It was said that unplanned event is more fun than a planned one. That’s true.
Since the news about a newly discovered waterfalls has spread in the local and national news programs, everybody’s been curious about the Asik Asik Falls which happens to be located near our city. Situated in Sitio Dulao, Upper Dado, Alamada, North Cotabato, the place is 43 kilometers away from Libungan proper. You can ride with your own vehicle or the local habal habal or a motorcycle where you have to pay a fee.
It was 9PM on a Friday night when my cousin’s wife asked me if I want to go with them to the falls, where of course I said yes without having second thoughts. I decided to bring my kids and my mom for an adventure and so we packed and left at 5 o’clock in the morning on a Saturday. Saturday is a market day in the province of Alamada, North Cotabato where the crops from the farms are brought down and being sold for a very cheap price. A kilo of fresh avocados costs only PHP10, lamb chops at PHP150/kilo… you get the idea. However, market day also means busy roads so if you’re in a rush of going to the falls on a market day; go there around noon or before sunrise where the streets are not busy.
When we were on our way to the town of Upper Dado, Alamada, we passed by a barangay which happens to be celebrating their fiesta and so we saw this dressed up carabao that’s on his way to the parade. We waited for my cousin’s truck at the road river site where we saw hundreds of ducks on their way to the farm. We couldn’t resist taking some snaps!
When we arrived at Upper Dado town, we all transferred to the truck where our adventure began. The locals told us that we're lucky because it didn't rain so the roads are not muddy -but it still was. And we're still lucky at that point. The road going to Sitio Dulao is a bit rough and there were mud puddles in certain areas, but I have to say that the view is breathtaking. We were accompanied by some farm tenants and they were the ones who looked after the kids haha! When we're halfway to the Sitio Dulao, we got stuck at a 60-70 degree uphill road that has mud puddles and slippery clay soil so the boys installed chains on the truck's tires. That was a very heart stopping moment since we're at the cliff side, but it was fun.
When we arrived at Sitio Dulao, we embarked on our walking journey down down down the waterfalls. We really did not know that we had to walk down the mountain (yeah, a whole mountain!) for 30-40 minutes (depending on your stamina) just to get to the Asik Asik Falls. The kids arrived with the boys at the falls first and they weren't even tired! Life is unfair.
The water is icy cold just like all of the waterfalls that I have been to and the falls is majestic. The sound of the cascading waters is soothing that it blew all of my exhaustion away. And when you see a spectacular view like this, you will definitely say that it's all worth it.
Going to the falls is tiring but going away from the falls is exhausting! My 50something year old mother was pulled up by one of the farm tenants fearing that she’ll suffer from a heart attack. The kids, as usual, reached the peak way ahead of us and they were not even tired. Life is really unfair. Funny thing is that when I reached the top of the mountain, I sat down and admired the view. It was really breathtaking; so amazing that my fatigue went away. Or maybe it was because of the cold breeze, I am not sure.
I have to rate Asik Asik Falls 7.5/10 because of the undeveloped trail which makes it difficult to traverse. Although I was informed that the local government are already on their planning stage in developing the roads and the trail. I will wait for the trail to be developed before I go back there.