The Stairway to Heaven called the Aliwagwag Falls

Is there a stairway to heaven? Yes, there is!

I grew up in small town of Cateel, an easternmost part of Davao Oriental. It is a coastal town lying at the very mouth of the Pacific Ocean. Just imagine the Pacific Ocean and its wonders. Nevertheless, Cateel does not only boast its waves and its seas. Cateel is blessed with various spectacles of the nature that until now I always yearn to glimpse and untiringly experience over and over again. Name it, we have Langyawan Cave, the Suso Ng Daga Mountain, Mainit Hotspring, the Cateel River, and the Philippines highest waterfalls – the Aliwagwag Falls.

According to www.wikipedia.org: “Cateel is the home of the Aliwagwag Falls, located at Barangay Aliwagwag. It is a towering waterfalls considered by hydraulic engineers as the highest in the country and regarded as one of the most beautiful falls in Mindanao. It is a series of 84 falls appearing like Stairway to Heaven with various heights among the steps ranging from 6 to 110 feet. One step is measured 72 feet and another is 67 feet. Overall Aliwagwag Falls is 1,110 feet of cascading energy and 20 meters in width. All these in the midst of virgin forest. River at the foot of the falls. 13 rapids to cross.”

The exotic beauty of the Aliwagwag Falls is indeed the pride of every Cateeleno like me. Not just because it is the highest waterfalls in the country but because of its magnificence, majesty, splendor and above all, its grandeur. Just imagine, 84 series of wonderful falls leading you to the main stream. Isn’t it breathtaking? The trek of reaching up to the top starting from the first Series of Falls, experts say it will take you around 2 days to actually get there. The rapids are just awesome! Rock formations are astonishing. The whole place is surrounded by endagered flowers. Aliwagwag Falls is also the home of an infamous fish townfolks considered as town’s pride and favorite. We call it Sawugnun. I have tasted it myself. It is bitterly tasty. Best serve as paksiw. Old folks say this fish can only be found in waters of Aliwagwag. In addition to its grandeur, Alwagwag Falls serves also as one of the main sources of the clean and green Cateel River that was awarded as the cleanest river in Region XI.

SO, EXPERIENCE THIS EXCITEMENT AND ADVENTURE... Visit the Aliwagwag Falls, the highest waterfalls in the country. How to get there? From Davao City, you'll take a ride on van or bus going to Cateel Davao Oriental via Compostela Valley. The Aliwagwag Falls is located at Barangay Aliwagwag. And the Falls itself is just conveniently situated along the highway. Taking few steps across the bridge, you'll see its brilliance and magnificent view.

And when you get there, don’t miss to experience your first step to the Stairways to Heaven called the Aliwagwag Falls.

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June 2, 2008 at 1:58 PM delete

i miss rivers and streams. lalo na yung falls. naubos na kasi ang tubig ng mga batis sa amin.

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June 2, 2008 at 8:25 PM delete

In one of my trips this year, I wish to be there too. It's very peaceful!

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June 3, 2008 at 10:23 AM delete

TO r-yo: tnx sa comment... sad to know na natutuyo na ang ilog at batis ninyo. salamat naman at may natitira pang ilog at talon na sagana pa sa tubig... tulad ng sa amin! :)

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June 3, 2008 at 12:13 PM delete

TO witchy-boop: if you love rivers and falls, Aliwagwag Falls is a must-see falls. Hope you'll definitely go there.

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June 4, 2008 at 5:57 AM delete

are you working from Department of Tourism? If not, I think you should be, bagay ka dun Olan. Keep it up dude! our scenic spots needs to be promoted all the time, especially sa Region XI and XII where we belong. naks! apply ka DOT or are you there already?

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June 5, 2008 at 12:34 AM delete

wow. wish i can go there. nice shots! ;)

bloghoppin anyway.

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June 5, 2008 at 5:15 PM delete

@ jei - hi dear. i don't work with DOT but i want to be DOT's Ambassador! Hahaha. Kidding aside, i just love to travel and chronicle these humble journeys i have. On the other side, i work in one of the best hotels here in Davao. I take advantage to sharing it with my clients.

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June 5, 2008 at 5:18 PM delete

@ >vanny< - tnx for the comment. hope you can visit our "Pride".

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