Finding out some words sometimes will catch our attention. We then want to personally know what fixed the name of certain things becoming their real name.
Pulangbato Falls is one of the most visited secluded falls in the province of Negros Oriental. It is located in the Ocoy Valley in the town of Valencia, Negros Oriental. A cascade that blessed with serene and refreshing waters that pours down into a reddish water catching basin. With its breezy and tranquil environment, every adventure seeker would love to drench their jaded body and would fall in love to its innate beauty. The lulling sound that will appease the stress life in the bustling City.
The road going to Pulangbato Falls is truly an escapade. You’ll see rivers, rocks that are unique in color and physique. You’ll as well be fascinated of the smoky mountains due to the presence of sulfur in the place.
As we nearly reach to Pulangbato Falls, we were welcomed by a smell of sulfuric steam coming out of the mountains creating mini clouds on the side of the road. Me and my cousin decided to come down from the motorcycle and starting to get the best pictures as much as we can.
I’m a naturally curious nomad in almost everything, and then I decided to climb on the folds of rocks and trying to dance with the smoky mountain while disregarding the strong smell of the sulfur fumes. On that place, I am also starting to notice the red and orange rocks scattered in the river as it gives me the exciting feeling to finally seeing the promising Pulangbato falls.
Soon enough we arrived at the Red Rock Spring Resort where the Pulangbato Falls is located, we were greeted by the fresh breeze coming from the mountains. I now heard the sweet voice of Pulangbato Falls as the water flows down to it’s catching basin coming from the lush green mountains. The area has rentable thatched cabanas open for day trippers. I as well noticed the concreted natural pool located right in the heart of the resort.
But what we came here for is to experience the enticing beauty of Pulangbato Falls, my cousin and I was very excited to finally meet the falls. Only a few meters walk, the stunning beauty of Pulangbato Falls invited us to come closer and enjoying its natural beauty. The name itself, Pulangbato Falls is indeed reddish in the shade. But when you’re attempting to look at it, you’ll soon realize that the color of the rocks is becoming orange than red maybe because of the reflection of the sunlight during our visit.
The vividness of the water really caught my attention as it happens to be appearing so unique and extra special. The reflection of the red rocks plays a bigger role in the beauty of Pulangbato Falls.
The place exudes a feeling of communing with nature because of the grown trees and wild plants that provides dense foliage.
Only after seeing the Pulangbato Falls, I didn’t know that there’s another cascade seated on the right side before reaching the Pulangbato Falls. At the first tier, the cascade begins narrowly and widens progressively as the waters flow down. Seeing it afar, the waterfalls look like triangular in form.
What makes Pulangbato Falls feels unique from many other waterfalls that I’ve been to is the seemingly red river water, which caused by the presence of natural red rocks and red layered structured found in the area. The local people say that the coloration is due to the presence of sulfur in the expanse. The sulfur or iron minerals have the natural reaction with water and that cause the rocks turned to red. Our driver, Kuya Rhengie told us that the rocks are yellow in color when dry and getting red when wet, isn’t it interesting?
Some other thing that amazed me is when our driver told us that the citizens here are receiving free electricity because of the Geothermal Power Station operated by the Energy Development Corporation sited in the town of Valencia. It generates electricity that supplies the needs of Negros, Panay and some part of Cebu. And so I begin to wish if only I could experience the free electricity in our house, it’ll be something awesome and indeed a big savings for me.
But before heading back to Dumaguete City, near the entrance of Red Rock Spring Resort has some available food to nibble, we decided to buy some so we won’t starve along our way back to Dumaguete City.
I called for one girl whose in charge of collecting entrance fees if they have flyers or contact numbers on that place, but she said they don’t have one. But don’t worry, no demand to book before going here, they’re open every day.
“Leave only footprints, take only pictures, no graffiti! No litter “.
Rates and other infos
- Adult – PHP 20
- Children – PHP 10
Tables with chairs – PHP 100
- Small – PHP 200
- Big – PHP 300
- Guesthouse – PHP 1,500 (overnight)
HOW TO GET TO PULANGBATO FALLS
You can book a flight going to Dumaguete City, since Dumaguete City is the entry point. The minute you arrived in Dumaguete City go straight to the jeepney terminal. Ride a PUJ (Public Utility Jeep) going to Valencia.The jeepney terminal is located at the colon extension near Dumaguete Public Market. The fare is PHP24 per person. Travel time is 20-30minutes from Dumaguete City to Valencia. From Valencia, ride a motorcycle (Habal-Habal) going to Pulangbato Falls for PHP200 per person.
Where to stay in Dumaguete City
The Gazebo Pensionne House
Address: Cervantes St. Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, Philippines.
Telephone number: (035) 255-0579
Tel.Fax: (035) 255-6246
Mobile number: +63 927-750-8356 (Globe)/ +63 919–973-1170
Facebook: The Gazebo Pensionne House.
- Single – (Bed good for 1 )- PHP 700
- Double – (Bed good for 2)- PHP 800
- Twin- sharing – (2 single beds good for 2)- PHP 850
- Family – (1 king bed & 1 single bed good for 3, with refrigerator)- PHP 1,200
- Family – ( 1 king bed & 1 double deck good for 4, with refrigerator) PHP 1,400
- Extra bed PHP 200
- Extra Person PHP 150
Note: Prices are subject to change without prior notice.
Fully- Air Conditioned rooms, with private toilet & bath, Hot & cold shower, cable TV, PABX telephone system, stand-by generator, 24-hour room & housekeeping services, snack & coffee shop, laundry & pressing services upon request, WIFI connectivity, safe & spacious parking space, friendly & courteous staff.
Why I chose to stay in the Gazebo Pensionne House?
Because they are not just offering very affordable price, but their room charge per units is also comes with free breakfast.
They also offer affordable land tour by visiting the well known tourist destination of Negros Oriental such as, Casaroro waterfalls, Pulang Bato falls and Balinsasayao Twin Lakes Natural Park. Just look for kuya RENGIE PROVIDENCIA OR NENENG LAURENTE. Mobile Number: +63 927-750-8356