Barili is is my last trip on the Southwest Cebu Waterfalls series. It is a third class municipality in the province of Cebu, Philippines. Barili is located 61 kilometers southwest of Cebu City. It is bounded on the south by the municipality of Dumanjug; on the north by the municipality of Aloguinsan.
There is a tale on how Barili got its name. Centuries ago, there was (and still is) a plateau in the middle of a swamp. A couple built their hut on this place where their daughter, Inday Balili, was born. A big tree grew nearby with a vine locally known as loy-a loy-a or balili intertwining on its trunk.
During those times, Spaniards would go around the province to acquaint themselves with the native settlements. One group came to this particular spot and chanced upon the couple. One asked for the name of the place. Thinking that the official who was toying with the leaves of the vine was asking for its name, the two immediately answered Balili. The word was listed down as the name of the locality. Since Balili was hard on the Castilian tongue, it was pronounced as Barili by them.
After almost two hours of travel, I reach the town of Barili. It won't be missed since all buses plying the Bato-Barili route will stop at the Shamrock stopover. I had my snack at the stopover. From here, I took a habal-habal (rented motorcycle) going to Mantayupan Falls.
Mantayupan Falls is located in Baranggay Campangga. It is around 4km and 10-15 minutes from the Poblacion. The road going to Mantayupan Falls is already concrete and passes through several barangays and rice fields. The people have really made use of the falls by making a livelihood out of it. They’ve planted crops on the rice fields next to the falls and made a fish pond where guests are welcome to go fishing and cook the fishes they catch. Fishes are sold at Php150.00 per kilo. Coconut trees are also lined up along the concrete road, which keeps the air fresh. A habal-habal ride to the watefalls would cost Php30.00 per person.
I reached Mantayupan Falls after a while. The waterfalls has two levels; the first is 14 meters while the second one is 98 meters. There is an entrance fee of P20.00 for adults, Php10.00 for children and corkage fee of Php50.00 for food and drinks. The collected money is used for the maintenance and improvement of the facilities.
A pathway to the second falls was constructed to make it easier for tourist to accss the second falls. A mini- hydro electric power system was also constructed for the town which the locals of Mantayupan have benefited from for more than a decade.
I reached the second level after a 5-minute walk. The 98-meter waterfalls was a sight. The water was bluish green with the sun hitting the walls of the falls. The wide catch basin is deep just like the Kawasan Falls. Frequent tourist said there used to a raft that brings guests near the drop of the waterfalls so one can get a water massage. There were a lot of tourist having their lunch under the shade of big umbrella tents when I arrived.
Wider view of Mantayupan Falls
Aside from Mantayupan Falls, the town of Barili is also known for Boloc-boloc Springs, which makes it frequented by locals and tourists due to its clear waters and comforting ambiance, making it a great tourist destination to cool-off during hot days. Other exciting places to visit in Barili are the Candugay and Sayaw Beaches, nestled beside unexplored caves and ideal for water sports adventures such as skimboarding and snorkeling; the Cebu Barili Golf Course; and the Paradise Valley Mountain Resort, which is located in Brgy. Paril.
How to get here:
From Cebu City:
Take the Ceres Bus plying the Bato-Barili route from the South Bus Terminal in Cebu City. It is a 1.5-hour bus ride from Cebu City. The earliest trip is 2AM which is ordinary bus. the first trip for aircon bus is 5AM. Bus leaves every hour, but be there at least 30 minutes before your intended departure because all seats may be taken already by the time the bus leaves. Inform the bus conducttor to drop you off at the jump-off to Kawasan Falls. Last trip back to Cebu City is 7PM from Samboan.
Cebu City to Barili - Php 70
Habal-habal - Php 30
Entrance Fee - Php 20
Snacks - Php 80
Barili to Cebu City
Total - Php 270
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