KAWASAN Falls in Barangay Matutinao, Badian town, Cebu has been named one of the best falls in the world by London-based travel blogger and boutique adventurer Amanda O'Brien.
The tourism spot in midwest Cebu that is located 130 kilometers from Cebu City is a favorite destination among tourists because of its 130 feet multi-layered waterfalls.
Cebu Provincial Tourism Office (CPTO) head Marty Ybañez said it is only fitting to appreciate the beauty of the popular tourist attraction.
Ybañez also promised to continue beautifying the area.
“As always, we are very proud to be acknowledged as such. We will try our very best to make sure to maintain if not exceed this,” said Ybañez on Thursday, November 24, 2022.
The tourist destination has been temporarily closed for rehabilitation since December 2021 after it was damaged by Typhoon Odette.
Ybañez said they also designated an area where the vendors can display their food items.
“Mao na before nag-clean up ta sa mga debris and katong tulo ka structures sa kilid sa falls, atong gipa-vacate and giguba ang building unya nag-create ta ug area where adto ra pwede makatinda ug foods ang mga vendors,” Ybañez said.
(That's why before we cleaned up the debris and tore down the three structures on the side of the falls and then we assigned an area where vendors can only sell their food items.)
Earl Vincent Endab, head of Badian Tourism Office, said they are currently building a pathway going to the falls from the national highway.
Endab hoped that the weather would improve in the coming days so that their work would not be delayed due to frequent rains.
“The construction of pathway will get delayed if there is heavy rain because the riprap for pathway will be washed out,” Endab said in Cebuano.
“With the natural modification by Typhoon Odette last year, we will be expecting a new landscape and attractions from before. Mga bag-o nga natural landscapes naporma, sa mga naka-anhi na mao kinahanglan gyud mobalik para makita ang bag-ong landscapes ug sa mga wala pa naka-ari, giimbitar mo namo sa pagbisita sa among one of a kind nga lungsod hashtag a Breathtaking Badian (New natural landscapes are created, those who have already gone (to Kawasan) should go back to witness the new landscapes and for those who have not yet visited I invite them to come to our one of a kind in the town with a hastag ‘Breathtaking Badian’,” he added.
Aside from Kawasan, the municipality is also eyeing to develop the Basak Falls, which is located in Barangay Basak.
Before Odette struck, visitors to Kawasan Falls had to pay P45 for the environmental fee, P200 for guide fee for a group of seven persons and P50 as rental fee for the life vest. (ANV, TPT)