The loveliest waterfall I have ever seen in my entire life to date –
Asik – Asik Falls. It is found in a small, far-flung village called Barangay Upper Dado in Alamada, a town in North Cotabato province in the Philippines.
The pleasure of beholding this waterfall comes with a price. Visitors have to descend 550 steps to see it and ascend the same number of steps to get back ‘to civilization.’ A bit physically daunting; it made me realize that I was not getting any younger. Where did those college mountaineering days go?
If I were to operate some business in the area, it would be helicopter rides for visitors like me who had their nostrils flaring on the trek down and gasping for oxygen on the arduous ascent.
But the sight is so worth it. ‘Whoa…w!’ was all I could exhale when I saw it. Then I was speechless.
Asik-Asik Falls is liquid drapery. The atmosphere about is balmy, clearing sinuses brand new. The hum of the water could lull you to slumber. I would not have minded drifting off had I not have the kiddo to watch. He was approaching the waterfall as if it was an enchantress beckoning him. There was magic in the place.
My photos (taken from an iphone SE) do not do this fantastic falls justice but they are what would at least serve as reminder of this beautiful experience.
The muddy way gets steeper but the quiet is therapeutic.
With me were my twelve year-old and two nephews (cousin’s kids) on a school break.
‘Mommy, are we there yet?’ was the son’s excited refrain. He meant he saw a couple of what looked like high school kids swinging on a vine and he wanted to try it. As soon as we heard the water, we exchanged grins and followed the sound literally running, skipping fallen logs.
And there she is…
Most people came with picnic baskets. I sat on the rocks opposite taking it all in including the mist which was the perfect skin moisturizer.
The nephews lost no time in exploring the falls.
The falling water is potable. I do not know what but one thing about Asik-Asik Falls intrigues me: there is no river above it.