The water is pristine. The place is not yet “touristed”. While the irony of it all is we promote tourism in this area, we also would like to control the potential harm the undisciplined tourists would do in such a place as this. I hope this blog will remind us to respect the wisdom of nature, so to speak. “Leave nothing but footprints.”
Ken’s transfer to Biliran brought me more opportunities. That I must thank God in heaven for Yolanda. What better company do I have now. We are an extension of our Tacloban life. And this relocation brought me nearer to our home, and to the waterfalls of my homeland. Photoshoot in Ulan Ulan became a reality because of this turn of events.
In Barangay Sampao, pay a courtesy call to the Barangay Officials in the barangay hall. They will be happy to see you. They will also show you where to log your coming. Pay 5 pesos - cheap for such grandeur. If you are tempted, you can pay 500 pesos, the waterfalls is worth more than that.
At some point, nearing the falls, you will park your vehicles. Shout, instead of knock, to ask permission of whoever owns the area where you park your motorcycle or car. Somehow they will cover it with coconut leaves to protect it from too much sunlight. When you return, just leave something in the house as your gesture of gratitude.
The unofficial parking area is actually the last portion of the concreted road. From there, you take a walk, climb a road actually, walk past ravines, reach the skies, enjoy the view, slowly to Ulan Ulan falls. Maybe it would take 30 minutes for Ken, but about 2 hours for me. My! my stamina was now a thing of the past. But when you reach the waterfalls, your stamina indeed is a thing of the past. Such beauty.
When you spend more time with nature, you spend more time with God. Don’t rush, there’s no rush hour in waterfalls. Relax. Savour. Feel.
By mere experience, I got to know where the name Ulan Ulan came from. Ulan is Tagalog for rain. And the cascades of this falls are producing rain like drops of water it was misty.
This is Biliran. And this is just the beginning of my journey home.