In reality, seeing this waterfall was a great surprised as I wasn’t aware to drop by in Manirub Falls during our trek to the unassuming innate beauty of Ugis Peak in Esperanza, Sultan Kudarat. A day before our trek to Ugis Peak was actually a busy day because of the Halo-Halo Festival. I saw Michael again, who’s working in LGU Esperanza and was under the Esperanza Tourism Office. I got a chance to speak to him before the Halo-Halo Festival ended, and we agreed that we will be exploring the hidden gem of Ugis, which is located in the upper portion of Brgy. Marguez. He told me that we will have a river trekking in Ugis before going to the knife edge peak of Ugis on the succeeding day; and unfortunately, it didn’t happen. I was then very excited that afternoon, and I grab a chance to have a better sleep and a safe rest in Esperanza’s homey accommodation at the Esperanza Travellers Inn.
The break of the day comes and I still feel like my body wants to just stay in the room and rest the whole day. But I couldn’t just run away from my desire of flirting with nature’s wonders again. It is actually my second time in Esperanza, Sultan Kudarat and I’ve explored some of their hidden gems during my visit last September 2016. I was able to find out their enticing Hot and Cold Springs, the stunning Panigan Underground River and Waterfalls, and the unassuming beauty of the Marawir Peak. This time would be another set of adventures that will certainly make my visit in Esperanza amazing.
On that morning, Michael’s mind changed and instead of doing river trekking, he told me that we will just climb the knife edge of Ugis Peak. He further explained that, because of the lack of equipment for river trekking adventure, he determined to cancel the river trekking. Truly, we commenced our trek in the Teduray community in Ugis, and while on our way to the Peak, he suddenly told me that we will be seeing first the Manirub Falls before going to Peak, which have really surprised me. Michael always never fails to surprise me whenever I travel to their town. I was grinning from ear to ear throughout our journey to Manirub Falls.
The Manirub Falls was really part of Manirub River and probably the last tier. A river trekking from the Teduray community in Sitio Ugis will render you almost 10 stunning waterfalls along the way and the last level is the Manirub Falls. Michael has seen these stunning waterfalls and if we actually had enough equipment and a good preparation, perhaps we would explore them that time. Hopefully soon on my next sojourn.
More than an hour of trekking from the Jump off area, Michael is slowly pointing his finger somewhere far; he told me that the stunning waterfalls are hidden in that forest, and if only we had a decent time and equipment, we might have seen and enjoyed it. Truly, I heard the river from the higher elevation and it must maintain a sturdy river flowing since I was able to hear it from afar. Hearing the stream of water also means that we are now close to the unassuming beauty of Manirub Falls. The trek to the Manirub Falls was really challenging, and most part of the trail is actually assault and had made me to breathe laboriously. It was about 2 hours of backbreaking trek, we arrived at the abandoned humble house and we take some time to rest. And so, a few minutes of rest, we decided to proceed to the Manirub waterfalls.
Shortly enough, after a short river trek and passing through the huge rocks, we arrived at the unassuming beauty of Manirub Falls. We were greeted with serenity and real beauty. I’ve been to many waterfalls already and seeing Manirub Falls has given me another chance to experience a deep reverence for nature. The Manirub Falls was actually not that majestic like some other waterfalls that I’ve been to, but I was speechless while gazing to its natural beauty. It has medium sized brink and water flows separately like as if been sliced into two, but the other one delivers more water compared to the other side. The Manirub Falls actually look like peacefully standing at the elevation of 10 meters or 30-35 feet. But this still needs to be assisted by Esperanza, Sultan Kudarat LGU.
Michael told me that Manirub waterfall was the newly discovered gem of Esperanza, there were few trekkers who have been to Ugis Peak before, but they didn’t get a chance to drop by in Manirub Falls.
I couldn’t simply leave the Manirub Falls without taking off my shirt and flirt with its refreshing water. Hence, I immediately get near the Manirub Falls and enjoy its natural beauty. It was actually a perfect side trip before going to the knife edge peak of Ugis. Truly, the tiring trek to Ugis Peak have mollified me because of the refreshing Manirub waterfall. Michael then told me that a few kilometres above the Manirub falls has the hidden stunning lake and they are still planning to explore it very soon. That means, I would still go back in Esperanza, since I still need to explore more of their hidden treasures.
We also had our lunch near the Manirub Falls. Michael brought a few pieces of Pastil, which is a famous wrapped meal in their town. It is made of cooked rice, crowned with sauteed shredded meat of chicken, beef, or fish and beautifully wrapped with a heated banana leaf. Truly, nothing compares having a meal while gazing to the natural beauty of the Manirub Falls. We continue on our trek to the knife edge of Ugis Peak after our luscious lunch.
- The unassuming comeliness of the MARAWIR PEAK as it’s selfishly standing in a valley.
- Panigan Underground River and Waterfalls: The unexplored GEM with a jaw-dropping beauty and MAGICAL story to offer.
- ESPERANZA: The rising JEWEL of SULTAN KUDARAT.
- TEDURAY TRIBE OF UGIS: They CONFORM to NATURE’S WONDER.
- Marguez Hot and Cold Spring blend into the FOREST
- Halo-Halo Festival: A Giant Halo-Halo That Can Feed 1,000 People In Esperanza, Sultan Kudarat
HOW TO GET THERE
From General Santos City:
Major Airlines are flying to General Santos City almost every day. From General Santos City International Airport, ride a van going to SM for only Php 150 fare. As you reach SM, ride a tricycle going to Bulaong Terminal and fare is Php 10.00. From General Santos City’s Bulaong Terminal, ride a nonstop bus (Yellow Bus Line), bound for Marbel (Koronadal City). The travel time is around 1 hour and Php 75.00 fare. At Koronadal City Yellow Bus Terminal, there is a direct trip going to Esperanza, Sultan Kudarat. The travel time is around 1 hour and Php 70-80 fare. Ask the Bus conductor to drop you off at the Esperanza, Municipal Hall and look for Sir Renato Sambrano at the Tourism Office to help you facilitate your trips. He’ll be giving you a list of tourist destinations you wish to explore depending on how long that you’ll be staying in Esperanza. You can contact Sir Renato through these numbers. Landline No. (064) 202- 6375 or Mobile Number: +63 916-324-5520
From COTABATO CITY
Cotabato City is closer in Esperanza, Sultan Kudarat, comparing the distance from General Santos City. From Cotabato City Airport ride a cab going to Husky Terminal. From there, look for a husky bus bound for Tacurong City and ask the Bus conductor to drop you off at the Esperanza, Municipal Hall and look for Sir Renato Sambrano at the Tourism Office to help you facilitate your trips. He’ll be giving you a list of tourist destinations you wish to explore depending on how long that you’ll be staying in Esperanza. You can contact Sir Renato through these numbers. Landline No. (064) 202- 6375 or Mobile Number: +63 916-324-5520
MANIRUB FALLS TRAVEL TIPS
- There is an ATM machine in Esperanza, Town Proper if you wish to withdraw some funds.
- Major mobile networks have signal in the town proper, but not in the mountainous area where Manirub Falls and Ugis Peak is located.
- Manirub Falls is a side trip when you get to climb to the knife edge peak of Ugis and like around 2-3 hours of trek from the drop off area in Sitio Ugis.
- Please buy food and drinking water from the town proper for your lunch and snacks.
- Always be kind with local people there and you can constantly ask them for anything if you wish to know them.
- Wear your comfortable trekking outfit, so you’ll feel comfortable along the way.
- Always be responsible with your garbage and never leave any garbage anywhere.
- Please, just enjoy what nature has to offer and always take good care of them. Always remember to practice LEAVE NO TRACE Principle (LNT).
SAMPLE ITINERARY (Manirub Falls and Ugis Peak)
- 07:00 AM Depart for Sitio Ugis
- 07:30 AM ETA Sitio Ugis
- 08:00 AM Depart for Manirub Falls (Trekking start)
- 10:30 AM ETA Manirub Falls (Lunch and Enjoy the Falls)
- 11:30 AM Depart for Ugis Peak (Trekking start)
- 12:30 PM ETA Ugis Peak (Enjoy the knife edge peak of Ugis)
- 01:30 PM Descend and take the shortcut trail
- 04:00 PM ETA Drop off area (Sitio Ugis)
- 05:00 PM ETA Esperanza, Sultan kudarat Proper
ESTIMATED AMOUNT OF MONEY TO PREPARE AND POSSIBLE EXPENSES.
- FOOD (Lunch and Snacks) – Php 200.00
- TRANSPO (Motorcycle good for 2 People back & forth) – Php 300.00
- TRAVEL GUIDE FEE (Good for 5 people)– Php 500
TOTAL – PHP 1,000.00
NOTE: PRICES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE.
I am so grateful to have met the Head of Esperanza Tourism Office for the second time, Mr. Renato Sambrano and for inviting me during the 2nd Halo-Halo Festival in Esperanza, Sultan Kudarat. I as well would love to thank Michael John Genilla for bringing me to another unknown waterfalls and the knife edge peak of Ugis. To our local guides, thank you so much for letting me experience the hidden Gem of your place and for giving me chance to share another travel story.