Years ago, when people would ask me what to see and do in my hometown, I wouldn’t be able to say anything.
For me (then), Tandag had always been a sleepy little town, with nothing much to offer visitors except the beach.
It was only when I began to travel outside the country that I learned to appreciate how beautiful my hometown can be.
There are caves, islets, and yes, waterfalls, including the last one I visited, the 7-tiered Green Falls in nearby Tago, Surigao del Sur. While it is not actually in Tandag, it’s very near, just a little less than 30 minutes away.
Months before I had gone there, my mother had already been raving about it.
You should see it and write about it, she said. The whole family had already gone there, including a number of cousins and aunts and uncles, as well as our late Lola Nene who had to be carried to the cottage.
Everyone had fun; even the ones who had to carry Lola, because the Green Falls is accessible.
One could take a car there, or even hire a tricycle, and from the parking lot, it’s not so far to the cottages overlooking the main waterfall called Cagpangi, named after the sitio where it’s located.
Cagpangi Falls is wide and deep in the center. The owners constructed wooden walkways so that those who don’t know how to swim can just “walk on water” straight up to the falls. It was even used as some sort of a runway for a beauty pageant held there last summer!
Some parts of the base of Cagpangi Falls were shallow and cemented, making it perfect for kids and for those who are not good swimmers. It’s good the owner didn’t “develop” the center of the pool. It was still deep enough that I could practice my treading.
My cousins and I decided to explore the entirety of the Green Falls. There’s a path on the right side going up, and just by following the river, we had seen all seven tiers.
Unfortunately, it didn’t rain much when we were there, so most of the falls didn’t really look like waterfalls at all, more like streams. These are the six falls after Cagpangi, in the right order.
During rainy season, some of these falls look spectacular. Take a look at Lovers Falls below, for instance (from the Green Falls Facebook page). However, abundant water or not, the Green Falls is still a perfect getaway for families and friends alike.
Bring food and drinks, for there’s no store in the area (unless you go back to the highway). If you plan on trekking up to the seventh waterfall, put on some mosquito repellent as well.
Owned and developed by the family of Atty. Eusebio and Rebecca Avila, Green Falls is located in Cagpangi, Tago, Surigao del Sur. Entrance fee is P20 for adults, P10 for children. Cottages cost P200 while tables cost P100. Unfortunately, there are no facilities yet for those who want to stay overnight. They are only open from 6am to 5pm.
As of this writing, they’re still constructing the cottage meant for overnight stays.
How to go to the Green Falls
From the Tandag Public Market (Moonglow), there are a lot of tricycles who can take you there. P50 for special trip, around P20 if you wait for other passengers.
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Aleah Taboclaon is a freelance writer and editor. She likes running (completed one marathon, training for the next!), diving (PADI open water diver), and traveling with her Kindle. Connect with her on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. You can also email her; she would love to hear from you!