Friday, April 12, 2024

A’pfaw Mahencha Falls and Khohang Backyard

Except for the majestic Mayoyao Rice Terraces, Mayoyao municipality additionally boasts some enchanting waterfalls steeped in native legends. One in every of them is the A’pfaw Mahencha Falls in Barangay Chumang. One morning, I, together with my media companions, Tourism Promotions Board, and Shroff Journey, set off on a 5–6km trip as much as an overlooking Khohang Backyard and Viewpoint for a picnic breakfast. The backyard serves as a gateway to the falls hid inside the lush forest of Mayoyao.

Kohang Garden
Kohang Garden
A pathway on the Khohang Backyard
Kohang Garden
Our binalot breakfast

Khohang Backyard Picnic

Khohang Backyard is a captivating little cliffside backyard amidst pine bushes with views of the Mayoyao Terraces and city. There’s a big semi-circular view deck space protruding from the principle street resulting in a pathway into the backyard with sitting areas, picnic tables, and benches. There’s additionally a scenic swing to benefit from the view which might be a part of a story afterward.

Kohang Garden

We have been every served breakfast of rice, pan-fried eggplant, sliced tomato, and dried fish, every neatly packed in banana leaves. I savored consuming by hand whereas having fun with the breeze and informal conversations. The meals gave me sufficient gasoline for the hike right down to the waterfalls.

Blue-headed Fan Tail
A'pfaw Mahencha Falls
A'pfaw Mahencha Falls

Lush Forest Path

Our hike was led by Robert Bongayan, an enthusiastic native historian desperate to share tales and legends of Mayoyao. Whereas mountaineering he identified edible and natural vegetation alongside the way in which. The meandering path descending to the waterfalls consists of 536 neatly paved steps with railings.

Flora at A'pfa Mahencha Falls Trail
Flora at A'pfa Mahencha Falls Trail

I loved strolling down these steps whereas inspecting the flora, from ferns and lilies to different flowering vegetation. Halfway down I observed an space the place birds have been energetic. I noticed warbling white eyes, arctic warblers, sunbirds, and the Luzon endemic Blue-headed Fantail.

A'pfaw Mahencha Falls
A'pfaw Mahencha Falls
A'pfaw Mahencha Falls

A’pfaw Mahencha Falls

The sound of dashing water could possibly be heard as I approached A’pfaw Mahencha Falls. The falls have an entrancing 3-tiered cascade with lovely and welcoming basins of clear cobalt water. The location is tastefully developed with pavilions, clear restrooms, and bathe areas.

A'pfaw Mahencha Falls

After taking photographs and movies, I didn’t waste time having fun with the icy however refreshing waters. The deep basins require warning for guests who can’t swim. However adventurous swimmers can take a plunge from the second degree, very like the legend of the beautiful woman Mahencha who jumped to retrieve her misplaced amber necklace.

Kohang Garden

Storytelling by the Swing

What goes down, should come up, so I needed to take the 536 steps again as much as the highest once more. We gathered again at Khohang Backyard for snacks and storytelling.

Historian Robert Bongayon shared the “Legend of Akhinnaja,” an area woman of spellbinding magnificence who wilted the grass along with her radiance wherever she walked. As a baby, she was taken by Pho Fu At, a fairy rat, into the forest whereas her mother and father labored the fields. She grew lonely and weary, so the fairy rat constructed her a swing.

Location of the Khohang Garden Viewdeck
Robert Bongayon, local historian of Mayoyao.

Akhinnaja would typically swing excessive sufficient to see her mother and father working, and she or he would sing songs heard by her mom within the fields. However she couldn’t return dwelling. There’s extra to Akhinnaja’s story greatest informed by Ifugao hudhud, a chant narrating these epic tales. This custom is inscribed in UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

My go to to A’pfaw Mahencha Falls and Khohang Backyard was a stroll via nature and a world of myths bringing the Ifugao tradition to life.

A'pfaw Mahencha Falls

Important Info

For extra data and a tour of A’pfaw Mahencha Falls and Khohang Backyard, contact the Mayoyao Tourism Workplace.
Cell: 0906.958.2204 / 0949.664.0088

Park Charges:

  • Grownup (19yo and above) P 25 (Entrance Charge) + P30 (Environmental and Heritage Charge)
  • Kids and Minors (18yo and under) P 10 (Entrance Charge) + P30 (Environmental and Heritage Charge)
  • Senior Residents and PWD (20% Low cost) P 20 (Entrance Charge) + P30 (Environmental and Heritage Charge)
  • Desk/ Cottage Rental – P50

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