(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Monday, 27 May 2024) At 3:00 AM today, the center of the eye of Typhoon "AGHON" {EWINIAR} was estimated based on all available data at 95 km East of Baler, Aurora (15.6°N, 122.5°E) with maximum sustained winds of 140 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 170 km/h. It is moving North Northeastward at 10 km/h. Southwesterly Windflow affecting the western section of Southern Luzon and Visayas. 𝗙𝗒π—₯π—˜π—–π—”π—¦π—§ π—ͺπ—˜π—”π—§π—›π—˜π—₯ π—–π—’π—‘π——π—œπ—§π—œπ—’π—‘: Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms due to Localized Thunderstorms. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. 𝗙𝗒π—₯π—˜π—–π—”π—¦π—§ π—ͺπ—œπ—‘π—— 𝗔𝗑𝗗 π—–π—’π—”π—¦π—§π—”π—Ÿ π—ͺπ—”π—§π—˜π—₯ π—–π—’π—‘π——π—œπ—§π—œπ—’π—‘: Light to moderate winds coming from South to Southwest will prevail with slight to moderate seas (0.6 to 2.5 meters).

Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Lovers allured by Bega Falls in AgSur

By Jennifer P. Gaitano


For people who want quality over quantity, it is no longer about fancy restaurants, luxurious gifts, and expensive shopping, but more on spending quality time and worthwhile experiences with their loved ones.


This was claimed by most of the lovers, bunch of friends and families from different parts of Caraga Region who enjoyed the trip heading to Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur during this Heart’s Month celebration just to feel and experience the different kind of vibe, romantic ambience, picturesque spots and mind-blowing four-tier cascades at Bega Falls, which no one could ever resist, especially those nature lovers.


Bega Falls is located in Barangay Mabuhay in the town of Prosperidad, a first-class municipality in the province. Prosperidad is derived from the word Prospero or “Progressive” as the place continues to experience growth and prosperity.


Municipal Tourism Officer Noradel Martinez shared that based on legends or folklore, the falls got its name from the Visayan word “biga” which means “flirt.” Accordingly, the maidens who are dwelling in that area lure men who are also enchanted of their beauty and are easily attracted and attached to the place. 


“The four-tiered waterfalls surrounded by green vegetation have different characteristics and features situated at the heart of Bega River system starting from the head source at Sitio Ugnop near the Putting Bato Peak in the mountainous area of Barangay Mabuhay,” Martinez elaborated.


She claimed that those who will be visiting the place will be walking at the trail with sweat and valor before reaching the enthralling falls. But once you get there, you are bewitched by its beauty and the feeling of exhaustion would immediately start to fade away. 


That was exactly the reason why a young man like Jomar Balaquit from Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte, undoubtedly chose Bega Falls and took his significant other to the place, where they also celebrated their monthly anniversary as a romantic couple.


“This was actually a surprise for my girlfriend. I chose to celebrate Valentine’s Day with her in the not so usual place and opted to create meaningful memories with her for our monthsary. Indeed, we were both amazed and enchanted by the beauty of Bega Falls,” Balaquit expressed.


It was the same vibe felt by the team from the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga when they visited the place and featured it in their new online platform, “Laag, Caraga.” 


Hence, should you have plans to take your family and friends with you on special occasions or even on regular days, you can all enjoy picnicking, bird watching, swimming, and cliff-jumping. 


Wondering how to get there? For those coming from Butuan City, ride a bus or van and drop at Barangay Awa along the highway entry point for Los Arcos, and you can hire a 'habal-habal' or single motorcycle driver to carry you to barangay Mabuhay, then register at the barangay hall for you to be led by a tour guide, and hike from that entry going to the tiers of Bega Falls. 


Fare from the Prosperidad terminal through a habal-habal going to Bega Falls usually reaches around P300 per person while the entrance fee is at P50. You may also request the driver to wait to give you a ride back to the downtown, and leaving  a tip for their good service would not hurt your pocket.


Sarah Mae Cuizon, management staff at Bega Falls Eco-Tourism Park, reminded the tourists not to worry much about any corkage fee  because anyone is allowed to bring their food to the area. They just have to rent a cottage in the amount  of P150 to P200 and just be responsible to clean the area after using.


“When you go swimming, you have to wear proper attire for you to get comfortable and swimming gear like a life jacket is readily available. Lifeguards are also on watch,” said Cuizon.


A helping tourist guide will also ensure the visitors’ safety.


Bega Falls is just one of the many tourist destinations that you could fall in love with when you are in the province of Agusan del Sur. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)