image of Padre Pio in a church wall - even more improbably the appearance of Christ’s image - on a public market wall in Cebu.
How about a strange face on a rock?
I was flicking through the photos on my mobile phone from our side trip to Bunga Falls during our HAKAMS basic mountaineering course to take some of the good ones for my blog and then I came across few particular shots with really interesting face-like rock formation.
The particular photo of the rock between the dramatic twin waterfalls, with its
gray dents and dark mosses, shows a protruding
rock that looks like a face. I wasn't
quite sure what to make of it because I don’t actually saw it when we were
there enjoying a cold swim.
|View of the serene Bunga Falls|
|Do you see the mysterious face?|
Mysterious twin falls
Bunga falls is a 15-meters twin waterfalls located at Brgy. Bunga in Nagcarlan Laguna. Its unique charm is the fact that it is a twin identical waterfalls descending side by side.
Locals said it got its name from a type of betel nut tree called “Bunga”. I’m familiar with this tree because our old folks in Mindoro used to chew its nut, mixed with “apog” (lime) and “ikmo” leaves. The mixture is popularly called “nga-nga” which can make the teeth stronger as our old folks believed – though it makes the teeth black.
|Bamboo poles used to safely get across the river|
|BABALA: KAILANGAN ANG LUBOS NA PAG-IINGAT, MALALIM ANG TUBIG|
You can hire a tricycle from Nagcarlan town proper going to the falls. Five minutes from the falls is a bahay-kubo where you will ask to pay 5 pesos entrance fee. There are also a number of makeshift bamboo and coconut leaves shelters around the river should you wish to bring food and enjoy an afternoon dip in the cold and refreshing water.
Just enjoy it
Just enjoy it
Upon reading some related articles about Bunga Falls, I was fascinated to learn that the mysterious face is also believed to be a nature spirit guarding the area.
There are also some local reports of people who experienced “being gripped by a hand and pulled down” in the pool.
These stories are of course debatable although there are recorded deaths in the area. We can argue that these are urban legends meant to scare visitors so they should respect the area. Or we can rationalize that the feeling of “being pulled” is maybe due to the sudden plunge of the twin falls making a downward current in the catch basin.
But whatever it is, we should just enjoy nature, but take precautions.
By the way, while you are in Nagcarlan, don't forget to drop by at the historic Underground Cemetery, just a tricycle ride away from Bunga Falls.
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