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BEGA, Waterfalls of Beauty and "LUST"







BEGA derived from the Manobo term means “LUSTFUL”………

The Myth of Bega Waterfalls

Long time ago in an old barrio in Mindanao was a beautiful lady who had a very glamorous and alluring beauty.  Her angelic face was accentuated with long, glossy shiny hair that touches the ground and needed to be folded when she walks and strolls along the mountains and dales to avoid being stepped on.

Many strangers and invaders longed to be with her due to her enchanting beauty.  Rivalry have risen that have caused chaos to those interested to meet her.  Different strategies heated-up to win the lady’s love and affection.

Rejecting all men's intentions, one suitor got  frustrated and  secretly abducted the lady and hid her into an isolated part of the “SAMPAW” or near a ‘WATERFALLS”.  Due to the lady's resistance from the man's affection, her abductor  raped her, cut her long hair and lastly brutally murdered her.

The native folks heard the misfortune of the lady and its unlawful story. But instead of pity, people had misinterpreted the case as gossip roamed around the town telling that it was the lustful ways  of seducing the men of the town that resulted to her unexpected death .The suspect was never found and none among the villagers have known or seen the suspect responsible for her death.

It was said that the "sampaw" mentioned in the story was the BEGA WATERFALLS . From then on the people of the village associated the falls with the lustful incident that happened to the beautiful lady. The falls has an alluring beauty just like the beautiful lady in which anyone who passes by the falls will be tempted to come and bathe into its cool and refreshing water.



Facts

Bega Falls is a 4-tiered waterfalls located in Purok 5, 5.2km from Brgy. Mabuhay, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur with the coordinates N 8°43.81” E125°59.74. It has been a tourist attraction to locals but have never been publicly exposed to other tourists in the Philippines. It is considered as one of the majestic falls in the country and comparable to the falls of IliganCity. The place is  home to at least 8 small springs, 19 drops and 25 waterfalls, where only few are accessible to visitors for now.


Falls
Height
(meter)
Depth
(ft)
Basin
(ft)
Elevation
(masl)
1st
ND
ND
ND
ND
2nd
10
8.2
22x78.9
158
3rd
11
7.3
52x160
170
4th
52
13.3
45x142
246


Mini Falls/Spring at the head of the 4th /Major Falls of Bega

The 3rd Waterfalls of Bega

The 2nd Waterfalls of Bega


Getting there
For first time visitors:

From Butuan City, take a bus heading either to San Franz, Davao or Tandag City. Alight at Bah Bah Prosperidad and take a tricycle going to the tourism office of Prosperidad to register. You will be directed to hire a habal habal going to Brgy. Mabuhay. Register at the barangay hall adjacent to the basketball court. Hire a registered tour guide for Php 250.00/10pax.From Mabuhay walk along the 4 km trail heading to Purok 5 or you can hire a habal habal to take you to the jump-off to the waterfalls. A 1.2 kilometer trail at the back of the tribal houses leads you to the waterfalls.

Alternative:
You can also alight at Awa, Prosperidad at the entry point of Los Arcos. You will know you are in the right place upon seeing the big poster of Bega and Tugonan Falls. Habal habal are readily available at the left side of the junction of the road. Special trips will cost you higher around Php 100-200 going to Brgy. Mabuhay.





Trail Map To Bega Waterfalls


Travel Cost:
Particular
Unit Cost
Total



Bus Butuan to Bahbah vis-a-vis
Php  90.00
Php 180.00
Tricycle to Municipal Hall
            8.00
8.00
Habal habal to Mabuhay vis-a-vis
        150.00
300.00
Tour Guide
       250.00/10pax
250.00
Habal Habal to Purok 5
        90.00/3pax
90.00
Food and Drinks local stores available in barangay
       200.00
200.00
Total

Php  1 028.00




4 comments :

  1. bakit ngayon ko lang nakita tong post nato, I was in Butuan last week and thinking of visiting Agusan del Sur on my last day. I was eager to see waterfalls in Agusan pero kaya ba ito nang half-day trip balikan from Butuan assuming I'll leave 5AM in the morning?

    By the way, thank you for your blog posts about Butuan City, these have been helpful on my 2-day solo travel, truly "Historic Butuan ato ini, Kadyawon ta...'"

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  2. Thanks Jay for dropping by and making my post as a reference . Yes it is possible for a half day activity, as long as you leave very early from Butuan. Just don't attempt to have a trekking activity as it will take you hours from Brgy. Mabuhay to Bega. There are motorbikes or Habal Habal that shall take you to the entrance going to the falls. I suggest bring a local guide :D

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  3. very amxing talaga ,, ang ganda nkaka relax

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  4. Maganda talaga jan .. still pristine and clean :D

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