per person) for a day trip or under just Php 3000 for an overnight stay, depending to which accommodation you like.

Travel Duration: Since it is quite accessible, you can go there even just for a day trip or overnight/weekend stays.