Cayaso Cave is the 9th longest cave in the Philippines with a length of 2,222 meters. Cayaso Cave is located in Mabinay, Negros Oriental province and is just one kilometer away from the city’s center. Cayaso cave goes down 20 feet into a winding path of stone and behold, a gushing underground river of potable drinking water without a visible outlet. Stalagmites and stalactites in different chambers with stone that glitters. The length is 3 km. The width varies from 6 feet or wider. Mabinay Cave tours are available for a range of skill levels with guided tours available for novice to expert spulunkers. To get to Cayaso Cave from Manila, fly to Dumaguete (estimated cost of Php 4,000++, round trip, one hour and 15 minutes). You can ride a tricycle (around the city, it’s a minimum of Php 8 per passenger per destination) Continue reading
The Pandanihan Cave is 282 meters long, has a wide entrance which is 6 by 20 meters and virtually horizontal, which makes it the most difficult to enter among the three caves. About 80 meters away from the entrance is an obstacle called the Berlin Wall.The small gap in the wall beckons to a 20 wide corridor. Along the corridor are different stalactites and stalagmites formation. In the center is an old hug column called Mushroom, formed by the meeting of a group of stalactites and a group stalagmite formation. Come and visit the caves of Mabinay . You can visit all three caves with a guide-member of the eco-tourism society in one day . Since Mabinay is about three hours away from Dumaguete City you can start your trip early in the morning and be back in Dumaguete before sundown. The Dumaguete moon rise will cap your visit. Continue reading
The Panligawan Cave with its cathedral like entrance is enchanting. It is 143 meters long and 22 meters deep .You can walk down the wide and sloping entrance or you can rappel from a big hole on the roof. The same hole allows a play of light and shadow with the sunlight and the trees and shrubs that hover over the big hole. From below looking up at the hole is like witnessing the rays of grace from the heavens. It is the image of a divine apparition I carry with me from the catechism stories I heard in grade school. Come and visit the caves of Mabinay, Cebu. You can visit all three caves with a guide-member of the eco-tourism society in one day . Since Mabinay is about three hours away from Dumaguete City you can start your trip early in the morning and be back in Dumaguete before sundown. The Dumaguete moon rise will cap your visit.
The Langub Festival is held every January in Mabinay, Negros Oriental province. Mabinay town sits on hundreds of caves of various sizes and features to justify its claim as “Cave Town” of the Philippines. The townsfolk have stories about the caves (‘langub”) and creatures of fact and legend that inhabit it. The festival is meant to promote awareness of and protection for the caves and the entire Mabinay environment as distinctive, unique, and proud-making tourism assets. The Langub Festival is held to coincide with the annual town fiesta which is January 25 in honor of Sto. Niño (Child Jesus). Continue reading