We’ve been to Forest Camp for more than a hundred times since I was a kid everytime we visit my Lola’s hometown. As the family enjoyed our short getaway, we decided to visit Valencia’s Pulang Bato Falls for a change.
Pulang Bato Falls is just one of those beauties that you can enjoy if you are in Dumaguete. Located in the sleepy and quiet town of Valencia, it enchants visitors with its exquisite crimson color. It is just about 45 minutes or so away from Dumaguete City.
Getting there was a bit of an adventure for us since we went there a week after a storm. As we expected, the roads to Pulang Bato was a bit bumpy since the river overflowed during the storm. What frightened me was when we crossed the small bridge entering Pulang Bato. Anyways, that was just me being the scaredy cat. We were able to get there safe and sound nonetheless.
Before you enter the barangay, you can pass by streams of rivers and a huge smoking rock formation which is also a sight to behold. As per my mom, they used to boil eggs in that area by just putting it directly in the water.
The Pulang Bato Twin Falls
Pulang Bato Falls consists of two waterfalls gushing down prettily. The waterfalls may be called twins, but they don’t resemble each other at all. If only they are human, they would be paternal twins, just saying.
The first one is a quiet beauty where water gushes down a dark-colored limestone into a cemented basin and a mini dam to control the fall’s water volume. If the dam was opened, it will stream down and meet the second waterfall.
The other is the one who lived up true to its name. An enchanting beauty that you can’t see every day. Water cascaded through red-colored rocks, thus the name Pulang Bato which is a local term for red rock. People say that the color was because of the sulfuric deposits around the area and is said to be therapeutic. The Pulang Bato falls will never fail to impress you. Aside from the red rocks, it also has a unique limestone formation on its side.
With an entrance fee of Php50.00 per head, you will be able to enjoy the twin falls and their make-shift pool for as long as you want. I know we enjoyed through our gritting teeth because of the wind that makes the already cold water ice cold.
As a frequent visitor to Dumaguete and one who really loves nature, I highly suggest that you include this on your bucket list or you will regret not seeing it until your dying days. 🙂
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