Mainit Hot Spring in Malabuyoc Cebu
Fresh from Kawasan Falls in Badian, I proceeded to the next town and got off at Alegria municipal hall where my cousin Desmond was working. Unknowingly, a co-worker of his, Claue, was celebrating her birthday. Arriving just in time to a surprise lunch treat from her boss, Mae, the celebration was held in a restaurant by the sea just a kilometer away.
The restaurant by the sea
During lunch, we discussed about the things the town has to offer. Alegria is popular for its Downstream Canyoneering, hidden waterfalls and caving spots. Since this was an impromptu sidetrip and I needed to be back to the city by evening, time was not on my side to fully indulge in these popular destinations. For a good and cheap alternative, they told me to check out Lepanto, the highest point in Alegria and also the sought-after Mainit Spring in Malabuyoc.
Having lunch with the birthday girl
Beautiful Alegria Town Plaza
Proceeding to the Alegria Tabo, I rode a motorcycle towards my first destination. Along the way, there was an overlooking chill spot on the left side of the road. Instantly falling in love with the wooden bench in between two tree trunks, it was for me the perfect relaxation spot while playing the ukulele on a cloudy afternoon. It would have also been very romantic with the sunset on the horizon if I was travelling with a special someone. I just told the driver to drop me off and pick me up an hour after.
View at the side of the road going to Malabuyoc
My favorite overlooking chill spot in Alegria
St. Peter Academy Kindergarten School in Lepanto
An hour has passed and yet RJ has not come back. Feeling thirsty and my water running out, I had no choice but to politely ask for water. Though quite in a secluded spot, there was a house a few meters away. Approaching the house, coconut trees in their backyard came into view.
Grasslands of Lepanto
Changing my mind, I asked for a coconut. It was only worth five pesos! I handed a twenty peso bill to the ‘manananggot’ for his spiderman efforts, got the chance to have a quick chat with his family and also asked to take a couple of pictures of their humble lifestyle.
The dirty kitchen
The five-peso coconut
Drying palay by the road
A few minutes later, RJ arrived and off we go to Mainit Spring located twenty minutes away in the next town of Malabuyoc. The entrance fee was only twenty pesos. The tourist spot consists of multiple springs of flowing water naturally heated by underground sulfuric rock. One mini-spring had the highest temperature of 42.6 degrees Celsius. Dipping my finger to test the temperature, the water was indeed very hot.
42.6 degrees celsius hot natural jacuzzi
The picturesque Mainit Spring in Malabuyoc
View from Mainit spring water source
The ironically cool water from Mainit Falls
With hesitation, I finally decided to try and slowly submerge my entire body one part at a time. It felt like a natural thermos. Sweating with my pores opening up, I was able to detoxify naturally. The source of the flowing water was from Mainit Falls which was ironically cool. Sadly, I wasn’t able to check it out due to safety precautions from the management since the access path to it was full of debris caused by the strong typhoon Haiyan that struck the area a few months back.
Selfie after a quick dip
After my perfect afternoon detoxification, I called it a day and rode the bus all the way back to the city. I’ll definitely be back to explore the caves, waterfalls and downstream Canyoneering next time!
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