Mag-Aso Falls: Kabankalan’s Natural Gem
Kabankalan, Negros Occidental takes pride not just on its festivities such as Sinulog and Udyakan, but also on its natural resources, just like what will be sharing with you today.
Still on its pristine condition, Mag-Aso Falls generates a mist as its water drops from its natural basin. Located at Sitio Dug-anon, Barangay Oringao (22 km. from town proper), it is only a two-hour ride from Bacolod City (110 km.).
Upon reaching the falls, there’s a manmade pool which is sourced by the current from a smaller falls. The place is embraced by trees – perfect for a refreshing dip even on the sunniest of summer. Also, the pool is shallow enough for kids to enjoy, as well to those who find it hard to swim to the main basin.
It will take around 150 steps to go there. The trail is paved and has handrails for a convenient walk. From the ground, there’s a viewing deck wherein you will see the beauty of the falls which is probably 100 meters afar. You’ll feel the touch of cool mist as you draw closer to the falls. Its drizzle is what the falls is known for (aso means mist or smoke in Hiligaynon).
It’s soothing to see Mag-Aso’s cool and clear water splashing on its greenish-blue basin. It’s a waste if you’ll just go there to be in awe and not go for a swim, eh?
There were cottages and rooms being constructed when we got there. Ready your P1,000 if you wish to have an overnight stay there which is good for 4 persons. Just don’t forget to bring food since there are no sari-sari stores nearby.
If you’ll be on a trip to Negros, it is highly recommended to add Mag-Aso falls on your itinerary.
From Bacolod, drive to Kabankalan (90 km.). From town proper, go to the direction to Mabinay and turn left upon reaching the junction of Brgy. Oringao. Mag-Aso is about 22 km. from town proper. There’s a wide parking space on drop point.
From Bacolod, ride Ceres bus bound to Dumaguete and tell to driver/conductor to unload you to Brgy. Oringao. From there, ride a tricycle going to falls (P25 per person).
- Entrance Fee: P50
- Cottage: P200
- Room: P1,000
- It’s better to go to Mag-Aso Falls during summer since the water is muddy there during rainy season.
- If you’re just side tripping there for few moments and (hopefully not forever) alone, advise the caretaker that you won’t rent a cottage.
- Cell signal is scarce there.
- Need more privacy? You may also want to check out the nearby private pool which is named Mag-Pusa (pusa is cat, while aso is dog in Tagalog). It also has sari-sari store which is of course, named Mag-Pusa Store (sadly, they don’t sell cats).
Mag-Aso Leisure Camp – 09285946275