Lucky enough I was invited to experience the undiscovered and hidden beauty of Cebu’s North, especifically in Tuburan. I had the opportunity to finally start a chapter of going out to places. It wouldn’t be possible without my sister and her friends who happened to be as out goers as I do. Travelling in a very limited budget should be a demand, or I must say that my topmost priority is finding the luxury through the memories we keep and the photos we take. With a budget of less than Php 500, I was able to experience places of wonders and eerieng beauty. Known for its natural magnificence, Tuburan is a sure place to visit.
Tuburan is a second income class municipality in the province of Cebu, Philippines and is approximately 96.7 kms from the City of Cebu. Bounded on the North by the Municipality of Tabuelan. “Tuburan” developed from the Cebuano word Tubod, meaning “spring”. Aside from the vast collection of undiscovered majesty that hails in Tuburan, peculiar legends and myths are also common in the place.
It was 3 o’clock in the morning on the 9th of January 2016 when we depart from the City of Cebu and started our trip to Tuburan. (Note: The fare from North Bus Terminal to the municipality of Tuburan is Php 120 for V-hire and Php 100 for Non-airconditioned bus. The fare from Ayala Centre Cebu Terminal to Tuburan is Php 140 for V-hire. The trip to Tuburan usually takes 2 1/2 to 3 hours). We were lucky that one of my sister’s friends offered a ride so we were able to choose the time and we were able to save a hundred.
I thought I’d get caught with my eyes closed through the entire drive, but I was so wrong when the peaceful surroundings and a flood of twinkling stars was really visible. Indeed, it’s a precious one to at least feel a pollution free world for a few hours. I was in huge awe!
Tip: It would be better to depart as early as possible for you to have just the exact time to explore the place.
We were already in Tuburan just before the sunrise. It was around 6 o’clock or something when we started feeling all the side stories and creeps. We happened to have a really odd experience when we stopped by some of the bridges near Tabuelan. It’s a long story so I woudn’t mind telling you what it was. Since it was too early for a breakfast, we just bought pandesal in one of the bakeries around Tuburan. No need to worry, they have 7-eleven only that unfortunately, during our time of visit there was no electricity. After which, we headed to our real venture that you might want to enjoy yourselves too. Here are the places that I suggest you should visit when in Tuburan.
1. Molobolo Spring, Tuburan
When in Tuburan, it is always an expense of time to go and experience their refreshing and very relaxing cold spring water. The cold spring of Molobolo is directly connected to pools under the awning age-old trees that shelters the pool itself from the direct heat of the sun, thus, this makes the water even cooler.
There are pipes underneath the swimming pools that flows out to the sea that makes the water in the pool fresh and clean. The view from the spring is the scenic Molobolo beach just in close proximity. We stayed there for more likely an hour or two and you’ll really see that even locals enjoy this natural glory in any sense. (Note: Parking space is available which costs Php 60. Entrance fee for Kids is Php 10 and Adults for Php 20, but on some random days you can have the entrance fee for free and just pay for the parking space).
2. Marmol Cliff
I must say that this has been the most exciting part of our journey. But before that, we had our lunch before heading to an indeed tremendous adventure, an almost literal roller-coaster ride, lol. It was around 1:30 in the afternoon (needed to follow my sister’s itinerary for this) when we started setting off and rode a Habal-habal to Marmol Cliff. (Note: Leave your cars or motorbikes in Tuburan if you have one, better off ride habal-habal because drivers are experienced and expert about the place. You can see a lot of them just nearby 7-eleven, and the fare is Php 100/pax back and forth. Make sure to negotiate first, and let them wait or else you’ll end up walking distance to distance from Marmol Cliff back to the Municipality).
This could have been the most fascinating experience in my life while riding a Habal-habal, this habal-habal turns into a Jetski – sounds funny but I am serious. It took us more or less 15 minutes to finally reach to our destination. It was literally one hell of a ride lol.
Note: Upon reaching the Marmol Cliff, better ask for permission to the spirits that dwell around the place, “Tabi! Agi lang mi” (Make way, we’re passing through). Please avoid the noise and loud talks for this place is taw-an.
It was said that once the spirits or diwatas get disturbed or annoyed by the loud voices of the people exploring the place, either you’ll take a photo of the place and it won’t be visible from your camera or someone will appear in the photo. It’s kind of creepy and interesting, but better follow rules.
Marmol Cliff is Tuburan’s famous gigantic twin marble rock. Marmol Cliff is said to be the spot where Maria Cacao’s story lies. I’ve read about this myth, you can read it yourself in Kasugiran ni Maria Cacao.
It was kind of unfortunate for us because the water was really low and that we were not able to use the “floating bamboos” as I call it. We ended up spoiling our shoes/slippers soaking them wet up to the knee length. As you can see, everyone kinda’ seem to have cameras with them, we were actually there for a video/photoshoot for my sister’s school stuff. I surely recommend Marmol Cliff if you’re around Tuburan.
3. Dao Tree /da’o/
After spending an hour in Marmol Cliff, we went back to the Municipality of Tuburan for our next stop, Dao Tree. Dao Tree is located in Barangay Jagbuaya, Tuburan. (Note: Better ask locals around Jagbuaya for directions to Dao Tree since it’s away from the main road). It actually took us a couple of minutes just to find this giant local tree which is approximately two hundred years old with a diameter more than 7 cubic meters.
Dao Tree could be possibly one of the centennial trees in the Philippines. From afar, just by watching the tree alone, I thought nothing is special about it and thought it was just as fine as the trees surrounding it, but when one of my friends stood just beside it you’ll really see how big it is. Some people are encourage to visit this one of a kind tree and witness its fascinating beauty.
4. Adela River, Tuburan
This river is one of the grandest rivers in Tuburan. They linked Daan Lungsod and Barangay 2. Due to its pleasing water that flows straightfowardly to the sea, many of the locals would jump at the bridge and swim directly to the river. (Note: Be cautious enough to ask for locals first if it’s safe to dive).
You see, the water is so clean. The trees surrounding the river itself helps in maintaining a fresh and uncontaminated water from the river. Adela River Bridge has an approximate length of 0.04 kilometres. A lot of people purposely visit the place because of its natural beauty and its cleanliness.
Truly, Tuburan is bountiful of a well-preserved beauty of the mother nature. It’s so surpising how I never expected so much from the place but turns out to be something really worth going. The Philippines is indeed wealthy of the undiscovered equisiteness. The attractions we visited is presented with its uniqueness and interesting styles. And I am sure, as for the years ahead Tuburan will genuinely gain its progress.
Note: Let’s help keep the place clean by not throwing any trash. Be responsible and do your task in keeping Tuburan’s eco-tourism campaign progressing.
I did not intend to put our budget expenses since we only paid for the back and forth habal-habal ride to Marmol Cliff for Php 100/pax. While miscellaneous are not included. Our budget was less than Php 500/pax. (What to bring: Extra clothings, money, camera).