Friday, August 5, 2011

Macahambus Cave @ Cagayan de Oro

I finally had the chance to visit the Macahambus Cave at Cagayan de Oro last week as one of our stops in an 18 hour travel to the famous spots in Cagayan de Oro. 
Macahambus Cave, Cagayan de Oro City
It was raining when we went to the Macahambus Cave as there was an
incoming storm still due for the following week but was already wreaking  such inconvenience to our trip in Cagayan de Oro 'coz we have to hold umbrellas most of the time.  From the Gardens of Malasag Eco-Tourism Village which sits atop the mountains of Cagayan de Oro, we have to traverse downhill and travel between numerous hills and mountains that encamp Cagayan.
Macahambus Cave, Cagayan de Oro City
We have much of these green views until we reached Barangay Lumbia located farther south of the Cagayan de Oro airport.  Of course, my computer-stressed eyes had the most fun and rest gazing at the sights of green trees and beautiful hills along the highways of Cagayan de Oro.  
Macahambus Cave, Cagayan de Oro City
As it was raining, the air has that extra feeling of freshness, almost like a mint feel to it.  Finally we arrived at the Macahambus Cave, which was actually very easy to locate because there is a big sign on the road that says "Macahambus Cave and Macahambus Gorge." 
Macahambus Cave, Cagayan de Oro City
I had no idea what Macahambus Gorge is, until i came home in Cebu and searched for it on the web.  Well, i'll talk more about Macahambus Gorge later.  We parked our car across the mouth of the Macahambus Cave on the other side of the Lumbia road, just near where you can find the souvenir shops.  There we inquired about the cave and we learned that it's actually FREE to get in the cave,  all you need to bring are some flashlights.  We didn't bring any, but no need to worry 'coz the souvenir shops have some portable lamps that can be rented out for P20 each.  It's funny though that we have to list our names on a  logbook which has a sign which says "Free Name."  I don't know what that means though and i'd laugh my heart out if i did so.
Macahambus Cave, Cagayan de Oro City
Now it's time to head across the street and discover the Macahambus Cave.  My first impression of the Macahambus Cave is that it is such a mysterious place 'coz from the roadside, all you can see of the Macahambus Cave are two small markers amidst the lush of green foliage and some small opening, apparently the mouth of the Macahambus Cave.  
Macahambus Cave, Cagayan de Oro City
Upon reading the writings of the marker we've learned that the Macahambus Cave actually served as a hide-out of the Kagay-anon soldiers in the Philippine revolution against the American colonizers during the 1900's, more particularly during the Battle of Macahambus Hill which is specially highlighted as the Filipinos first ever victory over the Americans in the 1900's during the Philippine-American War.  We've not yet entered the Macahambus Cave but we already felt proud knowing these facts.  So we walked on towards the mouth of the Macahambus Cave which is quite large contrary to its view from the roadside which seem quite small.  We dashed forward but only for a moment 'coz we had the shocked of our lives - the Macahambus Cave was so dark and chilly.    
Macahambus Cave, Cagayan de Oro City
That's why the portable lamp is a necessity. It was pitch dark.  The rain made the Macahambus Cave very damp and cold too.  It was very creepy, knowing that soldiers died in the cave, eh we might see some ghosts.
Macahambus Cave, Cagayan de Oro City
Had there been no portable lamps and the occasional flashes from our cameras, nothing could have been seen.  We stayed close to one another, but we didn't let our fear stop us from taking pictures.  
Macahambus Cave, Cagayan de Oro City
It was pure thrill as there was no guide to lead us. All came to a halt as we had to bend and crawl towards a small opening which could only fit one person at a time. 
Macahambus Cave, Cagayan de Oro City
It was creepy but we had fun taking pictures (for Facebook daw).
Macahambus Cave, Cagayan de Oro City
But just a few meters away natural light could already be seen.  
Macahambus Cave, Cagayan de Oro City
It was another opening that leads to a majestic view of the Cagayan River.  
Macahambus Cave, Cagayan de Oro City
The Macahambus Cave was actually described as a "thru" cave which allows one to enter at one end of the cave and exit at another end of the cave.  But this exit leads to a terrace that has a grand view of the Cagayan River and down below you can see another adventure sport that Cagayan is famous for - water rafting.  
Macahambus Cave, Cagayan de Oro City
We just enjoyed the breath-taking view of the Cagayan River.  It was rather a short distance from the mouth of the cave to this exit of the Macahambus Cave.  Little did we know that there was another way that will lead down to the Macahambus Gorge.
Macahambus Cave, Cagayan de Oro City
This was the way to the Macahambus Gorge but we dare not follow this path. 
A gorge is actually a deep passage which is quite very narrow with rocks on both sides and Macahambus Gorge is actually that.  It was at the Macahambus Gorge that most of the American soldiers were killed during the war because it actually ends up to a deep ravine.  We didn't see the Macahambus Gorge as it was too slippery and dark, and we have no guide (in short we were just afraid). So we just went out of the Macahambus Cave. 
Macahambus Cave, Cagayan de Oro City
We brought some souvenirs at the souvenir shop right across the Macahambus Cave.  Yes we haggled too.
Macahambus Cave, Cagayan de Oro City
A distance from the Macahambus Cave is actually the Macahambus Adventure Park.
Macahambus Cave, Cagayan de Oro City
At Macahambus Adventure Park, one can do zipline or walk through a hanging bridge but we forego going there as we had other plans in mind - which is actually to go to the Divine Mercy Hills in El Salvador, Misamis Oriental.
Macahambus Cave, Cagayan de Oro City
To sum it up, it was a short stint at the Macahambus Cave but we have the fright of our lives in the cave, yet enjoyed the thrill and the views specially of the Cagayan River at the end of the Macahambus Cave.  I would surely be back  to explore and experience more of Cagayan. Tsada kaayo! as most Cagay-anons would say to denote something nice, spectacular or beautiful.

Adto ta bai! Tsada kaayo!


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