The Municipality of Titay is a small town located 15 kilometers away from the provincial capital of Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay. Green fields of rice and rubber plantations lace the roads as you pass by this town. Tourism is quite new in Titay and the most popular tourist destination is Malagandis Falls or also known as Tagbilat Falls (click here for DIY guide). A bus ride for more than three hours from Zamboanga City will take you to this quaint and unassuming town which hides more than eight waterfalls hidden in its different barangays. One of them is Dalisay Falls located in Barangay Dalisay.
For waterfall chasers like me, this municipality is like a haven despite the long hikes and difficult trails. Getting to Barangay Dalisay is not for the frail hearted but pretty exciting for those who have insatiable wanderlust. A 70-peso habal-habal ride from the town proper of Titay will take you to Barangay Dalisay. Please coordinate with the Office of Municipal Mayor Leonardo Talania through their Tourism Officer Mr Arnorl Patiluna Café (0949-992-4643). The cellular signal in Barangay Dalisay is inconsistent but it is not hard to look for Barangay Captain Filemon Dampayla who would allow his staff or barangay tanod to escort you to the waterfall. The trek might be a challenge for newbies. 45 minutes of walking through rubber plantations and pathways that can get muddy during the rainy season. Traces of horseshoes on the muddy road will tell you that it is not easy getting to the waterfall. My companion, Heigen Villacarlos, a photographer from Manila, removed his sandals and decided to walk barefoot. After two river crossings, we can hear the sound of the waterfall hidden somewhere behind tall bamboo trees.
Dalisay Falls left me breathless at first sight. I hurriedly crossed large boulders and walked through a fallen tree that served as a bridge. Climbed a big rock and marveled at the awesome view in front of me. The basin has the right depth for swimming, although the rapids may pose a challenge if you want to get closer to the waterfall. Dalisay Falls has only one tier and four waterfall curtains. Definitely unadulterated, there are no traces of commercialism in this waterfall. You will be left with nothing but the beauty of nature. The trek was all worth it.
Reminder: undeveloped tourist spots are not maintained by any personnel. It is our responsibility to keep it clean and leave no trace!
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