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Bongon Tabuelan Cebu : Cave Exploration

By Synzmemoir @synzmemoir

Bongon Tabuelan Cebu : Cave ExplorationBarangay Bongon is one of the 12 Barangays situated in Tabuelan Cebu. It has a lot of unexplored caves in its territory. We were lucky enough to be invited to visit and survey these caves last Monday.  
Bongon Tabuelan Cebu : Cave ExplorationKana-an Cave was the second cave we visited upon arriving in the barangay. I wasn't able to check out the 1st one coz I decided to just stay in the car and wait. Anyway,  most parts of Kana-an cave were damaged by mining. 
Bongon Tabuelan Cebu : Cave ExplorationLuckily we found a specie and some stalactite housing inside the cave. By the way, that picture at the upper left corner is not a spider. Its some kind of a cave scorpion . 
Bongon Tabuelan Cebu : Cave ExplorationWe were welcome by this beautiful sunset on our way to Timba-on Cave. I just can't ignore this beauty and let it pass. So I grab my cam and take a photo of it. 
Bongon Tabuelan Cebu : Cave ExplorationThe Timba-on Cave was the last cave we visited on our first day of caving. It has two entrance,  the 1st entrance[the 1st picture above] is seen at the side of the well-like structure [2nd picture above]. This well-like structure are also another entrance to the cave but because local people there are getting water from this opening, they decided to pass through the 1st entrance in the left. I don't know what was in there because I wasn't able to go down. 
Bongon Tabuelan Cebu : Cave ExplorationOnly two people go down the cave, Charles--an American Caver and Dondon--a caver here in Cebu. 
Bongon Tabuelan Cebu : Cave ExplorationEveryone was up early the next day. I guess you could see in there faces how excited they were for that day. We're about to explore 3 caves; Mahayahay Cave, Kambangkas Cave and Santik Cave. We are divided into two teams. As for our Team, we are assigned in Kambangkas Cave. The other team were sent to Mahayahay Cave. For Santik Cave, we all decided to go there together. 
Bongon Tabuelan Cebu : Cave ExplorationKambangkas Cave has a big entrance. Unlike other caves we visited, evidence of mining and destruction are very visible in the cave entrance. I can't seem to understand how people was able to destroy this kind of beauty. 
Bongon Tabuelan Cebu : Cave Exploration Kambangkas Cave was another small cave, but we're fortunate enough to see some stalactite forming on the roof of the cave and stalagmites as well. 
Bongon Tabuelan Cebu : Cave ExplorationWe survey the cave before going out for lunch. Getting the distance from one point to the next, as well as acquiring the degrees and inclination was just some of our duty in cave survey. They said it was a boring task but I never thought I'd enjoyed doing it. :)
Bongon Tabuelan Cebu : Cave ExplorationWe head next to Santik Cave, the last cave that we need to explore. It was the biggest among the caves we visited. Going down was a bit difficult but we manage to get inside without using ropes. 
Bongon Tabuelan Cebu : Cave ExplorationThe cave didn't fail us. Although some part were destroyed, there were also lots of stalactite and stalagmites that can be found inside. There was a part of the cave that we were not able to climb, so our team leader just advice us to stay in the safe area of the cave while they continue to survey it. I can quite describe how amazing it is to be down there. 
Bongon Tabuelan Cebu : Cave ExplorationAfter exploring all those caves, we were going home with a smile on our face. It was indeed a great experience, and I learned a lot.  I'm hoping I can join this team  next time. 
Bongon Tabuelan Cebu : Cave ExplorationHey! You thought we'd be going home, right? nah-ah! We headed directly to Gumbang Spring after the last cave that we explore. This spring is easy to find because its just located beside the road. 
Bongon Tabuelan Cebu : Cave ExplorationEveryone enjoyed the cold water from the spring. They were even playing like kids. 
Bongon Tabuelan Cebu : Cave ExplorationIf your not into springs and love the river, you can just walk across the road and find the clean river. Some of my friends swim in this river before dipping themselves in the cold spring. Sinusulit talaga ang trip. :D
Like what I said. I really had a great time in this trip and I learned a lot. I'm looking forward for the next cave exploration. Hopefully they'll still invite me to join next time. Till then. Ciao!

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By Dj Randy
posted on 15 July at 16:41
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hey you know about maroto cave

y you not explore that ..there was enchanted out there