By Ian Mark A. Torion
WHEN we talk about the town of Dumanjug tucked nicely in the southern part of Cebu Province, around 73 kilometers from Cebu City, what comes to mind is its lechon manok Bisaya. Those who have savored it once are willing to return to the place to relish the special dish once again.
Yet at the back of this municipality is a beautiful natural attraction, the Cambanog Falls. It is almost a hidden gem because not many know about this one of the many things the town is proud of.
Dumanjug residents also call this place Kawasan or Lusno Falls. It is located on the boundary between Barangays Cambanog and Masa.
How to get there
For those without private cars, visitors can ride at the Cebu South Bus Terminal on board a passenger bus going to Ronda and Dumanjug. The trip is estimated to be more than two hours, depending on the traffic situation.
When you arrive in Dumanjug, you can ride a habal-habal (motorcycle-for-hire) that will transport you to Cambanog Falls.
If you follow the road that traverses Sibonga-Dumanjug, you can set out from Prince Warehouse Sibonga going to Barangay Masa, Dumanjug. The trip has a distance of around 12 kilometers. You will pass by Cambanog Elementary School.
For those with private cars, you can make use of various applications like Waze or Google Maps.
This attraction is not yet fully developed. It has no entrance fee and no time limit to your visit. This means that there are no paved pathways going to the falls. You need to be extra careful of slippery trails.
But when you arrive at Cambanog Falls, you will surely be charmed by the place. It is beautiful, tranquil, and relaxing—a perfect escape from the hurly-burly in the city.
You will not be bored by this natural attraction. The rhythmic sound and feel of the water falling is a comfort to the soul, a soothing balm to the body stressed from work, challenges of the pandemic, and worries about the future.
Remember, always be a responsible tourist and visitor. Leave no trace, bring your trash with you to be thrown away properly later, and never disrespect nature. (With NRC)