is a laid back southern town 15 kilometres from Cebu City and after Talisay City and is also where I currently live. The Town of Minglanilla is known for it's religious festival called the "Kabanhawan" (Bisaya for "Resurrection") fest which is basically the re-enactment of "Sugat" (means "Meeting") of the risen Christ and his mother. But did you know aside from that, Minglanilla has a secret adventurous side
The Seven Caves in Minglanilla
are renowned for their challenging traverses, spectacular rock formations, treacherous inner cliffs, and quartz crystals. All seven caves
are located in Barangay Camp 7 (Kampo Siete Caves
), the town’s mountainous boundary with Toledo City. the White Cav
e is the largest of the seven.
My last exploration of the highlands of Minglanilla was due to Runilla Running Event.
|My co-adventurers for this caving exploration. Noe, Fritxie, Me, and Jobim at the White Cave Mouth|
Many adventurers consider these caves as some of the best natural treasures of Cebu. Exploring the caves
takes a sense of adventure. The cave system
is riddled with challenging passages, jagged stalagmites & stalactites, wild animals (snakes, birds, bats among others), and ordinary-awesome-unparalleled beauty. But getting there is no easy feat; you have to walk, hike, trek, crouch, crawl, squeeze, climb into the forest, boulders and cave.
|Stretching - you don't want to get cramps inside a dark and enclosed space|
|Walking, Hiking, Trekking in the forest - That's a huge tree right there!|
From the barangay proper, it takes about 15 to 20 minutes to reach Cave 1 and is fairly a quick and short trek in which you will have to go through the cave (for about 50 meters) to exit. Cave 1’s smooth interior walls and floor are in stark contrast to its rocky surface outside.
Cave 2 has a small opening, but a wide chamber inside. Explorers must make numerous turns until they reach a narrow area where they must climb and slide out of the Cave
through a hole.
|Swallows glide into and out of the cave entrance. Bats hang high in the cave’s inner chamber. This is also a protected area since the swallows are endangered of being hunted for their bird's nest.|
We only explored about 4 of the 7 since the three other Caves
were not cleared for exploration due to the 2013 earthquake, unsafe passages and a lot of snakes as per the guides and local barangay. Cave 3 was a bit more challenging and dirty. Let the pictures explain itself. HaHAHAHa
|Chill2 inside the cave pag may time|
|That's my view - crawling to the exit one at a time|
|Caving is Fun! A very difficult pose or basically - no choice pose |
|Quartz - Sparkling|
|Ancestral Fools who vandalized the caves Circa 1961-75|
The last destination, the finale is the White Cave
. The cave’s white, chalk-like front wall is so large it appears to be about three times the size of the Metro Cebu Cathedral’s façade - so they say. White Cave has two entrances, each more than six feet in diameter. Their tunnels lead to the same large chamber inside. Also, the ground leading to the cave entrance is thick with bird droppings. Hehehe
|Another groufie view|
|White Cave inner entrance|
|White Cave entrance|
|White Cave lower entrance view from the top mouth - that's how big it is!!|
|Here's another view of the White Cave mouth and Facade|
Surprisingly inside the cave, the air is cool, as if the chamber was air-conditioned! Also, words cannot describe the atrium-cathedral size inside the white cave.
|Around the inner-center part of the white cave - Photo from Gamayng Paraiso Tours|For guiding services
get in touch with PYAP Minglanilla through their facebook page Gamayng Paraiso Tours!Safety and Stewardship First
Even if you're exploring at least four of the seven caves, you're not sure to emerge from the bowels of the earth unscathed. It is recommended to get local guiding services (support the locals and their economy!).
- -Respect Mother Nature and do not chip off any rocks to bring home as souvenirs.
- -It takes millennia for the rocks inside the caves to shape, so don't destroy or vandalize the place. Let other spelunkers enjoy the beauty of nature too!
- -Listen to your guide. Even if you're an experienced spelunker, the area may be new to you and surprises may be in store.
- -Always be aware of your surroundings and stay safe even with the guides.
- -What to bring: Head lamps/helmets, flashlight, water booties or trekking shoes, extra clothes, first-aid kit, and action/adventure camera.
|End of the Adventure!|
|Recovering inside the house of the guides!|
Minglanilla's old name is Buat or Buwat, because fisher folk used to set aside part of their day's catch for drying under the sun. This is the 'Buad' or 'buwad' from the town are sold in public markets and supermarkets and is still in practice today!.